It’s hard to believe that it was exactly a year ago that we held our first-ever JOLT Demo Day at Steam Whistle Brewing.
Since launching JOLT just over 12 months ago, we’ve focused on growing all aspects of our portfolio and the JOLT platform. As a leading Canadian technology accelerator that invests in emerging web and mobile startups, we provide the tools, seed capital and advice entrepreneurs need to bring innovative products to life and build truly revolutionary companies.
With the addition of five new companies to our third cohort, we have grown our portfolio of startups to 17 and our network of founders to 50. We’ve created an amazing and diverse community of founders and collaborators, and we’re extremely excited about the momentum and direction of these companies.
Meet the startups of JOLT’s Fall 2013 program (September 2013 – April 2014):
Team: Jacob Sheehy, Philippe Stuart Jones, Jared Kerim
Sectors: Atmosphere data and weather forecasting
Elevator Pitch: A primary problem in weather forecasting is that obtaining high-resolution atmosphere measurements has been prohibitively expensive; we solve this with pressureNET, our open platform for sensor data collection. The recent ubiquity of smartphones has enabled collection of unprecedented quantities of live atmosphere observations. This data is valuable in many industries, such as weather forecasting and renewable energy production and storage, in the form of highly accurate atmosphere models and forecasts.
Team: Aaron Glazer, Andrew Norris, Jonathan Norris, Cobi Druxerman
Sector(s): Mobile app development tools
Elevator Pitch: LaunchPad fundamentally improves how mobile apps are built and managed. It does this by integrating directly into mobile apps and allowing all team members including designers, copy writers and legal to simultaneously control their part of a mobile app. This enables true mobile optimization and exceptional user experiences that haven’t been possible to date in mobile, while also reducing a lot of the costs and complexities inherent in mobile application development.
Sector(s): Education technology
Elevator pitch: Raise Your Flag helps students who aren’t going to university or college explore careers that don’t require a degree or diploma and create career plans to gain meaningful employment. We also help educators offer clear guidance to their work-bound students
Team: Devon Wright, Chris Gilipin, Matt Hunter
Sectors: Analytics technology, business intelligence
Elevator Pitch: Turnstyle provides location-based marketing solutions and consumer analytics for retailers and brands. Their location aware platform and suite of analytics tools provide insights on consumer traffic patterns and behaviours, empowering their clients to optimize offline marketing campaigns, loyalty programs and productivity variables such as scheduling and staffing.
Team: Amin Heidari and Tusi Chowdury
Sector(s): Mobile, human computer interface, software
Elevator Pitch: Touch interaction with mobile devices has changed how consumers interact with the devices, and it is still limiting as an interface. Our technology enables virtually every surface to be tap-sensitive by simply placing a mobile device on it. The technology only requires a single microphone for detecting and localizing taps on a surface. No additional hardware is required.
Learn more about these companies and how JOLT helps startups at www.joltco.ca.
Sue is the Head of Consumer & Commerce and Executive Director, JOLT. A startup mentor and advocate for innovation, she has been actively involved in over 200 startups in the emerging technology space. See more…