Inspired by the lack of transparency and education surrounding mortgages, Jesse Abrams launched Homewise, an online mortgage brokering platform that walks first-time homebuyers and seasoned experts alike through the process.
After grappling with the high cost of sending products to the U.S., Derek Nolan launched Chit Chats, a shipping and logistics company that helps small businesses sell to consumers all over the world. Since launching in 2001, the company has kept step with the rapid rise of e-commerce.
Put-off by a glacial-paced experience with fertility testing, Alyssa Atkins decided to launch Lilia, a startup looking to streamline the process through at-home testing and resources for everything from egg-freezing to IVF and menopause.
Chat platforms like Facebook’s Messenger, Tencent’s WeChat, and WhatsApp have evolved from text communication to a suite of tools that allow sending money, sharing documents and locations, and making video calls. Toronto Techstars grad Eddy Travels is adding AI travel assistant to the list.