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Meet the Fall 2014 Cohort

December 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

 

Elevator World Tour + FounderFuel

December 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

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Next January 21st, one hundred of the most promising startups will be pitching a panel of investors and experts, hoping to secure fame and funding. But this isn’t your ordinary startup contest, because each entrepreneur has only the time it takes to ride the elevator at the Eiffel Tower to convince judges they’re the best. 

The Elevator World Tour™ Paris, will have the best startups delivering their elevator pitches — in the actual elevator of the Eiffel Tower — as they compete for several prizes including, a guaranteed spot in the FounderFuel Spring 2015 Cohort! 

“We’re thrilled that the first European stop on the Elevator World Tour is in one of the most exciting cities in the world, in the most iconic building in the world,” said Philippe Telio, the event’s founder. Jerome Masurel, co-founder and CEO of 50 Partners adds, “Holding the event at the Eiffel Tower is a reminder that some of the most ambitious projects were built by engineers and entrepreneurs, and that the world’s greatest companies start with a great vision and unstoppable founders.”

The contest is part of a worldwide startup contest known as the Elevator World Tour that runs literal elevator pitches in some of the world’s most iconic buildings. Other stops on the tour have included Toronto’s CN tower and the Azrieli Tower in Tel Aviv, with upcoming events being planned in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Berlin, and Santiago.

The Elevator World Tour Paris is being organized by the International Startup Festival and the French accelerator, 50 Partners and is being hosted by the Société d’Explotation de la Tour Eiffel.

See you in Paris!

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Check out the Fall 2014 Demo Day Pitches (VIDEO)

December 8, 2014 at 10:04 am

Post-Demo Day and onto the real world

December 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Well, that’s a wrap folks! After the production of Demo Day on Tuesday, FounderFuel’s 6th cohort has come to a close. That mean’s it’s time for the latest additions to the #FFMob to head out into the real world and we’re so excited to see what they’ll do! It’s been 3 months of grueling work and endless pitch prep but it certainly paid off at Demo Day. Rave reviews were heard all around the packed Rialto Theatre and the latest cohort is all set to take that success and run with it. The real world will be very different from the nurturing walls of Notman House, but armed with the mentors and network they gained during the cohort, we’re convinced that the most mature FounderFuel class will achieve nothing short of victory!

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Want a closer look at the teams? Here’s a full list of the Fall 2014 cohort:

Binder

Brownie Points 

Flatbook

Mejuri

NuMessenger

RedTree Robotics

Seamless Planet

Selective Few

Were you unable to make it to Demo Day and are wondering what kind of magic happened in the Rialto Theatre? You can catch the entire show again here, or stay tuned to our blog where we’ll be sharing the individual pitches of the cohort.

The Pitch Prep Roller Coaster

November 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

We’re in full-blown pitch prep all day, every day and boy, is it a roller coaster!

With just a few days to go until Demo Day the CEOs have given up sleep so that they can focus 100% of their time on their pitch. We’ve got John Stokes and Austin Hill working tirelessly with them every day so that when they walk onto stage at the Rialto Theatre next Tuesday afternoon they’ll blow you away! 

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Here’s some of the quotes we’ve overheard throughout the week:

“I read your most updated pitch and I’m just so frustrated.”

“That’s it! That was awesome-sauce! What an improvement!”

“You’re not vitamins, you’re a pain killer. You’re killing their pain.”

“You come to this meeting looking for help, you should come to this meeting looking to impress.”

“All you have to do is listen, and learn”

“Wow. Compared to yesterday, I’m blown away. I think we’re finally getting somewhere.”

Will you be there next Tuesday to witness the Fall 2014 pitches??

Recruitment ends in just 3 days!

November 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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Can you believe it’s almost November 29th already?! Crazy to think but there are just 3 days left to apply for your spot in the Spring 2015 Cohort of FounderFuel!

Think you’re ready to be thrown into a high-octane environment where you’re surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurial teams, investors, execs, and entrepreneurs? Apply to FounderFuel before midnight this Saturday for the chance to have access to our incredible network and receive invaluable advice through workshops, feature presentations, and one-on-one meetings with mentors and investors.

Still not convinced? In addition, if selected, you’ll get immediate access to over $150K worth of perks and services from companies like Amazon AWS, Rackspace, and Azure, not to mention as much RedBull as you can handle. Gotta have something to keep you going late at night, right?

At the end of the program, you’ll have the chance to pitch before an audience of investors, members of the press and the startup community in efforts to secure financing for your startup on Demo Day. This provides you with a great opportunity to get exposure to investors from the US, Europe, and Canada, as well as with the media and startup community.

If you’re serious about taking your startup to the next level, we have the network and ecosystem to accelerate it. All you need to is apply today and bring your A-Game –  we’ll take care of the rest.

 

One week until Demo Day is here!

November 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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Exactly one week from today the Fall 2014 Cohort of FounderFuel will be taking the stage at the Rialto Theatre as they present at Demo Day! We’re incredibly thrilled to see what they’ve achieved in the past 3 months, and we know it’ll be a great show! We’ve booked a local band to perform after the pitches, and are excited to have the entire #FFMob together to mingle with the Montreal tech community. 

Just like last year, we’re opening up the floor during the “5 à 7″ for everyone to mingle with the Fall 2014 Cohort, not to mention the entire FounderFuel network: InvestorsEntrepreneurs and Senior Executives (don’t worry we’ll make sure all the tables are moved so it isn’t as cramped).

Don’t miss out, this is a unique opportunity to help you accelerate your own startup! 

Here’s what the evening will look like!

3PM - Doors Open | Grab A Seat
4PM – Show Time | Fall 2014 Pitches
5PM – “5 à 7″ Beers & Drinks
8PM – END
10PM – Official After-Party TBD

Have you gotten your tickets? There’s a few left!

Final week to apply to FounderFuel!

November 24, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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A lot of work can be done in one week. Set your sights, and with the right hustle you’d be surprised what just one week could produce. Need something great to accomplish this week? Looking for that one task that is both achievable and rewarding? Apply to FounderFuel today! There’s only one week left to get your applications in, and while it definitely will not take you all week to apply, fill it out today and we guarantee you’ll feel more productive all week long!

Applying to FounderFuel can take your startup and help rocket it towards success. Show us your MVP, and we’ll help you find your product-market fit, exposing you throughout the program to our incredible mentors and exclusive guest speakers.

Ready for some numbers? Here are more details about what the application process and program entails:

Criteria:

- be a team of two or more: no single founders

- have at least one technical co-founder

- work full-time on the business

- be in Montreal for the full 12 weeks of the program

Timeline:

- November 29th (THIS SATURDAY!) – Applications close

- February 9th – Program starts

- May 7th – Demo Day

Here’s what you’ve got to lose by not applying:

- $50K – $100K for 6%-9% equity on Day 1 of the program

- $150K in convertible debt for “Venture Ready” companies at Demo Day  

- $150K of exclusive discounts on services you probably already use

- 3 months of free office space in the Valley for select companies

- 120 startup veteran Mentors: Serial Entrepreneurs, Investors and Senior Execs

- 1K+ people at Demo Day, the largest event of its kind in North America

- Read more of what our Alumni have to say here.

Ready to take the plunge? Show us what you’ve got and apply today!

Demo Day Pressure is Rising!

November 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm

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With only 12 days left until Demo Day, today was another big day of preparation as the teams visited the Rialto Theatre where they’ll be pitching soon. Seeing the space for the first time, the teams were shown firsthand what they’ll be facing on the big day, minus the 1K+ audience! When returning to Notman this afternoon, the house was abuzz with final pitch preparations as everyone continued to work incredibly hard to get all of the final bugs out before December 2nd.

The teams are pushing themselves to their limits to be ready for Demo Day – will you be there to see the fruits of their labors?! Miss this, and you’ll be missing out big time! Come hang out with FounderFuel Founders and investors from Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto as well as the entire #FFMob including the Fall 2014 Cohort, InvestorsEntrepreneurs and Senior Executives. There are less than 50 tickets left, so be sure not to lose this opportunity to mingle with the Montreal tech community! 

FounderFuel CTO Panel

November 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Please note: this event will be rescheduled to a later date.

 

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Brrr it sure is cold outside! What better way then to cozy up with a fireside chat?! Are you considering applying for FounderFuel’s Spring 2015 cohort? Interested in the more technical side of the program? Come check out what the program has to offer as we host a panel of CTOs! Stay tuned – we’ll announce the 4 panelists from various stage startups in the next few days. Here’s what the night will look like:

Schedule
5:00PM - Doors open for a networking session
5:45PM -  Fireside chat with a FounderFuel alumni CTO 
6:00PM – The panel will begin and Sylvain Carle will lead the discussion 

With the Spring 2015 applications currently open, FounderFuel is actively seeking early-stage companies who have an 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!

 Want to learn more about FounderFuel? Check out our upcoming Demo Day on Dec 2nd!

 

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