Give life to your ambitions.Call for applications closed
Give life to your ambitions.Call for applications closed
Take advantage of the expertise and support network at your disposal: a network of 450 volunteer coaches, 1,100 alumni and ecosystem partners as well as our connection events. Also benefit outreach opportunities.
Number of calls for applications per year
Number of startups rewarded
Amount of the grant
Language of service
French and English
Deadline to apply
Call for applications closed
Week of March 21, 2022
Increase your company’s visibility and create lasting business relationships.
Access to a business network
450 coaches to support you in early-stage and growth such as finding financing, talent, business development, growing your business and finding solutions to your challenges.
Participate in Mtl inc. events that bring together the business community to build relationships with investors, alumni, major companies and ecosystem partners.
20,000$ in non-dilutive funding to the 20 most promising startups of the year in Montréal.
Be incorporated, have its head office on the island of Montréal and be an independent business and not a subsidiary of a larger company.
Be a for-profit business.
Majority of the shares of the company are held by founders who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Several co-founders or only one founder, but with the objective of building a team.
Own the rights to use the intellectual property of their product or service, if applicable.
Sales - Financing
You have made sales (not exceeding $1M) OR you have achieved a financing between $250K and $2M in the last 12 months.
The team has complementary skills and experience related to the project.
The solution (product/service) is innovative and original. It meets a real need in the market.
Growth potential (15%)
The project has the potential to develop and grow, whether at the regional, national or international level.
Realism of the project (15%)
Business model, viability of the revenue model, operational feasibility, resources available to achieve your ambition.
Market and commercialization (15%)
Market size, demonstrated traction, marketing strategy.
Implementation Capacity (10%)
Demonstrated ability of the team to rapidly grow the project in the last 24 months and in the next 12 months.
The positive and negative impacts your project brings to society and/or the environment.
Call for projects.
Pre-selection of semi-finalists based on eligibility criteria by the Mtl Inc. team.
Selection of the finalists based on the evaluation criteria involving evaluators from the ecosystem.
Selection of the 20 promising startups of the year by a jury of Montréal entrepreneurs
Announcement of the 20 winning startups of the year.
Awarding of grants and access to business networks.
What is Grant+?
Grant+ is a competition that rewards Montréal startups that shine by their innovation, their growth potential and their achievements.
Each year, Mtl inc. coordinates the competition. 20 startups are chosen by the partners of the ecosystem and the selection is made on the basis of the quality of the file.
When you receive a Grant+, you benefit from these services free of charge:
Local and international exposure ;
Access to a network and business opportunities:
Access to our events: the Grand-Messe, the Coulisses du financement, the Soirée Mtl inc.
You must first submit your application online. You can submit it at your own pace before the deadline. The application includes a form, a video and optional documents.
If your project is selected, you will be invited to a pitch to the jury who will evaluate your project. You will need a pitch deck to accompany your oral presentation. The final answer will be shared with you a few days after the meeting with the jury.
How many calls for applications are organized per year?
Only one call for applications is offered per year.
The deadline to apply is January 23, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
Yes, you can start your application online and submit it at your own pace before the deadline.
No. However, you and your associates must have reached the age of majority (18 years old), according to the law in Québec.
You can apply for a grant if your personal residence is in the Montréal metropolitan area. However, your startup must be established on the island of Montréal.
Yes! However, the person who meets all the eligibility criteria should be the main contact.
You can submit your project if the majority of the co-founders are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Mtl inc. is organizing two information sessions followed by a Q&A period to allow you to ask your questions (mettre le lien des deux sessions pour inscription). You can also contact our team after the sessions for more specific or personal questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be happy to answer your questions.
*Pitchdeck: optional for application, but mandatory for finalists.
Your project must stand out by its originality while meeting a real market need. An innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service) or process. It is not specific to the product, it can reside in a new marketing method, a new organizational method in the company’s practices, in the organization of the workplace, external relations or other aspects of the business model.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts: email@example.com.
A project that has been rejected in the past by Mtl inc. may be eligible for a new application if the project demonstrates a significant change and/or advancement in the business model, or if the application is for a new project. Of course, the team of founders and the project must meet the competition criteria.
You can contact the Concierge service offered by Bonjour Startup Montréal. The team will be happy to direct you to other resources in the ecosystem depending on your situation. You can make an appointment here: https://www.bonjourstartupmtl.ca/en/our-projects/the-concierge-service/
On what criteria do we select the 20 most promising Montréal startups?
Once the call for applications is closed, eligible projects are analyzed by an external evaluation committee composed of experts from various sectors working in the ecosystem. The finalists will be invited to a pitch to a jury followed by a question period. The jury makes the final selection of the 20 startups that will be awarded a grant. The selection process takes about 7 weeks after the application deadline.
Projects not selected for the pitch stage will be notified by email 3 weeks after the application deadline.
Successful projects will be invited to present their project to the jury.
The final result will be announced the week of March 21, 2022.
You can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to provide you with additional information and refer you to other resources if needed.