Hayes Nulman Design - www.hayesnulman.com
Inception: September 2013
Jobs Created: 3
Business Profile: Hayes Nulman Design is a unique furniture design and fabrication studio in Montreal. It is unique because we build custom functional works of art by blending wood and metal in seamless design. We work well with clients who know exactly what they want. We also work well with clients who know the functions they need, but are unsure of the rest. In other words, we work well.
His story: From a young age Hayes was fascinated with the construction of everyday objects. After finishing school in Furniture design and fabrication he tried to fit in at a large manufacturing company. Fortunately for us it was like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. This led him to unleash his entrepreneurial spirit by establishing Hayes Nulman Design.
PME Quote: The money we received from PME has enabled us to purchase state of the art equipment that will push us to enter new product segments.
For The Love Of Dog - www.fortheloveofdogmontreal.ca
Inception: November 2013
Jobs Created: 2 full-time and many seasonal employees
Business Profile: We provide quality pet grooming, straight to your door! We also provide safe overnight boarding for your dogs, in a home environment, which allows dogs to be a part of the family rather than just another dog in a kennel.
Her story: When I was going through nursing school, I wanted nothing but a dog to call my own. Once I adopted Maya from the SPCA, I realized that leaving her home alone all day was not fair. Here I was stuck between leaving my precious Maya home all day alone, or hiring a dog walker, a stranger who now would have access to my home and personal life. Montreal definitely needed a reliable pet service and I was going to bring it to them!
PME Quote: I was so lucky to have been given a 15k cheque from PME. This helped me with marketing and, essentially, cash flow! After over a year in business, I still have money to continue to grow my business, and I am so grateful for their amazing support. Getting this money proved to me that my community was there for me, and wanted to see me succeed. Even when others didn’t believe in my service, PME did!
MoneyCloud Inc. - www.moneycloud.me
Inception: April 2012
Jobs Created: 11
Business Profile: MoneyCloud is a multi-merchant loyalty program that provides independent retailers and professionals with tools to foster stronger relationships with customers through mobile technology and advanced analytics, right in their own place of business.
His story: The idea came to me after working in the debit/credit processing industry for 3 years. Many merchants complained that there wasn’t an affordable loyalty program for small-medium sized businesses that could help them retain their customers and attract new ones. I saw the opportunity to solve a problem, and then came MoneyCloud.
PME Quote: PME was a very big help to MoneyCloud – the funds we received helped our evolving ideas come to life. We cannot thank PME enough for the opportunity it has given us. Thank you!
Marina Staingart and Jean-Pierre Sabe-Affaki
Medialpha - www.medialpha.ca
Inception: June 2014
Jobs Created: 2
Business Profile: Medialpha manages an online platform that connects rising demand for home health services to a network of mobile health professionals. Medialpha offers patients the maximum control over their schedule; our professionals perform medical/paramedical acts whenever and wherever patients request them. Medialpha’s mission is to make everyone win in healthcare by providing great customer experience to patients, clinics and other partners.
PME Quote: Before our pitch, we were nervous and humbled to present to such distinguished and accomplished panel members. It was such a thrill to receive their endorsement in terms of start-up funds and precious mentorship. Thanks to PME we are better equipped to launch our operations.
Benjamin Outmezguine, Noah Bernett, Konstantinos Vassiliou & Richard Bernett
CoolWhey - www.coolwhey.com
Mentor: Jeremy Richman
Inception: September 2014
Jobs Created: 4
Business Profile: CoolWhey is North-America’s first protein ice cream. Each tub contains 23g of protein, is 100% natural and has no added sugar. Our ice cream can be used as a post-workout recovery or simply as a healthy snack!
Their story: Konstantinos Vassiliou and Benjamin Outmezguine have been friends for many years. They’ve known each other since high school and have always shared a passion for entrepreneurship. One of their most memorable experiences together takes place at the Young Entrepreneurs program from Junior Achievement in 2011. Together they participated in the development of a product, its creation and its selling as well. This planted the entrepreneurial seed of one day starting their own company. Noah Bernett met Kosta and Ben in CEGEP, and it wasn’t long before they realized that they all shared the same goals and passion for business. The three young men shared much more than just business, they also shared a similar life style of being active and having a love for sports. This led them to spending time together working out and participating in the same sports. Together they signed up for classes in martial arts, they went skiing during the winter and played soccer during the summer. These activities led to the creation of their business, CoolWhey.
PME Quote: PME provided us with everything we needed as a starting company; a great mentorship program, an interesting source of financing, and real support from the community.
Nathaniel Schachter & Anik Decoste
N/A - www.naisgood.com
Inception: October 2010
Jobs Created: 12
Business Profile: N/A is a new kind of marketing agency with a singular goal: to connect people and brands in ways that affect positive social change. We call it Good Marketing.
Their story: Working at Saatchi & Saatchi, Sid Lee, Vice Magazine, and V Magazine in cities ranging from Montreal to New York, we decided it was time to use our editorial and marketing expertise to put purpose at the core of business.
PME Quote: The PME gave us one of our key big breaks early on. With their investment, we were able to grow in a smart way, and today - only 2.5 years in - count 3 multi-billion dollar companies in the US and Canada as clients. We couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without the PME.
Larry Markowitz, Raphael Bouskila & David BerlinerCoPower Inc. - www.copower.com
Inception: October 2013
Jobs Created: 5
Business Profile: CoPower is an online platform that allows Canadians to pool their money and invest in pre-vetted clean energy opportunities such as solar and energy efficiency systems. Investors receive solid financial returns, and make a positive impact on the environment and in their communities.
Their story: David is a lifelong environmentalist who worked in Toronto and New York City on mobilizing communities towards clean energy and generating local power. Raphael worked in science and technology for many years, developing an appreciation for new energy technologies and for the power of the Internet. The two of them met at a Montreal-based clean energy investment fund, where they grew to understand the barriers the traditional banking system places in front of financially-viable clean energy investments.
PME Quote: The support of the PME was about much more than money: it meant we had a rockstar group of entrepreneurs supporting us. From the CEO of a global clean energy company, to the founder of a successful research and marketing firm, to experienced lawyers and accountants, we have found ProMontreal Entrepreneurs to be one of the most valuable resources behind our company.
Stephanie Mitelman & Todd Bercovitch
Senseez Pillows - www.senseez.com
Inception: January 2012
Jobs Created: 3
Business Profile: These colorful, lightweight, fun-shaped vinyl vibrating cushions offer a gentle sensation they are squeezed or sat on, relaxing, calming or soothing the body. This can help some kids sit still and others fall asleep! Kids that have trouble sitting for meals, stories, car rides, shopping trips, school work, movies, or anything else will be comforted by the vibrations of Senseez.
PME Quote: PME has been a tremendous support for us… not only in the financial area, but also in helping us to access a number of resources we would have not known about without their help!
Drs. Eli Stoffman & Thomas Jennequin
Cuttle Pharmaceutical - www.cuttlepharma.com
Community Partners: PME, CDEC CDN/NDG, Montreal Inc., Concours Québecois en entrepreneuriat, Concours d’Entrepreneurship HEC-Poly-UdeM
Inception: February 2012
Jobs Created: 2
Business Profile: Cuttle Pharmaceutical is a Montreal-based Contract Research Organization (CRO) dedicated to producing high-quality test drugs and other fine chemicals. The goal of our drug development services is to provide our clients with top quality products tailored to their research requirements, effectively reducing costs and timelines and helping to meet drug discovery milestones.
The Tendler Group - www.tendlergroup.com
Inception: 2001 and acquired in 2007 by IntrinsiQ, LLC of Waltham MA
Jobs Created: 12+
Business Profile: The Tendler Group is a provider of medical market research to leading pharmaceutical companies.
Her story: I always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I worked for 2 competing global agencies prior to starting my own.
PME Quote: To receive funding from such a distinguished committee was support within itself.
Dylan Ribkoff - www.dylanribkoff.com
Inception: August 2010
Jobs Created: 10
Business Profile: To create clothing that satisfies our customer needs. To provide a shopping experience that makes people want to share it with others.
His story: I was dissatisfied with what was available; I was essentially making something for me.
PME Quote: The PME fund meant life. It was a breath, without that breath you can't think.
Michael Moszberg and Damien Galan & Tarek Riman
Gymbirds Inc. - www.gymbirds.com
Mentor: Earl Azimov
Inception: June 2014
Jobs Created: 3
Business Profile: Gymbirds is pay-as-you-go fitness app that puts the entire menu of fitness classes available in your city at your fingertips. The app make it easy to discover the classes and gyms around you, get an affordable pass, and get going in seconds. No more lengthy signups, costly commitments or boredom at the gym!
PME Quote: PME has provided us with the resources we needed to build our sales and marketing team, enabling Gymbirds to expand into new markets. They have also helped enormously by providing mentorship and making important introductions for us.
David Lipes, Michael Elman & Noemie Dupuy
Wave Generation - www.wavegeneration.ca
Inception: May 2001
Jobs Created: 40
Business Profile: Wave Generation is a turn key audio production company working in the interactive and traditional media industries. Based in Montreal, the company operates out of its facility that includes sound design and dialog editing suites and a state of the art recording and 5.1 mixing studio.
Their story: The video game development industry in the city of Montreal and worldwide was demonstrating explosive growth at the time. We recognized there was real demand for high end audio content (music, sound, voice recording) for the games being developed. We stepped in and became the “go to” audio content service provider for the biggest video game developers and publishers in the industry.
PME Quote: Receiving financing from PME was THE key moment for us. We were young entrepreneurs looking to take on the challenge of launching and building a business. However, like any business, we needed money to get things going. PME believed in us and our idea enough to award us with financing to get the business off the ground. PME encouraged us to build the business, provided us with access to tremendous advisors and ultimately gave us the confidence to pursue the dream.