Join the conversation:

10 Tech Startups from Canada You Need to Know About

10 Tech Startups from Canada You Need to Know About

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 31, 2017

In short, with highly-qualified, STEM-based university graduates entering the job market, rising national interest in digital entrepreneurship, and government tax incentives that reward R&D focused companies, Canada’s tech startup community is second to none; be sure to keep these 10 companies on your radar in 2017 and beyond.

In recent years, many of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest have found themselves head-to-head with stiff competitors from the Great White North; in fact, many would argue that Canada is the continent’s new focal point of tech innovation. The country continues to be a booming haven for new entrepreneurs—homegrown and international—and boasts numerous startup benefits: a huge selection of government aid packages for small businesses, world-class universities (e.g, the University of Waterloo, Canada’s answer to MIT), to name a few.


10. Hopper


Simply put, Hopper’s mobile app analyzes and predicts airfare. For example, users search for a particular flight on a certain day— the app will predict whether it’s a good time to buy or not. If prices are steeper than normal, the app will instruct users to “wait” and allow them to track their desired flight, alerting them when a price drop is detected. When an optimal price appears, users can book directly from the app.

9. Unbounce


Unbounce is an app that enables users with little to no web development experience to create attractive, functional landing pages for websites. Features include hundreds of eye-catching templates, drag-and-drop authoring, and targeted overlays: users can set certain users actions (e.g., arriving on a page, clicking an element, scrolling down) as “triggers” for activating more website features, allow them to completely control who can see potential offers on the website and when.

8. Drop


Drop is a fintech app that allows users to link their credit and/or debit cards for streamlined shopping and reward points accumulation. Based on how users spend their money, the app automatically searches and recommends offers relevant to them, while highlighting how many additional reward points each potential purchase is worth. Points can be redeemed for restaurant meals, clothes, and yes—cash.

7. Zoocasa


Zoocasa’s mission is to create a better home-buying experiences by leveraging the latest technologies in the real estate market, thereby enabling better buying and selling decisions. The company started as a property listing website—these days, it has its own team of real estate agents to augment its existing team of tech experts and marketers.

6. Breather


Breather allows businesses to book on-demand, private workspaces and conference rooms  in the U.S., Canada, and London. Using the platform, users can easily find and book a space that fits their needs in a matter of minutes—they can even cancel their reservation free of cost.

5. League


League’s goal is to make it easier for small businesses to customize health benefits for their employees; the company labels itself “the digital alternative to traditional health insurance.” Notable features include fully-integrated health/wellness solutions focused on prevention, flexible benefits plans, easy-to-use claims reporting, and more.

4. Element AI


Montreal-based Element AI takes a business-oriented approach to developing deep learning technologies: the firm assesses the specific AI needs of an organization and develops/implements accordingly. The company has put together the largest privately-owned AI R&D lab in Canada.

3. Thalmic Labs


Ever since movie audiences saw Tom Cruise effortlessly controlling a futuristic computer with simple hand gestures in Minority Report, tech fanatics have been clamouring to make the technology into a reality.  Thalmic Labs’ approach to this challenge involves wearable technology that works seamlessly with other devices; its first product, the Myo armband, reads electrical signals emitted by the wearer’s arm muscles to allow for gesture/motion-based device control.

2. Kik


Founded by a team of University of Waterloo students, Kik has come a long way since it first launched as a basic messaging app for integrating chat functionality between different devices. The solution has gone on to become one of the most popular messaging apps on the market, boasting millions of users across the globe.

1. Hootsuite


Vancouver-based Hootsuite is one of the firms credited for securing Canada’s prominent place in the global tech startup arena. The social media management platform allows marketers to manage multiple social media accounts from a single dashboard, view analytics on how their social content is performing, manage team members’ social permissions, and more.

Facebook comments

Monthly newsletter featuring articles hand picked by our country managers from the best content across PanamericanWorld.

Monthly newsletter featuring articles hand picked by our country managers from the best content across the Caribbean Region on PanamericanWorld.