Montreal Founder Institute opens applications for fourth cohort

Founders Institute comes to Vancouver

The Montreal chapter of the Founder Institute, the world’s largest early-stage accelerator and launch program, is looking for applicants for its fourth cohort.

Since launching in 2014, Montreal Founder Institute has helped launch several Canadian companies in the region including Lean Systems and Hykso.

The four-month, part-time program is open to anyone interested in launching a tech company. Entrepreneurs work through the Institute’s Valley step-by-step program, which provides structured training courses, expert feedback from mentors, as well as access to a global network of entrepreneurs.

The upcoming semester will be led by Jean-François Ouellet, associate professor in entrepreneurship at HEC Montréal; LP Maurice, the CEO of Busbud; and Sergio A. Escobar, the global director at Founder Institute and global facilitator at Techstars. Other mentors include tech leaders from investment firms and startups like Wealthsimple and Frank + Oak.

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

The Founder Institute helps startups transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their ideas, build teams, secure their first customers, raise funding, and more. Since coming to Canada, it has launched its program in several cities including Toronto and Vancouver.

Check out the applications page here. Those who enroll by the early application deadline of June 18 can apply for a variety of FI fellowships here.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.