Idea Contest

Fondation Montréal inc., hosts the Leverage Your Idea University Challenge presented by National Bank and organised in collaboration with Montréal-based Universities. For the 2016 edition, almost 100 business ideas were submitted during the University Challenge, which was held between September 26 and October 30.

In order to stimulate the creation of startups, finalists and participants were invited at a 24-hours entrepreneurial bootcamp on November 18 and 19. The event provided the participants the skills and tools they needed to get their ideas off the ground. Three winners were selected by a jury at the end of the bootcamp.

Alexandre Caya, The Kyaki Pillar
Discover his project here.
Gabriel Péloquin et Jean-Philippe Bisson,
Arista Foods
Discover their project here.
Eduardo Orellana, Markis
Discover his project here.


See the 2016 bootcamp photo album here.

See the 2015 contest final photo album.

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An initiative of Fondation Montréal Inc., this contest is intended to promote entrepreneurship on Montreal college campuses and identify young students and graduates with good business ideas with the objective of motivating them to create new businesses.



The National Bank, official sponsor of the contest, has joined the initiative to help the next generation of entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life.

The donation of the Banque Nationale to Fondation Montréal Inc. is closely connected to the founding mission of our institution, which was established more than 150 years ago to support entrepreneurs and the business community.


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