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The Montreal Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the 2019 program at the upcoming January 29th Demo Day powered by Shopify

Over 250 people applied to the Montreal 2019 program, and after an intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints and constant evaluation and feedback from investors and mentors, just a few of them were able to make it through. 

Each of these Founders have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of Montreal's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the Montreal program: 

  • Calixa - Ai-powered visual fashion discovery web services enabling personalized shopping experiences at scale.
  • Croogloo - software for Film & TV productions to streamline workflows and reconcile data across disparate systems.
  • Darkmatter - a modern framework for the age of cloud computing to streamline backend software development, creating a seamless experience for SaaS development teams.
  • The Green Stop - water reflll stations for outdoor spaces to reduce plastic pollution bringing back value to infrastructure once forgotten.
  • LinguAI - rapid and accurate detection of childhood speech and language disorders by using cutting-edge speech recognition AI solution and analysing childrens' speech sample.
  • MoveMate - the hassle-free way to move, a marketplace connecting movers with customers moving to a new home.
  • Proveit - ranking household products based on their sustainability with clear scores, available to online shoppers through a free browser extension.
  • Rinse - offering active people a place to shower and change, anywhere in the city, after their bike ride, run or outdoor activity.

In celebration of these founders' accomplishments, the Montreal Founder Institute will be hosting a Demo Day powered by Shopify, in collaboration with Loyal VCFaskenRichterFuturpreneurFundicaOVHcloud, and BCF Ventures.

Click here and register now to join us January 29th. 

The Montreal 2019 program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup. We would first like to thank the Local Leaders of the Montreal Founder Institute: Francois Poirier and Sergio Escobar. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Montreal that is conducive to building to great companies. In 2020, local leader Francois Poirier's role will be elevated from EIR to FI Montreal Program Manager.

In addition, the 2019 program was supported by some of Montreal's top technology organizations, including:

Some of Montreal’s top startup mentors helped our founders in the program, including:

  • Aaron Carr: CEO & Founder, Qarrot Performance
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder institute
  • Afsoon Soudi: Co Founder & VP R&D, IRYStec
  • Alain Goubau: COO & CFO, FarmLead
  • Alex Nemeroff: Co-Founder, Creative Director, Dynamo
  • Alex Barrett: Investment Associate, iNovia Capital
  • 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
  • Andrew D'Souza: Founder and CEO, Clearbanc
  • Angelique Mannella: Founder & CEO, Decode Global
  • Ariel Garten: CEO, InteraXon
  • Balaji Gopalan: Co-Founder and CEO, MedStack
  • Ben Yoskovitz: Founding Partner, HighlineBETA
  • Benjamin du Haÿs: Founder & CEO, Mobeewave
  • Beth Thouin: VP Marketing + Validation SME, Acquisio
  • Bonnie Chau: Portfolio Manager, BCF Ventures
  • Brandon Waselnuk: Product Manager and Principle, CoVenture
  • Brian Zubert: Director, Thomson Reuters Labs
  • Brian Church: Country Manager, Canada
  • Brice Scheschuk: CEO, Globalive Capital
  • 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
  • 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
  • Daleyne Guay: Founder & CEO, NewDeal Brewery Inc
  • 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
  • Dennis Van Staalduinen: President & Executive Strategist, Brandvelope Consulting
  • Diana Cheptene: IBM Studios Lead, IBM
  • Elizabeth Wasserman: Co-Founder & CEO, Inc.
  • Eric Brat: Director, co-Lead, Creative Destruction Lab (Montreal)
  • Eryk Warren: Co Founder & CTO, Unito
  • Ethan Song: Co-Founder & CEO, Frank & Oak
  • Francis Wenzel: Founder & CEO, TickSmith
  • François Arbour: CEO / VP Music & Video, Premiumbeat / Shutterstock
  • Francois Poirier: COO, Parcours entrepreneurial Rémi Marcoux
  • 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
  • Gian Carlo Di Tommaso: Chief Operating Officer
  • Gisele Bison: Founder , Chain Reaction
  • Graeme Barlow: CEO, Quantum Liquid Cooling Inc.
  • Graham Mann: Growth Specialist, Unito
  • Greg Isenberg: Digital Marketer and Angel Investor
  • Hicham Ratnani: Co-Founder & COO/CFO, Frank & Oak
  • Ian Jeffrey: VP Product Marketing Marketing, PasswordBox
  • Isaac Souweine: Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Real Ventures
  • James Slifierz: CEO, SkyWatch Space Applications
  • Jay Ferst: Managing Partner, Ferst Capital Partners
  • 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
  • Joe Poulin: Founder/CEO
  • Joel Yaffe: Founder, GuestDriven, iTechnique, Potcoin, Glace des Arts
  • John Espinoza: Co-founder and VP engineer , Unito
  • Josette Renée Landry: CEO, Streamline Genomics
  • Julien Denaes: Founder & CEO, Logrr
  • Julien Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Breather
  • Justin Sherratt: Founder, Sortbox
  • Justin Wilcox: Founder, Customer Development Labs
  • Justin Evans: Co-Founder, LANDR Audio
  • Khalil Zahar: Founder & CEO, Hykso
  • Kyell Vyncke: VP Sales & Marketing, TrackTik
  • Laviva Mazhar: Investment Analyst, Luge Capital
  • Lee Silverstone: Co founder/ EVP strategic partnerships, Gymtrack
  • Leo Lax: Managing Director, L-Spark/Wesley Clover
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: Founder & CEO, Heddoko
  • Mehdi Mehni: Growth Product Lead, Diagram
  • Michael Katchen: Founder & CEO, WealthSimple
  • Michel Jamati: CTO, Lexop
  • Mike Kirkup: CTO, enCircle
  • Mike Silagadze: CEO, Top Hat
  • Mike Cegelski: Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, Kouraje Management
  • Mike Grandinetti: Managing Director, Southboro Capital
  • Mohan Markandaier: Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
  • Mohannad El Barachi: Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SweetIQ Analytics Corp.
  • Nadeem Ghafoor: VP, Canadensys Aerospace Corporation
  • Olivier Gagnon Gordillo: Director of Operations, Ecofuel Accelerator
  • Pablo Srugo: Co-Founder, Gymtrack
  • Parm Gill: Managing Partner, Gill Group
  • Paul D'souza: President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
  • Paul Ortchanian: Vice-President, Product Development,
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sanjay Singhal: Co-Founder and CEO, 500 Startups
  • Sanjay Zimmermann: Investment Associate, White Star Capital
  • Sebastien Roy: CEO, Unito
  • Sergio A. Escobar: CEO & Partner, BCF Ventures
  • Shahzad Khan: CTO, Gnowit Inc
  • 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.
  • Tim Upton: CEO & Co-Founder, TITUS Inc.
  • Trevor Longino: Chief Marketing Officer, Unito
  • Ulrich Soeffing: Data Science Manager, MarketMuse
  • Vicken Kanadjian: Co-Founder & Managing Director, Cesium Inc.
  • Yishel Khan: CEO & Founder, DOT Adhd
  • Yona Shtern: Founder/CEO, Beyond The Rack

In the Founder Institute's pre-seed accelerator program, early-stage entrepreneurs and teams build their business alongside a critical support network of local startup experts that share equity in their success, and through a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped alumni raise over $950M. 

After Graduation, the new Montreal Founder Institute Portfolio Companies now have a fast-growing company that has been fully validated by experienced startup founders, with access to the Founder Institute's global network and post-graduate support programs to continue building their business. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 185+ cities and 65+ countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.

The next Montreal Founder Institute program is being planned now. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, visit


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