Silicon Valley Based Founder Institute in Montreal Launches New Tech Startups in Winter 2021/2022 cohort
The world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, the Founder Institute, in Montreal announces the newest alumni from the virtual winter 2021/2022 program.
Over 180 prospective founders 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.
Hivenue is a co-living rental marketplace helping people to list and rent furnished and flexible rooms with like-minded roommates. Our verification and payment platform let the host accept verified roommates based on their profiles, receive automatic payments, and earn more by renting individual rooms. We also make sure that renters match with the right roommate and with the right neighborhood, based on their interests and lifestyle, thanks to our AI-profile matching system.
Fully transactional, booking and listing marketplace released in March 2022
2,700+ users registered, with an average of 100 new users per month
550 furnished rooms listed
Between 7-15 sent communication messages per day
MITACS funding to develop an advanced AI-profile matching system
Planning to open 2 additional cities by this summer: Toronto and Ottawa
With more than 10 years experience in product design and user experience, Hivenue’s co-founder and CEO, Nassim Bahloul, has developed hundreds of digital products used by everyday consumers. He’s supported by a strong technical team composed of Didier Noumia, head of security and senior architect at National Bank of Canada, Krishna Nadarassin, head of payment and senior architect at Best Buy, Louenas Hamdi, product owner and scrum master at SAP, and Samuel Ethier, data science advisor at Ubisoft.
ViaWarn provides a collision prevention, early warning road safety management solution, for the trucking industry. Our AI Speech-To-Intent technology recognizes common expressions used in truckers' CB Radio Communications to power our advanced road safety management system which delivers real-time alerts to truck drivers and their fleet managers through their Electronic Logging Devices (ELD).
Key Advantages for the Trucking Industry:
Enhanced Road Safety
Enhanced Route Optimization
Enhanced Freight Dispatch Communications
Leverages Existing Technology Investments
Beta release of ViaWarn App by end of Q2 2022
Pilot Program in Q3 2022 for trucking fleets (2 Companies (GEOTAB ELD), 12 trucks, and more participating companies to come)
Fields: AI, Transportation, Supply Chain
With more than 20 years experience in financial services, including the design, implementation and management of an award-winning systematic diversified managed futures program, Pierre Thauvette acquired significant experience in research, trading, operations, marketing and IT at one of Quebec’s largest independent asset management firms.
Aletia is a Mexico-based career success platform focused on developing AI & ML tech talent from LATAM through immersive remote courses. While US & Canada have a tech talent shortage, Latin America has a large talent pool of IT professionals. Our training system allows them to acquire the necessary skills to be hired in AI & ML remote roles within startups and large companies in North America.
Video for Students (En Español):
Our 3 mentors work for KPMG, HP. One holds a master’s degree in Data Science in England and one has 10+ years of experience in financial institutions like Metlife and Santander.
We launched our first bootcamp on April 4th 2022 in Mexico city. This first curriculum is designed to develop Data Analysts. Our next goal is Data Engineers and then Data Scientists.
Our offer includes an 8 week immersive program to improve technical English while they are being trained for the recruitment processes in Northamerica
We implemented a learning management system (LMS) to streamline the scalability of our platform across Latin America."
We have $3000+ USD in revenue so far.
We closed one US company who will hire one Data Analyst from our community.
We have 300+ people in our community.
We are currently finalizing the development of our soft skills assessment tool to help companies in US & Canada improve their selection and hiring processes.
Some of the soft skills being assessed are: Logic reasoning, creativity, abstract capacity, cognitive flexibility, planning, problem solving
Fields: AI, Data Science, Marketplace, Ed Tech, HR Tech.
Marco García, the CEO and founder of Aletia, is the former co-founder and CEO of a small business called Vélez in Mexico City. Marco has 7+ years of experience in the education industry and he has been supported by his mentors: Juan Camilo Pineda, current CEO at Vetta; corporate startup generator, Natalia Putrino, PHD in psychology, and José Manuel Carpinteyro, Data Scientist with 10+ years of experience.
Demeter is an online loan application platform helping restaurant owners or any food passionate to be connected with lenders in order to get funding for their businesses. Our solution offers a full automated process that empowers users to create an impressive loan application with our services packages or by outsourcing the most time-consuming tasks to local service providers.
4 L.O.I. 's signed with local restaurants enrolled in our pilot.
70 % of the content of our packages have been completed.
25+ partnership signed with local service providers.
Brand awareness and lead generation campaigns started (FB, IG, Google ads)
150+ people in our community.
We launched our beta version through one of our partnerships.
1 Blog article post per week related to the services we are covering
3 attendances to major events related to the restaurant industry in the upcoming weeks.
2 free consultations completed.
Planning to start the development of the second version of our platform by mid-June.
Fields: AI, Finance, Restaurants, FoodTech
With almost 3 years’ experience in commercial banking and over 5 years’ experience in corporate finance and IT, Demeter’s co-founder and CEO, Daniel Richard Kamdem, has become familiar with local credit policies and has worked on numerous commercial financing cases. Demeter’s business development is also supported by Patrick-Olivier Ndoumbe Co-founder and CTO with over 10 years of experience in computer science and statistics, by Ayyoub Oulidi-Omali a Senior Research and Development Engineer and Francesco Prince as a product owner and developer.
The Montreal Winter 2021/2022 program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes an entire region to raise a successful startup. We would first like to thank the Montreal Founder Institute directors: Sergio A. Escobar and Ben Melchionno. Our local directors play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and Sergio Escobar and team have created an exceptional environment and network in Montreal conducive to building great companies, with many success stories to show over the past 9+ years.
In addition, the Montreal Winter 2021/2022 accelerator cohort was supported by some of Montreal's top technology organizations, including:
After Graduation, the new Montreal Founder Institute portfolio alumni 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, build 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 95+ 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 Montreal Founder Institute Virtual 2022 program is being planned now. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, visit FI.co/apply/Montreal.