OVH, sponsor of the 1st Techcrunch Montreal meetup

Innovation, adaptation, questioning: OVH has never lost its start-up spirit which has enabled it to grow and become today a global group specializing in cloud and digital services on demand. So when , the bible of the start-up universe, announced its venue in Montreal, participation in the adventure was an obvious choice for Germain Masse, COO of OVH: “We support all businesses in this time of massive digital transition. Being at the forefront of innovation has always allowed us to keep the start-up mentality. Techcrunch was not an opportunity to be missed.”

Franc Hauselmann, Director of technologies at OVH in Québec city.

The IT reference blog, Techcrunch, held its first meet-up event in Montreal at Société des Arts Technologiques. A breeding ground for start-ups, the largest city in Quebec is today a key technological hub. The 900 people present that evening offered striking proof.

Eight start-ups took to the stage to present their projects in only 60 seconds. An exercise that was judged by a panel of experts and an applause meter for the public’s input. A rich competition, full of new ideas, it was MakerBloks who won the most votes. The Montreal start-up offers an ingenious system of blocks to assemble which introduces children to electronic circuits. It is the Lego of the future which will go on to the next “Techcrunch: Disrupt”, a conference dedicated to start-ups and innovations which unites thousands of people and takes place this year in New York, San Francisco and London.

Sponsor of the Montreal event, OVH reiterated its commitment to Quebec and its technological effervescence, which it has actively contributed to since its arrival 3 years ago. Employing over 100 people in Montreal and Beauharnois (the site of its data center on the south shore of the city), OVH has plans to pick up the pace in 2015: more jobs, physical expansion and new partnerships. With so many advances, OVH continues to nourish the local ecosystem and support more and more start-ups. A new incubator program is also in the works and should be ready before the end of the year.