MONTREAL, Dec. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- La Soirée Montréal inc. celebrated entrepreneurship Thursday evening at the new Marine Terminal hall in Old Montréal. Under the honorary presidency of Mr. Lucien Bouchard, Chairman of the Board, Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital, received a tribute for his impact on entrepreneurship. The 2017 Prix Montréal inc. was awarded to Sensequake. La Soirée Montréal inc. is an annual event to the benefit of Fondation Montréal inc. which invests in the creation, expansion and ongoing support of young businesses.

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Sensequake, winner of the 2017 Prix Montréal inc.
Over 450 guests from the Montréal business community chose the winner after Desjardins Entreprises presented the 3 finalists for the Prix Montréal inc. The Prix Montréal spotlights the most successful young entrepreneurs among the laureates of Fondation Montréal inc. over the past 12 months.

Sensequake is the initiative of the two Mirshafiei brothers, engineers by training. Sensequake has developed a technology that allies sensors and collection and analysis software, allowing data gathering on buildings and infrastructure. An algorithm can determine the DNA of a building's structure and predict its vulnerability.

The other two businesses in convention were:

Épicerie LOCO: Founded by four women entrepreneurs in environmental sciences, LOCO is committed to supply a full line of healthy, ecological, packaging-free food and everyday products.

Local Logic: Co-founded in 2014 by urban planners specializing in data science, Local Logic™ excels in the collection, cleansing and combination of data used in scoring businesses in real estate, tourism, traditional commerce and the web. 

"Congratulations to the finalists and bravo to the organizers of this evening, which encourages and promotes the dynamism of our Montréal businesses. Desjardins is proud to support Prix Montréal inc. and to be a partner of Fondation Montréal inc., a philanthropic business model with real value-added for our entrepreneurs," declared Luc Ménard, Chief Operating Officer of Desjardins Capital.

Tribute to Eric Boyko

The contribution of Eric Boyko, founder of Stingray, to the Québec entrepreneurial ecosystem, was highlighted during the evening.  His energy, daring and team-building skills have propelled Stingray into the ranks of the world's biggest players in the music publishing industry, operating in no less than 156 countries.

Thank you to the businesses that contributed to La Soirée Montréal inc. :

Table  Hommage : Ampme. Attraction Média. Banque Nationale.  Bouclair. Couche-Tard. Davies Ward Philips et Vineberg. Québécor Média

Table Montréal inc. : Banque de développement du Canada. Banque Nationale. Banque Scotia. Banque TD. BCF avocats. Bell Canada. BMO Nesbitt Burns. BonLook. Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Cogeco. Desjardins. DIVCO. EY. Financière Banque Nationale. Fonds de solidarité FTQ. Gestion immobilière Luc Maurice inc. GMP Securities. Grooupe Park Avenue. KPMG MSLP. LHC inc. Lumenpulse group inc. Manuvie. McGill St-Laurent. Walter Capital Partners. PowerCorporation du Canada. Sanimax San inc. Stingray Digital. Trans-Pro Logistique.

The funds raised during La Soirée Montréal inc. will be invested in grants and support services for young Montréal entrepreneurs.

About Fondation Montréal inc. 

Fondation Montréal inc. propels towards success the most promising entrepreneurs through grants, access to a high-level business network and the expertise of experienced business volunteers. Fondation Montréal inc. awards annually over $700,000 in grants, without taking any participation, offers young entrepreneurs personalized à la carte services and opens the Montréal inc. doors to them thanks to its vast network of more than 450 business volunteers. A charitable organization, Fondation Montréal inc. is 80% funded by the private sector and has contributed, since 1996, to the creation of more than 900 businesses. 

About Prix Montréal inc., présenté par Desjardins Entreprises

Fondation Montreal inc. shines a light, annuallys, on  its recent laureates who have distinguished themselves by their remarkable achievements since obtaining a grant.  The Montréal inc. community –  donors, members of the board, volunteers, partners of the ecosystem – is invited to celebrate the evolution of these young entrepreneurs and to choose the big winner during the Soirée Montréal inc. The 3 finalists share many prices such visibility in Les Affaires, media partner, a training at École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce and services from BCF, Cabinet de relations publiques NATIONAL, et KPMG.

Source : Fondation Montréal inc.
Valérie Danger - Director communications – Tel. 514 872-5768 -