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With Venture Out, Canada’s first conference for LGBTQA+ inclusion in tech and entrepreneurship, Start Proud is looking to further the conversation surrounding diversity and inclusion by bringing together both the loudest voices in Toronto’s startup sphere with the queer entrepreneurs who feel they’re lingering at the fringes.
After learning a friend had become a hugely influential on social media but had no interest in expending the energy to find marketers to leverage her personal brand, Adam Rivietz and Bryan Gold developed #Paid – a platform for connecting influencers with brands.
Leveraging high speed networks and the proliferation of mobile devices, Bloor West Village and PeopleFlow have teamed up to track mobile movement, better understand who’s shopping in the area and figure out how to make the area more attractive to visitors.
Drawing from the best of London and Berlin’s startup ecosystem, German transplant Vijak Haddadi looks to create a space in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood where experimental arts, design and culture startups can flourish. Then take it out into the world, of course.
After building a successful mobile and web application company, Dustin Walper decided to put his entrepreneurial mettle to the test, this time with Akira, a mobile app that changes the way patients communicate with their doctors.