Jour 20: Demain nous sommes à Québec!

September 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Avez-vous un startup à Québec? Interessé par FounderFuel? Venez discuter avec Sylvain Carle demain après-midi à Québec, entre 14h et 16h.

MAJ: Endroit, au 520 av. Charest Est. Suite 390.

Classé parmi les meilleurs accélérateurs au monde, FounderFuel est en processus de recrutement pour la session du Printemps 2015. 

Nous aimerions vraiment avoir plus de startups de Québec, alors nous allons vous visiter plus souvent! 

Aimeriez-vous rencontrer Sylvain et savoir plus sur FounderFuel? Inscrivez-vous ici.

Il reste deux mois pour appliquer, c’est le temps de valider si FounderFuel est pour vous!


Find us at Startup Fest

July 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

We’re so excited that Startup Fest is finally here! This year we’ve partnered with the festival to offer one of the big prizes. A guaranteed spot in the Fall 2014 Cohort. 

We’ll be roaming around Startup Fest all week looking for one lucky team that’ll win that spot. All you have to do is be one of the registered startups at the festival and pitch to us sometime throughout the 3 days. 

 How can you pitch us?
- We’ll be hanging out at the Accelerator Tent on Thursday and Friday
- We’ll have identifiable Real Ventures & FounderFuel members scouting out teams around the festival
- Be one of the 12 companies pitching on the main stage 

Can’t make it to the Accelerator Tent? Keep an eye out for any of the following people: 

Sylvain Carle  Sylvain Carle – General Manager, FounderFuel

Emma-Williams  Emma Williams – Program Manager, FounderFuel

John Stokes  John Stokes – Partner, Real Ventures

JS Cournoyer  JS Cournoyer – Partner, Real Ventures

Gabriel Sundaram  Gabriel Sundaram – Director of Platform, Real Ventures

Guillaume Mercier  Guillaume Mercier – Senior Associate, Real Ventures

Hope to see you there!

What Happens Now?

July 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

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

A lot of you have been asking what happens after the application deadline. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a waiting game. We get so many amazing applications that it takes us a bit of time to filter through all of them. 

 The waiting game

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 July 7th.
- Interviews begin the week of July 7th
- Final decisions will be announced by the week of August 4th

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us!


What a week!

June 27, 2014 at 10:08 am


It has been an exciting week over here at FounderFuel! 

First, we announced that Sylvain Carle will be joining us as our new General Manager. 

Then, we announced that we’re scrapping our old investment deal and replacing it with %50K for 6% equity or if you have a hardware component, $100K for 9%. 

Finally, we decided to bring the extremely popular PITCH IT back one last time in Montreal. Former GM, Ian Jeffrey, and Real Ventures Partner, John Stokes, gave their talks on how to craft and deliver the perfect pitch to a sold out audience. 

Because of the crazy week and all the exciting changes announced for the program, we wanted to extend the deadline a few days to the last day of June. That’s right! You now have 3 more days to get your application in, including a full weekend! 

Think you’ve got what it takes? Apply now!

FounderFuel launches two new investment options in time for new cohort !

June 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

FounderFuel is always trying to find ways to contribute more to the success of its entrepreneurs and is evolving its offering to give an even better deal for all startups. With a focus on more deep tech, starting with hardware, our new terms have been adapted with Founders in mind.

Software companies will receive $50,000 of financing in exchange for only 6% equity (compared to the previous 9%). Companies with a hardware component can opt for $100,000 for 9% equity (or stay at the 50,000 and 6% level).

We have seen more and more hardware startups applying to FounderFuel over the last 18 months. Vanhawks and Kiwi made it into the last cohort and from early applications we are sure that we will have more in this upcoming cohort. The nature of these companies is such that they often need a little more cash than software only startups. We are convinced it is important to accomodate the specific challenges these company face at the earliest stage.

All companies are still eligible for a $150,000 convertible note from BDC Venture Capital if judged to be “venture ready” at Demo Day and also get access to over $150,000 worth of perks and services from companies like Amazon AWS, Rackspace, and Azure, not to mention as much RedBull as considered healthy.

There are seven days to go until applications close (We have extended it until midnight on June 30th). We are really looking forward to working with the next generation of awesome startups and make it all happen in Montréal. Have you applied yet? If not, what are you waiting for!

Sylvain Carle

Managing Partner, FounderFuel



A Big THANK YOU to Toronto!

June 19, 2014 at 9:55 am

The last two days in Toronto were a complete whirlwind!

Gabriel and I arrived at 4PM on Tuesday, had just enough time to check into our hotel and grab some dinner before heading to Project:OWL for the Behind The Scenes at FounderFuel event. Just as we got inside, it began to POUR and there were Tornado warnings issued in the city. However, despite the crazy storm outside, Toronto startup enthusiasts enthusiastically came out to meet us.

Everyone got to hang out, have a few beers and meet some of our Alumni before we jumped into a panel discussion on what it’s really like to go through FounderFuel and be part of the “Family”. We met with some crazy talented people that we hope to see in the Fall cohort! 


We spent all Wednesday morning hosting office hours at a local cafe and then got the opportunity to stop by the MaRS Discovery District and the Ryerson DMZ.

Overall it was a really successful trip and it’s clear that there are a lot of talented people and companies coming out of Toronto. We promise we’ll be back soon! 

FounderFuel in Toronto

June 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Tomorrow night Project:OWL, one of the amazing Project:Spaces co-working offices will be hosting FounderFuel for a panel discussion entitled “Behind the Scenes at FounderFuel”.  

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The panel will explore what it’s really like for a company to go through the program, any tips the alumni might have for those applying, and what life is like post-FounderFuel. So come grab a beer, mingle with our alumni and find out what the program is all about. Register here and use the code FFMOB to get a free ticket!

The panel guests are:

ali Ali Zahid (Spring 2014) - Vanhawks

Nikolai Nikolai Bratkovski (Spring 2012) - OpenCare

Yoseph Yoseph West (Fall 2011) - Vuru & Wave

We’ll be sticking around the city all day Wednesday and would love to meet with some rock star companies. We’ve opened up a few hours of office hours on the morning of the 18th. If you’re in the Toronto area and want to find out more about FounderFuel, register for a time slot. 

PITCH IT (Takes 2 in Montreal)

June 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Have you been working on your startup for a while now and think you’re onto something? Are you determined to take your startup to the next level? Looking to raise a seed round? We’ll you’re in luck!

Last year we took our PITCH IT tour across Canada and it was a huge success so we thought, why not bring it back to Montreal this year! Here’s your chance to mingle with the team, and maybe even get to pitch us before applications close! 

Ian Jeffrey former FounderFuel General Manager and pitch master and John Stokes from Real Ventures have just what you need. You don’t want to miss the combination of the accelerator known for the best pitches in Canada and the most active early-stage venture fund giving advice on how to pitch for a seed round. We’ll be holding a pitching workshop to help you take your pitch to the next level. Join us to meet part of our team, learn about how to pitch for a seed round and then get a chance to PITCH IT to us!

Not so fast though, you won’t get off that easy! Be prepared for some tough love, tangible feedback and action items to take your startup to the next level–and of course, some tips to perfect your pitch. Oh, and don’t worry about us sugar coating or holding back. You’ll get raw feedback just like this:

But after our session you’ll be able to pitch like this:

Register here to join us. 

Not in Montreal? We’ll be at Project:OWL in Toronto on June 17th. Register to come take part in the “Behind The Scenes At FounderFuel” event. 

FounderFuel at the International Startup Fest

June 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

Want to be assured a guaranteed spot in the FounderFuel Fall 2014 Cohort?

This year we’ve partnered with the International Startup Fest to offer one lucky team a spot in our Fall Cohort. All you have to do is be one of the registered startups at the festival and pitch to us sometime throughout the 3 days.

startup fest

How can you pitch us?
- We’ll be hanging out at the Accelerator Tent
- We’ll have identifiable Real Ventures & FounderFuel members scouting out teams around the festival
- Be one of the 12 companies pitching on the main stage

Good luck to all startups attending the festival! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got to offer! 

There are many other prizes available at Startup Fest. Check them out here.  

Don’t have your tickets for the festival yet? Get them here.

Behind The Scenes At FounderFuel

June 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Next Tuesday, June 17th, Project: SPACES will be hosting us in Toronto for a panel discussion on “Behind The Scenes at FounderFuel” followed by a beers & networking session. 

The evening will kick off with a panel discussion with three FounderFuel alumni based in Toronto. The discussion will be led by Gabriel Sundaram, FounderFuel Mentor and Director of Platform at Real Ventures. The panel will explore what it’s really like for a company to go through the program, any tips the alumni might have for those applying, and what life is like post-FounderFuel.

The panel guests are:

ali Ali Zahid (Spring 2014) - Vanhawks

Nikolai Nikolai Bratkovski (Spring 2012) - OpenCare

Yoseph Yoseph West (Fall 2011) - Vuru & Wave

Following the panel discussion we invite you to join us for a networking session. Drinks are included in the ticket price! 

If you’re in the Toronto area and want to meet awesome people and learn all about what FounderFuel is really like (the nitty gritty!) then register here.

Ready to apply for the Fall 2014 Cohort? Click here to submit your application.

Think your team has what it takes?