Founder Institute Toronto Cohort 20 Produces New Tech Companies

We are pleased to announce the newest Alumni of FI Toronto cohort 20.

Nearly 400 entrepreneurs applied to the Toronto Virutal Summer 2021 program, and after an intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints and constant evaluation and feedback from investors and mentors, just 14 companies were able to make it through. 

The new FI Toronto Alumni invite members of the innovation ecosystem to join them live for the Cohort 20 Showcase & Graduation online event, on Wednesday, November 17th 2021.

Each of these Founders have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of Toronto’s top startup experts and investors.

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the Toronto Summer 2021 program:

The 20th Toronto FI accelerator program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes an entire city to raise a startup. We would first like to thank the Local Leaders of the Toronto Founder Institute: Sunil Sharma, Ben Stacey, Bryan DuarteIsabel Starck, and Ryan Micheletti. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Toronto that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the Toronto Virutal Summer 2021 program was supported by some of Toronto’s top technology organizations, including:

Some of Toronto’s top startup mentors helped our founders in the program, including:

  • Aaron Albert: CEO and Co-Founder, Mine’d
  • Abdel Ali: Investment Analyst, Relay Ventures and Alate Partners
  • Adam Spector: Co-Founder, AbstractOps
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Alanna Harvey: CMO and Co-Founder, Flipd
  • Alexander Mc Isaac: Principal, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech, BDC Venture Capital
  • Alexander Rink: CEO, Rink Ventures
  • Ali Nawab: Founder and CEO, Kiwi Wearables
  • Amber Mac: President, Konnekt
  • Ambles Kwok: Head of Engineering (Toronto) / Co-Founder, Thumbtack / Therapia
  • Amir Alikhanzadeh: CEO and Co-Founder, Madlipz
  • Amy Stevenson, Torys LLP
  • Andrew D’Souza: Founder and CEO, Sfoundation
  • Angelo Esposito: CEO and Co-Founder,
  • Anna Hu: CEO and Co-Founder, Brizi
  • April Dunford: Founder, Rocket Launch Marketing
  • Aran Hamilton: President & Co-Founder, Vantage
  • Ashley Hahn: Head of Startup Developer Ecosystem, Canada, Google
  • Aurelie Guerrieri: CMO, Open Systems
  • Balaji Gopalan: Co-Founder and CEO, MedStack
  • Barnabe Geis: Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation, Climate Ventures
  • Ben Zifkin: CEO, Hubba
  • Ben Sanders: CEO and Co-Founder,
  • Ben Stacey: Founder, Pitchverk
  • Ben Baldwin: Founder,
  • Bob Kyryliuk (CEO-P2P): CEO & Founder,
  • Brad Poulos: Mr., Ryerson University
  • Brett Reed: Director, Global Talent and People, Localised
  • Brice Scheschuk: CEO, Globalive Capital
  • Bryan Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, ThinkData Works Inc.
  • Bryan Gold: Co-Founder and CEO, #paid
  • Bryan Duarte: CEO, Enliten
  • Chevonae Walcott: Associate, Relay Ventures
  • Chintan Oza: President – India Region, OneQuantum
  • Chris Ye: Co-Founder, Uken Games
  • Chris Adams: Founder and Managing Partner, Adams Hamilton
  • Christopher Leacock: Founder , Jillionaire LLC
  • Corey Gross: CEO, Sensibill
  • Cory York: CEO and co-Founder, PowerStores
  • Craig Asano: CEO, National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada
  • Cristian Villamarin: CEO, Flipd
  • Dan De Mers: CEO and Co-Founder, Cinchy
  • Daniel Bishun: Economic Development Officer , City of Brampton
  • David Senior: Partner, Playground Inc
  • David Steckel: Founder and CEO, Setter
  • David Winterstein: CEO, Velocia
  • Denise Mc Clure: Senior Manage of Economic Development, City of Brampton
  • Derrick Fung: CEO, Drop
  • Devin Tu: Founder and CEO, Map Your Property
  • Devin Ramphal: Innovation and Technology Sector manager-City of Brampton, City of Brampton
  • Diana Goodwin: CEO and Founder, MarketBox & AquaMobile
  • Dickson Nsofor: Founder and CEO, Korapay (Techstars 2019)
  • Drew Lindsay: Co-Founder, GuruLink
  • Duncan Brown: Partner, Penrose Partners
  • Edmundas Balčikonis: CEO and Co-Founder, Eddy Travels Inc.
  • Eileen Brewer: Director, Takween Accelerator
  • Ernest Yap: Founder, Covarian
  • Eropa Stein: CEO, Hyre
  • Francois Le Roux: CEO, Terrene Technologies Inc & BountyBoard
  • Frederic Voyer: Practice Leader & Advisory Director / Ex-FinTech Founder, RCGT Consulting &
  • Gabrielle Rudd: Senior Program/Ops Associate, Techstars Chicago
  • Garth Smith
  • George Bordianu: Co-founder & CEO, Balance
  • Graeme Millen: Director, Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Gurjot Narwal: CEO and Co-Founder, Gini Health
  • Hamid Akbari: CEO, BlancLink
  • Hamoun Karami: CEO and Co-Founder,
  • Helen Platis: Managing Director, A Poke in the Brain Consulting
  • Hooman Aksari: CTO and Co-Founder , Artboard Studio (Techstars 2020)
  • Ilya Brotzky: Founder and CEO, VanHack
  • Isabel Starck: Founder/Co-Founder, Starck Coaching, SportsCarBoutique
  • Jack Liu: CEO and Co-Founder, Orbiseed (Techstars 2020)
  • Jafar Owainati: Co-Founder, Loopio
  • James Meier: CTO, Synervoz Communications
  • James Mayer: Senior Manager, Investments & Venture Services, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation
  • Jason Atkins: General Partner, 360insights
  • Jay Krishnan: CEO, Accelerator Centre
  • Jeff Hohner: President, Tecumseh Capital Ltd.
  • Jeffery Potvin: Founder, Open People Network
  • Jelmer Stegink: Program Director, DMZ Innisfil
  • Jennifer Turliuk: CEO and Founder, MakerKids
  • Jeremy Potvin: Founder, World of Angus
  • Jeremy Bell: CEO and Co-Founder, Mayday (Techstars 2020)
  • Jeremy Glassenberg: Product Management, APIs, Developer Experiences, Marketplaces, API Strategist
  • Jeremy Potvin
  • Jesse Shapins: Director of Public Realm, Sidewalk Labs
  • Jessica Peters: Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer , RIDDL
  • Joe Parenteau: CEO and Co-Founder, Fable (Techstars 2020)
  • John Can Karayel: Principal, Flow Capital
  • Jon Prentice: Investment Director (Canada) , Lighter Capital
  • Jonathan Ip: Founder, Iterative Law
  • Jordan Jocius: Director, Founder Institute Waterloo-Toronto
  • Karanjot Jaswal: CTO and Co-Founder, Cinchy
  • Kesem Frank: Founder, Mavennet and AION
  • Kevin Gervais: Investor @ Bruce, Co-Founder @ Statflo, Bruce
  • Konata Lake: Partner, Torys LLP
  • Kumar Abhishek: Head of Growth, Happay
  • Kyle Collier: Co-founder and CEO, Phaze
  • Laith Shukri: Sr. Market Development Manager, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Lance Cottrell: Board Member, North Bay Angels
  • Laura Bryce: Co-Founder & CMO, loopt
  • Lidia Bit Yunan: Co-founder, Set Scouter
  • Lloyed Lobo: Co-founder, Boast.AI
  • Lucas Porter-Bakker: CEO and Co-Founder, GOJI
  • Luke Vigeant: CEO, Inkblot
  • Luke DeCoste: Entrepreneur in Residence,
  • Maarij Rehman: CEO, Envoi
  • Marat Mukhamedyarov: Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
  • Marcello Tommasi: Co-Founder & COO, Envoi
  • Marina Tran Vu: Founder & CEO , EQUO
  • Mark Pavlidis: CTO, Flixel
  • Mark Smith: Canada Startup Ecosystem Lead, Amazon AWS
  • Maryam Nabavi: Founder and CEO, Babbly (Techstars 2020)
  • Matt O’Leary: CEO and Co-Founder, Treasure Financial
  • Mercedes Bankston: Founder, Jump Start Venture Capital
  • Michael Kosic: Founding Partner, Loyal VC
  • Michael Hyatt: Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, BlueCat Networks
  • Michael Katchen: Founder & CEO, WealthSimple
  • Michael Young: CTO, Reuters News and Media
  • Michele Romanow: Co-Founder, Sfoundation
  • Mike Apted: Principal Solutions Architect – Startups, AWS
  • Mike Silagadze: CEO, Top Hat
  • Mike Suprovici: Head of Acceleration, VC Lab
  • Milad Zabihi: CEO & Cofounder, Peekage
  • Mohamed Sheta: Founder & CEO, AiZtech
  • Mohan Markandaier: Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
  • Mucahit Gayiran: CEO and Co-Founder, Artboard Studio (Techstars 2020)
  • Muhammad Rashid: Director, Business Development, Finastra
  • Nabil Fahel: Head of Partnerships and Community, Terminal, Inc.
  • Natalie Smith: Senior Associate, Whitecap Venture Partners
  • Neha Khera: Venture Partner, 500 Startups
  • Nicholas Sopuch: Mr, Plato
  • Nicole Verkindt: Founder and CEO, OMX
  • Niket Shah: Co-Founder, Acceler8 Labs
  • Noah Dolgoy: CEO, Tread
  • Pamela Draper: CEO, Bitvo
  • Pardeep Grewal: Fellow, OnDeck
  • Paul Parsons: Partner, Metaii
  • Peter Ma: Co-Founder, MixPose
  • Philippe LeBlanc: CEO, Flixel Photos Inc
  • Phillip Gales: CEO,
  • Pooja Viswanathan, Braze Mobility
  • Preet Singh: Founder, Designx
  • Rain Takahashi: Founder and CEO, Jauntin
  • Ravin Shah: Co-CEO & Founder, QuickTapSurvey
  • Raymond Luk: CEO, Hockeystick
  • Reuven Cohen: Founder, Award Pool
  • Richard Hyatt: Co-founder, BlueCat Networks
  • Richard Findlay: Cleantech Specialist Advisor, RFCL Innovations Inc.
  • Rokham Sadeghnezhadfard: Founder,
  • Ron Gentile: Founder, Moodfit
  • Ron Benegbi: Global, Company Builder
  • Roy Pereira: CEO and Founder,
  • Russ Armstrong: Head of Business Development, Boast.AI (Boast Capital)
  • Russell Brand: CEO & Founder, Responsible Solutions Limited
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Sami Dalati: Cofounder, Brizi
  • Sara Bentham: Director, Georgian College Entrepreneurship Centre
  • Sara Bingham: Associate Director, Laurier Women Entrepreneurship Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Sarah Stockdale: CEO, Valkerie
  • Saroop Bharwani: CEO and Co-Founder, Senso (Techstars 2018)
  • Sergey Kalnish: CEO, SmartHire
  • Seymur Rasulov: CEO and Co-Founder, Whelp
  • Sharf Zafar: Director, RBC Royal Bank of Canada
  • Sharoon Thomas: CEO and Founder,
  • Shiva Bhardwaj: Founder, CEO, Pitstop
  • Slawek Potasz: CEO, CarScanner
  • Steve Dixon: SMB Leader (Canada), Apple
  • Suhas Ghante: Entrepreneur, SVEthos
  • Sunil Sharma: Managing Director, Techstars Toronto, Founder Institute Toronto
  • Tariq Haddadin: Program Director, Techstars Toronto
  • Tarun Sachdeva: GM, Wattpad
  • Tobey Wood: Engagement Manager, Patriot Boot Camp
  • Todd Finch
  • Todd Embley: Senior Startup Advocate, Agora
  • Tom Lowden: Head of Labs, US East and Canada, WeWork Labs
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • Tracy Leparulo: Founder, Untraceable
  • Trevor Coleman: Founder – SVP, New Product Development , InteraXon
  • Victor Wong: Managing Director, Operations, Flipp
  • Will Moore: Senior Manager, PR and Communications, 1Password
  • Yang Yu: CEO and Founder, KitchenMate
  • Yossi Hasson: Managing Director, Techstars Blockchain Accelerator (NYC)
  • Zachary Friedman: Founder and COO, Secure Digital Markets

In the Founder Institute’s pre-seed accelerator program, early-stage entrepreneurs and teams build their business alongside a critical support network of local startup experts that share equity in their success, and through a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped alumni raise over $1.5 billion.

After Graduation, the new Toronto Founder Institute Portfolio Companies now have a fast-growing company that has been fully validated by experienced startup founders, with access to the Founder Institute’s global network and post-graduate support programs to continue building their business.

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, building a co-founding team, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities and 90+ countries, 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 next Toronto – Silicon Valley Virtual Spring 2021 Founder Institute program is being planned now. If you are a pre-seed stage entrepreneur interested in applying, visit

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