canada startups

Update (February 13, 2016): A few more additions: 

Update: Not surprisingly, I have received a flurry of suggestions about startups not on the list. They include: Sortable, 360incentives, AppDirect, Benevity, BuildDirect, ChargeSpot, Clearpath Robotics, D2L, Ecobee, Eyecarrot, Feast, Flipp, Honk Mobile, Hootsuite, Hubba, Interaxon, Jobber, Kinetic Cafe, KnowRoaming, LEAGUE, Lucova, Nulogy, Paysavvy, Pressly, Ranovus, TimeHero, Stackadapt, Touchbistro, TopHat Monocle, Turnstyle Solutions, Wattpad and Wave.

Who are Canada’s hottest startups?

It is a challenging (impossible?) question to answer because “hot” can be defined in many ways: revenue growth, capital raised, awards won, media coverage, the disruptive potential of a product or technology, etc. Another variable is how to define a “startup”. At what stage does a business graduate from startup to small business?

In other words, it can be a fool’s game to create a definitive “hot startup” list, which may or may not have much value other than giving startups the opportunity to wave the flag. 

Nevertheless, let’s collectively create a list of Canada’s hottest startups. I have bravely ventured into the fray by tapping into a variety of sources: Metabridge, Branham’s Up & Coming ICT, Deloitte’s Companies to Watch, PWC’s Vision to Reality Awards and 48 Hours in Valley’s 2015 cohort, and adding some personal choices. 

If there is a startup that should be on the list, leave a comment or drop me a note.

1QB Information Technologies
Addo
AirTV
Aislelabs
Amity
AptoVision
AskforTask
Askuity
Athlete Builder
Athletigen
Auvik
Avanti Commerce
Battlefy
Better Software Co.
Big Bang ERP
BigRoad
BONE Structure
Borrowell
Breather
Bridgit
Busbud
BuzzBuzzHome
Carbon60 Networks
CareGuide
Chef’s Plate
Community Sift
Control
Corsa Technology 
CrowdRiff
Curatio
Dynamic Owl Consulting
FarmLead
Fatigue Science
Figure 1
Financeit
Flatbook
Flipgive
Flixel
Flybits 
Fok
FundThrough
Fusebill
Graphite Software
GreenOwl Mobile
GroupBy
Horizn
Influitive
Kik
Kiwi Wearables
Klipfolio
Latergramme
LeadSift
Limelight Platform
LoginRadius
LookBook
LoopLab
MappedIn
Meta
Mindful Experience
Mnubo
Mover
NoviFLow
Nudge
Nymi
Oculys Health
Optigo Networks
PACTA
Payso
PHEMI 
Plasticity Labs
PostBeyond
Qwalify
Qoints
RateHub
Readyportal
Ritual
Rithm
Roadmunk
RosterBot
Rubikloud
SceneDoc
SeamlessMD
Sensibill
Sharethebus
Shoebox App
Showbie
SKILLS
Smart Skin Technologies
Statflo
Storybird
Tactalis
Thalmic Labs
ThinkData Works
ThoughtWire
TopLog
TrustPoint Innovation
Uberflip
Unata
Upverter
Vanhawks
Vantage Analytics
VarageSale
Vidyard
Volley
Wagepoint
WealthSimple
Yomes
You.i TV

To see who supports and finances Canadian startups, check out this interactive infographic.


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