Founderfuel Demo day : 800 personnes, 8 projets, 8 millions de dollars levés? Notre retour, une semaine après.

Founderfuel demo day 8 novembre 2012 4926 Une semaine après le 3ème #founderfuel demo day, nous avons voulu revenir sur cette soirée que nous avons suivi des balcons, puis dans la foule, pour mieux saisir l'esprit qui y régnait.. et afin aussi de donner la chance à tous ceux qui n'ont pas pu y assister, de se replonger dans cette soirée très attendue à Montréal. Retour au 8 Novembre 2012. La musique (« I need a dollar ») démarre, mettant fin aux dernières discussions dans la salle et déjà, nous rentrons dans une autre dimension. La salle est bondée, 800 personnes sont venues regarder les 8 startups incubés par l’un des meilleurs programme d’Amérique du nord : Founder Fuel. Le mot est lancé. Il faudra être les meilleurs. Je me souviens du premier FFdemoday, plus intimiste. Je me souviens aussi de la même ambiance pourtant qui   Read more…


Playerize is FounderFuel’s first startup to close first round of funding ; $1m to grow Vancouver offices

Playerize is FounderFuel’s first startup to close first round of funding ; $1m to grow Vancouver offices 3906Quick but great news of the day: Venturebeat reports Playerize has closed its series A, getting $1m from Real Ventures, Rho Ventures, as well as invidual investors such as Mike Edwards of Initio Group, David Chamandy of Machkor, Martin-Luc Archambault of Bolidea, Dan Robichaud, and Jason Bailey. It's a diverse group of investors, with investors mainly from Montreal but also from Vancouver, and with a good mic mix of VCs and angel investors. The startup has now relocated to Vancouver, BC, and the $1m investment will be used to help hire a team there. What's also interesting here is that it's the first startup in FounderFuel's first cohort to announce its first successful investment, and this sends a strong message to all of those who are still not sure about the accelerator program. Playerize already announced a seed round back at the FounderFuel demo day, quoting huge uptake from   Read more…


FounderFuel meet-up in Montreal, Quebec city, Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo

FounderFuel meet-up in Montreal, Quebec city, Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo 3562A program made to accelerate startups The FounderFuel program is the best effort I have seen in Montréal to get a startup accelerator. What they do is invest $10k plus $5k per co-founder in early stage startups willing to move to the Notman House for 3 months and work on their startup. If you're mobile and low on cash, it's one of the best sources of early funding available to startups. Also, you're guaranteed to be around a ton of other cool startups and mentors from all over Canada. Here's a video released to celebrate the success of the first cohort:   Of course, apart from the first $10k and the 6% stake, what's really interesting for entrepreneurs is getting their pitch right from experienced businessmen and serial entrepreneurs, an invaluable (priceless) value. Meeting FounderFuel Ian Jeffrey, general manager of Founderfuel, urges you to attend the upcoming events so that you get to know the program   Read more…


FounderFuel unveils first batch of 9 ready-to-invest startups

FounderFuel unveils first batch of 9 ready-to-invest startups 3347Today was demo day for FounderFuel, a program managed by Real Ventures, which takes on the "accelerator" trend in startup circles all around the world. The idea is to invite and select teams from all over the world interested in focusing on their startup project for a period of x months, generally in exchange for funds enough to pay for basic costs, in this case $20k if you were a team of 2 co-founders. 12 weeks later, FounderFuel has invited the investor community & friends to check out the 9 businesses, and it's undeniably a great success, in terms of quality of the startups, and maturity of the businesses. At the beginning of the event, John Stokes also reminded the audience of the FounderFuel program's position in the local startup eco-system. The 9 startups are ooh la la, blame stella, editola, playerize, player takes all,   Read more…


wavo.me, a new music player made for the web

wavo.me, a new music player made for the web 3343Conor Clarke, one of Wavo.me's cofounders, took a stab today at the iTunes player, and most of the iTunes clones for its bland design. That was a very ballsy comment, in a world where most designers have granted God status to Apple and its design sense. In lieu of the boring grey and "swedish-style" design, Conor Clarke suggests a drag and drop interface, where users can find in a few seconds a music clip from youtube, play it, and then add it to your playlist. The music video will play on the right sidebar, and they can also "follow" the artist from more updates. The founder says this reflects better users' need, when everyone these days are sharing music over Twitter or Facebook. Their back-end engine can apparently crawl your timeline and save your music playlist. On the distribution side, wavo.me provides a free wordpress plugin that will show site   Read more…


Willet converts “window shoppers” into customers

Willet converts “window shoppers” into customers 3339Willet has a little neat trick for ecommerce sites. Visitors who are casually browsing products are invited to ask their friends if they should buy or not the product. The call to action question is plugged into Facebook, and presented as if it was a dire question for the user. It's fun, simple and turns friends into potential leads. More importantly, it provides social proof and social validation for the original visitor, meaning much higher conversion rates for the ecommerce site owner. For most consumer products, this idea should be a hit. Think all the casual sellers on shopify, magento, etsy that are wondering if the latest piece of clothing is they should indulge into or not. That's billions of potential sales, and I also like that it turns your visitors into more engaged customers. The simplicity of the plug-in idea is also smart, on the product integration side,   Read more…


Playerize announces $374k revenues and closed funding round

Playerize announces $374k revenues and closed funding round 3330Playerize, with an all-star team from Vancouver, jumps on the social gaming opportunity, and is providing an ambitious set of tools to game publishers, to acquire new players, and also increase engagement. Playerize was introduced today by one of their new investors (Rho Ventures) as opportunistic entrepreneurs. With the explosion of social gaming, mainly on Facebook, one of the challenges is how to acquire players. For game publishers who want to get beyond simple facebook ads, Playerize can also provide google adwords campaigns, display ads, social ads, and email marketing. Playerize can also provide monetization tools, increase engagement, and provide retention tools to publishers, meaning they're aligning themselves to be the #1 provider for any game developer looking to make a living out of their facebook app. One of Playerize's focus was a dashboard, showing clearly user acquisition, as well as other metrics to track the app. Like   Read more…


GrowLab announces 5 startups in its accelerator program

GrowLab announces 5 startups in its accelerator program 3082Given FounderFuel's new accelerator program, it's interesting to see what's done elsewhere. GrowLab is a new accelerator initiative, with startups given between $20,000 and $25,000 in funding. Interestingly, they're also beginning today, with 4 months to get to the next level. The winnning startups joining the Vancouver-based accelerator’s first edition are cloud-based education platform matygo, Shape Collage an email service Ecquire, are the makers of a cloud-based education platform called Matygo, Shape Collage, an email utility for salesperson called Ecquire, an analytics service for revenues called SunnyTrail and Placeling. Like founderfuel, these 5 startups were selected from application from all over the world. Startups benefit from a large network of mentors (successful entrepreneurs + investors network), as well a brand-new office space. It's interesting to see these programs being organized all over the world; with entrepreneurs now having a choice of where and when   Read more…