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Founder Institute Mentors

Toronto Summer Virtual 2020

The Founder Institute carefully recruits 20-40 Local Mentors per cohort, and we typically only accept Mentors that have built or led fast-growth technology businesses.  

Our Mentors join weekly feedback sessions, host office hours, and in general provide you feedback every step of the way. In addition, through the Founder Institute's Equity Collective, Mentors are invested in the success of your company both during and after the program, and many have become formal advisors and investors to our Alumni. 

Mentors

Aaron

Aaron Baer

Partner, Aird Berlis LLP
Abdullah

Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director , DMZ
Adam

Adam Spector

Co-Founder, AbstractOps
Adeo

Adeo Ressi

Founder/CEO, Founder institute
Alanna

Alanna Harvey

CMO and Co-Founder, Flipd
Alex

Alex Iskold

Managing Partner, 2048vc
Alex

Alex Gould

Managing Director, Long Story Short
Alexander

Alexander Mc Isaac

Principal, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech, BDC Venture Capital
Allen

Allen Lau

CEO and co-founder, Wattpad
Alyssa

Alyssa Furtado

Co-Founder, RateHub
Amber

Amber Mac

President, Konnekt
Ambles

Ambles Kwok

CTO / Co-Founder, Setter / Therapia
Ameer

Ameer Rosic

co-founder, Blockgeeks
Ami

Ami Shah

CEO & Co-Founder, Peekapak
Amir

Amir Alikhanzadeh

CEO and Co-Founder, Madlipz (Techstars 20190
Andre

Andre Garber

Director | Emerging Company Services, Dentons
Andrew

Andrew D'Souza

Founder and CEO, Clearbanc
Angelo

Angelo Esposito

CEO and Co-Founder, Wisk.ai
Anna

Anna Hu

CEO and Co-Founder, Brizi
Anna

Anna Han

Senior Lead, Ontario Brain Institute
Anthony

Anthony Di Iorio

CEO, Phaze Inc
April

April Dunford

Founder, Rocket Launch Marketing
Aran

Aran Hamilton

President & Co-Founder, Vantage
Ariel

Ariel Garten

CEO, InteraXon
Aristo

Aristo Mohit Coker

Founder , Fluttrbox (aquired by Solera)
Arvin

Arvin Bhangu

CEO, www.algorithmic.trading
Ash

Ash Kumar

Growth Director, VanHack
Baha

Baha Nurlybayev

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Balance
Balaji

Balaji Gopalan

Co-Founder and CEO, MedStack
Ben

Ben Baldwin

Founder, The Founder City Project, ScaleDriver
Ben

Ben Zifkin

CEO, Hubba
Ben

Ben Sanders

CEO and Co-Founder, Proof
Ben

Ben Yoskovitz

Founding Partner, HighlineBETA
Ben

Ben Stacey

Founder, Pitchverk
Bob

Bob Vaez

Founder and CEO, EventMobi
Boken

Boken Lin

CEO, Sonnet
Bolis

Bolis Ibrahim

CEO and Co-Founder, Argentum
Brett

Brett Reed

Talent + People, SnapTravel
Brice

Brice Scheschuk

CEO, Globalive Capital
Bryan

Bryan Gold

Co-Founder and CEO, #paid
Bryan

Bryan Smith

Co-Founder & CEO, ThinkData Works Inc.
Buchi

Buchi Okoro

CEO and Co-Founder, Quidax (Techstars 2020)
Bukhtar

Bukhtar Khan

Growth Marketer, General Assembly
Casey

Casey Lau

Co-Host, Rise Conference (Web Summit)
Chevonae

Chevonae Walcott

Analyst, Relay Ventures
Chris

Chris Ye

Co-Founder, Uken Games
Christopher

Christopher Leacock

Founder , Jillionaire LLC
Cian

Cian O'Sullivan

CEO, Beagle.ai
CJ

CJ Thompson

Partner, First Stone Venture Partners
Claudio

Claudio Rojas

Managing Director, Hurt Capital
Cole

Cole Diamond

CEO , Coinsquare
Corey

Corey Gross

CEO, Sensibill
Cory

Cory York

CEO and co-Founder, PowerStores
Craig

Craig Asano

CEO, National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada
Cristian

Cristian Villamarin

CEO, Flipd
Dan

Dan De Mers

CEO and Co-Founder, Cinchy
Daniel

Daniel Bishun

Economic Development Officer , City of Brampton
Darren

Darren Franceschini

CEO, BTC Corp.
Dave

Dave Senior

Partner, Playground Inc
David

David Winterstein

CEO, Velocia
David

David Steckel

Founder and CEO, Setter
Derek

Derek Hopfner

Co-founder, Founded
Derrick

Derrick Fung

CEO, DROP
Devin

Devin Tu

Founder and CEO, Map Your Property
Devin

Devin Ramphal

CEO and Co-Founder, CleanAir.ai
Diana

Diana Goodwin

CEO and Founder, MarketBox & AquaMobile
Dickson

Dickson Nsofor

Founder and CEO, Korapay (Techstars 2019)
Diran

Diran Otegbade

CEO, Realtor.ng
Drew

Drew Lindsay

Co-Founder, GuruLink
Duncan

Duncan Brown

Partner, Penrose Partners
Edmundas

Edmundas Balčikonis

CEO and Co-Founder, Eddy Travels Inc.
Eileen

Eileen Brewer

Angel Investor, Five Mile Advisors
Emily

Emily Sit

Head of Partnerships, Phaze
Ernest

Ernest Yap

Founder, Covarian
Eropa

Eropa Stein

CEO, Hyre
Eva

Eva Wong

COO and Co-Founder, Borrowell
Eva

Eva Lau

co-Founder, Two Small Fish Ventures
Fab

Fab Dolan

Head of Marketing, Google, Canada
Frank

Frank Erschen

Director, GTAN
Garth

Garth Smith

Director, Ontario Brain Institute
George

George Bordianu

Co-founder & CEO, Balance
Graeme

Graeme Millen

Director, Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
Gurjot

Gurjot Narwal

CEO and Co-Founder, Gini Health
Hailey

Hailey Adams

Director, People Operations, #paid
Hamid

Hamid Akbari

CEO, BlancLink
Hamoun

Hamoun Karami

CEO and Founder, Lidbot
Heather

Heather Payne

CEO, HackerYou
Hooman

Hooman Aksari

CTO and Co-Founder , Artboard Studio (Techstars 2020)
Ian

Ian Collins

Founder and CEO, Crowdcare
Ilya

Ilya Brotzky

Founder and CEO, VanHack
Irene

Irene Katzela

Founder , Axio4Tech
Jack

Jack Liu

CEO and Co-Founder, Orbiseed (Techstars 2020)
Jafar

Jafar Owainati

Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Loopio
Jamal

Jamal Mehdi

Cofounder and CTO , Envoi
James

James Meier

CTO, Synervoz Communications
James

James Wallace

Co-Founder, Exponential Venture
Jane

Jane Lee

Co-Founder, Launch Pop
Jason

Jason Atkins

General Partner, 360insights
Jeff

Jeff Brunet

Founder and President, Crowdcare
Jeff

Jeff Hohner

President, Tecumseh Capital Ltd.
Jeffery

Jeffery Potvin

Founder, Open People Network
Jeremy

Jeremy Potvin

Founder, World of Angus
Jeremy

Jeremy Bell

CEO and Co-Founder, Mayday (Techstars 2020)
Jesse

Jesse Albiston

Customer Success, Zoom.ai
Jesse

Jesse Shapins

Director of Public Realm, Sidewalk Labs
Jessica

Jessica Peters

Director of Business Development, Code + Mortar
Joaquim

Joaquim Miro

CMO, MLG Blockchain Consulting
Joe

Joe Parenteau

CEO and Co-Founder, Fable (Techstars 2020)
Joe

Joe Denis

Partner, Newport LLC
Joel

Joel Lessem

CEO, Firmex
John S

John S Lee

Technical Director, Mix Space
Jon

Jon Prentice

Investment Director (Canada) , Lighter Capital
Jonathan

Jonathan Lam

CEO, Peerfunder
Jonathan

Jonathan Ip

President, Rocktree Capital
Jordan

Jordan Jocius

Director, Founder Institute Waterloo
Kalman

Kalman Gabriel

Managing Director, Untraceable
Karanjot

Karanjot Jaswal

CTO and Co-Founder, Cinchy
Karl

Karl Martin

CTO and Co-Founder, Nymi Inc.
Karla

Karla Vilhelem

PR & Events, Paycase Financial
Kelsey

Kelsey Cole

Co-Founder, multivitamin media inc
Kesem

Kesem Frank

Founder, Mavennet and AION
Kevin

Kevin Gervais

Investor @ Bruce, Co-Founder @ Statflo, Bruce
Kim

Kim Parnell

Cofounder, Blank
Kyle

Kyle Collier

Co-founder and CEO, Phaze
Laith

Laith Shukri

Sr. Market Development Manager, Silicon Valley Bank
Lidia

Lidia Bit Yunan

Co-founder, Set Scouter
Lloyed

Lloyed Lobo

Cofounder, Boast.AI
Lucas

Lucas Porter Bakker

CEO and Co-Founder, GOJI
Luke

Luke Vigeant

CEO, Inkblot
Maarij

Maarij Rehman

CEO, Envoi
Madusha

Madusha Cooray

Manager, Developer Relations, Google
Maggie

Maggie Xu

Chief Executive Officer, Phaze Inc
Marat

Marat Mukhamedyarov

Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
Marcello

Marcello Tommasi

Co-Founder & COO, Envoi
Mark

Mark Pavlidis

CTO, Flixel
Mark

Mark Skapinker

Managing Partner, Brightspark Ventures
Mark

Mark Smith

Canada Startup Ecosystem Lead, Amazon AWS
Marlon

Marlon Rodrigues

Marketing, Rocket Launch Marketing
Martin

Martin Hauck

Head of Talent, Coinsquare
Maryam

Maryam Nabavi

Founder and CEO, Babbly (Techstars 2020)
Matt

Matt Cohen

Managing Partner, Ripple Ventures
Matt

Matt O'leary

CEO and Co-Founder, Treasure Financial
Melissa

Melissa Austria

Owner and Founder, GotStyle
Merrick

Merrick Read

CEO, Distributed ID
Michael

Michael Young

Co-founder and CTO, Paycase
Michael

Michael Hyatt

Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, BlueCat Networks
Michael

Michael Kosic

Founding Partner, Loyal VC
Michael

Michael Kosic

FI Mentor
Michael

Michael Gord

Founder & CEO, MLG Blockchain Consulting
Michael

Michael Kwok

Senior Product Manager, Interac
Michael

Michael Katchen

Founder & CEO, WealthSimple
Michael

Michael De Monte

Co-Founder, ScribbleLive
Michele

Michele Romanow

Co-Founder, Clearbanc
Mike

Mike Silagadze

CEO, Top Hat
Mike

Mike Apted

Startup Solutions Architect, AWS
Milad

Milad Zabihi

CEO & Cofounder, Peekage
Mo

Mo Sheta

CEO, AiZ Tech
Mohammed

Mohammed Ghalayini

Board of Directors, Maple Leaf Angels
Mohan

Mohan Markandaier

Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
Moharyar

Moharyar Ali

CEO , ProductFaculty.com
Mucahit

Mucahit Gayiran

CEO and Co-Founder, Artboard Studio (Techstars 2020)
Muhammad

Muhammad Rashid

CEO and Co-Founder, Doorr
Nargiz

Nargiz Mammadova

Founder & CEO, Destin AI Inc.
Neha

Neha Khera

Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Nicholas

Nicholas Chepesiuk

FI Mentor
Nick

Nick Chang Fong

VP Engineering, Distributed ID
Nicole

Nicole Verkindt

Founder and CEO, OMX
Noah

Noah Dolgoy

CEO, Tread
Oleg

Oleg Gutsol

Co-Founder, 500px
Pamela

Pamela Draper

CEO, Bitvo
Paolo

Paolo Frescura

Chief Operating Officer, Phaze Inc
Paul

Paul Parsons

Chief Operations Officer, Metaii AI
Phil

Phil Jacobson

VP, Strategy & Growth, #paid
Philippe

Philippe LeBlanc

CEO, Flixel Photos Inc
Preet

Preet Singh

Founder, Designx
Puneet

Puneet Arora

Finance & Ops for Startups, Brightiron
Rainer

Rainer Takahashi

Founder and CEO, Jauntin
Rajah

Rajah Lehal

Founder, Clausehound
Ravin

Ravin Shah

Co-CEO & Founder, QuickTapSurvey
Raymond

Raymond Luk

CEO, Hockeystick
Reuven

Reuven Cohen

VP, Aporeto
Richard

Richard Hyatt

Co-founder, BlueCat Networks
Robert

Robert Furtado

Founder, CourseCompare.ca
Robert

Robert Antoniades

Co-Founder and General Partner, Information Venture Partners
Rohan

Rohan Pinto

Founder / Chief Technology Officer, 1Kosmos - BlockID
Rohan

Rohan Nair

Head of Technology, Highline BETA
Rokham

Rokham Sadeghnezhadfard

Founder, TheRedPin.com
Ron

Ron Benegbi

Co-Founder, President & CRO, Railz
Ron

Ron Gentile

Advisor & Entrepreneur, Moodfit
Roy

Roy Pereira

CEO and Founder, Zoom.ai
Ruben

Ruben Sahakyan

Investment Banking, GMP Securities
Rubsun

Rubsun Ho

CEO, Crowdmatix
Russ

Russ Armstrong

Head of Business Development, Boast.AI (Boast Capital)
Ryan

Ryan Micheletti

Head of Global Operations, Founder institute
Sahand

Sahand Sojoodi

Principal, Sojoodi Consulting
Sami

Sami Dalati

Cofounder, Brizi
Sanjay

Sanjay Singhal

Co-Founder and CEO, 500 Startups
Sarah

Sarah Stockdale

CEO, Valkerie
Saroop

Saroop Bharwani

CEO and Co-Founder, Senso (Techstars 2018)
Saul

Saul Colt

North America's Best Word of Mouth Marketer, Hubba
Sergey

Sergey Kalnish

CEO, SmartHire
Sharon

Sharon Fan

Managing Director, Zenyum (Taipei)
Sharoon

Sharoon Thomas

CEO and Founder, Fulfil.io
Sheetal

Sheetal Jaitly

Founder, Tribal Scale
Shiva

Shiva Bhardwaj

Founder, CEO, Pitstop
Sina

Sina Roshan

COO and Co-Founder, Peekage (Techstars 2020)
Slawek

Slawek Potasz

CEO, CarScanner
Steve

Steve Dixon

SMB Leader (Canada), Apple
Sunil

Sunil Sharma

Managing Director, Techstars Toronto, Founder Institute Toronto
Sunir

Sunir Shah

CEO, AppBind
Tariq

Tariq Haddadin

Program Manager, Techstars Toronto
Tarun

Tarun Sachdeva

GM, Wattpad
Tingcheng

Tingcheng Cui

CTO and Co-Founder , Orbiseed (Techstars 2020)
Tobey

Tobey Wood

Engagement Manager, Techstars
Tom

Tom Lowden

Head of Labs, US East and Canada, WeWork Labs
Tony

Tony Sabeta

Partner / Patent Agent, Aird & McBurney LP
Tracy

Tracy Leparulo

Founder, Untraceable
Trevor

Trevor Coleman

Founder - SVP, New Product Development , InteraXon
Troy

Troy Wong

CFO, Neptune Dash / PolyMath
Victor

Victor Wong

Managing Director, Operations, Flipp
Vuk

Vuk Magdelenic

CEO and Co-Founder, Overbond
Wade

Wade Larson

CEO and Co-Founder, Urthecast
Wendy

Wendy Robertson

Managing Director, Assemble Inc.
Will

Will Shaw

Partner, Fasken
Win

Win Bear

Head of Business Development , Silicon Valley Bank Canada
Yang

Yang Yu

CEO and Founder, KitchenMate
Yossi

Yossi Hasson

Managing Director, Techstars Blockchain Accelerator (NYC)
Zach

Zach Justein

Head of Business Development & Legal Affairs, Paycase Financial
Zachary

Zachary Friedman

Founder and COO, Secure Digital Markets
Zbigniew

Zbigniew Barwicz

CEO, Zymbar

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