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Bill 96 Quebec Explained: 9 Astonishing Ways The Bill Will Impact Tech Companies And Startups in Quebec

A new bill in Quebec that will most likely become law soon will severally restrict companies in Quebec by making it almost illegal to operate in English. Below we will have Bill 96 Quebec explained.

Imagine, you are a small startup of 5 employees and you are sitting at your desk developing that new Cloud software, but suddenly you have a bunch of OQLF (Quebec Board of the French Language) inspectors rushing into your office screaming for you to give them your cell phones, and laptops because they have received a complain that your business does not adhere to the new bill. That might soon become a harsh reality.

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And no – they do NOT even need a warrant from a judge – they can just show up any time someone files an alleged offence against your company.

BILL 96 QUEBEC EXPLAINED: We have analyzed the bill and will review some of the impacts that will happen to technology companies and tech startup businesses in Quebec if the bill becomes a law (which seems very likely at this point)

BILL 96 QUEBEC EXPLAINED

BILL 96 QUEBEC EXPLAINED

No need to be a customer

You have to serve your customers in French no matter what and you will face penalties if your company has 5 or more employees. The new bill also includes a clause where it says that even your non-consumer clients (ie anyone in Quebec) can file a claim against your company for not providing information in French. So even if you are a company of 5 people and develop software – you might be liable for not communicating in French and will face penalties.

Government agencies / Legal Procedings

Additional burden is also added to the new bill when it comes to dealing with government agencies as well as going to court. You now have to provide all the documents in French , and if you do not have them in French, you have to translate them into French at your own cost. So basically going to small claims court to collect any money or enforce a rule of law – you will have to do it in French only. The new law also bans Quebec government employees from speaking English to you (even if they know how to speak it) – so you have to speak French or designate a French speaking employee to speak to the government when it comes to anything.

Agreements in French only

All agreements in French SVP. The way it is now, many companies put a clause in their contracts stating that the agreement will be in English and all parties are OK with it. After the new bill passes, that would be illegal and you will have to write your agreements only in French.

Hiring Must Be in French (with a few exceptions)

Do you speak French? The new bill will make it mandatory to hire in French and to justify to the government when you need to hire someone who does not speak French. If you need a developer and do not care what language he or she speaks – you will need to justify that to the government in French for the reason why. If you publish your job in English only and hire English speakers – and can not provide a reason for why – you might face still penalties (see below).

This new bill will definitely hurt Montreal ability to attract and retain companies and employees that work in international markets.

If Montreal wants to be on the cutting edge in special effects, in the video game industry, if we want to be part of the dynamic that attracts business headquarters that are pan-Canadian or international, we have to find a way of accepting that the language of [international] business is English

Michel Leblanc

President of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Francization Certificate

You will now be required to obtain Francization certificate when you are a company of just 25 employees and in some cases even a company of 5 people (in some industries). That means most of your documents and company correspondence have to be in French – which can be a huge headache for new startups with low budgets.

Still Penalties For Not Complying

Government will be very strict with any offenses they deem to be valid. First offence fine could be up to $20,000, second offence will be up to $40,000 and subsequence offences will be up to $90,000. So basically within a year, you can rack up a legal bill of $150,000 if you are not careful when it comes to hiring and dealing with customers, non customers, employees and government agencies in French. On top of that, if government thinks that you are continuing in your non complying ways they will charge you extra fines for each extra day you are not complying.

Social Media

Social media in French. Government still requires that all social media posts be in French even if your customer base is English.

Power Of Seizure / Search

Office québécois de la langue française will now have higher powers. They will now have power to seize and have access to electronic devices as your cell phones, computers, laptops and servers.

OQLF has enough employees to enforce this as they have just recently hired some additional employees.

Less English school for kids of temporary employees

Temporary employees who come to Quebec – will now have more difficulties to send their kids to English schools. The way it is now, you can send your kids to English schools and keep on sending them there by renewing the permission every 3 years. The new bill eliminates the renewal and the kids would have to go to French school.

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Montreal reclaims reigns to economic success after Covid-19 as investments pool in

As the world steps out of its shell following waves of vaccination, Montreal is not taking a breather before getting back to work. Canada’s second-largest city saw a staggering $1.86 billion dollars in foreign investments in the first half of 2021. 

This investment boom can be attributed to many things and has far-reaching implications for the city’s job market. First of all, it’s essential to acknowledge that the pandemic didn’t create a miraculous fix to attract investments. It was quite the opposite. The lockdowns following the spread of the virus stopped Montreal’s economic boom in its path. So the developments taking place right now were due a hot second ago. 

One of the reasons can be traced to Quebec’s decision to seek out American investments. One notable achievement of this pursuit was when Microsoft decided to buy the Canadian tech startup, Maluuba back in 2017. That being said, the pandemic did have a role to play in boosting media, IT, and cybersecurity-based firms because more people started valuing these things as they shifted online. 

Montreal is making the most out of this opportunity as it snowballs on its success. Great things are coming their way. 

Companies in the city launched 40 new projects while creating 6,300 new jobs. France’s L’Oreal, a leading name in the global cosmetic industry, also launched a project in the city’s Saint-Laurent borough. The project involves an expansion in distribution centers, adding 20,000 storage capacity pallets. 

All this is excellent news for the people of Montreal who didn’t have smooth sailing through the pandemic. Being a central hub in the country and housing 8.6 million of its residents, the city was shaken more strongly by the virus than others in North America. Death and disease were no strangers to the people, forcing everyone to strict lockdowns. 

With doubling down efforts on vaccination, the city is currently in its transition from lockdowns to a new normal. A testament to the people’s strength, the city has shown an increase in employment compared to before the pandemic.

Pandemic brings 3x growth to Kitchener Waterloo startup Faire

Working on a startup is an admirable goal because it takes months, often years, to get rewarded for your hard work. But sometimes, you can run into a golden egg, as was what happened to Marcos Cortes, the co-founder, and chief tech officer at Faire. The golden egg, in this case, was the lockdown following the COVID-19 -a solid example of what was a nightmare for some became a dream come true for others. 

Faire, an online marketplace connecting everyday customers with wholesale vendors, rounded up a staggering 260 million dollars in its latest investment venture earlier in June. This brought the value of this Canadian startup to 7 billion dollars -making it one of the best startups the country has seen!

With this rapid success, Faire has expanded its worker base too. The Kitchener, where the Faire employees worked, hosted around 55 workers before the pandemic, and that quickly rose to 175. The startup has continued to expand its workspace, and Cortes expects to shift to two to three large offices soon. As many companies get comfortable in the work-from-home lifestyle from the lockdown, Faire envisions a hybrid model. 

Faire has kept its momentum on expansion. The company is also looking for a space to host its 25 employees in Toronto. The company has also gone international, as they now search for offices in London, England, to facilitate their expansion in 10 European countries. 

Faire’s competitors aren’t expecting great news anytime soon, as the exponential success of startups continues to snowball. More retailers are looking to sell their products at Faire because it connects them to a larger market. Over 18,000 brands and about 200,000 retailers use Faire to sell to their target audience. Most of the retail markets that Faire caters to are small-independent retailers who love the 60-day pay time and the ability to return goods in that window. Other than that, it’s gaining popularity among medium-sized brands which are big enough for warehouse services. 

Faire has a motive, and it doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. This huge growth has caught the attention of Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm based around silicon valley, which leads the last two rounds of investment for Faire.

Top 40 Narwhals (2019 Best Tech Companies) in Canada

The Impact Centre, based in Toronto, publishes annual Narwhals’ list of 40 great Canadian tech companies that has potential to become successful on the world stage. They look at the fundraising patterns of over 1,000 private VC-funded Canadian technology product businesses in order to product their final list.

The companies on the list are weighted by their financial velocity. Financial velocity measures the speed at which a company acquires and consumes capital to fuel its growth. It is defined simply as the amount of capital a company has raised divided by the number of years it has been in existence.

Velocity is measured over time and is expressed in millions of US dollars per year. It provides a simple and elegant tool to enable entrepreneurs and investors to gauge the financial attractiveness of young and capital-intensive firms.

As you can see from the list below – entry to the Narwhal List is becoming more exclusive: the minimum financial velocity for entry is now 6.7 vs 4.7 it was in 2017.

You have various companies on the list but most come from either Artificial intelligence or Internet or Mobile industries. Most companies are concentrated mainly in Toronto.

The study points out that unfortunately none of the companies made it to their unicorn list , a company that is worth more than $1 billion, since Kik, messaging app, in 2015. At the same period of time, more than 19 US companies were founded and became Unicorns.

You can see the top 40 list below and read the full 2019 Narwhal technology report here.

Technology Narwhals

RankCompanyFoundedTotal Funding ($US Millions)Financial VelocitySectorCity
1Element AI2016105.735.2Artificial IntelligenceMontreal
2Hootsuite2008279.925.4InternetVancouver
3Ritual2014113.522.7MobileToronto
4Wealthsimple2014113.022.6InternetToronto
5Kik2009220.522.1MobileKW
6North2012152.721.8Consumer ProductKW
7Lightspeed POS2005292.020.9MobileMontreal
8Blockstream2014101.020.2BlockchainVictoria
9Integrate.ai201738.219.1Artificial IntelligenceToronto
10Hopper2007199.216.6MobileMontreal
11Breather2012113.716.2MobileMontreal
12League Inc.201476.215.2InternetToronto
13CryptoKitties201727.013.5BlockchainVancouver
14Kira Systems201550.012.5InternetToronto
15Coveo2005169.812.1InternetQuebec
16LeddarTech2007140.711.7ElectronicsQuebec
17The Aion Network201722.011.0BlockchainToronto
18ecobee2007131.310.9Consumer ProductToronto
19Assent Compliance2005151.610.8InternetOttawa
20D-Wave Systems1999209.410.5Computer HardwareVancouver
21Visier201091.510.2InternetVancouver
22TouchBistro201090.010.0MobileToronto
23Ranovus201268.59.8Computer HardwareOttawa
24Happiify20189.19.1Artificial IntelligenceToronto
25Wattpad2006117.89.1InternetToronto
26Tulip Retail201351.28.5MobileToronto
27Hubba201258.78.4InternetToronto
28D2L1999165.08.3InternetKW
29Wave200982.48.2InternetToronto
30eSentire2001140.97.8Computer HardwareKW
31Vidyard201160.77.6InternetKW
32Rubikloud201345.37.5InternetToronto
33Farmer’s Edge Laboratories2005103.67.4SoftwareWinnipeg
34Nuco201621.67.2InternetToronto
35Bench201249.17.0InternetVancouver
36Drop201527.36.8MobileToronto
37Analytics 4 Life201247.56.8SoftwareToronto
38MOJIO201247.46.8MobileVancouver
39SecureKey Technologies200873.56.7InternetToronto
40Platterz201620.06.7InternetToronto

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

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Money Raised & Companies Acquired – Canadian 2018 March Edition

March was a quieter month with fewer deals going on but there were still quite a few deals taking place. The notable deals came from Toronto ecobee raising $80m and Vancouver hootsuite raising $65m. Even an interesting concept Cryptokitties game developed in Vancouver, where you breed, raise and sell cats, got $12m in funding. Most money discussed below are in Canadian dollars.

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List of Notable of Canadian Companies That Raised Money in March 2018

Swift Medical, Toronto based, wound care management software, received $11.6m in funding

The world’s most advanced and comprehensive wound care management software Industry leaders like Healogics and PointClickCare count on Swift Medical to deliver better outcomes for all. Swift Medical delivers the most advanced wound care management software for the healthcare enterprise.

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Hootsuite, a Vancouver social media company, received financing approval for up to $65m for the growth expansion.

Manage all your social media in one place From finding prospects to serving customers, Hootsuite helps you do more with your social media.

CryptoKitties, Vancouver based, blockchain game, received $12m

CryptoKitties is one of the world’s first blockchain games. ‘Blockchain’ is the technology that makes things like Bitcoin possible. While CryptoKitties isn’t a digital currency, it does offer the same security: each CryptoKitty is one-of-a-kind and 100% owned by you. It cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed.

iS5 Communications, Toronto based company, developer of Ethernet cards, received investment from Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures

iS5Com is an integrated service and solutions provider. Manufacturer of intelligent, Industrial Ethernet products designed to be used in the harsh environments.

Green Tank Technologies, Toronto based firm specializing in cannabis vaporization hardware, got $4.3m in financing from Snoop Dogg’s VCs

Vaporizing hardware that is manufactured by a team of professionals that understand your extracts. Premium quality vapes and accessories with built-in True-Taste Ceramic Core Technologies. Find your vaporizer solutions with Green Tank Technologies.

CareWorx, Ottawa based senior care technology provider, received a $17m in funding

CareWorx delivers the very best in Managed Services to our customers. CareWorx Senior Care Division is the industry’s largest provider of managed point-of-care, eMAR, mobile computing and wireless solutions.

Poka, Quebec City, training and knowledge platform for manufacturers, got $10 million in financing

Poka is a Web and mobile app that gives factory workers the power to capture, consume and share critical information in real-time on the plant floor, leading to improved productivity. By creating a standardized multimedia knowledge base of procedures, training content and solutions related to each workstation and machine, Poka helps reduce production downtime, improve quality and safety, and facilitate communication across factories, departments and shifts.

Mojio, Vancouver, connected car cloud company, got an additional funding from their investors

Open, scalable and hardware agnostic, Mojio is the cloud platform of choice for the deployment of secure connected car apps and services. Mojio’s platform delivers a smarter, safer and more convenient driving and vehicle ownership experience to subscribers of major network operators, including Bell Canada, Deutsche Telekom, Rogers Communications, T-Mobile and TELUS.

Purpose Financial, Toronto based investment firm, has acquired Thinking Capital Financial Corporation, a Montreal based Canadian fintech lender

Today we are proudly the Canadian leader in alternative financing for small businesses. It has been a long road, including technological breakthroughs, key talent joining the team and relationships with major partners have all been key to our growth and success. This timeline summarizes our journey over the last 10 years.

ecobee, Inc., Toronto based provider of a smart Wi-Fi thermostat, received $80m in funding

ecobee is a home automation company that makes thermostats for residential and commercial use. The thermostats are controlled by using the built-in touchscreen or using an app.

ThoughtWire, Toronto based developer of an Industrial Internet of Things, got $20m in debt and financing

ThoughtWire’s vision is to deliver immediate business value by rapidly interconnecting software, people and the information they need in a more adaptable, scalable and focused way.