Montreal Start Up
We invest in entrepreneurial teams with big visions and global aspirations looking to establish companies in Montreal. We provide seed level financing, as well as strategic and operational input, in order to help them turn their ideas into successful companies. We are looking to invest in software-based businesses in the Internet, wireless and media spaces. Our team has a deep understanding of, and extensive connections in, these fields. We believe our experience and relationships can add significant value to any business operating in these areas. We are looking for very early stage concepts and ideas. The ideal scenario would be one in which a small team, which includes at least one developer, is looking for financial and strategic input to help flesh out an idea. We’d like to think that this could be done in two to four months with between $25K and $50K. This small amount of cash, combined with a lot of time and support to help refine the idea and position the business for growth – make up what we like to call FounderFuel. The goal of the FounderFuel investment program is to help passionate entrepreneurs rapidly turn an idea into a beta service that might then become the basis for a successful business. Once the beta launches, we would look to invest additional capital as the team continues development, gains users and prepares for a larger capital raise. We think that $200K to $500K would be the right investment amount at that stage. Although we prefer to be involved with companies from the get go, we are nevertheless interested in companies that might have gained their FounderFuel elsewhere and would like our help in turning their beta products into businesses. While the amounts above may seem small, they can go a long way in software-based businesses. Experience has also shown us that smaller amounts of capital can force entrepreneurs to be more creative and efficient; this usually results in a clearer strategy and tighter execution. We see our role as getting the company and its management to a point where they are delivering on their plan, have achieved important milestones and are well positioned to raise the larger amount of capital that might be needed to achieve their vision.