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Accelerate your career in the Tech Industry

Map of the current companies Startups in Canada.
Over
$3B
raised
In
10+
industries
At all stages of
Growth
startup, emerging and growth
Over
1000+
open roles
Hiring in
50+
cities

Joining a category-defining technology start-up can accelerate your career. It does this by increasing your knowledge and skills, providing a strong network and potentially creating enough wealth to start your own company.  

Historically there has been no more than one such company in Canada (e.g. Shopify, Blackberry, Nortel) at any time. With the rapid growth of our ecosystem, there are more potential category-defining start-ups than ever before. The question is which one should you join? TechTO worked with leading venture capitalists and angels to identify the rocketship companies that have the potential to accelerate your career.

Company stages

Startup:
company pre exhibited product market fit
Emerging: post product market fit and just started to scale
Growth: later stage company with significant revenue or customers but still large opportunity to grow

Every week this summer, one of the founders will be joining Alex for a 30-minute podcast to dive in more about their company culture, growth journey, and what makes them the company you need to join in 2021. Follow us on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts to be notified!

Companies

7shifts

Saskatoon

Startup

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Year Founded

2014

Founders

Jordan Boesch

Funding Details

$42.2M USD total funding over 5 rounds.

Investors

Union Square Hospitality Group, Ten Coves Capital, Conexus Credit Union, Enlightened Hospitality Investments, Relay Ventures, SaskWorks Venture Fund, Western Economic Diversification Canada, and Napier Park Global Capital.

Culture

The culture at 7shifts is one that values authenticity, trust, and curiosity. We believe in working hard, and celebrating the hard work with team building, company wide events, and other social initiatives that empower our employees. These efforts have made 7shifts one of the top 3 best places to work in Canada in 2021.

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Ada

Toronto

Emerging

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Year Founded

2014

Founders

Funding Details

$200M USD total funding over 7 rounds.

Investors

Version One Ventures, Ramen Ventures, Leaders Fund, FirstMark, Burst Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Accel.

Culture

To understand the problem they were solving, our co-founders joined multiple support teams to identify the barriers - like time, technology, and tedious tasks – that were keeping businesses from delivering incredible customer experiences. Our co-founders both answered tens of thousands of customer inquiries, painstakingly and manually addressing each one, to arm themselves with broad-based insight of what it would take to overcome these barriers.

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ApplyBoard

Waterloo

Growth

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Year Founded

2015

Founders

Funding Details

$178.3M USD total funding over 9 rounds.

Investors

Educational Testing Service (ETS), Index Ventures, Harmonic Growth Partners, Blue Cloud Ventures, Candou Ventures, Fidelity Canada, Artiman Ventures, Anthos Capital, and Drive Capital.

Culture

ApplyBoard’s company culture is mission driven in helping every student in the world have access to the best possible education. We do this through global collaboration and support of one another, dedication to our stakeholders, and having as much fun as possible along the way.

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"They have a clear product market fit, wild traction, and crazy growth." - Craig Hunter, Angel investor

Clearco

Toronto

Growth

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Year Founded

2015

Founders

Andrew D'Souza, Ben Sanders, Charlie Feng, Ivan Gritsiniak, Michele Romanow, Pavel Melnichuk, and Tanay Delima

Funding Details

466.5M USD total funding over 4 rounds.

Investors

Oak HC/FT, Nestle China, Inovia Capital, Emergence, Highlight Capital Partners, Founders Circle Capital, Christian Martinez, Kevin Breay, and Envestors.

Culture

Clearco's mission is to empower founders around the world and help them win - this is the same for Clearco helping their teammates win. Clearco has built a positive, inclusive and supportive culture to allow employees to do their best work and be their best selves here. Transparency, responsibility, integrity, and authenticity are the core values at Clearco.

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"A rapidly growing company with lots of career growth opportunities, a very smart executive team, and a well-respected brand." - Karim Gillani of Luge Capital

Clio

Burnaby

Growth

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Year Founded

2008

Founders

Funding Details

$367M CAD total funding over 5 rounds.

Investors

T.Rowe Price, TCV, OMERS Growth Equity, Bessemer Venture Partners, Oxygen Capital Partners, LLC, Acton Capital, Version One Ventures, and Point Nine.

Culture

At Clio, we’re proving that it is possible to build and scale a human and high-performing company culture. Meaning, we believe that you thrive when you are both challenged and supported to do your best work. We show up as our authentic selves and are united by our shared purpose.

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"Amazing training ground for talent!" - Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures

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Commit

Vancouver

Startup

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Year Founded

2019

Founders

Beier Cai and Greg Gunn

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Investors

Culture

Commit’s company culture is guided by our operating principle: Do what’s right for the Engineer. This translates into a community of constant learning, helping others, and an approach to the craft of engineering that is genuinely interest-driven. We also ensure that the integrity of this culture is preserved when we partner with startups and match our Engineering Partners with them.

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"Excellent founding team with a very unique engineer-centric business model not yet seen in the market." - Alex Tong of Information Venture Partners

Convictional

Waterloo

Startup

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Year Founded

2017

Founders

Chris Grouchy and Roger Kirkness

Funding Details

$2.2M USD total funding over 1 round.

Investors

Funders Club, Lachy Groom, Y Combinator, Pioneer Fund, Tribe Capital, AME Cloud Ventures, and Garage Capital.

Culture

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"The founders have great experience in the space and great network." - Craig Hunter, Angel investor

Dapper Labs

Vancouver

Growth

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Year Founded

2018

Founders

Funding Details

$357.5M USD total funding over 6 rounds.

Investors

Andreessen Horowitz, Venrock, Union Square Ventures, Accomplice, and Coatue.

Culture

At Dapper Labs, our people are our greatest strength. We’re proud to have a diverse team of creators and founders who flourish in an environment of personal autonomy, where professional growth is encouraged. We value our culture and diversity above all else, regardless of where you came from, what you studied, or who you used to work for. Titles and years of experience don't matter to us – impact, authenticity, and values alignment do.

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Drop

Toronto

Emerging

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Year Founded

2015

Founders

Derrick Fung, Darren Fung, Cameron Dearsley, and Akhil Gupta

Funding Details

$56.2M USD total funding over 4 rounds.

Investors

Rogue Insight Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Ganges, HOP Capital, Highland Beta, White Star Capital, RBC Capital, Sierra Ventures, and Portag3 Ventures.

Culture

We provide an inclusive and connected space that allows each individual team member to flourish by empowering them to live by our culture principles of Passion, Grit, Humility, and Hustle. We believe in creating ownership and shared accountability by building, fostering, and leveling up our community of top-tier talent, and have a lot of fun while doing it! We find a great balance in all we do and work to make Drop a better product and a better place to work together.

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Flinks

Montreal

Startup

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Year Founded

2016

Founders

Frédérick Lavoie, Julien Cousineau, and Yves-Gabriel Leboeuf

Funding Details

$19M CAD total funding over 4 rounds.

Investors

Inovia Capital, Luge Capital, InnoStart Capital, National Bank of Canada, Conconi Growth Partners, Panache Ventures, and Intact Ventures.

Culture

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"Strong founders with a big opportunity" Isaac Souweine (Real Ventures)

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Geotab

Oakville

Growth

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Year Founded

2000

Founders

Funding Details

Investors

Culture

Geotab’s core values are at the heart of everything we do. Starting as a family company 21 years ago, our staff, commonly referred to as Geotabbers, maintain the original entrepreneurial spirit. Geotab’s mission is to operate ethically and responsibly by always doing the right thing, no matter the cost or effort involved.

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"They are a global leader in telematics, crushing it, and flying under the radar of most folks." Mike Sfalcin of Yaletown Partners

Gsquad

Montreal

Startup

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Year Founded

2018

Founders

Stéphane Rossi and Fred Brunel

Funding Details

Undisclosed

Investors

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Hopper

Montreal

Growth

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Year Founded

2007

Founders

Frederic Lalonde and Joost Ouwerkerk

Funding Details

$423.7M USD total funding over 10 rounds.

Investors

GS Growth, Brightspark Ventures, Capital One, Inovia Capital, WestCap, Citi Ventures, Investissement Quebec, OMERS Ventures, and Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec.

Culture

Hopper’s success in innovation stems from a workplace culture specifically designed to foster innovation across all departments and levels. As the company began to scale, we did not merely define the culture that already existed but instead took the opportunity to deliberately design it so that anyone across all functions could be a leader if they built out the proper business case and used the company’s transparent leadership principles to guide decision making. The core of Hopper’s culture is based on trusting our employees. Our leadership model empowers individuals to make decisions that are locally impactful, and drive the business while creating value for our customers.

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"Scaling quickly, definitely a company to look out for as impactful developments continue to arise" Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures

Humi

Toronto

Emerging

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Year Founded

2016

Founders

Drew Millington, Matt Loszak,and Simon Bourgeois

Funding Details

$20M CAD total funding over 5 rounds.

Investors

Tribe Capital, Struck Capital, and Y Combinator.

Culture

At Humi, taking good care of our people is in our DNA and we take it seriously. Every person is different. It is our responsibility to acknowledge, encourage, and empower everyone to be themselves.

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Index Exchange

Toronto

Emerging

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Year Founded

2001

Founders

Andrew Casale

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Koho

Toronto

Emerging

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Year Founded

2014

Founders

Daniel Eberhard, Jonathan Bixby, Joshua Bixby, and Mike Benna

Funding Details

$138M CAD total funding over 7 rounds.

Investors

Drive Capital, TTV Capital, Portag3 Ventures, National Bank of Canada, Greyhound Capital, Adam Felesky, and Scott Lake.

Culture

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Magnet Forensics

Waterloo

Growth

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Year Founded

2009

Founders

Jad Saliba

Funding Details

IPO at $115M CAD

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"A very resilient company with strong growth" Mike Sfalcin (Yaletown Partners)

MinervaAI

Toronto

Startup

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Year Founded

2019

Founders

Jennifer Arnold, Damian Tran, and Victor Tay

Funding Details

Investors

Culture

MinervaAI’s culture is built on saying what we mean, meaning what we say and being impeccable with our word. We are responsible for our words and actions and its impact on others. There is no room for disrespect and discrimination but infinite room for diversity and daring. We like our policies, processes and procedures tight and to the point. We always ask ‘what problem are we trying to solve before we create solutions. Our value is measured by the efficiency and efficacy with which our clients can identify and disrupt financial predators.

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Neo Financial

Calgary

Emerging

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Year Founded

2018

Founders

Andrew Chau, Jeff Adamson, and Kris Read

Funding Details

$50M CAD total funding over two rounds.

Investors

Valar Ventures, Tobias Lütke, Thomvest Ventures, Maple VC, Inovia Capital, Golden Ventures, FJ Labs, District Ventures Capital, and Afore Capital.

Culture

"We are a team of high-achievers, dreamers and doers, set on innovating the best solutions. We look for ambitious, talented and passionate people who want to move fast, drive forward fresh ideas, and make a lasting impact in Canada’s banking and the FinTech industry. At Neo Financial you will have the opportunity to be a part of a growing, high performance team culture where we encourage everyone to bring their best ideas forward and grow their careers. We provide you with the autonomy to solve problems as they arise, define how you want to make an impact, and the freedom to create your own path."

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"Exceptional founders with strong track record who are looking to disrupt big industry in Canada." - John Cappuccitti of Velocity "They offer a unique opportunity to be part of a growing, funded challenger bank in Canada with a real debit, credit product and an ambitious vision." Alex Tong of Information Venture Partners

NorthOne

Toronto

Emerging

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Year Founded

2016

Founders

Eytan Bensoussan and Justin Adler

Funding Details

$32.5M CAD total funding over 4 rounds.

Investors

Redpoint, Conconi Growth Partners, Tom Williams, Heron Rock Fund, Battery Ventures, Hedgewood, Ferst Capital Partners, and DMZ.

Culture

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"Growing company in a space that needs disruption, well-funded, and hiring for growth. Founders are superb!" - Karim Gillani of Luge Capital

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Owl Technologies Inc.

Vancouver

Emerging

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Year Founded

2018

Founders

Sean Merat, Sohrab Merat, and Vahid Mirjalili

Funding Details

$2M USD total funding over 2 rounds.

Investors

N49P, Luge Capital, Impression Ventures, Finance Montréal, Plug and Play, Builders VC, Sway Ventures, Holt Accelerator, and Inovia Capital.

Culture

Collaborative, diverse and inclusive. We all have a voice and input to all current and future projects. We reward performance and hold ourselves and others accountable on our goals while having each others' back. Resilience is in our core values, we see every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow.

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Peggy

Toronto

Startup

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Year Founded

2020

Founders

Craig Follett and Adam Meghji

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Culture

Peggy's goal is to support and uplift underrepresented artists, all over the world. Given this, true to the artists and galleries that we work with, we strive to create a team the reflects that customer base, Peggy's culture inherently values diversity, international perspectives, and storytelling - because art at the end of the day is about the people, meaning, and stories behind it.

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"A great founding team with past success and an interesting market opportunity" - John Cappuccitti of Velocity

ProNavigator

Kitchener

Startup

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Year Founded

2016

Founders

Joseph D'Souza

Funding Details

$7.8M CAD total funding over 2 rounds.

Investors

BDC Venture Capital, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, Luge Capital, GreenSky Capital, CIBC Innovation Banking, Inovia Capital, and Innovation Grade Capital.

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Ready

Vancouver

Startup

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Year Founded

2019

Founders

Jordan Menashy, Kyle Thacker, and Yazan Medanat

Funding Details

Undisclosed

Investors

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Silofit

Montreal

Startup

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Year Founded

2017

Founders

Adrien Caranta, Johan Rosell, and Wilfred Valenta

Funding Details

$3.7M CAD total raised over 2 rounds.

Investors

Whitecap Venture Partners, Courtside Ventures, Ndamukong Suh, and Alate Partners.

Culture

We are building something really big and believe in the greater vision. We adapt to challenges and pivot to overcome problems. We move swiftly and iterate even faster.

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"They have a disruptive idea with good market timing" - Isaac Souweine of Real Ventures

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Swyft

Toronto

Startup

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Year Founded

2020

Founders

Aadil Kazmi, Maraz Rahman, and Zeeshan Hamid

Funding Details

$22 CAD total funding over 3 rounds.

Investors

Inovia Capital, Golden Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Shopify, Trucks Venture Capital, Golden Ventures, Side Door Ventures, and Panache Ventures.

Culture

We aim to create the best place to work where you work with the smartest people who act as owners to create magic for our customers. We trust that each of our employees will do what needs to get done using good judgment and a data-driven approach.

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"They're putting up some great game in a huge industry" - Craig Hunter, Angel investor

Symend

Calgary

Emerging

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Year Founded

2016

Founders

Hanif Joshaghani, Tiffany Kaminsky

Funding Details

$103.6M USD total funding over 8 rounds.

Investors

Inovia Capital, TELUS Ventures, Ignition Partners, Finance Montreal, Markus Frind, Impression Ventures

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"Passionate and mission-driven founders, rapidly scaling SaaS company and amazing talent coalescing in/around the company." -Alex Tong, Information Venture Partners

Wealthsimple

Toronto

Growth

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Year Founded

2014

Founders

Brett Huneycutt, Michael Katchen, and Rudy Adler

Funding Details

$1.1B CAD total funding over 9 rounds.

Investors

Ryan Reynolds, Aubrey Graham, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Inovia Capital, Greylock, Meritech Capital Partners, TVC, Redpoint, Sagard Capital, and Two Sigma Ventures.

Culture

Our team of over 600 employees works collaboratively to build the best possible experience for our clients, and then make it even better — we ship fast, then improve it. Everyone is a maker and an owner: that means no layer of bureaucracy or red tape, and rigorously prioritizing to avoid meeting-packed days. We even have a dedicated meeting-free day each week, so everyone has the time to think, create and innovate, without interruptions.

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"Grew from being a very small company to being one of Canada's largest fintech companies. They're expanding into new lines of business, and there are lots of opportunities to work on interesting projects" - Karim Gillani of Luge Capital "They are one of the most interesting fintech companies in Canada" - Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures

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