VANCOUVER BEST STARTUPS
January 3rd 2020 at 10:14pm Published by sharpshooteradmin
Located in west Canada and just over the border from the US tech hub of Seattle, Vancouver has its own rich heritage when it comes to technology, being the founding home of companies such as Flickr, Slack and Hootsuite. Vancouver is now on the industry map such that Bloomberg Businessweek has called it “the new tech hub,” a place offering “world-class talent and few immigration headaches” as well as “great views in a convenient time zone.” Rightfully so, as each startup has demonstrated rapid year-over-year growth and funding from a myriad of reputable VCs. Here are some successful startups in Vancouver and BC area.
AvenueHQ provides real-estate professionals with the web and digital marketing tools for their business. Founded in 2013 by Chris and Rebecca Troelstra, the company has raised $8.2m in three funding rounds, according to Crunchbase.
Battlefy has created an e-sports management platform that lets organisers easily and effectively organise tournaments and leagues. Founded in 2013, the start-up is led by CEO Jason Xu. Crunchbase reports that Battlefy has raised $12.5m in four funding rounds so far.
Fi.span is a services management platform that allows banks to deploy new business banking products rapidly. Headed by CEO Lisa Shields, the company raised $4m last year.
Cuboh resolves this pain point by consolidating third-party delivery apps into one integrated hub. The platform also provides order analytics to the restaurants which helps them improve their sales. Since launching in 2018, Cuboh has grown rapidly, with hundreds of happy customers and a 97% retention rate.
NiceJob ensures that great work done by companies never goes unrecognized, unappreciated or unrewarded.
A reputation marketing platform, NiceJob automates the collection of online customer reviews and referrals and distributes them to sites where they not only raise awareness but drive sales.
Klue, founded in 2015 by industry veterans Jason Smith and Sarathy Naicker, is tackling an underserved problem that every company faces: collecting, curating, and distributing competitive intelligence. The platform combines information shared by co-workers with bot-collected intel from across the web into battlecards and competitor activity dashboards.
Fresh Prep is meal kit delivery service that launched in 2015 by Becky Brauer, Dhruv Sood, and Husein Rahemtulla. The company delivers pre-portioned, pre-chopped ingredients in reusable cooler bags, and recyclable or compostable packaging options, making it the most sustainable meal kit service in Canada.
Rival’s founder, Andrew Reid, also founded Vision Critical, the Vancouver-based customer-intelligence firm that raised more than $90 million in venture capital. It looks like he’s got another hit on his hands. Rival Technologies recently launched their flagship product, Chat Lab, an end-to-end insight platform that closes the gap between the way people live their digital lives and how market research is conducted.
Vessi has created the perfect line of shoes to weather through Vancouver’s many wet days. Founded by Mikaella Go and Tony Yu as a Kickstarter project in November 2018 (their campaign closed with 9,365 backers and $1,260,557 pledged), Vessi has created a vegan, sustainably made, waterproof shoe that “functions like a boot, fits like a sock, but looks like a sneaker.” Their fabric technology is patented, which means you won’t be able to find any shoe like theirs in the entire world.