Challenge U, GradeSlam make 48Hrs in the Valley

A pair of Montreal startups are heading to San Francisco as part of the C100’s 48Hrs in the Valley program. Challenge U and GradeSlam were selected along with 19 other Canadian companies.

Challenge U is an edtech startup specialized in providing social learning through mobile phones. It works with over 157,000 students and teachers. The company helps school districts increase their enrollment and graduation rates of high school dropouts by allowing people to “complete high school with your mobile.”


GradeSlam is an online platform that improves student retention and success by providing institutions with actionable insights generated through chat-based tutoring.

The 48 hours in question will be hosted December 6-7.

C100 brings Canadian startups to Silicon Valley twice a year for two days of mentorship, networking opportunities, investor meetings and access to C100’s network in Silicon Valley. 48Hrs in the Valley has been a signature program with over 200 alumni companies since 2010.

According to C100, alumni ventures have collectively raised over $3.3 billion in funding to date.

This year’s theme, “Capital Matters: Human. Social. Financial,” relating to the steep learning curve entrepreneurs face as they scale at each stage of their company’s growth.

Here’s the rest of the cohort:

Aimsio, Calgary – offers powerful mobile capabilities and field-focused functionality that is fully configurable for any business wanting to enhance the efficiency of their operations.

AlayaCare, Toronto – is comprehensive cloud solution for home healthcare providers. They enable a data-driven homecare delivery model that is a combination of well orchestrated in-home nursing, therapy, and personal support visits delivered alongside remote patient monitoring and virtual e-visits.

Blue J Legal, Toronto – allows users to get an immediate and accurate sense of how a judge would decide in novel situations. The company was founded in early 2015 by an enterprise software architect and three professors from the University of Toronto. The company’s technology uses AI and machine learning to see through the fog of the law, rendering clear and unambiguous advice.

Dozr is an online heavy equipment rental marketplace. It reduces equipment costs for equipment owners, who can generate new revenue by renting out idle equipment. Dozr says its equipment rentals are often 40 per cent less than retail rates. The startups also calls itself the only marketplace of it’s kind to include insurance coverage during the rental period, ensuring that owners’ equipment is protected.

Eigen, Fredericton – a software company that provides solutions that solve inefficiency problems to unlock value in the manufacturing process. Customers benefit from real-time quality control that maximizes defect avoidance with a patented artificial intelligence (AI) platform that lets engineers solve persistent quality problems in a cumulative and permanent way.

FlashStock, Toronto – a Content-as-a-Service (CaaS) provider of customized visual content on demand for the biggest brands globally. The company’s global network of social-savvy and creative content contributors deliver original, exclusive on-brand and on-brief photos and videos for marketing at scale.

Foursixty, Toronto – a social commerce platform that enables eCommerce merchants to create shoppable Instagram experiences for their online stores. A global leader in shoppable Instagram technology who’s software helps over 2,000 international brands and bloggers better monetize both their brand and user-generated Instagram content. Its clients include the Kardashians, Billabong, Frankie’s Bikinis, Oliver Peoples and many more iconic and influential brands.

Hubdoc, Toronto – helps automate accounting and bookkeeping. Its software auto-fetches key financial documents, seamlessly syncs them with accounting & helps audit-proof your business. Say goodbye to chasing documents and data entry and say hello to increased productivity and automation.

Ideal, Toronto – builds software that Talent Acquisition loves. Ideal uses artificial intelligence to help make precise and efficient high-volume hiring decisions. Companies use Ideal’s Intelligent Screening technology to sift through the resume noise and instantly identify who to interview.

INSTANT, Vancouver – believes that employees need more control over their cash flow and we quickly discovered that most employers agree. So we asked ourselves a simple question: If someone was going to reinvent payday what would it look like?

Jiffy, Toronto – is on a mission to make home maintenance easy, convenient, and reliable with 20+ services and hundreds of pre-vetted, highly rated pros. Instead of spending hours researching, reading reviews and co-ordinating with trades, homeowners using Jiffy simply select the service they require and Jiffy takes care of the rest. Only a suppliers-pick marketplace like Jiffy can remove these pain points for homeowners and efficiently provide liquidity to the home maintenance and repair market.

Mavencare, Toronto – is a technology-enabled home health company dedicated to supporting seniors and their families to promote aging in place. A proprietary technology optimizes caregiver vetting and hiring, matches clients with caregivers, collects community-based data, and serves as a communication hub among stakeholders.

MindBridge, Ottawa – combines data science with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to enable organizations to protect themselves against fraud committed by employees. The platform applies converged analytics to detect and associate anomalies and suspicious patterns based on human activities.

Nudge Rewards, Toronto – helps global brands mobilize frontline teams to consistently achieve their potential. Communicating with a large and decentralized workforce is nearly impossible, and as a result, driving consistent and exceptional performance with your customer facing team is a critical challenge.

Pressboard, Vancouver – a story marketplace. Brands leverage Pressboard to create and publish content with the world’s greatest media publishers.

Sampler Exchange, Toronto – helps consumer packaged good brands like Kraft-Heinz and L’Oreal distribute product samples to hyper-targeted audiences at a predictable cost per sample. By helping online communities monetize product sampling, Sampler enables brands to reach more niche audiences and to continue the conversation with consumers past the initial trial.

SOLINK, Ottawa – empowers brick and mortar businesses to use data to reinvent their entire operations. It has successfully made surveillance video a source of insight, focusing on security applications that combat fraud proactively. In the future, Solink sees every department using video to make data-driven decisions: marketing, operations, even HR.

Sweet Tooth, Kitchener – allows eCommerce & multi-channel retailers to build stunning loyalty programs to retain and engage their customers.

tealbook, Toronto – the comprehensive, next-generation supplier knowledge platform. tealbook helps companies instantly access and share trusted supplier intelligence to significantly reduce the time and effort of supplier discovery and exponentially increase the scale and productivity of procurement teams.

Zighra, Ottawa – adaptive mobile behavioural biometrics and bot detection solutions providing convenient, continuous, confirmation of user and device identity. Zighra invisibly protects systems from login to logout by detecting unusual sensorial behavior of users who are otherwise legitimate and approved. It’s products combine AI, machine learning, and behavioural analytics to help organizations fight fraud.

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