MC Sage Franch

Co-Founder & CTO

Sage Franch is the co-founder and CTO of Crescendo, a Slack app for inclusive company cultures that helps people have meaningful conversations at work. After graduating from both Techstars Montreal AI and Next 36 last year, Crescendo now has offices in Montreal and Toronto, and is helping companies across Canada and the US foster healthy communication in their workplaces. Prior to founding Crescendo, Sage worked on emerging tech at Microsoft, including conversational AI and Hololens, and has contributed code to startups and non-profits across North America, with a focus on AI for good. Based in Montreal, Sage is an active mentor to early-stage entrepreneurs and early-career developers, and she writes about her startup journey on her blog,


Opening remarks

09/07/2019 09.00 - 09.10

Founding WorkshopScène vertPrésentation

Oxford-style debate: Accelerators are bad for Startups

10/07/2019 11.35 - 12.05

AcceleratorFestScène vertDébat

Accelerators promise access to funding, mentors, and a high-intensity environment that ruthlessly hones your message and proves your business model. On the other hand, they’re a huge distraction from meeting customers, shipping product, and focus.

At least, that’s what our two teams of debaters are going to argue.

In this Oxford-style...