500 Startups unveils 21st cohort with strong Canadian presence


Seven Canadian teams were unveiled Tuesday afternoon as part of the 21st cohort of 500 Startups‘ notable accelerator program.

In total, 31 new startups make up “Batch 21,” ranging between Conversational Commerce, Big Data, drones, VR, transportation, digital health and FinTech. 500 will also carry a focus track in B2B Sales and an automotive track hosted with General Motors.

Halifax’s Swept was one of the Canadian startups selected in a cohort that saw no Montreal representation. Swept is a platform that helps janitorial companies increase profits and employee retention.

In 500’s previous cohort, Batch 20, there were five Canadian teams involved. Fredericton’s Welltrack was one of the startups selected, funded through 500’s Montreal office.

The other half-dozen canuck teams named to Batch 21 are:

Adventure Bucketlist (Vancouver) -A platform that streamlines tour and activity bookings for destinations
Chatter Research (Toronto) – Real-time customer feedback solution for retail and hospitality.
Ellebox (Vancouver) – ElleBox is an organic feminine hygiene subscription box service.
Lumotune (Waterloo) – Lumotune reinvents physical spaces with see-through, connected digital displays.
Medstack (Toronto) – Accelerate the development, adoption and integration of apps in healthcare.
Meya (Waterloo) – A platform to build, train and deploy bots.
Forty-three percent of the companies are coming from outside the United States, representing eight countries. Along with Canada, the other international founders came from England, Argentina, Italy, Hong Kong, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey.
500 Startups said nearly a quarter of the startups are led by female founders while 12 per cent identify as black or “Latinx” founders. According to the Internet, this latter term is “a gender neutral term often used in lieu of Latino or Latina that refers to individuals with cultural ties to Latin America and individuals with Latin American descent.”
In a blog post, 500 said the program continues to be focused on growth and fundraising. The program’s Marketing Hell Week returns along with weekly enterprise sales talks and intensive customer acquisition coaching.

“It’s week two and we are already feeling the speed at which 500 operates. I’ve seen other accelerators and the growth expertise here is unmatched,” said Ryan Stobie, CEO of Vancouver’s Adventure Bucket List.

Here’s the remaining 24 startups that made the cut:

AA Audience — Helping the finance industry get customers on mobile devices.

Avision Robotics — Air traffic control solution for commercial drone applications.

BillTrim — Upload your monthly bills to try to find savings.

ContactOut — Find personal emails for 65 percent of people in the western world.

Croma — A content distribution analytics platform for news organizations.

FactoryFour — Enabling automated manufacturing, at scale, and anywhere in the world.

Folia Water — Consumer goods water filter for the 4 billion who make less than $10 a day.

Georama — A live mobile video platform that provides an alternative to travel.

GlobeKeeper — Secure collaboration platform for law enforcement and security personnel.

Improvado.io — Aggregate advertising data in any visualization tool in minutes.

Muzzley — A B2B platform-as-a-service for consumer IoT monetization and meaningful use cases.

OurHealthMate — Allows users to find, book and pay for healthcare services at hospitals in India, and exchange medical records.

Pellego — A research platform for house investors.

Pluma — A mobile professional development and executive coaching platform for working millennials.

Prolaera — Modernizes continuing education to help professionals stay licensed and “level up.”

Radiomaze — Turning Wi-Fi into a motion sensor leveraging the existing hardware at home.

rakam — A full-stack analytics platform that allows companies to create analytics services based on their needs.

RealAtom — A marketplace for commercial real estate loans, connecting borrowers directly with relevant lenders.

Resonance — Aggregate data from connected devices, smartphones and apps to understand and predict human behaviors.

Swept — Helps janitorial companies increase profits and cleaner retention.

Tripplus — A miles and points-based airfare and hotel metasearch and award travel concierge platform.

Vacayo — Transforms long-term rentals into beautiful, short-term group vacation homes available online.

VR Motion Corp — Creating foundational tools for virtual reality in the transportation marketplace.

WeFitter — Health platform that helps companies engage with employees and reduce healthcare costs.

WeTipp — Helps communities engage their members through their passions and skills, and automize their back office.

It’s worth mentioning that those interested in living the 500 experience in the future can apply for Batch 22 here.

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