About this event

*Event in English*

Survive the Drive is a monthly meetup which will revolve around what founders can do in order to survive the challenges that often accompany the entrepreneurial drive.

Join John Stokes (Real Ventures, OSMO) and his guests every 3rd Wednesday of the month for a genuine and inspiring discussion on the challenges, and solutions to those challenges, that are faced by founders and those close to them as they build startups.

The goal is to get you to anticipate the emotional challenges that you will face so you are better prepared to navigate them and able to openly share your experiences with others.


  • Every third Wednesday of the month at Notman House.
  • First edition, Wednesday, October 19th, 6 to 8pm

For who?

  • Founders, coaches and others who have an interest in developing and enhancing their growth mindset

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John Stokes – Real Ventures, Co-founder & Managing Partner

Adopted by Montréal in 2007, John Stokes is the co-founder and co-Managing Partner of early-stage venture capital firm Real Ventures, a lead actor and major catalyzer of Canada’s startup ecosystem. In 2018, L’actualité named him as one of the “100 most influential people in Quebec.”

and he was also recognized by the Montreal Gazette as one of the “24 Quebecers we love” for his contributions to Montréal’s entrepreneurship renaissance. In addition to co-founding Real Ventures, he is co-founder of the OSMO Foundation, the entrepreneurship-focused not-for-profit that acquired Notman House and St Margaret’s Hospital and turned them into a vibrant startup campus. John knows first-hand that the path to success is uphill and it doesn’t have many signposts, but that an inquiring mind, an ability to inspire, a strong compass and dogged determination can enable entrepreneurs to find success in places others didn’t know existed.

Real Ventures

Real Ventures is a pre-seed capital risk company which caters to entrepreneurs that dare to create thriving international companies. Real Ventures supports the entrepreneurs from day one and helps them grow their company and flourish at the same time.