Canadian tech accelerator grads get ticket to Silicon Valley

Alumni of a Montreal technology accelerator will soon be learning the way to San Jose.

FounderFuel has partnered with the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco & Silicon Valley to offer selected graduates of the FounderFuel program spots for the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) in Silicon Valley. CTA provides qualified Canadian IT, digital and social media companies with access to resources and contacts in Silicon Valley to help them grow their business globally.

Of FounderFuel’s first 28 startup graduates since November 2011, CTA has selected Appifier, HealthAware, LISTN, MyCustomizer, NoteSolution, Oohlala, ooomf, Openera and Wavo to come to Silicon Valley.

“With this affiliation, the FounderFuel teams will benefit from unprecedented opportunities to develop partnerships, accelerate their customer acquisition and raise additional funding,” said Ian Jeffrey, general manager of FounderFuel, in a statement. “Free office space in Silicon Valley is an invaluable advantage to our teams and we’re very excited to be the first program to partner with the Canadian Technology Accelerator.”

Montreal’s FounderFuel tech accelerator has graduated 28 startups since November 2011.

Three FounderFuel graduates will be selected by CTA for the program each cohort. The program comes with office space in California shared with like-minded global entrepreneurs, direct access to industry leaders, networking opportunities with partners and investors, mentors in the Canadian expatriate community.

The first teams will choose to open their office at one of two Silicon Valley accelerators: Plug And Play or Rocketspace.

Source | FounderFuel

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Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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