Founder Institute Officially Launches Pre-Seed Startup Accelerator in Calgary

Founder Institute Officially Launches Pre-Seed Startup Accelerator in Calgary


The Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, announced today that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Calgary. While the Silicon-Valley based program has chapters in over 185 cities worldwide, early-stage entrepreneurs in Calgary can finally now take advantage of the Founder Institute's renowned structure, mentor support, and network to build an enduring company. 

Applications to the first ever Calgary Founder Institute are now open, and anyone interested in building a technology company can apply at

The Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the support network and structured growth process needed to get to traction and funding. 

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  4,000 Alumni raise over $900M funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more (see the FI 10 Year Impact Report here).

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free startup events in Calgary, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program:

The experts that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Calgary include local startup leaders Alan Campbell (Director Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Synthiam), Heather Herring (Ms., Make Is So Inc. ), Sid Sharma (Founder & CEO, REHUMAN Inc.).

Opportunities are flourishing in Calgary. There's now a great ecosystem for entrepreneurs - from crowdfunding platforms to co-working spaces. The Founder Institute can increase an aspiring technology entrepreneur's chance of success by providing the necessary skills and mindset - and a link to the Silicon Valley!

In addition, many of the region's top founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors have signed on to mentor new entrepreneurs in the Calgary 2020 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Alan Campbell: Director, Synthiam
  • Alex Gault: President, Small World Ventures
  • Amit Varma: Co-Founder & CEO, BRAINTOY AI
  • Arleigh Vasconcellos: CEO, Founder, The Agency
  • Ashley Dunfield: Founder & CEO, SmartGrid Communications
  • Ben Snyman: Founder, CEO , Safety Vantage
  • Blair Layton: CEO, Cold Bore Technologies
  • Chad Ford: CEO, Founder, Sunexo Inc.
  • Eileen Ashmore: CEO, Founder, Strategic Timelines
  • Evan Hu: Founding Partner and G7 Associate, Creative Destruction Lab
  • Heather Herring: President, Make It So
  • Heiko Peters: CEO, TekEitri
  • Hugh Evans: CEO, Cultural Dynamics Inc.
  • James Thangaraj: .GM, Pivot ED - BVC Venture
  • Joseph King: Founder, Duck Labs
  • Lucas Tomei: Partner, Dentons
  • Michael Bosdet: President, TSGI
  • Mike De Boer: CEO, Founder, Levelling Up
  • Neeraj Gupta: Chief Strategy Officer, Attabotics Inc.
  • Richard Roseboom: Co-Founder & CEO, MicroMech Inc
  • Roger Hull: Business Development, Carbon Upcycling
  • Rohit Joshi: CEO, Founder, BrightSquid
  • Sid Sharma: CEO, REHUMAN
  • Terry Sydoryk: CEO, Chaordix
  • Trent Johnsen: ., Pivot ED - BVC Venture
  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute is designed for founders and teams all throughout the pre-seed stage, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding. The organization's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Join us in Calgary to build a great company in 2020. 

Apply to the Calgary 2020 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  

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