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November 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm

With three weeks left to the finish line, the teams took a break with alumni, mentors and friends over beers last night. Find the photos below or the full album on our Facebook page. Photos courtesy of Carl Atiyeh (carl.atiyeh@gmail.com).

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See you soon,
The FounderFuel Crew

p.s. Don’t forget to grab your Demo Day tickets, there are just 75 left!

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Demo Day Sneak Peek

November 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Just 3 weeks to go to Demo Day! We’re very excited to show you how far the companies have come and to celebrate their success with the entire community. Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

If you live in Toronto, Ottawa or Kingston, you can jump on Founders On A Bus to travel to Demo Day and to take part in a pitch competition during the ride. Winners get the chance to pitch on stage at Demo Day.

We have less than one hundred tickets left so be sure to get yours before they sell out!

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See you soon,
The FounderFuel Crew

Famously Incorrect Tech Predictions

November 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

In some cases, technological advances have been predicted with bizarre accuracy. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy foreshadowed touchscreen smartphones, Back to The Future had hoverboards, flying cars and self-tying laces, Star Trek anticipated 3D Printers, and 2001: A Space Odyssey almost perfectly depicted modern tablets.

Other times, predictions have been really, really wrong. Here are a few of our favourite famous incorrect predictions about technology:

On space exploration
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– The Tuscaloose News, September 1963

On iphones

On Airplanes
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– “Flying Machines Which Do Not Fly,” October 9, 1903

On technology rendering war obsolete:
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What Technology Wants, Kevin Kelly

On personal computers
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– The New York Times, 1985

For more incorrect predictions, click here, here or here.

Cheers,
The FounderFuel Crew

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Don’t forget to grab your Demo Day tickets before they’re gone!

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FFF 2015 Week 9

November 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Our November newsletter is out! Here it is in English ou en français.

There are less than 100 General Admission tickets left for Mega Demo Day – grab yours below! Don’t forget to follow the Facebook Event Page for any updates.
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There are just 10 early-bird tickets left for Founders On A Bus, which brings you to Demo Day from Toronto, Ottawa, Québec City or Waterloo and gives you the chance to pitch on stage at Demo Day.
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Three alumni companies (Sharethebus, Flatbook and LoginRadius) were chosen to participate in the C100’s 48 Hours in The Valley Program.
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And Sylvain Carle (FF GM) posted his talk on Shipping Code (managing a tech team in a startup) on Vimeo

Cheers!
The FounderFuel Crew

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Alumni Updates: C100’s 48 Hours in The Valley

November 4, 2015 at 10:32 am

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We are very excited to announce that 3 of our alumni companies have been selected to participate in the C100’s 48 Hours in The Valley. Sharethebus (FF S15), Flatbook (FF F14) and LoginRadius (FF S13) will be a part of the prestigious program that selects only 20 of Canada’s most impressive startups annually.

C100 is a nonprofit member-driven association whose mission is to help Canadian entrepreneurs find success in Silicon Valley. It does so through various programs that provide access to influential mentors, investors, potential partners and innovative corporations. 48 Hours in the Valley is the C100’s flagship program, offered to early stage entrepreneurs twice a year, with the upcoming winter cohort taking place on December 8th and 9th. The C100 has done an awesome job of helping to “build a bridge between Canada and […] Silicon Valley”, and we’re lucky enough to have its former executive directorAtlee Clark, as a FounderFuel mentor.

In case you missed their Demo Day’s, Sharethebus makes it simple to organize bus trips (like this one), Flatbook allows you to rent unique local places with hotel quality service, and LoginRadius enables you to engage, understand, and market to your users with social login and sharing.

So, congratulations to the teams, as well as to the Real Ventures backed companies on the list (Vantage Analytics, Storybird and Foko) – we can’t wait to see where each of you go from here!

Cheers,
Ella

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While you’re here, why not grab your Demo Day ticket?

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One month to Demo Day!

November 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

FINAL POSTER

With just four short weeks to go before the big day, tickets are going fast and planning is well underway.

As you may have already heard, this Demo Day will be our largest yet. We’ve hosted 7 of them, in 4 different venues, ranging in capacity from a few hundred attendees to just over nine hundred. This year, at Olympia Theatre, we’ve invited 1400 community members, investors, press, friends and family.

This is the largest Demo Day we’ve ever heard of taking place. So we realized that you may be wondering, ‘what’s the point?’ or ‘shouldn’t these events be exclusive, intimate, and open only to investors?’. We hear you, but we think that large community events – International Startup Festival, Startup Open House, etc. – are an important part of the Montreal tech community, and play a role in getting us on the map.

If you’re not based in Montreal but interested in attending, check out Founders On A Bus, where we’re running trips from Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto + Waterloo. The bus ride also includes a pitch competition, with the winners getting the chance to pitch at Demo Day.

We’ve created a Facebook Event Page to keep you updated on any news, as well as to reach as many folks as possible. If you could share the event with your network, or simply click on attending, that would be a great help.

So, please invite your friends/acquaintances/mothers and grab your tickets before they’re gone!

See you there!
Ella

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FFF 2015 Week 8

October 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

Thanks to this weeks visitors!

Hiring & Growing Your Team with Lucas Pellan
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Panel Review with panelists Cary Goldwax, Nicole Leblanc, John Stokes, Sylvain Carle and Sam Haffar
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Founder Talk with Hicham Ratnani, Co-Founder and COO of Frank and Oak
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Everyone who stopped by during Startup Open House!
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See you soon!
The FounderFuel Crew

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…While you’re here… why not grab your ticket before they’re gone? 😉

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Alumni Updates: #soh2015

October 28, 2015 at 11:27 am

EDIT: One of Montreal after-party’s is located at Apt 200. Register here.

Keep the good times rolling tomorrow during Startup Open House – travel around Montreal and Toronto with Sharethebus!

MTL Map

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(Full schedules here!)

A ton of FF alumni companies are opening their doors for you to visit. Most are hiring and have planned warm welcomes for their guests.
Montreal – 
Flatbook
Crew
Oohlala
Seevibes
Wavo
reelyActive
TransitApp
Provender
Vanhawks
Vain Pursuits
Sharethebus
Toronto – 
OneClass
OpenCare
Mosaic
VarageSale
(For a full list of participating startups, click here.)

And if you’re looking for a list of must-see’s, Montreal in Technology has posted an article on 5 Montreal spaces that you can’t miss.

Don’t forget to stop by Notman House to visit FounderFuel, Real Ventures and InnoCité.

See you soon!
The FounderFuel Crew

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FFF 2015 Week 7

October 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

We’ve passed the halfway mark to Demo Day!

With the big day around the corner, we announced a few exciting pieces of news this week:
1) Tickets for CANADA’S LARGEST DEMO DAY are open (and selling quickly…). Grab yours here or at the bottom of this post.
2) Founders On A Bus is back to bring Toronto, Waterloo, Québec City and Ottawa to Demo Day, and to give founders a chance to pitch on stage. We’ve got some awesome judges lined up, including Douglas Soltys (Managing Editor at Betakit), Jonathan Bega (Associate at Golden Ventures) and David Borscok (VC at RBC).

Another big thanks to this weeks visitors:
Francois-Xavier Souvay, founder at Lumenpulse
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Georgiana Laudi, VP Marketing at Unbounce
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The teams had a blast at the EY Entrepreneurs of the Year Award. Congratulations to Flatbook (FF F14) for winning the Emerging Entrepreneur award!
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See you soon!
– The FounderFuel Crew
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p.s. Grab your ticket while you’re here!

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Founders On A Bus

October 21, 2015 at 11:25 am

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Founders on a Bus is back! We’ve partnered with Sharethebus (FF S15) to bring folks from Waterloo, Ottawa, Québec City and Toronto to our Mega MTL Demo Day.

Not only does a ticket on the bus bring you to the 1,300 person event, but you also get the chance to pitch your startup on stage to the packed crowd of VC’s, press and entrepreneurs. You’ll be in great company on the bus ride, with designated judges from Betakit, Golden Ventures, Indiegogo and more. The judges will choose the best pitch on each bus and the winners will present on stage upon arrival.

If you’re not a founder but work at a startup or know a ton about them, you’re also welcome to sign up.

Check out the details and sign up here.

See you there!
– The FounderFuel Crew

If you’re not on the bus, grab your Demo Day tickets before they’re gone 😉

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