2016 McGill X-1 Weekly Recap Series

X1 Accelerator

Hosted by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, the McGill X-1 Accelerator is an intensive 10-week summer program designed to accelerate early traction McGill startups towards investment readiness and launch.


Week 10 | McGill X-1 Weekly Recap

McGill Principal and Vice Chancellor Suzanne Fortier meeting with members of Team Venndor

While Week 10 officially marks the end of the formal program, the X-1 teams and our community of guest speakers, mentors, coaches, advisory board members, and supporters are all excited for the upcoming McGill Demo Days hosted by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, taking place in Montreal on September 7, San Francisco on September 22, and Boston on September 28.

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Week 9 | McGill X-1 Weekly Recap

Thomas Birch (Left) and Mike McGraw (right) of La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Week 9 was an absolute whirlwind, with a great lineup of speakers and the final McGill X-1 Advisory Board meeting taking place. This board meeting is one of the most crucial points of the McGill X-1 Accelerator program as this determines which startups will go on to present in our rapidly approaching McGill Demo Daysin Montreal on September 7th, San Francisco on September 22nd, and Boston on September 28th.

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Week 8 | McGill X-1 Weekly Recap

Alex Nemeroff, Founder & CEO of Dynamo

This week, the CEO in charge of grilling the teams on their pitches was Daniel MacDonald, founder and CEO ofFilter Butler (formerly known as Green Life Water). Daniel’s experience with business development having founded two companies while finishing his BCom Degree in Finance from McGill, was the basis for his advice to the X-1 startups.

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Week 7 | McGill X-1 Weekly Recap

Sam Vermette, CEO of Transit App engaging with teams in the McGill X-1 2016 cohort

Can you believe Week 7 has already passed? Its incredible how quickly our startups are nearing their McGill X-1 Accelerator graduation and we can’t wait to celebrate!

With only two weeks left for the program, it’s time to switch into high gear and get ready for McGill Montreal Demo Day on September 7th. 

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Week 6 | McGill X-1 Weekly Recap

Francis Davidson, CEO of Flatbook

As we move on from the halfway point of the McGill X-1 Accelerator, its now time for our startups to focus on smoothing out creases in their business models and dedicate their focus to preparing their companies for our Montreal Demo Day on September 7th – the most anticipated event of the summer.

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Week 5 | McGill X-1 Weekly Recap

Hicham Ratnani sharing his story about building Frank Oak

We can’t believe how quickly the first half of the X-1 summer accelerator has flown by. The teams are already en route to their second board meeting, even though the first feels as though it was just yesterday. It is incredible to see all of the progress being made, and how ideas are now becoming a reality. To find out who joined our teams to help them realize their visions this week, keep reading!

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Week 4 | McGill X-1 Weekly Recap

Margaret Magdesian, founder and CEO of ANANDA

With another short week ahead of them, our 6 startups came in on Monday, refreshed and ready to amp up their progress as the halfway point of the accelerator quickly approaches. With the foundations of the program laid down in the past 3 weeks, week 4 was the point at which the teams would start personalizing the program to to their own needs.

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Week 3 | McGill X-1 Weekly Recap

Dax Dasilva, CEO of Lightspeed, speaking to the McGill X-1 2016 cohort

Although Week 3 was a shorter week than usual —Friday was a special day off as it was Quebec’s Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day — it was no less exciting than what our six McGill X-1 teams have been experiencing thus far.

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Week 2 | McGill X-1 Weekly Recap

Ron Duerksen, Chief of Strategy and Marketing Officer for the Desautels Faculty of Management running a marketing workshop for the McGill X-1 2016 cohort

As week 2 of the McGill X-1 Accelerator comes to an end, we’re happy to see our 6 teams —  Appetite, Fractal, FRSH, NXTSENS Microsystems, UGo Smoothies, and Venndor — swiftly settling into their space.

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McGill X-1 Kick-off!

McGill X-1 2016 cohort with the Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, Government of Canada

The first week of the McGill X-1 Accelerator program has come to a close with our six startups more excited than ever to be on the journey of a lifetime.

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