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Jonathan Wheatle presents to York Regional Council

York Region creates new plan to boost business, economy, workforce

York Region business and research leaders are welcoming a new strategy to help develop the regional economy and businesses.
ventureLAB Hardware Catalyst Initiative Cohort 7 Announcement Cover

Announcing the 7th Cohort of the Hardware Catalyst Initiative

The selection process for cohort 7 was highly competitive, including a rigorous bootcamp to ensure the selected companies were primed for success in the hardware industry, which is notoriously known for long lead times for product validation and securing investment.
Mircom Next-Gen Secutron Fire Detection and Alarm Product

Vaughan headquartered Mircom Group of Companies introduces their next-gen Secutron fire detection and alarm product range into the U.S. security distribution market

The Secutron fire detection and alarm products meet the most stringent industry standards, including UL 864 10th edition and are meticulously engineered and produced at Mircom Group’s two North American manufacturing facilities.
Treefrog Accelerator

Multi-faceted York Region-based digital transformation agency evolves to support other local and international startups

Treefrog assists a broad range of businesses, particularly focusing on those in their developmental stages or facing technological or marketing/growth challenges. Their team aims to provide solutions that enhance growth, improve technological capabilities and streamline operational processes.
Accelerate AI cohort 3

Announcing the third cohort of ventureLAB’s Accelerate AI

ventureLAB is proud to announce the 3rd cohort of the Accelerate AI program. This transformative 6-month program is designed to champion the growth and scaling of AI startups, empowering them to deliver cutting-edge solutions and applications that tackle the challenges in the modern industry! 
Delegats at ventureLAB

Government of Canada supports expansion of services at ventureLAB

$4.5 million for the next phase of the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, supporting 30 technology companies while creating and maintaining over 170 jobs in southern Ontario.
YSpace at York Regional Council

York Region giving $1.08M boost to international, women-led businesses

The funding proposed would be over three years and would come from the region’s Innovation Investment Fund, which the region includes in its budget to support innovative projects on an application basis.
Drone Delivery Canada canary drone

Vaughan headquartered Drone Delivery Canada receives approval for BVLOS flights and dangerous goods transportation on its dronecare commercial project

The approvals from Transport Canada mark a significant milestone for DDC and signifies the government’s recognition of the Company’s cutting-edge technology, rigorous safety standards, and commitment to advancing the field of drone logistics.
Lila Fertilizer

York Region-based company, VCycene, turns food-waste to fertilizer in seven days

Yin says York Region is truly one of Canada’s key innovation engines and an economic powerhouse. “We gained direct access to a diverse network of government grants, angel investor platforms, venture capital investing, workshops for prototyping and production, testing agencies and support of big multinational corporations,” Yin comments.
Drone Delivery Canada canary drone

Vaughan headquartered Drone Delivery Canada completes first milestone of the canary contract wit the Department of National Defence

The completion of the first milestone of the project involved nine test objectives pursuant to which the Company completed a total of 145 flights with an overall flight distance of almost 800km.
OVIN demonstration zone challenges launched

Smart mobility innovators here’s your chance! OVIN Demonstration Zone challenges launch in Markham and Vaughan

It is no secret that the way people and goods move is changing. From the transition to hybrid or fully-electric cars to better the environment or drone delivery to support hospital capacity, there is no shortage of examples of ways innovation is propelling sustainability in our communities and moving us forward.
Mayors and Provincial Minister Fedeli

OVIN demonstration zones in Markham, and Vaughan now open for applications

The City of Markham and City of Vaughan, with funding from the Ontario Government through Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN), officially launched the Demonstration Zone and are now inviting businesses to apply to demonstrate their mobility technologies. The first round of selected businesses will pilot their technologies in early 2024.
CARITY app screens

Innovative York Region-based AI company powers car shopping experiences

Most of the team members call York Region home. “This allowed us to centrally serve customers across GTA and beyond, enabling consumers to buy and sell cars with just a click,” Ng explains. “Carity introduced an industry-first profit-sharing car selling program, which allows consumers to share in the profits when Carity resells their vehicle, while also guaranteeing a selling price and offering upfront payments.”
Visiontif founder

Markham company developing AI wearable device to help people who are blind, visually impaired

The most common way for people with visual impairments to navigate outside is through the use of guide canes and raised tactile indicators at intersections. Yu said these devices are more than 100 years old, and there hasn’t been much progress made with alternative solutions, while the Visiontif wearable device is a screen reader for the real world.
Woman in green testing a VR head set at VentureLab's Hard Tech Summit 2023

Revolutionizing healthcare: MedTech start-ups win $50,000 at ventureLAB’s third annual Hard Tech Summit

The summit featured an exclusive Pitch Gala where eight companies vie for a chance to win a collective $50,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes to further advance research and scale operations.

Vaughan headquartered Drone Delivery Canada completes first U.S. demonstration with West Michigan Drone Delivery MMFP pilot project

DDC flew its Sparrow RPA and Workhorse Aero flew its Horsefly RPA to successfully demonstrate the delivery of medical products and handoff to Caduceus Medical Logistics in Holland, Michigan.
Panelist on stage at VentureLab's Hard Tech conference with attendees sitting at round tables

ventureLAB’s latest HardTech Summit explores barriers, opportunities facing Canadian deep tech startups

At ventureLAB’s third HardTech Summit, speakers discussed challenges and opportunities facing deep technology startups across the country and offered entrepreneurs advice on navigating them.
telMax groundbreaking in Aurora

telMAX breaks ground to bring new high-speed fibre internet to Aurora

“We know that Aurorans increasingly need more reliable and faster internet, especially with the massive shift we’ve seen in the number of people working from home,” he said at the time. “The reality is that access to high-speed and affordable broadband service is now a necessity not a luxury, especially in today’s economy. And what’s incredibly important for us is that this project will only strengthen the town’s ability to get critical information to residents and businesses, while also allowing us to explore exciting new initiatives like offering free wi-fi at places like Town Park.”

New app from Markham-based startup gives patients remote access to physiotherapy options

Chiropractor Dr. Jim Feng, well-known in York Region for his commitment to healthcare innovation, has recently made significant strides in improving patient access to physiotherapy options. Jim is no stranger to York Region’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, having long been associated with York University’s YSpace, a leading resource hub for entrepreneurs in the region.
Snappy order-from-table interface visible on a tablet

Markham headquartered restaurant software startup Snappy secures $7-million Series A round

Founded in 2016, Snappy offers restaurant management technology for customer touchpoints including point-of-sale, online orders, loyalty programs, reservations, waitlists, and custom-branded mobile apps and websites.
Top Growing Companies of 2023

19 York Region-based companies make Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies 2023

There were 19 York Region-based business to make the list.
Acculogic facility in Markham

inTEST upgrades Markham facility for electronic circuit and electric vehicle battery testing operations

The new space provides 25,000 square feet of contiguous space with superior utility infrastructure and a modern office complex that is expected to improve operational efficiencies and enhance custom service.
Avanash at Elevate

Sustainable semiconductor solutions with AI: ventureLAB recaps the deeptech-focused panel at Elevate Festival

ventureLAB’s VP of the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, Avinash Persaud, took on the role of moderator for a thought-provoking panel discussion “Sustainable Semiconductor Solutions with AI” at Elevate Festival 2023.