Young Canadian Entrepreneurs Recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30 List

by Knowlton Thomas | Startups

Forbes recently unveiled its annual 30 under 30 list and a few notables from Canada's startup scene are present.

450 leaders across 15 categories were selected, and among them were some Canadian entrepreneurs: Vancouver's Brian Wong, the founder of Kiip, which now is headquartered in Silicon Valley; Ted Livingston, a former BlackBerry intern who cofounded Waterloo-based Kik Messenger; and Vancouver's Eric Migicovsky, who founded Pebble, which was originally based in Canada before blowing up crowdfunding records for its smartwatch. Joshua Liu, a cofounder of Seamless Mobile Health, also made the list.

In three years Kiip has raised $15.4 million and is now used by more than 500 major brands to reach 70 million users through 1,500 games and apps, with Pepsi and Disney among clients, according to Forbes. Pebble has raised $25 million in venture capital funding in addition to the $10 million it raised on Kickstarter, while Kik Messenger today boasts more than 100 million registered users.

Kik Interactive, Inc.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik was founded in 2009, when a small but incredibly passionate group of University of Waterloo students decided to build a company that would shift the center of computing from the PC to the smartphone. Fast forward to today, and Kik has become the best way to connect with friends, no matter where you meet them. And unlike other messengers, Kik uses usernames - not phone numbers - as the basis... more

San Francisco, California, United States

Kiip is the world’s first mobile rewards network that delivers tangible rewards for virtual achievements. The company’s category-creating rewards platform enables brands to reach consumers in the moments when they are most engaged and receptive, while driving revenues and greater user allegiance for Kiip-enabled games and apps. Kiip was founded in September 2010 by Brian Wong, Courtney Guertin... more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

SeamlessMD enables healthcare providers to deliver patient engagement, remote monitoring and analytics across surgical episodes of care. Our virtual companion for patients on smartphones, tablets and computers delivers timely reminders and education, tracks patient-reported outcomes and monitors for early warning signs of complications. We leverage this data to help providers monitor patients... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. 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 hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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