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Day 9: Mentor Day

September 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Yesterday was Mentor Day. Our full-day event where we bring in Mentors from across North America to give our teams feedback on their companies and progress. It’s a crucial day that exposes our teams to our vast Mentor network and helps them form relationships with people who will play a key role in the growth of their company. 

It was a very successful day and our companies took away several key learnings that they can apply as they grow.

Check out some of the pictures from the 5 à 7 at the end of the day. 

Day 4: FREE Toolkit for Startups

September 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Here’s an old post but a useful one! All startups need free tools to help them scale.

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As a startup, it’s often difficult to pay for services that help you prosper and grow as a company. With limited funds, a company can’t afford to hire a full-time employee to run their back-office or to act as their project manager. Because of this, there has been a growth in companies that offer special deals or completely free services to startups. 

Fast Company put together a pretty solid list entitled the “(Nearly) Complete Online Toolkit for Startups“.

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They break the toolkit down into multiple categories including: General, Project Management, Marketing and Social Media Tools and list out a total of 18 tools that are almost all free to use. 

Any great (free) tool that they forgot to include in their list? We’ll create our very own #FFMob list! 

Day 3: Learning to Pitch – Part 1

September 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Today, on Day 3 of the program, the teams sat through 2 sessions on how craft and deliver the perfect pitch. This is the beginning of a 3 month journey that will put the teams through rigorous exercises that will result in them delivering the quality of pitch that FounderFuel is known for. 

The sessions the teams took part in today were put on by John Stokes from Real Ventures and Ian Jeffrey from Passwordbox. These talks are very similar to those given during FounderFuel’s cross-country PITCH IT tour. 

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 Here are some of the key take-aways from John’s talk:

“It’s not about winning, it’s about showing that you have a chance of winning”
“Create a sense of faith in you…or in your progress” 

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Here are some of the key take-aways from Ian’s talk:

“Pitch. Listen. Learn. Repeat”
“Write a script. Don’t freestyle”
“Show. Don’t Tell. Use pictures, graphs, visuals & video”

Next stop on their pitching journey…Austin Hill’s Pitch Workshop next week. 

Day 1: Fall 2014 Teams Touch Down at Notman House

September 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

Today marks the beginning of our Fall 2014 cohort, and we could not be more thrilled to have a full house again! Out of 350 applicants, only the top 8 are joining us in Notman House this fall. In typical FounderFuel fashion, all of the new companies will be pitching at our Show and Tell event to their fellow cohort participants, as well as the Real Ventures partners.

As the new companies get settled in on their first action-packed day, the pressure is on for this cohort to live up to the FounderFuel legacy! Follow all the action here on our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

Fall 2014 Induction is under way!

Fall 2014 Induction is under way!

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!

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. 

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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! 

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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! 

 

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: 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”.

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.

Think your team has what it takes?

Apply