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The Founder Institute launched its first accelerator cohort in Montreal back in 2014, through the leadership of Sergio Escobar (CEO & Partner at BCF Ventures). Today, Escobar, a LatinX immigrant to Canada and a Managing Director in his sixth year running the Quebec-based program, is one of the most experienced Founder Institute program leaders globally.

Over that time period, the Montreal startup and tech ecosystem has grown and transformed, and the Founder Institute Montreal has had a direct role in helping to launch and build 59 startup companies. Today, these companies are solving problems for people all across the globe, like allowing disparate software tools to connect to one another; helping researchers and clinicians to benefit from the lastest in genomic sequencing; and helping manufacturers transition to industry 4.0 by tracking real-time productivity metrics from equipment

See the report below to learn more about our portfolio companies in Montreal, as well as some of the notable investors and partner organizations helping these startups to grow and thrive. 

If you want to learn more about the Founder Institute, check out the local online events (open to the public) being held in Montreal and around the world, apply to join the next program cohort, or consider launching an FI chapter in your city!

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Graduates of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $1.75BN in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

See the most recent news from our Grads at, or learn more about their stories at

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