Last night at Wunderbar, the Montreal chapter of the Founder Institute celebrated the graduation of its second cohort. The Montreal Spring 2015 cohort features 12 startups that completed the four-month intensive training program.
In addition to remarks by Pat Romanelli, VP at National Bank of Canada, and Saul Polo, MNA at Laval-des-Rapides, the graduation event featured a keynote speech by Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute.
“The Canadian Startup Visa was a great step forward policy-wise, as it positioned Canada to import top talent. However, you can ‘import’ top entrepreneurial talent from your existing workforce as well,” Ressi said. “The Founder Institute is a part-time program that helps promising entrepreneurs start meaningful businesses before quitting their day jobs, which will ultimately increase the flow of high-quality Canadian-led companies into the local ecosystem.”
Graduation grants each Spring 2015 startup access to its cohort’s Shared Liquidity Pool (more information here), as well as the Founder Institute’s global network of over 1,500 companies and 4,000 mentors spanning 100 cities around the world.