We won the regional event

We’re proud to announce that we won the first prize in the Technological and Technical Innovation category at the regional final of the Quebec Entrepreneurship Competition. This second step secures us a place for the last event, the provincial final, wich will be held on June 16th. Wish us luck!

C’est avec fierté que nous vous annonçons avoir gagné le premier prix catégorie Innovation technologique lors de la finale régional du Concours Québécois en Entrepreneuriat. Cette deuxième étape nous permet de nous qualifier pour la dernière, la finale provinciale de l’événement, qui aura lieu de le 16 juin prochain. Souhaitez-nous bonne chance!

Official web site release date

We would like to announce that our official web site will be lauched officially May 6th in May. You can already get a sneak peak here : hive.arcbees.com. Our development blog will still be available and a summary will be shown from the main page of our official web site.

Nous aimerions vous annoncer que notre site officiel sera lancé officiellement le 6 mai en mai. Vous pouvez déjà avoir un aperçu au hive.arcbees.com. Notre blog de développement sera toujours disponible et vous pourrez avoir un résumé de ce que nous publions du site web officiel.

ArcBees wins!

We’re proud to announce that ArcBees won the first prize in the Technological and Technical Innovation category as well as the grand prize overall at the 13th edition of the Quebec Entrepreneurship Competition for the local edition at Université Laval. We were awarded 1000$ for winning the first prize in our category, as well as 1000$ in consulting services from Avocats BCF. For the BMO grand prize we received 4000$ as well as 1000$ in services from BMO Financial Group.

We’d like to thanks everybody who help us write and clean-up our business plan, in particular Yves Plourde from Entrepreneuriat LavalInno-Centre, Éric Matteau, Charles Simard, Frédéric Lavigne, Geneviève Doyle as well as Robert Beaudoin. Their comments greatly increased the quality of our document, and helped us express the technical details in layman terms (even if we still have work to do in that area ;)). We would also like to thanks the judges who believed in us and in our project.

We are now looking forward to the next phase of the competition: the regional final of the Quebec City area, where we are finalists in the Technological and technical innovation category.

Version française

C’est avec fierté que je vous annonce que ArcBees a remporté le premier prix de la catégorie Innovation technologique et technique ainsi que le grand prix toutes catégories de la treizième édition du Concours Québécois en Entrepreneuriatpour l’édition locale de l’Université Laval. Nous avons reçu une bourse de 1000 $ ainsi que 1000 $ en consultation chez Avocats BCF pour notre premier prix ainsi qu’une bourse de 4000 $ et 1000 $ en consultation et services chez BMO Groupe Financier pour le Grand prix BMO.

Nous tenons à remercier tous ceux qui nous ont aidés à rédiger et mettre en forme notre plan d’affaire, notamment Yves Plourde d’Entrepreneuriat LavalInno-Centre, Éric Matteau, Charles Simard, Frédéric Lavigne, Geneviève Doyle ainsi que Robert Beaudoin. Leur aide a grandement contribué à la qualité du document et nous a permis de vulgariser les détails techniques (même si du travail reste à faire à ce niveau ;)). Nous remercions aussi tous les juges qui ont cru en nous et en notre projet.

Nous passons donc maintenant à la prochaine étape du concours, la finale régionale de la région de la capitale nationale où nous sommes finalistes dans la catégorie Innovation technologique et technique.

If you think it’s obvious, think again, it’s probably wrong

In the past three months, we worked hard on our business plan and participated in various competitions for young entrepreneurs. While doing this, I learned a lot about the entrepreneurial world. One of those lessons is how easy it is to forget that the person reading your business plan might not be technically inclined, and as a consequence may not understand one word of what you’re saying. While I though I finally understood the lesson, it looks like the fourth iteration of our business plan is still too technical. I’m not saying the reader is dumb or anything, but it looks impossible to assess how technical the document is by ourselves, and even asking people around us to review it wasn’t enough. I should have asked even more people, people with no technical background, people like my grandfather who bought his first computer last year, people who hate technologies, people who don’t know me or that are not afraid to really say what they think.

There are many examples of obvious things that end up being wrong. For example, how many times did you finish an exam thinking you totally failed it, only to find out a week later that you got a really good mark ? How many times did you write some code thinking that it was perfect and then had to write it all again two weeks later ? How many times did you get out of a presentation thinking you nailed it, only to find out later that the audience was underwhelmed? Finally, how many times did you think you found something new just to realize that someone else had this idea long before you ? The lesson here is that there’s nothing obvious: always seek to make it better and, when you think you can’t go further, push it some more!

The last competition we participated in was Concours Québecois en Entrepreneuriat. While I already know the business plan was too technical, it doesn’t mean we didn’t win. We will only find out on April 14th for the regional competition and June 16th for the national. The thing that really matters is to remember that a Business Plan is a work in progress, it’s never final nor completed. You’ll have more than one version depending on who will read it. It has to be solid and simple. What’s left to do is to sell yourself, sell your team and, more importantly, sell your dream.

I’m a dreamer, I have the best associates in the world and we’re not afraid of loosing or winning because, no mater what, we will keep pushing forward. That’s obvious, isn’t it ?