The Founder Institute, the world's premier pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for another Toronto Blockchain Accelerator program!

The blockchain program will continue to launch and grow promising startups, with mentorship from over 20 Blockchain experts. Apply to the program or learn more.

The Founder Institute (, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, and Decentral (, a Toronto-based innovation hub for disruptive and decentralized technologies, have opened applications for the “Blockchain Founder Vertical” program in Toronto. Since launching the syndicate in early 2019, the program has helped launch 20 new startup companies, 7 of which were blockchain focused, like FairomBitsimpleArtcryption, and many more. The Blockchain Founder Vertical aims to inspire and support early-stage blockchain entrepreneurs in the Toronto Founder Institute by providing:

  • Feedback and Mentorship from Over 20 top Blockchain Experts
  • A Local and Global Support Network of Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Advisors
  • Over $2M in Partner Deals and Resources
  • Several “Decentral Fellowships” Awarded to the Top Program Applicants, allowing them to participate in the program for free

This program has been designed in partnership with Anthony Di Iorio, Founder and CEO of Jaxx and Decentral. The goal of the program is to help accelerate more than 40 promising companies that leverage the blockchain by the end of 2019, and help further establish Toronto as a centre for blockchain innovation. Early-stage entrepreneurs interested in building a blockchain startup in Toronto are encouraged to apply at The final deadline for applications will be on July 21st, and the program will run from Aug 06 – Nov 20.

“We are excited to be partnering with Founder Institute again to help blockchain entrepreneurs build, grow and thrive in one of the top startup ecosystems in the world. The upcoming Toronto Blockchain Vertical will help empower and unite the next wave of blockchain businesses to seize the power of decentralized technologies and usher in a new era of value creation.” 
– Anthony Di Iorio, Founder and CEO of Jaxx and Decentral


“I am very proud to help lead this initiative again, further developing the Toronto startup ecosystem as one of the strongest in the world for technology startups. Last cohort, we had over 50 Blockchain startup applicants, 20 enrolled founders and 7 graduated companies who successfully passed FI’s rigorous standards.”
– Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of FI Toronto & Techstars Toronto

The Toronto Founder Institute was launched in 2014 by Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of Techstars Toronto and co-host of the Collision conference, and has graduated over 140 new startups since it began operations, including Vacation FundFind BoBParlayJauntinMakeup for Melanin Girls and many more. The Blockchain Founder Syndicate will be co-lead by Kyle Collier, Founder of, and Ryan Micheletti, Director of Global Operations for the Founder Institute. The Blockchain Founder Vertical will run alongside the standard Toronto Summer 2019 Founder Institute cohort and will provide dedicated resources to the Blockchain Founders in the program.

Learn more about the Blockchain Founder Syndicate at