LinkedIn has published its 6th annual Top Startups list and it is a testament to the spirit of innovation, featuring 15 young Canadian companies that are growing fast and gaining attention.
These are the startups that have trailblazed their way through recent economic and workplace challenges — and managed to stand out to investors and top talent along the way.
To compile the list, LinkedIn looked at data across four pillars: employee growth; jobseeker interest; member engagement within the company and its employees; and how well these startups pulled talent from their flagship LinkedIn Top Companies list.
This year, LinkedIn also adjusted its eligibility requirements, lowering the age criteria to five years or younger in order to feature more companies in their earlier, venture stages of growth.
Among the 15 companies included on the list are three from Vancouver that were all founded in 2018.
Vessi is an all-weather footwear brand, known for their waterproof (and vegan) technology and materials.
Vessi was co-founded in 2018 by Mikaella Go, Andy Wang, and Tony Yu, raising over $2 million on Kickstarter for their waterproof sneakers.
Sanctuary AI is a robotics and artificial intelligence company that aims to create the first human-like intelligence in general-purpose robots to make work safer, more efficient and sustainable. Earlier this year Sanctuary AI unveiled its sixth-generation robot, Phoenix.
Phoenix is a humanoid general-purpose robot powered by Carbon, an AI control system that is designed to give Phoenix human-like intelligence and enable it to do a range of work to address the labour challenges affecting organizations today, according to a statement from Sanctuary.
Makeship is a crowdfunding platform for creators, allowing them to build limited edition products funded by fans via time-sensitive campaigns.
According to co-founder Pablo Eder, Makeship started as a way to help small and medium sized content creators produce high quality products the same way large creators and corporations can.