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Direction de programme: poste à combler!

October 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm

La direction de programme est un poste qui combine les tâches quotidiennes nécessaires à la bonne exécution du programme et la mise en oeuvre de la stratégie à plus haut niveau (établie avec la direction générale). C’est un rôle clef dans les relations avec les startups de l’écosystème de Montréal et du Canada. C’est un boulot dans une petite équipe très dynamique qui vise à changer (pour le mieux!) les startups. C’est un emploi à temps plein.

 

C’est quoi ça la direction de programme?

  • Gérer le calendrier des évènements et formations, la coordination des activités (avec les mentors, les investisseurs, les co-fondateurs, les conférenciers, etc.);
  • Faire arriver les évènements, c’est à dire tout ce qu’il faut préparer avant et réviser pendant: les journées de mentors, les rencontres de co-fondateurs, les 5 à 7, les journées de démo, etc.);
  • S’activer aux relations avec tous nos réseaux. De près et de loin, prendre soin et développer nos cercles de partenaires, mentors, gradués et la communauté locale, provinciale, nationale et internationale.
  • Accueillir, prendre en main la logistique de nos visiteurs de tous horizons
  • Communiquer, par écrit et de vive voix, en français et en anglais, par le biais de notre blogue, compte Twitter et Facebook, du matériel promotionnel et dans les évènements. Vous devez incarner ce qu’est FounderFuel.

 

Qu’est-ce que ça représente comme opportunité?

 

  • C’est un rôle important dans l’écosytème des startups. FounderFuel est un des acteurs majeurs à Montréal et au pays (et hors des frontières).
  • C’est un environnement très dynamique avec des occasions d’apprendre beaucoup, un contexte unique pour se “plonger dedans”.
  • Un incroyable réseau en émergence, la “nouvelle économie” au moment ou elle devient “l’économie tout court”.
  • Travailler tous les jours à la maison Notman, au coeurs du réseau des startups.

 

Avez-vous la trempe nécessaire?

  • Vous êtes une personne pro-active, autonome et qui apprends très vite, même que ça vous branche pas mal de toujours être en train d’apprendre…
  • L’organisation et la logistique, sous pression, c’est de la petite bière pour vous.
  • Vous combinez la capacité de faire plusieurs choses en même temps avec une flexibilité et une créativité hors-norme.
  • Écrire sur internet, dans un blogue, via des outils de marketing modernes (Hootsuite, MailChimp, Wufoo) c’est trippant pour vous.
  • Citoyen du monde à Montréal, vous exprimer en français et en anglais (et même plus), à l’écrit comme à l’oral, c’est tout à fait normal.
  • Faire c’est aussi important, sinon plus, que d’y penser. Mais vous y pensez tout le temps aussi, tout en le faisant.
  • Le verre est à moitié vide, ou deux fois trop grand… L’énergie positive est la seule qui peut survivre au rythme effrené des startups. Il n’y en aura pas de facile, mais ça va se faire avec un sourire!

Vous avez entre 2 à 5 années d’expérience en gestion de projets, de clients, de communauté, avec un angle marketing. Vous avez déjà travaillé (ou rêvez de joindre) une startup. Vous êtes conscient que ce boulot a un horaire atypique et très demandant (c’est un peu fou).

 

On aimerait vraiment vous rencontrer!

 

Écrivez-nous: info@founderfuel.com.

  • 1-2 paragraphes: pourquoi vous êtes la personne idéale pour ce boulot. Plus court c’est mieux que plus long, l’art de la concision profite aux esprits très occupés!
  • Votre CV en format PDF et liens vers votre LinkedIn, Twitter ou autre source publique à votre sujet (pas facebook svp).

 

We’re on the hunt for a new Program Manager!

October 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm

UPDATE: we found our new program manager, Thibaud Maréchal. Read his blog post: joining the family.

In the role of Program Manager you’ll manage the day-to-day activities of FounderFuel, help build awareness for the program and contribute to creating opportunities for the participating companies and graduated alumni. You’ll be joining a small and nimble team that is making a big difference for startups. The Program Manager is a full-time position.

What you’ll do with us?

– Programming: you’ll take ownership over the program calendar and work to coordinate all program activities (Mentor Office Hours, Master Classes, Investor Meetings, Lunch-&-Learns, Workshops, etc.);
– Events: organize events such as Mentor Day, Founder Meetups, Founder and Investor “5 à 7” beers, Demo Day, community focused events, sponsored events, etc.;
Relationship Management: you’ll work to build out and fostering our various networks (Sponsor, Mentor, Alumni);
– Hosting: plan logistics for visiting guest speakers, mentors, investors, partners, etc.;
– Content creation: write blog posts, newsletters and material for social media channels;
– Website: update and maintain the FounderFuel website (WordPress).

What’s in it for you?

– An opportunity to play an important role in the Montréal (and Canadian) startup ecosystem;
– A fast pace environment with unprecedented learning experiences;
– Access to a vast invaluable network of influential startup individuals;
– Work out of Notman House, home of the web in Montreal.

Do you have what it takes?

Proactive and self-driven individual. Fast learner, you enjoys acquiring new skills, all the time;
Logistics powerhouse who thrives under pressure;
Multitasker extraordinaire who is creative and flexible;
Proficient blogger (WordPress) and digital marketing tool junkie (Hootsuite, MailChimp, Wufoo);
Strong communicator, both written and verbal (French and English);
– You are a “get-your-hands-dirty” kind of person;
– You have a “glass half full” view of the world, we strive on positive energy, startups are hard;

You’ve had 2 to 5 years previous experience in a project management, community manager or marketing role. You’ve preferably, but not necessarily, worked for a startup before. You’re ok with an extended and packed schedule.

Yes? We want to meet you…

Send the following to info@founderfuel.com

– A couple paragraphs why we’d be crazy not to meet you;
– Your resume;
– Your online profiles (Website, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.);

We look forward having a conversation with you!

Get a Referral!

June 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

Ever heard the infamous ‘foot in the door’ story?

An eager man sent one shoe to the company of his dreams. With it was a note that read, “now that I have my foot in the door, how about an interview?” 

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: one way to guarantee an interview (to ensure that your shoe – attached to your foot – gets through the door) is to get a referral! 

We leverage the greatness of our network during recruitment. At times, the strongest teams that we meet are introduced to us by alumni, mentors, and other community members. At other times, we meet future superstars by sifting through new applications. We look over every application – no matter who from. That way, we’re able to meet with entrepreneurs who haven’t made those connections yet (who may even be coming to us precisely to forge those relationships). 

Know someone that we do? Get in touch at info@founderfuel.com.
Have yet to get your foot in the door? Apply today.

Can’t wait to meet you! 

Behind the Scenes at FounderFuel: Sam Haffar

April 29, 2015 at 11:47 am

Sam Haffar, Principal at Real Ventures

Sam joined Real Ventures in August 2014 after spending 8 years in Silicon Valley helping build some of the fastest growing companies in their category; Chegg, Kno and Eat Club. After starting his first company while in University, Sam helped scale companies from 5 to 300+ employees and helped grow revenue from $0 to $100 million. This was all in the span of a few years after university. 

Today, Sam is a Principal at Real Ventures where he helps lead seed deals, connect companies to exceptional talent and prepare companies for success beyond their seed round. His most recent investments include Vanhawks and Breezy HR.

At FounderFuel, Sam helps drive the recruitment and selection process of new companies into the program. He helps teams define their product strategy, build their go to market, refine their pitch, connect with customers, and plan their round of funding after the program. A current FounderFuel team working closely with Sam describes him as having genuine insight, a ton of experience and willing to roll up his sleeves to help get the job done (whatever it may be).

When it comes to funding the next big idea, Sam looks for ambitious teams that are maniacally focused and are hardcore geeks in their fields. He’s incredibly excited about AI, Robotics, VR/AR, the Internet of things and how automation will shape our future, but also is a sucker for obvious ideas that fulfill a huge present day demand that haven’t been so obvious to everyone else.

When asking Sam what’s the most rewarding part of FounderFuel to him, he described watching the transformation of the teams from the day that they walk through the door for their interview as raw entrepreneurs with a good idea but with far more potential, to the day that they are on stage at Demo Day pitching like world-class entrepreneurs with a massive idea and the confidence and know how to make it happen.

He explained that the success of a team hinges on the people involved, their passion and vision, and their ability to clearly communicate goals and objectives.

If you think that this describes your team and you would like to find success with Sam’s help, apply to the FounderFuel program here!   

Behind the Scenes at FounderFuel: Gabriel Sundaram

April 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

[We’re going to introduce ourselves over the next few weeks. We want to show you the faces behind FounderFuel and Real Ventures. That way, you’ll be able to see how and why we can accelerate your company.]

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Gabriel Sundaram is Director of Platform at Real Ventures. His arrival coincided with FounderFuel’s launch, so he’s been involved in its development since the very beginning. 

After having worked for a FinTech startup in the US, Gabriel moved back to his hometown of Montreal and dove headfirst into impacting the direction of its startup community. He seeks to give back, leveraging MTL talent to help the city’s business community thrive. Consequently, he’s become cofounder of Startup Open House, a mentor for Startup Weekend, as well as co-organizer of both Startup Drinks and TechNoel. His work at Real, FF and in the community coincide; his projects at work directly align with his startup network, access to information and ability to bring the right people together.

His specialties lie primarily in product development and management, as well as in fundraising strategy. His background in startup metrics and product road mapping, as well as his experience working with companies preparing for series A or Seed rounds, brings value to his part in FF’s selection committee and to his mentorship to FF companies. While working with FF, he works at Real on forcing new deals, the investment committee, back office projects and more. 

In his opinion, one main factor distinguishes a good FF company from a great one: their willingness to hustle. “If you find a way to leverage the resources that the program has to offer, as well as take seriously the artificial time constraint, you’ll find success,” he explains.  

His two favorite parts of the program? The selection process and Demo Day. Although the former can be gruelling (with application numbers now reaching the 400’s), he enjoys meeting excited and often first time entrepreneurs. They help him keep his finger on the pulse in terms of what’s happening within tech, both within and outside of MTL. Demo Day, on the other hand, brings together some of Gabriel’s favorite things: seeing the hustle pay off, the presentation of soon-to-be successful startups and, of course, community.

Hopefully we’ll see you there. 

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We’d love to hear from you! Let us know who you’d like profiled next, if you have any questions, or if you’d like to get in touch with Gabriel. You can find us on Twitter @founderfuel

– Ella

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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Thanks for applying!

December 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Thanks to everyone who applied to the Fall 2014 Cohort. We can’t wait to check out all your applications!

We’ve received a lot of questions as to what happens after you submit your application to the next FounderFuel cohort. Because we get to many incredible applications, it will take us a bit of time to go through and review all of them.

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Don’t worry though! We promise we’ll go as quickly as we can! In the meantime here’s what’ll happen next:

– Online reviews happen this week and are completed by December 8th.

– Interviews begin the week of December 8th.

– Final decisions will be announced by the week of December 21st.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@founderfuel.com

 

Last chance to apply to the Spring 2015 cohort!

November 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm

It’s the final stretch! With just over 24 hours left to apply, now is the time get those last minute applications in! If you’re not convinced yet, or are still wondering what the program is really like, we’ve gathered some inside intel to give you some more insight. We want you to be as informed as possible so we thought, why not get some quotes directly from our Alumni. After all, who knows more about the program than those who have been through it.

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Here’s what those who have eat, breathed, and lived FounderFuel have to say about the experience.

“Pre-program we weren’t focused, we were working part-time gigs to pay the bills and FounderFuel gave us the opportunity to focus 110% on our dream. It was exactly what we needed to make our company work.”

“The network you get instant access to is one that would take most people years, even decades to build. It’s indispensable.”

“I’m not going to lie, it’s not a walk in the park. I barely smiled, or slept. But where am I now compared to where I was before. We never could have done that on our own.”

“Imagine your business in 2 years, then imagine that process accelerated so that it happens in 90 days.  That’s what you’re pitching to get into Founderfuel.  Anything less, and you will fail.”

“FounderFuel will motivate you to push harder and work harder than you ever had before. If you’re ready to adapt and learn like crazy, get your ass in there.”

“Leave the ego at the door or it’s gonna be a tough 3 months of beat-downs. Open minds and adaptability mixed with some grit and you’ll come out a great company.”

“FounderFuel provided us the insights and guidance to transition ourselves from just an app to a serious competitor in the EdTech space”

“Beyond making you aware of your own bullshit, FounderFuel connects you to an unbelievable network of everyone who can help you succeed. It really is all about their network”

“FounderFuel is a great opportunity to learn from smart people and test your teams strength. Eyes open though – no one will build your business for you. It’s about tools, opportunities and relationships.”

Are you ready to give it your best shot? Apply here before TOMORROW night at midnight!

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??

Think your team has what it takes?

Apply