The 10 Startups Pitching Onstage at Startupfest in July

The following 10 startups were selected to pitch onstage at the International Startup Festival in Montreal in July.


MakerBloks is a Montreal based project that offers a way for kids younger than ever to learn electronics and build real circuits and games. MakerBloks are interactive and magnetic building blocks to introduce children as young as 6 years old to the world of electronics.


Tascit transforms the Salesforce CRM into an intuitive sales management platform that the whole team can understand, from a sales rep to the CEO. Their action-oriented design layer helps increase user adoption, identify gaps in the sales cycle, and improve deal level visibility for everyone involved in the selling process.


PACTA is a SaaS contract management product that saves companies up to 9% of the bottom line and reduces business risk exposure through proactive contract management and real time business analytics. They automate what is currently a manual and complex process – the tracking of contract obligations, eliminating the need for spreadsheets, reducing error and risk and increasing compliance.


Acceleforce is a SaaS based sales enablement application that is designed to turn ordinary people into extraordinary sales people. The platform has shown improvements in win rates of up to 30%. It works by using voice analytics and 300 measurement points to automatically analyse face to face sales calls and identify those repeatable characteristics that most reliably result in a won sale.


Hykso is shaping the future of combat sports by merging wearable technology and athletes to create actionable metrics specifically made for fighting. Their custom-built sensors can easily be placed on the athlete’s body and proprietary algorithms allow them to recognize the fighters’ actions to create behavioral profiles.


Tongo designs tongue operated control systems. Tongo allows people paralyzed from the neck down to use their tongue (the strongest muscle in their body) to control their wheelchair and ultimately interact with the world around them.

Medella Health

Medella Health is a wearable technology startup based out of Waterloo. They are developing contact lenses that continuously and non-invasively monitor health indicators and transmit the data to a mobile phone so that patients can better manage their health.


Agrocentral is Jamaica’s first digital agricultural clearing house utilizing web and mobile services to connect farmers and businesses. Businesses have the ability to source large amounts of agricultural produce directly from farmers and farmers are able to sell their produce directly to businesses.


ShoeSize.Me offers a plug-n-play solution to online shops that allows giving shoe size recommendations to customers whilst viewing shoes. By making online shoe shopping easier for customers they boost conversion rates and decrease shoe returns for online shops.


Bringing mobile commerce to Instagram.