Moving North Boston: Funding Opportunities for AI and NLP in Montreal

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WeWork Mass Ave.

625 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

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About Moving North

Moving North is a mission to accelerate Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) funding, as well as provide direct support to entrepreneurs looking to establish their Research and Development teams in Montreal.

Montreal is undoubtedly a global leader in AI and NLP. With the highest concentration of deep learning researchers and over $1.3 billion locally invested in AI and NLP projects, there has never been a better time to engage the tech community in Montreal.

This is a collaborative effort between R&D Partners, MTL INTL, The Consulate General of Canada in New York, Invest Quebec, and Andersen Tax.

Why Montreal?

Access to Talent

The largest university research center in Canada, with a model based on collaboration and public/private partnerships. Home to Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO) and Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), one of the largest public deep learning labs. Home to over 9000 university students in the field of AI or data science.

Abundant Funding Opportunities

Home to the highest rate of government funding for R&D in North America. Corporations can receive a refund of up to 74% of an engineer's or developer’s salary for eligible R&D work, while individuals moving to Canada and involved in R&D can receive a five-year personal provincial income tax holiday. Significant grants for hiring, training, marketing, and other activities.

Thriving Startup Ecosystem

Work with 26+ incubators and accelerators, and join grassroots AI and data groups, such as MTL Data, Data Driven MTL, and MTL Machine Learning.

High Influx of AI Research Centers

  • Element AI

  • Facebook AI Research (FAIR)

  • Google Brain Team

  • Microsoft

  • Thales SA

  • Datalogue

  • Automat


  • And more...


Office Hours

3:30pm - 5:30pm: Free 15 minute 1-on-1 advisory services

Participating Advisors

  • Mike Lee P.Eng., MBA, CFA, President of R&D Partners: Available funding for AI and NLP companies

  • Simon Davari, CPA, CA, Partner at Andersen Tax: International tax considerations

  • TBD: Setting up your research and development teams in Montreal


6pm to 6:30pm: Networking

6:30pm to 6:45pm: Opening remarks by Nathalie Niedoba from the Consulate General of Canada in NY

6:45pm to 7pm: Introduction to Montreal International by Louise Thiboutot

7pm to 7:15pm: Tax credits and grants for AI and NLP companies by Mike Lee from R&D Partners

7:15pm to 7:30pm: Closing remarks by Benoit Larouche from Invest Quebec

7:30pm to 8pm: Networking

*Final number of advisors and speakers TBD

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