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Vancouver and Toronto Ranked in Top 20 Startup Ecosystem around the World

The Startup Ecosystem Ranking report is out for another year and they have been some significant changes – London went up 3 places to #3, and Berlin went up 2 places to #7, and Beijing came in at #4.

Things look good for Canada as well especially if you work and live in Vancouver or Toronto region (Waterloo included). Toronto went up 1 spot to #16, and Vancouver went up 3 spots to #15. Unfortunately Montreal did not make the list.

Startup Genome is a global collaborative effort to help regions everywhere nurture and maintain thriving tech startup ecosystems. Insights gathered from 10,000+ startup companies and 300 partner organizations, provide a starting point for founders, employers, local leaders, and policymakers in 50+ cities around the world to make informed and timely decisions that drive innovation and economic growth.

In regards to Vancouver, report said:

Vancouver is leveraging its unique combination of assets: Hollywood North, a strong industrial foundation, enterprise data and cloud underpinnings, and a remarkably diverse talent pool, with over half its residents having a first tongue other than English.

The city may have the fewest number of startups in top 20, but their valuations are highly competitive. Its funding metrics point to the Vancouver ecosystem holding steady, not rising or sinking greatly.

Toronto was another story, the report said:

An estimated 2,100 to 2,700 startups thrive thanks in part to world-class engineering talent, strong entrepreneurial culture, an affordable rental market, and a global base of customers. It benefits from multicultural talent drawn from sixteen academic institutions…alongside generous tax credits, government grants, and favourable currency exchange.


Top 20 Startup Cities  as according to Startup Genome for 2017

  1. Silicon Valley (unchanged)
  2. New York City (unchanged)
  3. London (up from #6)
  4. Beijing (new entry)
  5. Boston (down from #4)
  6. Tel Aviv (down from #5)
  7. Berlin (up from #9)
  8. Shanghai (new entry)
  9. Los Angeles (down from #3)
  10. Seattle (down from #8)
  11. Paris (unchanged)
  12. Singapore (down from #10)
  13. Austin (up from #14)
  14. Stockholm (new entry)
  15. Vancouver (up from #18)
  16. Toronto – greater Waterloo area (up from #17)
  17. Sydney (down from #16)
  18. Chicago (down from #7)
  19. Amsterdam (unchanged)
  20. Bangalore (down from #15)

15 Canadian Tech Entrepreneurs To Follow on Twitter

Recently, we showed you the top Canadian tech accounts on LinkedIn to follow if you want an inside look at the tech startup industry in Canada. Now, we’re focusing on the best and boldest tech experts that Tweet tips from across the country.

Follow these legendary pioneers in business and technology and your newsfeed will fill with riches, how to make it in business, and things you should or should not do. You’ll finally be that much closer to making your millions. American dream is alive and well but has moved north to Canada.

Here are our 15 favourite Canadian tech entrepreneurs on Twitter.

LP Maurice / Montreal, NYC
CEO & Co-founder of travel startup @Busbud. Entrepreneur, traveler, maker. Blog: @ASwellBlog.


Ian Jeffrey / Montreal
Father. Husband. Marketer. Speaker. Foodie. HABS fan. GM & CPO of True Key. Co-Founder of MTLinTECH & FounderFuel.


Tobi Lütke / Canada
Verified account @tobi @Shopify CEO by day, Dad in the evening, hacker at night. – Rails Core alumni; Author of ActiveMerchant, Liquid. Comprehensivist


Stewart Butterfield / West coast
Slack boss • Flickr co-founder • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ • I’m trying my hardest!


Robert Herjavec / Wherever I need to be.
Dad, Husband, Founder & CEO of global cybersecurity firm Herjavec Group, Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, Author


Ryan Holmes / YVR/SFO/NYC
Entrepreneur, investor, future enthusiast, inventor, hacker. Lover of dogs, owls and outdoor pursuits. Founder and CEO of Hootsuite.


Darrell Etherington / Toronto, ON
Transportation and automotive reporter at TechCrunch


Allen Lau / Toronto-Waterloo Corridor
Married2 @MrsEvaLau. @Wattpad CEO/cofounder. 3x entrepreneur. Two Small Fish Ventures cofounder. Jesus follwr. I luv wattpadding,gadgets,cars&making new things.


Shahrzad Rafati / Vancouver, Canada
<em?Founder and CEO @BroadbandTV – Avid about job creation, entrepreneurism, critical & creative thinking, and healthy lifestyles.


Andrew Casale – Toronto / New York
President & CEO of Index Exchange, sarcastic, sometimes thoughtful, ad tech exec Toronto / New York


Eva Lau / Canada
Co-founder of Two Small Fish Ventures, former Head of Community of @Wattpad. Married to @allenlau and most importantly, I’m a mom 🙂


Ted Livingston
Founder and CEO of @Kik


Michael Litt
CEO at @vidyard & loving it. Interested in video? What about the rise of the machines? How has technology allowed you to be more human?

Shaliza Somani / Toronto, Ontario
Shaliza Somani is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of experience specializing in internet marketing, business development and operations management.


Allan Wille / Ottawa, Canada
Father of two, husband, and CEO at Klipfolio. Cyclist, designer, optimist, and generalist.


Top Ten Most Crowd Funded Kickstarter Canadian Campaigns Ever

Kickstarter is one of the top leading crowdfunding websites on the internet and has acted to support many innovative endeavors, connecting fans to the creators of the projects they want to see made.

In the 2016, Pebble Time, the colour e-paper smartwatch with up to 7 days of battery and a new timeline interface was the leader of the pack on Kickstarter in terms of money raised: over $CA 26 million (!!!) dollars pledged from 78,471 backers. Unfortunately, this was not a Canadian campaign but originated in Palo Alto, California.

OVER $$$CA 26 Million Dollars RAISED!!!


In the list below we list top 10 highest earning campaigns to date from Canada. Most of the top crowdfunding campaigns on the list have originated either in Toronto, Ontario or Montreal, Quebec. Vancouver / Ottawa / Calgary – what is going on? Time to wake up and hustle.

Here are the top 10 highest-earning campaigns to date that came from Canada (all pledges were converted to Canadian $): 

#10. Neptune Pine: Smartwatch. Reinvented – CA$ 801,224

From: Montreal, Canada: 2,839 backers pledged CA$ 801,224 to help bring this project to life.

Neptune Pine, the definitive all-in-one smartwatch. Voice calls, video chat, full keyboard, GPS & much more.


#9. POLAR Pen & Stylus 2.0 – Made from MAGNETS – CA$ 817,164

From: Waterloo, Canada: 14,253 backers pledged CA$ 817,164 to help bring this project to life.

POLAR is the world’s first modular pen made from MAGNETS. This beautifully simple product will transform into endless possibilities.


#8. Vanhawks Valour | First ever connected carbon fibre bicycle – CA$ 820,083

From: Toronto, Canada: 802 backers pledged CA$ 820,083 to help bring this project to life.

The first connected bike featuring performance tracking, security sensors & interactive feedback to radically change the way you ride.


#7. Castle Story – strategy game – CA$ 936,612

From Montreal, Canada: 27,060 backers pledged CA$ 936,612 to help bring this project to life.

Castle Story is a voxel-based creative strategy game about building castles brick by brick and defending them against enemies.


#6. Bulat: Your Go-To Kitchen Knife – CA$ 942,716

From: Toronto, Canada: 5,131 backers pledged CA$ 942,716 to help bring this project to life.

Creating a remarkable chef’s knife for a better price. Meticulous design and exceptional materials make for one incredible blade.


#5. Luuup Litter Box – The Best Cat Litter Box Ever Made – CA$ 1,178,504

From: Toronto, Canada: 14,333 backers pledged CA$ 1,178,504 to help bring this project to life.

Our ingenious three sifting tray litter system is the smartest, cleanest and last litter box you’ll ever have to buy.


#4. Helix™ – The World’s Best Folding Bike – CA$ 2,262,621

From: Toronto, Canada: 1,069 backers pledged CA$ 2,262,621 to help bring this project to life.

Big wheels. Titanium frame. Smaller, lighter, safer and easier to use than any other folding bike in the world. Made in Canada.


#3. ZNAPS – Connection is just a snap away – CA$ 3,007,370

From: Toronto, Canada: 70,122 backers pledged CA$ 3,007,370 to help bring this project to life.

ZNAPS is a magnetic adapter specially designed to seamlessly fit your mobile devices and cables, so you can charge and sync with the peace of mind that your devices are safe and protected.


#2. Smart Parka – The World’s First Complete Winter Coat

From: Toronto, Canada: 8,805 backers pledged CA$ 3,257,695 to help bring this project to life. 

A winter coat with built-in gloves, scarf, length extension, hat pouch and tech pockets. Built for two different temperature ranges.


DRUM ROLL PLEASE .. AND #1 TOP BACKED (Montreal company beating Toronto by about $CA 100,000) CANADIAN CAMPAIGN IS ….



#1. Revols – Premium Quick Custom-Fit Wireless Earphones –  CA$ 3,374,513

From: Montreal, Canada: 10,569 backers pledged CA$ 3,374,513 to help bring this project to life. 

Canada’s #1 crowdfunding campaign of all time! Bluetooth earphones with tips that mold to the unique shape of your ears in 60 seconds. Unparalleled fit, comfort, sound and features.


Did we miss any? Or maybe you know why Canada’s West Coast Vancouver is not not on the list? Let us know in the comments below. 

Top 15 Canadian Tech Influencers to Follow On LinkedIn

Most of tech super stars come from the United States, but there are some who brave or used to brave the cold north of the border in Canada. A lot of them still continue to live and work in Canada. Some of them moved have moved to the US: Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, New York.

See our list of top influencers. Make sure to follow them today. Click on their LinkedIn profile (and then follow once there).

Tobias Lütke
Tobias Lütke is CEO and co-founder of Shopify, the marquee shopping cart system of the e-commerce industry. As a programmer Tobi has served on the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created many popular open source libraries such as the Typo weblog engine, Liquid and Active Merchant.

Randy Blumer
Online poker software developer for subscription based play for fun poker sites and

Allen Lau
Wattpad’s CEO and co-founder. 3x entrepreneur. Failed the first one. Sold the second one. Singing amazing grace in the third one.

Tim Bray
Tim Bray co-invented the XML web standard and now works for Amazon

Ryan Holmes
A serial entrepreneur, Ryan Holmes started his first business in high school, ultimately opening a string of ventures – from a pizza restaurant to a digital media agency – before starting Hootsuite in 2008. As founder and CEO, he has helped grow Hootsuite into the world’s most widely used social relationship platform, with 10-million-plus users, including 800 of the Fortune 1000 companies.

William Mougayar
Uniquely versed and experienced in the North American startup ecosystem via networked relationships with VC’s, startups, founders and influencers.

Rahul Sood
Founder of VoodooPC, luxury PC maker. CEO and founder of Unikrn, a gaming and eSports company based in Seattle.

Stephen Elop
Elop has a computer engineering degree—from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Was president and CEO of Nokia as well as Microsoft.

Andy Yang
Founder at 500px. The premier community for inspiring photography.

Mike Lazaridis
Greek – Canadian. Co-founder of Research in Motion / Blackberry. Investing heavily into Waterloo Ontario region

Ted Livingston
Founder and CEO of Kik. Kik Messenger is a proprietary instant messenger software application (app) for mobile devices.

Ethan Song
He is the CEO and Co-founder FRANK & OAK where he handles the member shopping experience, products development, marketing and sales.

Howard Lindzon
In 2008 Lindzon co-founded StockTwits, and is Chairman today. StockTwits was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by Fast Company and one of the “50 best websites” by Time.

James Gosling
Father of Java. Working at Liquid Robotics – Hacking ocean-going robots and housing their data in a cloud. Is he related to Ryan Gosling? No, they are not! James Gosling is a world renowned computer scientist, better known as the Father of Java programming language, while Ryan Gosling is a famous Hollywood actor, director and screenwriter. However, they both are Canadians, so they are related in some aspect.

Anyone we missed let us know in the comment section below.