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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently re-evaluating our program timelines in order to ensure we prioritize our collective health, while continuing our commitment to the startups in this year’s cohort. We will communicate more information in the coming weeks.

A Team Dedicated
to Supporting Your Mission

Brought together by our passion to help and guide entrepreneurs in the creation of society-impacting companies, our team offers the multiple view points and specializations that will help your company go the extra mile.

Katy Yam
General Manager

Katy is a natural connector of people and ideas in service of helping good people succeed. As General Manager of FounderFuel, her ambition is to create an environment that helps founders level up quickly by filling knowledge and experience gaps with pairings from Real’s rich mentor ecosystem. She believes deep personal accountability and a #givefirst mindset will enrich every startup and accelerate their traction at FounderFuel and beyond. She is a multilingual executive with a 20-year history of managing high-performing product, business intelligence and marketing teams across various public and private industries including telco, CPG, gambling and AI. 

Sarah Bezeau Gervais
Program Manager

Driven and people-focused, Sarah joined the Real team as FounderFuel Program Manager in November 2018. Her past experience in the technology industry, both improving and building processes, and working in customer support and success, brings together a combination of organizational and interpersonal skills that are crucial for running a fast-paced venture accelerator. Sarah studied IT and operations management at HEC Montreal and sees herself as a jack-of-all-trades. When she’s not building processes and solving problems, Sarah loves to travel, knit, hike in the Adirondacks, eat pho soup and cuddle with her puppy.

Sylvain Carle
Mentor-in-Chief

Sylvain Carle has spent the last two decades living and breathing emerging technologies. He’s also spent most of his career as a startup entrepreneur at the confluence of media, technology and networks. A self-proclaimed nerd, socialist and pragmatist, Sylvain believes in technology as a means to change the world, and loves investing in ideas and people to transform industries. As a Real Ventures pre-seed partner, Sylvain plays a key role in nurturing the local tech ecosystem, and also works closely with our portfolio companies.

Real Ventures

A committed team backed by Canada’s leading seed-stage VC

FounderFuel is powered by Real Ventures, a leading source of capital for game-changing entrepreneurs and a driving force behind emerging tech ecosystems.

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Our Mentors

I love to help entrepreneurs better prepare for the future and focus on the key steps of making their business successful.

Julie Lacasse
VP of Operations, Tracktik
Founder and Executive

Our Mentors

Founder Fuel attracts the most creative and ambitious founders and has assembled a word-class group of mentors and advisors, making the program a source of insipration, learning and deal flow.

David Dufresne
Partner, Panache Ventures
Investor

Our Mentors

I love the diversity of the teams, the industries, the technologies and the fellow mentors. I love the Montreal-style drive and creativity put into sculpting these start-ups.

Naomi Goldapple
Head of AlayaLabs, Alayacare
Executive

Our Mentors

Mentoring in FounderFuel since 2013 has allowed me not only to pay it forward, but also learn from the talented next generation of startup entrepreneurs.

Sebastien Provencher
Senior Product Management
Executive and Entrepreneur

Our Mentors

Founderfuel is Montreal’s premiere accelerator, providing a fantastic opportunity for founders to rapidly refine their business models, accelerate corporate growth and gain early market traction.

Jason Van Gaal
Co-Founder Soul Labs
Founder

Our Mentors

FounderFuel is the proof that it is absolutely possible to build world-class startups from Montreal.

Ian Jeffrey
Co-Founder and CEO at Breathe Life
Founder

Our Mentors

Being a mentor at FounderFuel allows me to meet incredible entrepreneurs who are passionate about solving big problems.

Amanda Levin
COO at Local Logic

Our Mentors

I love to see the new cohorts every year. We have invested in many of the successful FounderFuel graduates!

Steven Abrams
Partner for the IT Venture Fund, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech, BDC Venture Capital
Investor

Our Mentors

The FounderFuel program has excelled year after year at helping diversified groups of smart and passionate entrepreneurs bridge the gap between their technologies and markets, as well as successfully raise venture financing.

Caroline Pelletier
Vice President Screening at Anges Quebec

Our Mentors

FounderFuel always puts a lot of energy in supporting their startups, the program is a complete game-changer for these young entrepreneurs.

Paul Orchtanian
Founder and CEO, Bain Public
Expert

Our Mentors

FounderFuel is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs to have access to the best tips from dedicated and engaged mentors. It is always a pleasure for me to meet and support eager individuals. It is my way of passing it forward

Pascal Audette
Founder and CEO, Carebook
Entrepreneur

Our Mentors

Founderfuel provides quality resources and support for taking your company to the next level. I’m consistently impressed with the high quality of companies coming in, and the results achieved in such a short period of time.

Dov Amihod
Co-Founder and CTO, Stealth Startup
Entrepreneur

Mentorship is at the heart of the FounderFuel experience.

From kickoff to Demo Day, our network of seasoned founders, investors, and executives are crucial partners in the acceleration process.

Get Involved

OUR MENTOR COMMUNITY

FounderFuels mentor community is one of Canadas premier startup networks. Since 2011, hundreds of mentors have participated in the program, sharing their expertise, insights and connections with our founders. They embody the pay it forward mentality that is at the heart of thriving startup ecosystems.

BECOMING A MENTOR

FounderFuel seeks to continuously renew our mentor pool to bring fresh and diverse perspectives to our teams. If you are a founder, executive or investor who is looking to give back to your community, hone your craft and build your own network, we welcome you to reach out to see if the program could be a fit.

WHAT’S INVOLVED AND EXPECTED

Mentors commit to FounderFuel for at least one 3 month cohort. All mentors should also be open to acting as a lead mentor, who meet at least every other week with a team for the duration of the program. Mentors give freely of their time, expertise and connections without expectation of direct remuneration. They support companies with honest but empathetic advice that is strong but loosely held.  Our best mentors listen as much as they talk and learn as much as they teach.

Our
Sponsors

Our sponsors’ contribution goes far beyond funding. With their deep expertise and networks, they are also key allies for our companies as they navigate the twists and turns of the venture-backed path.