MONTREAL — I’m in Montreal, Quebec, for FounderFuel’s demo day today. Quebec is known as la belle province in Canada, and investors as well as founders are hoping to see both beautiful pitches and beautiful startups today.
FounderFuel is one of the premier accelerators in Canada — the biggest, according to Ian Jeffrey, who is the accelerator’s general manager. (If that name rings a bell, that’s because he was one of the founders of Radar, the very cool photo-sharing startup that was Instagram before there was an Instagram.) Graduates that you might recognize include Oomf, an app engagement platform, and LiveRides, a Canada-focused ride-sharing app … sort of like AirBnB for road trips.
Here’s the list of startups that are demoing today — let me know in the comments if there’s any that you’re particularly interested in learning more about.
Sponsored by VB
InfoActive – Give life to data
InfoActive makes it easy to turn dynamic data into interactive graphics.
InfoActive is a platform that helps web publishers bring dynamic data to life. We make it easy to turn live data into interactive graphics that look great on any device.
CEO Trina Chiasson
International Gaming League – Elevate Your Game
International Gaming League is the amateur destination for competitive gaming.
International Gaming League delivers professionally-inspired gaming experiences to Amateur competitive gamers. With accessible video game competitions, quality broadcast experiences and a statistics context for improving your game, IGL answers the demand for a growing eSport audience.
CEO Eyal Toledano
Fastgrab – Food pickup perfected
The Fastgrab app and POS is powering the next evolution in food pickup.
Fastgrab is the easiest way to pickup your meal. Order from local restaurants, pay from your phone. It’s ready when you arrive at no additional charge. Fastgrab connects restaurants and their customers through its proprietary two-way communication platform. It also allows restaurants to better know their customers and reward them with instant cash rebates.
CEO Richard Btaiche
LISTN – Socially driven music
#LISTN is an iPhone app that lets people share and connect through music.
#LISTN is an iPhone app that lets people share and connect through music. By enabling users to explore other people’s music libraries from around the world, Listn acts as the social front end to services like YouTube, Spotify and Rdio.
CEO Mike Schmidt
MyCustomizer – Empowering the Customization Revolution
MyCustomizer empowers brands and their retailers to offer unique customization experiences with a ready-to-use SaaS platform.
Mainstream goods have become so commoditized that they have lost their appeal. To build strong customer engagement around brands and products, MyCustomizer empowers businesses to offer unique customization experiences with a ready-to-use SaaS platform. Selling custom products is now faster, more efficient and scalable.
CEO Christian Painchaud
Openera – Automated Filing for Everyone
Openera automatically organizes email and cloud files to meet corporate compliance requirements and allow the right people to find files fast.
Openera is a SaaS compliance gateway that applies corporate policies to files flowing through connected email and cloud accounts. The file analytics dashboard allows companies to find, analyze and auto-file important documents, and the mobile app lets users find and share files from anywhere. Companies comply with regulations and people find files.
CEO Peter Lalonde
reelyActive – Log in to life
reelyActive connects THINGS to the cloud
We live amongst hundreds of billions of uniquely identifiable THINGS that make up our world. reelyActive is a cost-effective, plug-and-play infrastructure that connects THINGS to the cloud via the spaces in which we live. Just as smart devices are propelling the current wave of innovation, Internet-connected THINGS will propel the next.
CEO Jeffrey Dungen
VentureBeat story: ReelyActive wants to create the Internet of Things for the little guy
Urbita – I love this place!
Urbita is a community that lets people share the love and passion they have for places that matter to them.
Urbita is the place where people can share the love and passion they feel for their cities while inspiring others. Everyone can create city boards to showcase the things they love and that make a city special to them.
CEO Pablo Kleinman
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