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Today, the Founder Institute, the world's premier pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Waterloo Fall 2019 program!

If you could use a structured process and feedback from Waterloo's top entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Waterloo Fall 2019 Founder Institute today.

Founded in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 185+ cities worldwide, the Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the critical support network and structured process needed to build an enduring company. Since 2009, the program has helped over 4,000 Graduates raise over $900M funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free startup events in Waterloo, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program:

Since the beta launch in 2016, the Waterloo Founder Institute has helped build several promising companies in the region, like Port, DeepSubconscious, Quote Kong, and more.

The new 2019 program launch includes local partnerships with sponsors who have helped grow the Waterloo startup ecosystem including the public-private innovation hub Communitech, the multinational law firm Gowling WLG and their office in Waterloo Region, global accounting and business advisory firm BDO in Kitchener-Waterloo, and Google Developers.

The Waterloo program is led by some of the region's top startup connectors, including Sunil Sharma (Managing Director of Techstars Toronto), Madusha Cooray (Engineer, Entrepreneur and Startup Consultant), and Jordan Jocius (Co-Founder of Rebels of Design).

In addition, some of Waterloo's top entrepreneurs, CEOs, and investors will be participating in the program, providing them with expert training, feedback, and evaluation. The list of mentors for the Waterloo Founder Institute includes:

  • Adam Mawer: Director of Kitchener-Waterloo, Workhaus
  • Alexander Marshall: Creative Director & Founder, George Briggs Media
  • Alexandra Hardy: Partner, BDO Canada
  • Alycia Riley: Associate, Gowling WLG
  • Amad Abdullah: Co-founder, CEO, OneSet
  • Amanie Ismail: COO,
  • Amber French: Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Catalyst Capital
  • Andy Lee: Co-Founder & CEO, Sienci Labs
  • Barry Hillier: Founder & CEO, eQuo
  • Beisan Zubi: Founder & CEO, CSR for Startups
  • Ben Bittrolff: CEO, Co-founder, DeSully
  • Ben Stacey: Entrepreneur in Residence, The DMZ
  • Beth Nenniger: Director, Design Center, BuildDirect
  • Bob Embleton: CEO, Cicer One
  • Brian Zubert: Director, Thomson Reuters Labs
  • Bryan Fedorak: Founder, Bartesian
  • Caitlin Mac Gregor: CEO & Cofounder, Inc.
  • Calvin Chu: Founder and CEO, Monogram
  • Cam Davies: Senior Product Marketing Manager, Miovision
  • Chad Hepburn: Manager, Audit and Assurance, BDO
  • Charles Mire: Co-Founder & CEO, Structur3D Printing
  • Christopher Reid: Co-founder, CEO, Sortable
  • Cian O'Sullivan: CEO,
  • Cole Jones: CEO, Local Line
  • Dan Silivestru: CEO, co-founder
  • Dan Mathers: Co-Founder & Partner, IronSpan Executives Inc
  • Daryl Sherman: CEO, Talometrix
  • David Shak: CEO, Caspy
  • Dayton Pereira: Founder, Signal UX
  • Elaine Decleir: Co-Founder, robin+elaine
  • Ella Hilal: Director of Data, Shopify
  • Erik Kalviainen: CEO,
  • Frank Erschen: Director, GTAN
  • Geoff Valeriote: VP Sales, Poly-Nova
  • Grace Bartz: Manager, BDC
  • Hana H: Founder, Black Maple
  • Harry Gandhi: Co-Founder and CEO, Medella Health
  • Hongwei Liu: CEO, MappedIn
  • Honourable Bardish Chagger: Leader of the Government, Canada House of Commons
  • Ilya Peskov: CEO, Focus21
  • Isaac Adejuwon: CEO & Founder, Metricsflow
  • James Slifierz: CEO, SkyWatch Space Applications
  • James Moss: MR, Plasticity Labs
  • Jeff Fedor: Entrepreneur in residence
  • Jeff Mac Intyre: Co-Founder, Grappleworks
  • Jeffrey Wong: Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Jessica Chalk: CEO and Founder, Traffic Soda
  • Jim Estill: CEO, Danby
  • John Stix: President, KidsWifi
  • Jordan Jocius: Director, Founder Institute Waterloo
  • Joseph Puopolo: CEO/Founder, Printchomp
  • Joseph Dales: Co-Founder & Director, Ltd.
  • Joseph Fung: CEO, Kiite
  • Kaleah Baker: Co-Founder, COO, BridesMade
  • Kayla Zawiski: Founder & CEO, The Local Advocate
  • Kevin Swersky: Research Scientist @ Google Brain, Google
  • Kevin Forestell: Co-Founder & CEO, DOZR
  • Kim Parnell: Cofounder, Blank
  • Komal Singh: Engineering Program Manager at Google, Author of 'Ara The Star Engineer'
  • Kristopher Braun: Co-founder and CTO, KidsWifi
  • Kurt Schwarz: Hacker in Residence,
  • Kurtis Mc Bride: CEO, Miovision Technologies Incorporated
  • Lisa Cashmore: Vice President, Start and Scale, Communitech
  • Lucas Porter Bakker: CEO and Co-Founder, GOJI
  • Madusha Cooray: Manager, Developer Relations, Google
  • Marylin Ma: CEO, Quali AI
  • Matthew Gardner: COO/Co-Founder, Videostream
  • Meghan Thompson: Owner, Megpie Creative
  • Mike Kirkup: CTO, enCircle
  • Mike Rossi: Co-Founder & CEO,
  • Moazam Khan: Co-Founder & CEO, Curiato
  • Morteza Ahmadi: CEO, Qidni Labs
  • Nabil Fahel: Director, Canada, Atomic
  • Navid Nathoo: Executive Director, The Knowledge Society
  • Paul Donald: CEO, enCircle
  • Popy Dimoulas-Graham: Founder, CEO, Charity Republic
  • Professor Fakhri Karray: Co-Director, Waterloo AI Institute
  • Richard Adkin: Founder & CEO, FLIKLI
  • Rick Spence: Former Editor and Publisher, PROFIT (Canadian Business)
  • Riley O'hagan: Manager, Audit and Assurance, BDO
  • Robert Bruski: Co-founder & CFO, Ctrl V
  • Robert Whiteside: Director, Founding Partner, Treemark Capital
  • Robin Lindner: Co-Founder, robin+elaine
  • Russ Armstrong: Regional Head of Business Development, Boast.AI (Boast Capital)
  • Ryan Mc Cartney: BDC Communitech Partner, BDC
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Sajeed Jamal: VP Marketing, SSIMWAVE
  • Sam Legge: Chapter Director, Product Manager, Startup Grind & Thalmic
  • Sandy Pell: Head of Corporate Communications/PR, Vidyard
  • Sarah Marion: Senior Analyst, iNovia Capital
  • Scott Barker: CEO, Mii Corp
  • Sean Gomes: Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Shane Hart: CEO, Competers
  • Shiva Bhardwaj: Founder, CEO, Pitstop
  • Shrad Rao: CEO, Wagepoint
  • Stephanie Hayes: Associate, Gowling WLG
  • Stephen Rahal: Vice President, Product & Marketing, Virtek Vision International Inc.
  • Sunil Sharma: Managing Director, Techstars Toronto, Founder Institute Toronto
  • Susan Motkaluk, P.Eng: Chair CEO Advisor, TEC Canada
  • Ted Hastings: CEO,
  • Viona Duncan: Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Wendy Robertson: Managing Director, Assemble Inc.
  • Will Greenblatt: Co-Founder & Managing Director, OutLoud Speakers School
  • Yogi Yoganathan: CEO/Co-Founder, RemitBee

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute is designed for founders and teams all throughout the pre-seed stage, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding. The Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Founder Institute Waterloo Team

Founder Institute Waterloo team
From left to right - Amit Mehta, Madusha Cooray, Kyley Paul, Jordan Jocius and Udesh Cooray.

Join us in Waterloo to build a great company in 2019. 

Apply to the Waterloo Fall 2019 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  

Media Contact

Jordan Jocius, Co-Director
Founder Institute Waterloo
T: 1-833-467-3235 



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