The Techvibes 20 is a bi-monthly list of the hottest and most promising tech startups across Canada. The list is carefully curated by Techvibes editorial staff and reflects who’s making waves in our nation’s tech ecosystem right now.
Check out the August edition of the Techvibes 20 after the jump.
CareGuide – Toronto – CareGuide runs local service marketplaces including Sitter.com and Housekeeper.com. The Toronto startup has enjoyed double-digit monthly traffic and revenue growth since launching and recently closed 50 investor strong $1.3 million seed round that crashed Angel List.
Control Mobile – Vancouver – Referred to as the HootSuite of payments, Control is a mobile app developed for merchants running an online business. Platform-agnostic Control has had immediate success as a transaction reporting, analytics and management app for Stripe merchants and the future looks bright.
PetroFeed – Calgary – PetroFeed is bringing the power of mobile to the oil patch. One of the most downloaded business apps in Canada, PetroFeed enables anyone to see all current drilling rig locations, statuses and operators in a map view in real time. The Calgary startup raised $3 million in 2013.
Mojio – Vancouver – Last year Mojio (pronounced MO-jee-oh) closed a $2.3 million seed financing round led by Relay Ventures. Last month the connected car startup entered into an agreement with TELUS to launch across Canada on their coast-to-coast wireless network later this year.
DarkVision – North Vancouver – DarkVision is developing downhole imaging technologies that deliver high resolution images inside oil and gas wells. The Vancouver startup recently won $100,000 for the the top prize in the 2014 BCIC New Ventures Competition.
Qimple – Moncton – Launch36 grad Qimple optimizes, distributes, and gets maximum exposure for your job ads based on budget, geography, and industry. Coupled with their Applicant Tracking System, users can track the most qualified candidates all in one place.
Picatic – Vancouver – Settling on Vancouver, event registration startup Picatic just launched a pro, white-label product that enables companies to custom-brand their event listings, we as well e-tickets and emails to attendees. Check it out in action for our upcoming Tech Fest in Vancouver.
VarageSale – Toronto – A product of Codified, VarageSale is the most stealthy company on this list. VarageSale is an app for buying and selling stuff. The startup has raised an undisclosed sum from Real Ventures and this summer entrepreneur Ben Yoskovitz left Salesforce (GoInstant) to head up product development.
Vitalsines – Vancouver – Recently named to CIX’s Top 20 for 2014, Vitalsines develops technology that turns biological data into information anyone can use to manage their health or performance. Their first product iHeart measures the arterial pulse to determine a user’s physiological age.
WealthSimple – Toronto – Online investment management platforms are exploding and Wealthsimple is leading the way. WealthSimple was just named to CIX’s20 Most Innovative Companies list and had raised $1.9 million from Dan Debow, David Ossip, and Impression Ventures.
Just Be Friends – Kelowna – This interactive social education platform in the sunny Okanagan raised a $650K seed round from a “handful of private investors” last summer. Founder Janice Taylor has choosen BC as their home over Silicon Valley and recently landed the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks as a client.
OMsignal – Montreal – OMsignal announced a $10 million Series A investment led by Bessemer Venture Partners this summer. OMsignal’s biometric smartwear was center court at the US Open this year on ballboys donning Ralph Lauren “Polo Tech” shirts.
TeachMe – Edmonton – TeachMe’s founders were previously behind Addicting Games and Hallpass Media which were both acquired by US companies. The gaming startup is currently part of the Imagine K-12 edtech accelerator in San Francisco.
Decisive Farming – Irricana, AB – Decisive Farming is helping growers make better decisions about precision agronomics, risk management, and farm information technologies. The Alberta startup just received the 2014 ASTech award for Innovation in Agricultural Science.
Lantern – London – Incubated by Inner Geek and angel funded, Lantern tracks customer behaviour in-store and in-app, giving retailers a better understanding of how their customers shop in their stores. Lantern provides this deep insight using the iBeacon analytics and marketing platform it developed.
Blitzen – Waterloo – Communitech Velocity Garage and AngelPad NYC accelerator graduate Blitzen has just been chosen to be Canada’s only representative at Startup Nations 2014 in Seoul. Blitzen empowers business professionals to automate their own workflows and tasks without writing a single line of code.
Division Furtive – Montreal – Division Furtive is a Montreal-based maker of timepieces that says its watches are “not wearable technology, but a technological art form.” The company’s latest crowdfunding campaign for its newest watch design beat its goal of $50,000 with a week to spare.
SeamlessMD – Toronto – Disrupting health care with photos, this Next 36 grad offers personalized surgery recovery instructions based on patients photographing wounds daily. Algorithms provide immediate feedback to help patients manage minor problems and enables doctors to catch serious problems remotely.
Diply – London – Developed by GoViral, Diply.com is Canada’s BuzzFeed. Diply is an “oddities and wonders discovery network dedicated to showcasing the world’s most creative ideas, projects and people”. Diply is one of the top 200 most popular websites worldwide according to Alexa.
Breather – Montreal– Last month Breather announced a $6 million Series A round to expand their network of “for-rent, amazingly designed, affordably priced, 24/7-accessible private spaces, in which busy urbanites can work, meet, relax in personal oasis of peace and quiet.” Breather is active in NYC, SF, and Montreal.