Founder Institute Waterloo Fall 2019 Produces 11 New Technology Startups
The Waterloo Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to present Demo Day pitches from the newest Alumni of the Fall 2019 program.
Over 170 people applied to the Waterloo Fall 2019 program, and after an intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints and constant evaluation and feedback from investors and mentors, just 11 companies were able to make it through. The impressive new Canadian FI Alumni cohort includes 7 female founders, as well as 9 immigrant founders hailing from India, China, Pakistan, Poland, Egypt, and Palestine.
Postavant - an AI helping art enthusiasts and collectors to access expertise, real-time artwork market information, and personalized art recommendations.
This Demo Day was held January 29th at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI):
The Waterloo Fall 2019 program would not have been possible without help from experts across the Kitchener-Waterloo region who showed up to mentor these promising founders. We would first like to thank the Local Leaders of the Waterloo Founder Institute: Jordan Jocius and Sunil Sharma. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Waterloo that is conducive to building to great companies.
In addition, the Waterloo Fall 2019 program was supported by some of Waterloo's top technology organizations, including:
Some of Ontario’s top startup mentors helped our founders in the program, including:
Alex Astrum: Developer Relations, Google
Alexander Jager: Founding Partner, Amplifier Advisors
Andrew Ricchetti: Founder, CakeAI, CoinMako
Anwer Ali: Consultant, IMUKSYS
Arshad Merali, Rivvi
Barry Hillier: Founder & CEO, eQuo/ DOS
Benjamin Stacey: CEO, Pitchverk
Benton Leong: General Partner, ArchAngel Fund
Bob Embleton: CEO, Perigee Convergent Solutions Inc
Brice Scheschuk: CEO, Globalive Capital
Cerys Goodall: COO, Vetster
Chad Ford: Vice President Innovation, Communica and Partner, Pactech Ventures, Director, Western Canada Founder Institute
Chris Leclerc: Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience, Accelerator Centre
Dinah Davis: VP of R&D, Arctic Wolf Networks
Edward Fan: Partner
Elaine Lukowski: Vice President, Home & Entertainment, Health & Beauty Merchandising, Loblaw
Fion Lee Madan: Technical Co-Founder, COO and Customer Success, Fairly AI
Gavin Jocius: Founder & Principal, River Wise Ventures
Gina Yoo: Co-Founder & COO, Mannr
Haoyang Liang: Director of Product Development, Orbiseed
Isaac Adejuwon: CEO & Founder, Metricsflow
Joseph Dales: Co-Founder & Director, RHA Partners
Konata Lake: Partner
Mary Beth Kyer: Co-Founder, Sponsor Circle
Melika Hope: Product Director, Twitter
Michael Kosic: Founding Partner, Loyal VC
Mike Lingle: Entrepreneur / Mentor, Rocket Pro Forma
Mike Peasgood: Co-Founder, Aeryon Labs
Nadir Chaudhry: Founder, Tenamint
Osman Ismaili: Patent Agent & Lawyer, MBM Intellectual Property Law LLP
Raymond Luk: CEO, Hockeystick
Rick Spence: Former Editor and Publisher, PROFIT (Canadian Business)
Robert Whiteside: Director, Founding Partner, Treemark Capital
Ryan McCartney: Fractional CRO, Self employed
Sarah Hartkorn: Associate, White Cap Venture Partners
Sean Yo: Product Management Fellow, ISPMA
Stanislav Stepanov: CEO, Teleportainment Inc.
Venu Sripada: CEO, Onboard Newhire
Vikas Gupta: CEO, AVARA
Wendy Robertson: Managing Director, Assemble Inc.
Will Greenblatt: Co-Founder & Managing Director, OutLoud Speakers School
After Graduation, the new Waterloo 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 100+ 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.
Applications for the upcoming Waterloo Founder Institute Sping 2020 program are open now at FI.co/apply/waterloo.