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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 Western Canada Fall 2022 program!

If you could use a structured process and feedback from Vancouver's top entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Western Canada Fall 2022 Founder Institute today.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities worldwide, the Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the critical support network and structured process needed to get to traction and funding. Since 2009, the program has helped over 6,000 Graduates raise over $1.75BN 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 Vancouver, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • 9 Week Guide to Launch a Startup to $1MM ARR with Trevor Longino (Online) on 10:00am, Oct 05, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 5:00pm, Oct 12, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • [Restricted] Early Stage Product & Sales Lessons, with award-winning FI mentor Ernest Yap + Global Networking Summit on 10:00am, Oct 13, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Workshop: Pitching and Fundraising for Pre-Seed Startups (Online Event) on 10:00am, Oct 19, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 10:00am, Oct 26, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Founder Hotseat: Pitch Your Idea to Startup Experts, Online on 5:00pm, Nov 09, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • [Restricted] FinTech Ecosystem & Market Opportunities, with DotX CEO Charlie Chandra + Global Networking Summit on 6:00pm, Nov 10, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online) on 10:00am, Nov 16, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur (Online Networking Event) on 10:00am, Nov 23, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Startup Accelerators 101: Everything New Entrepreneurs Need to Know (Online) on 5:00pm, Nov 30, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network (Online) on 10:00am, Dec 07, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 10:00am, Dec 21, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 5:00pm, Dec 28, 2022 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Start 2023 by Finding a Business Partner, Online on 10:00am, Jan 04, 2023 (America/Los_Angeles):

The Vancouver program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Chad Ford (Associate, Founder Institute), Kailin Che (Counsel, Digitarian ), Wade Larson (Senior Vice President, EarthDaily Analytics Corp. ), Western Canada (Western Canada, WC).

In addition, some of Vancouver'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 Vancouver Founder Institute includes:

  • Abdelrahman Bannora: Founder, Customer Experience, Glass Insight
  • Adam Devenny: Senior Manager, XY Ventures
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Alan Campbell: Partnerships, Harvest Venture Builders
  • Alan Tay, Aurora Aerial
  • Alex Gault: President, Small World Ventures
  • Alex Hobbs: CEO, Oxford Lock
  • Amit Varma: Co-Founder & CEO, BRAINTOY AI
  • Andrea Welling: Regional Director BC & Yukon, Futurpreneur Canada
  • Andy Chu: CEO, Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival
  • Annika Lewis: Associate, Vanedge Capital
  • Arleigh Vasconcellos: CEO, Founder, The Agency
  • Ashley Dunfield: Founder & CEO, SmartGrid Communications
  • Aurelie Guerrieri: CMO, Open Systems
  • Ben Snyman: Founder, CEO , Safety Vantage
  • Benjamin Mak: Partner, Ridout & Maybee LLP
  • Bijan Vaez: Founder and CEO,
  • Bill Tam: VP, Digital SuperCluster
  • Blaire Martin: VP of Strategic Partnerships , Florida Funders
  • Boris Mann: Co-Founder, FISSION
  • Bosky Mukherjee: Founder, Spark to Substance
  • Brittany Whitmore: Founder/CEO, Exvera Communications Inc.
  • Bruce Linton: Founder and Former Chairman, Canopy Growth (formerly)
  • Bruce Croxon: Managing Partner, Round 13 Capital
  • Bryan Duarte: Co-Founding General Partner, BlackTech Capital
  • Bryan Duarte: Managing Partner, BlackTech Capital
  • Bryan Trottier: Owner, Trotco Electric
  • Canon Bryan: CFO, Terrestrial Energy
  • Carey Houston: Founder, CEO , 321Growth Academy
  • Casey Lau: Head of Asia, RISE (Web Summit)
  • Cassandra Hui: Founder , Heal Mary
  • Chad Ford: Director, Western Canada, Fourth State Ventures
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Chris Anderson: General Partner, A2Z Ventures
  • Chris Goward: Founder & CEO, WiderFunnel
  • Chris Hobbs: President, TTT Studios
  • Chris Marra: Partner, XY Ventures
  • Christian Gauthier: Partner , Bennet Jones
  • Christine Somerville: Senior Account Manager, Technology Industry, Self employed
  • Colin Brown: Co-founder & CEO,
  • Colin Weston: Founding Partner, Reviver Sport+Entertainment
  • Connor Aylwin: Director, Cultivate Advisors
  • Damarys Zampini: Chief Executive Officer, Sustrategy
  • David Gardner: Head of Content Marketing, Harvest Builders
  • Dinah Davis: VP of R&D, Arctic Wolf Networks
  • Don Osborne: CEO, EarthDaily Analytics
  • Dr. Delbar Niroushak: Director , Win Your Opportunity
  • Drew Munro: Co-Founder & CEO, UpMeals
  • Ean Jackson: President, Analytics Marketing Inc.
  • Ed Levinson: Director, Ensibuuko
  • Edward Fan: Partner
  • Elaine Ann: Founder/CEO, Kaizor Innovation
  • Eric Anderson: CEO and Co-Founder, Theta
  • Erin Campbell: CEO, ECMB Capital Partners
  • Evan Hu: Founding Partner and G7 Associate, Creative Destruction Lab
  • George Kondopulos: Partner, XY Ventures
  • George Tai: Partner, Dentons
  • Gerry Li: Associate, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Grandy Chu: Founder and Designer , Atelier Grandi
  • Grant Lawrence: President, Self
  • Ha Nguyen: VP, McRock Capital
  • Hartland Ross: Founder, eBridge Marketing Solutions
  • Heiko Peters: CEO, TekEitri
  • Henry Soo: Founder & CEO, Settlely | Startup Grind Director
  • Hugh Evans: CEO, Cultural Dynamics Inc.
  • Ian Gilbert: CRO, TickSmith
  • Iida Cisecki: CEO and Founder, Quibbit
  • Isabella Taba: CEO , Co-Founder, Blue Dot Motorworks
  • Jack Gin: Corporate Director - Entrepreneur - Former CEO, Semios, Saltworks, Extreme CCTV
  • Jaethan Reichel: CEO and Co-Founder, Lightship
  • James Reyes: Vice President Global Sales & Marketing, Aquatic Informatics
  • James Thangaraj: .GM, Pivot ED - BVC Venture
  • Jason Wang: Lawyer, Securities & Capital Markets, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)
  • Jayson Wyner: Co-Founder, Nutrabolics
  • Jean Guy Faubert: CRO, SEDNA
  • Jeff Swan: Founder & CEO, RevUp Sales
  • Jennifer Henry: Founder & CEO, Perk Eco Inc.
  • Joel Semeniuk: Vice President of Growth and Innovation, Communitech
  • John Chan: CEO, 2x Growth Agency // 2x Ventures
  • Jordan Bettman: Partner, Radian Capital
  • Jordan Gutierrez: Co founder - COO, Wishpond, Laleo
  • Jordan Jocius: Director, Founder Institute Waterloo-Toronto
  • Joseph King: Founder, Duck Labs
  • Kailin Che: Director, Founder Institute (Western Canada)
  • Kal Malhi: Founder and CEO, BullRun Capital Inc
  • Kamal Hassan: Founding Partner, Loyal VC
  • Kelby Price: Chief Operations Officer, YAT Group Inc.
  • Ken Charko: President , Dunbar Theatre/ Charko Investments
  • Kevin Conabree: Consultant, Management Consulting
  • Kevin Brent: Chief Investment Officer, Bluesky Equities
  • Kevin Kerr: CEO, Highwood Global
  • Kevin Kachidza: CEO, Sarafin AI
  • Kevin Corkum: CMO, The Ground Effect Consultancy
  • Kim Orlesky: President, KO Advantage Group
  • Konata Lake: Partner
  • Kookai Chaimahawong: VC Associate, Pangaea Ventures
  • Kris Versteeg: Impact Venture Partner, Founder Institute, Western Canada
  • Kristina Milke: Co-Founder, Self
  • Kwang Lim: Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Lisa Payne: CFO, Mine Sense
  • Lloyed Lobo: Co-founder, Boast.AI
  • Lorraine Wiseman: Vistage Chair/ President and CEO , Vistage Worldwide, Inc./ Leading the Wise Way Inc.
  • Lucas Tomei: Partner, Dentons
  • Luke Krueger: Co-Founder & President, Valhalla Private Capital/ Valhalla Angels
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief of Strategy, Citronade Naming and Branding
  • Mareo Mukes, Coachee
  • Maria Yoma: Founder and CEO, ELEVATOR ventures
  • Maria Osipova: VP Marketing, Traction Guest
  • Marius Adomnica: Associate, Segev LLP
  • Mark Montalban: Founder & CEO, MindfulText
  • Mark Smith: Canada Startup Ecosystem Lead, Amazon AWS
  • Mary Ryan: COO, PKI Capital [Private Family Office]
  • Mauricio Cardoso: Corporate Venture Manager, O POVO Communication Group
  • Mercedes Bankston: Founder, Funderstar LTD
  • Meredith J. Powell: Venture Parnter, Voyager Capital
  • Michael Sousa: CTO, Screenfluence
  • Michael Bosdet: President, TSGI
  • Mike Winterfield: CEO, Founder, Active Impact Investments
  • Mike De Boer: CEO, Founder, Levelling Up
  • Miranda Lievers: COO, Thinkific
  • Naresh Ravula: Founder , Home Kuisines
  • Neil Patel: CEO / Founder, Kabuni
  • Nicole Gallop: VP, Cultivate Advisors
  • Nicole Donnelly
  • Nicole Sanchez: Co-Founder, Ruth
  • Noah Wallach: Founder, Hope OS
  • Pankaj Bagga: Co-Founder and Director 👨🏻‍🏫, YES POS & Digital Fogg
  • Paul Austin: Partner, Fort Capital Partners
  • Peggy Van De Plassche: Managing Partner & Board Member, Roar Growth & Invest Canada
  • Pete Duggan: Executive Vice President Operations, UrtheCast Corp.
  • Pete Berdusco: President, Guyana Goldstrike
  • Peter Reek: Founder, Savvy + Associate
  • Pouria Kay: Founder, Grib
  • Praveen Varshney: Director, Varshney Capital Corp.
  • Ray Torresan: CEO, /Archive Digital
  • Richard Roseboom: Co-Founder & CEO, MicroMech Inc
  • Rob Attwell: Founder, COO/CFO, Careteam Technologies Inc.
  • Robert Delamar: Co-Founder ,
  • Robert Foxall: Director of Business Development, Timia Capital
  • Robert Stone: President, Inc.
  • Robert E Purdy: Chairman and Founder, Purdy & Partners Inc.
  • Roberto Erario: Business and Leadership, Coach
  • Roger Hull: Business Development, Carbon Upcycling
  • Rohan Sampath: Cofounder & CEO, Copilot
  • Rohit Joshi: CEO, Founder, BrightSquid
  • Roman Karachinsky: CEO & Co-founder, News360
  • RUPESH REGMI: Co-Founder & CEO,
  • Ryan Smith: CEO, FTSY
  • Sam Sullivan: MLA of British Columbia and Former Mayor, Vancouver
  • Samarth Chandola: Founder and CEO, Founder First Fund
  • Sandi Gilbert: CEO & Board Member, Intergen & National Angel Capital Organization
  • Scott Larson: CEO, SpaceAlpha Insights
  • Scott Wallace: Founder, Wallace Wallace and Edward Properties
  • Sean Eikerman: Busniess Advisor, Cultivate Advisors
  • Shahab Samimi: Senior Associate, 7 Gate Ventures
  • Shahrooz Nabavi: Partner
  • Stacey Wallin: Head of Growth, BC Tech
  • Stacey Wallin: Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Numinus
  • Stefan Chiasson: Associate Director, BDC Capital
  • Stephanie Wetterwald: Marketing Manager, Entreflow Consulting Group
  • Stephanie Blais: Principal , H&S Advisory
  • Steve Oldham: CEO, Carbon Engineering Ltd.
  • Steve Wandler: Founder, Metabridge
  • Sunil Sharma: Managing Director, Techstars Toronto, Founder Institute Toronto
  • Tara Mc Laughlin: Founder, Paper Crane
  • Terry Sydoryk: CEO, Chaordix
  • Thealzel Lee: Founder, President & Director, e-Fund
  • Todd Embley: Senior Startup Advocate, Agora
  • Tom Petryshen: VP, Growth & Analytics, Rubberdesk
  • Tony Clement: The Hon. Tony Clement, Privy Council
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • Trent Johnsen: ., Pivot ED - BVC Venture
  • Tyler Douglas: Former Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Vision Critical
  • Vaclav Vincalek: Technology entrepreneur, CTO and technology advisor for startups and enterprise,
  • Valerie Song: CEO, AVA
  • Van Doren Chan: President, Ugly Dumplings
  • Viviana Matheus: Director of Digital Strategy and Brand, Comm100
  • W. Brett Wilson: The one and only!, -
  • Wade Larson: Senior Vice President, EarthDaily Analytics and, Director, Founder Institue
  • Yasmine Roulleau: Director, Ignite Fund
  • Yvonne Gruenthaler: Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada

  • 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.

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

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