Lovingly referred to as “Cowtown” by its residents, Calgary these days is famous for much more than its Stampede rodeo and festival. A burgeoning tech startup scene fueled by a young, highly-educated workforce is transforming the cosmopolitan Canadian city into a globally-recognized center for innovation.
The median age in Calgary—according to the Census in 2014—is 36.1. Younger generations are typically the main drivers of innovation in technology, and Calgary is certainly has plenty of both. Here are just 13 tech startups to look out for in Calgary in 2016.
WeEmploy is a platform for finding employment and volunteering opportunities globally. With its Intellicruit platform, you can filter openings by industry, job type, skill/experience required, and more. WeEmploy boasts an expansive database of jobs and is free for charities to use.
YGen is a software development company specializing in website, mobile app, and desktop application development. Notable apps from YGen include, Aiveo, Freezer Burn for Blackberry and Android, Gengo for Android, and the IdeaBin website.
Calgary is a big oil and gas industry exporter, and Oplii—headquartered strategically in the city—is a management platform for the oil and gas industry. The app offers unified task management, from the control of facilities and projects to maintenance in remote offline areas.
This task management platform streamlines communication between teams by giving colleagues access to updated, real-time data, as well as the ability to assign and share various tasks among teams.
Mediumrare is a small firm with big clients—HP and Nordstrom, to name a few. It specializes in web and mobile platform development and has released several popular apps:
- Muzooka: a service that allows artists to explore opportunities, submit their work, and be invited/featured to perform at various festivals or as guests in radio shows
- Setlist: a service integrated with ticketing solution Songkick that allows you to find out where your favorite artists or band are performing next
Rentza is a website that connects property owners with potential tenants. The service features everything from apartments and storage/parking spaces to tools, equipment, and even party equipment.
FREDSense’s Field Ready Electrochemical Detector (FRED) can spot heavy chemicals in water for either spot tests or continuous data collection. The innovative solution combines engineering with biology, utilizing a biosensor with an electrochemical output to identify chemicals in the water used.
Interface Fluidics is an engineering firm specializing in microfluid reservoir modelling technologies. Its solutions are used by oil/gas companies to save time and money when collecting and generating data on new processes and practices.
GetAssist is a social network that connects small businesses in Calgary with people in the community who can provide services for them. The service revolves around community-building and also allows users to exchange ideas and share hobbies.
TikTiks is a mobile app that allows Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers fans to buy/sell season tickets. The app can be customized to alert you when the desired tickets become available.
Slate is a portable smart scale that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and uses an accompanying app to transfer data. The first scale to provide data regarding food nutrition and consumption details (e.g., fats, proteins, and carbs contained), Slate is ideal for those on a calorie-counting diet or wishing to tightly control their nutritional intake.
RedIronLabs is a gaming startup that develops titles for various platforms: tablets, desktop, web, mobile, and popular consoles. Its virtual reality horror game Abduction is available for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
SpikeBee’s platform enables parents and children to finding youth-oriented classes and camps. Listing available classes and camps is easy, and users can search based on category, location, and age group.
Despite recent economic fluctuations, Calgary continues to be a hotbed of technological innovation and development. From solutions catering to the local oil and gas industry to smart scales and 3D gaming, these 13 Calgarian startups are building products and services that go head-to-head with the best and brightest from Silicon Valley.