Having partnered with hundreds of innovative enterprises since its founding 23 years ago, BCF is proud to contribute to the success of Quebec startups, as well as entrepreneurs that will become the leaders of tomorrow’s economy. Our firm’s strength lies in the experience we have with home-grown ventures.
SmartoHalo – Montreal.
The idea for SmartHalo came to us as a result of our common interests in cycling and tech. From there, we were able to identify a need.
Founders : Xavier Peich, Gabriel Alberola, Olivier Bourbonnais and Maxime Couturier.
What’s the story behind your company’s launch?
Out of necessity, we had to be patient. First, we needed financing to further our prototype. Then, we needed the financial resources to move ahead with production. Initially, we each invested $25 in our shares, and we won a $1,000 bursary during the OSEntreprendre contest organized by the Government of Quebec. We later received additional bursaries from HEC and Futurpreneur Canada, which allowed us to refine our prototype. We then got our first loan from Futurpreneur, and another from the BDC, for a grand total of $51,000. Our goal had been to raise an additional $67,000 on KickStarter, and we ended up raising $538,000 in 31 days!
Audible Reality – Montreal.
We develop revolutionary 3D audio imaging technology to capture and deliver fully immersive, life-like sound from any source. Don't just hear sound - BELIEVE IT!
Founders : Matthew Boerum, Bryan Martin and Julien Lacheré.
What was your biggest challenge?
Definitely, it was learning how to manage and propell a startup company..it still is! We thought we knew business, but we realized that we had everything to learn to become successful entrepreneurs. We especially needed to learn how crucial it is to zero-in on the targeted objective without spreading ourselves thin, which can be tempting when so many options turn up at the same time. You need time, and passion, to succeed.
Founders : Yves-Gabriel Leboeuf, Frédérick Lavoie and Julien Cousineau.
How a young startup tech financing business is about to improve life of million of users.
What is Flinks solving exactly?
As finance apps are gaining in popularity, so does the need to easily, and reliably synchronize users’ financial data with the app of their choosing. To understand the need, just think of this: would you take the time to manually import all your bank transactions to be able to use a budget management app? The likely answer is this: not a chance.