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The Western Canada Founder Institute, the regional chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the Western Canada Virtual 2021 program.

Over 210 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 four 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 Western Canada's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the FI Western Canada program: 

The Western Canada Virtual 2021 program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes an entire ecosystem to raise a startup. We would first like to thank the Local Leaders of the Western Canada Founder Institute: Chad FordKailin Che, and Todd Embley. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Western Canada that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the Western Canada Virtual 2021 program was supported by some of the region's top technology organizations, including:

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

  • Adam Devenny: Senior Manager, inmetrics
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Alan Campbell: Partnerships, Harvest Venture Builders
  • Alex Hobbs: CEO, Oxford Lock
  • Alex Gault: President, Small World Ventures
  • Amit Varma: Co-Founder & CEO, BRAINTOY AI
  • Andrea Welling: Regional Director BC & Yukon, Futurpreneur Canada
  • Andy Chu: CEO, Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival
  • Annika Lewis: Associate, Vanedge Capital
  • Arleigh Vasconcellos: CEO, Founder, The Agency
  • Ashley Dunfield: Founder & CEO, SmartGrid Communications
  • Aurelie Guerrieri: CMO, Open Systems
  • Ben Snyman: Founder, CEO , Safety Vantage
  • Benjamin Mak: Partner, Ridout & Maybee LLP
  • Bijan Vaez: Founder and CEO, FractionalCTO.ca
  • Bill Tam: VP, BC SuperCluster
  • Blaire Martin: VP of Strategic Partnerships , Florida Funders
  • Boris Mann: Co-Founder, FISSION
  • Bosky Mukherjee: Founder, Spark to Substance
  • Brittany Whitmore: Founder/CEO, Exvera Communications Inc.
  • Bruce Linton: Founder and Former Chairman, Canopy Growth Corporation
  • Bryan Trottier: Owner, Trotco Electric
  • Canon Bryan: CFO, Terrestrial Energy
  • Carey Houston: Founder, CEO , 321Growth Academy
  • Casey Lau: Head of Asia, RISE (Web Summit)
  • Cassandra Hui: Founder , Heal Mary
  • Chad Ford: Director, Western Canada, Martr Ventures, r.ai and FI Director
  • Chris Goward: Founder & CEO, WiderFunnel
  • Chris Hobbs: President, TTT Studios
  • Chris Marra: Partner, inmetrics
  • Christian Gauthier: Partner , Bennet Jones
  • Christine Somerville: Senior Account Manager, Technology Industry, LumenEd
  • Colin Brown: Principal, Gallowglass Consulting
  • Colin Weston: Founding Partner, Reviver Sport+Entertainment
  • Connor Aylwin: Director, Cultivate Advisors
  • Damarys Zampini: Chief Executive Officer, Sustrategy
  • David Gardner: Head of Content Marketing, Harvest Builders
  • Dinah Davis: VP of R&D, Arctic Wolf Networks
  • Don Osborne: CEO, Urthecast
  • Drew Munro: Co-Founder & CEO, UpMeals
  • Ean Jackson: President, Analytics Marketing Inc.
  • Ed Levinson: Director, Ensibuuko
  • Edward Fan: Partner, Torys LLP
  • Elaine Ann: Founder/CEO, Kaizor Innovation
  • Eric Anderson: CEO and Co-Founder, Theta
  • Erin Campbell: CEO, ECMB Capital Partners
  • Evan Hu: Founding Partner and G7 Associate, Creative Destruction Lab
  • George Kondopulos: Partner, inmetrics
  • George Tai: Partner, Dentons
  • Gerry Li: Associate, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Grandy Chu: Founder and Designer , Atelier Grandi
  • Grant Lawrence: President, Self
  • Ha Nguyen: VP, McRock Capital
  • Hartland Ross: Founder, eBridge Marketing Solutions
  • Heiko Peters: CEO, TekEitri
  • Henry Soo: Founder & CEO, Settlely | Startup Grind Director
  • Hugh Evans: CEO, Cultural Dynamics Inc.
  • Ian Gilbert: VP Sales & Marketing, PureWeb
  • Isabella Taba: CEO , Co-Founder, Blue Dot Motorworks
  • Jack Gin: Corporate Director - Entrepreneur - Former CEO, Semios, Saltworks, Extreme CCTV
  • James Reyes: Vice President Global Sales & Marketing, Aquatic Informatics
  • James Thangaraj: .GM, Pivot ED - BVC Venture
  • Jason Wang: Lawyer, Securities & Capital Markets, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)
  • Jayson Wyner: Co-Founder, Nutrabolics
  • Jean Guy Faubert: CRO, SEDNA
  • Jeff Swan: Founder & CEO, RevUp Sales
  • Joel Semeniuk: Vice President of Growth and Innovation, Communitech
  • John Chan: CEO, 2x Growth Agency // 2x Ventures
  • Jordan Bettman: Partner, Radian Capital
  • Jordan Gutierrez: Co founder - COO, Wishpond, Laleo
  • Joseph King: Founder, Duck Labs
  • Kailin Che: Director, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae
  • Kal Malhi: Founder and CEO, BullRun Capital Inc
  • Kelby Price: Chief Operations Officer, YAT Group Inc.
  • Ken Charko: President , Dunbar Theatre/ Charko Investments
  • Kevin Conabree: Consultant, Management Consulting
  • Kevin Brent: Chief Investment Officer, Bluesky Equities
  • Kevin Dahl: Advisor, Platform Calgary
  • Kevin Kerr: CEO, Highwood Global
  • Kim Orlesky: President, KO Advantage Group
  • Kookai Chaimahawong: VC Associate, Pangaea Ventures
  • Kristina Milke: Co-Founder, Self
  • Kwang Lim: Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Lisa Payne: CFO, Mine Sense
  • Lloyed Lobo: Co-founder, Boast.AI
  • Lucas Tomei: Partner, Dentons
  • Luke Krueger: Co-Founder & President, Valhalla Private Capital/ Valhalla Angels
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief Naming Strategist, Citronade
  • Maria Osipova: VP Marketing, Traction Guest
  • Marius Adomnica: Associate, Segev LLP
  • Marjorie Junio Read: Chief Financial Officer, Helcim
  • Mark Montalban: Founder & CEO, MindfulText
  • Mark Smith: Canada Startup Ecosystem Lead, Amazon AWS
  • Mary Ryan: COO, PKI Capital [Private Family Office]
  • Meredith J. Powell: Venture Parnter, Voyager Capital
  • Michael Bosdet: President, TSGI
  • Michael Sousa: CTO, Screenfluence
  • Michelle Stepp: President & CEO, VantEdge O&G Inc.
  • Mike Winterfield: CEO, Founder, Active Impact Investments
  • Mike De Boer: CEO, Founder, Levelling Up
  • Miranda Lievers: COO, Thinkific
  • Neil Patel: CEO / Founder, Kabuni
  • Nicolas Beique: Founder & CEO, Helcim
  • Nicole Gallop: VP, Cultivate Advisors
  • Nicole Donnelly
  • Paul Austin: Partner, Fort Capital Partners
  • Pete Berdusco: President, Guyana Goldstrike
  • Pete Duggan: Executive Vice President Operations, UrtheCast Corp.
  • Peter Reek: Founder, Savvy + Associate
  • Praveen Varshney: Director, Varshney Capital Corp.
  • Ray Torresan: CEO, /Archive Digital
  • Richard Roseboom: Co-Founder & CEO, MicroMech Inc
  • Rob Attwell: Founder, COO/CFO, Careteam Technologies Inc.
  • Rob Purdy: Chairman and Founder, Purdy & Partners Inc.
  • Robert Delamar: Business Advisor, Bull Run Capital
  • Robert Stone: President, MrTaxes.ca Inc.
  • Robert Foxall: Director of Business Development, Timia Capital
  • Roberto Erario: Business and Leadership, Coach
  • Roger Hull: Business Development, Carbon Upcycling
  • Rohit Joshi: CEO, Founder, BrightSquid
  • Roman Karachinsky: CEO & Co-founder, News360
  • Ryan Smith: CEO, FTSY
  • Ryan Unruch: Counsel, Torys LLP
  • Sam Sullivan: MLA of British Columbia and Former Mayor, Vancouver
  • Samarth Chandola: Founder and CEO, First Fund
  • Scott Larson: CEO, Kater, HeliosWire
  • Scott Wallace: Founder, Wallace Wallace and Edward Properties
  • Sean Eikerman: Busniess Advisor, Cultivate Advisors
  • Shahab Samimi: Senior Associate, 7 Gate Ventures
  • Shahrooz Nabavi: Partner
  • Stacey Wallin: Head of Growth, BC Tech
  • Stacey Wallin: Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Numinus
  • Stefan Chiasson: Associate Director, BDC Capital
  • Stephanie Wetterwald: Marketing Manager, Entreflow Consulting Group
  • Steve Oldham: CEO, Carbon Engineering Ltd.
  • Sunil Sharma: Managing Director, Techstars Toronto, Founder Institute Toronto
  • Susan Koch: COO & VP, Accounting, Carbon Engineering Ltd.
  • Tara Mc Laughlin: Founder, Paper Crane
  • Terry Sydoryk: CEO, Chaordix
  • Thealzel Lee: Founder, President & Director, e-Fund
  • Todd Embley: Partner, Agora.io
  • Tom Petryshen: Advisor, Adacado
  • Tony Clement: The Hon. Tony Clement, Privy Council
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • Trent Johnsen: ., Pivot ED - BVC Venture
  • Tyler Douglas: Former Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Vision Critical
  • Valerie Song: CEO, AVA
  • Van Doren Chan: President, Ugly Dumplings
  • Viviana Matheus: Director of Digital Strategy and Brand, Comm100
  • Wade Larson: Founder, Urthecast
  • Yasmine Roulleau: CEO, Striven Consulting
  • Yvonne Gruenthaler: Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada

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 $975M. 

After Graduation, the new Western Canada 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 Western Canada Fall Virtual 2021 Founder Institute program will soon be announced. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, visit FI.co/apply/vancouver.


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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $975M 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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