Learn about 5 success stories of Entrepreneur First – Canada’s Global Talented Investors
As Canada’s world-class technology sector continues to grow, rivaling Silicon Valley as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship leadership, Entrepreneur First (EF) Help transform the country’s massive talent pool into the founders of the future.
Since launching in Canada in 2020, EF’s Six-month program in Toronto Created over 25 venture-backed companies by connecting individuals to its global network of advisors, investors and most importantly, the founders of their dreams.
For those who believe that their company has the potential for great success, choosing the right co-founder will become the most important financial decision of their lives. By manually selecting applicants for their skills, ideas, and potential, the EF group of founders can experiment with co-founder relationships and test ideas at a rapid pace and in a supported environment – bypassing the challenges of the traditional startup path.
Having built a group of companies with a combined value of more than $10 billion and raising $158 million from the Series C round of a global alliance of the world’s top technology companies Including Patrick and John Collison (tape) and Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)—EF has upheld its integrity as the best choice when it comes to finding a co-founder and building a company from scratch. But don’t just take our word for it, explore some of EF’s top Canadian startups to get a better idea of how this unique program can be a catalyst for your startup journey.
Co-founders Jenny Lemieux and Jonathan Benas have joined forces to launch a startup that revolutionized the fruit supply chain by digitizing on-farm fruit production. Using a new spectral sensor and real-time computer vision, Vivid Machines is able to automate understanding of fruit quantity and quality to manage growth and yield prediction and provide means for early diagnosis of pests, diseases and nutrient deficiencies.
“With my background in agriculture and growing up on a farm, combined with Jonathan’s expertise at Mila building brain-inspired devices to advance the latest technologies in deep learning, we have this unique advantage of building a global company that impacts all farmers,” says Lemieux.
Labeled as a “Superpower for Customer Success Teams,” Glowstick from co-founders Anwar Jeffrey and Masha Kroll, provides insights into customer success on the platform. Using AI, it brings out leading indicators of growth opportunity and retention risk in customer conversations faster than CSMs manually.
“Anwar and I live in different cities and we might never have met without EF,” says Kroll. “We met during the inaugural Toronto group, and based on our shared values, we have since succeeded in attracting top AI talent and acquiring world-class investors including eminent professor Yoshua Bengio.”
Despite changing market conditions, Metacommerce founders Ryan Watkins and Charles Ashby Lepore have been able to communicate their shared optimism about the future of Web3 and the proprietary economy. The all-in-one application-based platform provides a suite of powerful, code-free tools that give anyone the ability to easily launch and manage their NFT experiences.
“We launched our initial beta in October and saw hundreds of creators entering our community looking to leverage our platform to design, create and sell NFTs, deploy efficient smart contracts, and track collectors without having to hire a developer,” Watkins said. “Together, we have since been able to break through walls in our mission to help digital communities grow even better.”
This global marketplace for carbon finance, co-founded by Rishabh Varshney, Tony Ko and Malcolm Cameron, provides working capital to farmers, landowners and project developers to align corporate buyers in reducing and removing emissions.
“I recently sold my last project to RBC and was looking forward to building again,” says Varshney. “I joined EF to find a co-founder who was an expert in technical logistics, and not only did I understand that, but the program also helped me grow my team.”
With their team of distinguished developers and consultants like Adam Grant, co-founders Sean Corchot and Sam Davio launched UpBeing, which measures emotion using behavioral data to improve the human experience. By automating how you measure, understand, and improve your habits, the platform helps users take steps to improve their mood and overall mental health.
“I didn’t find my co-founder, a world-class expert in applied psychology and machine learning at Entrepreneur First, but the program was a pivotal catalyst for the oversubscribed UpBeing round led by f7 Ventures from the Bay Area by ex-Facebook execs,” says Daviau.
EF spends thousands of hours evaluating and scrutinizing the best talent across six global locations, including Toronto – a first in North America.
Do you think you have what it takes to be among Canada’s top talent? Applications for the next cohort of Entrepreneur First are open until August 14th.
To find out more about the program and Register todayvisit Joinef.com.