Last month Techcouver kicked off the new year with a listicle tagging 10 Homegrown B.C. Startups to Watch in 2020 and the concept proved very popular.
We’ve received many requests for additions to the list so we’ve decided to make it a monthly series. Please continue to suggest companies for consideration as often the most interesting startups remain under-the-radar for far too long.
Here are this month’s B.C. startups to watch in 2020:
Founded in 2017 by Kyle Campbell, CTO.ai is a platform for rapidly scaling DevOps teams, serving as a secret weapon for both developers and businesses alike. It gives engineering teams the ability to access and share shortcuts that act as ‘EasyButtons’ for DevOps with a way to customize and automate repeatable tasks with ease.
Late last year the Vancouver startup raised a USD $7.5 million seed round which included Tiger Global, Slack Fund, and Panache Ventures. CTO.ai now was 60 full-time staff and was included on the GeekWire 200 list last month for the first time.
Delta’s EnWave has developed proprietary, rapid drying technology. The company is working with some of the world’s leading brands in food and dairy who use EnWave’s Radiant Energy Vacuum™ technology to fast-track development of healthy snack food products and organic ingredients. These products are healthier, free of additives and preservatives, superior in quality and taste, and extend the shelf life of previously perishable items.
EnWave has used its technology to create its own consumer snack product – Moon Cheese, a popular, all-natural cheese snack, which can be found at retailers across Canada and the U.S. such as Whole Foods, Costco and Starbucks.
Launched in 2016 by Cam Speck and Landon Hamilton, Fitplan is a personal training app that connects its members to world-class trainers for their workout plans. Fitplan’s training routines range in both length and intensity and are meant for all levels of experience, from beginner to fitness pro.
Fitplan recently raised a USD $4.5 million funding round from a group of prominent investors that includes baseball great Alex Rodriguez and fitness mogul Mark Mastrov.
Vancouver’s Klue is an AI powered competitive enablement platform that helps salespeople, and the teams who enable them, leverage competitive intelligence to win more deals. The platform combines information shared by co-workers with bot collected intel from across the web into battlecards and living dashboards of competitor activity.
Co-founded by former Sophos Chief Technologist Sarathy Naicker and Vision Critical President Jason Smith, Klue has raised $5 million from OMERS Ventures with participation from Rhino Ventures, BDC, Pallasite Ventures and angels Ryan Holmes, Norm Francis, Jonathan Ehrlich and Daniel Debow.
Vancouver startup Xencall is revolutionizing the way contact centers connect with their clients. Through streamlining many essential contact center needs – predictive dialing, CRM, contact center management tools – Xencall helps its clients increase productivity by routing calls to agents best suited to handling specific opportunities.
Founded in 2014 as a true born in the cloud platform, Xencall has bootstrapped its way into 1,200 contact centers, processing 8 billion client interactions last year with 50 employees.