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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!

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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!  

 

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!

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!

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