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'The FounderFuel accelerator was also great for us for visibility and mentorship.”
"Graduating from the FounderFuel accelerator in Montreal, InfoActive went on to be named Best Bootstrap Company at the SXSW Accelerator competition earlier this year: they are proving the research right."
"On top of that, the former FounderFuel team Seevibes is opening an office in France."
"Zoom sur le Démo Day de l’accélérateur Founder Fuel"
"TechNoel will be hosted by FounderFuelgeneral manager Ian Jeffrey, Real Ventures analyst Gabriel Sundaram, Wavo cofounder Conor Clarke and Bandzoogle‘s David Dufresne. Clarke, Jeffrey, Dufresne and I Can Go Without‘s Paul Rowland will all take turns spinning records all night."
"The community has also benefitted from the presence of FounderFuel, an accelerator program started by Real Ventures. "
"reelyActive is an alumnus of Montreal based mentor-driven technology accelerator FounderFuel."
"It’s an ingenious idea, one that I first stumbled across when the startup graduated from Montreal accelerator FounderFuel’s November, 2012 demo day. "
"Montreal-based startup MFive Labs is announcing a $500,000 seed round as well as the launch of its much anticipated Listn music app. The former FounderFuel and LaunchPad LAcompany raised the capital from Real Ventures and BDC Venture Capital."
"Accélérer le démarrage d'un société, c'est lui offrir les ressources nécessaires pour décupler sa croissance sur une courte période de temps. Deux fois par an, FounderFuel sélectionne un dizaine d'équipes prometteuses [...] "On cherche des startups qui créent le Web de demain""
"I work in the same building as FounderFuel‘s Jeffrey as well as the Real Ventures partners, and a disproportionate amount of the FounderFuel accelerator program is devoted to teaching its startups how to pitch [...] If the startups were really so good, why do they need to get up on stage and recite a five minute spiel? Wouldn’t their product speak for itself? Wouldn’t they eventually find some way to sit down with a VC and show them their prototype? Well, no, it’s not that simple. Teams have a limited number of chances to impress the right people. When executed right, a good pitch can help a lot."
"For some reason I’ll always remember the first words of Openera CEO Peter Lalonde’s pitch to nearly 1000 investors and media at FounderFuel’s graduation a year ago: “People hate filing”. Both the claim and the business has been validated since Lalonde and the Openera team graduated the Montreal-based accelerator program and swiftly raised angel money from Good People Ventures."
"Today LiveQoS announced the acquisition of fellow Ottawa-based company Openera, a cloud filing startup that graduated from FounderFuel."
"Graduates of the second cohort of Montreal-based accelerator Founderfuel, the company announced Monday it has raised $1.6 million is Series A funding."
"Ian Jeffrey is general manager of FounderFuel, one of three Canadian accelerator programs whose graduates are eligible for financing from the $15 million that BDC Venture Capital has earmarked for implementation of its accelerator strategy.
“We create unprecedented opportunities for these entrepreneurs to meet tons of really influential people and build relationships that will serve them forever,” Jeffrey says."
"OneClass, a graduate of Montréal’s FounderFuel accelerator, enables students to teach students by providing a means for them to create learning tidbits on specific courses and components at 50 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. The company just raised $1.6 million from SAIF Partners, Real Ventures, and a few existing angel investors to multiply that 50 into 500."
"Former FounderFuel graduate OneClass, the Toronto-based startup that seeks to provide relevant, up to date and personalized course content after class ends, has raised $1.6 million in venture funding."
"Toronto-based startup and FounderFuel accelerator graduate OneClass today announced a new $1.6 million Series A round investment led by SAIF partners and including previous investor Real Ventures, as well as several angels."
"We seriously foster innovation. We’re a smallish nation of 35 million people, and our startup community boasts some of the most helpful. Check out what GrowLabs, FounderFuel and Extreme Startups have done to help. "
"NRC-IRAP is very clear in their guidelines that only a "limited number of best-in-class accelerators and incubators (i.e. fewer than 10)" will be successful in securing funding. So who should get this money? GrowLab, Extreme Startups, FounderFuel and the other recognized accelerators?"
"Bringing together accelerators to share best practises isn’t exactly a new idea, but certainly with structure and money coming in from Google, this network should lead to some fruitful connections. Nevertheless, FounderFuel’s Ian Jeffrey and leaders at three other accelerators teamed up during Montreal’s International Startup Festival to put on Accelerator Rally."
"Montreal-based startup accelerator program FounderFuel is telling startups they have less than one month before the submission deadline date of October 15.
The upcoming Spring 2014 cohort will be the program’s fifth group of startups. FounderFuel has now accelerated 37 startups, the most of any accelerator in Canada."
"Au Canada, l'accélérateur technologique le plus actif a pignon sur rue à Montréal [...] FounderFuel propose un programme intensif d'accélération par mentorat de haut niveau d'une durée de trois mois."
"FounderFuel Fall 2012 cohort grad Urbita, a startup based in LA and Buenos Aires, has managed to quietly amass a huge consumer following, having topped 8 million monthly unique visitors in July, and then managing a 25 percent increase over the course of August to more than 10 million monthly unique visitors."
"They’re visiting Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Waterloo. Ottawa, Vancouver, and Halifax and it’s a good opportunity for entrepreneurs to see how they stack up against the best and brightest. It’s also a great way to work on your pitch. Jeffrey and Stokes will devote a day to teach you what they know about how to deliver a killer pitch. Then, they’ll open up the stage to anyone who is brave enough to present."
Urbita has traffic, but that’s just a start in the difficult social travel and local discovery category
"Los Angeles- and Buenos Aires-based Urbita appears to have struck a chord among online users, surpassing a stout 7 million monthly unique visitors just five months after pivoting in February of this year. What’s more, 35 percent of these visitors are recurring month-over-month.[...] Urbita, which has 13 employees, raised $650,000 in Seed financing earlier this year following its graduation from Montreal’s FounderFuel accelerator."
"Provender brings chefs and farmers together in one virtual marketplace with a single payment system."
"FounderFuel general manager Ian Jeffrey and tough-talkin’ Real Ventures investor John Stokes are hitting the road in September for a seven-date, “Pan-Canadian Pitch Training Workshop for IT Startups.”"
"Fast forward to present day, and the action within the house is now booming. In case you haven’t heard, Notman House has become a premium hub for tech startups in Montreal. Now owned by the OSMO Foundation, Notman is also the home of Real Ventures, a VC fund managed in Montreal, and Founder Fuel, an accelerator program that has been making headlines for the programs they created and start-ups they help to develop."
"vous aurez l’occasion de suivre un atelier sur l’art du pitch prodigué par FounderFuel et le fonds Real Ventures en septembre. L’atelier PITCH IT sera offert dans sept villes canadiennes."
"The 12-week program, which wrapped up last month, helped them create Groove with Friends. "It's a tight community in Montreal and we feed off each other," he says."
"Working in FounderFuel’s Notman House headquarters as part of the accelerator’s 2013 cohort has been a business boon for the three founders, Mr. Nguyen said. FounderFuel’s 12-week program, which wrapped up last month, helped them create Groove with Friends."
"Montreal-based startup The Transit App is expanding its mobile domain after a strong showing at the Founder Fuel demo day earlier this month."
"The conference was sponsored by FounderFuel, a top tier mentor-driven accelerator that helps early stage startups raise seed capital. Accelerator program managers and advisers from Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Boulder, Sydney, Charlotte, and Washington, DC joined our Canadian counterparts in Montreal to share ideas and learnings for accelerating entrepreneurial ventures."
"As the CEO of Chicago-based startup InfoActive, Trina Chiasson spent four months in Montreal’s FounderFuel accelerator program for Internet startups. Chiasson said companies want to monetize their data, but many simply don’t know how."
"Urbita cofounders Pablo Kleinman and Pablo Grandinetti graduated from FounderFuel’s third cohort in 2012, raising a total of $650,000 in funding from Real Ventures and several angel investors."
"En soirée, c’était au tour d’un autre incubateur, FounderFuel, de tenir son Demo Day. On en était dans ce cas à une quatrième édition et l’expérience paraît. Pour un, le théâtre Rialto était rempli presque entièrement, soit probablement près de 900 ou 1000 personnes."
"Outpost Travel came into the International Startup Fest with momentum, having won The Founder Project’s “Student Startup Showdown” earlier this month, which granted them an opportunity to pitch atFounderFuel’s Demo Day during Startup Fest."
"Les 9 entreprises de la cohorte été 2013 ont tenté de séduire les gens de l’industrie et les investisseurs sur place à l’aide de brèves présentations, généralement très réussies. En tout, ce sont 10 millions de dollars que Founder Fuel espère amasser grâce à l’événement."
"Montreal-based accelerator FounderFuel held its Demo Day for its Summer 2013 cohort of startups today, and the nine companies taking part all offered pretty impressive pitches. Three companies stood out from the crowd, however, and earned my pick for highlights of the show."
"Shockingly, they came in a very close second, and then were approached by FounderFuel to enter the spring 2013 cohort. They accepted, built their platform, launched their demo app last week, and saw the number of dashes available grow from 9 to 70 in four days as developers have started discovering the platform."
"Real-time bus and train schedule startup Transit, which has been riding a wave of Apple-fueled popularity to a first-place app store ranking in Canada and eleventh in the U.S., has launched transit directions in the world’s most populous metropolis, Mexico City, and Paris."
"But Provender has a good shot at nailing it too — for restaurants. The young startup closed its seed round two weeks before its accelerator demo day, indicating keen interest from angels and VCs."
"If accelerators voted a “most likely to succeed” startup on Demo Day, CrowdMedia would have won the award hands-down last night at Montréal-based FounderFuel’s event."
"Montreal-based accelerator programFounderFuel is publicly announcing the teams in its fourth cohort, ahead of Demo Day on July 11. A crowd of over 800 people, including investors from Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, London and more, are expected attend."
"La qualité des start-ups incubées par FounderFuel semble augmenter d’une cohorte à l’autre et les neuf équipes qui ont présenté jeudi n’ont pas fait exception à la règle."
"Nine brand-new companies will be presenting, and FounderFuel general manager Ian Jeffery says they’re better than ever before."
"One of Canada’s largest accelerators, Montreal-based FounderFuel, is gearing up for itsSummer 2013 Demo Day during Startup Festival this year, and the list of 9 companies on display this time around includes some familiar faces, as well as some new players operating in a range of different verticals."
"Montreal-based accelerator programFounderFuel is publicly announcing the teams in its fourth cohort, ahead of Demo Day on July 11."
"Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District recently released a report called Seeding Success: Canadian Startup Accelerators that breaks down numerous aspects of accelerator programs in Canada.
"Campagna and Vermette recently received $50,000 in seed money from FounderFuel, a Montreal outfit that helps technology startups."
"Ian Jeffery of FounderFuel, probably the largest accelerator in Canada (800 people attended a recent Demo Day in Montreal) did something very similar in its existing 10,000 square feet of real estate. The plan is to go even bigger as it moves into a 30,000 square foot space in Montreal’s historic Notman House."
"After joining Montreal-based accelerator FounderFuel’s latest cohort Groove got off to a quick start when their total downloads surpassed one million in early May."
"Groove is a Canadian-made mobile app that’s tearing up the charts, reaching a top 1o spot in over 30 countries, and climbing to number 1 in the Canadian app store over other music apps including Rdio and Songza. The app is part of Montreal-based FounderFuel‘s latest cohort, and in move that’s becoming a trend for Founder Fuel companies, it has just gone free, and racked up 85,000 downloads in just 24 hours."
"Provender was formed two years ago after three entrepreneurs came together while each was working at different food startups. Cofounders Caithrin Rintoul, Kyra Kristof and Jeff Aldrich launched the company and were eventually accepted into FounderFuel’s summer 2013 cohort."
"Instagrad is based in New York City with offices in Montreal. The startup has raised $200,000 from FounderFuel, an accelerator in Canada, and private angel investors."
"This week I noticed one CEO tweet about how he was honoured to be in the “2013 Hot Shit List”, curated by David Crow, a self-described “trouble maker” at Startup North blog and a mentor with FounderFuel and Joltco."
"C'est le défi sur lequel ils se concentrent activement depuis quelques semaines au sein du programme FounderFuel."
"Going free was a result of advice the two-man startup received just months ago as Transit entered FounderFuel, probably the largest Canadian accelerator."
"Alors qu’aucun des projets d’affaires conçus durant la première édition de Startup Weekend Montréaln’a décollé, deux des participants de sa seconde édition ont trouvé du financement peu après. Il s’agit de Dashbook et de CrowdMedia, qui ont été admis dans l’incubateur montréalais FounderFuel suite à l'événement."
The Transit App Nabs 35K Downloads In 72 Hours, Blows Past Google Maps In Canadian App Store After Going Free
"Transit is part of Montreal-based accelerator FounderFuel’s current cohort, and FounderFuel’s GM Ian Jeffrey says that they’re happy to see the app really “catching fire” since introducing this update, which represents a considerable change in strategy for the app."
"In Canada, there are the so-called household names, the likes of Montreal's FounderFuel, Waterloo's Communitech and Extreme Startups in Toronto."
BDC Venture Capital Partners With Government-Funded Accelerators To Inject More Canada Into The U.S. Startup Scene
"BDC says that the goal is to get the Canadian startups with the most potential into a high-growth market as effectively as possible and says this is a natural extension of its work with Canadian-based accelerators and incubators, including GrowLab, Extreme Startups, Hyperdrive and Founder Fuel."
"Jacques Bernier, associé principal de Teralys, souligne qu'un événement comme le Startup Festival, qui bat son plein chaque été à Montréal, joue un peu le rôle de Start-Up Chile au Chili. La Maison Notman, le quartier général des entrepreneurs web de la métropole, ou encore le programme d'accélérateur d'entreprises Founder Fuel font aussi la même chose."
"The largest accelerator in Canada, the biggest seed investor in Europe, and one of the top seed funds in Australia are joining forces to put on one major demo day for 15 of their top startups next Wednesday in San Francisco."
"Montreal-based startup and FounderFuel alum ooomf has officially relaunched today as a marketplace to connect curated projects with invite-only mobile and web talent."
"The mentorship was fantastic. It really helped us figure out how we were going to work together. We got through all that and we've been very strong ever since."
"Both Mr. Wertz and Mr. Sharma consider Montreal’s FounderFuel, Sharma’s own Toronto-based ExtremeStartups, Hyperdrive in Waterloo and GrowLab in Vancouver – of which Mr. Wertz is also the founder – to be among the country’s highest profile accelerators and incubators, as is desired by the government’s $60-million fund."
“Up until FounderFuel this was an evenings and weekends project for me,” Mr. Brooker recalled. “We all wanted it to be more, but we didn’t have the know-how or experience needed to turn it into a full-time job.”
"l’aide la plus précieuse qu’ils nous ont apportée, c’est leur expertise. Pendant trois mois, ils nous ont fait rencontrer des personnes inspirantes issues d’entreprises comme Amazon ou Fido, qui nous ont donné des conseils d’une valeur inestimable. Ils nous ont aidé à voir les choses en grand, à envisager un développement plus ambitieux dans de nouveaux marchés », témoigne le jeune entrepreneur."
"Au début de l'année 2012, Christian et Chrétien prennent une décision: tenter d'entrer dans l'accélérateur d'entreprises FounderFuel, un véritable camp de développement pour jeunes entreprises piloté par le fonds de capital de risque montréalais Real Ventures."
"In addition to the four local companies that participated in GrowLab's three-month program, three startups from other Canadian accelerators gave three-minute pitches to a charged audience: OOHLALA from Founder Fuel, WillPwn4Food from Hyperdrive, and Paint My Cat from Launch Academy."
"FounderFuel is urging startups to finish off those last minute applications before their deadline of midnight on February 8 passes."
"“People hate filing,” said Peter Lalonde in front of a sold-out FounderFuel Demo Day crowd in November. They especially hate following corporate policy and now the company has unveiled a shiny new platform to do all the work."
"J’ai vraiment adoré cette téléréalité. Elle donne un bel aperçu de ce que vivent plusieurs entrepreneurs dans l’univers des «startups»."
"The original version of the app launched last May, and the company recently graduated from Montreal-based accelerator FounderFuel."
"ooomf was born out of Montreal accelerator FounderFuel. The team graduated as part of the first cohort of businesses and quickly secured $500,000 in seed-stage funding from Real Ventures and BDC Venture Capital. Since then they’ve assisted thousands of entrepreneurs in less than a year’s time."
"Once again, Canadian startup accelerator FounderFuel is hitting the road in search of their next great cohort of startups. Like their Fall 2012 recruiting drive, they’ll be targeting five cities, giving teams a chance to meet the managers, mentors, and alumni behind the program."
"The accelerator has created some interesting businesses with amazing potential over the last two years. Now the founders of Founderfuel are upping their stake, and their investment at the same time."
"Speaking of accelerators, Montreal’s FounderFuel said this week it is doubling the initial funding it gives its startups — and taking a bit more equity in the early-stage ventures."
"LaChance and his team’s journey through FounderFuel was well documented: along with another team, Live Rides was the main focus in a recent reality series called “Make it or Break it.""