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Founder Institute Waterloo celebrated the launch of 10 startups from their Spring 2019 cohort during True North conference and festival in the modern Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

The third Founder Institute cohort to launch in Waterloo received hundreds of applications from around the world attracted to launch in the fastest growing tech-talent ecosystem in Canada. The program enrolled 32 startups and 10 survived the grueling 4-month program, that started in March, to pitch during the Launch Party event during True North this June.

While completing the program many of the founders worked a full-time job or attended school and many have now quit their jobs and are dedicating themselves full-time to their new ventures.

Founder Institute is the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator with chapters across 65 countries and with over 3,500 startups having launched through the program worldwide.

The volunteer program is made possible from the contributions of hundreds of local tech ecosystem mentors, venue partners, alumni, and generous sponsors.

Program Sponsors

Gowling WLG




Google Developers


Rebels of Design

Venue Partners

EDC at Catalyst 137

Gowling WLG
Wilfrid Laurier University

The cohort companies include:

Suzanne Bond, Zen Caters

Alois Monger, Ziliz

Emad Ali, MediMate

Raghad Alkhatib, Lomi

Marcus Gaughan, IIN

Ahmad Naji, Sparkle

Nick Coutu, Engager

Justin Mels, Skydeploy

Jane Sun, SolverGen

Lucas Porter-Bakker, GOJI

Founder Institute Waterloo Team

Sunil Sharma, Managing Director
Madusha Cooray, Co-Director
Jordan Jocius, Co-Director
Udesh Cooray, Associate Director
Hana H, Program Manager
Amit Mehta, Program Manager
Konrad Borowski, Intern

Cohort Mentors

Isaac Adejuwon
Morteza Ahmadi
Russ Armstrong
Kaleah Baker
Grace Bartz
Robert Bruski
Bardish Chagger PC MP
Jessica Chalk
Joe Dales
Viona Duncan
Bob Embleton
Jim Estill
Nabil Fahel
Bryan Fedorak
Sean Gomes
Will Greenblatt
Alexandra Hardy
Ella Hilal
Amanie Ismail
Cole Jones
Erik Kalviainen
Fakhri Karray
Marylin Ma
Caitlin MacGregor
Alexander Marshall
Adam Mawer
Ryan McCartney
Ryan Micheletti
Charles Mire
Riley O-Hagan
Kim Parnell
Sandy Pell
Ilya Peskov
Joseph Puopolo
Komal Singh
James Slifierz
Rick Spence
Geoff Valeriote
Robert Whiteside
Lori Wilson
Jeffrey Wong
Brian Zubert

Join us in Waterloo to build a great company in Fall 2019. Apply to FI Waterloo starting next month, or to the Toronto 2019 Founder Institute program today - you can learn more at

Media Contact

Jordan Jocius, Co-Director

Founder Institute Waterloo


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