This week Infiniti Lab Toronto, an IoT and smart cities accelerator launched by the automaker, announced which nine startups will participate in the labs’s inaugural four-week program.
During the program they will receive education, mentorship and access to technology from corporate and technology partners including partners IBM Canada, Techstars, OMERS Ventures, and the City of Toronto. The month-long Toronto program kicks off on May 29, and the top startup will be fast-tracked into the three-month global program at the brand’s headquarters in Hong Kong.
“Selecting the startups to participate in the inaugural Infiniti Lab Toronto program was no easy task thanks to the hotbed of talent in Canadian startups surrounding Internet of Things and smart cities,” said Stephen Lester, Managing Director of Infiniti Canada. “We’ve selected companies that have the potential to transform the way we interact with our cities and with the objects around us, and we’re excited to provide mentorship, access to technology, and expertise through the program to further accelerate their growth.”
The nine startups are:
- Pitstop Predictive Maintenance: a proactive virtual technician that has the ability to monitor and report vehicle data.
- InnerSpace: provides a turnkey indoor mapping and location platform to commercial real estate companies.
- Rover Parking: a marketplace for shared parking.
- Pull Technologies: a mobile application that allows humans to connect to the internet of things.
- Tap Report: a digital solution for any workplace inspection including washrooms and fire equipment.
- Ubiqweus: designing and developing an electronic IoT device called qBiq, a social sensing and monitoring devices.
- RoadLaunch: delivered an IoT platform that makes transportation management fast and automated.
- NXCAR: the first connected car solution for the extended warranty industry.
- DRVEN: allows drivers to upgrade their car without upgrading their car.
The Toronto program is produced in partnership with Multiplicity, a Toronto-based nonprofit that provides education and mentorship to startups.
“We’ve chosen startups with real potential for innovation and change in the IoT and smart cities industry,” said Chris Kay, cofounder of Multiplicity. “We’re excited to see what these talented ventures will produce with the help of our corporate partners and the guidance of the Infiniti team.”