Canadian Technology Accelerator in Silicon Valley Helps Entrepreneurs Go Global

Posted by David Ciccarelli

There comes a time in the life of every entrepreneur when you get a break. That has certainly happened for myself and a group of Canadian entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the Canadian Technology Accelerator hosted by the Consulate General of Canada in Silicon Valley.

For those who don't know, the Canadian Technology Accelerator is a new program designed to grow innovative Canadian technology companies in Silicon Valley.

Since landing in the Valley a few weeks ago, I’ve had the opportunity to scope out the city, our co-workspace, RocketSpace, and have some promising meetings. In fact, the whole crew has connected well. There is truly a sense of camaraderie and willingness to help and encourage each other. So it seemed natural to ask these founders to give you their first impressions as well to provide you with a quick snapshot of innovation happening in Canada.

APPIFIER

Appifier is bringing visibility, discoverability and monetization to online publishers on mobile phones and tablets following the model that Apple used with Newsstand to bring print publishers to life on their devices. Appifier leverages a powerful app creation engine to quickly build app experiences around online content and distribute it using Blogstand. Unlike content aggregators, Blogstand partners with publishers and supports engaging native-only features. Ensuring experiences are unique and powerful.

"Being part of the CTA has greatly changed our perception around the industry and allowed us to benefit from relationships and insight from some of the leading minds in technique. Meeting and working with entrepreneurs from across the continent has brought a fresh perspective on old challenges and a powerful drive to solve new ones," said Mike Gozo, a cofounder.

CAREERIFY

Careerify helps companies build a lasting recruitment culture by transforming each employee into recruitment ambassadors. By combining social big data and an engagement platform, Careerify solutions provide HR the ability to market talent acquisition needs through social media, continually engage employees through behavior driven milestones, and help employees identify the best talent via employee referral within their social graph. Customers include SunGard, Bayer, Emerson, Rent-A-Center and Just Energy.

"The offerings and amenities provided to Canadian companies are simply unparalleled. It gives us greater access and visibility in the world of technology and allows for synergies," said Sambhi. "All technology companies should take this opportunity if their focus is global," explained Harpaul Sambhi, CEO.

EDISTORM

Edistorm is a realtime idea collaboration tool using stickynotes. Using only a web browser, Edistorm enables teams to connect to a shared virtual wall (rather than travel to a single office) where they can spatially add, organize and comment on ideas. Using dotmocracy style voting, each user can place dots on their favorite ideas to quickly surface the best ones to act on.

"The opportunity to rub shoulders with the CEOs and leaders of the technology companies that are/will be changing our lives is amazing," noted Reg Cheramy, CEO. "Being exposed to early startups trying new things in San Francisco first, gives a unique perspective on what works and what doesn't. There are early adopters and viral buzz down here that you can't find anywhere else in the world. The Canadian Technology Accelerator, Rocketspace, and C100 are providing a massive value in exposing Canadian startups to the people, ideas and resources to accelerate their growth, network and customers."

HAMMERATI

Hammerati is a management platform for home renovations. Estimate costs, track progress, and hold your contractor accountable for everything they do in your home.

"The power of the Valley is that it forces you to stand inside of what's possible, and then dares you to settle for anything less. Stay here or not, I think every founder owes it to themselves to come down to see what's here for them," said Carlo Perez, founder.

LEARNDOT

Learndot is the first platform to bring a new iterative, data-driven process to corporate learning & development. This leap forward gives Learndot's customers a competitive advantage; their learning programs are more effective, more engaging, and can evolve very rapidly.

"The CTA program is giving the most promising Canadian startups unparalleled access to talent, experience, and markets accessible only in the Bay Area. In the first week of the program, Learndot already signed a significant customer that we would not have accessed without the help of the program. It is a fantastic opportunity. " - Paul Lambert, CEO, Learndot

SHAREDESK

ShareDesk is a marketplace for sharing offices and workspaces. The platform allows companies to monetize the idle desks and spaces in their office. Entrepreneurs and mobile professionals can discover and book work and meeting spaces instantly, on flexible terms.

"We're excited about the opportunities in Collaborative Consumption and seeing the proliferation of shared workspaces first hand- providing access, economic benefits, and a platform to connect and collaborate," affirmed Kia Rahmani, CEO. "We're stoked to be working alongside an incredible lineup of Canadian entrepreneurs here in San Francisco, and look forward to working closely with the CTA and C100 to tap into new resources."

SHOPLOCKET

ShopLocket is the easiest way to sell professionally online. The platform is ‘unlocking’ a new class of merchants in online retail. ShopLocket lets you embed your products into any existing website, no storefront or setup required. With ShopLocket ecommerce is as easy and social as sharing a Youtube video.

"Even in my first two weeks down at RocketSpace I've had the opportunity to meet so many incredible people. I've often visited the Valley, but it doesn't begin to compare to staying here for a longer period of time. I only wish I had done it sooner," said Katherine Hague, a cofounder.

VOICES.COM

Voices.com is the online market place that connects businesses with professional voice-over talents. Voices.com has over 200,000 customers and with a broad clientele from Fortune 500s to small businesses. Their award-winning web service helps organizations search for, audition and hire voice talent for radio and television commercials, online videos, games and elearning courses. In 2012, Voices.com won the “Business of the Year” award from the Chamber of Commerce.

“The opportunity to spend three months in Silicon Valley is definitely a chance of a lifetime. It’s why we’re all making the most of the limited time here. From mentorship sessions and meetings with prospective customers, partners and investors, it’s a flurry of activity that could only happen in Silicon Valley,” said David Ciccarelli, CEO.

If this sounds like it would benefit your technology start-up, apply to be part of the next cohort of Canadian technology companies in the Valley. Visit the Canadian Technology Accelerator website for more information.

Company:
Edistorm
Website:
http://www.edistorm.com
Location:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Edistorm is a social brainstorming application empowering friends and coworkers to rapidly brainstorm and make better decisions. more

Company:
Careerify
Website:
http://www.careerify.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Careerify is a social talent acquisition and employee engagement software that great organizations use to build their recruitment strategy. This platform allows organizations to connect with their employee’s vast social networks, creating a great opportunity to reach millions of potential candidates and find the best talent from those that you trust most; your employees. more

Company:
ShareDesk
Website:
http://www.sharedesk.net
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

ShareDesk is an online marketplace for shared workspaces. We provide a platform that allows mobile workers, teams, and startups to discover shared workspaces and book them under flexible terms. Whether you are traveling on business and need a conference room for a few hours to meet with clients in London, or a startup looking for a shared office space in San Francisco for a few months‐ you can use our platform... more

Company:
ShopLocket
Website:
http://www.shoplocket.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ShopLocket lets anyone start selling professionally online in minutes. Simply publish a product, embed it in any website, Facebook page, or blog post, and start collecting orders. Finally, selling online is as simple as it should be. more

Company:
Appifier
Website:
http://www.theappifier.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

We're bringing visibility, discoverability and monetization to online publishers on mobile phones and tablets following the model that Apple used with Newsstand to bring print publishers to life on their devices. We leverage a powerful app creation engine to quickly build app experiences around online content and distribute it using Blogstand. Unlike content aggregators, Blogstand partners with publishers and... more

Company:
Learndot
Website:
http://www.learndot.com/
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Companies use Learndot to achieve business results through learning; they certify customers, educate partners, and get new employees up to speed – faster and at scale. more

Company:
Hammerati
Website:
http://hammerati.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hammerati is a collaboration platform for home renovations. Estimate your costs, track progress, and hold your contractor accountable for everything they do in your home. more

Company:
Voices.com
Website:
http://www.voices.com
Location:
London, Ontario, Canada

Voices.com is the industry leading website that connects businesses with professional voice talents. Radio and television stations, advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies rely upon the Voices.com marketplace to search for, audition and hire voice talents with the assistance of our innovative SurePay™ escrow service and our award-winning Web application. more


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David Ciccarelli

David Ciccarelli

David is the Chief Executive Officer of Voices.com where he oversees finance, operations and technology. David was nominated for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Business Development Bank of Canada and has also presented Voices.com as a New Voices winner at DigiFest, an award recognizing Voices.com as an industry leader who provides digital media products and innovations that... more



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