Young Canadian Entrepreneurs Recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

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.

Company:
Kik Interactive
Website:
http://www.kik.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik Interactive was founded in 2009 by a group of engineers with an endless vision to create a world of seamless mobile computing. In April 2010, Kik released the universal, free texting app for BlackBerry and iPhone, empowering users to message any of their friends in real time without paying unruly SMS fees. Chat is the foundation for the unfolding Kik community, which will also soon include music, pictures and... more

Company:
Kiip
Website:
http://www.kiip.com
Location:
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 and Amadeus Demarzi.... more

Company:
Seamless Mobile Health
Website:
http://www.seamlessmhealth.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Seamless Mobile Health is an award-winning technology company with a mobile platform that engages patients to monitor for early warning signs after surgery and enables hospitals to catch complications earlier and prevent readmissions. It is being piloted at leading hospitals and health systems, including Baylor College of Medicine, a Top 20 U.S. medical institution. The company was named as a CIX Top 20 innovation... 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 or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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