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23May 2018

When we changed our business model, which was a really major shift towards a new adventure, I didn’t know of any other company in Quebec City that had adopted this SaaS model. There were so few players we could consult to find out how best to go about it, that we decided to design and test a prototype ourselves.
– Johanne Devin, CEO and Co-founder of WebSelf

WebSelf provides website creation tools that are simple, powerful and affordable, or free, to more than 3 million users in over 165 countries. Offering maximum functionality to people who want to develop their own website without having strong technological skills, the platform makes it easy for them, whether setting up a showcase site or an online store. “Even though it’s a standardized environment, we offer great flexibility and many features that can satisfy at least 99% of our customers’ needs,” indicates Johanne.

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09May 2018

Our clients, such as festivals like Francofolies de Montréal or Igloo Fest, appreciate not only that our solution saves them time and money, but also that they know exactly where their festivalgoers come from. Are they only in town for the two days of the event or are they extending their stay to discover the city? How many nights? Alone or accompanied, and by whom? In short, it’s all this data that represents a compelling advantage for our partners.
– Andrew Lockhead, CEO and Co-founder of Stay22

Stay22, an aggregator that lists nearly 6.5 million properties in 200 countries, helps travellers find the best accommodation options near the upcoming events they plan to attend. “We’ve targeted the niche of event management platforms, business conferences, festivals and more, which sets us apart in the huge online travel solutions market,” says Andrew.

Through agreements with partners such as Airbnb, but also with systems like Travelport and HotelsCombined, Stay22 offers visitors a hub that bringsall search resources together in one place, greatly simplifying the planning experience. Everything is adjusted on an interactive map that integrates directly with the event organizer’s website, ticket office or other online destination where users find themselves.

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02May 2018

Up until 2010, we often wondered if we wanted to invest in product development. Like many companies at the time, we were focussing on services in order to finance potential products. In the end, we decided to let go of the idea of designing products, because our service offering was really solid. After that, our growth curve was impressive, turning our 23-person team into the 150-person organization we are today.
– Stéphane Rouleau, President and Co-founder of Spiria

When I ask Stéphane to describe Spiria and their value proposition, he explains that the management team is actually trying to update their definition: “After 15 years of existence, it’s important to revisit it… simply said, we’re a digital solutions firm. Our clients call upon us to solve the digital components of their problems, due to lack of knowledge, resources or time on their part. In co-creation with them, we develop the best technology to optimize their activities.”

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25Apr 2018

The secret of our success? Our people, no doubt. A company can’t achieve excellence in process and technology without people. So, the team is our most important asset… the intelligence and culture of our team.
– Andy Kulakowski, President and CEO of Fresche

Fresche is the world’s largest modernization and management company for applications in the IBM i (formerly AS400) market. With 22,000 existing clients and 130,000 potential clients to acquire in this 30-year-old market, Fresche demonstrates that their solutions, technologies and skills allow them to meet the current needs of the sector.

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18Apr 2018

Before the web existed, we worked a lot in schools and were motivated to offer content in digital form, specifically francophone and Quebecois content, because what existed at the time was mainly in English. Today, we have several anglophone partners, but we have nevertheless realized that our great strength lies in multilingual content, since other territories and languages share our concerns.
– Marc Boutet, President, CEO – De Marque

With their integrated offering for digital distribution, including services such as marketing and quick access to an online store, De Marque enables publishers to distribute and sell their content to a variety of audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Producers of digital books and web content can do business directly with retailers such as Renaud-Bray and Amazon, or take advantage of the De Marque network, which simultaneously reaches 2,300 points of sale and 2,000 libraries.

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11Apr 2018

When finishing my Masters in Management, I was faced with the classic ‘what-do-I-do-now?’ dilemma. Applying for a job didn’t feel right to me, so I followed the wise advice of my teacher, who reminded me that I didn’t necessarily need to have experience before going into business: ‘If that’s what you want to do, go for it, Amira!
– Amira Boutouchent, Co-founder and CEO of Bridgr

Bridgr supports manufacturing SMEs in their digital transformation, offering a virtual hub where companies can identify and collaborate with the key tech experts and providers necessary to make the change happen.

This Quebec startup matches technologies and specialists with clients, according to their needs, both in terms of expertise and corporate culture. Client companies make a selection from three to six profiles and use a platform specifically designed by Bridgr for the management of manufacturing projects, including everything from the documents related to these suppliers to payment of their services.

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04Apr 2018

If major companies like TransferWise, Wealthsimple and one of the ten largest financial institutions in the country do business with us, it’s mainly because we really focus on the quality of the data we make available to them and the speed of our application.
– Yves-Gabriel Lebœuf, CEO and Co-founder of Flinks

Combining the words financial and links, Flinks is a financial data aggregation application that facilitates the connection between financial institutions and the various software companies that use this data as part of the services they offer.

Yves-Gabriel gives the example of Paypal, which must be linked to users’ bank accounts to allow deposits and withdrawals. “Previously, people had to submit all the numbers required to tell the system which institution, transit and account to use,” he explains. “With the technology we’ve developed, we do that instantly. Then, our clients choose our API because of the reliability and stability of the connection from which the financial data is drawn.”

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28Mar 2018

The end users of our product – a product that bridges the real world and the web – never feel observed, for example, by their employer. Instead, they are requesting the kind of recognition our technology offers because it improves their experience. That’s a huge win for us.
– Jeffrey Dungen, Co-founder and CEO of reelyActive

reelyActive, a world leader in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) real-time location systems, allows their clients to view the real world as if it were made up of webpages, in order to optimize what matters most to their business.

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16Mar 2018

Thanks to this reciprocal agreement, clients of CEIM and of WBC will benefit from the services offered by the Liège or Montréal incubators under the same conditions as if they were clients of the partner incubator.
– Serge Bourassa, President and Chief Operations Officer, CEIM

To support entrepreneurship in life sciences, Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM) and WBC Incubator, based in Liège, Belgium, signed a cooperation agreement.

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13Dec 2017

Understanding the on-the-ground needs of our clients’ clinical teams is a key success factor. It enables us to determine the best approach for implementing our clinical solutions, while ensuring user-friendliness, which facilitates clinicians’ operation of our platform. Computerization of the clinical field has always been a major challenge. To date, more than 2,500 multidisciplinary clinicians use our clinical documentation module and more than 15,000 refer to our clinical practice guides and decision support module… so I think we can say we’ve succeeded!
– David Bertrand, CEO and Cofounder, HOSPITALIS

HOSPITALIS is shaping the future’s health sector through the development and implementation of a digital platform for coordinating health care and services. The platform aims to create a positive experience for citizens and clinicians by implementing clinical trajectories, for effective health services planning. “Our platform helps institutions with health care promotion, prevention, and clinical intervention while directing the pertinent information to the right person, in the right place, at the right time,” explains David.

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