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Photo Op: SFU VentureLabs Demo Day showcases startups and technologies during Vancouver Startup Week

September 16, 2019

Ian Bryce, University Communications and Marketing, 604-773-8134,

Simon Fraser University’s accelerator programs, SFU VentureLabs®, RADIUS SFU and Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection will showcase startup businesses and technologies from a variety of industries including healthcare, artificial intelligence and robotics, fintech and social innovation. More than 25 companies will demonstrate their products as part of Vancouver Startup Week on Tuesday, September 17 at SFU’s Vancouver campus.



Startup businesses taking part in SFU VentureLabs, RADIUS SFU and Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection accelerator programs will present interactive and visual displays including drones, robots, healthcare platforms, communications software and a velomobile.

Interview opportunities will be available with Virginia Balcom, acting executive director for SFU VentureLabs, and representatives from the 25 participating companies. Balcom can also speak to the recently announced $3 million in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada for VentureLabs to establish a scale-up and soft-landing centre within its Vancouver-based business accelerator.



  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



  • SFU Vancouver’s Harbour Centre Lobby
  • 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver



Businesses presenting technology demonstrations include:

A&K Robotics develops autonomous vehicle systems for indoor environments. The company’s artificial intelligence and robotics technology transforms industrial machines with wheels into self-driving robots.

The company makes geospatial data more accessible through drone technology. Spexi GeoSpatial’s platform brings together drone pilots and aerial data customers to capture more insights about the world at a lower cost than was possible before. It empowers drone hobbyists and professionals alike to unlock the power of drone technology and help deliver aerial intelligence at scale.

VeloMetro is creating the next wave of sustainable personal transportation. Furthering its original concept, the velocar, the company is using the latest technology and engineering to create a new class of transportation vehicle: human powered, enclosed from the weather, fully networked, and assisted by electric power and solar PV.


Health-tech companies will also present demonstrations that aim to empower patients, increase accessibility and lower healthcare costs:

BioConscious Technologies uses machine learning to better understand human metabolism.  By integrating medical and wearable sensor data, they identify risk factors, monitor disease progression and predict complications associated with major chronic conditions before they occur.

CuePath is a healthcare technology company aiming to help seniors and other vulnerable individuals stay healthy and independent with the support of their circle of care. CuePath enables families and care professionals to remotely track their loved ones’ medication intake, which helps families to alleviate the stress associated with caregiving, and care professionals to offer medication reminder services more efficiently.

Medimap is Canada's largest and fastest growing online resource for connecting patients with same-day access to care. The company was founded in 2015 by two entrepreneurs from White Rock, B.C., with the vision to establish one ubiquitous online resource that patients across the country can rely on for finding the fastest same-day access to care. Today that vision is quickly becoming a reality, with over 900 clinics in five provinces updating their wait times to Medimap.

Torus brings image-based analytics to a surgeon’s fingertips. Used in orthopaedic and spinal surgery, their image-based intra-operative decision support tool assists surgeons with quick and accurate radiographic measurements.



Interactive and visual product demonstrations will take place in the Harbour Centre Lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



SFU VentureLabs® is a world-class business accelerator program delivered by Simon Fraser University in partnership with NRC IRAP, Innovate BC and other university partners. VentureLabs scales-up technology companies by ‘powering up’ ventures with amazing talent, technologies, entrepreneurial and research expertise, access to funding, government programs, education and international expansion opportunities.



As Canada’s engaged university, SFU works with communities, organizations and partners to create, share and embrace knowledge that improves life and generates real change. We deliver a world-class education with lifelong value that shapes change-makers, visionaries and problem-solvers. We connect research and innovation to entrepreneurship and industry to deliver sustainable, relevant solutions to today’s problems. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 155,000 alumni in 143 countries.


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