Festivals, food, entertainment, culture—few places intertwine these elements as beautifully as Montréal. Named a UNESCO City of Design, the largest city in Québec is home to a variety of industries and hosts a plethora of international events and congresses every year.
Bustling with young professionals, the city has become home to more than 500 startups—what follows are 13 of the best for 2016.
Seevibes gathers data from user profiles in different countries and analyzes/presents its findings through a social engagement graph, thereby helping advertisers reach target audiences more accurately and cost-effectively.
The winner of Startup World’s 2013 Competition for the “World’s Best Startup”, reelyActive develops the requisite technologies (e.g., sensors and software) that enable computers to be aware of their surroundings.
Busbud is a mobile app and platform focused on lessening the burden of searching, comparing, and booking inter-city bus tickets in roughly over 60 countries. With this app, travelers can explore locations on a whim without dealing with the painful logistics of public transportation.
Frank & Oak is a men’s wear etailer with purportedly over 1 million subscribers. The company offers limited edition, personalized premium clothing and accessories to its subscribers every month.
This startup bridges math and science education with developer technologies and tools, allowing users to build solutions that accelerate digital education. The company has developed three complementary products—Thoth, Sphinx and Pupil—that make tutoring more productive for students and tutors alike.
Hexoskin develops wearable technologies that use embedded health sensors to measure heart rate/variability, breathing rate/volume, and activity/sleep position. Its custom app then uses this data to monitor and evaluate results. And as a bonus—in addition to being smart—its clothing line is easy on the eyes.
Appifier is an ideal marketing solution for businesses lacking technical prowess. The offering makes creating smartphone apps a breeze—sans coding. And if you’re looking to earn advertising revenue for your efforts, Appifier also offers in-app monetization capabilities.
Ventana is a mobile app that’s been aptly described as a Shazam for fashion lovers. Next time you spy an article of clothing somewhere/on someone, simply snap a photo of it and Ventana will find nearby stores that carry it or something similar.
This platform allows you to access your mobile and computer’s data universally and securely across platforms. Once downloaded, the app allows you to use any device to access your phone’s contents with a web browser.
The Logrr platform replaces password authentication with mobile biometrics, thereby eliminating the need for keying in remembered passwords on a keyboards and significantly reducing the risk of data breaches in today’s SaaS and cloud-centric world.
Copower is a marketplace for investing in clean energy. The principal offerings are so-called “Green Bonds” backed by senior, secured loans made to community-scale clean energy projects. These projects generate revenues from energy savings or the sale of clean energy, allowing investors to in turn receive income while diversifying their portfolios and saving the planet.
MakerBloks develops magnetic blocks for helping kids learn the foundations of electronics in a fun way. Designed for children ages 6 and up, the kits consist of colorful magnetic blocks assembled in various imaginative games and activities.
Hockey is of course Canada’s favorite sport—as such, this list would not be complete without the mention of a hockey-related offering. Sportlogiq is a sport analysis platform that uses data feeds from various cameras to power analytics, in turn allowing broadcasters and analysts—as well as teams—to gain a better strategic insighs behind the game.
As these 13 startups serve to illustrate, innovation and ingenuity are alive and well in La Sainte-Flanelle. Fortunately, the passion and creativity of its startup community has been recognized by an increasing number of supporters and investors, making Montréal an ideal city for launching new ventures.