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D'excellentes nouvelles. Merci les gars. Et ça ne fait que commencer, je pense. La prochaine étape sera d'assurer que les jeunes pousses qui deviennent mid-size ne se fassent pas aussi rapidement bouffer par les grandes américaines. On a tendance à ne pas se rendre aux ligues majeures encore. On veut, un jour pas trop lointain, des futurs Google, Amazon, Facebook avec QG à Montréal. Il faudra soutenir ces entreprises lorsqu'elles arrivent au moment charnière où elles sont sur le point de devenir big, mais ont besoin d'investissements importants pour entrer dans le club sélect des grandes internationales. Sinon, on sera perpétuellement un club-école qui fournit les futurs cogneurs ou buteurs aux équipes professionnelles américaines. On veut notre équipe, et on veut se rendre au championnat!

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16:30 12 février 2020

Par: Zacharie GoudreaultMétro

https://journalmetro.com/actualites/montreal/2419688/montreal-met-les-bouchees-doubles-pour-attirer-plus-de-startups/

Montréal met les bouchées doubles pour attirer plus de startups

Photo: Zacharie Goudreault/ MétroLa mairesse de Montréal, Valérie Plante, accompagnée du responsable du développement économique et commercial à la Ville, Luc Rabouin (à sa gauche) et de membres de l'organisme Bonjour Startup Montréal

La Ville de Montréal augmente le financement d’un organisme qui aide les startups montréalaises afin que la métropole devienne plus attrayante pour les jeunes pousses et les investisseurs.

La mairesse de Montréal, Valérie Plante, a annoncé mercredi une bonification de 860 000$ du financement de l’organisme Bonjour Startup Montréal, qui aide depuis l’an dernier les entreprises en démarrage de la métropole à tailler leur place ici et ailleurs. En tenant compte d’une première subvention de 400 000$ offerte en 2019, le montant total de l’aide accordée par la Ville à l’organisme jusqu’à maintenant atteint ainsi 1,26 M$.

«C’est un gage de confiance qui montre que Montréal appuie cette initiative […] Ça envoie un signal à tous les bailleurs de fonds potentiels», s’est réjouie à Métro la co-fondatrice de l’organisme, Liette Lamonde. Cette dernière a pris part à la conférence de Mme Plante, qui a eu lieu mercredi après-midi à la Place Bonaventure, où l’événement Expo Entrepreneurs Montréal est en cours jusqu’à jeudi. 

Attirer les investisseurs

Cette aide financière permettra notamment à Bonjour Startup Montréal de créer un répertoire numérique des différentes startups montréalaises afin de rendre celles-ci plus visibles pour des potentiels investisseurs.

«La collaboration avec les grandes entreprises est essentielle. On a du pain sur la planche à cet égard. Il faut sensibiliser les grands dirigeants d’entreprises à collaborer avec les startups pour qu’ils les aident à gravir les échelons», a évoqué à Métro le cofondateur de Bonjour Startup Montréal, Patrick Gagné.

L’organisme utilisera en outre cette somme pour effectuer une vigie des initiatives prises ailleurs dans le monde, ce qui aidera les entreprises en démarrage à Montréal. Mme Plante siègera désormais au comité aviseur de l’organisme.

«On trouve qu’il y a encore une participation trop faible des grandes entreprises [auprès des startups]. On veut la renforcer.» -Valérie Plante, mairesse de Montréal

Classement

Dans les dernières années, Montréal est devenue une ville de plus en plus attrayante pour les entreprises en démarrage. Le rapport 2019 de Startup Genome, qui porte sur l’écosystème mondial des startups, classe d’ailleurs Montréal parmi les villes à surveiller en Amérique du Nord, aux côtés de Boston, New York et la Silicon Valley, entre autres.

La métropole québécoise, qui est le 3e meilleur écosystème pour les startups spécialisées en aéronautique, chute toutefois au 33e rang au classement général. Elle se retrouve ainsi derrière Toronto, qui occupe 13e échelon, et Vancouver, qui occupe la 24e place.

«Qu’il y ait moins de capital de risque à Montréal qu’à Toronto, c’est normal. Mais qu’il y en ait moins qu’à Vancouver, ça nous préoccupe», a admis à Métro le responsable du développement économique et commercial à la Ville, Luc Rabouin.

Locaux abordables

Afin d’améliorer le positionnement de la métropole à l’échelle internationale, la Ville entend créer d’ici 2021 un programme d’aide financière dédié aux startups. Elle entend aussi élaborer une stratégie visant à conserver des locaux abordables pour les entreprises en démarrage.

«Si on veut garder nos petites entreprises au centre-ville, on doit se donner des façons de faire, des programmes, pour s’assurer qu’il reste des locaux commerciaux à des coûts abordables pour les petites entreprises», a indiqué M. Rabouin. 

«On s’y attaque de front», a d’ailleurs assuré Mme Plante. Cette dernière s’est d’ailleurs dite confiante que la Ville, qui a tenu une consultation publique sur les locaux commerciaux vacants dans les derniers mois, réussira à trouver une solution à cet enjeu. 

Selon une compilation de Bonjour Startup Montréal, la métropole comptait l’an dernier 1300 entreprises en démarrage. Parmi celles-ci, 68% emploient entre une et neuf personnes.

 

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Montreal can do all they want; the blockage to startups is the Quebec government.  

Two years ago a partner and I started a new tech company here in Montreal and while the local government has been amazing, its extremely difficult to make headway given the amount of provincial taxes and ridiculous red tape leveraged on small businesses that make a profit (and want to reinvest said profit in the following fiscal year) or even just do business.

I've been to a number of the amazing startup-focused networking events the city has put on over the last two years and made some great contacts / friends.  Unfortunately, due to the roadblocks thrown up on a provincial level, a lot of them have moved away from here to Ontario, Nova Scotia or even Alberta.  To be fair though, the federal government's programs put in place by the Conservatives are pretty amazing.      

They want to stay here and grow company roots but its increasingly evident the government would rather pay billions to large companies (EA, Bombardier, Amazon, Google, etc.) than properly support small businesses.  It actually feels like these payouts are being done on the backs of small business.    

While startup numbers look amazing, they really only tell a small portion of the story.  I'd really like to see how well those startups are doing after 2, 3 and 4 years.

Sure, the usual "Quebec can do no wrong" folks on this board will likely find a million reasons why they think this post is incorrect but whatever.  I'm just tired to seeing these startup numbers being waved like a flag of success.  

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41 minutes ago, SKYMTL said:

Montreal can do all they want; the blockage to startups is the Quebec government.  

Two years ago a partner and I started a new tech company here in Montreal and while the local government has been amazing, its extremely difficult to make headway given the amount of provincial taxes and ridiculous red tape leveraged on small businesses that make a profit (and want to reinvest said profit in the following fiscal year) or even just do business.

I've been to a number of the amazing startup-focused networking events the city has put on over the last two years and made some great contacts / friends.  Unfortunately, due to the roadblocks thrown up on a provincial level, a lot of them have moved away from here to Ontario, Nova Scotia or even Alberta.  To be fair though, the federal government's programs put in place by the Conservatives are pretty amazing.      

They want to stay here and grow company roots but its increasingly evident the government would rather pay billions to large companies (EA, Bombardier, Amazon, Google, etc.) than properly support small businesses.  It actually feels like these payouts are being done on the backs of small business.    

While startup numbers look amazing, they really only tell a small portion of the story.  I'd really like to see how well those startups are doing after 2, 3 and 4 years.

Sure, the usual "Quebec can do no wrong" folks on this board will likely find a million reasons why they think this post is incorrect but whatever.  I'm just tired to seeing these startup numbers being waved like a flag of success.  

Bravo! Keep speaking up.

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Il y a 15 heures, SKYMTL a dit :

While startup numbers look amazing, they really only tell a small portion of the story.  I'd really like to see how well those startups are doing after 2, 3 and 4 years.

(Above: a short excerpt from the full message)

Good point.  Several years ago, I worked in a team tasked for examining/finding ways to promote business development within a small segment of the population, Canada wide.  Startup numbers were fair, but most never grew, stayed small, and many others disappeared after just a couple of years.  It was  easy to identify the causes,  but much more difficult to find and implement remedies (still largely unattained as of now).  

The case of the Province of Quebec and notably Montreal is very different from the situation I was dealing with,  but it still suffers from limitations in some important respects, although there are cases where these were successfully overcome.  Common limitations include the comparatively small size of the domestic market,  poor business connections with major merchandisers,  inadequate access to large pools of capital, and sometimes a personal reluctance to grow.  Those who were truly successful were able and willing to expand into the international markets, generally beginning with the USA; of course, they also needed to be shrewd business persons, and lucky as well. 

In a part of your message that I did not quote, you wrote that "the blockage to startups is the Quebec government".  You mentioned high provincial taxes; well, this is true for personal income taxes for high earners, something that just cannot be erased at will: it's part of the environment for the time being.  For some business sectors, this represents a major disadvantage; for others, compensation is found on items that matter more for them, such as low electricity rates, or access to a large pool of talent in a specific field etc.  Besides, you did not explicitely mentioned the language law, but I guess it is a factor.  As far as red tape is concerned,  admit that this is a concern that is voiced in virtually every province/country. All in all, you must have realised that the business environment is different: good for some, not for everyone.

Interestingly,  startups are very trendy at the moment, in many parts of the world.  This one and that one seek to promote themselves as a national or even international "champion", as if this was the ultimate criterion/yardstick by which to judge the economic prospects of a city/region/country/continent!  Personnally, I pay some attention, but I am not overly impressed.  

As a business person, you may find that location X is the best place to "start" a business, expecting to move to Y once you are ready to play in a bigger league.  Just be pragmatic, not romantic.  Sometimes, you may be surprised by how things will turn out!  And sometimes, facing and overcoming big obstacles leads to greater rewards!  

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