The VeloCity Garage houses University of Waterloo students and alumni who need free space and mentoring to kickstart their companies.
Check out the startups that are working away in the garage right now:
Founders: Hongwei Liu, Mitchell Butler, Leander Lee
MappedIn brings interactive technology to brick and mortar locations making indoor navigation fun and simple. They created an interactive indoor navigation system available as a mobile app or touchscreen kiosk. Over 100,000 active monthly users to date. Current customers include the University of Waterloo, Casino Rama, Sheraton Toronto, and Conestoga Mall.
Tinker Coin creates a fast and easy way to buy Bitcoin digital currency online. Tinkercoin turns a multi-day process into a 10-minute checkout.
Founder: Maxwell Brodie, Edward Sun
Kaizena – Kaizena is an online platform focused on student skills improvement by empowering teachers to give highly targeted, personalized, actionable feedback. To address specific areas for improvement, a teacher highlights the relevant area of the student’s work, then records a voice comment, adds a text comment, and/or attaches a link to any online resource (such as a mini lesson, video or educational game). Kaizena is poised to be at the forefront of education’s transition from paper to digital and is available today and works with Google Drive and other cloud-based services.
Founder: Bill Curtis
Airstadium is a platform that helps sports fans consume social media content from the teams, players and personalities they care about. We currently aggregate content from over 10,000 official teams and players and use our engagement algorithms to highlight trending content.
Founder: Eric Ho, Doug Sherk, Hanson Wang
SciGit is a collaboration system for scientists to work on the same paper easily with version control.
SoundBrush is an iPad app that simplifies music making by letting individuals draw to create music.
Founders: Jesse Guild, Duncan McDowell, Josh Wright, Jordan Clark
Decision.io is an online platform built to help businesses streamline and enrich group decision-making workflows.
Founders: Brian Stewart, George Wang, Charles Desouza
MetricWire is an online platform that accelerates groundbreaking research by enabling academic researchers to easily crowdsource intensive longitudinal data via the smartphone without having to commit to the upfront cost of custom-building a research app. Current customers include researchers from Waterloo, Laurier, and Stanford.
Founders: Tobiasz Dankiewicz, Michal Martyniak
Provides free, easy and up-to-date access to your local retailers’ flyers, all in one place, directly on your mobile phone, tablet and computer. Reebee includes features that are not a part of traditional printed media; anyone can clip flyers and add their favourite products to an easily accessible organized shopping list.
Founder: Beth Nenninger
DraftingSPACE is a software that automatically generates interior floor plan layouts.
Founders: Jim Robeson, Adam Saunders
PiinPoint is an online site selection platform that provides franchisors with powerful tools to research locations throughout Canada and international markets.
Founders: Desmond Choi, Samuel Yan
Sparkgig is an online marketplace for local music performers to connect with event opportunities. Marketplaces launching for Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto later this year.
Founder: Douglas Lusted
WestonExpressions is digital advertisement company going beyond the limits of out of home advertising and digital signage. Using cutting edge technology, WestonExpressions brings together digital signage, media management and NFC technology into a simple plug and play device.
Founder: Sumit Pasupalak
SmartShare is a platform for transferring any kind of content between devices. It’s ideal for sharing presentations, videos, photos and files instantly from a mobile device to a larger screen, such as a smart TV, computer, tablet or laptop; or to easily move content from one device to another for people on the go. The beta launch of SmartShare apps for OS X and Android is planned for later this year.
Founder: Mihai Tomescu
Neutek Labs is a machine learning platform for wearable hardware that aims to help developers build smart applications that make a difference in people’s lives
Founder: Popy Dimoulas-Graham
Charity Republic offers volunteers a forum to share and rate their volunteer experiences with a charity. The only site like it in Canada, it focuses on the volunteer’s perspective. 5 star ratings are based on responses to a volunteer survey and this valuable data is offered to charities via specialized reports.
Founders: E. Aboyeji, Ian Carnevale
Fora provides digital educational content for universities and corporations in Africa, with course content developed by the world’s leading experts from the top universities in Canada and the U.S. 300 courses are currently available in the Fora catalog and 9 pilot projects are underway in Nigeria. Founders Iyinoluwa Aboyeji and Ian Carnevale combined have 7+ years of experience building education-based startups.
Founders: Matthew Miner, Brad Keys
Lumos is a game analytics service providing developers with insight into performance and an overview of player engagement.
Founders: William Zhou and David Kim
Planboard Team: Suraj Srinivas, Tony Cui, Ryan McKay-Fleming
Planboard is an online platform for teachers to streamline lesson plans, track curriculum standards, and collaborate with other teachers worldwide. In use today by over 15,000 teachers. Planboard is also recognized and endorsed by the David Suzuki Foundation, Discovery Education, and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation.
Founders: Stavros Rougas, Ebrahim Ashrafizadeh
Mediaspot.me connects journalists with subject matter experts. They have developed a partnership with the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) so that all members and people affiliated with CDMN will create profiles on mediaspot.me, which may lead to an initial focus on the tech sector. Mediaspot.me is currently updating and redesigning their name, website, and marketing messaging.
Founders: Abhilash Jayakumar, Emmanuel DeVries, Naman Kumar
Airo Health: AIRO is a health monitor that automatically keeps track of your nutrition intake, stress patterns, daily activity and sleep quality. AIRO take all this information and makes it easy for you to know what steps you can take to start living a healthier life.
Founders: Julia Coburn, Ellen Palmer
WorldVuze is an online education platform where students from kindergarten to grade 12 can share and explore multiple perspectives on any question with other students around the world. For every question asked, student perspectives can be clustered geographically and compared within and between places – city to city, region to region, country to country.
Founders: Fahad Siddiqui
The Display Rack is a directory of independent local retailers organized by their best products. We are launching in Summer 2013.
Founders: Alroy Almeida, James Pickard, Jesus A Zozaya
Voltera is developing a printer that enables low-cost circuit boards to be prototyped within minutes, eliminating the frustrations with the traditional circuit board fabrication process.- just press print!
Founders: Phil Jacobson, Garrett Gottlieb
PumpUp is the workout coach designed to fit your life. PumpUp makes it easy to create a personalized routine for home, the gym, or on-the-go. Users are coached through their workout and kept motivated to stay on track. As they work out, the app learns about them and intelligently adapts their routine so they see results.
Founders: Sean Li, Michael Chiang, Jeffrey Morgan
A cloud based solution that offers software developers the ability to automatically set up and configure their entire development environment in the cloud allowing them to start building their web applications right away.
Founder: Logan Fuller
Oikoi helps you search for great apartment rentals fast. Finding an apartment doesn’t have to be a chore – we make it easy!
Founders: Matin Esfahani, Hooman Safaee, Shafi Siddiqi, Mihail Vlascov
Lumotune produces nontraditional displays that are vibrant even in the brightest environments. Their displays can be scaled to be as small as a SIM card or as large as a side of the Empire State building. Employing a new class of nanomaterials delivers unparalleled performance which no commercial display has ever achieved. While most displays are produced in a small size-scale (monitors, TVs) and consume hundreds of watts, Lumotune is able to cover buildings with its displays without compensating for vibrancy at only milliwatts of power. The result – displays that can be placed on any surface and can be observed in any light setting.
Founders: Bryan Smith, Peter Kruzlics, Alex Wade, Rahul Kulkarni
TrendRadius offers customer feedback analytics that measure your product strategy. Discover how to better retain current customers, acquire new customers, and guarantee your product-market fit.
Founders: Ahmed Farra, Omar Qureshi
Planleaf is project management software that works right out of your inbox. With Planleaf you can now plan, organize and execute all of your work using email.
Founders: Ramli Solidum, Ali Rushdan Tariq, Beatrice Law
FamilyTales enables families to capture and share their precious memories (stories, pictures, videos and audio clips) in a digital and, optionally, a physical storybook that can be passed on for generations to come.
Founders: Matt Davidson, Kimbe MacMaster
Fides is a social media tool that uses predictive analytics to recommend better messages for a social audience.
Founders: Wilfrid Ngo
Sentry Scientific is developing a smart walker aimed to reduce walker injuries, improve the lives of seniors, and alleviate the financial load off the Canadian healthcare system.
Founders: Kris Braun, Mike Braun, Cole Bassarab
Happenate is a social network for action, from parties to projects, in neighbourhoods, workplaces and around the world. Make group decisions, gather funds and volunteers, and share pictures and video of the results.