What is Fresh Founders?

Fresh Founders is an exclusive club of amazing entrepreneurs who are running awesome companies. In Ottawa, we are the founders of over 100 companies, including Fluidware, CanvasPop, Spartan Bioscience, and Shopify.

We meet a couple of times a year to share a few drinks or a meal and hang out together. We usually fly in an incredible guest speaker. All events are free and by invitation only.

Our vision is to create a community of fresh entrepreneurs that achieves greater success by helping each other.


In 2006, a group of young entrepreneurs started meeting every month in coffee shops around Ottawa. We shared war stories, exchanged tips, vetted service providers, and pooled our connections. We quickly realized there were lots of advantages in being part of a group. Now we want to share these advantages with you.



Alexis Ohanian

Co-Founder , Reddit

Cameron Herold

COO, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Bruce Croxon

Co-Founder, Lavalife

Noah Kagan

Founder, AppSumo

Howard Gwin

President, PeopleSoft

Dan Martell

Founder, Clarity

Bruce Linton

Co-Founder, Tweed

Yona Shtern

CEO, Beyond the Rack







In order to apply to join fresh founders, you’ll need to submit an application here. Our organising team will then review the applications in order to ensure that membership quality is high. This way, everyone you meet at an event is exceptional in some way.







We went from founding Fluidware in 2008 to sale to SurveyMonkey in 6.5 years – you can’t do that without a strong support network of top entrepreneurs – FreshFounders is that network in Canada.

Aydin Mirzaee

CEO & founder , Fluidware

Fresh Founders has such an important place in my heart as I know firsthand the benefits of bringing young entrepreneurs together. In its earliest days, Shopify was just a couple of young entrepreneurs using a coffee shop as an office, taking mentorship from anyone willing to offer. It’s so important to share time, resources and life lessons with other entrepreneurs – you never know what you can learn from one another and what amazing things can grow from these encounters.

Harley Finkelstein

Chief Platform Officer , Shopify

Fresh Founders is the most useful organization that I’ve ever joined. It’s like a Jedi Council for entrepreneurs.

Dr. Paul Lem

CEO & founder , Spartan Bioscience

I love Fresh Founders because it brings together passionate, like-minded entrepreneurs who all share the common goal of building great products and businesses.

Luc Levesque

VP, TripAdvisor

I love Fresh Founders because it attracts entrepreneurs who are committed to building great companies, and encourages its members to aim higher and think bigger.

Nazim Ahmed

Co-founder, CanvasPop and DNA11

I love Fresh Founders because, as a group, it challenges everyone to think bigger. Thinking big, as basic as it sounds, is one of the hardest things for humans to get right. The best trick is to have a strong group like Fresh Founders to help.

Tobi Lütke

CEO & Co-Founder, Shopify

Some of our seasoned members have made it their mission to support the efforts of new companies joining the network by creating the Fresh Founders Fund.  The Fresh Founders Fund (F3) is an angel group of experienced founders who invest in founder driven companies. Click here fore more information about the fund.










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