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For the past six years Ben Zifkin, founder of Hubba the world’s fastest growing B2B network connecting craft brands and retailers, has been working tirelessly to prop up the Toronto startup and scale-up ecosystem. And now, he feels the city is on the cusp of its first true tech success stories.
The sheer volume of public and private infrastructure projects in Toronto like the Eglinton Crosstown LRT has made the city prime territory for Jordan Korenzvit to build out his mass concrete monitoring startup Exact Technology.
Inspired by the success of their initial social experiment geared towards helping entrepreneurs find mentors, Ten Thousand Coffees’ enterprise-focused platform has rolled out to 100 organizations including StartUp HERE Toronto, bringing tech talent and entrepreneurs together.
Inspired by Toronto’s skateboarding community, industrial designers and skateboarders Richard Revie and Victor Lam have created Primo, a device to help beginners try skateboarding, and a digital community to help them grow their skills.
Drawing from over 25 years in urban planning, more than 15 of which were spent in city innovation, Mikele Brack launched UPPlift, an urban pilot project for emerging smart city technologies. The virtual accelerator aims to provide urban innovators with test-beds to prove out their “city of the future” concepts and technologies.