Edmonton may be famous for its cold winters, but the city’s startup scene is anything but frigid—in fact, the local ecosystem for tech entrepreneurs is heating up with activity from three incubators: Startup Edmonton, A100, and Tec Edmonton, the latter of which is opening up a new office in downtown Edmonton.
Cities like Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver may come to mind initially when it comes to Canadian tech startups hubs, but Edmonton’s thriving and diverse community of entrepreneurs looking to make an impact across the country and beyond may soon put it on the tech innovation map. Here are 13 tech startups from Edmonton aspiring to do just that.
Boasting an increasingly large online community, Beamdog takes video game classics and updates them for smartphone and tablet game play. The company has released six games for re-release and is expecting more to come.
Thinkmojo is a rapidly growing video design firm with an impressive list of clients—Twitter and eBay, to name a few. The company specializes in video marketing and have recently partnered with Vidyard, a leading video intelligence platform.
Teachme has partnered with Facebook’s Free Basics to provide youth with free online math games and tools. The platform—available in more than 35 countries—has reached nearly 400,000 users to dates, and was recently awarded with an edSurge award for Most Popular New Tool in 2015.
Forge Hydrocarbons specializes in the generation of renewable diesel, gasoline, and petroleum products made from waste vegetable oils. The company recently received a $4.2 million federal government grant to move forward on a new production plant, with construction scheduled for 2017.
LoginRadius—already a global leader in customer identity and access management software—enables users to blast content to 30 major social media networks. The platform has customers in over 180 countries and reaches over 400 million users monthly.
MitreMedia is a financial media company with notable web properties like ETFdb.com, Dividend.com and MunicipalBonds.com. The company has raised $8.6 million and has acquired two financial media properties to date.
Inkdit is an e-signature solution provider focusing on building mobile-friendly, easy-to-fill-out online forms and data management solutions. The firm has already partnered with Google and Stripe and is branching out into customer relationship management (CRM) software.
Darkhorse is a team of information designers and data scientists creating visual-based, interactive tools to explain complex data. Spun out of a research lab at the University of Alberta in 2008, the company has performed work for clients across the province and country.
A finalist for Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s Annual “Infrastructure of Things” award, Drivewyze lets drivers bypass weigh stations and mobile inspection sites from their mobile device. The app is available for download on all devices.
Samdesk is a social media asset management tool for news providers that automatically gathers information from major social media outlets. The solution is used by Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, among others.
Founded by two local Edmonton sisters in 2012, this online retailer offers made-to-measure women’s footwear. Currently the company has a boutique store on Whyte Avenue and employs 23 people in two studio locations. The brand also regularly sets up pop-up stores throughout the province.
Jobber provides CRM software to home service businesses. In January, it received $8 million in funding to expand the mobile offering—the app has already been downloaded by tens of thousands of users.
“Eating local” is often easier said than done—especially without the proper tools for identifying food origins. Localize is a shelf labeling/QR code scanning program for both streamlining grocery operations, as well as empowering shoppers to make informed choices based on food data. A quick smartphone scan reveals where the ingredients are sourced from, as well as third-party certifications regarding sustainability.
Though the rest of Alberta is experiencing an economic downturn, Edmonton and its tech community is moving at a fast clip. Fueled by a community calendar jam-packed with workshops and meetups and the combined millions in funding acquired last last year alone, the city promises to be a prime destination for artists, hackers, developers, and designers in the months and years to come.