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📣 Announcing the 2022 Fellows cohort!

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Hi Michael,

Each year, C100 welcomes the founders of 20 of the most promising early-stage Canadian-led startups to its flagship mentorship program, the C100 Fellowship. Kicking off at 48Hrs, this 8-month long program supports founders with curated mentorship, networking, and peer-to-peer support. Fellows also receive a complimentary C100 Membership throughout the course of their program.

Join together with the C100 community to support the 2022 Cohort of Fellows: 20 Canadian founders who are leading with vision and building for impact.

C100 FELLOWS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY C100’S PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

An item from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


TL;DR ON TODAY’S EMAIL

  • C100 x Women’s History Month
  • This month: C100 Los Angeles
  • Meet the 2022 Fellows cohort on April 6th
  • Canadian tech news: women making headlines

CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Have you heard the quote “surround yourself with people who will mention your name in a room full of opportunities”? This Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we have an ask for you. Share and celebrate the exceptional Canadian women in your networks, both publicly and in private conversations, who are doing high-impact work in the technology & startup ecosystems.

Over the next three months, we are committed to bringing in 100 incredible Canadian women into the C100 Membership who are building great technology companies and the women who are investing in them. This campaign is spearheaded by the C100 Women’s Initiative, led by the wonderful Shari Hatch Jones.

If you know a great Canadian woman who is building or investing in a technology company, we have two events coming up in Toronto and NYC for C100’s female Members and their invited guests. Looking to be attend? Apply today or see if you already know some Members.

C100’S NEXT CHAPTER LAUNCHES THIS MONTH!

C100 Los Angeles kicks off with a celebration on the evening of March 31st! Connect with fellow Canadian leaders who are founding members of this chapter and special guests, inclduing:

  • Janet Bannister (C100’s Co-Chair and Managing Partner of Real Ventures)
  • Kirstine Stewart (C100’s LA Chair and Chief Revenue Officer of Pex)
  • Zaib Shaikh (Canada’s Consul General in Los Angeles)

Do you know a Canadian tech founder, operator, or investor building in Los Angeles? If that is you or someone you know that should be a part of this rising community, we invite you to apply using the link below!

MEET THE 2022 FELLOWS ON APRIL 6

The Fellows 2022 cohort announcement is quickly approaching! Meet Canadian founders who are leading some of the most promising early-stage startups that will make up this year’s cohort on April 6th. Also, 48Hrs takes place on May 11-12 where the C100 Membership community will gather for two full days of programming to kick off the 2022 Fellowship.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Events & Op-Eds by the community, for the community.

MAR 7-10 | UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK

U of T Entrepreneurship Week features a full slate of programming – startup showcases, pitch competitions, keynote talks, workshops, networking events panel discussions and more. Open to the public, this year’s schedule includes Entrepreneurship Week mainstays, such as the UTE Startup Prize Pitch Competition, True Blue Expo and UTE Speaker Series: From the Track to the Boardroom with Donovan Bailey. Plus, back by popular demand Pitch with a Twist – celebrating International Women’s Day, Fireside at FemSTEM with Dr. Sandy Skotnicky, and the Hatchery Speaker Series. U of T Entrepreneurship is a proud C100 Corporate Member >> REGISTER HERE

📝  MAKE YOUR CUSTOMER INTERACTIONS COUNT OR BURN IT ALL DOWN?

Published by Nasdaq, Hanif Joshaghani, Co-Founder & CEO of Symend (and C100 Member), tackles the digital interaction paradox head on; how can providers engage consumers who want the ease of digital communication methods (and have high expectations), but are also tired of onslaught the of emails and texts? Those who succeed in solving this, will rise to the top. >>> READ THE ARTICLE

COMMUNITY UPDATES (WOMEN’S EDITION)

🎉  Symend Co-Founders, Hanif Joshanghani (CEO) and Tiffany Kaminsky (CMO) have been selected to join Endeavor Global entrepreneurship network. They are Endeavor Canada’s first candidates to join the leading global community of high-impact entrepreneurs. Congratulations Hanif and Tiffany (both C100 Members).

📣 Michele Romanow (Charter Member) will be transitioning from Clearco’s President to CEO as Andrew D’Souza (Charter Member) announced that he is moving to Executive Chairman. We look forward to following Clearco’s rapid and continued growth!

🤝 SALT XC, the leading experiential commerce agency, announced its acquisition of retail innovation and pop-up house BRIKA, led by Founder Jen Lee Koss (Charter Member). Congratulations Jen, BIRKA and SALT XC! Hear what Jen had to share about the news.

💪 Check out this boss campaign from Toronto-based Knixwear, led by Founder & CEO Joanna Griffiths, for IWD 2022. It’s called “Big Strong Woman” (ft. Ashley Graham) and was inspired when Griffiths was in the final weeks of her twin pregnancy while raising a $50-million Series B. Check out what Joanna has to say about the campaign’s inspiration here.

🚀 Toronto-based Calico, aimed at supporting and improving the supply chain operations of D2C brands using AI, has raised $2.6-million from Serena Ventures (Serena Williams’ venture fund) with participation from Maple VC (Andre Charoo, C100’s Co-Chair), Hyphen Capital, Inovia Capital and a list of other angel investors. Congratulations to the Calico team and Founder & CEO Kathleen Chan!

🚀 Toronto-based live learning platform Disco closes a $15-million Series A to help fuel product development, scaling go-to-market, and hiring. You may have heard of some of the creators already using their platform including Margaret Atwood, David Suzuki, Andre Degrasse, and more. Congratulations to Co-Founders Candice Faktor & Chris Sukornyk!

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Do you know an energetic, detail-oriented, entrepreneur-loving person that would be a perfect fit to join C100’s Marketing Team?

The ideal person for this position is a “Jack/Jill of all trades” that is passionate about the startup scene and uplifting global Canadian tech leaders. They know how to tell a great story, have excellent business communication skills (especially written), and embrace the special balancing act of creative development and data-driven growth. Learn more about the role here or using the link below.

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FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

🇨🇦 Get to know C100’s newest Charter Members | 📣 We’re Hiring! | 🌴 Announcing C100’s next Chapter

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


TL;DR ON TODAY’S EMAIL

  • C100 Fellows 2022 Application Update
  • Get to know the 7 leaders who joined the C100 Charter Membership in 2021
  • First look: where will C100’s next Chapter be? Here is a hint: 🌴  😇 ⭐
  • C100 is Hiring a Marketing & Communications Associate
  • Community events and insights
  • Canadian tech news & Members who made headlines

FELLOWS SELECTION PROCESS IS UNDERWAY

Thank you all for your involvement and support with the search for who will make up the 2022 cohort of C100 Fellows. We’re thrilled to say that there were over 450 applications! This week, our esteemed Selection Committee (made up of founders, investors, and senior leaders in the C100 Membership and Partner communities) gathered to review this competitive group of applicants. Next up: the interview round.

MEET THE SEVEN CANADIAN TECH LEADERS WHO JOINED THE C100 CHARTER MEMBERSHIP IN 2021

Who is a C100 Charter Member you ask? In short, they belong to a by-invitation cohort of the C100 Membership, united in the mission to inspire and advance the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurship and leadership in tech.

Get to know the seven tech leaders who joined the C100 Charter Membership in 2021; David Baga (CEO, Even), Jen Lee Koss (Founding Partner, Springbank Collective), Andrew Lindsay (SVP Corporate and Business Development, HubSpot), Jack Newton (Founder & CEO, Clio), Michele Romanow (Co-Founder & President, Clearco), Joanna Lee Shevelenko (General Partner, f7 Ventures), and Benji Shomair (VP, Commerce & Go-To-Market at Meta).

C100’S NEXT CHAPTER LAUNCHES THIS MARCH!

You heard it here first: the next C100 Chapter to launch is C100 Los Angeles! Stay tuned for a launch event taking place at the end of March for Members of this Chapter (and those in town!).

Do you know a Canadiant tech founder, operator, or investor building in Los Angeles? If that is you or someone you know, we invite you to apply using the link below!

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Do you know an energetic, detail-oriented, entrepreneur-loving person that would be a perfect fit to join C100’s Marketing Team?

The ideal person for this position is a “Jack/Jill of all trades” that is passionate about the startup scene and uplifting global Canadian tech leaders. They know how to tell a great story, have excellent business communication skills (especially written), and embrace the special balancing act of creative development and data-driven growth. Learn more about the role here or using the link below.

FROM THE COMMUNITY

Events & Op-Eds by the community, for the community.

FEB 9 | WEBINAR: THE STATE OF FUNDING FOR BLACK ENTREPRENEURS IN CANADA

Rep Matters, a Real Ventures’ initiative, is hosting a webinar focused on the current state of funding for Black entrepreneurs in Canada. Learn where progress has been made, what gaps still exist, and how we can continue to build on efforts to create a more inclusive tech ecosystem. Real Ventures is a proud C100 Corporate Partner >> REGISTER HERE.

📝  “A FOUNDER’S STORY: FROM COLLEGE TO THE NASDAQ IN 8 YEARS

Francis Davidson, Co-Founder & CEO of Sonder (and C100 48Hrs Alumnus ’15), shares his founder journey, from dropping our of college in Montréal, growing a hospitality disruptor out of the Bay Area, going through the worst crisis the industry has ever faced, to now entering the public markets. >> READ IT HERE

COMMUNITY UPDATES

🤝 Walmart-backed fintech Hazel has signed a definitive merger agreement with Even and ONE, expected to operate collectively under the ONE brand. Hear from David Baga, CEO of Even (and C100 Charter Member), who breaks down more about this deal.

✈️  Montréal-based Hopper (led by Frederic Lalonde) has added short-term home rentals to its app offering, placing it directly in the sights of AirB&B. ICYMI: Hopper secured more than $400-million across three separate financing rounds in 2020 and 2021, boosting its valuation to $3.5-billion. | Globe and Mail

🎉  New York-based Diversio has raised a $6.5M Series A led by First Round Capital, Golden Ventures (C100 Corporate Partner), and Chandaria Family Holdings Series. Diversio, led by Laura McGee (C100 Member & Fellow ’21), is a data-driven people intelligence platform that measures, tracks, and improves diversity, equity, and inclusion for organizations.

🛎  Sonder, led by Francis Davidson (48Hrs Alumnus ’15), has debuted on the Nasdaq ($SOND) after completing its previously announced combination with Gores Metropoulos II, a California-based SPAC.

🔥  Last year, British Columbia saw investments increase 316% with a total of $662M across 35 deals in the province, the second-largest investment increase in Canada (Toronto 354%).  This article from BetaKit interviews Chris Neumann to breakdown some of the successes seen in the region (C100 Member).

🤖  Toronto-based AI company BenchSci, led by CEO Liran Belanzon (C100 Member & 48Hrs Alumnus ’17), has raised $50-million to help further how scientists find the right chemical compounds for preclinical biomedical research.

🥗  Globe & Mail: Canadians flocking to food rescue apps to reduce grocery bills and waste (ft. Toronto-based startups Too Good To Go, Flashfood and Feedback).

🤝  Vancouver-based enterprise software banking fintech Zafin has made its latest acquisition of Surrey-based FinancialCAD Corp. for $32.7-million.

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

⏰ 2 weeks left for C100 Fellows 2022 nominations!

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From all of us at C100, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

A friendly reminder of some key dates surrounding C100 2022 Fellows nominations that are coming up faster than Santa can travel the globe:

January 4th – Nominations Close
January 7th – Founder Applications Close

BENEFITS OF BEING A C100 FELLOW

🎉  Kick-off their Fellows experience at C100’s flagship event, 48Hrs, for two days of intensive mentorship and networking within the C100 Membership community.

🚀 Be paired with a hand-selected group of mentors made up of leading growth-stage founders and expert operators.

🤝 Build long-lasting relationships with fellow founders in the cohort through a series of founder forums.

🇨🇦 Enjoy all the benefits of a C100 Membership throughout the Fellowship and more! Learn more about the Fellowship program here.

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FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

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Join our talented community of builders connecting around the world to advance Canadian founders & leaders in tech.

🚀 Nominations to be a C100 Fellow are open!

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


The day is finally here! Nominations are officially open for the rising Canadian founders in your network. C100 is looking for founders of some of the most promising, early-stage technology startups to take part in its signature mentorship program, C100 Fellows.

BENEFITS OF BEING A C100 FELLOW

🎉  Kick-off their Fellows experience at C100’s flagship event, 48Hrs, for two days of intensive mentorship and networking within the C100 Membership community.

🚀 Be paired with a hand-selected group of mentors made up of leading growth-stage founders and expert operators.

🤝 Build long-lasting relationships with fellow founders in the cohort through a series of founder forums.

🇨🇦 Enjoy all the benefits of a C100 Membership throughout the Fellowship and more! Learn more about the Fellowship program here.

HOW CAN YOU OR THE FOUNDERS IN YOUR NETWORK BE NOMINATED?

All active C100 MembersPartners, and Alumni are eligible to nominate founders. We encourage you to see who you know from the C100 Membership community that will put your name forward (a private link has been shared with them). Learn more here.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FELLOW PROGRAM HERE AND AT THE INFORMATION SESSION, LIVE, ON DECEMBER 8TH.

HEAR FROM SOME OF THIS YEAR’S COHORT

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

GROW TOGETHER!
JOIN THE C100 AS A MEMBER

Join our talented community of builders connecting around the world to advance Canadian founders & leaders in tech.