Six Canadian Startups are Finalists in SXSW Accelerator Competition

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Six startups representing Canada have have SXSW's list of 48 finalists for its Accelerator Competition, which this week was whittled down from 500.

Canada made a strong showing in the Wearable Technologies category with three startups: Toronto's Bionym, Montreal's Mighty Cast, and Toronto's Kiwi Wearables. Bionym was a finalist in this year's Canadian Startup Awards.

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Montreal's PPLCONNECT is a finalist in the Social Technologies category; Montreal's Synbiota is a finalist in the Innovative World Technologies category; and North Vancouver's Plantiga is a finalist in the Health Technologies category.

The 48 startups will pitch on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 at the Hilton Downtown Austin.

"The level of innovative ideas that were submitted made it very challenging to pick the top companies for each category," said SXSW. "It is an honour to invite these finalist to be part of SXSW 2014 and we congratulate them for their forward thinking ideas."

Company:
Bionym Inc.
Website:
http://www.bionym.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bionym develops the Nymi, a wristband that authenticates the wearer using unique characteristics of his/her cardiac signal (ECG). The Nymi is the first product to offer identity, proximity and motion information all in one wearable electronic device! more

Company:
Plantiga
Website:
http://www.plantiga.com
Location:
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

We use half the muscles in our body in the simple art of walking. With every step we influence the state of our health. If something doesn’t feel right with our shoes, it can throw us off. Footwear matters. more

Company:
Kiwi Wearable Technologies
Website:
http://www.kiwiwearables.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Kiwi Move is a multi-use device capable of running many sensor based apps, including: fitness improvement, sports tracking and voice input apps. more

Company:
Synbiota
Website:
http://www.synbiota.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Synbiota lets you design sequences, collaborate in teams and maintain a lab book effortlessly and securely online. more

Company:
PPLCONNECT
Website:
http://www.pplconnect.mobi
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Coming soon... more

Company:
Mighty Cast
Website:
http://www.mightycast.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

At Mighty Cast, we think sharing is cool. We believe that the more we can share experiences, passions, and creativity with each other, at home and around the world, the more we all get out of life. That's why we created the NEX band - technology that lets you wear your life. NEX is the nexus of digital and physical connections. While most tech wristbands on the market today focus on fitness and health, the NEX... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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