The Inaugural Edition of the Techvibes 20 – Powered by GoToMeeting

Posted by Rob Lewis

 

 We're proud to introduce the inaugural edition of the Techvibes 20.

A completely rethought and redesigned reincarnation of our famous Canadian Startup Index which readers have been following for more than six years, the Techvibes 20 is a bi-monthly list of the hottest and most promising tech startups across Canada. The list is carefully curated by Techvibes editorial staff and reflects who's making waves in our nation's tech ecosystem right now.

(Want to be a part of the next Techvibes 20? This list isn't something you can apply for—but make a splash and you're certain to get on our radar.)

Check out the inaugural Techvibes 20 after the jump.

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Bionym, Toronto - This wearable tech startup is a grad of Creative Destruction Lab and The Next 36 and was recently a finalist in our 2013 Startup Awards. Bionym and its Nymi band was named one of Canada's Hottest companies by CIX in November and has been building a world-class team since.

 

Hubba, Toronto - Hubba is a data sharing platform that gives brands, retailers, and agencies the power to manage and share their consumer-ready product information. Hubba was a finalist for our 2012 Best New Startup award, was named one of Cix's Hottest Companies, and just raised a $2.1 million round.

 

Playerize, Vancouver - This gaming monetization platform is one of the few graduates of a Canadian accelerator that is making money. The FounderFuel grad raised a $1.1 million series A round, acquired a $50 million platform, and just won our Accelerator Graduate of the Year award.

 

Bridgit, Kitchener - Bridgit brings the power and flexibility of mobile devices to the construction site with an app that streamlines deficiency reporting. A recent for our Accelerator Grad of the Year award, this Next 36 grab & Creative Destruction Lab co is led by women and targeting a traditionally tech-adverse industry.

 

CrowdCare, Richmond Hill -  This startup streamlines the tech support experience for smartphones and tablets today by cutting out the need for a long and tedious phone call to tech support. They raised $1 million in January, bringing total funding to $3 million.

 

PasswordBox, Montreal - Named the best mobile app at this year's CES and one of Canada's most dynamic and visionary tech firms in 2013, PasswordBox is the first digital life manager that offers all devices. They raised $6 million last November and proceeded to acquire a Silicon Valley based competitor.

 

KeyCafe, Vancouver - Keycafe is a service which lets customers put their existing keys on standby and manage access to their home or rental property remotely. Keycafe was developed for Airbnb hosts, VRBO hosts, property managers, and busy condo owners in high density urban neighbourhoods.

 

FameBit, Toronto - 500 Startups launched its first San Francisco accelerator and two Canadian companies beat out 1,300 applicants to be part of its first batch. One is FameBit - "a marketplace that makes it easy for businesses to find, hire, and work with YouTube influencers for product and service endorsements."

 

UrtheCast, Vancouver - Last year publicly-traded UrtheCast raised $10 million for the world's first live space streaming camera. The camera has been installed on the International Space Station and now their efforts turn to commercialization - selling images of everything from hurricanes to ship movements.

 

Guardly, Toronto - The enterprise mobile safety startup just rasied $1.45 million seed round led by Freestyle Capital. Guardly's solutions have been licensed by enterprise clients for more than 430,000 end users and they are also working closely with the Crime Prevention Association of Toronto.

 

Trulioo, Vancouver - Founded by consumer data entrepreneurs Stephen Ufford and Tanis Jorge, Trulioo allows websites to verify online identities at log-in. Trulioo has raised $2.3 million from investors including Blumberg Capital who earned a 52x return on their first Vancouver investment. Can lightning strike twice?

 

Sciencescape, Toronto - Sciencescape is an academic research platform that is making scientific research manageable for researchers, students and academics. The Extreme Startups grad just closed a $3 million funding round led by iGan Partners and has partnered with global educational publishing giant Elsevier.

 

SmartSkin Technologies, Fredericton - SmartSkin has developed Quantifeel, a pressure-sensitive product that improves the manufacturing process of beverage makers. The University of New Brunswick spin-off landed a $3.9 million funding round from investors Rho Canada Ventures and Build Ventures last month.

 

Bench, Vancouver - Bench is the virtual bookkeeping service that combines smart software with North American, web-based bookkeepers. Originally named 10Sheet, Bench launched out of TechStars New York in 2012 and recently raised a $1 million round that included Contour Ventures and other investors.

 

Whirlscape, Toronto - Whirlscape is the company behind Minuum, a software keyboard that minimizes the screen real estate in takes up, making it ideal for small screens such as smartwatches. After raising $90K on Indiegogo last year this Creative Destruction Lab company raised $500K from BDC VC this month.

 

FixMeStick, Montreal - The FixMeStick is a bootable USB device that makes computer virus removal simple. The simplicity and usefulness of the device impressed the Dragons' Den cast—in a January episode, all five Dragons made an offer for a stake in the startup. It's currently raising $50,000 on Kickstarter.

 

Indiloop, Vancouver - Indiloop is remixing the way we listen to our favourite tunes: the cloud-based platform enables users to mix, match, and create all sorts of fantastical songs. The same way Instagram has allowed us to create professional looking photographs with ease, Indiloop is doing it with music.


Phemi, Vancouver - Founded last year Phemi has deep roots in supercomputing and is focused on bringing innovation to the healthcare space. To date nurses and doctors are reporting 30% time saved using Phemi and administrators are reporting 96% time saved.


Rithm, Toronto - A Startup of the Year finalist and dubbed the "Snapchat of music," Rithm calls itself "the world's most fun and engaging platform for sharing music"—a statement so true that it can make the app socially dangerous to use. Named to CIX's list of hottest 20 tech companies.

 

Vidyard, Kitchener - Another contender for Startup of the Year, Vidyard is a rapidly growing startup with lots of partnerships and integrations under its belt, including HootSuite and Salesforce. Vidyard raised a $6 million round last year and CEO Michael Litt has hinted at an IPO some day.

Company:
Trulioo
Website:
http://www.trulioo.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Trulioo is a leading global ID verification company providing advanced analytics based on traditional information such as public records, credit files and government data as well as alternative sources including social login providers, ad networks, mobile applications, e-commerce websites and social networks. Trulioo specializes in scoring online identities as authentic, machine generated or fraudulent with our... more

Company:
Guardly
Website:
http://guardly.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Guardly is a robust communication platform for emergencies that is changing the way mobile personal safety is delivered. Guardly is the first mobile application to give people the ability to both alert and connect in real-time with local authorities as well as their own personal safety network in a single tap. Depending on your configuration of Guardly, you can reach your personal safety network by conference... more

Company:
Hubba
Website:
http://www.hubba.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hubba's B2B Product Information Network is the easiest and most effective way for brands to share rich content with their retail and eCommerce partners. Hubba is a venture-funded B2B technology company reimagining the world of enterprise soft-ware. Hubba has been selected as on the the Top 20 Most Innovative Companies in Canada (CIX) and Top 25 Up and Coming ICT Com-panies (Branham Group). Since 2011, some of the... more

Company:
Playerize
Website:
http://www.playerize.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Playerize makes it easy for anyone worldwide to purchase or earn your virtual currency. Our flagship product, the SuperRewards Offer Wall, delivers highly-targeted advertising offers and scores of locally-relevant direct payment methods to millions of users online every day. Playerize has offices in Vancouver and San Francisco. more

Company:
UrtheCast
Website:
http://www.urthecast.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

UrtheCast was created around a unique vision: to provide the world’s first ever, near real-time HD video feed of Earth from space. Working in an exclusive relationship with the Russian Aerospace giant RSC Energia, UrtheCast has built, launched, installed, and will soon be operating two cameras on the Russian module of the International Space Station. Starting in 2014, video of the Earth collected by our cameras... more

Company:
FixMeStick
Website:
http://www.fixmestick.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Montrealers Corey Velan and Marty Algire founded FixMeStick in 2011. A Queen’s and Stanford graduate, Velan was previously Director of Development and Lead Architect at Radialpoint, provider of consumer PC security to very large ISPs. Algire, who completed his Master’s in Biosystems Engineering at McGill, was a founding employee of the pioneering Internet privacy company Zero-Knowledge and Vice-President of... more

Company:
Citrix
Website:
http://www.citrix.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) transforms how businesses and IT work and people collaborate in the cloud era. With market-leading cloud, collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile workstyles and cloud services, making complex enterprise IT simpler and more accessible for 260,000 organizations. Citrix products touch 75 percent of Internet users each day and it partners with more than... more

Company:
Vidyard
Website:
http://www.vidyard.com
Location:
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Vidyard is the world’s leading video marketing platform and we are passionate about helping companies grow their business with video. Our fun, dynamic, fast-paced environment is where the magic happens as we build the category, push our service to new levels and win over and support our awesome customers. If you are a high performer who enjoys being part of something big then we’d love to have you apply for one... more

Company:
PasswordBox
Website:
http://www.passwordbox.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

PasswordBox is the first digital life manager that offers easy 1-click login; secure password sharing; strong password generation and digital life management across all devices. Say goodbye to multiple usernames and passwords that are impossible to remember. From now on, your PasswordBox master password is the only one you’ll ever need. All of your passwords are securely stored and available at any time, on any... more

Company:
Nymi
Website:
http://www.nymi.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We believe that innovation is rooted in curiosity. We love technology, solving big problems and creating things that are meaningful to the world around us. more

Company:
Keycafe Inc.
Website:
http://www.keycafe.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Keycafe is the leading key exchange solution for Airbnb hosts, condo residents, property managers, and real estate agents. We have over 100 cafe partners in Vancouver, New York, and San Francisco and are adding new cafes every week. Keycafe allows anyone to share their keys securely and conveniently. Keycafe is headquartered in Vancouver's Gastown neighborhood. Keycafe solves the property access puzzle for the... more

Company:
PHEMI Health Systems
Website:
http://www.phemi.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PHEMI Health Systems is a process automation and Big Data platform company that unlocks patient data to improve clinic productivity, patient outcomes, and medical research. more

Company:
Bridgit
Website:
http://www.gobridgit.com
Location:
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Bridgit is bringing the power and flexibility of mobile devices to the construction site. By improving communication between contractors through trackable, and tagged multimedia messages, Bridgit will eliminate many of the costly delays that result from miscommunication on site. Bridgit boasts the title of the only Canadian company building mobile tech to better connect onsite and offsite teams. more

Company:
Rithm
Website:
http://www.rithm.me
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rithm is the world's most fun and engaging platform for sharing music. Rithm allows you to send your friends songs personalized with videos, photos and dancing emojis. It's been called the "Snapchat of music" by industry publications like TechCrunch. more

Company:
Sciencescape
Website:
http://www.sciencescape.org
Location:
Toronto, Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia

Sciencescape is a tool for discovering and organizing research you care about. more

Company:
CrowdCare
Website:
http://www.crowdcare.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

At this point there are billions of connected devices in consumers hands around the world. Regular people are buying these great devices that are supposed to entertain us, educate us, connect us and make us more productive. But what happens when regular people can't figure out how to make them work? At CrowdCare we recognize the value of crowdsourced ideas and have built the next generation of tech support tools... more

Company:
Bench Accounting
Website:
http://bench.co
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bench is the virtual bookkeeping service that combines smart software with North American, web-based bookkeepers. Founded by Ian Crosby and Jordan Menashy, Bench launched out of TechStars New York in 2012 and is based out of Vancouver. more

Company:
Smart Skin Technologies
Website:
http://www.smartskintech.com
Location:
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Smart Skin Technologies provides a state-of-the-art system for measuring line pressure and 3D orientation in glass, can, PET, and many secondary and tertiary packaging lines. By embedding the Quantifeel DRONE into a line, the dynamic effect of pressure and movement exerted on the device can be observed in real-time and analyzed to understand the effect operational parameters have on line performance, improving... more

Company:
Indiloop
Website:
http://www.indiloop.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Remix awesome artists to make your own music mashups. more

Company:
Whirlscape
Website:
http://www.minuum.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Minuum was inspired by a University of Toronto research project to invent a better sight-free text entry technique for touchscreen mobile phones. This encouraged one of the researchers, Will Walmsley, to investigate various device tilting techniques relying on user motion. more

Company:
FameBit
Website:
http://www.famebit.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

FameBit is a marketplace that makes it easy for businesses to find, hire, and work with YouTube influencers for product and service endorsements such as product reviews, tutorials, hauls, and other promotional videos. FameBit streamlines the whole process from connection to video delivery by providing self-serve tools that allow businesses the to deploy YouTube marketing campaigns quickly, easily, and efficiently... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

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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