After putting out a call for our second edition of Google for Startups Accelerator to Canada, we are excited to share that we have selected 12 startups from across Canada to participate in the program. The accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google's programs, products, people and technology to startups that leverage machine learning and AI today, or plan to in the future.
Over the next three months, the 12 startups will receive mentorship and technical project support from Google, deep dives and workshops focused on areas like product design, customer acquisition and leadership development. These 12 startups are using technology to solve an array of challenges, from a platform that streamlines the home buying process, to an AI powered clinical assistant. We're inspired and honoured to work alongside these companies in the coming months to help navigate their most pressing technical and business needs.
And with that, meet the 2021 Google for Startups Accelerator Canada cohort:
- AccessNow (Toronto) is a social enterprise developing smart technology that connects people with disabilities, governments and corporations to accurate, up-to-date information about the accessibility of places around the world. If information is not already on the AccessNow app, anyone can contribute, adding to the movement for greater access for all.
- AVA (Vancouver) creates indoor gardening technology to help people experience the magic of growing. They created AVA Byte, the world's smartest indoor garden designed for people looking to get growing. AVA's vision is to have AVA-grown plants in every home, aiming to shift society’s preference away from cheap, mass agriculture to more homegrown, nutritious and sustainable options.
- Homewise (Toronto) automates the mortgage process, with a five minute application and predictive technology to match clients with the best mortgage options from over 30 banks and lenders. Then Homewise’s tech-powered advisors guide borrowers from approval to move-in and beyond, getting them the best-tailored mortgage, while saving time and money - all for free!
- ICwhatUC (Calgary) is an augmented reality and artificial intelligence powered video platform that enables an on-demand connection between experts and customers to instantly resolve issues, triage problems, and prevent downtime; making work safer, saving time, saving costs, and increasing customer satisfaction. It provides remote help for everyday solutions, like maintenance, sales estimates or service training.
- Knockri (Toronto) is a behavioural skills assessment tool that improves diversity without impacting work performance or hiring efficiency. Knockri helps diversity focused talent acquisition teams shortlist and find the best fit candidates for an interview.
- Neurescence (Toronto) is an early-stage medical device company that combines machine learning with its proprietary optical technology to solve critical medicinal and clinical challenges for overcoming neurological disorders.
- Orbiseed (Toronto) transforms architecture, engineering, construction, owner operator (AECOO) workflows using AI to accelerate document processing and unlock high-quality value from building data. This drives efficiency, improves decision-making and reduces business risk.
- Phelix AI (Toronto) is a zero-code, omni-channel, and AI powered virtual assistant for healthcare workflows. Phelix uses cutting edge technology to automate around the edges of existing healthcare silos, followed by an API first approach to rebuild the EMR stack for the future.
- Summatti (Waterloo) is an AI-powered platform that helps businesses save time and money to empower their customer support team, whether they're on-site or remote. Summatti analyzes every single interaction in real-time across multiple channels such as phone, email, chat, CRM, etc. to provide an end-to-end overview of the customers’ experience.
- Together (Toronto) makes software to help HR professionals at enterprises launch, manage and measure mentoring programs at scale for their employees, bringing world-class professional development to all companies.
- Virtuo (Calgary) technology creates an industry ecosystem around the needs of homebuyers to help with common pain points experienced from a traditionally fragmented and disconnected journey, turning it into a seamless and stress-free experience.
- Visualping (Vancouver) is a robotic process automation start-up that alerts users when something important changes on a webpage of their choice, such as laws and regulations, competitive intelligence and more.
We can’t wait to start working with these founders and startup teams to help grow and scale their businesses. And we’re excited to continue with our second year of programming and support for Canadian startups. This year we’ve doubled down on our efforts to help startups and founders across Canada, with five accelerators open to Canadian startups in 2021, including the Google for Startups Accelerator: Voice AI, Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change, Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders, and Google for Startups Accelerator for Women Founders.