Year One Labs

Year One Labs

We provide funding, hands-on operational help, guidance and a strategic curriculum to help initiate, co-create and accelerate startups.

Technology is moving faster than ever. As the cost of launching new ventures drops, more and more startups throw themselves out there, only to find that there’s a lot of work “post-launch.” Today, startups don’t fail because of technical challenges; rather, they fail because of customer, market and operational risks.

Year One Labs is a startup accelerator. We’re dedicated to the Lean Startup methodology, which means the companies we work with undergo a rigorous process of customer development and iterative adjustment. We believe in co-creation, which means our partners, investors and mentors are going through the startup development process with you every step of the way.

We’re operators, not armchair quarterbacks. We’ve been in the trenches. We still are, every day. That gives us an appreciation for what you’re going through on the road from idea to reality to growth. And it means our no-nonsense approach adds real value to your startup, dramatically increasing all our chances of success.

Accelerators & Incubators

News on Year One Labs

GameON: Finance 2012 looks at Accelerators and Massive Damage
GameON: Finance is North America's top business forum for the interactive entertainment industry, connecting developers, innovators, investors and industry leaders. And it's returning to Toronto... more
Montreal's Localmind raises $600K seed round
Montreal startup Localmind announced today that they have raised $600K in angel funding led by Granite Ventures with Real Ventures, iNovia Capital, Ian Sobieski, Peter Bordes, Ty Danco, Zach... more
The Comprehensive List of Canadian Incubators and Accelerators
Incubators and Accelerators are programs designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services. While Incubators... more
Montréal's Year One Labs invests in Ottawa's Assemblio
Year One Labs, a Montréal-based startup accelerator dedicated to lean startups, has invested in a startup called Assemblio, which is founded by Jon Abrams and Elan... more
Lots of buzz surrounding Year One Labs investment Localmind
Year One Labs already has one good reason to be happy this week, and thanks to all the positive buzz surrounding an earlier investment, Localmind, they probably have another. Localmind is an... more
Amihod Brothers' customer service solution attracts funding from Year One Labs
Year One Labs has made their fourth investment, this time in Montreal brothers Dov and Mitch Amihod. What’s the name of the company? Well… they haven’t decided yet. What will it... more
YearOneLabs makes investment in nCentiv
Year One Labs has made their third investment as a company, a little startup called nCentiv. The brainchild of two McGill University grads, Theo Ephraim and Kyle Seaman, nCentiv is focused on... more
Get competitive and learn about the Google App Engine with Year One Labs
Google and Year One Labs are hosting a hackathon in Montreal on January 22nd, and pairs of coders will be competing to see who can build the best web app in under eight hours. Using Google’s... more
Digital Media People to Watch in Quebec in 2011
For 2011 Techvibes is adding a Quebec list to our popular Digital Media People to Watch series. We've done a pretty good job tracking the movers and shakers in Alberta, BC, and Ontario over the... more
Year One Labs makes first investment
Montreal's Year One Labs announced earlier today that they have made their first investment in a startup called Endloop X. Based in Montreal, Endloop X is a location-based social gaming platform.... more
A Refreshingly Honest Postmortem from Standout Jobs' Ben Yoskovitz
In May Techvibes reported that Montreal Standout Jobs had been acquired and everyone including its investors touted it as a success and a feather in Montreal's startup community. Montreal's Ben... more
Montreal joins incubator trend with Year One Labs
The Montreal startup community just got a boost. In the same vein of Bootup Labs in Vancouverr and Extreme Venture Partners in Toronto, Montreal now has its own "seed accelerator". Year One Labs... more

Montreal, QC, Canada
Montréal, Québec, Canada