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Engineering + Art

Heri Rakotomalala's mission is to create, make & invest in tools for creatives. He chooses to work on projects that are (1) most difficult to solve, (2) with the most impact, (3) with people that are highly talented and driven


Heri photographs, paints and films at HeriPhotography.


He codes, engineers, designs mobile and web apps that enable visual art, literature, painting, acting, singing and more.


He is part of Howl! Arts collective, a Montreal-based collective of artists and social activists.


He has created a studio for photographers and videographers at StudioDuPlateau.


He also works with technical projects center around creativity, helps them fund at SeedingFactory; and launches them at MTL NewTech.


If you are interested in working together, contact me on clarity.

Heri Rakotomalala

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  • Telecom SudParis, Msc
  • HEC Montreal, DESS

Active projects

  • MTLNewTech helps build the growing Montreal tech community, encourage growth and innovation, and create a local impact

    MTL NewTech gathers 5 startups every month. Its goal is to help build the growing Montreal tech community, encourage growth and innovation, and create a local impact.

  • Heri || Creative photo & video production in Montreal

    We specialize in creative photo & video productions made to inspire, convert, and call to action..

  • photo studio rental montreal

    For filmakers, creatives and photographers, Studio Du Plateau is a photo studio centrally located in Montreal.

  • howlarts

    Howl! arts collective aims to build bridges between struggles for social justice and the arts.

Christian Laforte

President, Fortem

Heri is a great, generous guy, who has helped me many times by introducing me to key potential investors and business partners. Through years of hard work as a self-made community organizer, he knows everyone in the Montreal start-up scene. MTL NewTech is a good forum to spread the word on new and evolving start-ups, so entrepreneurs should definitely look it up and participate.

David Ancor

Co-founder, MAKEACHAMP.com

Heri as been very helpful with MAKEACHAMP.com on a variety of aspects. With his business knowledge he carefully analyzed our marketing strategy and successfully helped us narrow it down to accommodate our limited resources. We were able reach a large portion of our market without wasting resources and time. On the product development aspect of MAKEACHAMP.com he gave us some crucial advice on designing a website specific to our costumer's needs. Heri has been crucial on helping MAKEACHAMP.com get to the point where it is now, we could not have done it without him. Every time we sit down with Heri we feel like we progress couple of months of work! I'd recommend Heri for any type of business help, he is truly a start-up Guru!.

Hicham Souilmi

Senior E-Business advisor at Desjardins Financial Security

Heri is one of the nicest and most well-connected individuals I have ever met. He's super generous with his time. I've hired Heri for a Desjardins project and he was a very productive person. He's a customer focused photographer with boundless energy, detail oriented and reliable perfectionist. I strongly endorse Heri and I enjoyed working with him on this project..

Jonathan Defoy

Co-Founder and CEO, Biztree

Heri is a very reliable individual. He takes deadlines and delivering his business partners what has been promissed very seriously. He definitely has a passion to help others. This is a great guy who gets along well with everybody. And no doubt he is very knowledgeable and stays up-to-date on all major topics touching web development and online businesses.

Smart, quick and results-oriented, I would recommend Heri without any hesitation!

Olivier Cabanes

VP Business Operations & Co-Founder, Bolidea

Heri est très certainement un acteur important dans la scène des startups à Montréal.

Nous nous sommes rencontrés il y a quelques années alors que Bolidea en était à ses débuts. Heri s'est rapidement démarqué de tous les grands parleurs en mettant en place plusieurs projets et évènements qui ont participés à façonner la communauté des startups montréalaise.

C'est entre autres grâce à des gens comme Heri qui s'investissent pleinement dans leur communauté, que le monde des startups a connu une si grande effervescence au cours des dernières années à Montréal.

Kristina Tomaz-Young

Founder & Executive Producer, VC-TV

Heri Rakotomalala is a visionary leader with an innate ability to rally people around value adding initiatives - mostly due to the trust and respect executives, professionals and other contributors have for him. They know if Heri is behind an idea, the initiative will be a rich, well thought out, professionally organized one in which they must partake. I've had the privilege to collaborate with Heri on several projects in the corporate and start-up worlds, and am always impressed with his hard work and bright insights. If there is anyone who gets things done and done very well, it's Heri.

Sergio A. Escobar

Chairman, Angel Investors Challenge | Défi Les Anges Financiers

Heri est un passionné de l'entrepreneuriat. Il est dédié au succès des entrepreneurs. Très professionnel. Il a réalisé un travail exceptionnel avec MSW. Il a su écouter et s'adapter à un contexte de bénévoles toujours difficile à gérer. Ce fut un vrai plaisir travailler avec lui dans l'organisation du 1er Montréal Startup Weekend

Anna Goodson

President, Anna Goodson Management

Heri did an excellent job as one of the Organizer's at Startup Weekend Montreal. He was very involved and passionate throughout the weekend and weeks prior to the actual event. I very much enjoying dealing with him and look forward to collaborating in the future.

CHRONIQUE ENVIRONNEMENT d’Anabel: l’ouverture des données environnementales

ckut, Thursday May 10th, Animation : Audrey, Technique : Anabel et Dominique

Au lendemain de veille, 27:15 "... Un site assez connu remtl.ca, QuébecOuvert m'en a parlé, un site qui illustre concrètment, on a une carte avec des gros points rouges les endroits qui sont contaminés et des gros points verts les endroits qui sont décontaminés…" Merci à la radio CKUT!

lendemain de veille, ouverture de données environmentales

L'open data pour lutter contre les pollueurs

métro, Friday 13th April by Mathias Marchal

« L’ouverture progressive de certaines des données de la Ville a permis à un programmeur de créer Remtl.ca, un site qui cartographie quelque 1500 sites contaminés sur l’île grâce à Googlemaps. Étonnant de voir que plusieurs jardins communautaires encore en activité ont des sols contaminés au plomb, zinc ou autres hydrocarbures! »

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MTLStartupTalent and Google to crown Montréal's best talent

Techvibes, Monday 20th February by Rob Lewis

« Last week MTLStartupTalent announced a contest to encourage developers and non-developers alike to submit innovative solutions to problems that affect Montrealers. »

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MTLStartupTalent connects 350 talents to 23 startups

MontrealTechWatch, Thursday 16th Feb 2012, Ildar Hakimov
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Interview with Kristina Tomaz-Young

VentureCapTV, Feb 13th 2012 with Kristina Tomaz-Young

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Lancer une entreprise en 54 heures

La Presse, Mercredi 8 Février 2012 par Philippe Mercure

« L'objectif de tout ça, c'est de lancer le message que fonder une boîte de technologie est une alternative sérieuse à faire une carrière en technologie » selon Heri Rakotomalala, un des organisateurs de Startup Weekend Montréal

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Startup Weekend Montreal, from idea to launch

Wajam, par Alain Wong

Startup Weekend keeps rolling for web-trepreneurs

National Post, via Vancouver Sun, Feb 8th 2012, by Scott Simpson

Event organizer Heri Rakotomalala said « one of the keys to a successful event is attracting a diverse group of tech afficionados including software engineers and entrepreneurs. »

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Clinic-finding app impresses developers at Montreal Startup weekend

Montreal Gazette, February 6, 2012, by Jason Magder

« It was very impressive, » said Heri Rakotomalala, one of the event’s organizers. « It allows people to download different instruments so they can have different variations of the same song. The demonstration got a huge round of applause from everyone there. »

« Rakotomalala said he was impressed with the quality of all the projects that came out of the weekend’s activity »

Une fin de semaine de startups a Montreal

La Presse, 26 Janvier 2012 par Marie-Eve Morasse

« On essaie de recréer les conditions d'une entreprise en démarrage. Il y a du stress, des tensions, un échéancier et on veut qu'à la fin, il y ait un produit qui marche », explique Heri Rakotomalala, l'un des organisateurs de l'événement.

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BlitzWeekend: Launch a Startup in a Weekend

StartupNorth, November 7th 2007, by Jevon MacDonald

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La montee des TIC en images

LesAffaires.com, Mardi 2 Octobre 2007, par Jerôme Plantevin

« L’industrie des technologies de l’information, des télécommunications et des médias change chaque jour. Les acteurs qui font l’industrie et/ou ceux qui la feront demain ne sont plus ou presque ceux qui la faisaient hier. Alors, comment bien représenter l’industrie montréalaise d’aujourd’hui?

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Une image vaut mille mots, s’est dit Heri Rakotomalala. Le développeur web, fondateur de MadMedia, une agence de conception de site, et du blogue Montreal Tech Watch a donc décidé de représenter visuellement les entreprises et les personnes qui font les technos, les télécoms et l’internet montréalais d’aujourd’hui. «J’ai voulu aussi représenter les relations que ces différents acteurs entretiennent entre eux et comment ils s’insèrent dans les grandes tendances comme les blogues, le logiciel libre, la vidéo et les podcasts, le web 2.0 et ses «meetups» [rencontres des acteurs du web 2.0], etc. ».