Pack up the car, we’re hitting the road.
If you call Ottawa home, or if you happen to be in the area next week, join us on Thursday at Shopify’s HQ for an informal jam session about FounderFuel.
We’ll walk you through the basics of the program and answer your questions, and have a beer and a slice or two of pizza. Whether you’re thinking of applying or already have, we’d be happy to meet you.
Drinks and food are on us!
Toronto and Waterloo are next on our list. More on those soon.
June 23rd 2011 – 6:30PM
61A York Street, Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 5T2
Two weeks after the launch of FounderFuel, we’ve seen an impressive quality of applicants from all regions of the world including the US, Europe and Asia, not to mention Canada of course.
Take a look at the distribution:
Have you submitted your application yet?
A week from today, on Tuesday June 21st at Notman House, is the next meetup of Montreal’s Ruby Community, and we’re bringing the beer!
The event will start with Gary Haran, who will present SASS, and they’ve generously agreed to open the second half to us. We’ll have a quick jam session with you about the program, and of course we’ll answer your questions too.
For more about Montreal’s Ruby Community and their events, please visit montrealonrails.com
You’re on Facebook, and now we are too! Why not connect?
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If you’re a web designer who enjoys working with startups, we think the FounderFuel teams could benefit a lot from your skills throughout the program.
All in the spirit of helping our teams as much as possible, we’re putting together a group of web designers to become a resource for the program.
If you’re looking to grow your network or simply to help people in the early stages of their business, please take a moment to fill out this form.
We’ll be in touch with those who submit.
We’ve joined forces with Microsoft BizSpark, a program specifically designed to provide early stage startups with software, support, and visibility, offering FounderFuel teams access to a global program designed to help accelerate startup success.
For a period of up to 3 years, teams will have free access to current, full-featured software to help bring their product to market. That includes development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses for everything including Azure, Windows Mobile, Silverlight 4, Dynamics CRM, Visual Studio 2010, the .NET framework, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.
In addition to the free software, teams will benefit from access to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) set of online services — everything from Web sites, newsletters, developer conferences, trade media, blogs, and software distribution — and an opportunity to be profiled and promoted on BizSpark Connect, a global virtual networking hub that allows startups to post events and offers, and engage with other BizSpark Startups and Network Partners around the world.
More on BizSpark here.
Raising capital is a big challenge for startups, and so even though demo day is a far bit away, we’ve already received commitment from a variety of investors to be at our event in November.
Here are a few of them, but we’ll keep you updated as more join in:
Investors who may not have time to become an mentor, but are interested in attending demo day, should register here.
Here’s something that caught our attention today. Nothing revolutionary to report, but the traffic coming to founderfuel.com since our launch has been evenly split between Mac and Windows operating systems.
Intriguing observation? Let us know what you think below.
It wasn’t malicious, it wasn’t intentional – sometimes we are just oblivious to our ignorance …
What are we talking about? We launched the FounderFuel website without a single women on the mentor pages. We did have eleven women on our list of female invitees, but we had only sent out two of those invites before the launch and neither of those had been able to sign up before we went live.
A Big Apology!
Why didn’t we send out all the 11 invites – blissful ignorance?
Why didn’t we think to chase up the female mentors we did send out – blissful ignorance?
Why are there only 11 invites – blissful ignorance?
We are blissfully ignorant no more – and a big thank you to the tweets and blogs of our “Montreal Girl Geeks” for calling us out!!
We will get the eleven invites out ASAP and hope that we are fortunate enough to have them all agree to give their time as mentors; and let’s hope other women mentors accept our genuine apology and we can get them involved too!