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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!

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

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, cai@provender.com 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! 

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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 info@founderfuel.com

Best of luck to all applicants! 

 

Demo Day Spring 2014 Photos

May 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

Check out some of the pictures from Demo Day, done by the very talented Eva Blue

Want to see more? Check out the FB album

 

Meet the Spring 2014 FounderFuel Cohort

May 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Demo Day Spring 2014 Live Stream

May 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Check back here at 4pm on Tuesday, May 13th to watch the LIVE stream of Demo Day.

Watch live video from founderfuel on www.justin.tv

Day 68: TGIF!

May 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm

For most people 4:30 on a Friday afternoon means that in 30 minutes they’re free from the constrains of their office for 2 days. They can spend the weekend at the cottage, or have a picnic in the park, hit the slopes for a day of skiing or relax in bed with breakfast and the newspaper. 

The FounderFuel teams normally work at least 1 weekend day, making sure to take a day off here or there to regain their sanity. But not this weekend. There are 4 days left until Demo Day and it’s officially CRUNCH time. The teams will be working through the weekend, probably getting very little sleep so that come Tuesday their pitches will be perfect, their products will have significant traction and their bugs are fixed. 

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So to the teams we’ll say PTTM (Pedal To The Metal) and to everyone else, have a relaxing weekend!

Day 66: FounderFuel Hoodies!

May 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Today the teams got their first “graduation” present from us. During the filming of our official Spring 2014 Cohort video we surprised everyone with FounderFuel hoodies. They teams were super excited. But at the same time, it hammered in just how soon Demo Day is!! 

Check out this years colour.

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Day 65: Pitching, pitching, pitching

May 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Today is Day 2 of a 6 day pitching workshop for the companies.

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Over the next few days the teams will spend one-on-one time with the Ian Jeffrey and John Stokes to practice their pitches over and over until they’re spot on! We have just 8 days until Demo Day so it’s crucial that their pitches get boot-camped to perfection very quickly. 

As usual, plenty of tough love was dished out. It sounds harsh but it’s just what’s needed for the teams to get to where they need to be.

Here are some of the best ones:

“That’s it?….This leaves me with the impression that you’ve done nothing.” 

“You don’t know whether what you’ve done will be good or bad yet, do you?”

“Where’s the community you claim to be building? I can’t find it anywhere. There’s no community here, there’s just one guy who posts a lot.”

“You’re trying to paint a picture of progress and instil a sense of trust, but I don’t think you’ve shown any progress. Since day 1.”

“I need to know what winning looks like for you, I need to know that you can win, because right now I’m not sure you can.”

Day 64: Vanhawks Valour Reaches 200% of their Target

May 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Vanhawks launched the Kickstarter campaign for their Vanhawks Valour bike last Thursday at 1pm EST. In less than 36 hours they managed to hit 100% of their goal and this afternoon they surpassed 200% of their goal! We’re excited the Kickstarter exploded, especially this quick! 

Because the campaign has been moving so quickly they’ve opened up some stretch goals if higher targets are met. 

250K – New rim colours
400K – Disc brakes
750K – Carbon belt drive

We’re so proud to have this company as part of our Spring 2014 cohort and can’t wait until Demo Day when they can show the world what’s coming next!  

Have you pledged to the Vanhawks Valour campaign yet? If not, head over to their Kickstarter page ASAP! 

 

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