FrenchFounders Conference Toronto and Startup Tour

Connect business and tech hubs in France, US and Canada

Special event

#Business Angel

Le 23 mai 2019
De 1:00 PM à 6:30 PM

Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection

Our guest speakers
Alain Ballu
Alain Ballu
President @ Nissan Canada Financial Services
Katia Houbiguian
Katia Houbiguian
CMO @ Microsoft Canada
Alex Tapscott
Alex Tapscott
Co-Founder @ Blockchain Research Institute
Fabrice Grinda
Fabrice Grinda
Co-founder @ FJ Labs
Kareen Rispal
Kareen Rispal
Ambassadrice de France
Senior Vice President Canada @ Parfums Christian Dior
Founder @ The Innovative Financier
CFO North & Central Americas @ AccorHotels
Alex Norman
Alex Norman
TechTO co-founder, AngelList Canadian partner and active angel
We will talk about






with the support of the Toronto General Consulat of France 

Conference free and on invitation only


All the information on the FrenchFounders Conference on our dedicated website.


As tech startups start leaving the Bay area, Toronto is one of the big winners with billions of dollars of investment from tech giants such as Uber, Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Netflix. Even the Silicon Valley Bank now has an office in Toronto!


So if Toronto is good enough for them, it's pobably good enough for all of us!


We are very pleased to organize the FrenchFounders Conference in Toronto to connect you with the vibrant community of Toronto, the best-kept secret of the Tech planet. We will welcome 150 C-levels, top-executives, founders and investors.


We will also organise the Toronto local competition of the Startup Tour 2019, co-organized with BNP Paribas. The Startup Tour is a startup competition for french-speaking entrepreneurs willing to develop in the Americas. After 7 weeks of call for application and 270 applications received, we are very pleased to announce the selected startups:


  • Jogogo : Stephan Bitton, Co-founder & CEO
  • Livescale : Virgile Ollivier, Co-founder & CEO
  • Sampler : Marie Chevrier, Founder and CEO
  • Systelos : Jad Chelawi, Founder and CEO
  • Trendigo : Normand Robitaille, Président
  • Wazo : Pascal Jérôme, CEO

The winner of the local competition will be invited to pitch at the Finals organized in New York on September 24, 2019, in front of 500 C-levels, top-executives, scale-ups and investors.



  • Rise Toronto as the new Silicon Valley of Canada
  • Connect Toronto with business and technology hubs across the world
  • Develop cross-border collaboration, business and investment


  • 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm : Guest check-in & Registration
  • 1.30 pm - 1.45 pm : Introduction to the Toronto Tech scene
  • 1.45 pm - 2.00 pm : Opening remarks by Mark Trouyet (Consul General of France in Toronto)
  • 2.00 pm - 2.15 pm : Keynote speech by Fabrice Grinda (Co-founder, FJ Labs)
  • 2.15 pm - 3.00 pm : Data, AI, addressable TV, privacy, brand purpose : the new challenges of marketing
  • 3.00 pm - 3.45 pm : Car-sharing, driverless cars, hyper speed trains: mobility redefined
  • 3.00 pm - 4.15 pm : Networking coffee break
  • 4.15 pm - 4.30 pm : Keynote speech with Alex Tapscott (Co-Founder, Blockchain Research Institute)
  • 4.30 pm - 5.15 pm : Blockchain: from theory to real-life application
  • 5.15 pm - 6.15 pm : Startup Tour 2019 - Toronto’s local competition
  • 6.15 pm - 6.30 pm : Keynote speech by Riva Walia (Managing Director, France Canada Chambre of Commerce Ontario)
  • 6.30 pm - 6.45 pm : Closing remarks by Kareen Rispal (French Ambassador in Canada)
  • 6:45 pm - 6:50 pm : announcement of winner of the Start Up Tour
  • 6.50 pm - 7.45 pm : Networking cocktail




Who is attending?

  • Corporates
  • Investors
  • Start-ups et scale-ups
  • Officials et Governements
  • Entrepreneurs
Among the attendees
213 participants à cet événement
J. Sager
Loomis Express
D. Cuillery
hello birdie
J. Brunel
AT technologies development
M. Lijour
Metamesh Group
A. Corbasson
M. Chevrier

Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection

Sponsors of the event