#ICYMI: MaRS venture news: June 1 to 30

#ICYMI: MaRS venture news: June 1 to 30

June was a busy month for several MaRS ventures, who gained significant American media attention and connected with influencers at speaking engagements.

1. InteraXon’s smart headband, Muse, was featured in Forbes.

In addition, Interaxon’s CEO, Ariel Garten, delivered an amazing talk at Moses Znaimer’s 2014 Idea City Conference on June 20, and was interviewed for the conference’s webcast, which was streamed and seen around the globe.

Ariel Garten Muse Ideacity

The InteraXon team was also on hand to demo the Muse headband with not one, but two booths at the Idea City Conference.

Muse headband Ideacity
Photo credit: @choosemuse

Even Moses Znaimer got a chance to use Muse!

Moses Znaimer Muse headband
Ideacity founder Moses Znaimer tries on the Muse headband

Ariel was also interviewed by Canadian journalist Amanda Lang on June 23 for “The Lang and O’Leary Exchange” on CBC (fast-forward to the 36:40 mark). Never keeping still, Ariel also spoke at The Economist’s Innovation Forum at the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California, on March 27.

Muse Amanda Lang Lang and O'Leary

2. JOLT grad Raise Your Flag was mentioned in a TechCrunch article on human resource apps.

Raise Your Flag
Raise Your Flag founders Scott Walkinshaw and Ryan Porter

3. Knixwear was profiled in the Entrepreneur article “8 Ways to Make Your Crowdfunding Campaign Pop.”

Knixwear founder Joanna Griffiths

4. Bionym was featured in Wired!

Bionym president Andrew D'Souza
Andrew D’Souza, president of Bionym, shows off the Nymi. Photo credit: Carrie Yury.

5. Figure 1 was featured on PandoDaily in the article “Figure 1 helps doctors, puts the rest of us off our lunch.”

Figure 1

6. Foko was featured on both Mashable and TechCrunch.


7. Vanhawks earned over eight times its $100,000 Kickstarter goal for its connected bicycle!

The company’s Valour bicycle is the first connected carbon fibre bicycle that features performance tracking, security sensors and interactive feedback.

Vanhawks also demoed the Valour bicycle at the Idea City Conference. Check them out in the Globe and Mail.

Vanhawks team at IdeaCity