Celebration of FounderFuel’s 10th Demo Day

Photo credits to Eva Blue – Capture of FounderFuel 10th Cohort at Demo Day, 2017/07/11

FounderFuel celebrates its 10th Demo Day and $100 million of funding raised by its Alumni.

Demo Day is about community, passion, and new beginnings. It is the chance for our companies to present their stories to an ecosystem of fellow entrepreneurs, mentors and investors after a rigorous 13 week in the program and a lot of work put into refining their stories.

Milestones such as this one don’t come free of surprises. Joining John Stokes on stage to celebrate the occasion was special guest, Techstars co-founder David Brown. John and David reminisced about John’s visit to a Techstars Demo Day in Boulder, Colorado in 2009, a visit that helped inspire the creation of FounderFuel. Looking closer into the city’s startup festivities, each of their backstories are connected, as described in David’s reflective post.

Pitch time! After intense weeks of pitch preps, late nights and countless hours of practice, our startups delivered. Every Demo Day is a challenge to elevate the companies’ narratives. This year in particular, “the quality of pitches was high, with eight potentially world-class companies presenting tech solutions” wrote Lauren Heller in a great article published on Betakit.

“The eight companies that are in the program were chosen from about 200 applicants from across Canada”, observed journalist Jason Madger in his article on the Montreal Gazette. From saving the bees through leveraging AI to a hair color inventory management system, this year’s companies are innovating in a variety of industries. La Presse also provided an excellent event overview. To augment those stories, here’s our own recap of the diverse companies that made up the FounderFuel 2017 cohort:

// Brisk Synergies

Brisk Synergies, an Ontario-based startup co-founded by Charles Chung & Luis Miranda, aims to make cities safer by using computer vision to analyze traffic.

// Fleetrio

Coming all the way from Edmonton, Alberta, co-founders Asem Alsaadi and Uzair Ahmed created Fleetrio to help companies manage their fleet of vehicles with software and on-site mechanics.

// Lexop

Lexop, co-founded by Amir Tajkarimi, Jean-Olivier Bouchard and Michel Jamati is an all-in-one solution that allows businesses to send, track and prove document delivery in real time, over the internet instead of traditional registered mail.

// MIMs

Three PhD founders: Sarah Jenna, Mikael Camus & Abdoulaye Banire created My Intelligent Machines. They combined their expertise of Genomics, AI and Bioinformatics to develop MIMs Omic, a platform built to advance personalized medicine and genomic research.

// Nectar

As a hobbyist beekeeper, Marc-Andre Roberge faced difficulties in maintaining his bees. He then co-founded Nectar with Xavier de Brey to create an AI system that translates sensory data into actionable information.

// Porpoise

Celebrate the good with Porpoise. Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, co-founders Topher Kingsley-Williams, Dan Gillis and Denis Daigle have created a platform that makes corporate social responsibility measurable, engaging and simple.

// Stay22

Hamed Al-Khabaz felt like there needed to be a way for event-goers to book their accomodation in a hassle-free way. He and Andrew Lockhead partnered to create Stay22, an embeddable solution on event webpages that facilitates the entire experience of accommodation booking.

// Vish Color

Coming from Newfoundland, award-winning hairdresser Timothy Howard realized the need for a way to better manage hair salons color bar. So he co-founded Vish Color: a tablet-based software that allows hair salons to efficiently manage their color bar, reduce waste and improve customer retention.


> Relive Demo Day, here is the Facebook live.

> Watch the pitches, head over to FounderFuel vimeo page.

> Hear more on FounderFuel, watch Sylvain Carle’s interview on Radio Canada.


– Article co-written with Saba Abbas, edits by Isaac Souweine.

Adelaide Andriot
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