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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Joe Poulin: Founder/CEO
  • 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, JCabrera Studio
  • 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 (김유린) 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.
  • 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

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 200+ cities and 75+ 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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