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The Toronto Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the Toronto Tech Corridor Virtual 2021 program.

Over 360 people applied to the program, and after an intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints and constant evaluation and feedback from investors and mentors, just 21 companies 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 Toronto's top startup experts and investors.  

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

  • AGXactly - drone imaging helping farmers understand the root cause of crop mortality rates
  • ALU Bath Bar - new multi-use bathtub accessory that improves your bathing experience
  • AutoRocket - vehicle online sales, enabling dealerships to focus on the human element
  • BLOKSHOP - localized ecommerce marketplace and tools for independent retailers 
  • CanTrace - cybersecurity and audit using blockchain to secure distributed network systems
  • The Care Club - connecting Seniors with young Heroes who provide help with everyday tasks, tech, transport, and fun
  • Clear Crossing Academy - dynamic courses and support for leadership, culture and storytelling
  • Detailing Knights - mobile waterless car cleaning using plant base- eco-friendly products
  • FLOAT - a peer-to-peer solution for boat and charter rentals
  • Fundii - equity crowdfunding for tech startups in MEN) regions 
  • Hope OS - helping charities to engage, equip and empower supporters to take action and create impact
  • Inspirely - creativity and problem solving with online rockstar live instruction, preparing next-generation innovators with human values
  • Lumaki Labs - virtual internship management to help employers recruit diversely and remotely
  • Nexmate Solutions - an engagement platform condominium residents to communicate with fellow residents
  • Periculum - an ML alternate credit assessment solution for lenders in Africa to reduce defaults and accelerate development 
  • PharmaTalent.ai - ai-powered talent search for pharmaceutical and biotechnology scouts and recruiters
  • QuickScope - connecting technical talent within the gaming industry
  • Revtor - real estate investing software for homeowners and investor focused realtors 
  • Stabl - personal mind/body wellness hub, accessibly addressing chronic pain
  • Utobo -  helping tutors create and run online courses and test series across web, Android and iOS
  • V-Plan - construction management software and estimation services to save time and money on every project

The Toronto Founder Institute invited members of the public to join them on March 17th for the Tech Corridor Virtual 2021 cohort Graduation online event with featured guest Mike Silagadze, Founder of Top Hat, one of the leading EdTech companies in Canada - watch the full graduation event recording below:

The Toronto Tech Corridor Virtual 2021 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 Toronto Founder Institute: Sunil Sharma, Jordan Jocius, and Laura Bryce. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Toronto that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the Toronto Tech Corridor Virtual 2021 program was supported by some of Toronto's top technology organizations, including:

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

  • Aaron Baer: Partner, Aird Berlis LLP
  • Abdullah Snobar: Executive Director , DMZ
  • Adam Spector: Co-Founder, AbstractOps
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Alanna Harvey: CMO and Co-Founder, Flipd
  • Alex Gould: Managing Director, Long Story Short
  • Alexander Mc Isaac: Principal, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech, BDC Venture Capital
  • Alexander Rink: CEO, Rink Ventures
  • Ali Nawab: Founder and CEO, Kiwi Wearables
  • Amber Mac: President, Konnekt
  • Ambles Kwok: CTO / Co-Founder, Setter / Therapia
  • Amir Alikhanzadeh: CEO and Co-Founder, Madlipz (Techstars 20190
  • Andre Boysen: Chief Identity Officer
  • Andrew D'Souza: Founder and CEO, Sfoundation
  • Angelo Esposito: CEO and Co-Founder, Wisk.ai
  • Anna Hu: CEO and Co-Founder, Brizi
  • Anna Han: Senior Lead, Ontario Brain Institute
  • April Dunford: Founder, Rocket Launch Marketing
  • Aran Hamilton: President & Co-Founder, Vantage
  • Aurelie Guerrieri: CMO, Open Systems
  • Balaji Gopalan: Co-Founder and CEO, MedStack
  • Ben Zifkin: CEO, Hubba
  • Ben Sanders: CEO and Co-Founder, Davispier.ca
  • Ben Stacey: Founder, Pitchverk
  • Bob Kyryliuk (CEO-P2P): CEO , CEO-P2P Inc.
  • Brett Reed: Director, Global Talent and People, Localised
  • Brice Scheschuk: CEO, Globalive Capital
  • Bryan Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, ThinkData Works Inc.
  • Bryan Gold: Co-Founder and CEO, #paid
  • Casey Lau: Co-Host, Rise Conference (Web Summit)
  • Chevonae Walcott: Analyst, Relay Ventures
  • Chris Ye: Co-Founder, Uken Games
  • Chris Adams: Founder and Managing Partner, Adams Hamilton
  • Christopher Leacock: Founder , Jillionaire LLC
  • Corey Gross: CEO, Sensibill
  • Cory York: CEO and co-Founder, PowerStores
  • Craig Asano: CEO, National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada
  • Cristian Villamarin: CEO, Flipd
  • Dan De Mers: CEO and Co-Founder, Cinchy
  • Daniel Bishun: Economic Development Officer , City of Brampton
  • David Senior: Partner, Playground Inc
  • David Steckel: Founder and CEO, Setter
  • David Winterstein: CEO, Velocia
  • Denise Mc Clure: Senior Manage of Economic Development, City of Brampton
  • Derrick Fung: CEO, DROP
  • Devin Tu: Founder and CEO, Map Your Property
  • Devin Ramphal: Innovation and Technology Sector manager-City of Brampton, City of Brampton
  • Diana Goodwin: CEO and Founder, MarketBox & AquaMobile
  • Dickson Nsofor: Founder and CEO, Korapay (Techstars 2019)
  • Diran Otegbade: CEO, Realtor.ng
  • Drew Lindsay: Co-Founder, GuruLink
  • Duncan Brown: Partner, Penrose Partners
  • Edmundas Balčikonis: CEO and Co-Founder, Eddy Travels Inc.
  • Eileen Brewer: Angel Investor, Golden Seeds
  • Ernest Yap: Founder, Covarian
  • Eropa Stein: CEO, Hyre
  • Frank Erschen: Director, GTAN
  • Frederic Voyer: Practice Leader & Advisory Director / Ex-FinTech Founder, RCGT Consulting & Swaaap.com
  • Garth Smith: Director, Ontario Brain Institute
  • George Bordianu: Co-founder & CEO, Balance
  • Graeme Millen: Director, Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Gurjot Narwal: CEO and Co-Founder, Gini Health
  • Hamid Akbari: CEO, BlancLink
  • Hamoun Karami: CEO and Founder, Lidbot
  • Hooman Aksari: CTO and Co-Founder , Artboard Studio (Techstars 2020)
  • Hussam Ayyad: Founder and Managing Partner, A10V
  • Ilya Brotzky: Founder and CEO, VanHack
  • Irene Katzela: Founder , Axio4Tech
  • Jack Liu: CEO and Co-Founder, Orbiseed (Techstars 2020)
  • Jafar Owainati: Co-Founder, Loopio
  • James Meier: CTO, Synervoz Communications
  • James Mayer: Senior Manager, Investments & Venture Services, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation
  • Jason Atkins: General Partner, 360insights
  • Jeff Hohner: President, Tecumseh Capital Ltd.
  • Jeffery Potvin: Founder, Open People Network
  • Jelmer Stegink: Program Director, DMZ Innisfil
  • Jennifer Turliuk: CEO and Founder, MakerKids
  • Jeremy Potvin: Founder, World of Angus
  • Jeremy Bell: CEO and Co-Founder, Mayday (Techstars 2020)
  • Jeremy Glassenberg: Product Management, APIs, Developer Experiences, Marketplaces, API Strategist
  • Jesse Shapins: Director of Public Realm, Sidewalk Labs
  • Jessica Peters: Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer , RIDDL
  • Joe Parenteau: CEO and Co-Founder, Fable (Techstars 2020)
  • Joe Denis: Partner, Newport LLC
  • John Can Karayel: Principal, Flow Capital
  • Jon Prentice: Investment Director (Canada) , Lighter Capital
  • Jonathan Ip: Founder, Iterative Law
  • Jordan Jocius: Director, Founder Institute Waterloo-Toronto
  • Karanjot Jaswal: CTO and Co-Founder, Cinchy
  • Karthik Ramakrishnan: CEO, Gallop Labs
  • Kesem Frank: Founder, Mavennet and AION
  • Kevin Gervais: Investor @ Bruce, Co-Founder @ Statflo, Bruce
  • Kumar Abhishek: Head of Growth, Happay
  • Kyle Collier: Co-founder and CEO, Phaze
  • Laith Shukri: Sr. Market Development Manager, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Lance Cottrell: Board Member, North Bay Angels
  • Lidia Bit Yunan: Co-founder, Set Scouter
  • Lloyed Lobo: Co-founder, Boast.AI
  • Lucas Porter-Bakker: CEO and Co-Founder, GOJI
  • Luke Vigeant: CEO, Inkblot
  • Luke DeCoste: Entrepreneur in Residence, Davispier.ca
  • Maarij Rehman: CEO, Envoi
  • Marat Mukhamedyarov: Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
  • Marcello Tommasi: Co-Founder & COO, Envoi
  • Mark Pavlidis: CTO, Flixel
  • Mark Smith: Canada Startup Ecosystem Lead, Amazon AWS
  • Maryam Nabavi: Founder and CEO, Babbly (Techstars 2020)
  • Matt O'leary: CEO and Co-Founder, Treasure Financial
  • Michael Kosic: Founding Partner, Loyal VC
  • Michael Hyatt: Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, BlueCat Networks
  • Michael Katchen: Founder & CEO, WealthSimple
  • Michael Young: CTO, Reuters News and Media
  • Michele Romanow: Co-Founder, Sfoundation
  • Mike Apted: Startup Solutions Architect, AWS
  • Mike Silagadze: CEO, Top Hat
  • Mike Suprovici
  • Milad Zabihi: CEO & Cofounder, Peekage
  • Mohamed Sheta: Founder & CEO, AiZtech
  • Mohammed Ghalayini: Board of Directors, Maple Leaf Angels
  • Mohan Markandaier: Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
  • Mucahit Gayiran: CEO and Co-Founder, Artboard Studio (Techstars 2020)
  • Muhammad Rashid: Director, Business Development, Finastra
  • Nabil Fahel: Head of Partnerships and Community, Terminal, Inc.
  • Natalie Smith: Senior Associate, Whitecap Venture Partners
  • Neha Khera: Venture Partner, 500 Startups
  • Nicholas Sopuch: Mr, Plato
  • Nicole Verkindt: Founder and CEO, OMX
  • Noah Dolgoy: CEO, Tread
  • Pamela Draper: CEO, Bitvo
  • Paolo Frescura: Chief Operating Officer, Phaze Inc
  • Pardeep Grewal: Fellow, OnDeck
  • Paul Parsons: Partner, Metaii
  • Philippe LeBlanc: CEO, Flixel Photos Inc
  • Phillip Gales: CEO, inate.ai
  • Preet Singh: Founder, Designx
  • Rainer Takahashi: Founder and CEO, Jauntin
  • Ravin Shah: Co-CEO & Founder, QuickTapSurvey
  • Raymond Luk: CEO, Hockeystick
  • Reuven Cohen: Founder, Award Pool
  • Richard Hyatt: Co-founder, BlueCat Networks
  • Rohan Nair: Head of Technology, Highline BETA
  • Rokham Sadeghnezhadfard: Founder, TheRedPin.com
  • Ron Gentile: Founder, Moodfit
  • Ron Benegbi: Global, Company Builder
  • Roy Pereira: CEO and Founder, Zoom.ai
  • Russ Armstrong: Head of Business Development, Boast.AI (Boast Capital)
  • Russell Brand: Member, Keiretsu Forum
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Sami Dalati: Cofounder, Brizi
  • Sara Bentham: Director, Georgian College Entrepreneurship Centre
  • Sarah Stockdale: CEO, Valkerie
  • Saroop Bharwani: CEO and Co-Founder, Senso (Techstars 2018)
  • Sergey Kalnish: CEO, SmartHire
  • Sharon Fan: Managing Director, Zenyum (Taipei)
  • Sharoon Thomas: CEO and Founder, Fulfil.io
  • Shiva Bhardwaj: Founder, CEO, Pitstop
  • Slawek Potasz: CEO, CarScanner
  • Steve Dixon: SMB Leader (Canada), Apple
  • Suhas Ghante: Entrepreneur, SVEthos
  • Sunil Sharma: Managing Director, Techstars Toronto, Founder Institute Toronto
  • Tariq Haddadin: Program Manager, Techstars Toronto
  • Tarun Sachdeva: GM, Wattpad
  • Tobey Wood: Engagement Manager, Techstars
  • Tom Lowden: Head of Labs, US East and Canada, WeWork Labs
  • Tony Sabeta: Partner / Patent Agent, Aird & McBurney LP
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • Tracy Leparulo: Founder, Untraceable
  • Trevor Coleman: Founder - SVP, New Product Development , InteraXon
  • Victor Wong: Managing Director, Operations, Flipp
  • Win Bear: Head of Business Development , Silicon Valley Bank Canada
  • Yang Yu: CEO and Founder, KitchenMate
  • Yossi Hasson: Managing Director, Techstars Blockchain Accelerator (NYC)
  • Zachary Friedman: Founder and COO, Secure Digital Markets

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 Toronto 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, building a co-founding team, 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 90+ 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 Toronto Founder Institute program is enrolling now. If you are a pre-seed stage technology founder interested in applying, visit FI.co/apply/toronto.


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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $950M in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

See the most recent news from our Grads at FI.co/news, or learn more about their stories at FI.co/journey

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