WHAT IS THE OSMO FOUNDATION ?

 

The Osmo Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created to support the development of the startup ecosystem in Montreal. Their first project was to create a physical space to support startups and entrepreneurship – the Notman House.

OUR STORY

In order to support the creation of such a physcial startup space, a group of community leaders came together and created the OSMO Foundation in 2009. The name OSMO plays on the word osmosis, a biological process of absorption and exchange. It is also an abbreviation for Operating System for MOntreal. Since its inception, the OSMO foundation has focused on Notman House as its key vehicle for supporting the growth of the Montreal startup ecosystem.

The OSMO Foundation raised the funding to refurbish Notman House and St-Margaret’s for the use of the startup community. The vast majority of this money came from from private and corporate donations, including a crowdfunding campaign that saw community members contribute more than $100,000 to the cause. For more information about the amazing backers that have supported Notman House during this ambitious expansion, please visit our supporters page.

OUR MANDATE

  • Help accelerate learning and knowledge transfer through peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration between the entrepreneurial founders of early stage technology companies
  • Create more effective opportunities for networking between the various constituencies of the Montreal web tech ecosystem, including budding entrepreneurs, freelancers, University students, early stage companies, investors, industry leaders, technology visionaries, industry associations, government agencies, independent consultants and service providers; 

  • Support networking, knowledge transfer and best practice sharing between Montreal’s technology community and those in other North American and international technology hubs;

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Stokes

John Stokes

Real Ventures

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Louis-Francois Hogue

Louis-Francois Hogue

Cirque du Soleil

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Andre Brosseau

Andre Brosseau

Andre Maynard

Andre Maynard

Quebecor

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Philippe Telio

Philippe Telio

Startup Festival

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Claudine Blondin

Claudine Blondin

Claridge

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Bertrand Hébert

Bertrand Hébert

Videotron

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Alan MacIntosh

Alan MacIntosh

Real Ventures

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Bruce McNiven

Bruce McNiven

DS Welsh Bussiere

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