MONTREAL, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Some 450 members of the Montreal business community gathered at Bonsecours Market on November 19 for Soirée Montréal Inc., a Fondation Montréal inc. benefit event.
The Montréal inc. Award, presented by Desjardins and the National Bank, was awarded by the business leaders in attendance to Félix Marzell and David Barabé of DIX au carré, which outperformed the other Fondation laureates over the past 12 months. HappyBox and Kristins Gifts were the other two finalists.
After a three-minute presentation of each of the finalists on stage, DIX au carré, a firm that designs and manufactures acrobatic and theatrical equipment for the entertainment industry, won over the audience.
"I'm particularly pleased that Greater Montréal Inc. has heeded the call to support entrepreneurship and encourage the emergence of a new generation of Montreal entrepreneurs. Companies like DIX au carré help make our community a better place, and it's important to get behind them and support their success," said Andrew T. Molson, chairman of the Foundation's board.
The Foundation's annual benefit event raised more than $252,000. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the $45,000 Jean-Guy Desjardins Grant was specially created as part of a tribute to Mr. Desjardins. The funds will be invested with promising young Montreal entrepreneurs in the form of grants and business start-up services.
Each year, 30 new companies that have distinguished themselves through the excellence of their business model, job creation potential, exposure for Montreal and the quality of their management teams are inducted into the Foundation following a rigorous selection process.
About Fondation Montréal inc.
Fondation Montréal inc. has been a key player in the Montreal business landscape for 17 years and is the only organization that puts the Montréal inc. of today in touch with the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Foundation has donated $5.6 million in grants to support start-ups of close to 800 companies in Montreal, which in turn have created 2,377 jobs. As a result, the Foundation has helped create more than $46 million in investments in Montreal.
Image with caption: "Stéphane Achard - Senior Vice-president and General Manager, Business and institutional markets, cards and payments, Desjardins Group; Félix Marzell and David Barabé - Co-founders DIX au carré; Guy Côté - Senior Vice-president, National Bank Financial. (CNW Group/Fondation Montréal inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131127_C5199_PHOTO_EN_33878.jpg
Video with caption: "The Soirée Montréal inc., November 19, 2013". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20131127_C5199_VIDEO_EN_33888.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20131127_C5199_PHOTO_EN_33888.jpg&clientName=Fondation%20Montr%26%23233%3Bal%20inc%2E&caption=The%20Soir%26%23233%3Be%20Montr%26%23233%3Bal%20inc%2E%2C%20November%2019%2C%202013&title=FONDATION%20MONTR%26%23201%3BAL%20INC%2E%20%2D%20Montreal%20business%20community%20presents%20Montr%26%23233%3Bal%20inc%2E%20Award%20to%20DIX%20au%20carr%26%23233%3B&headline=Montreal%20business%20community%20presents%20Montr%26%23233%3Bal%20inc%2E%20Award%20to%20DIX%20au%20carr%26%23233%3B
SOURCE: Fondation Montréal inc.
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