Apiguru Inc. - www.apiguru.ca
Business Profile: Apiguru Inc. provides beekeeping services and products. Our mission is to improve honeybee wintering in the north through improved hive technology.
Their story: Yoav’s bee story begins from a young age but it wasn’t until college that he took an interest. Not long after, he bought his first hives and began to see the challenges involved. He began volunteering in various operations and then eventually, in 2021, came back and joined in Apiguru’s efforts to use different hives that are more adapted to the bees’ nature.
PME Quote: PME offers not just funding, but the resources needed to reach another level. All you have to do is ask.
Mobispaw - mobispaw.com
Business Profile: Mobispaw is a modern mobile pet grooming service and marketplace aimed to deliver both a convenient and premium solution to pet parents. Our goal is to remove the friction associated within pet care today and offer a level of service truly unmatched in the industry.
Their story: Jonathan has been working in the tech industry for over 7 years now. Over the last 4 years, Jonathan has worked specifically with pet stores all over North America on optimizing their businesses. Jonathan has had dogs his whole life and noticed that there was a serious need for modern grooming services which led him to build Mobispaw, a solution catered directly to pet parents wanting both a convenient and premium offering.
PME Quote: PME has been detrimental to the advancement of Mobispaw. Straight off the bat, PME mentors and advisors have really taken the time to ensure Mobispaw's path to success. This is a wonderful program for young entrepreneurs looking to build their dream businesses and working with seasoned advisors along the way.
Snack Owl - eatsnackowl.com
Business Profile: Snack Owl’s mission is to make traditional snacks healthy and affordable to everyone.
Their story: Noah started his first business at 18 years old selling better-for-you ice cream (CoolWay) with the help of PME and then sold that company in 2022. When he had to travel for work, he would get gummy cravings all the time, and he couldn’t understand why there weren’t any healthier options available. That’s when it hit him to make a gummy that tastes great but without all the sugar and calories. So, he raised a small round of financing and partnered with Dr. S, the world’s leading confectionery food scientist and conducted hundreds of hours of testing over 9 months until arriving at a recipe that they loved.
PME Quote: Katherine and PME have been there for me with every business I start. Above the 50K loan, there’s a network of individuals that are associated with PME who can be very helpful with different business needs you may have. I highly recommend applying, there’s only upside!
Oz Trachtman and Christopher Wells
Piecemeal - www.piecemeal.io
Business Profile: Piecemeal is a digital operations platform for restaurants, hotels, and food service management. A powerful, yet free tool to simplify and automate inventories, menu engineering, purchasing, and scheduling. We also offer paid solutions for enterprises and chains, as well as specialized modules for hotels.
Their story: Oz & Chris met when they were both working on creating some tools for the restaurant industry. Oz was the co-owner of a family restaurant and used his coding skills to work on building tools to help manage his restaurant, and he quickly realized there was a market for such innovations. And Christopher had long been looking for someone like Oz to build a more complete platform than what was available out there.
PME Quote: PME were one of the first to believe in us while we were still very early and still had a lot to prove. Without their support, the early days might have been our only days. They've always been close to us and ready to help when we need it. They've been invaluable to our success.
Dino Vassiliou and Benjamin Outmezguine
Flings - eatflings.com
Business Profile: Flings is a brand of toaster pastries that offer a delicious and convenient breakfast or snack option, with the main benefits of being low in sugar and high in protein. Our pastries contain just 1g of sugar per pastry, making them an ideal choice for anyone who wants to indulge in a sweet treat without the high sugar content. In addition, our pastries contain up to 10 grams of protein, making them a great option for those who want to feel full and energized throughout the day. Flings is for anyone who wants a healthier toaster pastry option that doesn't compromise on taste or nutrition.
Their story: They started their first business, a better-for-you ice cream (CoolWay) when they were younger and sold it in 2022. As all day/every day snackers, they always wondered why they couldn’t eat the same delicious foods they had as kids, but with better ingredients. Their love for toaster pastries was reignited while on a camping trip with friends, but the ones they ate left them feeling like crap. It inspired them to create their own toaster pastries to treat themselves without the crash. Enter, Flings. They got to work updating the formula: no more sickeningly sweet sugars; no more heavy carbs. In their place they’ve added protein to keep you moving and dialed up the naturally occurring sweetness and fun of fruits and spices. The result is a tempting toaster pastry that’s good for a quick fling with flavor—no strings attached.
PME Quote: As someone who has worked with PME previously at CoolWay, I can say firsthand that the program provides invaluable support to entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level. The combination of financing and mentorship allows for a holistic approach to business development, and the guidance and resources provided by PME are instrumental in helping entrepreneurs navigate the challenges of starting and growing a business.
Kyle Feigenbaum. Adrien Malka, Dana Ben David
Healthybud - healthybud.co
Business Profile: Healthybud is a Canadian pet wellness brand helping dogs live better and longer by introducing powerful, unique healing ingredients & superfoods to their diet. With the help of vets, nutritionists, and renowned universities, Healthybud is reinventing the pet pantry through powerful dog nutrition.
Their story: After the sudden loss of their family dog, Roxy, it became apparent that they were feeding her completely wrong. They quickly learned that their dogs can thrive from the same incredible healing foods that they feed themselves. They love superfoods and include them in their daily diet. So, they founded Healthybud based on the simple idea that good food heals. Today, by pairing superfood ingredients with scientific research, they help dogs live a longer, happier and healthier life.
PME Quote: We’re very grateful to have found a supportive partner in ProMontreal Entrepreneurs. The ProMontreal team has been with us since our early days; validating our business model and products and providing some seed capital to help us produce.
Sydney Wajcman et Lise Robichon
AG - www.accompagneragrandir.com
Business Profile: AG is a neurodiversity affirming community-based child and family private therapy clinic supporting and encouraging autonomous participation in daily occupations. We provide strengths based therapeutic strategies geared towards the child and family’s personal goals. We aim to empower the community by providing services to children and parents that are accessible and effective, no matter the label.
Their story: Sydney and her partner Lise expanded their scope of practice after opening Syd's private practice in January 2021, and Accompagner à grandir (AG) was born! Sydney Wajcman (occupational therapist and entrepreneur) and Lise Robichon (teacher and educator) have complementary and distinct skills that contribute to the growth of the AG community.
PME Quote: We are extremely grateful to have received the support and guidance from PME. Katherine has been an incredible resource from the beginning and has had only our success in mind. We look forward to seeing how AG and PME's relationship grows in the years to come.
Camp Lumi - https://camp-lumi.com/
Business Profile: Camp Lumi is a summer day camp offering children, ages 4 to 14, the opportunity to explore their interests, develop skills and enhance their well-being in first class facilities at Lower Canada College. Programs are tailored to each age group and will include arts, science & technology, and physical activity.
Their story: Founder and Camp Director, Amanda Cohen, always loved attending and working at camp. After many years of working in recreation services in Montreal and Toronto, as well as at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2015 Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games, Amanda has returned home to Montreal where she is raising a family and starting Camp Lumi.
PME Quote: PME is a wonderful resource in providing me with guidance and tools to build my business plan. Having the support of successful business people and the community is valuable as I embark on this new venture.
Jamie Magrill and Ina
DECAP - www.decaprandd.com
Business Profile: DECAP’s first product, the DECAP device, is a single-handed, all-in-one needle uncapper, recapper, and disposal unit designed to prevent NSIs before they happen. Our target markets are the research, healthcare, and veterinary sectors which use more than 16 billion needles and suffer over 2 million NSIs annually. More than 50% of those injuries are incurred during uncapping and recapping alone, with disposal following close behind. DECAP device is the only product available that completely prevents needle uncapping, recapping, and disposal related injuries when used. Our product also provides a unique sustainability benefit by reducing plastic sharps disposal bin replacement frequency and by being the first product to make recycling plastic waste from single use needles possible.
Their story: DECAP Research & Development co-founders, Jamie and Ina, both accidentally stuck themselves with needles while working in the research and medical fields as students at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After discovering just how widespread, problematic, and persistent needle stick injuries (NSIs) were, they decided to create a solution.
PME Quote: Working with PME has been excellent - they are well connected in the Montreal ecosystem and were able to make key introductions for our team!