Category Archives: Startup Profiles

Montreal Mixonset AI Startup Helps To Discover Music

Mixonset is the best way to discover music that fits your vibe. It’s like having a personal DJ in your pocket that curates the music you listen to by suggesting exactly the songs that you’re feeling in the moment. Mixonset’s AI also beat-matches your Spotify playlist so that everything sounds great together, and even creates seamless transitions at the right moments. It’s a DJ that you can use anywhere with one tap.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

Zeyu Li and Boris But founded the startup. A few years ago, Zeyu was building software for investment banks in Toronto in the day and working the turntables at clubs at night. He decided to go back to McGill to learn how to apply Artificial Intelligence to mix music – which sowed the seeds for Mixonset. After working on the Mixonset algorithm for a couple years, Zeyu met Boris at McGill University and started the company.

Our short term goal is to monetize our app through an ad-supported free version and a premium version with features that will blow every other music app out of the water.

Longer term, we can also license our music mixing technology to other music streaming services as a value differentiator.

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Boris But

Co-Founder & CMO

How are you being financed?

Mixonset is currently bootstrapping with personal investments and grants. We made personal investments into the company, won an AI entrepreneurship grant from the government and won the Videotron Innovative Media Prize at StartupFest.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

Our biggest obstacle is scaling up with minimal spending. Since Mixonset is still a 2-person startup, both Co-Founders are juggling too many tasks at the same time. We’re testing new features all the time, new interfaces, new market segments, and speaking to different user persona types. We’re definitely on the right track, but we need to nail down the exact recipe for success and get to the next phase of our development.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

We have a network of IT guys that we can hire because we’re deeply embedded in McGill University. Considering there is an AI boom in Montreal right now, we can find top-tier talent. But the best way to hire is still through friends of friends of friends and build upon that chain of trust.

Who is your biggest competition?

Our closest competitors are mobile DJ apps that transpose complicated music mixing software onto a much smaller screen – it just doesn’t work. Our biggest competition is Spotify, even though they’re not directly in the music mixing space.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues? In what markets?

Our short term goal is to monetize our app through an ad-supported free version and a premium version with features that will blow every other music app out of the water. Longer term, we can also license our music mixing technology to other music streaming services as a value differentiator. We can also expand to other audio-based industries, such as gaming and video production.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

There are an important number that we track every single day on our office white board. There’s a ‘98’ written next to a poorly-illustrated coffee cup which represents the number of coffee dates I’ve been on in the last few months with end users. This number reminds me to leave the office and speak to the people who actually use Mixonset so I can truly understand what problem we’re trying to solve – and from that, what solution we can build. Our success hinges on building something that people love.

If you’re interested in trying out Mixonset for free, Spotify Premium or iTunes users can install Mixonset on the Apple App Store.

Toronto’s Startup Oncoustics Simplifies Liver Disease Diagnostics

We have sat down with Ahmed El Kaffas, Co-Founder at Oncoustics, to talk about his Toronto’s startup. The company helps with early diagnosis when it comes to liver disease without invasive biopsies or expensive imaging.

Oncoustics is changing that with AI diagnostics for inexpensive, pocket-sized, point-of-care ultrasound, which is not ordinarily capable of high-resolution diagnostic imaging.

They do this by mining unique raw data streams for subtle signatures of disease, which is beyond perception with conventional methods.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

The Founder: Dr. Ahmed El Kaffas is an Instructor at Stanford University in Radiology researching ultrasound tissue characterization. Dr. El Kaffas graduated from the University of Toronto’s prestigious Sunnybrook Research Institute where world-renowned ultrasound and medical imaging research is conducted.

CEO on founding team: Dr. Michael Weil is an MD in Radiation Oncology and has led several innovative technological developments from concept to market, including products that he has fully licensed to Siemens. He also founded Sirius Medical and has 15+ years in imaging technologies.

Business lead on founding team: Beth Rogozinski is a serial entrepreneur at the cross-bridge of tech and medicine.  She has served as CEO of Signal 2 Health and CPO of Pear Therapeutics. He work has produced >30 apps and > 12 for healthcare w/ 2 FDA approvals.

Oncoustics is a multi-disciplinary international team of radiologists, hepatologists, engineers, physicists, AI/ML and business experts, with international data collection and collaborations with Stanford and University of Toronto; total of ~13 employees.

How are you being financed?

Seed Angel Consortium through the Creative Destruction Lab (Toronto) and non-dilutive funds from Grand Challenges Canada, OCE and others. 

Building a start up is a lot of work, and as a founder, you are involved in everything from hiring, finding talent to tech dev, business pitches and strategies.

It’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of work and many don’t realize that still… failures happen, and one needs to move on after learning the lesson – things never run smoothly.

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What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

Our initial obstacle was to set up a global network of clinics to acquire data to train on – this is because the data Oncoustics uses is unique and not conventionally stored on any ultrasound system or hospital repository (PACS). Oncoustics has spent the last year addressing this issue, and now have a steady stream of data flowing into our cloud system, and have started building AI on these.

The next major challenge will be a business one, that is to ensure that Oncoustics can have our product as part of the healthcare buying lifecycle – this is not a major challenge due to our software-based solution which taps on to already available hardware systems in the clinics. 

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

I tend to have a lot of faith in new grads that are passionate about tech and develop, and i’ve found that they are often deeply committed and have quick insight about the product once a training phase of 2-4 months passes; having them take ownership of the work and play a crucial role in the company also ensures that they are part of a founding team in start up like ours.

The GTA is full of excellent tech workers that have proven themselves over and over. I am also linked to Egypt, and often visit – Oncoustics has found an excellent network of developers there deeply passionate about the start up scene. As such, Oncoustics has been fortunate to run our business across several continents and to tap into an incredible network of talent in tech.

Who is your biggest competition?

Due to the nature of our business, Oncoustics does not have any direct completion. That said, Oncoustics has other players that are in parallel spaces; essentially other AI in medical imaging companies.

How are you intending on taking your company to millions / billions dollars in revenues? In what markets?

  • Introducing  low-cost liver disease surveillance and diagnostics with ultrasound; the alternative is i) invasive biopsies, or ii) imaging systems that cost > $150k-$1M.
  • Using a data-driven solution to enable low cost (< $5k) point-of-care ultrasound systems conventionally designed for guiding a procedure in the emergency room, now transformed to equivalent  systems to those in a radiology department.

As death and morbidity rates from liver disease rise around the world, there is a growing need for low cost and widely available surveillance and diagnostics.  Oncoustics provides just such a system that is an alternative to both invasive and expensive biopsies and high end imaging systems that cost > $150k-$1M. Our data-driven solution enables low cost (< $5k) point-of-care ultrasound systems to be used as diagnostic systems and accelerates the procedure from hours to minutes.  Via this system, more patients everywhere can have faster access to better diagnostics, surveillance and treatment than currently exists.

Revenue will come from:

  • Partnering with clinical centers,
  • Distribution through a Saas Model with PoC ultrasound OEMs
  • Partnerships with Pharmas to train our data for specific indications (i.e. companion device)

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

Building a start up is a lot of work, and as a founder, you are involved in everything from hiring, finding talent to tech dev, business pitches and strategies. It’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of work and many don’t realize that still… failures happen, and one needs to move on after learning the lesson – things never run smoothly.

As a company, Oncoustics had to do several pivots to iterate how Oncoustics introduce our tech and idea into the market, and that on it’s own took a significant amount of time and several years of development, talking to MDs, OEMs and understanding the real problems in the space Oncoustics is trying to tackle.

Quebec City’s MyCustomizer is Making it easier to Shop

We have sat down with Renaud Teasdale Co-Founder and CEO of startup MyCustomizer to ask him about his Quebec City’s company and the success he had with it.

Summarize your company in an elevator pitch.

MyCustomizer empowers brands to engage customers in outstanding design-your-own experiences with a powerful online platform.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

Renaud Teasdale co-founded the company with Simon Vallières and Thierry Proulx. Renaud is a designer who worked for Warrior (New Balance) while Simon and Thierry are full stack developers. After witnessing the emergence of mass customization, they decided to build a software platform allowing any brand to sell customizable products online. A few years later, Malo Guertin, a skilled software engineer joined us as in intern and now leads our development team.

It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Being persistent is key.

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Renaud Teasdale

Co-Founder and CEO MyCustomizer

How are you being financed?

We raised a micro-seed round back in 2012 with Founderfuel and BDC and pretty much bootstrapped our way to profitability. We now have a solid client base from startups to large companies such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Suunto.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

We are launching MyCustomizer 2.0 a fully self-serve solution on the Shopify App Store in the next few weeks and our goal from there will be to scale exponentially. It’s going to be a big challenge to handle the growth while keeping an excellent service. We want to make sure our clients succeed. If they win, we win.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

We have success with internships and word of mouth.  Having a great work environment (flexible schedule and vacations, work from home) where people want to show up on Monday mornings also helps!

Who is your biggest competition?

An agency like Fluid has a large chunk of the high end market. Our model is different because we are purely a software-as-a-service play. We are more like Shopify for customization.

How are you intending on taking your company to millions / billions dollars in revenues? In what markets?

Mass customization and ecommerce in general are definitely growing trends. We are building the best platform to sell custom products online. This is a huge market across all verticals from sporting goods to food. Studies have shown that 25-30% of online shoppers are interested to try customization. If 25% of online sales of footwear are customized, that equate to a market of 2 Billion per year.

8. What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Being persistent is key. Back in 2012, all the investors were telling us that this was a niche market. It is now very clear that this is a huge opportunity. The world is moving towards production on-demand at light speed.

Toronto’s HomeStars Helps Home Owners Pick Qualified Contractors

We have interviewed Nancy Peterson, founder and CEO of HomeStars, and asked her few questions about the company. HomeStars is Canada’s largest network connecting homeowners with trusted home service pros.

Summarize your company in an elevator pitch.

HomeStars was started in Toronto in 2006 by Nancy Peterson. She was on maternity leave and renovating her own home at the time and was alarmed by the lack of resources available to her to find and hire reputable trades. She started HomeStars with a marketing background (formerly she worked for Kraft) and no real tech experience.

Nancy Peterson working at the office.

HomeStars is Canada’s largest online marketplace connecting homeowners with trusted home service professionals. In 2018, 8 million homeowners visited HomeStars looking for a pro for their next home improvement project. HomeStars, an ANGI Homeservices company, is part of a global network of home improvement marketplaces in Europe, the UK and the US, including Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

Nancy said she had no tech background, but now 20% of her workforce are engineers/tech-focused. She currently employs just over 100 people.

How are you being financed?

Originally, the company was financed by Angel Investors and Bank (founder) Debt. But in 2017, HomeStars was acquired by Denver-based HomeAdvisor. They are now part of the ANGI Homeservices group of companies and are part of a worldwide network of home service marketplaces.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

The biggest obstacle to overcome is consumer awareness.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

We look across functional areas in the business. We go to meet-ups and events. It’s a very competitive market, but we are in a unique spot in Canada.

We are part of a publicly-traded organization, but with a lot of autonomy. It’s unique since we have all the benefits of a big company, but still run like a start-up. It gives us a great advantage.

Who is your biggest competition?

Google and word of mouth.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues? In what markets?

We have already passed that. We are already 8-digits and are looking to 9-digits.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

Reviews are still very vital to what we do. We have built our business on them.

How do you verify your reviews / know they are legit?

First off, yes HomeStars verifies its reviews. Reviews are submitted and before they are published, they go through a series of software checks. These software checks notify review moderators to anything that does not look legit. The moderators then check them manually to ensure there is nothing suspicious. Many reviews are rejected if they are not found to be legit. In addition, as a matter of process, reviews are randomly investigated.

Also as a point of interest, HomeStars is currently doing background and criminal checks on companies and has completed more than 80% so far.

Vancouver Procurify Makes Corporate Purchases Easier

We sat down with Dani Hao , Communications, to talk about her company Procurify. This new startup out of Vancouver helps reinventing the way organizations spend. Procurify is a spend management software that empowers your team to make better more informed decisions when it comes to company spending.

Summarize your company in an elevator pitch.

Procurify is a software company based in Vancouver, BC, Canada that is helping organizations reinvent the way organizations track, manage and control spending. Procurify works and consults with growing organizations such as The Boring Company, Neuralink, Hootsuite, Samumed, Aurora Cannabis, and Cabify manage their indirect spending and purchasing processes.

Our vision is to help organizations cultivate a better spend culture through a simple-to-use software that employees actually enjoy using, and create a ‘smart spend hub’ that empowers leaders to make better financial decisions through data.

Unlike legacy solutions, ERPs and other expense tracking solutions, we believe giving the right tools and budget visibility back to employees and department leaders without sacrificing security and control, so that financial decisions can be made more proactively – as every employee has an equal say in creating the spend culture of an organization.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

Procurify was founded in 2013 by three operations management students: Kenneth Loi (CRO), Aman Mann (CEO), and Eugene Dong (CTO). The trio were taking a course in operations management, where they had the opportunity to discover that the field of procurement is in dire need of disruption when it comes to technology.

As a school project, the trio decided to create a simple tool developed initially to help procurement managers track purchases, which became the first iteration of what Procurify became. To their surprise, the tool was well-received and implemented by a real life company who became Procurify’s first client – Asco Aerospace.

All three of Procurify’s co-founders worked in various fields before starting a business, and they had no prior tech experience. What they wanted to create was a company that cultivated an environment where everyone can reach their true potential.

How are you being financed?

We are a privately funded company. Our investors and advisors include the likes of Mark Cuban, Xero’s Jamie Sutherland, and Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes.

We are backed by Runa Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, Point Nine Capital, BDC Capital, and Highline. We raised our $4m seed financing round in 2015, followed by a $7m series A in 2017.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

When it comes to financial controls and spend management solutions, many organizations think that one-size-fits all enterprise solutions can solve all their problems under the sun.

The robust features and capabilities of legacy systems and other ERPs might be well-suited for financial reporting roles such as the controller or the CFO. However, for the people who are forced to use them to report spending and to request approvals for purchases, these spend solutions are tedious.

With long implementation timelines and hefty fees, organizations are coming to Procurify after experiencing the perils of adoption. Its product design philosophy is primarily focused on usability.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

Culture is everything in Procurify – we believe in investing the time into developing personal relationships with our talent (aside from just reviewing their resume and seeing if they tick the technical boxes). This means inviting them over to the office to work on a real project, and having the whole team meet the candidate before moving them onto a technical interview.

What makes us unique is that in our office, you’ll find that our openness is a real thing. Mistakes are expected, being true to yourself is encouraged, building meaningful relationships is paramount, transparency is surprisingly commonplace, and our goal to improve people’s work lives isn’t just a catchy phrase, because it guides everything we do.

Although developers do build the heart of our product, they are given the freedom to pursue passion projects and work cross-functionally with other teams. In addition, we sponsor our team members to go to events, conferences and seminars that help bring their skills to the next level.

We foster an environment where people are given the opportunity to unlock their potential – to pursue their passions and build their dream career. Our culture is embodied in the way we work together, play together, and find a better way together one day at a time.

As part of our recruitment and employer branding, we feature one team member every week in our “Meet Us Mondays”, where we explore the daily lives and hobbies of all the amazing people who work at Procurify.

25 Canadian Startups Where People Want to Work at in 2018 / 2019, According to LinkedIn

Startups are changing the world. And Canada is no exception. We have thousands and thousands of hard working entrepreneurs eager to leave their mark on this great country and the world.

The new study conducted by LinkedIn found the most desirable 25 startups in Canada where people actually want to work at. If your startup did not make it – do not worry – LinkedIn could only profile startups with more than 50 employees and in business for 7 or less years.

This year the list consists mainly of Toronto companies with only three Montreal and one Waterloo companies making the list.

Top 25 Canadian Startups You Want to Work at in 2018/2019

Wealthsimple

Wealthsimple is investing on autopilot. We build you a personal, low-cost portfolio and put your money to work like the world’s smartest investors. We’re on a mission to bring smarter financial services to everybody, regardless of age or net worth.

Headquarters Toronto, ON

Year founded 2014

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties wealth manager, financial advisor, investment manager, portfolio manager, and investment adivsor

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=5208813&trk=top-startups-jobs 

Coinsquare

Coinsquare is Canada’s most secure digital asset trading platform for trading Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other digital currencies. Since our founding in 2014, we’ve never lost a coin.

Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

Year founded 2014

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Bitcoin, Blockchain, Digital Assets, Exchange, Trading, Ethereum, FinTech, Cryptocurrency, and Financial Services

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=10160802&trk=top-startups-jobs

ElementAI

Element AI is an artificial intelligence solutions provider that gives organizations unparalleled access to cutting-edge technology. Bringing together the best in entrepreneurship, technology and academic ecosystems, Element AI is building an AI-First World to elevate our collective wisdom.

Headquarters Montreal, Quebec

Year founded 2016

Company size 201-500 employees

Specialties Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Software, Operations Research, Consulting, Strategic Consulting, Incubator, Accelerator, and Startup Factory

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=2978982&trk=top-startups-jobs

League

League Inc. is re-imagining employee health benefits, and is on a mission to empower people to live healthier, happier lives —every day.

Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

Year founded 2014

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Insurance, Health Benefits, Employee Health Benefits, HR, Mobile App, Life Insurance, Insurance Broker, Benefits, Employee Benefits, Healthcare, Healthcare Administration, Fintech, Health Insurance, Insurtech, Human Resources, HR, and Digital Health

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=5401900&trk=top-startups-jobs

Kira Systems

Kira Systems helps enterprises uncover relevant information from their contracts.

Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

Year founded 2011

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties contract review software, lease abstraction, M&A due diligence, and contract management database population

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=9344231&trk=top-startups-jobs

Tribal Scale

The TribalScale team spent the past decade accelerating the mobile revolution. We helped drive the shift as the web gave way to mobile. Now, as mobile usage surpasses web, we are on the brink of the next shift, from mobile to emerging technologies. As architects of the products that bridged the last gap, we’re prepared to help companies evolve into a new era of innovation.

Headquarters Toronto, ON

Year founded 2015

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Mobile Software Development, Android, iOS, tvOS, Smart TV, watchOS, OTT, UI Design, UX Design, Extreme Programming, Agile Development, Beacons, Smart Car, Sensors, Open Source Software, and Pair Programming

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=10275251&trk=top-startups-jobs

Ample Organics

Ample Organics is a global leader in cannabis technology, providing innovative business solutions that facilitate compliance with government regulations.

Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

Year founded 2014

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Seed to Sale Software, Tracking and Reporting, Cannabis Software, Compliance Software, Product Development, Software Engineering, Product Support, Data Security, ACMPR Compliance, Cannabis Consulting, Inventory and Sales, Technology, and Software Development

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=6424588&trk=top-startups-jobs

Ritual

Ritual is a social ordering app that taps networks of co-workers and colleagues for fast and easy pick up and pay at a wide variety of local restaurants and coffee shops.

Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

Year founded 2014

Company size 11-50 employees

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=10038123&trk=top-startups-jobs

Loopio

Loopio’s RFP response software streamlines the way enterprises respond to RFPs, RFIs, and Security Questionnaires. Our platform makes sales content accessible and enables collaboration across the organization.

Headquarters Toronto, ON

Year founded 2014

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Proposal Management Software, Proposal Software, RFP Response, Sales Effectiveness, Proposal Writing, Knowledge Management, and RFP Software

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=5020707&trk=top-startups-jobs

Flow

We are North America’s first social water brand, dedicated to the pursuit of positive experience and providing the highest quality water in the world, with a reduced environmental footprint. Founded by serial entrepreneur, Nicholas Reichenbach, Flow offers consumers the healthful benefits of drinking naturally alkaline spring water from a local and sustainable source.

Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

Year founded 2014

Company size 11-50 employees

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=9423769&trk=top-startups-jobs

Planswell

Planswell is a team of really smart people working together to change the financial industry for the better. We started by building software that uses proven principles of financial planning to calculate how to maintain the best possible standard of living throughout your life. Tens of thousands of Canadians have created plans with us, and we’re focused on reaching as many people as possible.

Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Year founded 2015
Company size 51-200 employees
Specialties Personal Financial Planning, Technology, Investment Advising, Online Wealth Management, Insurance Planning, and Mortgage Financing

Jobs https://www.linkedin.com/company/planswell/?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_pulse_read%3BhAPxjmicQzafquWO%2FPRNWA%3D%3D

Stackadapt

StackAdapt is the no. 1 performing native advertising platform helping brands accelerate customer engagement and acquisition. This state-of-the-art platform is where some of the most progressive work in machine learning meets cutting-edge user experience. Ranking the highest in customer satisfaction and performance by G2 Crowd in the DSP category for the fourth time, StackAdapt is one of the fastest growing companies in Canada and ranks 6th in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 ranking and 23rd in Fast 500 in North America.

Headquarters Toronto, ON

Year founded 2013

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Native Advertising, Content amplification, Programmatic Native Advertising, Demand-Side Platform, Programmatic Media Buying, Native Ads, In-feed Native Advertising, Content Distribution, video advertising, and Ominchannel Advertising

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=5045143&trk=top-startups-jobs

Thalmic Labs

Thalmic Labs is pioneering new ways of interacting with digital devices. With a mission to merge people and technology, the company is revolutionizing how we will interact with technology in the future. Its first product, the Myo™ armband, measures electrical activity in muscles to wirelessly control computers, phones and other digital technologies, resulting in seamless interaction between humans and devices.

Headquarters Kitchener, Ontario

Year founded 2012

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Human Computer Interaction, Wearable Technology, Research and Development, and Gesture Control Technology

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=2734938&trk=top-startups-jobs

Prodigy Games

Imagine an entire generation of kids around the world rushing home to do their math homework because it was seamlessly integrated into their favourite video game. That’s Prodigy, and we are revolutionizing the way the world learns math.

Headquarters Greater Toronto Area / Burlington, Ontario

Year founded 2011

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties E-learning, Game Development, Education Technology, and Emotion Based Learning

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=2544361&trk=top-startups-jobs

Dialogue

Dialogue offers a range of healthcare services to employees and their families. We work hard to keep individuals healthy, present at work, productive and happy.

Headquarters Montreal, Quebec

Year founded 2016

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Healthcare, Telemedicine, Employee Benefits, and Health & Wellness

Jobs https://www.linkedin.com/company/dialogue-md/?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_pulse_read%3BhAPxjmicQzafquWO%2FPRNWA%3D%3D

Collective Arts Brewing

Collective Arts Brewing is a grassroots beer company fusing the craft of brewing with the inspired talents of emerging artists, musicians, photographers & filmmakers. Our brewery is dedicated to promoting artists and raising the creative consciousness through the sociability of craft beer.

Headquarters Toronto Area / Hamilton, Ontario
Year founded 2013
Company size 11-50 employees
Specialties Beer, Craft Beer, Art, Music, Film, Collaboration, Visual Art, Call for Art, and Design

Jobs https://www.linkedin.com/company/collective-arts-brewing/?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_pulse_read%3BhAPxjmicQzafquWO%2FPRNWA%3D%3D

Rangle

Rangle is a digital transformation consultancy that plans, designs and builds innovative applications for leading global clients. Our unique approach to partnership-based development ensures clients can move quickly from ideation to implementation.

Headquarters Toronto, ON

Year founded 2013

Company size 201-500 employees

Specialties Lean/Agile consulting, Dev Ops, Program Management, Product Management, UX Research, Customer Journey Mapping, Service Design, Design Systems, and Building end-to-end continuous innovation processes that link strategy to end-users

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=5018494&trk=top-startups-jobs

Tulip

Tulip is a mobile application provider focused on empowering workers in retail stores. Partnered with Apple, Tulip’s mission is to harness the power of the world’s most advanced mobile technology to deliver simple-to-use apps for store associates to lookup products, manage customer information, check out shoppers, and communicate with clients. Leading retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, Coach, and Bonobos use Tulip in their stores to elevate the shopping experience, increase sales and improve customer service. For more information, visit http://www.tulip.com.

Headquarters Toronto, ON
Year founded 2013
Company size 51-200 employees
Specialties In-Store Mobile Platform, Cloud Platform, Big Data, Retail Sales Associate Tablet, Clienteling, Mobile POS, Product Catalog, Product Knowledge, Store Communications, and In-Store Retail Platform

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=3187796&trk=top-startups-jobs

Deciem

We are a peaceful company. We make skincare that you can afford comfortably. <3

Headquarters Toronto, ON
Year founded 2013
Company size 201-500 employees
Specialties Cosmetics

 

TouchBistro

TouchBistro is a revolutionary, complete mobile POS solution on the iPad for the restaurant industry. Manage reservations, view the menu, take orders and review sales reports with a few simple touches. Instead of servers repeatedly moving between customers and terminals for order management, servers can remain with customers and instantly submit orders to the kitchen and bar. Servers no longer need to write down an order and then enter it into a distant terminal. TouchBistro’s single entry system reduces errors and increases efficiency. Menu items can be presented in vibrant color with every detail captured. Menus can be quickly and easily updated and even published to the Web, providing more dynamic impact than a traditional menu can provide.

Headquarters Toronto, ON
Year founded 2011
Company size 201-500 employees
Specialties Mobile Application Development and Point of Sale

 

Behaviour

Behaviour is one of the newest entrants to the marketing agency landscape. Since November 2012, we have provided brand strategies, ideas and winning marketing programs for some of the country’s biggest and most respected brands. Our small but impressive client roster includes: Molson Coors, TELUS, Air Canada, Starbucks, and Live Clean.

Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

Year founded 2012

Company size 51-200 employees

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=4997541&trk=top-startups-jobs

 

GroupBy

GroupBy Inc. transforms the way retailers interact with their consumers online through data-driven commerce, media, and knowledge management software solutions. The company supports the online retail efforts of many of the world’s leading online retailers by driving more targeted site traffic and increases in revenue through its platform Searchandiser. GroupBy’s solutions provide industry-leading features for search, navigation, merchandising, search engine optimization (SEO) and search as you type (SAYT). Founded in 2013, GroupBy is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has offices around the world.

Headquarters Toronto, ON
Year founded 2013
Company size 51-200 employees
Specialties Searchandiser, Searchandiser Compute Edition, Hub Source, Ecommerce Search, Media Search & Knowledge Management, Merchandising, search, and Ecommerce

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=2873897&trk=top-startups-jobs

AlayaCare

AlayaCare is an end-to-end home health care software platform, focused on providing better patient outcomes through the use of robust clinical documentation, exceptional back office solutions, and next-generation technology.

Headquarters Toronto, ON

Year founded 2014

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Home Healthcare, Healthcare, SaaS, Technology, Software, and Home Care

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=5191283&trk=top-startups-jobs

Tracktik

TrackTik is an intuitive security workforce management platform providing actionable insight through integrated field operation and back office solutions.

Headquarters Montreal, Quebec

Year founded 2013

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Security Operation Management Software, Workforce Management Solutions, Security Management Softwares, Dispatch Solution, Physical Security, Guard Tour System, Mobile Reporting, Incident Reporting, Scheduling Software, Security, Dynamic Tracking, Security Guard Management, and Healthcare Security

Jobs https://ca.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?f_C=3206388&trk=top-startups-jobs

Connected

Connected is a software product development firm. We partner with ambitious companies across the product lifecycle to build products that drive user and business impact.

Headquarters Toronto, Ontario

Year founded 2014

Company size 51-200 employees

Specialties Software Eningeering, Android, UX Design, Smart Technology, IoT, Web Development, Mobile App Development, Product Development, Wearable Technology, Firmware Development, UI Design, User testing, Product Strategy, iOS, conversational interfaces, interaction design, motion design, augmented reality, innovation, react, design thinking, and voice

Jobs https://www.linkedin.com/company/connected-lab-inc-/?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_pulse_read%3BhAPxjmicQzafquWO%2FPRNWA%3D%3D

Toronto Startup First To Launch Holographic Chat

thynq3D is a mixed reality development company that created a social holographic chat platform called myxd3D which is extendable to any industry to remotely connect users as avatar representations within each other’s physical environment.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

thynq3D along with the myxd3D application was created by Jason Evans and Sean Ong. Jason has a background in healthcare and specialty pharmacy industries while Sean has a background in the engineering industry. Both Jason and Sean were selected by Microsoft as Wave 1 mixed reality developers for the Microsoft HoloLens when it was first released in March, 2016. That is when they joined forces to create a communications tool within this exciting new mixed reality medium where digital and physical
worlds are blended together allowing users to interact with the
holographic objects which are overlaid through a combination of gaze, gesture, and voice commands.

How are you being financed?

The development efforts and associated costs have been funded by both Jason and Sean. We are happy to discuss possible new relationships with those who may find value and genuine interest with our efforts and the technology.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

Mixed reality technology is a new computing medium. What we are seeing right now is similar to version 0 of the iPhone before it was released to the public. We are hopeful that end user adoption of the hardware will occur once the commercial versions are available and the technology matures. Enterprise users are expected to be mainstream users for the technology however in order for our software to be used, enterprises must first make the investment in the hardware technology.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

Currently we look for developers who have a strong .NET/ C# background along with knowledge of Unity3D and 3D modeling. Full-stack development with strong architectural knowledge is ideal. They should also have a very strong interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. The Mixed Reality development community is growing by the day as the HoloLens developers edition is now available in many countries. Development for the HoloLens and other immersive mixed reality devices are for the Universal Windows Platform for Windows 10.

Who is your biggest competition?

The ability to communicate in a mixed reality environment will eventually be a mainstream feature in all mixed reality applications. thynq3D was the first to build and offer this feature in our myxd3D application. The myxd3D application can be pivoted to support any industry for educational, training, knowledge management, entertainment, gaming, engineering, product development, project management, or to support many other business use cases. Microsoft recently acquired AltSpaceVR and have different
business use cases although have managed to provide a strong solution for supporting multi-user communication purposes.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in
revenues? In what markets?

We are licensing our technology to various enterprise stakeholders across several industries. The app is currently offered for free to drive user adoption and we plan to extend the application to additional hardware including smartphones, tablets, computers, and other virtual reality/ augmented reality devices. We are currently building in-app purchasing capability and will offer a tiered software-as-a-service subscription model. Overall interest has been strong and the myxd3D application technology that we built has been well received.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this
project.

The big lesson that we’ve learned so far is that if you can think it, you
can create it. This is the next step in computing technology and
completely transforms the way that we can interact with the world.