Canada has a vibrant and growing start up culture. There was a time not too long ago when start up businesses needed to be headquartered in Silicone Valley, if they weren’t their chances of seed and venture funding were next to none. Now a days, that simply isn’t the case with places like New York City and Toronto developing their own communities and reputations as power houses in the tech space.
We’ve done some ground work for you to lay out the top five tech companies in Canada’s ever growing start up scene. Below we’ll breakdown who they are and why you should keep an eye on them.
Zulo.ca – Toronto SEO
Zulo started in 2015 with their offices in Oakville, Ontario and then soon opened new offices in Mississauga. Their latest expansion has been into Toronto as they plan to serve local businesses through out the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). They have been helping small businesses with their internet marketing efforts, with a focus on lead generation.
“We strive to provide local businesses with the most complete and all encompassing approach as possible. What I mean by that is we don’t simply target a few keywords for our clients and then call it a day. Rather, we treat their online marketing efforts with the same aggression and dedication that we do our own.” Said Adam Zulo, one of the founding partners.
Being able to grow their business from one location to three locations in such a short amount of time is a testament to their success. That’s exactly why they round out the top of our list s one of Toronto’s most exciting new start up businesses.
Zootly – Moving Company App
With offices in both New York City and Kitchener, Ontario this new moving app has some ambitious plans to take over how the moving industry works. As opposed to apps like Uber, Zootly works with existing moving companies and facilitates both residential and commercial moves for you.
They have had success drumming up a lot of initial funding and plan to do an IPO in the following year. If all goes according to plan, Zootly could be a household name in the not-so-distant future.
Bridgit – Construction Project Organization App
One of the largest logistical problems in major construction projects is the communication between the different parties involved from the engineers and architects to the labourers. Bridgit app helps streamline that process making it efficient, organized and seamless by allowing all parties involved to communicate via text, image, video and more.
Based in Kitchener, Ontario, the driving forces behind this app are two female entrepreneurs who have garnered a lot of attention from venture capitalists after being winning awards from Google’s start up division in San Francisco.
HootSuite – Social Media Management Software
Based in Vancouver, HootSuite has developed a platform for businesses to manage their presence on social media. This is big business as lots of companies are still trying to figure out how they can most efficiently maximize their presence on social media and they’re willing to try out new options with big promises. These same companies are also willing to put down big bucks in order to make it happen and HootSuite is right there ready to take advantage.
It’s yet to be seen if they can foray this business model into a long term solution that business’ find valuable however getting in on the ground level can serve them well. There’s no lack of competition in this field as a lot of entrepreneurs have flocked to this gap in operations/technology with their offerings, however HootSuite has already secured big contracts from a lot of fortune 500 companies which puts them in a great position moving forward.
Shoes.com – Online Retailer of Footwear
Roger Hardy, previously of ClearlyContacts.ca has now switched his attention from your eyes to your feet. Shoes.com, based in Vancouver, retails over 450 brands of shoes and plans to open up physical retail locations in major cities across Canada. If his track record in eyewear is any indication of his success, it’d be wise to pay attention what he does in his new venture.
Well, there you have it, Canada’s top 5 start up businesses. They’re here and they’re ready to take over. Now the only question is, will you be on our next list with your great idea? We’d love to hear from you.