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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
  • Adrian Wong: Co-Founder & COO, SparkGig
  • Alexandra Hardy: Partner, BDO Canada
  • Allen Lau: CEO, Wattpad
  • Alycia Riley: Associate, Gowling WLG
  • Amad Abdullah: Co-founder, CEO, OneSet
  • Amanie Ismail: COO,
  • Amber French: Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Catalyst Capital
  • Andy Lee: Co-Founder & CEO, Sienci Labs
  • Anwer Ali: Consultant, IMUKSYS
  • Barry Hillier: Founder & CEO, eQuo
  • Beisan Zubi: Founder & CEO, CSR for Startups
  • Ben Stacey: Entrepreneur in Residence, The DMZ
  • Ben Bittrolff: CEO, Co-founder, DeSully
  • Beth Nenniger: Director, Design Center, BuildDirect
  • Bob Embleton: CEO, Cicer One
  • Brian Zubert: Director, Thomson Reuters Labs
  • Bryan Fedorak: Founder, Bartesian
  • Caitlin Mac Gregor: CEO & Cofounder, Inc.
  • Calvin Chu: Founder and CEO, Monogram
  • Cam Davies: Senior Product Marketing Manager, Miovision
  • Chad Hepburn: Manager, Audit and Assurance, BDO
  • Charles Mire: Co-Founder & CEO, Structur3D Printing
  • Christopher Reid: Co-founder, CEO, Sortable
  • Cian O'Sullivan: CEO,
  • Claudio Gambetti: Professional Services , Nashco Consulting
  • Cole Jones: CEO, Local Line
  • Dan Mathers: Co-Founder & Partner, IronSpan Executives Inc
  • Dan Silivestru: CEO, co-founder
  • Dan Lovero: Managing Partner, The Telosity Company
  • Daniel Francavilla: Founder & Creative Director, Now Creative Group
  • Daryl Sherman: CEO, Talometrix
  • David Shak: CEO, Caspy
  • Dayton Pereira: Founder, Signal UX
  • Dinah Davis: VP of R&D, Arctic Wolf Networks
  • Elaine Decleir: Co-Founder, robin+elaine
  • Ella Hilal: Director of Data, Shopify
  • Erik Kalviainen: CEO,
  • Frank Erschen: Director, GTAN
  • Geoff Valeriote: VP Sales, Poly-Nova
  • Grace Bartz: Manager, BDC
  • Harry Gandhi: Co-Founder and CEO, Medella Health
  • Henrique Dias: Sales coach and consultant, Early Adopter Labs
  • Hongwei Liu: CEO, MappedIn
  • Honourable Bardish Chagger: Leader of the Government, Canada House of Commons
  • Ilya Peskov: CEO, Focus21
  • Isaac Adejuwon: CEO & Founder, Metricsflow
  • Jaafer Haidar: Founder and CEO, Penny
  • James Moss: MR, Plasticity Labs
  • James Slifierz: CEO, SkyWatch Space Applications
  • Jeff Mac Intyre: Co-Founder, Grappleworks
  • Jeffrey Wong: Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Jessica Chalk: CEO and Founder, Traffic Soda
  • Jim Estill: CEO, Danby
  • John Stix: President, KidsWifi
  • Jordan Jocius: Director, Founder Institute Waterloo
  • Joseph Fung: CEO, Kiite
  • Joseph Puopolo: CEO/Founder, Printchomp
  • Joseph Dales: Co-Founder & Director, Ltd.
  • Kaleah Baker: Co-Founder, COO, BridesMade
  • Kayla Zawiski: Founder & CEO, The Local Advocate
  • Kevin Forestell: Co-Founder & CEO, DOZR
  • Kevin Swersky: Research Scientist @ Google Brain, Google
  • 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'
  • Kristopher Braun: Co-founder and CTO, KidsWifi
  • Kurt Schwarz: Hacker in Residence,
  • Kurtis Mc Bride: CEO, Miovision Technologies Incorporated
  • Lance Fernandes: Co-President, Startup Laurier
  • 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
  • Marylin Ma: CEO, Quali AI
  • Matt Gardner: Founder and Director of Customer Success, RouteThis
  • Meghan Thompson: Owner, Megpie Creative
  • Meti Basiri: Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, ApplyBoard
  • Mike Rossi: Co-Founder & CEO,
  • Mike Kirkup: CTO, enCircle
  • Mike Clarke: Director, Research, Facebook
  • Mike Hennessey: Digital Marketing Consultant, Postmedia
  • Moazam Khan: Co-Founder & CEO, Curiato
  • Morteza Ahmadi: CEO, Qidni Labs
  • Nabil Fahel: Director, Partnerships, terminal
  • Navid Nathoo: Executive Director, The Knowledge Society
  • Olga Morawczynski: Founder & CEO, Bounc3
  • Paul Donald: CEO, enCircle
  • Popy Dimoulas-Graham: Founder, CEO, Charity Republic
  • Professor Fakhri Karray: Co-Director, Waterloo AI Institute
  • Rachel Bartholomew: Founder and CEO, HyIvy Health
  • Richard Adkin: Founder & CEO, FLIKLI
  • Rick Spence: Former Editor and Publisher, PROFIT (Canadian Business)
  • Riley O'hagan: Manager, Audit and Assurance, BDO
  • Robert Whiteside: Director, Founding Partner, Treemark Capital
  • Robert Bruski: Co-founder & CFO, Ctrl V
  • Robin Lindner: Co-Founder, robin+elaine
  • Russ Armstrong: Regional Head of Business Development, Boast.AI (Boast Capital)
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Ryan Mc Cartney: BDC Communitech Partner, BDC
  • Sajeed Jamal: VP Marketing, SSIMWAVE
  • Sam Legge: Chapter Director, Product Manager, Startup Grind & Thalmic
  • Sandy Pell: Head of Corporate Communications/PR, Vidyard
  • Sarah Marion: Senior Analyst, iNovia Capital
  • Scott Barker: CEO, Mii Corp
  • Sean Gomes: Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Sean Yo: Product Management Fellow, ISPMA
  • Shane Hart: CEO, Competers
  • Shiva Bhardwaj: Founder, CEO, Pitstop
  • Shrad Rao: CEO, Wagepoint
  • Stephanie Hayes: Associate, Gowling WLG
  • Stephen Rahal: Vice President, Product & Marketing, Virtek Vision International Inc.
  • Stephen Lake: Founder/CEO, Thalmic Labs
  • Sunil Sharma: Managing Director, Techstars Toronto, Founder Institute Toronto
  • Susan Motkaluk, P.Eng: Chair CEO Advisor, TEC Canada
  • Ted Hastings: CEO,
  • Tristan Lehari: CEO, Tritonwear
  • Vikas Gupta: CEO, AVARA
  • Viona Duncan: Partner, Gowling WLG
  • 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 $950M. 

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 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.

Applications for the upcoming Waterloo Founder Institute Sping 2020 program are open now at

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