Fundica Announces the Winners of the 2019 Fundica Roadshow

 
Our winners and investment partners. From left to right: Wilfred Valenta of Silofit, Sergio A. Escobar of BCF Ventures, Pierre Wijdenes of Neuraura, Jean-David Begin of AngelList, Mike Lee of Fundica, Margery Moore of ehsAI, Lee Carney of ehsAI, Nikhil Rodye of R&D Capital, Channt Chea of National Bank, and David Dufresne of Panache Ventures.

Our winners and investment partners. From left to right: Wilfred Valenta of Silofit, Sergio A. Escobar of BCF Ventures, Pierre Wijdenes of Neuraura, Jean-David Begin of AngelList, Mike Lee of Fundica, Margery Moore of ehsAI, Lee Carney of ehsAI, Nikhil Rodye of R&D Capital, Channt Chea of National Bank, and David Dufresne of Panache Ventures.

Fundica, the leading funding identification and connection platform for Canadian businesses, and its investment partners, Panache Ventures, BCF Ventures, and AngelList, are happy to announce the winners of the 2019 Fundica Roadshow equity investment award of up to $1,000,000.

 At the Fundica Roadshow finale, which was held at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal on June 20th, eleven startups—finalists picked from across Canada—pitched to a panel of investors, who ranked them based on their market potential, solution, team, pitch, and investment readiness.

 Following keynotes from Xavier Peich of SmartHalo, Joost Ouwerkerk of Hopper, Warren Levitan of Smooch, Marie Eve Prevost of MissFresh, and Emilie Boutros of TandemLaunch, the Fundica Roadshow trophy was awarded to ehsAI (Margery Moore), Silofit (Wilfred Valenta), and Neuraura (Pierre Wijdenes). Moving forward, these companies will continue conversations with Panache Ventures, BCF Ventures, and AngelList.

 “We were amazed by the quality of the startups, speakers, investors, and other contributors to the 2019 Fundica Roadshow, and we would like to congratulate the winners,” said Fundica’s President, Mike Lee. “At this time, we are also excited to be working with our ecosystem partners on new approaches to shortening the distance between entrepreneurs and relevant funding.”

Zachary Lefevre of ChargeLab, pitching at the Fundica Roadshow.

Zachary Lefevre of ChargeLab, pitching at the Fundica Roadshow.

EhsAI converts complex EHS legal documents into compliance action items in seconds by leveraging machine learning.

 Neuraura will help put an end to brain diseases by leveraging decades of research and applying leading practices in neuroscience and microfabrication to better understand the electrophysiological workings of the brain.

 Silofit is a real-estate-as-a-service platform that focuses on leasing and converting small offices into micro-gyms that can be rented by the hour using their app.

“I would like to thank everyone at Fundica for putting on such a great event. Coordinating a cross-Canada event like the Fundica Roadshow isn’t easy and they’ve done a terrific job,” said Margery Moore, CEO and co-founder of ehsAI. “We’d also like to thank the judges for their time. We know their time is valuable and their participation is greatly appreciated”.

 "I was very impressed by the quality and diversity of the startups this year," said David Dufresne, partner at Panache Ventures. “No one manages to unite the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem quite like the Fundica Roadshow.”

 “By providing a point of connection for startups and the investors interested in funding them, the Fundica Roadshow facilitates the kind of risk-taking that is crucial to the success of venture capitalists and early stage startups alike,” said Sergio A. Escobar, CEO of BCF Ventures. “We are very proud to have continued our partnership with them for this seventh season.”

 "The Fundica Roadshow gives us a good sense of what trends are forming in our community and allows us to pinpoint leads that we might not have been able to locate on our own," said Alex Norman, partner at AngelList.

 Those interested in learning more about Fundica and the Fundica Roadshow can visit www.fundica.com and https://www.fundicaroadshow.com/, respectively.

An enrapt audience watches pitches at the Fundica Roadshow.

An enrapt audience watches pitches at the Fundica Roadshow.

 About Fundica:

 Fundica, Canada's leading traditional funding identification and connection platform, matches entrepreneurs, private investors, public funders and advisors. Through its award-winning crowdsourcing/crawler technology, Fundica provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, and intuitive platform. Additionally, Fundica manages the Fundica Roadshow, an annual cross-Canada initiative.

 About Panache Ventures

 Panache Ventures is the most active Canadian seed stage venture capital fund. The firm is led by a team of experienced operators with a strong record of angel investments, years of institutional VC experience, and a solid network in Canada, Silicon Valley, and globally. The fund has a founders-first philosophy, a commitment to diversity, and a strategic seed/angel co-investment model.

 About BCF Ventures

 Led by Sergio A. Escobar, the BCF Ventures Super Angel Fund works alongside the other investors in the industry in order to multiply the fundraising capacity of the companies that are selected. By means of investments of a maximum of $50,000 per company, the actions initiated by BCF Ventures complement the strategies deployed based on grants and soft loans already offered by government programs operating in pre-seed and seed stages.

 About AngelList

 AngelList is the network for startup success. Across AngelList’s family of companies—AngelList Venture, AngelList Talent, and Product Hunt—startups of all sizes have found the tools they need to grow.

 In 2018, AngelList reached over $1 billion in assets under management, supported two million candidates in their job search, and helped makers launch over 20,000 products that will define the future of tech. Over 75% of startups that announced seed funding from leading U.S. investors in the last two years have raised, recruited, or launched on AngelList or Product Hunt. For more information, visit www.angel.co.

 

For more information:

 Fundica:

 Bronwyn Carere

Community Manager

(438) 869-6022

bronwyn@fundica.com

 

Panache Ventures:

 David Dufresne

Partner

david@panache.vc

 

BCF Ventures:

 Camille Boileau

Senior Communications Advisor

514 929-8875

info@bcfventures.vc

 

AngelList:

 Alex Norman

Partner

(416) 317-0854

alexnorman@angel.co

 
Loic Souetre