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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. 

Each of these founders have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their companies have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a collection of Ontario's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the Waterloo Fall 2019 Founder Institute: 

  • Sponsor Circle - a deal engine for sponsorship, helping to find and match with the right sponsors fast.
  • Tradesjet - a real-time workforce platform for managing employees and sourcing talent in the construction industry.
  • KICKIN' - a social shopping discovery platform connecting like-minded shoppers with their favourite brands.
  • Cleanbeeconnecting homeowners to cleaners, and making a luxury of hiring a great cleaning service.
  • FUZE Rentals - the peer-to-peer place to rent and lend fashion, high quality clothes for one-time special occasions. 
  • TRUSTiiN - enabling accelerated digital innovation through Testing as a Service (TaaS) via AI and the crowd. 
  • Loganno - automated root-cause analysis and triage of failures tool for product managers, deploying AI in analysis of software logs.
  • Finiite - a facial recognition app that matches users with the right products for their skin through predictive AI.
  • Wellbow - a wearable for sufferers of hand and elbow conditions, including carpal tunnel and tennis elbow. 
  • Bounc3 - providing portable and customizable benefits that help gig workers maintain and build their financial health.
  • 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:

  • Adam Mawer: Director of Kitchener-Waterloo, Workhaus
  • Adam Besvinick: Venture Capitalist, Deep Fork Capital
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Adie Akuffo Afful: Operations, WeFunder
  • Adrian Wong: Co-Founder & COO, SparkGig
  • Alex Vander Hoeven: CEO , Race Roster
  • Alex Astrum: Developer Relations, Google
  • Alexander De Jäger: Campus Associate, REMUS Capital
  • Allen Lau: CEO, Wattpad
  • Amad Abdullah: Co-founder, CEO, OneSet
  • Amanie Ismail: COO, Meya.ai
  • Amber French: Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Catalyst Capital
  • Amy Reier: Founder, Rytech Law. Global Legal Strategies
  • Andrew D'Souza: Founder and CEO, Sfoundation
  • Andrew Ricchetti: Founder, CakeAI, CoinMako
  • Andy Lee: Co-Founder & CEO, Sienci Labs
  • Anwer Ali: Consultant, IMUKSYS
  • April Dunford: Founder, Rocket Launch Marketing
  • Aran Hamilton: President & Co-Founder, Vantage
  • Arsen Pereymer: Founder & Managing Partner, Appument Ventures
  • Arthur Madjarian: President, Madjarian Holdings
  • Barry Hillier: Founder & CEO, eQuo/ DOS
  • Beisan Zubi: Founder & CEO, CSR for Startups
  • Ben Stacey: Founder, Pitchverk
  • Ben Bittrolff: CEO, Co-founder, DeSully
  • Ben Zifkin: CEO, Hubba
  • Ben Yoskovitz: Founding Partner, HighlineBETA
  • Ben Baldwin: Founder, The Founder City Project, ScaleDriver
  • Benton Leong: General Partner, ArchAngel Fund
  • Beth Nenniger: Director, Design Center, BuildDirect
  • Bob Embleton: Co-Founder & CEO, Cicer One
  • Brian Zubert: Director, Thomson Reuters Labs
  • Brice Scheschuk: CEO, Globalive Capital
  • Bryan Fedorak: Founder, Bartesian
  • Bryan Gold: Co-Founder and CEO, #paid
  • Caitlin Mac Gregor: CEO & Cofounder, Plum.io Inc.
  • Calvin Chu: Founder and CEO, Monogram
  • Cam Davies: Senior Product Marketing Manager, Miovision
  • Carol Leaman: CEO, Axonify Inc.
  • Casey Lau: Head of Asia, RISE (Web Summit)
  • Casper Wong: Co-Founder and COO, Financeit
  • Chad Hepburn: Manager, Audit and Assurance, BDO
  • Chad Ford: Director, Western Canada, Founder Institute
  • Charles Mire: Co-Founder & CEO, Structur3D Printing
  • Chevonae Walcott: Associate, Relay Ventures
  • Chris Arsenault: Managing Partner, iNovia Capital
  • Chris Leclerc: Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience, Accelerator Centre
  • Christopher Reid: Co-founder, CEO, Sortable
  • Christopher Walker: Manager of Sales, Local Line
  • Cian O'Sullivan: CEO, Beagle.ai
  • Claudio Gambetti: Professional Services , Nashco Consulting
  • Cole Jones: CEO, Local Line
  • Colin Dyer: Major Account Director, RingCentral
  • Dan Silivestru: CEO, co-founder
  • Dan Lovero: President/CEO, The Telosity Company
  • Daniel Francavilla: Founder & Creative Strategist, Now Creative Group
  • Darrell Mac Mullin: CEO, Goldmoney
  • Daryl Sherman: CEO, Talometrix
  • David Shak: CEO, Caspy
  • Dayton Pereira: Founder, Signal UX
  • Dinah Davis: VP of R&D, Arctic Wolf Networks
  • Dylan Hey: Co-Founder, Hey Digital
  • Edward Fan: Partner, Torys LLP
  • Elaine Decleir: Co-Founder, robin+elaine
  • Ella Hilal: Director of Data, Shopify
  • Erik Kalviainen: CEO, Meya.ai
  • Ernest Yap: Founder, Covarian
  • Frank Erschen: Director, GTAN
  • Gavin Jocius: Founder & Principal, River Wise Ventures
  • Geoff Valeriote: VP Sales, Poly-Nova
  • Gina Yoo: Co-Founder/COO, Mannr
  • Grace Bartz: Manager, LumenEd
  • Haoyang Liang: Director of Product Development, Orbiseed
  • Harry Gandhi: Co-Founder and CEO, Medella Health
  • Heather Anne Carson: Co-Founder, Repable
  • Hesham Zreik: CEO, FasterCapital
  • Hussain Punjani: Founder, AionHQ
  • Ilya Peskov: CEO, Focus21
  • Isaac Adejuwon: CEO & Founder, Metricsflow
  • Jaafer Haidar: Founder and CEO, Penny
  • Jakob Pizzera: Co-Founder, Avro Angels
  • James Moss: MR, Plasticity Labs
  • James Slifierz: CEO, SkyWatch Space Applications
  • Jason Shuman: Principal, Primary Ventures
  • Jason Atkins: General Partner, 360insights
  • Jeff MacIntyre: VP Sales and Corporate Development, Cadence Agricultural Systems Inc (CASi Grow)
  • Jeff Berg: Co-Founder & CTO, Innosoft
  • Jennifer Brannon: Small Business Growth Specialist, Angela Coté Inc.
  • Jeremy Potvin: Founder, World of Angus
  • Jesse Moeinifar: Founder & CEO, Viafoura Inc.
  • Jessica Chalk: CEO and Founder, Traffic Soda
  • Jim Estill: CEO, Danby
  • John Stix: President, KidsWifi
  • John Philip Green: Chief Executive Dad, CareGuide
  • Jordan Jocius: Director, Founder Institute Waterloo-Toronto
  • Joseph Fung: CEO, Kiite
  • Joseph Puopolo: CEO/Founder, Printchomp
  • Joseph Dales: Co-Founder & Director, Farms.com Ltd.
  • Josh Teichman: Associate, Torys
  • Kailin Che: Director, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae
  • Kaleah Baker: Co-Founder, COO, BridesMade
  • Karen Grant: Interim CEO, Equation Angels
  • Karl Martin: CTO and Co-Founder, Nymi Inc.
  • Kayla Isabelle: Executive Director, Startup Canada
  • Kelly Pigeon: Co-Founder & CEO, loopt
  • Kevin Forestell: Co-Founder & CEO, DOZR
  • Kevin Swersky: Research Scientist @ Google Brain, Google Austria
  • Kevin Gervais: Investor @ Bruce, Co-Founder @ Statflo, Bruce
  • Kim Parnell: Cofounder, Blank
  • Kithio Mwanzia: Network Manager, Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation
  • Komal Singh: Engineering Program Manager at Google, Author of 'Ara The Star Engineer'
  • Konrad Borowski: Faculty, University of Waterloo
  • Kristopher Braun: Co-founder and CTO, KidsWifi
  • Kundan Joshi: Founder & CEO, TheAppLabb
  • Kurt Schwarz: Hacker in Residence, Atomic.vc
  • Kurtis Mc Bride: CEO, Miovision Technologies Incorporated
  • Laith Shukri: Sr. Market Development Manager, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Lance Fernandes: Co-President, Startup Laurier
  • Laura Bryce: Co-Founder & CMO, loopt
  • Lauren Lake: Co-founder, Bridgit
  • Lauren Rotenberg: Founder & CEO, Postavant
  • Liam Horne: Director of Engineering, Atomic Labs
  • Lisa Cashmore: Vice President, Start and Scale, Communitech
  • Lori Wilson: Manager HR Advisory Services, BDO
  • Lucas Porter-Bakker: CEO and Co-Founder, GOJI
  • Madusha Cooray: Manager, Developer Relations, Google Austria
  • Mallorie Brodie: CEO & Co-Founder, Bridgit
  • Mallory Mc Kewen: Senior Account Manager, Tech, LumenEd
  • Marcos Polanco: CTO, Bellwether Coffee
  • Mark Smith: Canada Startup Ecosystem Lead, Amazon AWS
  • Marko Savic: Cofounder/CEO , FunnelCake
  • Marylin Ma: CEO, Quali AI
  • Matt Stevens: CEO, CrossChasm
  • Matthew Gardner: Founder and Director of Customer Success, RouteThis
  • Meagan Suckling: Director, Global Brand Partnerships, Shutterstock
  • Meghan Thompson: Owner, Megpie Creative
  • Meti Basiri: Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, ApplyBoard
  • Michael Katchen: Founder & CEO, WealthSimple
  • Michael Hyatt: Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, BlueCat Networks
  • Michael Young: CTO, Reuters News and Media
  • Michael Kosic: Founding Partner, Loyal VC
  • Michele Romanow: Co-Founder, Sfoundation
  • Mike Rossi: Co-Founder & CEO, Smile.io
  • Mike Kirkup: CTO, enCircle
  • Mike Silagadze: CEO, Top Hat
  • Mike Clarke: Director, Research, Stealth
  • Mike Hennessey: Digital Marketing Consultant, Postmedia
  • Mike Peasgood: Co-Founder, Aeryon Labs
  • Mike Apted: Principal Solutions Architect - Startups, AWS
  • Mike Lingle: Entrepreneur / Mentor, Rocket Pro Forma
  • Moazam Khan: Co-Founder & CEO, Curiato
  • Morteza Ahmadi: CEO, Qidni Labs
  • Nabil Fahel: Head of Partnerships and Community, Terminal, Inc.
  • Navid Nathoo: Executive Director, The Knowledge Society
  • Neil Johnson: Executive Creative Director, Partner, FleishmanHillard HighRoad
  • Olga Morawczynski: Founder & CEO, Bounc3
  • Paul Donald: CEO, enCircle
  • Peter Danforth: VP Loyalty Program Strategy & Management, Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Philippe LeBlanc: CEO, Flixel Photos Inc
  • Popy Dimoulas-Graham: Founder, CEO, Charity Republic
  • Professor Fakhri Karray: Co-Director, Waterloo AI Institute
  • Rachel Bartholomew: Founder and CEO, HyIvy Health
  • Rajen Sanghvi: Founder & Sales Builder, SalesTraction
  • Rajnish Narayanan: Digital Marketing Strategist, Brand Energy
  • Ravin Shah: Co-CEO & Founder, QuickTapSurvey
  • Richard Adkin: Founder & CEO, FLIKLI
  • Richard Hyatt: Co-founder, BlueCat Networks
  • Richard Reiner: CTO, Safe Identity
  • Rick Spence: Former Editor and Publisher, PROFIT (Canadian Business)
  • Robert Whiteside: Director, Founding Partner, Treemark Capital
  • Robert Bruski: Co-founder & CFO, Ctrl V
  • Robert Antoniades: Co-Founder and General Partner, Information Venture Partners
  • Robin Lindner: Co-Founder, robin+elaine
  • Russ Armstrong: Head of Business Development, Boast.AI (Boast Capital)
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Ryan McCartney: CEO, LumenEd
  • Ryan Denomme: CEO, Nicoya Lifesciences
  • Ryan Unruch: Counsel, Torys LLP
  • Sahand Sojoodi: Principal, Sojoodi Consulting
  • Sajeed Jamal: VP Marketing, SSIMWAVE
  • Sam Legge: Chapter Director, Product Manager, Startup Grind & Thalmic
  • Sandy Pell: Head of Corporate Communications/PR, Vidyard
  • Sanjay Singhal: Co-Founder and CEO, 500 Startups
  • Sarah Marion: Senior Analyst, iNovia Capital
  • Saul Colt: North America's Best Word of Mouth Marketer, Hubba
  • Scott Barker: CEO, Mii Corp
  • Sean Yo: Product Management Fellow, ISPMA
  • Shane Hart: CEO, Competers
  • Sheetal Jaitly: Founder, Tribal Scale
  • Shiva Bhardwaj: Founder, CEO, Pitstop
  • Shrad Rao: CEO, Wagepoint
  • Somen Mondal: Co-Founder & CEO, Ideal
  • Stephen Rahal: Vice President, Product & Marketing, Virtek Vision International Inc.
  • Stephen Lake: Founder/CEO, Thalmic Labs
  • Stephen Amoah: Account Executive, LinkedIn
  • Steven Inglefield: COO & Leadership Specialist, Angela Coté Inc.
  • Sunil Sharma: Managing Director, Techstars Toronto, Founder Institute Toronto
  • Sunir Shah: CEO, AppBind
  • Susan Motkaluk, P.Eng: Chair CEO Advisor, TEC Canada
  • Tawnya Convoy: Office Manager, Faire
  • Thatcher Bell: Managing Partner, CoVenture
  • Todd Embley: Senior Startup Advocate, Agora
  • Trevor Coleman: Founder - SVP, New Product Development , InteraXon
  • Tristan Lehari: CEO, Tritonwear
  • Veronica Guzman: Founder | Innovation Catalyst, WAMVentures
  • Vikas Gupta: CEO, AVARA
  • Wade Larson: CEO and Co-Founder, Urthecast
  • Wendy Robertson: Managing Director, Assemble Inc.
  • Will Greenblatt: Co-Founder & Managing Director, OutLoud Speakers School
  • Yogi Yoganathan: CEO/Co-Founder, RemitBee

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 $1 billion. 

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 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.

Applications for the upcoming Waterloo Founder Institute Sping 2020 program are open now at FI.co/apply/waterloo.

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