Alumni Updates: GradeSlam

December 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

We sat down with Phillip Cutler, President and CEO of the promising Ed Tech startup GradeSlam, to catch up on the team’s exciting news since their big reveal at our Fall 2015 Demo Day.

GradeSlam’s mission is to democratize the tutoring industry. They provide active instant homework help for the modern day student. To learn more, check out their pitch below.

Since Demo Day, GradeSlam has seen outstanding growth. The team has announced their first in-app integration with FounderFuel alumni Studyo. The tens of thousands of students using Studyo’s service will now be able to access GradeSlam’s homework help in real time. Further, GradeSlam has partnered with several North American universities and colleges, exposing their 24/7 tutoring solution to hundreds of thousands of post-secondary students.

Boston University student-created GradeSlam infographic

Infographic created by BU students!

GradeSlam is passionate about remaining Montreal-centric, believing that the city is an environment within which an entrepreneur can build a billion dollar startup. They host various Ed Tech related meetups, with the next one occurring this evening with The Founder Institute at Notman House. Phil will be speaking about How to Launch an Ed Tech Company.

GradeSlam expects to close their seed round in Q1 of 2016, to maintain growth by building out their international reputation, and to grow their team. They are currently looking for a Director of Growth and a Financial Controller.

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If you want to be a part of the GradeSlam team, reach out to phil at To try out their service for free, click here.

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Resources to Teach Your Kids to Code

December 14, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Kids Code Jeunesse is dedicated to giving every Canadian child the chance to learn to code. That’s why, this past Saturday, the organization hosted an Hour of Code event in Montreal’s Notman House.

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The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, meant to show that anyone can learn the basics. An Hour of Code event can be set up by anyone and anywhere, so Kids Code Jeunesse invited families and children ages 6 and up to stop by Notman to learn Scratch and Python.

Without organizations like this, Canadian children are much less likely to be introduced to computer science. While England has overhauled its national curriculum to make computer science class mandatory from age five until the end of high school, Canada is lagging far behind. In some Canadian high schools, Computer Science classes are on offer as electives, if at all. Some primary school teachers are taking it upon themselves to teach their students to code using online courses. They’re hoping to spark students’ interest in a field ripe with job prospects; the federal government has predicted that jobs in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – will grow 12 percent between 2013 and 2022, with 35% of those jobs being computer science-related.

If you would like to help your child learn to code, here are a few sites that offer online courses:
Alice (Original object-oriented 3D programming language)
Cargo-Bot (Puzzle game created entirely on iPad)
Codecademy (Beginning programming syntax)
Code Combat (JavaScript) (Build a Galaxy With Code)
Code School (Ruby, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, iOS, Git, SQL)
Code Monster (JavaScript)
Daisy the Dinosaur (Basic logic)
Hackety-Hack (Ruby)
Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers (learn to code through robot arena combat)
Hello Ruby (tt)
Hopscotch (Make your own games)
KidsRuby (Ruby)
MIT App Inventor (Build an app)
Move the Turtle (Basics of programming using intuitive graphing commands)
Robot Turtles (Board game for coding basics)
Scratch (Original visual programming language)
Tynker (Fundamentals of programming)

And if you’re looking for a way to support Kids Code Jeunesse, be sure to grab a ticket to Technoël, the Montreal Tech community’s favorite holiday party! All proceeds go to helping fund Kids Code’s mission to bring computer programming to every Canadian child.

See you soon,

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InnoCitéMTL Winter 2016 Applications

December 11, 2015 at 9:57 am

InnoCitéMTL, Canada’s first smart city accelerator, is now taking applications for its Winter 2016 cohort!

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The Montreal based accelerator is looking for highly qualified teams who are working on detailed solutions in the following smart city related areas: public Wi-Fi, smart mobility, participatory democracy, digital public services, and more. You can see the full list of acceptable fields (which are all in accordance with Montreal’s Smart City Action Plan for 2015-2017) on their site.

For your team to be considered, the following criteria must be met:
A team member with expertise in the field of business
Availability during the 12-week program in Montreal
A team composed of 2 or more individuals
Full time focus on the business
High quality business plan
Business growth potential

For a better idea of the type of startups InnoCitéMTL is looking for, take a look at the full list of their Fall 2015 cohort, and the press on their most recent Demo Day (in conjunction with FounderFuel) on TechvibesBetakitMontreal GazetteNewswire and Les Affaires.

Be sure to apply before the December 14th deadline! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Béatrice Couture, General Manager of InnoCitéMTL, at

See you soon!
The FounderFuel Crew
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Welcoming our Newest Alumni

December 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm

We’re pleased to welcome the Fall 2015 cohort to the alumni family! It’s official – they’re up on the site.

As you may have already noticed, our alumni network is one part of the program that we value most. Now comprised of entrepreneurs from 67 companies, these are the people who understand each others accelerator experience, and can help guide one another as they go out on their own.

To Fall 2015: don’t hesitate to reach out to other alumni to ask questions, seek help, or just get to know each other. We’ll let you know of any meet-ups, bar nights and dinners, and would love to hear about any and all updates (like this, this and this).

In case you missed Demo Day, check out the Fall 2015 pitches:

See you soon,
The FounderFuel Crew
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December 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Thank you thank you thank you!

We’ll stop talking about Demo Day soon, but wanted to give one last thanks to everyone who attended. From investors to entrepreneurs, press, sponsors, volunteers, family, friends and of course the teams, the day would not be what it is without all of you. We hope that you got a chance to see the pitches, to catch up with one another and to meet other members of this awesome (and growing!) community.

To see the full photo album, check out our Facebook Page. Please tag your friends!

Some of our favourite coverage of the event:
Montreal Gazette
Les Affaires

In case you missed it, here are the startups from the FounderFuel Fall 2015 cohort:
(click on their logo to be redirected to their site)
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Do you have feedback on the event? Reach out to us at

See you soon,
The FounderFuel Crew
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How to Hack #MegaDemoDay

December 1, 2015 at 9:36 pm


Today’s the day! Here’s everything you need to know:

Find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FounderFuel and include #MegaDemoDay in your posts to be featured on stage during the live feed.
You can also find InnoCitéMTL on Twitter and Facebook at @InnoCitéMTL.
If you’d like us to advertise news, an upcoming event, or anything else Canadian-tech related, tweet at us and we’d be happy to spread the word.

Ticket types:
You either purchased a ticket to FounderFuel, a ticket to InnoCitéMTL or a ticket to both. Furthermore, you’re either General Admission or VIP. When you enter Olympia, there will be signs designating where to go depending on ticket type. If you don’t know when to show up for the right show, read on my friend.

When to show up:
If you’re InnoCitéMTL only, check in is at 130PM.
If you’re FounderFuel only, check in is at 3PM.
If you’re joining us for both, you’re welcome to exit after InnoCitéMTL’s pitches and re-enter for FounderFuel pitches. Just be sure to get a stamp on your way out for easy re-admittance.

Afternoon schedule:
FounderFuel pitches end at 530, and the 5à7 will immediately begin and will end at – you guessed it – 7PM. Those with a General Admission ticket get a free drink, and those with VIP tickets have an open bar bracelet.

After party: !!!
Fitzroy. 551 Avenue du Mont-Royal E. 10PM. Station Mont Royal. !!!.

See you VERY soon!
– The FounderFuel Crew
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2 Days Until Mega Demo Day!

November 30, 2015 at 11:36 am

With just two days to go until the big day, FounderFuel and InnoCitéMTL teams are in pitch prep mode and getting excited (about Christmas as well, apparently)!

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Mega Demo Day is completely sold out, so unfortunately tickets cannot be purchased at the door. If you didn’t get a chance to grab a ticket, be sure to follow along throughout the day on Twitter using #MegaDemoDay.

If you are attending, don’t miss the after-party at Fitzroy at 10PM, where you’ll get the chance to mix and mingle with the teams and help us in celebrating their past and forthcoming success.

We’ll see you at Olympia this Wednesday!

The FounderFuel Crew
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TechNoël 2015!

November 25, 2015 at 11:09 am

You know it’s the most wonderful time of the year when TechNoël is approaching!

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Join the FounderFuel family and MTL Startup community in attending the best holiday party in town. From entrepreneurs to investors, everyone is welcome. The event is being held at Taverne Midway (1219 St-Laurent, nearest to Métro St-Laurent) on Thursday December 17th at 8PM.

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There’s a stacked list of Startup DJ’s (including Ian Jeffrey and Conor Clarke) and only 30 early bird tickets left. All proceeds go towards building out the kidsCODEjeunesse fund to help bring computer programming to girls and underprivileged communities. Grab your tickets below and don’t forget to follow the event on Facebook.

Thanks to the awesome partners who help put this event together:
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See you there!
The FounderFuel Crew
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Joining the Family

November 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm

 A few weeks ago, I was in my hometown, Nice, France for 3 weeks. I took some time to see good friends and family. This moment was a great time to take a step back from all the stuff I’d been doing earlier. To think.

When I came back to Montreal early October, I was looking for the next opportunity to jump on. I was focused on finding a job in Los Angeles with my girlfriend who was moving there permanently. I believed it was an interesting next move: to go live near what some people call the ‘Silicon Beach’. And well, it’s California – I was already sold. But then, Alex from Real Ventures, told me we should grab a beer to chat about something. I found out it was about Emma, the current Program Manager at FounderFuel. She was moving to a new adventure in 2016 and Sylvain was looking for someone to take over this crazy role.

When I learned this, I immediately thought it was an amazing opening, and I was very curious to learn more. Last summer I had been running the McGill X-1 Accelerator so I had the chance to work with some people from Real Ventures. And it was awesome. They were straightforward, and always spot on, it was tough love. Before that, I had worked on 2 startups and participated in the Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator at MIT, so I had been involved in startups from the get go. Full disclosure: I had applied to a FounderFuel cohort with a previous startup and did not get in. Even though we didn’t make it, we learned a ton in the process of applying to the program and the partners gave us great insights to move forward. These experiences taught me two important things: determination makes a real difference and that if you don’t ask, you just don’t get.

And today I’m very happy and honoured to join the team at Real Ventures, working as FounderFuel’s new Program Manager. I’m so thrilled to be part of such a vibrant community in Montreal, working from the Notman House. I’m definitely the rookie here, but you know what, that makes it such a great opportunity to learn from the best, and keep on making FounderFuel bigger and better! Surfing in Los Angeles can wait for now. I just started a few days ago and the people here made me feel at home straight away. I’m excited about what’s coming next for the program in 2016. And for now I’ll switch back to my other tabs to work with the rest of the team on the Mega Demo Day coming up soon! Hope to see you there!

Please say hi, and if you want to chat, I’d love to meet you. Tweet me @thibaudmarechal or send me an email.

– Thibaud

Edit creds: Thanks to Ella, Emma, Sylvain and Valentine for reading draft versions of this post.


Mega Demo Day After-Party!

November 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

We’re excited to announce our joint Demo Day after-party with InnoCitéMTL!


Join us in celebration of the teams at Fitzroy at 10PM on Wednesday December 2nd. Fitzroy is a bar, loft and billard hall located at 551, Mont-Royal Est. It’s a 1 minute walk from Station Mont-Royal or an 8 minute drive from Olympia Theatre (Demo Day venue).

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Anyone is welcome. We hope to see you there!

The FounderFuel Crew

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Think your team has what it takes?