12 Atlantic Canadian Tech Startups You Need to Watch
The Atlantic Canada tech scene is all about quality and real growth.
There are plenty of awesome startups on the east coast who’ve secured funding and A-list customers this past year, so we wanted to highlight a few of them. We’ve been doing our best here at Volta to make sure as many of these companies as possible have all the tools they need to grow and scale.
Check out this list featuring some of the hottest companies to watch this year.
Sidestory is a brand new way to share pictures and stories with your family and friends as they happen. Using their app, you can tell the whole story with as many images, videos and words as you want. Replies to your story are kept private, so you don’t have to worry about who’s watching.
They launched their iOS app globally in December and they’re developing an Android version as well. They’re expanding their team and getting ready to take over the world.
Athletigen has been on the forefront of the rapidly growing field of sports genetics. They focus on exploring how an athlete’s genes influence their performance. Since incorporating in 2014, Athletigen has never looked back. Growing from their first two employees to a team with over 32 full-time, dedicated members.
Athletigen was just selected as 1 of 21 companies chosen by C100 to travel to Silicon Valley for the 13th 48Hrs in the Valley event this June. On top of that, they just began offering their DNA services to the public, which you can find more information on here.
Alongside, formerly Qimple, create software to make hiring the right team easy. With Alongside, companies can create a job ad, distribute to multiple boards for maximum exposure with just one click, review and collaborate with others and make the best hire – all in one place.
Since 2015, Alongside has raised $1.6 Million in investment and they currently have 12 employees. They have 105+ active companies and nearly 1000 job postings since launch with a 65% hiring success rate.
St John’s, NL
HeyOrca enables marketers to collaborate on visual and video content for social media. HeyOrca is designed for agencies, corporations and content creators to easily manage and collaborate on content for multiple clients and schedule them in an easy calendar.
Founders Joseph Teo and Sahand Seifi started the company at Memorial University and a successful seed funding round in 2016 allowed them to staff up and rapidly increase sales.
Swept develops software specifically for the commercial cleaning industry. Their software is designed for the unique challenges cleaning companies have when managing a large number of cleaners and clients. Their communication-centric approach allows cleaning managers to identify issues before they become problems, which allows them to not only be more efficient, but more effective at their jobs.
Swept’s app supports 100 languages, and their average growth in 2016 quarter over quarter was 105%. They’ve gone from having hundreds of messages sent through the app to tens of thousands over the last year, and they’re planning for a partnership with Sprint Mobile in the USA.
The next step for Swept will be raising their series round in the spring, which will help them accelerate their growth even more. They were also recently accepted into the CDMN Soft Landing Program. Find out more about Swept here!
Halifax, NS and New York, NY
Dash Hudson created a visual intelligence platform, allowing the world’s best brands and publishers to create, source, measure and enhance the engagement of their photos and videos. They help brands understand who they’re reaching on Instagram and how they can be more effective.
Dash Hudson was recently nominated for the Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation Award, to be decided at the 2017 Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards in April.
With clients such as Condé Nast media group, Revolve clothing, Hyatt Hotels, Vogue and Heineken on board, they’re already gaining solid traction in the US coming into this year and they’re poised for an exciting 2017.
The Modest Tree Suite of eLearning software represents a revolutionary method of creating 3D interactive courseware that will significantly reduce the amount of time and cost to create quality, interactive 3D training, without coding.
Modest Tree was recently a finalist in the Innovative Business of the Year category for the Halifax Business Awards. Their clients include the Canadian Forces, Air Canada Jazz, and United Technologies.
FundMetric uses analytics and predictive modeling to help determine the who, what, when, where, why, and how of donors and their relationship to not-for-profits and charities.
Fundraisers often spend 90% of their time on 10% of their donors. In addition to predictive analytics, Fundmetric also helps save charities time by automating and personalizing tasks relating to the remaining 90% and allowing fundraisers to focus on their larger donors at the top of the giving pyramid.
Their technology is currently being used by major universities, hospitals and other charities.
Proposify makes proposal writing easy. Their web application addresses the pain-points of proposal writing by offering an easy way to track and manage proposals, collaborate with teams, and create custom designed, re-usable templates so new proposals can be quickly assembled and less time spent on searching for content. Proposify offers integrations with top apps and management tools, such as Salesforce, Hubspot, and Basecamp.
They recently hit the $2 million ARR mark and have been growing their team to meet the demand. They now have more than 3,000 customers worldwide and were featured in Time Magazine last year.
The Rounds is the first and largest credential-verified online professional network designed exclusively for Canadian physicians. With The Rounds, physicians can use any smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer to quickly and securely connect with their peers across all specialties and across the country. They support physicians in delivering faster, smarter treatment and in managing their own practice.
They have raised more than $1.4 Million in funding so far and have 21 employees, they have been recognized as Canada’s Fastest Growing Network for Physicians, with thousands of physicians from every province using their network regularly.
The Money Finder
The Money Finder makes training and planning software to help financial advisors plan cash flow for their clients in their retirement. Founder and CEO Stephanie Holmes-Winton spent her career as a financial planner before starting her tech company. She used her experience to create a tailored product for the industry. Currently, 300 financial planners across the country are using The Money Finder.
After growing to $1 Million in ARR, The Money Finder just closed a $1.75 Million funding round, with investors such as Build Ventures and Innovacorp. They plan to expand their development team to focus on an enterprise solution for major financial institutions.
Spring Loaded Technology
Spring Loaded Technology is changing the way the world moves.
They have developed the world’s first compact and powerful bionic knee brace – the Levitation Knee Brace – that enhances the power output of leg muscles.
This revolutionary approach has gained them a lot of recognition, including the Young Entrepreneur Award from Business Development Bank of Canada, Outstanding Venture from Next Founders, and 1st Place in Canada’s Business Model Competition.
In 2016, they won a $1-million contract to provide military-grade bionic knee braces for the Canadian Army. They also raised $1.9-million in seed round funding last year from Build Ventures.
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