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  • December 4, 2017 – The Chang School of Continuing EducationAccessibility Project - 2017 Finalists
    The Accessibility Project recently announced funding for assistive technology innovations, including OCE-supported AccessNow, Tecla, and Monarch Clothes.
  • December 1, 2017 – BetaKitTrexo Robotics wins $35,000 at Sunnybrook's Hawk's Nest Pitch Competition
    Sunnybrook Hospital Next Generation hosted the Hawk’s Nest, a healthtech-focused competition challenging four startups to pitch before the ‘Hawks,’ a panel of VCs and health industry leaders. In the end, it was Trexo Robotics that walked away with the top prize; the event raised a total of $100,000, so they took home around $35,000 while Sunnybrook received the rest.
  • November 27, 2017 – TechvibesSmooth Commerce Picks Up $2 Million
    Toronto's Smooth Commerce has raised a $2-million growth round from new and existing investors to fuel the startup's development of payment processing-powered smartphone apps. The startup uses its fully integrated mobile payment and marketing platform to build custom-branded mobile apps for retailers. 
     

    Toronto’s Smooth Commerce has raised a $2-million growth round from new and existing investors to fuel the startup’s development of payment processing-powered smartphone apps.

    The startup uses its fully integrated mobile payment and marketing platform to build custom-branded mobile apps for retailers.

     

    Toronto’s Smooth Commerce has raised a $2-million growth round from new and existing investors to fuel the startup’s development of payment processing-powered smartphone apps.

    The startup uses its fully integrated mobile payment and marketing platform to build custom-branded mobile apps for retailers.

     

    Toronto’s Smooth Commerce has raised a $2-million growth round from new and existing investors to fuel the startup’s development of payment processing-powered smartphone apps.

    The startup uses its fully integrated mobile payment and marketing platform to build custom-branded mobile apps for retailers.

     

    Toronto’s Smooth Commerce has raised a $2-million growth round from new and existing investors to fuel the startup’s development of payment processing-powered smartphone apps.

    The startup uses its fully integrated mobile payment and marketing platform to build custom-branded mobile apps for retailers.

  • November 24, 2017 – U of T NewsU of T startup Trexo Robotics takes another step forward with children's 'Iron Man' exoskeleton
    Just like the purposeful gait of their child-sized robotic exoskeleton, the entrepreneurs behind OCE-supported University of Toronto startup Trexo Robotics are propelling their young business forward one step at at time.
  • November 23, 2017 – University of Windsor EPICentre18 student startups from across Ontario compete for $23,000 in prizes
    The RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition's runner-up prize and Postmedia’s People’s Choice Award went to Tabnex, an OCE-supported start-up that provides an AI-powered recruitment suite of products and data APIs to streamline and scale the recruitment process for organizations. 
  • November 20, 2017 – TIMEThe 25 Best Inventions of 2017
    OCE-supported eSight is named to TIME's 2017 list of the top 25 best inventions. Their device gives sight to the legally blind.
  • November 15, 2017 – Metro OttawaID cards jamming up your wallet? An Ottawa company might have an app for that
    Bluink has won a contract with the Ontario government to develop a platform that would store electronic versions of driver’s licences, health cards and other government-issued ID on a user’s smartphone. OCE is funding the project under the Small Business Innovation Challenge, a program that helps SMEs bring new technologies to market.
  • November 15, 2017 – KidscreenInside Peekapak’s empathy-driven, ed tech growth

    CEO Ami Shah reveals details of the Toronto-based startup's growth strategy, including a kids TV series, for its social-emotional learning platform.

  • November 14, 2017 – BetaKitiMerciv named winner of Telus $100,000 Small Business Competition

    OCE-supported iMerciv was named the winner of the $100,000 top prize at the Telus Pitch competition. The pitch competition was launched with District Ventures founder Arlene Dickinson in September 2017, and asked entrepreneurs to share how the money would help them achieve key business goals.

  • November 10, 2017 – TechvibesOntario Will Enlist Drones to Enforce HOV Lanes
    The Sky Guys have teamed up with NVIDIA, IBM and the University of Toronto to work closely with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) to develop an AI-enabled drone solution to monitor the province’s 400-series highways. This initiative is in response to the Vehicle Occupancy Detection problem statement issued by the government, a document that describes the challenges of monitoring a brand new toll lane.
  • November 10, 2017 – IT World CanadaSensibill wins Ingenious Spark Award for helping banking app users track their spending habits
    OCE-supported Sensibill  has been named the first-ever recipient of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)’s Ingenious Spark award for helping banks across North America – and beyond – fill a critical gap in their mobile services.
  • November 6, 2017 – Globe and MailHow to feed a hungry city
    How does Toronto's garden grow? With fish farms, rooftop planters, and vegetable patches all in a row. The city has become a leader in urban agriculture thanks to companies such as SmartStart-supported Ripple Farms, but there's worry public awareness is lagging.
  • October 31, 2017 – Private Capital JournalPayso/Finn.ai secures $3M venture capital financing
    Payso Inc., dba Finn.ai, a provider of AI-powered virtual assistant built for banking and personal finance, has secured a $3 million round of financing led by Yaletown Partners, Flying Fish Partners, and John Livingston, former CEO and Chairman of Absolute Software (TSX: ABT) with participation of an angel syndicate comprised of senior technology and banking executives.
  • October 26, 2017 – AGE-WELLStabilizing glove for people with hand tremors wins Canada-wide competition
    Steadiwear, a SmartStart company that develops technology to decrease hand tremors, won a national ideathon competition hosted by the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence and HACKING HEALTH. Earlier this year, Steadiwear was declared the winner of the ONtrepreneurs pitch competition, hosted at Discovery 2017.
  • October 26, 2017 – BetaKitSkyWatch and Ada Support each take home $50,000 at Communitech Rev Demo Day
    SmartStart company SkyWatch split $100,000 in winnings with Ada Support at Communitech Rev Demo Day. Following the CIX Summit, the event featured pitches from revenue-focused startups recently graduated from the Communitech Rev Accelerator.
  • October 24, 2017 – BetaKitAccessNow receives $10,000 from #MoveTheDial Pitch Competition

    Five women founders pitched to a room of 100 people for the first-ever #MoveTheDial hackathon. In the end, Maayan Ziv, CEO of AccessNow, took the top prize of $10,000.

  • October 24, 2017 – Nix Sensor LtdNix Sensor selected as two-time winner in prestigious German Design Awards
    Nix Sensor Ltd, an OCE-supported company, has been named a two-time winner of the internationally recognized 2018 German Design Awards. Their hand-held colorimeters the Nix Pro Color Sensor and Nix Mini Color Sensor were awarded Winners of Excellent Product Design by the German Design Council, Germany’s leading brand and design authority.
  • October 19, 2017 – Business InsiderBraze Mobility unveils obstacle-detection system for wheelchairs
    Braze Mobility Inc. has launched an add-on system that can transform a regular wheelchair into a "smart" wheelchair able to help prevent collisions.
  • October 16, 2017 – Fast CompanyThese Cold-Weather Container Farms Let Produce Grow In The Arctic
    As traditional Inuit diets change, they’re being replaced with processed food because it’s so difficult to stock markets with fresh produce. Thanks to the Growcer, they can grow it themselves, even in sub-zero temperatures.
  • October 13, 2017 – LiON's LAIRFive innovative startups win big at LiON’S LAIR competition
    OCE-supported Aiva Labs, Lumago, and BridesMade won big at this year's Lion's Lair competition, hosted by Innovation Factory and Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.