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The Founder Institute, the World’s Premier Idea-stage Accelerator and Startup Launch Program, is proud to announce the graduation of Ottawa's Fall / Winter 2016 semester.

As of 2016, we are proud to have started chapters in 5 Canadian cities (and growing), and now have graduated over 100 Canadian companies that are solving big problems all across the world. A month ago, we released an infographic showcasing the Impact Report of Founder Institute in Canada.

The Ottawa Fall / Winter 2016 Graduates now have a company, business idea, prototype, product road-map, initial funding, and path to growth fully validated by experienced startup founders. In addition, the Graduates are part of the prestigious Shared Liquidity Pool, and gain access to the Founder Institute's Global Network of over 2,000 companies and 5,000 mentors spanning over 115 cities in six continents. 

Each of these Founders has learned much during their time with the Founder Institute and demonstrated the high level of passion, perseverance, and creativity it takes to build a meaningful and enduring company.

And now, without further ado, we would like to wish the best of luck to:


Zazuhōm, Founder Nicholas Davies

Zazuhōm is a web and mobile platform that helps Consumers capture, organize and find all their product information, and helps brand manufacturers connect with the end users of their products. 

AI Advisors, Founders Luc Begnoche

Aidvisors mission is to democratize artificial intelligence for the profit of all individual investors. We built a proprietary AI platform continuously learning from the stock market to optimize and adapt AI-driven strategies that increase substantially the potential return on investment.

Impromptuu, Founder Sandra Inglis

Impromptuu is an automated communication service to help busy professionals with jammed calendars find a time when everyone can talk for colleagues to talk. Impromptuu finds the time for colleagues to connect and automatically initiates conference call. Impromptuu can operate standalone or as the front-end to any audio-conference service.

Play-A-Maze, Founder Leonid Shafir

Play-A-Maze is a family owned and operated toy company developing the world’s most innovative toys. Our educational and entertaining puzzle-toys combine traditional puzzles with mobile gaming to create a fun-to-learn environment for children of all ages.

Cuisine Aid, Founder Claude Malouin

Cuisine Aid builds a smart grocery list that combines grocery prices, grocery flyers and coupons and calculates where to go to maximize the consumers overall grocery bill savings. 

My Next Job Hunt, Founders David Watson

Structured Online Approach to Job Finding using Guerilla Tactics.

Trebble, Founder Armel Beaudry Kembe Tchemeube is an online music-sharing platform. Our technology allows you as a music influencer or music enthusiast to curate your own interactive music radio and share with people around the with world. You can also easily embed it on your website if you want to share it with your website visitors.

Tumello, Founders Joel Kapongo, Hammad Asad, Aqeela Somani

Tumello helps podcasts listeners easily discover and listen to curated and subscribed podcasts across multiple devices.

ZoomMate, Founder Moktar Yusuf

Matches roommates based on compatibilities and Landlords with tenants.

This semester would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup. We would first like to thank the Local Directors of the Ottawa Founder Institute:  Shawna Tregunna (Founder, ReSoMe - Relevant Social Media), Nolan Beanlands (Startup Garage Coordinator & Technology Partnerships Associate at the University of Ottawa), and Sergio Escobar (Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Techstars, Director at Montreal Founder Institute). Our Directors play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment in Ottawa that is conducive to building great companies.

This semester would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup. We would like to thank the Mentors of the Ottawa Fall / Winter 2016 semester for providing expert training and feedback throughout the program.

If you would like to launch a tech company in Ottawa, subscribe to the Founder Institute newsletter today to get notified when we will open applications! 

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