Canada is the place to be!

August 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

Ever wanted to launch a startup but not sure where should base your operations out of?

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Canada is the place to be! Fast Company ranked Canada as one of the top five countries to launch a startup.

These are based on factors such as funding, educated workforce, low cost of living, economic health and low corporate taxes.

Check out how Canada ranks. 


Provender arrives in Toronto to “grow” local food markets for farmers and chefs

July 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

We’re super proud to announce that as of today Provender, a graduate from our Summer 2013 Cohort, is officially launched and available to the Toronto food community! 


Provender is an on-line marketplace driven by a technology team rooted in the local food movement, that creates opportunities for chefs and farmers to connect, transact, and collaborate online. 

Provender allows chefs to discover and source a diversity of high quality, fresh, locally grown agricultural products.  Provender staff, or “Farmteam”, play a key role in this process by building relationships with stakeholders on both ends of  the local supply and demand chains. By connecting stakeholders through the on-line marketplace, Provender is creating greater access and opportunities within the regional food system. Chefs benefit from greater access to information regarding a diversity of locally grown products, while farmers gain greater market access through the platform that helps to manage and grow their businesses.

Consumers are demanding more information about where and how the food they eat is grown. Toronto chefs have responded to interests in a thriving local food scene by driving a return to locally sourced products known for their quality, variety and freshness.  There is an active interest to know more about local farmers, their methods of production and their role in bringing tasty, fresh food to the table.

“Provender provides a window to local products and farms. Using the technology they provide, the marketplace helps us see and understand what is available to us from a multitude of local farmers. It offers an easy way for us to stay true to our mission of sourcing locally and sustainably, all while helping local farms get greater access to restaurants by show casing their amazing products”. - Terry Kobayashi, Ursa Restaurant

Mark Trealout – Grassroots Organics
Photo credit – Luke McElcheran

Provender staff presenting the platform
Photo credit – Alison Slattery 

Good Looking Tomatoes
Photo credit – Luke McElcheran

Want more information? Contact Caithrin Rintoul, Co-Founder and CEO  at #514-567-2240, or on Twitter at @caithrin

ANNOUNCING…The Office Handoff

July 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Are you a starving startup? Want to move your team into an office but don’t have the budget for it yet? Know a team that deserves a few months of free office space? We’ve got the solution! 


We’re very excited to announce the FounderFuel Office Handoff. FounderFuel has 9 permanent offices in Notman House which are provided to our companies for 6 month periods. However, we have a lot of companies from outside of Montreal who can’t stick around after the program ends. We don’t want this office space to go to waste so, twice a year (winter & summer), FounderFuel companies who chose not to stay in Montreal will be able to handoff their office to some starving startups.

To qualify:

- Team of less than 5 people
- Been around for less than 3 years
- Pre-revenue or limited revenue to-date
- Bootstrapped, haven’t raised any money
- Not currently renting office space
- Diet currently consists of Peanut Butter & Jelly or Ramen Noodles ;)

We’ll be holding rolling applications all year round and will reach out to the teams who qualify for the space in the Winter by October and the teams who qualify for the space in Summer by March.

Fill out an application here.

Questions? Shoot us an e-mail at

Best of luck to all applicants! 


The Start-up Deal for GROW

July 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park

Are you a starving startup/entrepreneur and it’s hard for you to throw down money for a conference? We get it. But believe us when we say, the connections you’ll make, the conversations you’ll have and the advice you’ll receive at this year’s GROW Conference (August 20-22nd, 2014) will more than pay for your attendance cost.

At GROW you’ll hear leaders from Google Glass, Under Armour, Qualcomm, LuluLemon, Life360, SmartThings, Mondelez, Flextronics and Jawbone talk about building context aware and personalized customer experiences, new app ecosystems on device platforms and the connected stores of the future. You’ll also explore the mountain terrain with the latest wearables and beacons to understand context, engagement and what experiences you would actually want in your connected environment. GROW is not to be missed.

To make sure you don’t miss out, we managed to secure a $100 discount off the regular price. Use Promo Link:

If you wanted something even less expensive try the “Lean Pass” for $195!



// Outdoor Fitness Activities: LuluLemon Execs are leading early morning and late afternoon group yoga sessions, mountain biking and mountain top hikes. Bring your fitness trackers, download the Strava routes and let’s quantify ourselves.

// Invite-Only Founder Event: For the first time we are hosting an invite-only, closed doors session for Founders on the top of the mountain. 

// Gondola Talks: Ride up the mountain in our Gondola Talks with founders, partners and investors.

// Game of Drones: Meet us in the Olympic Plaza and fly your RC Heli, Quadcopter or Drone (< 70lbs).

// Pitch at the Smackdown: Companies have 1 minute to WOW the panel of VCs and Press. Sign up HERE.

// Hardware Talks: Meet founders who are building the latest hardware products and learn how they’re incorporating software models on top of the mountain.

 // Connected Resort of the Future: Help us make Whistler the most “connected resort in the world”.

Alumni Companies who are Hiring

July 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Ever dreamed of working for a startup? Now’s your chance! A bunch of our alumni companies are hiring. Click around below to see what kinds of jobs are available.  

MyCustomizer   Instagrad CMJN de base  

OpenCare   Truth     Vanhawks   loginradius


DoBundleCrew  OOHLALA   Provender

Want to get involved in FF_logo ? We’re looking to hire a rock star intern for our Fall Cohort.

We’re on the hunt for a rockstar intern!

July 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

FounderFuel is on the hunt for a rockstar intern to help out during our Fall Cohort (Sept 1-Dec 2). If you’re passionate about startups, venture capital and want to play a role in the Montreal/Canadian startup ecosystems, you’re the person we’re looking for. In this role you’ll focus on our social media and content as well as helping to manage the day-to-day activities of FounderFuel. This is a part-time position (~10 hours per week).

Main responsibilities:
- Social media: maintain and grow FounderFuel’s reach and influence on Twitter, Facebook, AngelList and other social media profiles;
- Content: write blog posts, newsletters and material for social media channels;
- Monitor: track and monitor social media, tech-blogs and FounderFuel press coverage;
- Programming: help coordinate activities such as Office Hours, Lunch-&-Learns, Workshops, etc.

What’s in it for you?
- An opportunity to play a role in the Montreal/Canadian startup ecosystems;
- A fast paced environment with unprecedented learning experiences;
- Access to a vast invaluable network of influential startup individuals.

Is this you?
- A proactive and self-driven individual;
- A multitasker extraordinaire who is creative and flexible;
- A social media addict (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Linkedin, etc.);
- A proficient blogger (WordPress);
- A strong communicator, both written and verbal (French and English).

Yes? We need to meet you!

Send us the following to
- A short blurb on why we have to meet you;
- Your resume;
- Your online profiles (Website, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.);
- Some writing samples.

Can’t wait to meet you!

Calling all startups without a home!

July 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Are you a starving startup? Want to move your company into an office space but just don’t have the budget for it?

We might be able to help! 


Stay tuned in the coming week to find out more! 

CIX Top 20

July 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

The Canadian Innovation Exchange is excited to announce the launch of the CIX Top 20 program, a nationwide search for Canada’s hottest innovative companies working in Information and Communication Technology and Digital Media. All technology companies across Canada are invited to enter.   

The CIX Top 20 showcase will consist of 20 of Canada’s hottest innovative companies based on excellence in innovation, growth potential, competitive advantage and strength of business model. Does your company have what it takes? Enter the CIX Top 20 program!

What are the criteria?
- Must be a Canadian company (CEO must be based in Canada with a GST number) with products of services in ICT/Digital Media
- Product must be ready for sale/user consumption. No text phases. 
- Company itself may not necessarily be ICT or digital media focused but the product or service needs to have a ICT or digital media component 

What does a CIX Top 20 Company get?
- Two complimentary passes to the 2014 CIX
- Mentorship, which includes advice on fine-tuning pitches, by investment leaders and corporate partners
- Chance to connect with potential partners and investors during networking events and facilitated meetings throughout CIX
- Own exhibition booth during CIX at the MaRS Discovery District
- Get to demonstrate the company’s innovative product or service live at an elite showcase at CIX 2014 to a crowd of over 600 investors and peers
- Gain broad media and industry recognition with the CIX Top 20 Media Package, consisting of a press release announcing your company as part of the Top 20, a dedicated online profile for your company on the CIX website, plus inclusion in a CIX Top 20 announcement to the entire CIX database, and a featured sponsor story and ad in the CIX Source
- CEOs of selected CIX Top 20 companies will receive the opportunity to engage over 600 investors and peers at the 2014 Canadian Innovation Exchange

Check out some of the past CIX Top 20 winners:
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Find us at Startup Fest

July 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

We’re so excited that Startup Fest is finally here! This year we’ve partnered with the festival to offer one of the big prizes. A guaranteed spot in the Fall 2014 Cohort. 

We’ll be roaming around Startup Fest all week looking for one lucky team that’ll win that spot. All you have to do is be one of the registered startups at the festival and pitch to us sometime throughout the 3 days. 

 How can you pitch us?
- We’ll be hanging out at the Accelerator Tent on Thursday and Friday
- We’ll have identifiable Real Ventures & FounderFuel members scouting out teams around the festival
- Be one of the 12 companies pitching on the main stage 

Can’t make it to the Accelerator Tent? Keep an eye out for any of the following people: 

Sylvain Carle  Sylvain Carle – General Manager, FounderFuel

Emma-Williams  Emma Williams – Program Manager, FounderFuel

John Stokes  John Stokes – Partner, Real Ventures

JS Cournoyer  JS Cournoyer – Partner, Real Ventures

Gabriel Sundaram  Gabriel Sundaram – Director of Platform, Real Ventures

Guillaume Mercier  Guillaume Mercier – Senior Associate, Real Ventures

Hope to see you there!

BDC Startup Pitch Competition

July 3, 2014 at 11:58 am


Join us next Friday, July 11th for a Startup Pitch Competition hosted by the BDC at the International Startup Fest. The featured startups showcase the best Canada has to offer and come from all corners of the country!

All the competing startups have graduated from either the FounderFuel (Montreal), Extreme Startups (Toronto) or GrowLab (Vancouver) program and have received the BDC Convertible Note

When: Friday, July 11th at 12:30
Where: International Startup Festival, Keynote Stage
Cost: Included in your Startup Fest ticket

Hope to see you there!

Think your team has what it takes?