Applications for the Montreal Founder Institute Are Now Open

May 17th, 2017 EDT | Technology Business General Startup
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Montreal Founder Institute Opens Applications for Fourth Semester
World’s Premier Silicon Valley Accelerator Program Calling for Montreal Aspiring and Early-Stage Entrepreneurs in Need of Mentorship, Training and Funding 

The Founder Institute (, the world’s premier early-stage accelerator and startup launch program, announced today that is has opened applications for its newest semester in Montreal. Since launching in Montreal earlier in 2014, the Founder Institute has helped launch over thirty companies in the region with several graduates at premium later stage accelerators like Techstars, Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Texas Medical Center Accelerator. Additionally, founders have raised more than $7M in funding from Rockies Venture Club, SOS Ventures, Real Ventures, Right Side Capital, angel investors in both US and Canada. Founder Institute Montreal has launched some of Canada’s fast-rising early-stage startups like HyksoLogrrLean SystemsUnito, Food Room, and many more (also see Canadian Impact Report).

Applications to the Montreal Founder Institute are open now, and anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply at
Anyone who enrolls by the Early Application Deadline on 2017-06-18 is eligible for a variety of Founder Institute Fellowships ( – including the Female Founder Fellowship, which is offered to the best overall female applicant.

In order to celebrate the launch, the Montreal Founder Institute will host a series of free startup events for the general public – to see the full list of upcoming events, visit

For aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, the Founder Institute’s comprehensive Silicon Valley step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company in their home city. Montreal Founder Institute graduates are eligible for Futurpreneur Fast-Track Accelerator funding of $15,000 to $45,000 (equity free) upon completion of the program. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60+ countries and 150+ cities, leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups ( have used the Founder Institute to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more – like Udemy, Realty Mogul, iCarsClub, Itembase, goplaceit, and Appota.

Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Montreal are Jean-François Ouellet (Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, HEC Montréal), LP Maurice (CEO, Busbud) and Sergio A. Escobar (Global Director, Founder Institute & Global Facilitator, Techstars Startup Programs).

“Our Montreal portfolio startups have demonstrated many times their solid training by securing investments from Y Combinator, Techstars, 500Startups, SOSVentures and many more. Now’s the time to flap our wings and keep expanding: 2017 will be our Year of Growth” – Sergio A. Escobar, Managing Director, Founder Institute Montreal

Other leaders of local tech companies who have signed on to mentor the program include:

Angelique Mannella: Associate VP Innovation, McGill University
Ariel Garten: CEO, InteraXon
Audry Larocque: CEO, iPerceptions 
Ben Yoskovitz: Co-Founder, Highline BETA
Benjamin du Haÿs: Founder & CEO, Mobeewave
Beth Thouin: Startup Marketing Expert, Thunkr Consulting
Brian Zubert: Director, Thomson Reuters Labs
Bruno Morency: Head of Operations, Poka Inc.
Caitlin Mac Gregor: CEO & Cofounder, Inc.
Carter Laren: Founder/CEO, Inara Ventures
Caterina Rizzi: Co-Founder & CCO, Breather
Chris Arsenault: Managing Partner, iNovia Capital
Christine Renaud: Founder/CEO, E-180
Claude Théoret: Founder & CEO, Nexalogy Environics
Code Cubitt: Managing Director, Mistral Venture Partners
Daleyne Guay: Founder & CEO, NewDeal Brewery Inc
Damon Sloane: General Manager, Ecommerce, Michael Kors
Danial Jameel: Founder/CEO, Forbes 30under30, OOHLALA Mobile Inc.
David Nault: Principal, iNovia Capital
David Dufresne: Partner, 500 Startups Canada 
Dax Da Silva: Founder/CEO, LightSpeed
Ethan Song: Co-Founder & CEO, Frank & Oak
Ferhan Patel: Co-Founder, Payment Rails
Francis Wenzel: Founder & CEO, TickSmith
François Arbour: CEO / VP Music & Video, Premiumbeat / Shutterstock
Francois Charles Sirois: CEO, Telesystem
Frédéric Bastien: Founder & CEO, Mnubo
Frederic Voyer: CEO & Co-Founder,
Gian Carlo Di Tommaso: VP Finance & Operations, Luxury Retreats
Gisele Bisson: Visibility Shift
Greg Isenberg: Digital Marketer and Angel Investor
Hicham Ratnani: Co-Founder & COO/CFO, Frank & Oak
Ian Jeffrey: VP Product Marketing Marketing, PasswordBox
Jay Ferst: Managing Partner, Ferst Capital Partners
Jean David Begin: Co-founder & CEO, Guestful
Jean François Marcoux: General Partner, White Star Capital
Jeff Hoffman: Partner, ColorJar
Joe Poulin: Founder/CEO, Luxury Retreats
Joel Yaffe: Co-Founder, GuestDriven
Justin Wilcox: Founder, Customer Development Labs
Lee Silverstone: Co founder/ EVP strategic partnerships, Gymtrack
Leo Lax: Managing Director, L-Spark/Wesley Clover
Magaly Charbonneau: COO & Shareholder, PasswordBox
Marc Alloul: Managing Partner W2/W3, W Investments 
Marc Antoine Ross: Angel Investor & Director, Data Engineering, Intel Security (former PasswordBox)
Marco Janeczek: Venture Partner, Infinite Ventures
Marcus Daniels: Co-Founder & CEO, Highline BETA
Matthieu Houle: VP Digital Media, Yellow Pages Canada
Mehdi Mehni: Head of Growth, Téo Taxi
Michael Turri: Co-Founder / Director of Experience Strategy, Sid Labs / Sid Lee
Michael Katchen: Founder & CEO, WealthSimple
Mike Silagadze: CEO, Top Hat
Mike Kirkup: Director, Velocity
Mohannad El Barachi: Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SweetIQ Analytics Corp.
Pablo Srugo: Co-Founder, Gymtrack
Parm Gill: Managing Partner, Gill Group 
Phil Libin: Co-Founder and Chairman of Evernote, Managing Director at General Catalyst, General Catalyst
Pierre Alexandre Fournier: CEO, Hexoskin
Pierre Luc Laparé: Co-Founder, Golf Avenue
Rajesh Setty: Rajesh Setty – Serial Entrepreneur and Author, WittyParrot
Shahzad Khan: CTO, Gnowit Inc
Sophie Boulanger: CEO, BonLook
Stephane Marceau: Co-Founder & CEO, OMsignal
Steven Abrams: Partner, IT Venture Fund, BDC Capital
Suzanne Grant: cofounder and ceo, iBIONICS
Sylvain Carle: Partner, Real Ventures
Taylor Sicard: VP of Growth/Partnerships ,
Tim Upton: CEO & Co-Founder, TITUS Inc.
Tim Jodoin: Founder – President, Edispin Inc.
Vicken Kanadjian: Co-Founder & Managing Director, Cesium Inc.
Yona Shtern: Founder/CEO, Beyond The Rack
Yuri Navarro: Executive Director, National Angel Capital Organization

Anybody who is interested can apply to the Founder Institute in Montreal at Anyone who enrols by the Early Application Deadline on 2017-06-18 is eligible for a variety of fellowships – including the Female Founder Fellowship (, which is offered to the best overall female applicant.

About the Founder Institute
The Founder Institute ( is the world’s premier early-stage accelerator and startup launch program. For aspiring and idea-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants.

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60+ countries and 150+ cities, 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 Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan. It is operated out of Palo Alto, California.

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