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Rising and thriving: 15 Vancouver tech companies to watch

Sharan Sumal Mar 04, 2019 12:12 pm 3,032

There are lots of reasons why Vancouver is not an easy market but the majority of our difficulties stem from the small market size — in terms of capital, population and talent. Anyone that currently runs a business here, or has in the past, can attest to this. But there are many young startups in the city that are not only “making it” but are on a steady rise and thriving in their respective industries.

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For this list criteria, I sourced companies less than five years old (founded 2013–2018), headquartered in Vancouver, and growing in capital, employees, or user base. That’s it, no fancy algorithms or voting committees!

Here are 15 Vancouver startups that are making the West Coast proud!

Avenue HQ

Avenue HQ builds and maintains the website and digital marketing for realty businesses, so they can stay connected with their clients — and attract new ones.

Year Founded: 2013

Industry/Niche: Realty

Noteworthy: Avenue HQ has raised a total of $8.2M in funding over 3 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on May 24, 2018, from a Seed round.


Cmd allows organizations to proactively secure their Linux environment like never before. Providing unprecedented real-time visibility into user actions, customizable controls, and the ability to stop commands pre-execution without the need for human intervention.

Year Founded: 2016

Industry/Niche: Computer & Network Security

Noteworthy: Cmd has raised a total of $21.6M in funding over two rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Feb 26, 2019, from a Series B round.


On a mission to build the world’s most trusted platform for companies to hire, train, retain and motivate software engineers to do the best work of their lives using intelligent developer operations.

Year Founded: 2017

Industry/Niche: Development Operations

Noteworthy: CTO.ai has grown to a team of 55, of which 90% were hired in the last year.

Dapper Labs

Dapper Labs is the company behind CryptoKitties. Formed in February 2018, Dapper Labs was spun out of Axiom Zen to bring the benefits of decentralization to the first billion consumers through the power of play, fairness and true ownership.

Year Founded: 2018

Industry/Niche: Blockchain/Gaming

Noteworthy: Dapper Labs has raised a total of $27.85M in Series A funding.


Sales enablement software that adapts to what your customers say. Dooly’s real-time playbook engine keeps sales conversations as sharp and on-point as the buyer you talk to, matching their every move with sales tools that answer even their toughest questions.

Year Founded: 2016

Industry/Niche: Sales Enablement

Noteworthy: Dooly has raised a total of $2M in funding over two rounds. Their latest funding was raised on May 22, 2018, from a Seed round.


FI.SPAN’s API management platform allows banks to quickly deploy new business banking products.

Year Founded: 2016

Industry/Niche: FinTech

Noteworthy: FI.SPAN Services Inc has raised a total of $4M in funding, raised on Dec 13, 2018.



Fitplan is a wellness technology company giving one-on-one access to the world’s most influential fitness experts and their methods. Like having a celebrity personal trainer in your pocket, Fitplan makes it efficient and affordable to find the right fitness routine, track progress and achieve specialized results.

Year Founded: 2015

Industry/Niche: Health & Wellness

Noteworthy: Fitplan has raised a total of $5.4M in funding over 3 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Jul 3, 2018.

Grow Technologies

Grow’s technology is powering a new generation of data-driven banking products and services, including digital personal loans, instant customer onboarding and account opening, advanced data analytics, and real-time compliance and identification tools.

Year Founded: 2014

Industry/Niche: FinTech

Noteworthy: Grow has raised a total of $8M in funding over 3 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Nov 1, 2017, from a Seed round.


Later helps streamline your social media strategy so you can set yourself up for more sales and success. Their features focus on visual scheduling, media management, marketing and analytics.

Year Founded: 2014

Industry/Niche: Social Media

Noteworthy: With over 2 million users globally, Later is a member of the Instagram Partner Program.


Medimap’s mission is to increase access to health care for Canadians by making wait times at walk-in medical clinics available online at medimap.ca.

Year Founded: 2015

Industry/Niche: Healthcare

Noteworthy: With over 900 clinics in five provinces updating their wait time to their platform, Medimap is well on track to improve access to care for patients across Canada.


Momently is a real-time analytics platform that was created to empower publishers to understand their readers and make better editorial decisions.

Year Founded: 2015

Industry/Niche: Content Analytics

Noteworthy: Momently is growing rapidly by serving up real-time analytics to digital publishers across the globe in every industry — from food and fashion bloggers, to fast-growing tech companies, to publishing organizations.



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Ready lets consumers order and pay for their food and drinks from their smartphones in seconds without the hassle of flagging down servers — no app is required. For venues, Ready optimizes front and back of house staffing to reduce labour costs, process more orders in less time, and provide a better overall customer experience.

Year Founded: 2016

Industry/Niche: Restaurant Payments

Noteworthy: BC Place recently partnered with Ready to launch the in-seat experience at over 1,500 seats — aiming to increase concession sales and reduce congestion at concession stands.


Spare is on a mission to help accelerate the global shift to efficient and autonomous mobility by enabling anyone to plan, launch, and analyze a smart transportation network in seconds.

Year Founded: 2015

Industry/Niche: Transportation

Noteworthy: Spare Labs has raised a total of CA$150K in funding from a Seed round raised on Apr 5, 2016.


With the help of Machine Learning, Spocket is set to revolutionize the dropshipping market and aid online retailers to compete with Amazon by removing the need to hold inventory and erasing upfront costs for retailers. Spocket enables over 25,000+ entrepreneurs across five continents to launch and scale their online stores.

Year Founded: 2017

Industry/Niche: Drop Shipping

Noteworthy: Spocket has raised a total of $2.2M in funding over three rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Aug 21, 2018, from a Seed round.


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Wiivv is a technology company transforming footwear, apparel, and wearables for every human body. Wiivv Insoles and Sandals are created uniquely for you, based on measurements taken from the award-winning Wiivv app.

Year Founded: 2014

Industry/Niche: Health & Wellness

Noteworthy: Wiivv has raised a total of $7.5M in funding over three rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Feb 8, 2017, from a Series A round. They also acquired ESoles on Feb 14, 2017.


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