Our Accelerator Program

Our financial institution partners are your customers, they leverage the world-class AI-lab of Stradigi AI, and close your financing round through our initial investment and our associated investors and VCs.

Our Value Offer

We find you customers, AI experts, and investments, all while supporting back-end administration.

The Capital
(over $125K cash)

  • $125K in cash available
  • Flexible terms
  • Capital calls from all partnered advisors / VCs
  • Additional capital from Holdun Network

The Support
(+50K value)

  • Access to Stradigi’s AI lab for weekly consultations and discounted data scientists product development hours
  • Our team of over 50 advisors there to guide or mentor
  • Access the FormFintech’s Community, so that you find the right talent to join your cause

The Network
(Invaluable!)

  • Customers: access to key decision makers and users needed to close your first client
  • Investors: ready to invest if milestones are met
  • Experts: access to industry and technology leaders who may become your advisors
  • Community: Embedded into Montreal’s Fintech ecosystem to attract top talent

The Extras
($30K value)

  • Rent: 4 months free, with an option to extend by 6 months for top teams
  • CFO Services
  • Legal & Accounting Set-Up
  • Visibility: PR, Marketing & Demo Days
  • Software and access to data providers

Why Montreal?

Investment Funds

Over half a billion in early-stage investment funds available.

AI and Specialists

One of the largest concentrations of AI and deep learning specialists in the world.

Economical

Economical, with 85% of development costs subsidized, and costs of living 50% cheaper than other major cities.

Ranking

Finance sector ranked 12th globally, and FIs are eager to partner with Fintechs (dozens of deals this year alone).

Program Details

We will select the top 10 fintechs from around the world to partake in our 12-week program. Commencing September 17th and ending with a Demo Day During the world’s biggest AI event NIPS. Additionally, we’ll keep supporting you beyond 12-weeks if closing your financial institution partner is taking longer due to agreed upon timelines. We provide you with:

Impact Team

Holt’s managing partners, business developers, designers & Stradigi AI’s advisors will meet the team weekly to review their sprints.

Our Advisor Commitment

Our advisors will work with our teams consisting of meetings and senior intros to their network.

Mentor Day

40 mentors will be grouped into teams of 2, and will undertake 10-15 minute meetings. Two sessions of 3-hours are required.

Ecosystem Engagement

Each team will be showcased during the Canada’s Fintech Forum, Holt Demo Day, and VIP-University Talent Fair.

Board Meetings

Each startup must pitch to our partners halfway through and at the end of the program to ensure they are on the right track.

Trainings & Frameworks

Leveraging the frameworks & teachings of Form Fintech, tailored trainings will be provided to teams such as pitching, leadership, etc.

Startups We Seek

We seek startups that we know we can best serve, and those that are a good fit in our Holt Accelerator Family.

Founders

  • Founder-market-fit, skills to execute, preference for industry experience
  • Coachable, honest, genuine, committed and demonstrating integrity

Customers (at two of the following)

  • Does this create 10x value over current processes?
  • Early customers with potential to improve unit economics
  • Heavily validated product, vetted by our partner network

Technology

  • Highly relevant to solving the problem and creating a company “moat”
  • Working prototype or proven to be technologically feasible

Funding (preference)

  • Family, Friends and Fools money, and / or pre-seed money
  • Seed funding, in need of a bridge round

Timing & Market

  • Billion dollar market opportunity, with potential to be +100M evaluated company
  • Uniqueness, defence ability, barriers to entry, competition

Our Selection Process

If selected, you will be invited to a VIP selection day to meet world-class advisors and investors, local financial institutions, and a scheduled tour of Montreal’s local ecosystem.

Our journey together starts today! Here are the key milestones for you to remember:

Application

August 4th, 2018
11:59 PM EST:

Application Deadline

Vetting

August 2018
Top 30 teams will be interviewed, and vetted by our partners

Offer

End of August 2018
We invite top 10 teams to make us an offer

Program

Sept. 2018 – Dec. 2018
The program will be running

Soft Landing

Jan. 2019 – Jun. 2019
Extended stay for our top teams