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Spooky thought – Demo Day is just a month away!

October 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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With Halloween’s arrival tomorrow, the teams now have to face the spooky thought that Demo Day is just over a month away! Crazy right?! It seems like just yesterday they were opening the doors to Notman for the first time, exploring their offices, and setting up shop.

Now after 2 months of hard work and daily grind, they’re kicking it into overdrive to get things ready for their pitches at Demo Day. Presenting to a room full of investors, fellow founders, and techies, the pressure will really be on!

Think it sounds like a wild ride for the FounderFuel Teams? Come check out the action of Demo Day for yourself and experience what all the hype is about! We’re expecting over 900 attendees from around the world, including investors from Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and London. Want the chance to network with all these incredible guests? Sign up today and join the fun of Demo Day on December 2nd!

Get your tickets here

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L’arrivée de l’Halloween rappelle effroyablement aux équipes que le Demo Day se tiendra dans à peine plus d’un mois! Dur à croire, n’est-ce pas? Il semble que c’était hier encore qu’elles franchissaient pour la toute première fois les portes de la Maison Notman.

Après deux mois de travail acharné à un rythme effréné, les équipes redoublent d’efforts à peaufiner leurs présentations du Demo Day. La pression sera à son comble lorsqu’elles présenteront leurs réalisations devant une salle bondée d’investisseurs, de collègues fondateurs et de technophiles!

L’aventure vous semble mouvementée pour les équipes de FounderFuel? Vivez l’expérience du Demo Day et constatez par vous-même toute l’effervescence qui y règne! Nous attendons plus de 900 participants provenant des quatre coins du monde, y compris des investisseurs de la Silicon Valley, de New York, de Boston, de Montréal, de Toronto et de Londres. Vous désirez avoir la chance de réseauter avec ces invités de marque? Inscrivez-vous sans tarder et profitez pleinement du Demo Day le 2 décembre prochain!

Achetez vos billets ici.

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. 

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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. 

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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!  

 

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

October 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

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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!

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.

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Find Your Product/Market Fit

October 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Are you considering applying for FounderFuel’s Spring 2015 cohort? Concerned about your product/market fit? On Tuesday October 14th, we will be hosting a Product/Market Fit Panel at Notman House where you’ll have the chance to hear a panel of founders talk about their unique paths to customer success.

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The 4 panelists from various stage startups will include:

- Francis Davidson – Flatbook – Fall 2014 Cohort

- Mikael Cho – Crew – Spring 2012 Cohort

- Danial Jameel – OOHLALA – Fall 2011 Cohort

- Sam Haffar – Chegg 

Doors will open at 5pm for a networking session, and at 6pm Sylvain Carle will host a fireside chat with FounderFuel alumni Laurent Maisonnave, co-founder of Seevibes, about his experience in the program, and living/working in the Montreal startup community. At 6:30pm the panel will begin and we’ll discuss different challenges with achieving product/market fit, successes and roadblocks, and various perspectives from companies at varying stages of growth.

REGISTER HERE

With the Spring 2015 applications just having opened, FounderFuel is actively seeking early stage companies who have developed a MVP, and can spend the program achieving product-market fit. Be sure to attend the event, and apply for the Spring 2015 Cohort if you think this applies to you!

Jour 20: Demain nous sommes à Québec!

September 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Avez-vous un startup à Québec? Interessé par FounderFuel? Venez discuter avec Sylvain Carle demain après-midi à Québec, entre 14h et 16h.

MAJ: Endroit, Abri.co au 520 av. Charest Est. Suite 390.

Classé parmi les meilleurs accélérateurs au monde, FounderFuel est en processus de recrutement pour la session du Printemps 2015. 

Nous aimerions vraiment avoir plus de startups de Québec, alors nous allons vous visiter plus souvent! 

Aimeriez-vous rencontrer Sylvain et savoir plus sur FounderFuel? Inscrivez-vous ici.

Il reste deux mois pour appliquer, c’est le temps de valider si FounderFuel est pour vous!

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Join us at the FounderFuel Season Opener

August 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

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The FounderFuel Fall 2014 Cohort kicks off at the beginning of September and we want to give our teams a proper welcome to the Montreal Startup Community (which is now more than 3000 members strong!!).

Come out for a drink or two (or three?), mingle with your peers and meet our new companies.

When: Thursday, September 11th @ 9PM-3AM
Where: Apt. 200 (3643 Boul. Saint-Lauren)

The doors are closed to the general public until 11PM so make sure you arrive before then and have your ticket in hand.

Register here for your ticket.

Can’t wait to celebrate with you!

The Start-up Deal for GROW

July 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

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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: http://bit.ly/GROWtixfounderfuel

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

 

WHY GO?

// 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”.

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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Think your team has what it takes?

Apply