JOLT Announces Six Startups for Summer 2012 Cohort

by Techvibes NewsDesk

First announced in June, Canadian startup accelerator JOLT has revealed its inaugural cohort.

A product of MaRS in Toronto, JOLT focuses on web and mobile companies that "promise to transform the way consumers and enterprises interact with technologies."

The Summer 2012 Cohort consists of six startups, highlighted below.

1. Venngage

Founded by Eugene Woo and Lucas Walker, Venngage is an online platform for creating infographics in minutes. Venngage allows you to automatically jazz up boring reports by integrating with APIs and spreadsheets to produce one-page infographics. This startup hopes to become the leader in SaaS data visualization and infographics software and Toronto’s next billion dollar company.

2. SlingRide

Founded by Mike Holmes, Bryan Hurren, and Suneel Tikkavarapu, SlingRide is an online ridesharing network that allows drivers and passengers to safely connect, coordinate, and reduce their cost of travel. SlingRide offers drivers and passengers a new way to experience ridesharing that saves both money and reduces the impact on the environment. Drivers set their own fee, post their rides, and review and approve all potential passengers before meeting. Passengers can also use SlingRide to search for rides, review and learn more about drivers, make booking requests, coordinate pickup and drop off locations, as well as send online payments. SlingRide aims to transform ridesharing into a safe and reliable alternative means of transportation.


Founded by Adnan Smajic, Miroslav Jeliaskoff, and Keith Loo, is a new social media portal dedicated to sport enthusiasts. Bridging two distinct online community bases, social media users and sport fans, utilizes Twitter-like streams to provide users with a way to connect and share their opinions ("touts") about all professional and amateur sport leagues, teams and players.’s goal is to be a $60-million company in five years.

4. ShelfLife

Founded by James Chillcott and his team, ShelfLife is a next generation social commerce platform providing fans of collectibles with a secret base to buy, sell and collect the things they love most. Their permanent record of every collectible ever made allows them to automatically match buyers and sellers as efficiently as the stock market. ShelfLife services some of the largest profitable segments of the consumer economy with a series of linked services that result in extraordinarily high levels of interaction and revenue flow for vendors and partners.

5. eProf

Founded by Trevor Koverko and Evan Lewis, eProf is an educational community where teachers and students connect in interactive virtual classrooms. Their platform helps teachers by giving them an easy way to consolidate their teaching materials, reach out to students and earn a sustainable income. At the same time, students are given an affordable way to learn specific subjects in a live social setting. 

6. Greengage Mobile

Founded by Lindsey and Braiden Goodchild, Greengage Mobile’s mission is to help companies achieve their sustainability goals by inspiring, educating, and engaging employees through the use of innovative mobile software solutions. Greengage Mobile has created a new software platform, which includes a sustainability-focused smartphone app that works as both an employee engagement tool and a management system. Employees learn how to be more sustainable and get rewards for completed sustainable actions through the interactive, social, and gamified app. 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

MaRS, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs, connects the communities of science, business and capital and fosters collaboration among them. This happens physically through location of research labs, companies of all sizes, business advisors, investors and professional services within the MaRS Centre and more broadly through hands-on advisory services, entrepreneurial programming,... more

JOLT Accelerator
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

JOLT is a technology accelerator dedicated to building high-growth web and mobile companies that promise to transform the way consumers and enterprises interact with technologies. more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Venngage is an online infographics tool that helps you create and publish custom infographics, engage your viewers, and track your results. more

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