Founder Institute Sponsors

Spiegel Sohmer

 Spiegel Sohmer is a firm of attorneys offering state-of-the-art expertise to a diversified business clientele seeking solutions that are innovative, concrete, and pragmatic. Our firm groups some forty five attorneys who concentrate principally within three broad specialties: business law (including Intellectual Property), tax law and litigation.  Spiegel Sohmer has extensive experience representing companies at all stages of their life cycle, from start up through to exit, and also represents a wide array of investors: www.spiegelsohmer.com 

Richter

Richter is, above all, a financial consulting services firm offering strategic support and has been a recognized member of the business community since 1926. Richter entire team consists of more than 450 partners, experts, high-level professionals and administrative employees. Because of this collective expertise, our firm has an unrivalled reputation and has earned the respect of the business community.

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization to provide financing, mentoring, and support tools for every business stage to aspiring business owners and startup founders: www.futurpreneur.ca

Kruger

Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy and wines and spirits. The Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger operates facilities in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States. (www.kruger.com

 


 

Community Partners

NACO Canada

The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) accelerates a thriving, early-stage investing ecosystem in Canada by connecting individuals, groups, and other partners that support Angel-stage investing. NACO provides intelligence, tools and resources for its members; facilitates key connections across networks, borders and industries; and helps to inform policy affecting the Angel asset-class.

Anges Quebec

Anges Québec’s mission is to help its angel investors make profitable investments in innovative companies in a wide range of industries and in all regions of Quebec. To this end, Anges Québec identifies the best entrepreneurs and business projects and supports the Anges Québec members who finance them.

RJCCQ

Le RJCCQ soutient un réseau de jeunes chambres de commerce et d’ailes jeunesse à travers le Québec, représentant plus de 8 000 jeunes professionnels, cadres, travailleurs autonomes et entrepreneurs âgés de 18 à 40 ans.

JCCM

La Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM) est un regroupement de près de 1 600 jeunes cadres, professionnels, entrepreneurs et travailleurs autonomes âgés de 18 à 40 ans, ce qui en fait un des plus grands réseaux de jeunes gens d’affaires au monde.

Hacking Health

Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.

NM

Noticias Montreal is a Spanish-language media based in Montreal and founded by a group of immigrant journalists. Its main goal is to provide the latest news, information and features about Montreal, Quebec, Canada. NM wants to offer a helping hand in the immigration and integration process of the numerous newcomers as well as promoting the Spanish language.

La Gare

La Gare is a collaborative workspace. A place to work, connect and learn in the heart of the Mile End.

 

New York FI Grad, Kindara, Raises $370k

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-11-20

New York Founder Institute graduate, Kindara, announced today they have received $370k in funding via Angellist - half of their current fundraising goal. The team released this update this morning, explaining their progress and what they plan to do with the round.

"We are stoked! Last week we closed $370,000 in new investment, which is about half of the funding round we’re currently raising!

We’ve just announced this funding round on AngelList (You’ll notice some exciting new product plans on our profile) – please help us spread the news by following us and sharing us with your followers:

The majority of this investment came from our amazing current investors; however we did add some very smart new folks whom we’re *delighted* to have on our team (check AngelList to see who – and follow and share us while you’re there).

This next year is going to be a breakout year for us and the whole team here is excited about what we’ve got in store! Here’s what’s happening these days at Kindara:

Our Big Audacious Goal is to close a total of $750,000 by the end of the year. We’re going to use the money to bring our first hardware product to market in early 2014. We’ve got over $400k committed already, and are working to close out the rest.

Half way there…

  • This is an exciting round for us – these funds will propel our first hardware device to market, generating significant revenue and setting the stage for our future products.
  • If you have friends or colleagues interested in connected devices or women’s health, send them our way.


We’re currently focused on the the following major goals:

  • Meeting our funding goal by the end of the year.
  • Increase first week user engagement with our app by a further 10%.
  • Finish the design and factory selection for our hardware device.


Our pregnancy rate is increasing – we’re now responsible for an average of 40 successful conceptions every DAY!

  • Our pregnancy rate has increased by over 50% in the last few months.
  • The prediction we added in the last version of Kindara is working its magic.
  • Coming up, we’ve got some great social features that our users are going to love. User generated content here we come.


Kindara users are some of the most engaged app users anywhere. Most of them use the app every single day or multiple times per day.

  • Most of our users use Kindara every day and we’re focusing on making the app even more engaging and fun.
  • Our engaged users will get first dibs when we launch our hardware device next year.


We’re making progress on getting more and more positive ratings and reviews:

  • We’re currently maintaining a superb 4.8 out of 5 star rating in the App Store.
  • Next up we’re planning a big change to our customer support infrastructure aimed at reducing response times and improving customer satisfaction even further."

Congratulations, Kindara!

 

Kindara is an app that helps women monitor their fertility and increase their chances of conceiving. They are a graduate of the New York Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the Winter 2013 Semester. If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a startup in New York, click here to learn more and apply today.

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