OCE-Supported Companies In The News

  • November 14, 2017 – BetaKitiMerciv named winner of Telus $100,000 Small Business Competition

    OCE-supported iMerciv was named the winner of the $100,000 top prize at the Telus Pitch competition. The pitch competition was launched with District Ventures founder Arlene Dickinson in September 2017, and asked entrepreneurs to share how the money would help them achieve key business goals.

  • November 10, 2017 – TechvibesOntario Will Enlist Drones to Enforce HOV Lanes
    The Sky Guys have teamed up with NVIDIA, IBM and the University of Toronto to work closely with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) to develop an AI-enabled drone solution to monitor the province’s 400-series highways. This initiative is in response to the Vehicle Occupancy Detection problem statement issued by the government, a document that describes the challenges of monitoring a brand new toll lane.
  • November 10, 2017 – IT World CanadaSensibill wins Ingenious Spark Award for helping banking app users track their spending habits
    OCE-supported Sensibill  has been named the first-ever recipient of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)’s Ingenious Spark award for helping banks across North America – and beyond – fill a critical gap in their mobile services.
  • November 6, 2017 – Globe and MailHow to feed a hungry city
    How does Toronto's garden grow? With fish farms, rooftop planters, and vegetable patches all in a row. The city has become a leader in urban agriculture thanks to companies such as SmartStart-supported Ripple Farms, but there's worry public awareness is lagging.
  • October 31, 2017 – Private Capital JournalPayso/Finn.ai secures $3M venture capital financing
    Payso Inc., dba Finn.ai, a provider of AI-powered virtual assistant built for banking and personal finance, has secured a $3 million round of financing led by Yaletown Partners, Flying Fish Partners, and John Livingston, former CEO and Chairman of Absolute Software (TSX: ABT) with participation of an angel syndicate comprised of senior technology and banking executives.
  • October 26, 2017 – AGE-WELLStabilizing glove for people with hand tremors wins Canada-wide competition
    Steadiwear, a SmartStart company that develops technology to decrease hand tremors, won a national ideathon competition hosted by the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence and HACKING HEALTH. Earlier this year, Steadiwear was declared the winner of the ONtrepreneurs pitch competition, hosted at Discovery 2017.
  • October 26, 2017 – BetaKitSkyWatch and Ada Support each take home $50,000 at Communitech Rev Demo Day
    SmartStart company SkyWatch split $100,000 in winnings with Ada Support at Communitech Rev Demo Day. Following the CIX Summit, the event featured pitches from revenue-focused startups recently graduated from the Communitech Rev Accelerator.
  • October 24, 2017 – BetaKitAccessNow receives $10,000 from #MoveTheDial Pitch Competition

    Five women founders pitched to a room of 100 people for the first-ever #MoveTheDial hackathon. In the end, Maayan Ziv, CEO of AccessNow, took the top prize of $10,000.

  • October 24, 2017 – Nix Sensor LtdNix Sensor selected as two-time winner in prestigious German Design Awards
    Nix Sensor Ltd, an OCE-supported company, has been named a two-time winner of the internationally recognized 2018 German Design Awards. Their hand-held colorimeters the Nix Pro Color Sensor and Nix Mini Color Sensor were awarded Winners of Excellent Product Design by the German Design Council, Germany’s leading brand and design authority.
  • October 19, 2017 – Business InsiderBraze Mobility unveils obstacle-detection system for wheelchairs
    Braze Mobility Inc. has launched an add-on system that can transform a regular wheelchair into a "smart" wheelchair able to help prevent collisions.
  • October 16, 2017 – Fast CompanyThese Cold-Weather Container Farms Let Produce Grow In The Arctic
    As traditional Inuit diets change, they’re being replaced with processed food because it’s so difficult to stock markets with fresh produce. Thanks to the Growcer, they can grow it themselves, even in sub-zero temperatures.
  • October 13, 2017 – LiON's LAIRFive innovative startups win big at LiON’S LAIR competition
    OCE-supported Aiva Labs, Lumago, and BridesMade won big at this year's Lion's Lair competition, hosted by Innovation Factory and Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
  • October 11, 2017 – CTV NewsRobotics gives teen with cerebral palsy freedom
    'Solowalk' technology from OCE-supported GaitTronics has drastically improved the mobility of a teen with cerebral palsy. 
  • October 10, 2017 – BetaKitNuco raises $27 million to build interoperable blockchain network
    Toronto-based Nuco has raised $27 million CAD to build its interoperable blockchain network, called Aion.
  • October 3, 2017 – Wysdom.AICrowdCare Raises Additional $8.5 Million To Fund Rapid Global Growth, Announces Corporate Rebranding To Wysdom.AI
    TalentEdge company Wysdom.AI has raised $8.5 million, led by ScaleUP Ventures with participation from investors Brightspark Ventures and Mantella Venture Partners. This additional capital will fuel the global expansion of Wysdom’s industry-leading cognitive care solution for the enterprise.
  • October 3, 2017 – Huffington PostThis New Technology Can Help Kids With Autism Participate In Class
    Starting this fall, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will be testing out WebMoti, a multimedia, multi-sensory system that will allow students who struggle with sensory overload to attend class remotely in a way they can control. The testing is being funded by the Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE) AdvancingEducation Program and will see 16 elementary and post-secondary TDSB students try out WebMoti over the next 24 months.
  • September 27, 2017 – Ottawa Business JournalOttawa firm’s ‘passwordless’ system lands $1M in funding

    With the Equifax scandal and other high-profile corporate security breaches making headlines around the world, an Ottawa firm believes its “passwordless” digital authentication technology is an idea whose time has come.

    Kanata’s inBay Technologies announced in late September it has landed $1 million in seed financing from Netherlands-based Ramphastos Investments and a local “super angel” represented by Ottawa’s Tongda One Partners.

  • September 27, 2017 – Sarnia JournalHomegrown data company earning global recognition

    A local company in the high-tech sector of information gathering for food banks has cracked the “Best for the World” list.

    Link2Feed is a four-year-old enterprise that’s developed software to electronically track who uses food banks and why.

  • September 26, 2017 – Digital JournalLuminari Raises Over $500,000 from Some of Canada's Top Investors
    Luminari Talent Inc. announced it has raised over $500,000 from some of Canada's top investors. The round was lead by XDL Chairman & Founding member of the Creative Destruction Lab, Dennis Bennie. Other investors include William Tunstall-Pedoe, Epstein Enterprises, Adam Dean, and Jay Rosenzweig. Luminari also received a grant from the OCE SmartStart program, adding to the injected capital.
  • September 25, 2017 – BetaKitKoho raises $8 million from Portag3 Ventures
    OCE-supported Koho plans to use the funding to scale its technology platform and hire more engineering and operations at its new Toronto headquarters.