Inaugural Cohort of Google-backed Next TO Pop-up Accelerator Program Unveiled

The inaugural cohort of the Next TO pre-accelerator, sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs, aims to make companies pitch ready within five weeks: these are the lucky few who will be mentored and given advice to ensure as best as possible their entrance to prestigious accelerators.

Sampler: Allows marketers to reach consumers at critical stages of purchase decision. Integrates with Facebook.

SpeakMe: SpeakMe is “Vine for long­form content,” allows for social video experience where users collaborate in global discussions about anything and everything they care about by location. 

LocaWoka: Helps busy people outsource their errands and tasks to reliable individuals seeking supplementary income within their neighbourhoods.

ArtLocal: A real-time guide to the contemporary art scene. 

GrowWell: Helps health and wellness clinics grow. They turn marketing and patient data into actionable insights that help clinic owners grow business. Streamlining the organization and communication of amateur sport leagues and events via a strong data dashboard and web­mobile application.

Utility Health: A task management tool aiming to disrupt the archaic way physicians keep track of their rounds and engage with patients.

OhZone: A payment solution that offers instant, secure and contactless payment experience for day to day transactions to unbanked individuals such as kids.

SKYBO: “Fitbit for your car,” enabling drivers, mechanics and small businesses to gain access to cars across North America. 

Brew Box Co.: Beer enthusiasts helping fellow beer lovers get their hands on Ontario’s craft beers through data.

ThinkNation: A cloud­-based testing and analytics platform that allows companies to evaluate and analyze programmers’ performance in real­time to improve hiring decisions.

Siebu: A customizable ecommerce platform that listens and adapts to customer needs.

Lifestats: An analytics platform to share, compare and discuss your numbers. It integrates across social platforms for friendly competition for those who love to share.