Day 32: How to approach Investors

October 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm


Ever wonder how to best approach investors when raising a round? Today, FounderFuel teams received valuable insight from our investor panel and were given advice on how to form valuable relationships with both VCs and Angels. The panel was lead by Real Ventures own Sam Haffar and included Antoine Nivard of Inovia Capital, Stephane Pilette of Anges Quebec, and Angel investor David Chemandy. Here are some of the insights they gave the #FFMob :

“Use the network you already have to reach the investors you would like to contact.”

“The real value of the investors that you pick is their network.” 

“Angels generally depend upon recommendations from anybody that they have worked with in the past.”

“Don’t be afraid to give gentle reminders for a response.”

“What’s the difference between persistent and stubborn? Well you only know after the fact, and then it is called success.”

“If you’re going to go the email route and use it as a cold call, make sure you give your value proposition in the very beginning of the email.”

“Carefully decide who you want to work with, because you’ll typically be stuck with your investors for the next 4-5 years.”

Stephane also suggested everyone check out Elad Gil’s blog post about how to ask for an introduction. Read it here

Day 35: The Countdown is Officially On!

October 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

Demo Day is about 40 days away and time is moving quickly! The teams are working 7 days a week to make sure their product is perfect, they achieve high levels of traction, launch successful Kickstarters and/or get lots of valuable press coverage before the big day. Let’s just say they have very high mountains to climb but they’re getting there! 

Tickets for Demo Day are going fast! General Admission is already half full. Make sure you get yours before we run out! You don’t want to miss your chance to watch the pitches from our best cohort yet and to mingle with the entire Montreal startup community. 



We’re Coming Back To Toronto!

October 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Hey Toronto Startups!

We couldn’t be more excited to be coming back to Toronto! We had so much fun this past summer at Project:OWL and met some amazing founders and startups. 


This time around we’ve partnered with One Eleven and will be hanging out there all day Tuesday, Oct 28th hosting office hours for startups interested in applying to our Spring 2015 Cohort. Even better than that, on the evening of Monday, Oct 27th we’ll be hosting a panel discussion on what it was like to take the leap to entrepreneurship. We’ve got solid line-up of seasoned entrepreneurs who will talk about how they knew it was the time to turn their vision into a business, the risks, the rewards and where their companies are now.

The panel will be hosted by FounderFuel GM Sylvain Carle and is made up of:

Alkarim Nasser of BNotions

Andrew Sider of Varage Sale

Nikolai Bratkovski of OpenCare 

Joe Rideout of Relay

So come have a beer (on us!) and listen to these awesome Toronto entrepreneurs talk about how they built their businesses!

Register here!

Want to come meet us during our office hours? Register here!  


Office Hours Galore!

October 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

Interested in FounderFuel but you’ve got lots of questions? Not sure if it’s the right fit? We want to meet you! And this year, we’re doing our best to come to you! 

We’ll be holding office hours in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver, New York & San Francisco! 


Montreal (Notman House) – Oct 21st, Oct 30th, Nov 6th, Nov 12th & Nov 26th – Register here!

Ottawa (Invest Ottawa Offices) – Nov 10th – Register here!

Quebec City – Nov 7th (TBD) & Nov 16th (2325, rue de l’Université, local 1304)

- Register here!

Vancouver – Nov 16th – We don’t have set times so e-mail us if you’re interested!

New York & San Francisco – We’ll be there on and off throughout the next month so e-mail us and we’ll book you an appointment!

We can’t wait to meet you! 

Ready to apply? Submit your application for the Spring 2015 Cohort here.

Day 30: Crunch Time Sets In – Demo Day is 49 Days Away!

October 14, 2014 at 11:07 am


It is hard to believe the time has flown by so quickly, but we are already halfway through the Fall 2014 program and the pressure to deliver is building up! With Demo Day just 49 days away, now is officially crunch time for the teams. The teams are in full stress mode and the pressure is on as they have just a short amount of time to push out their MVP, achieve high levels of traction, and attempt to get some valuable press coverage before the big day. With a lot to accomplish in a short time, now is the time they’ll be applying everything that they’ve gained from the FounderFuel program  in a big push towards Demo Day.

We’re all feeling the pressure and getting really excited about Demo Day. Have you got your ticket yet? If not, do so here. You don’t want to miss your chance to watch the pitches from our strongest cohort yet and to mingle with the entire Montreal startup community!

Day 29: Show & Tell II

October 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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At today’s Show and Tell event, the Fall 2014 Cohort presented what they’ve been working on since they joined FounderFuel. Our incredible Mentors sat in on the session, and gave valuable feedback, that the companies will take into consideration while preparing for Demo Day. It was really exciting to see how far everybody has come since Day 1, and we’re thrilled to see what they come up with in the time before Demo Day!

Check out some of the tough love our Mentors gave at Show and Tell:

“If you call yourself a platform, you might actually want to be one.”

“You need to be making progress. You’ve made none. You might as well pack-up and go home.”

“It’s good to see that you’ve finally found your niche and are moving forward. That said, this confused the fuck out of me.”

“Hands up, does anyone in this room understand what this company is doing?”

“You didn’t actually talk about your product. I learned a lot of cool things about your industry but nothing about you.”

“I think you have an incredible idea but you lost it in this presentation.”

Want feedback from the FounderFuel Mentors like they gave the Fall 2014 Cohort at Show & Tell

today? Apply now for the Spring 2015 Cohort to gain access to events like these and grow your startup in Montreal!

Get a Guaranteed FounderFuel Interview

October 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

As you may know, we recently opened applications for our Spring 2015 Cohort (I know, we can’t believe it either!!) 

Want to apply but worried your applications might get lost in the mix? Want a surefire way to skip the lines and get a guaranteed FounderFuel interview? 

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It’s easy! Get someone from the FounderFuel Family to recommend you. We depend largely on our extended network to help us find rock star founders and startups so when we receive a recommendation from someone in the family, we take it seriously.

If you don’t know anyone in the network then consider reaching out to some of our Mentors or Alumni who would understand your business and asking them (nicely) if they would meet with you and give you some feedback. If they like what you’re doing, then chances are they’ll send us a note about how awesome you are! 

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more tips on applying. 

Applications are due November 29th. Click here to apply.

Why Montreal?

October 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Montreal is rising quickly through the ranks as a top-tier startup city, and as FounderFuel applications are now open, it is the perfect time to consider the city as a tech hub that will foster the growth of your startup. A pro-entrepreneurship city, Montreal offers incredible research and development tax credits and has strong government support for the venture capital industry. With 11 universities, and over 170,000 students, Montreal has the highest percent of university students per capita in North America (even higher than Boston!), which provides a source of intelligent and affordable labor (compared to other technology hubs). In addition to that, we also pay significantly lower rent. While the average price of rent is $2,615 in Silicon Valley, an apartment in Montreal will only cost you $800 per month. A vibrant and affordable city, Montreal is just waiting for you to bring your startup here!

We’ll be holding office hours in Montreal starting October 21st and happening every week until applications close.

Register for your time slot here.

Check out this info-graphic that our friends at BusBud put together about the perks of working at a Montreal startup.


Get your Demo Day tickets while they’re hot!

October 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm


Join us on Tuesday, December 2nd for Demo Day to see just how far the FounderFuel Fall 2014 batch grow after twelve weeks of gruelling hard work during which their businesses are refined, transformed and accelerated!

Come hang out with FounderFuel Founders and investors from Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto as well as the entire Montreal Startup Community at the Rialto Theatre. The grand finale will also reveal the Fall 2014 Cohort, and you won’t believe what they have in store for you! As we have done in the past, the “5 à 7” will be open to everyone to mingle with the entire #FFMob including the Fall 2014 Cohort, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Senior Executives. Be sure not to miss this chance to help accelerate your own startup and mingle with the sickest startup crew around!

Register here!

Le mardi 2 décembre, joignez-vous à nous et à un groupe d’investisseurs de la Silicon Valley, de New York, de Boston, de Montréal et de Toronto. Assistez à la démonstration pour voir où en sont rendues les entreprises de FounderFuel après douze semaines de travail acharné.

En plus, nous révélerons les identités des compagnies de la session d’Automne 2014. Venez vous joindre au #FFMob compris des compagnies de la saison d’automne de FounderFuel, les Investisseurs, Entrepreneurs et Execs. Ne ratez pas la démonstration ni cette excellente occasion de réseautage!

Enregister ici!



Demo Day tickets tomorrow!

October 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm

While it seems like the cohort just began, the FounderFuel Fall 2014 “season finale” is just around the corner, and get ready for this – tickets go on sale tomorrow! Whether you’re a founder, a techy, a VC, an Angel, or you’re just looking to take part in an exciting event, this is your chance to discover unique investment opportunities and mingle with like-minded people. This is one of our strongest FounderFuel cohorts yet, and we can’t wait to introduce you to the gang. Be sure to check back tomorrow and buy your tickets right away because they’ll sell out faster than Beyoncé’s next tour.

Think your team has what it takes?