Eight Canadian Startups Head to the Big Apple for CTA@NYC

Posted by Rob Lewis

This fall the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service’s Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program will host eight promising Canadian-based startups at General Assembly’s New York campus.

The companies participating in CTA@NYC began a communal membership at General Assembly’s innovation campus in early September. During the three-month program CTA@NYC will help provide support and access to mentors and business and investor opportunities in New York.

The six members of the cohort and two ambassador companies are:

  • Wantering is a fashion search tool that allows shoppers to discover and buy clothing across a curated list of boutiques and major retailers all in one place.
  • Guestful is an online reservation API for restaurants search & discovery apps.
  • Live Insite is a human approach to influencing customer behavior.
  • BRIKA offers an online shopping experience that celebrates modern craft by featuring the work of authentic makers, artisans and designers.
  • Crowdsourced Testing provides crowdsourced software testing services to web, software, mobile app and video game developers.
  • Loose Button helps consumers better discover, try and purchase quality beauty and lifestyle products through a unique experience.
  • PetroFeed (ambassador) is a network that collects, connects and opens access to the world’s petroleum and natural gas resources and the people who commercialize them.
  • Cream HR (ambassador) allows you to spend your recruitment budget more strategically and effectively while coming away with the best hires possible.

“We’re thrilled to be chosen to participate in CTA@NYC. Having launched our fashion search engine this summer, we’re excited to continue connecting with the New York City fashion, technology and investor communities as we grow on this momentum,” said Matt Friesen, co-founder and CEO of Wantering. “There is no substitute for the connections that we’ll get from CTA@NYC,” said Friesen. “For us, New York City is the centre of the universe.”

CTA@NYC offers more than just an opportunity for startups to fast-track network-building and mentorship. The program represents the growth and need for acceleration for young Canadian-based companies, backed by support from the Canadian government. Access to multinational businesses, renowned investment firms and business networks make the experience invaluable.

The Canadian Technology Accelerator is recruiting the next six founders to join in NYC from December 4, 2013 to March 4, 2014. Apply online by October 6th to be considered.

CTA@NYC's alumni network includes BusBud, Buyosphere, BuzzBuzzHome, Engagio, Frank & Oak, GreenOwl, Hovr.it, Mobovivo, Picatic, Pressly, SendToNews, ShinyAds, SpeakerFile, SweetIQ, Uken Games, Wedding Republic and more.

Company:
Loose Button
Website:
http://www.loosebutton.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Loose Button is a company that connects its members with luxury brands. Every season, Loose Button members receive a Luxe Box filled with 7-8 beauty and lifestyle products for them to try, allowing them to discover new brands and products that they may have never experienced before. more

Company:
Wantering
Website:
http://www.wantering.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Wantering is designed to solve one of the most basic problems in online shopping: how do you find something to buy when you don’t know exactly what you want. In order to solve this problem, Wantering has spent the last 18 months building some unique technology. The first piece is the crawling framework that allows Wantering to gather up-to-date pricing, stock, and other metadata about over 500,000 products in... more

Company:
Cream.hr
Website:
http://cream.hr
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cream is a pre-employment assessment service. We are a top-of-the-funnel filtering system that allows employers to quickly and easily filter out unproductive candidates before reading a single resume. We rate the intrinsic skills that correlate to productivity of every candidate to determine who are the few (roughly 15% of applicant pool) that will increase productivity in a work environment. more

Company:
Guestful
Website:
http://guestful.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Guestful helps restaurants fill their tables. We get restaurant availability in front of more customers - in just a few clicks. more

Company:
BRIKA
Website:
http://www.brika.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

BRIKA is a unique online shopping destination that offers a curated selection of special pieces that are destined to become heirlooms and celebrates the makers behind them. Weaving a sense of community and creativity into the fabric of the brand, BRIKA is a place shoppers can come to find inspiration as easily as beautiful, modern crafts. more


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Rob Lewis

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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