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Introducing our FounderFuel 2020 Sponsors!


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August twenty fourth, 2020

It’s wonderful how shortly September is now instantly at our doorstep, our thirteenth FounderFuel program has zoomed by in a flash. Since June 1st, now we have re-imagined FounderFuel from the bottom up with 100% digital programming that included fastened, flex and free time blocks to foster the event of crucial expertise for our founders. From Aware Management coaching, to specialised enterprise acumen periods, to candid real-life talks from alumni founders; now we have challenged our founders to proclaim their goal, articulate their imaginative and prescient, sharpen their bets for product-market match, methodically scale their market traction, and speed up their ambitions with centered but iterative product improvement.

The work is tough but rewarding. The rollercoaster is actual. It has been magical to witness the highly effective vulnerability, transparency and belief constructed amongst our founders over digital platforms in such a brief time frame. We couldn’t be extra proud to see FounderFuel unfold because it has throughout this pandemic – it has far exceeded the expectations of the founders and crew alike.

In current weeks, it’s been a frenzy of pitch preparation. At Actual Ventures, the pitch goes past an entertaining story, it’s the roadmap to a enterprise. It’s the key to onboarding collaborators, getting them to Care, Believe and Join the corporate’s journey. Our 8 CEOs have been iterating their tales tirelessly with the assistance of mentors and Actual Ventures companions. They’re excited to showcase and share their journeys with you at our upcoming Demo Day on September ninth (4-7pm). Join us by registering here!

As with all nice communities, it takes a village to infuse profoundly wealthy teachings and develop founders and their companies. Since FounderFuel’s inception in 2011, alongside our wealthy mentor community, our benefactors have performed a necessary position in remodeling 100+ corporations into a few of the world’s greatest equivalent to Sonder, Mejuri, BenchSci and XpertSea. From workplace hours to mentorship periods, they’ve generously shared specialised recommendation and entry to their in depth networks to quickly progress founders. And for a lot of FounderFuel graduates, our sponsors have grow to be trusted mentors and lifelong allies, a testomony to their contribution to our thriving ecosystem.

We wish to introduce you to our devoted sponsors, a foundational pillar of assist behind this 12 months’s program. They remained steadfast of their dedication to accelerating founders all whereas managing the uncertainty introduced on by COVID-19 in their very own organizations. Eight unbelievable corporations, fuelled by passionate people, with out whom FounderFuel 2020 would simply not have been doable.

Most have been supporters for years, others lately joined to additional strengthen our present entrepreneurial assist arsenal with new areas of experience, approaches and viewpoints. Our gratitude to this 12 months’s exceptional group of loyal establishments goes past phrases.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to our eight inspiring companions in your unwavering assist and particularly in your skills to speed up our startups!

We stay up for working with you towards the fruits of FounderFuel 2020 at Demo Day on September ninth. And to any founder who’s hesitant about getting specialised recommendation tailor-made to your startup actuality, we strongly suggest getting in contact with the people listed beneath. They stay that can assist you develop quicker. They need to provide help to keep away from lots of the expensive errors that early founders make. They’ll spotlight quick lanes that you could be not know even exist. We be taught from them repeatedly and so do our founders.

Introducing our Unimaginable Collaborators:

Amazon Web Services has grow to be an important associate for 1000’s of startups around the globe, together with many within the Actual Ventures and FounderFuel portfolio. Amazon’s work with Canadian startups is newly underneath the management of Mark Smith. We’re excited to associate with him to deepen their engagement within the Montreal and Canadian startup ecosystem.

BDO supplies customized accounting and tax providers to rising corporations, with a concentrate on constructing long-term relationships. Led by Matt Harrison, BDO’s Nationwide Rising Expertise chief, BDO has been a stalwart associate to FounderFuel and Actual Ventures since their inception, and a optimistic pressure throughout the startup ecosystem for over a decade.

BFL Canada is the biggest employee-owned and operated business insurance coverage dealer and consulting agency in Canada. With 13 workplaces throughout the nation they’ve a robust observe report of serving to SMBs handle danger and improve worker advantages. Our partnership with BFL is led by Valérie Flechette, Alan Rabey and Mathieu Levesque who’re on a mission to assist enterprise house owners navigate the complicated world of insurance coverage within the innovation ecosystem.

EY helps corporations from the seed stage to enlargement with a spread of accounting and strategic providers. Our work with EY is supported by Nassim Bennacer, who has been an engaged and linked member of the startup ecosystem for years, and by Alex Susma and Michael Blume (tax) whose groups work hand-in-hand with a few of Montreal and Canada’s best-known startups.

Fasken has been serving to entrepreneurs scale their enterprise by offering authorized experience and packages tailor-made to their wants for practically twenty years. Christian Jacques and Jean-Nicolas Delage have each been long-time supporters of Founderfuel and each have an intensive observe report of supporting startups and constructing group in Montreal and past.

Microsoft has grow to be an vital a part of Montreal’s startup group as an employer, investor, aquirerer, and cloud supplier. We’re thrilled to be deepening our ties with them in partnership with Adam Nanjee, the energetic new chief of Microsoft for Startups in Canada, in addition to his glorious crew together with the all the time useful Sarah Muma.

RBC is dedicated to serving younger, quick rising companies within the expertise sector. With initiatives equivalent to Borealis AI and RBC Attain, they’ve additionally grow to be key actors within the Canadian startup group. RBC’s partnership with FounderFuel is led by Anne No Delaide’s business banking group, which incorporates group steward Julien Levesque. With their progressive Beyond Banking platform, RBC is dedicated to serving to startup founders construct, develop and scale with the suitable monetary merchandise at each step of the way in which.

Silicon Valley Bank For 35 years, SVB has helped progressive corporations and their buyers transfer daring concepts ahead, quick. SVB supplies focused monetary providers and experience by way of its workplaces in innovation facilities around the globe. With business, worldwide and personal banking providers, SVB helps handle the distinctive wants of innovators. Our partnership with SVB is led by Laith Shukri, with assist from Sheila Solby. Laith is especially obsessed with utilizing his background to assist founders scale their concepts by fostering connections between Canada’s upcoming game-changers and essentially the most influential friends, organizations and packages in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.


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