by Holt Accelerator | October 1, 2018

MONTREAL, QC (October 1, 2018) – Valtech, a global digital agency focused on business transformation, and the Holt Fintech Accelerator are proud to announce their strategic partnership. The program, based in Montreal, extends the entrepreneurship legacy of Sir Herbert Holt, Quebec’s energy pioneer, who created one of the largest privately owned utilities in the world. With this partnership, Valtech will bring their digital innovation expertise to the Fintech entrepreneurs admitted into the Holt accelerator.

“Valtech is excited to have partnered with Holt Fintech Accelerator to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. We highly value the strong entrepreneurial energy we see in the accelerator, and look forward to offering our mentorship to the 13 incredible startups selected from around the world over the next 12 weeks,” says Damien Lefebvre, Valtech Montreal President.

Valtech — where experiences are engineered — boasts 36 offices helping clients to transform their businesses through innovation, with service offerings ranging from CX strategy, data analytics and omnichannel marketing to innovative Internet of Things implementation and VR/AR marketing.

As an agency, Valtech has brought the most optimized solutions to a roster of clients that include Ivanhoé Cambridge, the National Bank of Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Samsung, FERIQUE Fund Management, and more.

“At Holdun, we are very honoured and humbled to announce this partnership with Valtech. By combining our efforts, more startups will be able to benefit from our services and our council in their development. This will help make our program the ideal infrastructure to integrate fintech and exponential technologies industries”, says Brendan Holt Dunn, Founder and Managing Partner for the Holt Fintech Accelerator Program.

The Holt Accelerator conducted a global search for the next rising stars in fintech to take part in the program. They received over 400 applicants, whittling it down to 34 teams to take part in their Selection Day event, eventually choosing just 13 teams to complete the 12-week program. The company offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from hands-on help through committed partners, trainings, world-class mentors, immersion in the fintech environment, board meetings and financial investments. The Holt Accelerator Program is also the only accelerator offering one of Canada’s largest applied AI solution providers, Stradigi AI, an undeniable resource for all fintechs wishing to get ahead. Everything is thought through to get the best out of the program and unleash the selected startups’ full potential.

About Valtech Canada
Valtech is a global business transformation agency delivering innovation with a purpose. We enable clients to anticipate tomorrow’s trends and connect more directly with consumers across their digital touchpoints while optimising time-to-market and ROI. We are a network of more than 2500 innovators, design thinkers, marketers, creatives and developers spanning 5 continents with offices in 16 countries. While our expertise is in technology, marketing and experience design, our passion is in addressing transformational business challenges for our clients, with service offerings ranging from CX strategy, data analytics and omnichannel marketing to innovative Internet of Things implementation and VR/AR marketing. Valtech’s Canadian division is proud to serve many clients including Ivanhoé Cambridge, the National Bank of Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Samsung, FERIQUE Fund Management, and more, both locally and internationally. For more information, visit Valtech. Where Experiences are Engineered.

About Holdun
The Holt-Dunn family is the direct legacy of Sir Herbert Holt, and one of Montreal’s finest. Their ancestor immigrated to Canada in 1873 and built the Montreal Light, Heat & Power Company, which would later be expropriated and is now known as Hydro-Québec. Business people at heart, members of the family founded or owned over 300 companies locally and internationally. At one time, the family possessed assets accounting for about three billion dollars (equivalent to forty billion dollars in today’s currency). That amount was 10 times larger than the Canadian government’s circulating currency. Sir Herbert Holt was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 1979 and is, to this date, the longest-serving chairman and president of RBC (from 1908 to 1934). His participation was crucial in turning RBC into the country’s largest bank and the third largest in North America.

For more information, contact:
Effie Giannou and Geneviève Sharp
EGS Group for Valtech Canada

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