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A University of Toronto startup (Dash MD) seeking to improve communication between patients and hospitals has received $250,000 in funding from a southern Ontario local health integration...
“AI is the next big thing,” your boss tells you. “Go out and get me some of that AI.” What do you do? Is AI something you can just go out and purchase? Is it like a robot you can buy and then...
Thalmic Labs has opened a new office at 27 Gaukel in Waterloo – a 124-year-old building with 26,000 square feet of space, and the former site of Schreiter’s Furniture – as it looks to make room...
Do you see AI as a force for transformation within industries or as an industry in itself? AI is a transformational force for the entire economy. It is capable of supplementing, assisting and...
When University of Waterloo student Zack Fisch broke his leg found himself in the emergency room, he had an otherwise normal visit — except when it came time to deal with the aftercare at home...
Blynk has been described as Tinder for fashion. Launched in 2014 by Jaclyn Ling, a finance and entrepreneurship student from McGill and Shums Kassam, an engineering student from University of Toronto, Blynk was created partly out of Jaclyn’s love of fashion and partly from their desire to help the less fashionable. Users swipe right or left on photos compiled from fashion bloggers to identify their ideal style. Blynk then recommends outfits to users and you can even buy directly...Read more
Sensassure’s diaper sensor solution for incontinent seniors tracks if they’ve soiled themselves and instantaneously alerts nursing staff when changes are required. Sensassure helps restore dignity to those who suffer from incontinence by automating existing manual care processes, leading to timely changes that prevent skin infections from developing.Read more
Bridgit is bringing the flexibility of mobile devices to construction sites. Bridgit will eliminate many of the costly delays that result from miscommunication on site, by improving communication between contractors through trackable and tagged multimedia messages.Read more
SeamlessMD provides a cloud-based, patient engagement solution for guiding patients through surgery. Available on smartphones, tablets and computers, patients are supported through preparation and recovery with timely reminders, checklists, interactive care plans and self-management tools. Patient generated data is transformed into clinical intelligence for healthcare providers to improve the patient experience, drive better outcomes and lower costs. The company serves surgery...Read more
Kira Talent was co-founded in 2012 by Maxwell Brodie, Emilie Cushman, Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski and Edward Sun. Truly a disruptive technology focused on the HR Services market, Kira Talent infuses video into the recruitment process to allow organizations meet their candidates via video. Organizations can record video questions and send them to candidates who can then respond via video using their webcam. Afterwards, the selection committee can collaborate virtually to rank, share, and...Read more
paid is the world's leading influencer collaboration and marketing platform. #paid connects brands like Airbnb, Audi, and Corona with popular content creators on social media to run authentic, honest, and engaging collaborations. Our automated marketplace allows marketers to find influencers, collaborate easily, approve content, and track analytics.Read more
Cathy Han is a fourth year finance student at the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Last year, Cathy had the pleasure of serving as President of Enterprize Canada, Western Canada’s largest student-organized conference and business plan competition dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs. Cathy has a passion for contributing to growing people and com ...Read more
Stephen's interest in entrepreneurship began at an early age: He started his first company at the age of 13. In 2007 Stephen was awarded a Canada´s Top 20 Under 20 award, and Loran Scholarship from the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, as he began studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In three years since starting at ...Read more
When Krista visited the grocery store for the first time, she was shocked that an apple costs more than a chocolate bar. Apples grow on trees locally, whereas chocolate bars need complex ingredients, packaging and marketing. Determined to tackle this problem, Krista joined NextAI to build Deepnify, a predictive machine learning venture to help fres ...Read more
Passionate about making the world a better place for pets, Paul Shenouda has challenged the norm by creating Wilder & Harrier, a Montreal-based startup that develops pet food products. Using cricket flour as the main source of sustainable protein, Paul strives to lead the food system transition towards eco-friendly, wholesome, food for pets -- ...Read more
Engineer-turned entrepreneur, Andrea Palmer is an autism health advocate and tech geek driven by social impact. Andrea pours her time and efforts into building tools to measure anxiety and improve the qualify of life for autistic people through Awake Labs’ wearable device, Reveal. Andrea is a recipient of the Next 36 Venture Day Outstanding Venture ...Read more
When Zack Fisch realized how challenging it is for patients to find proper aftercare after injuring his leg and making a trip to the the ER, he knew he had to act. That’s when Zack teamed up with his co-founders to create Dash MD, a patient engagement tool and community care discovery platform that transforms the aftercare experience for everyone. ...Read more
After struggling to access places in her wheelchair, Maayan Ziv set out to empower others with physical limitations with AccessNow: an app that crowdsources the accessibility status of locations on a public, interactive map. Maayan recognizes that creating greater accessibility opens a business’ doors to a much larger population. But she is not ju ...Read more
Fed up with the lack of elegant, commercial solutions for air pollution monitoring, Natalia Mykhaylova leveraged her background in chemistry, design and engineering to create WeavAir. Using novel material design to offer continuous personal protection from air pollution, Natalia is passionate about inventing ways to make both public and private spa ...Read more
Having dedicated his Banting Fellowship to studying sport to understand human nature, Shea has always been an innovator and builder of things. One of his major strengths lies in being able to recruit a team and motivating them to move mountains. His NextAI venture, KOMBINE AI, strives to democratize access to human movement expertise, inspired by h ...Read more
After spending 15 years building customer experiences for banks, Saroop came to the realization that there was a lack of data transparency and communication between financial service advisors and their customers. He clearly saw a broken process and a brighter future. ...Read more
Coming from an unconventional music background, Noel Webb applies the transferable skills of creativity, problem-solving, adaptability, and improvisation to his venture, Karen. When he was approached to speak about the intersection of audio and technology, his career as a tech entrepreneur kicked off. He ran several fast-growing startup companies, ...Read more
Hassan Murad is a mechatronic systems engineering graduate recognized as a 2017 Surrey Board of Trade Top 25 Under 25. With a hunger to create something impactful, he strives to leave a legacy of service beyond self through his venture, Intuitive, Inc. Intuitive, Inc. aims to create a standardized recycling system to reduce waste. Prior to joining ...Read more
Founder and CEO, Hubba
Founder and Executive Chair, Just Energy Group
Director of Operations, Shopify Toronto
General Partner, Real Ventures
Co-Founder and CEO, Wave
Associate Director, BDC Capital
CEO and Co-Founder, Busbud
Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management
Chair, NEXT Canada Investment Committee; SVP Strategy and Corporate Development, Wave
Former Interim CEO, NEXT Canada
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Appearing for the first time in Canada, Sophia is the latest and most advanced humanoid robot and will be a keynote speaker at this year's Discovery Conference.
This year’s 2018 ODSC East brings together the most influential data scientists, practitioners, innovators, and thought leaders in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data.
The 2018 AI/GI/CRV Conference is a collaboration of three leading conferences: Artificial Intelligence 2018, Graphics Interface 2018, and Computer and Robot Vision 2018.
CVPR is the premier annual computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops and short courses. With its high quality and low cost, it provides an exceptional...