Vancouver's GrowLab reveals inaugural cohort

Posted by Rob Lewis

This morning Vancouver startup accelerator GrowLab announced the five startups that will take part in their inaugural four month accelerator program this Fall.

GrowLab portfolio companies receive up to $25,000 in seed funding, four months of mentorship, free office space and the opportunity to pitch investors at the end of the program for follow-on funding. Portfolio companies will be based in Vancouver for the first three months and spend the fourth month in San Francisco.

Over 300 companies from around the world applied for consideration making the final decision difficult according to GrowLab co-founder Jason Bailey: “We were overwhelmed by the response to our call for applicants. We received applications ranging from gaming and social commerce to education, and we’re very excited by the group of founders we’ve chosen.”

The following five will take part in GrowLab's Fall program:

  • Matygo (Vancouver) is a cloud-based learning management system with a global network of educators, learners and resources across multiple campuses.
  • Ecquire (Philadelphia) is an email plug in that helps you sell more and work less.
  • Shape Collage (Toronto) allows you to automatically create photo collages from your existing photo library in seconds.
  • SunnyTrail (Bucharest) is an analytics platform for your SaaS-based subscriptions.
  • Placeling (Vancouver) lets you to share the places you love and explore the world based on the trusted experience of others.

GrowLab is hosting an Open House tomorrow night to introduce these startups to their new Gastown office space and in the case of the three relocating startups, to the Vancouver tech community at large.

GrowLab is located on the 2nd floor of 116 West Hastings and the open house runs from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. It is now sold-out but they are taking names for a waitlist online.

This week is shaping up to be a very busy one in Vancouver with the 2nd annual GROW Conference in town and related events stacking the calendar.

GrowLab's four founders are Boris Wertz of W Media Ventures (formerly with AbeBooks.com which was acquired by Amazon), Debbie Landa of Dealmaker Media (creator of the GROW Conference and Silicon Valley's Under the Radar), Jason Bailey of AdKnowledge (which acquired his SuperRewards) and Leonard Brody of Clarity Digital (which acquired his co-founded NowPublic). GrowLab’s Executive Director will be Michael Tippett, also a co-founder of NowPublic.

GrowLab has raised money from angel and venture investors including lead partner’s BDC, iNovia Capital and the Blackberry Partners Fund, along with Rho Canada, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Growthworks, Yaletown Venture Partners, Chris Albinson, and Mike Edwards.

Disclosure: Boris Wertz and W Media Ventures is an investor in Techvibes Media Inc.

Company:
Loupe
Website:
http://www.getloupe.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Loupe is a digital media software company that solves the problem of “what do you do with your hundreds and thousands of photos?” Loupe produces software that takes your photos and automatically creates photo collages in different shapes, such as a heart, word, or logo. There have been over five million downloads of the Loupe desktop software program from 200 countries worldwide and it has been profitable since... more

Company:
GrowLab Ventures Inc.
Website:
http://www.growlab.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GrowLab supports the World's best entrepreneurs through seed funding, office space, mentorship & programming in Vancouver & San Francisco. more

Company:
Placeling
Website:
http://www.placeling.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Our mobile app and website makes it effortless to share the places you love and endlessly explore the world based on the experiences of others. more

Company:
Matygo
Website:
http://www.matygo.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

It's true that Matygo is a fresh take on a Learning Management System. It's also true that unlike any LMS, Matygo is a global network of people and resources, spanning campuses and connecting learners. Sign up for our Beta now and glimpse at the future of education technology. more

Company:
Ecquire
Website:
http://www.ecquire.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Closing sales and prospecting is fun. Organizing & tracking your efforts along with remembering when to follow-up, and entering data into a CRM is not fun… And it takes time away from selling. Ecquire is your virtual assistant that does this work for you so you can be more efficient and spend more quality time on Youtube. more

Company:
Sunnytrail
Website:
http://www.thesunnytrail.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sunnytrail enables you to discover your most influential customers and turn them into passionate advocates. 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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