Many would argue that Mississauga is the most cosmopolitan and multicultural city in North America right now—unsurprisingly, the Eastern Canadian city is also fast becoming known as an ideal locale to launch a tech startup. Home to over 70 Canadian head offices of Fortune 500 firms, Mississauga boasts an ample supply of talent, cutting-edge infrastructure and computing resources, and a mature environment for running a digital business.
The following are 11 of the top tech startups from Canada’s sixth largest city you need to know about in 2017 and beyond.
Nuare is a design studio that specializes in concept art, character design, promotional art, and more. Catering to the movie and video game industries, the company includes DC Comics, Microsoft, Capcom, and Gameloft as some of its marquee clients.
Looupe is a digital marketing agency that specializes in developing digital solutions for both SMBs and enterprises. The company offers SEO, PPC, social media marketing, and web development/design, among other services.
SMARTeacher is developing an education game that uses a proprietary bio-sensor and patent-pending artificial intelligence technology to adapts to a child’s emotions (e.g. frustration, boredom, engagement). Prodigy—currently in use by over 200,000 students—is the company’s free self-paced online math game aligned with the Ontario Curriculum & Common Core for Grades 1-6.
Enprecis develops enterprise customer experience management (CEM) software—for example, its Foresight platform distributes, gathers, and manages customer feedback. Other products include Foresight Mobile, a mobile CEM solution that enables users to respond faster to time-sensitive issues.
Mi6 aims to help companies create relationships, build reputations, and generate revenue with its unique B2B Marketing Integration Framework. The company provides consulting and implementation services in branding, demand generation, and business/product development.
Mobile Customer Connect helps enterprises discover and understand purchase metrics and customer data to fully capitalize on marketing/sales efforts. The solution uses location analytics to streamline merchandising, boost sales, and improve operations.
Wyzelink Systems’ solution passively collects/transmits data from workers, tools, and equipment, allowing project managers to gain accurate visibility into job costing and productivity. The solution consists of a wearable device, wireless beacons, and centralized IoT platform.
The Lean methodology is a widely-accepted practice that helps companies and manufacturers improve product and service quality and decrease waste; based on these principles, Emercomm has developed a suite of automated business processes for manufacturing, distribution, repair, and professional service organizations.
Informedy uses big data analytics to help users improve and optimize the post-purchase experiences of customers. The company provides a range of services: deep analytics on consumer purchase behavior, marketing documentation (e.g., instructional videos) creation, and digital product manual and product registration platform development, among others.
RideFlag’s mobile app allows users—who either identify themselves as drivers or riders—connect with other people to share rides to/from a particular destination. The company hopes its carpooling-on-demand iOS/Android offering will help reduce emissions as well as save users money.
Ambience Data has developed a sensor-agnostic, end-to-end IoT platform for monitoring and collecting data—initially, the company’s focus was air quality data, but it now includes all environmental verticals. The solution combines big data, machine learning, customer data, and sensor information to create predictive models that provide meaningful insights.
Despite its futuristic skyline, the city has yet to fully tap the potential of its fledgling tech startup ecosystem. This is changing fast, however—a growing community of digital entrepreneurs as well as tech giants like Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and Samsung are transforming Mississauga into the next global tech hot spot. Be sure to keep this city and its startups on your radar in 2017 and beyond.