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SARIT vehicle

Popular Toronto destination becoming test hub for tiny three-wheeled cars built in York Region

Exhibition Place’s sprawling 192-acre site has been selected as the perfect real-world testing ground for the new three-wheeled electric commuter cars, described by SARIT as an “affordable” means of travel that could be used to “ease traffic congestion and solve parking problems” in Toronto.
Acentury Wireless Technology

Government of Canada supporting Richmond Hill headquartered Acentury in developing semiconductor technologies for wireless communications

“Acentury is a home-grown Canadian technology company dedicated to the acceleration of research and development for terrestrial and space-based wireless communication systems. Through this funding and project, Acentury will expand its SynMatrix RF filter design platform into the semiconductor industry, which will increase coverage to new RF filter technologies and structures, and position the product for global marketplace adoption.”
Yihong Qi

Meet Yihong Qi: Markham-based Pontosense’s CTO and Co-Founder

Pontosense is changing how we monitor ourselves by replacing bulky wearable devices with artificial intelligence and advanced sensors. This change in how biometric data is collected and analyzed may seem like something out of science fiction.
Action Plan

York Region thrives as business hub where talent and opportunity intersect

“Identifying challenges in the business community and taking action to overcome them is the backbone of the 2024 to 2027 Economic Development Action Plan,” said City of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Joe DiPaola, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development. “The 2024 to 2027 Action Plan builds on important work already underway to complement our partners’ efforts and drive economic prosperity together.”
YSpace at York Regional Council

More than $1 million in funding approved to support women entrepreneurs and attract international businesses to York Region

“Economic vitality remains a strategic priority for York Regional Council and it is integral our local businesses have resources to help them succeed,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Additional funding provided through York Region’s Innovation Fund will empower growing businesses, attract international entrepreneurs and support foreign direct investment, strengthening York Region as a thriving hub for talent and opportunity.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.