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42 Technologies, a 30 Under 30 Retail Analytics Startup, Brings Big Data To Retail

NEWS 42 Technologies, a 30 Under 30 Retail Analytics Startup, Brings Big Data To Retail As more retail sales occur online, the need for sophisticated, tailored e-commerce technologies grows simultaneously. Enterprises need to be able to quickly aggregate and query the sales data they accumulate to understand better and predict consumer behavior. Cathy Han (Next [...]

Waterloo’s SkyWatch Raises $10M to Make Satellite Data Easily Accessible

NEWS Waterloo's SkyWatch Raises $10M to Make Satellite Data Easily Accessible SkyWatch Space Applications (Next Founders, 2016), a space tech startup running out of Kitchener-Waterloo, has completed a $10 million CAD ($7.5 million USD) Series A round. Bullpen Capital led the round, with participation from existing investors, Space Capital, Golden Ventures, Techstars Ventures, SK Ventures, [...]

Plastics Alternative Startup Ecopackers Raises $4.3M

NEWS Plastics Alternative Startup Ecopackers Raises $4.3M Entrepreneur Nuha Siddiqui (Next 36, 2018) pitched her compostable replacement to plastics to her first venture capital investor in 2018 while snacking on a bowl of packing peanuts – foam nuggets used in packaging to prevent damage. “When people didn’t believe that it was 100 per cent compostable, [...]

Edgar Brown’s FYT Brings The Valley Mindset To Canada

NEWS Edgar Brown’s FYT Brings The Valley Mindset To Canada Entrepreneurship is a family affair for Edgar Brown (Next 36, 2019), co-founder and CEO of the mobile fitness company FYT. Growing up, he was admirative of his father who owns his own dental practice and thought that the next step was to train to become [...]

Bridgit Opens First Satellite Office, Looks to Tap Into Toronto’s Talent Pool

NEWS Bridgit Opens First Satellite Office, Looks to Tap Into Toronto's Talent Pool Bridgit (Next 36, 2013), a startup developing software for the construction industry, has officially opened its first satellite office in Toronto. The Kitchen-Waterloo-based startup feels the move will help establish it as a major player in Toronto’s tech community. The new office [...]

Toronto Startup Lilia Looks to Streamline Fertility Testing

NEWS Toronto Startup Lilia Looks to Streamline Fertility Testing We’ve surrounded ourselves with technology to help us make decisions. Apps tell us the quickest routes to get where we’re going, others tell us where to stay or what to eat. And yet knowing our ability to have a child and when our bodies are capable [...]

Flashfood Teams Up With Meijer Grocery Chain to Cut In-Store Food Waste

NEWS Flashfood Teams Up With Meijer Grocery Chain to Cut In-Store Food Waste U.S. grocery chain Meijer has teamed up with the folks at Flashfood (Next Founders, 2018) to cut down on food waste in its Detroit-area stores. Using Canada-based Flashfood’s app, grocery stores can sell surplus food nearing its expiration date at discounted prices, including [...]

Flare Systems Raises $1M for Darknet Intelligence Software

NEWS Flare Systems Raises $1M for Darknet Intelligence Software Flare Systems (Next AI - Montreal, 2019), a Montreal-based cybersecurity startup that helps financial institutions track and avoid security threats, has closed a $1 million seed round. Flare, which recently completed the Centech, Next AI, and Desjardins Startup in Residence programs, said the investment will allow it to expand [...]

How SnapTravel Leverages Its Valley Roots to Keep Tech Talent in Canada

NEWS How SnapTravel Leverages Its Valley Roots to Keep Tech Talent in Canada Once regarded as a siphon for talent to Silicon Valley, Toronto and Waterloo have become important beachheads for both Canadian and international tech companies. Large global firms like Uber and Instacart can tap into a pool of rich, affordable talent, while Canadian [...]

When Steph Curry Has Your Back: The SnapTravel Story

NEWS When Steph Curry Has Your Back: The SnapTravel Story It’s not everyday that an NBA great funds your company, shows off your swag at the NBA Finals, tweets about you to his 13.7 million Twitter followers, and pulls you on stage at Disrupt SF, one of the most popular tech startup events of the [...]

N36 Alum Venture North Now Offers Focals Smart Glasses Fittings and Purchases Via App

NEWS N36 Alum Venture North Now Offers Focals Smart Glasses Fittings and Purchases Via App North’s (co-founded by Next 36 alumnus Stephen Lake) Focals smart glasses are the first in the category to even approach mainstream appeal, but to date, the only way to get a pair has been to go into a physical North [...]

Next 36 Startup Correly Squired By Ottawa-Based GenM

NEWS Next 36 Startup Correly Squired By Ottawa-Based GenM Toronto-based startup Correly (Next 36, 2019), which provides a platform that streamlines product demos, has been acquired by Ottawa-based GenM. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Correly’s platform allows companies to browse and click with customers on the same screen, and calculate how engaged customers [...]

LinkedIn Top Startups 2019: The 25 Hottest Canadian Companies To Work For Now

NEWS LinkedIn Top Startups 2019: The 25 Hottest Canadian Companies To Work For Now The 2019 LinkedIn Top Startups list reveals the 25 hottest companies where Canadians want to work now. With the 2nd annual Top Startups ranking, we uncover the breakout companies commanding professionals’ attention today: the ones that are growing massively, scrambling industries, [...]

Five NEXT Alumni Ventures Recognized As CIX Top Companies

NEWS Five NEXT Alumni Ventures Recognized As CIX Top Companies CIX has released its 2019 list of top companies, with multiple NEXT Canada alumni ventures making the cut. Congratulations to: CIX Top 20 Early Companies: Chisel AI, CryptoNumerics and Sampler CIX Top 20 Early Companies: Platterz and Vendasta {{ vc_btn: title=Read+More&style=flat&shape=round&color=black&align=left&i_type=typicons&i_icon_typicons=typcn+typcn-chevron-right&add_icon=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.thestar.com%252Fnews%252Fgta%252F2019%252F08%252F27%252Fhow-hotel-pools-could-be-used-to-trim-wait-lists-for-toronto-swimming-lessons.html%7C%7Ctarget%3A%2520_blank%7C&css=.vc_custom_1569203493821%7Bmargin-top%3A+20px+%21important%3B%7D }}

N36 Venture Trims Wait-Lists For Toronto Swimming Lessons By Leveraging Under-Utilized Hotel Pools

NEWS N36 Venture Trims Wait-Lists For Toronto Swimming Lessons By Leveraging Under-Utilized Hotel Pools It’s the Uber of swimming, the Lyft of lessons and it might make a dent in the long list of those waiting for openings in the City of Toronto’s aquatics programs. Taking a page from the Uber playbook, it’s a tech [...]

NF Venture Sampler Receives $1M From CIBC Innovation Banking

NEWS NF Venture Sampler Receives $1M From CIBC Innovation Banking CIBC Innovation Banking has provided $1 million in debt financing to Toronto-based Sampler (Founded by Next Founders alumna Marie Chevrier). Sampler works with consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies like L’Oréal, Unilever, Nestlé, and Henkel to manage product sampling programs, with the goal of generating consumer [...]

Canada Awarding Almost $2M To Mogile Technologies For EV Infrastructure Projects

NEWS Canada Awarding Almost $2M To Mogile Technologies For EV Infrastructure Projects Natural Resources Canada is awarding almost $2 million to Mogile Technologies Inc. (Next Founders, 2017), a Québec-based company, to develop two innovative electric vehicle infrastructure solutions in Québec. The first project, with an investment of $1.136 million, will test new technology—compatible with multiple [...]

Next 36 Alum Are Taking On The Construction Industry

NEWS Next 36 Alum Are Taking On The Construction Industry Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake (Next 36, 2013), co-founders of Bridgit, join BNN Bloomberg to talk about their online project management platform that targets general contractors, engineer firms and real estate developers. The business recently received $1.5 million in debt growth capital financing. {{ vc_btn: [...]

N36 Alum’s Fertility Startup Lilia Attracts Early Interest From Investors

NEWS N36'Ers Fertility Startup Lilia Attracts Early Interest From Investors While Alyssa Atkins (Next 36, 2013) endured an unnerving three-month wait to get the results of her fertility test, she figured there had to be a better way. In less time than it took to receive her results, she launched her own female fertility company, [...]

NEXT Canada Celebrates Cohorts At Venture Day, Receives $1M Investment

NEWS NEXT Canada Celebrates Cohorts At Venture Day, Receives $1M Investment On Wednesday, more than 10 NEXT Canada ventures pitched their startup at NEXT Venture Day, to an audience of business leaders, partners, alum, and investors. Venture Day celebrated the end of three NEXT Canada programs, Next 36, which supports young founders of early-stage businesses; [...]

Nud Fud Inc. Founder Julia Kirouac Wins Inaugural W. Galen Weston Top Entrepreneur Award

NEWS Nud Fud Inc. Founder Julia Kirouac Wins Inaugural W. Galen Weston Top Entrepreneur Award Julia Kirouac – founder of innovative plant-based snack producer nud fud inc. – took home the inaugural W. Galen Weston Top Entrepreneur Award last night at NEXT Canada's annual Venture Day, in Toronto. Named in honour of NEXT Canada founding [...]

N36 Venture Bridgit Raises $1.5M From CIBC Innovation Banking

NEWS N36 Venture Bridgit Raises $1.5M From CIBC Innovation Banking Kitchener-based Bridgit (Next 36, 2013), a project management platform for construction businesses, has received $1.5 million in debt growth capital financing from CIBC Innovation Banking. The funding follows the startup’s $6.2 million Series A (closed in March), and will be used to support Bridgit as [...]

NAI Alum Curv Health Raises $1.5M Seed Round For AI-Powered Insights Platform

NEWS NAI Alum Curv Health Raises $1.5M Seed Round For AI-Powered Insights Platform Toronto-based Curv Health, a healthtech startup whose platform allows users to extract physical health and performance metrics through video taken on a mobile device, has closed a $1.5 million seed round. The round was led by Henri Deshays, a partner at Newfund [...]

VoiceHero Accepted To Third Class Of Techstars’ Amazon Alexa Accelerator

NEWS VoiceHero Accepted To Third Class Of Techstars' Amazon Alexa Accelerator Two Canadian startups, EdTech company Yourika, and voice technology startup VoiceHero (co-founded by Next 36 alumni Jacob Chan and Joseph Truong), have been selected to participate in Techstars’ Amazon Alexa Accelerator. Both companies will join seven other early-stage startups taking part in the program, [...]

NF Venture Atomwise Is Using AI To Speed Up The Development Of Medications Targeted At Specific Cancer Cells

NEWS NF Venture Atomwise Is Using AI To Speed Up The Development Of Medications Targeted At Specific Cancer Cells Abraham Heifets (Next Founders, 2013) is the CEO and co-founder of Atomwise, a biotech company using patented deep learning artificial intelligence technology to predict and discover which drugs will be better, safer and more potent for [...]

AI Robot Developed By NAI Venture Intuitive Reduces Waste Contamination At SFU

NEWS AI Robot Developed By NAI Venture Intuitive Reduces Waste Contamination At SFU Confused about which recycling bin to toss your coffee cup into? At SFU’s Surrey campus, an artificial intelligence (AI) robot named Oscar will steer you in the right direction. Oscar, developed and invented by an SFU student and an SFU alumnus, uses [...]

Ample Labs, Ada Officially Launch AI Chatbot For Toronto’s Homeless Community

NEWS Ample Labs, Ada Officially Launch AI Chatbot For Toronto's Homeless Community Ample Labs, a Toronto-based non-profit that builds technology solutions for the homeless community has officially launched Chalmers, its AI-powered chatbot, in partnership with AI and chatbot technology company Ada (co-founded by Next 36 alumnus Mike Murchison). Chalmers was created to instantly connect Toronto’s [...]

Prize Winning Startups At Startupfest 2019

NEWS Prize Winning Startups At Startupfest 2019 The 9th edition of Startupfest wraps up today, this time at a warm and sunny Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Île Notre-Dame. Thousands of people turned up from all over to hear from leading innovators, pitch investors (or grandmothers), learn from mentors and just generally network with those who [...]

How N36’er Ron Glozman Turned a University AI Experiment into an Insurance Industry Disruptor

NEWS How N36'Er Ron Glozman Turned A University AI Experiment Into An Insurance Industry Disruptor While studying for his double degree at University of Waterloo and Laurier University, Next 36 alumnus Ron Glozman would’ve given anything to split himself in two so he could tackle both course loads at once. Instead, the computer science and [...]