Startups

We build communities to connect with entrepreneurs and provide them with the necessary tools and resources to succeed. Meet the companies in the Venture Connection incubator.

  • At Above Atlantis, our mission is to provide Canadian communities with solutions for resilience and preparedness towards harmonized water management.

  • Advisor Flow is committed to empowering advisors with intuitive solutions to help Canadians get ahead financially.

  • Aplica! is a start-up enterprise focused on delivering exceptional educational results for high-schoolers, looking to attend university in Canada and the US.

  • Employ to Empower supports residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community by providing access to development and entrepreneurial resources.

  • At GigaPenguin, our vision is to push people to treat technology as a tool to facilitate in-person connections and interactions. Our first app will target the world of online dating, where we want to take a whole new approach on how it's used.

  • Haiven is a non-profit organization interested in improving the safety and well-being of victims impacted by intimate partner violence and abuse through technological innovation.

  • Immersio facilitates the active learning of ancient languages through personalized contextual conversations and integrated resources to allow users to expand their reading and speaking fluency.

  • Labora is a digital platform where qualified workers can find dignified and respectable work with reliable farmers who need to increase their farm's productivity.

  • Mala the Brand is a handcrafted candle company born from the desire to bring comfort and relaxation to the modern home - wherever and whatever that may look like.

  • MeaningfulWork is an intelligent online platform that matches highly skilled employees with nonprofits and charities for meaningful volunteer opportunities.

  • MiTravel is building the first student-facing, all-in-one travel solution that offers an efficient, intuitive, and collaborative way for students who are studying or working abroad to plan and manage their travels.

  • Moment Energy strives to provide greater access to renewable and reliable energy storage. As creators of battery units that can be used in a variety of applications, they are currently focused on storing energy for offgrid, end of grid customers and plans on powering remote communities in the future.

  • NANOSentinel is making innovation safe by integrating preventative healthcare into the growing nanotechnology industry.

  • ODEN Health Solutions Inc. is a medical device company offering harm reduction solutions to reduce the number of deadly overdoses in Canada.

  • Streamline Athletes is a collegiate track and field recruiting platform for student-athletes to find the best university for them. Streamline Athletes helps athletes create a profile, browse and filter universities, create a list of schools, and contact coaches.

  • Studio Kleio is a creative studio celebrating families and life. The team share a common drive to genuinely connect with people and capture their stories. They recognize that every moment is precious and people are complex.

  • Thrift.so is an e-commerce platform that helps thrift stores list, sell, and manage their inventory effortlessly - serving as an additional, scalable selling channel. We allow employees to list and sell their items instantly by just taking a photo - meaning that we'll automatically generate the title, description, and price point for you. And because listing is so quick, this allows for thrift stores to turnover inventory quicker.

  • Treno is creating a never before seen connection on its platform between young/amateur athletes and professional/high-level players and coaches.

  • VivoLux was founded on the philosophy of developing portable, low-cost vasculature imaging devices based on the principles of photoacoustic imaging.

  • Your Learner application helps autism service providers and families of children with autism connect, monitor, and engage with an easy to use application that focuses on their learner.

  • Zebra is a light-weight, energy-efficient MagnetoRheological (MR) damper that makes MR technology feasible for a broad range of applications. Zebra is 50% lighter and provides 75% more dynamic force compared to its rivals.

The Entrepreneurship Experience

We are very thankful for the support we received in the early days through SFU Venture Connection, from office space, the mentorship program, networking events, media exposure and much more. Looking back over the past four years, it is truly humbling to see how far we’ve come and programs like this were a huge contribution to this accomplishment.

Maryam Sadeghi, MetaOptima

SFU Venture Connection is helping Ionomr and many other exciting ventures bridge the ‘valley of death’ from idea to established company with significant support and mentorship. This is helping us make the right decisions and build the relationships we need to succeed in the market.

Ben Britton, CEO, Ionomr