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Now, more than ever, the world needs entrepreneurs to build the future.

At the Founder Institute, we know times are tough, but we also know that economic downturns are a great time to start a business. This isn't just conjecture - the Founder Institute was started in April of 2009 (during the "Great Recession"), and world-leading companies like Microsoft, Tesla, and Apple also took advantage of cost savings during a recession to launch and get their initial traction.

Applications for the Montreal Virtual 2020 program will close on August 2, 2020.

If you could use a structured process and a lifetime of support from Montreal's top investors and entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Montreal Virtual 2020 Founder Institute today.

Local COVID-19 Update: In an effort to #StopTheSpread and ensure everyone’s health and safety, this program is planned to be held online. Learn more on our Virtual Program FAQ page.

While the program is generic, Montreal is offering fellowships in two (2) specific streams. Those fellowships give entrepreneurs the opportunity to enrol in the program for free ($999 value):

  1. Supply Chain fellowship ( in partnership with BCF Ventures and Scale Ai super-cluster.
    Blog Post announcement here
    "Founder Institute Startup Accelerator launches Global Supply Chain Tech Vertical in Montreal"
  2. Digital Health fellowship ( in partnership with MedStack.
    Blog Post announcement here:
    "Founder Institute Montreal Announces New MedStack Digital Health Fellowship program"

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

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities worldwide, the Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the devoted support network and structured growth process needed to get to traction and funding. Participants in the 4-month core program also get access to a lifetime of support through the Founder Institute's industry-leading post-programs.

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  4,300 Alumni raise over $950M funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more (see the FI 10 Year Impact Report here).

Launched in 2014 by Sergio Escobar and LP Maurice, the Montreal Founder Institute has produced over 55 companies that have collectively raised several million dollars in funding. Notable alumni of the Montreal program include FightCampUnitoStreamline Genomics, Jitbase, Allset, and many more. The 2020 Virtual program will count with the addition of Francois Poirier as Program Manager and co-Director. The Montreal program is supported by Fasken and Richter.

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

  • Aaron Carr: CEO & Founder, Qarrot Performance
  • Abdé Essaidi: Vice-President, Canada, Axionable
  • Abdullah Snobar: Executive Director , DMZ
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder institute
  • Afsoon Soudi: Co Founder & VP R&D, IRYStec
  • Alain Goubau: COO & CFO, FarmLead
  • Alessia Talarico: Investment Analyst, BCF Ventures
  • Alex Nemeroff: Co-Founder, Creative Director, Dynamo
  • Alex Barrett: Investment Associate, iNovia Capital
  • Alex Norman: Partner, Canada, AngelList
  • Alex Iskold: Managing Partner, 2048vc
  • Alexandre Taillefer: Managing partner, XPND Capital
  • Alexandre Witkowicz: Analyst, WhiteStar Capital
  • Ali Nawab: Founder and CEO, Kiwi Wearables
  • Alice Dinu: VP Student Success & Research, Ready Education
  • Allen Lau: CEO and co-founder, Wattpad
  • Andrew D'Souza: Founder and CEO, Clearbanc
  • Angelique Mannella: Strategic Global Alliances, Amazon
  • Angelo Esposito: CEO and Co-Founder,
  • Ariel Garten: CEO, InteraXon
  • Ashok Prabhu Masilamani: CTO & Founder, Stratuscent
  • Balaji Gopalan: Co-Founder and CEO, MedStack
  • Ben Yoskovitz: Founding Partner, HighlineBETA
  • Benjamin du Haÿs: Founder & CEO, Mobeewave
  • Benjamin Tuff: Managing Partner, Benjamin David Group
  • Beth Thouin: VP Marketing + Validation SME, Acquisio
  • Bonnie Chau: Portfolio Manager, BCF Ventures
  • Bonnie Foley-Wong: Chief Investment Innovator, Pique Ventures
  • Brandon Waselnuk: Product Manager and Principle, CoVenture
  • Brian Zubert: Director, Thomson Reuters Labs
  • Brian Church: Country Manager, Canada
  • Brice Scheschuk: CEO, Globalive Capital
  • Buchi Okoro: CEO and Co-Founder, Quidax (Techstars 2020)
  • Caitlin Mac Gregor: CEO & Cofounder, Inc.
  • Caroline Pelletier: Vice President Screening and Investment Support, Anges Quebec
  • Carter Laren: Founder/CEO, Inara Ventures
  • Caterina Rizzi: Co-Founder, BREATHER
  • Cesar L. Patricio: CEO & co-Founder,
  • Chevonae Walcott: Analyst, Relay Ventures
  • Chris Arsenault: Managing Partner, iNovia Capital
  • Chris Atkinson: CEO & co-Founder, FleetOps
  • Christine Renaud: Founder/CEO, E-180
  • Claude Théoret: Founder & CEO, Nexalogy Environics
  • Clement Cazalot: Managing Director, Techstars Boston
  • Code Cubitt: Managing Director, Mistral Venture Partners
  • Craig Asano: CEO, National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada
  • Damon Sloane: General Manager, Ecommerce, Michael Kors
  • Danial Jameel: Founder/CEO, Forbes 30under30, Ready Education
  • David Dufresne: Partner, Panache VC
  • David Nadezhdin: Co-founder/CEO, Koomi
  • David Sciacca: COO, LIFT session
  • Dax Da Silva: Founder/CEO, LightSpeed
  • Deborah Hayek: Program Lead - Foundry (Desjardins Open Innovation), Desjardins
  • Dennis Van Staalduinen: President & Executive Strategist, Brandvelope Consulting
  • Diana Cheptene: Senior Product Manager, Shopify
  • Diana Sciortino: Investment Analyst, BCF Ventures
  • Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill: CEO, Careteam Technologies Inc.
  • Eleonore Jarry Ferron: Investment Associate, BrightSpark
  • Elizabeth Wasserman: Co-Founder & CEO, Inc.
  • Ella Hilal: Director of Data, Shopify
  • Eric Brat: Director, co-Lead, Creative Destruction Lab (Montreal)
  • Eryk Warren: Co Founder & CTO, Unito
  • Eva Lau: co-Founder, Two Small Fish Ventures
  • Fab Dolan: Head of Marketing, Google, Canada
  • Francis Wenzel: Founder & CEO, TickSmith
  • François Arbour: CEO / VP Music & Video, Premiumbeat / Shutterstock
  • Francois Poirier: COO, Parcours entrepreneurial Rémi Marcoux
  • Frantz Saintellemy: President & COO, Leddartech
  • Frederic Voyer: CEO & Co-Founder,
  • Frederic Scherer: CEO & co-Founder, Jitbase
  • Frederick Townes: Co-Founder & CTO, NestReady
  • Gagan Biyani: Gagan Biyani - CoFounder, Fresh (San Francisco FI) , Fresh
  • Gary Gaessler: VP Sales, Nventify
  • Geoffrey Bernard: Senior Director, Growth, Analytics & Data Science, La Presse
  • George Korkejian: Venture Manager, BCF Ventures
  • Gian Carlo Di Tommaso: Chief Operating Officer
  • Gisele Bison: Founder , Chain Reaction
  • Graeme Barlow: CEO, Quantum Liquid Cooling Inc.
  • Graeme Millen: Director, Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Graham Mann: Growth Specialist, Unito
  • Greg Isenberg: Digital Marketer and Angel Investor
  • Ha Nguyen: VP, McRock Capital
  • Hakim Merah: Senior Manager, Acceleration & AI Ecosystem, Scale Ai
  • Hicham Ratnani: Co-Founder & COO/CFO, Frank & Oak
  • Hussam Ayyad: Managing Director, WE
  • Ian Jeffrey: VP Product Marketing Marketing, PasswordBox
  • Isaac Souweine: Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Real Ventures
  • Isaac Adejuwon: CEO & Founder, Metricsflow
  • James Slifierz: CEO, SkyWatch Space Applications
  • Javier Gotschlich: Head of Partnerships - Hubspot for Startups, HubSpot
  • Jay Ferst: Managing Partner, Ferst Capital Partners
  • Jean Benoit Richard: COO, Alexsei
  • Jean David Begin: Co-founder & CEO, Guestful
  • Jean François Marcoux: General Partner, White Star Capital
  • Jean François Ouellet: Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, HEC Montréal
  • Jeff Hoffman: Partner, ColorJar
  • Jerome Soucy: People & Operations, Hykso FightCamp
  • Joanne Wong: Partner, REDDS Capital
  • Joel Yaffe: Founder, GuestDriven, iTechnique, Potcoin, Glace des Arts
  • Joel Semeniuk: Vice President of Growth and Innovation, Communitech
  • John Espinoza: Co-founder and VP engineer , Unito
  • Jose Martins: Business Development Manager - HubSpot for Startups North America, HubSpot
  • Josette Renée Landry: CEO, Streamline Genomics
  • Juan Cabrera: Designer & Marketing Consultant,
  • Julien Denaes: Co-Founder , Alpin
  • Julien Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, BREATHER
  • Justin Sherratt: Founder, Sortbox
  • Justin Wilcox: Founder, Customer Development Labs
  • Justin Evans: Co-Founder, LANDR Audio
  • Kevin Swersky: Research Scientist @ Google Brain, Google
  • Khalil Zahar: Founder & CEO, FightCamp (Hykso)
  • Kookai Chaimahawong: VC Associate, Pangaea Ventures
  • Kyell Vyncke: VP Sales & Marketing, TrackTik
  • Kyle Boulay: Co-Founder,
  • Laviva Mazhar: Investment Analyst, Luge Capital
  • Leah Mazur: CEO & Founder, Loop Digital Marketing
  • Lee Silverstone: Co founder/ EVP strategic partnerships, Mystral Venture Partners
  • Leo Lax: Managing Director, L-Spark/Wesley Clover
  • Lisa Cashmore: Vice President, Start and Scale, Communitech
  • Lloyed Lobo: Cofounder, Boast.AI
  • Lorne Lieberman: Managing Partner, Jant Ventures
  • Louis François Hogue: Vice-President, Global Head of Business Development, Cirque du Soleil
  • Louis Philippe Maurice: Louis Philippe Maurice - Founder/CEO, Busbud (Montreal FI), Busbud
  • Luc Filiatreault: Luc Filiatreault - VP Venture Development, OpenText (Barcelona FI), OpenText
  • Madusha Cooray: Manager, Developer Relations, Google
  • Magaly Charbonneau: Principal, iNovia Capital
  • Marat Mukhamedyarov: Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
  • Marc Alloul: Managing Partner W2/W3, W Investments
  • Marc Chriqui: Angel Investor & Former CEO, Raymark (acquired by Mi9 Retail)
  • Marc Boscher: Founder & CEO, Unito
  • Marc Antoine Ross: Angel Investor & Chief Innovation Officer, Diagram Ventures
  • Marcos Carvalho: Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer, NestReady (former Navut)
  • Marcus Daniels: Co-Founder & CEO, Highline VC
  • Mariah Lichtenstern: Founder-CEO, DiverseCity Ventures
  • Marina Cortes: Venture Partner, Hike Ventures
  • Matt Smith: C-Level Tech Startup Expert, Consulting
  • Matthias Bedard: Co-Founder & CTO
  • Matthieu Houle: VP Digital Media, Yellow Pages Canada
  • Mauro Repacci: Co-Founder & CEO, NestReady
  • Mazen Elbawab: Project Lead Programmer - Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft
  • Mehdi Mehni: Growth Product Lead, Diagram
  • Mehdi Merai Merai: CEO, Dataperformers
  • Melissa Belbeck: Senior Associate, Whitecap Venture Partners
  • Meryeme Lahmami: Investment Manager, MEDTEQ
  • Michael Katchen: Founder & CEO, WealthSimple
  • Michel Jamati: CTO, Lexop
  • Mike Kirkup: CTO, enCircle
  • Mike Silagadze: CEO, Top Hat
  • Mike Cegelski: Managing Partner & Angel Investor, Panache Ventures
  • Mike Grandinetti: Managing Director, Southboro Capital
  • Mike Apted: Startup Solutions Architect, AWS
  • Mohan Markandaier: Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
  • Mohannad El Barachi: Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SweetIQ Analytics Corp.
  • Nadeem Ghafoor: VP, Canadensys Aerospace Corporation
  • Naomi Goldapple: Head of AlayaLabs, AlayaCare
  • Narjes Boufaden: CEO & co-Founder, Keatext
  • Neha Khera: Venture Partner, 500 Startups
  • Nicolas Jacques Bouchard: Principal, Panache Ventures
  • Pablo Srugo: Principal, Mystral Venture Partners
  • Paul D'souza: President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
  • Paul Ortchanian: Vice-President, Product Development,
  • Peggy Van De Plassche: Managing Partner & Angel Investor, Roar Growth
  • Phil Libin: Co-Founder and Chairman of Evernote, Managing Director at General Catalyst, General Catalyst
  • Phil Rivard: Developer Success, dfuse
  • Philip Cutler: President & CEO, GradeSlam
  • Pierre Alexandre Fournier: CEO, Hexoskin
  • Pierre Luc Laparé: Co-Founder, Golf Avenue
  • Prathna Ramesh: Managing Director & Chief Compliance Officer, Maple Leaf Angels
  • Przemyslaw (Marco) Janeczek: Director, L-SPARK
  • Raff Paquin: Director, Data, LightSpeed
  • Raffi Tchakmakjian: CEO, LIFT session
  • Rajesh Setty: Rajesh Setty - Serial Entrepreneur and Author, WittyParrot
  • Raymond Luk: CEO, Hockeystick
  • Rob Attwell: Founder, COO/CFO, Careteam Technologies Inc.
  • Russ Armstrong: Head of Business Development, Boast.AI (Boast Capital)
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder institute
  • Sanjay Singhal: Co-Founder and CEO, 500 Startups
  • Sanjay Zimmermann: Investment Associate, White Star Capital
  • Sebastien Roy: Director, Data Science, Lean Systems
  • Sergio A. Escobar: CEO & Partner, BCF Ventures
  • Shahab Samimi: Senior Associate, 7 Gate Ventures
  • Shahzad Khan: CTO, Gnowit Inc
  • Shiva Bhardwaj: Founder, CEO, Pitstop
  • Sophie Boulanger: CEO, BonLook
  • Stephane Marceau: Co-Founder & CEO, OMsignal
  • Steven Abrams: Partner, IT Venture Fund, BDC Capital
  • Suzanne Grant: cofounder and ceo, iBIONICS
  • Sylvain Carle: Partner, Real Ventures
  • Taylor Sicard: Co-Founder, BVGrowth
  • Thomas Punch: VP Business Development,
  • Tim Jodoin: Founder - President, Edispin Inc.
  • Tom Lowden: Head of Labs, US East and Canada, WeWork Labs
  • Trevor Longino: Chief Marketing Officer, Unito
  • Ulrich Soeffing: Data Science Manager, MarketMuse
  • Vaughn Di Marco: Director, INVEST-AI
  • Vicken Kanadjian: Co-Founder & Managing Director, Cesium Inc.
  • Win Bear: Head of Business Development , Silicon Valley Bank Canada
  • Yona Shtern: Founder/CEO, Beyond The Rack

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute focuses on helping tech or tech-enabled businesses at the pre-seed stage, including both solo-founders and teams. This includes established businesses that are pre-funding and traction, MVP and prototype-stage projects, and even part-time founders with just ideas. FI's mission is to create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Join us in Montreal to build a great company in 2020. 

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