Nine startups from Montréal accelerator FounderFuel’s recent graduates are coming to Silicon Valley. The temporary move is funded by the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco, and the goal is to help the startups build relationships, raise capital, and grow faster as a result of living and working in the startup capital of the world.
As part of the Canadian Technology Accelerator program, each team will be getting fully paid office space in one of four facilities: Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, RocketSpace and CTA@Mission Bay in San Francisco, or Environmental Business Cluster in San Jose. In addition, the startups will be introduced to mentors and potential partners in the Valley.
“The FounderFuel teams will benefit from unprecedented opportunities to develop partnerships, accelerate their customer acquisition and raise additional funding,” FounderFuel’s general manager Ian Jeffrey said in a statement. “Free office space in Silicon Valley is an invaluable advantage to our teams, and weʼre very excited to be the first program to partner with the Canadian Technology Accelerator.”
The nine teams — many of which VentureBeat met on Demo Day in November — are:
An app builder that focuses on bringing visibility, discoverability, and monetization to web publishers
A health appointment booking solution
An iPhone app and meta-social network that lets people share and connect through music
A tool that helps online retailers and manufacturers easily customize products
Crowd-sourced course resources for university and exam prep
A mobile platform for college students with events, conversations, and deals on campus
An app engagement platform that allows app developers to “socialize apps” and get more downloads and engagement
An app that automatically organizes email and cloud files to meet corporate compliance requirements and help people find files fast
The easiest way to collect, manage, and play the music and videos being shared on your social networks
Nine teams were chosen for this round, but going forward, the Canadian Technology Accelerator program will choose up to three teams per FounderFuel cohort.
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