#ICYMI: MaRS venture news for January 2015
As expected, 2015 is off to a phenomenal start! Already this year, many startups supported by MaRS have closed large funding rounds, launched new products and garnered some high-profile media buzz, suggesting that it’s going to be a great year for the Toronto startup scene.
- ICT venture Rubikloud Technologies raised $7 million in funding to help retailers analyze big data. The MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) was part of the funding round!
- Unata, which is also backed by the MaRS IAF, raised $1.2 million to fuel grocery retail growth in the United States.
- Interface Biologics completed its Series B financing round.
- JOLT alumnus Singspiel raised a $350,000 seed round.
- Health venture 7D Surgical received $1 million to bring its medical technology to market.
- Several education technology entrepreneurs and their respective ventures were listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for 2015, including:
- Google acquired tech startup Granata Decision Systems.
- JOLT venture PostBeyond launched its new enterprise employee advocacy platform to help companies grow their brands.
- eSight’s touching video went viral: “Kathy Beitz, legally blind mom, sees new baby with special eyewear.”
- SnapEDA was featured on Gigaom: “Parts search engine and SnapEDA buddy to make making easier.”
- InteraXon’s Muse headband and Nymi were mentioned in the Globe and Mail: “Why Toronto is a hotbed of pioneering wearable technology.”
- Sampler was featured in the Globe and Mail: “How a Toronto startup is changing the product sampling game.”
- Hydrostor was featured in the Financial Post: “How one company plans to store energy in giant balloons under Lake Ontario.”
- Ecobee’s smart thermostat was featured on Betakit: “Carrier invests in smart thermostat maker Ecobee.”
- JOLT alumnus Cumulonimbus appeared on CBC Radio: “How your smartphone could help predict the weather.”
- JOLT venture SKE Labs was profiled on BlogTO: “Toronto company invents world’s first smart jar.”