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actoapp.com

Founded Year

2014

Stage

Series B | Alive

Total Raised

$31.3M

Last Raised

$18M | 3 mos ago

Mosaic Score

+40 points in the past 30 days

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About ACTO

ACTO App is an end-to-end field sales training solution that empowers your reps to train anytime, anywhere. With engaging, up-to-date training at their fingertips, and powerful data and analytics at yours, build training that drives sales outcomes. ACTO was founded in 2014 and is based in Toronto, Canada.

ACTO Headquarters Location

121 Richmond St W #200

Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2K1,

Canada

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ACTO Patents

ACTO has filed 11 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Social networking services
  • Video on demand services
  • Content management systems
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5/6/2019

4/12/2022

Audio book narrators, Video hosting, Video on demand services, Social networking services, Dosage forms

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Application Date

5/6/2019

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4/12/2022

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Related Topics

Audio book narrators, Video hosting, Video on demand services, Social networking services, Dosage forms

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Latest ACTO News

Gaining Momentum: Canada’s future economic stars meet a changing economy head on

Sep 12, 2022

Gaining Momentum: Canada’s future economic stars meet a changing economy head on By Ian Evans, Barry Chong, Amanda Whalen and Kathryn Hayward  |  August 21, 2022 With capital raises, acquisitions and continued growth, companies in the MaRS Momentum portfolio are on an upward trajectory. The latest ventures to join the program are DOZR, HiMama, PureFacts and Acto. The 70 high-growth companies in the MaRS Momentum program are helping solve the major challenges Canada faces in key areas such as health care, the environment and workforce re-skilling. This exclusive program is geared to help them scale to $100 million in five years. And, they are growing fast. Momentum ventures raised more than $1 billion in capital investment in 2021, which allowed firms to expand into new regions and grow their teams. The program is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The latest additions to the Momentum portfolio over the last few months include DOZR, PureFacts, ACTO and HiMama. Here is the latest from Canada’s most exciting young companies: CEO: Parth Khanna Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: ACTO improves education for all manner of healthcare workers. The company does this via its A.I.-powered, all-in-one SaaS platform. Differentiating factor: The venture’s app is as much an educational ecosystem as it is a piece of technology. It delivers customized insights to users, while combining micro-learning, live events and video coaching — which, in turn, increases sales and reduces compliance risk. CEO: Rich Emrich Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Altus Assessments’ tech makes higher-education admissions fairer by looking beyond grades and technical skills, allowing schools to create more diversity in the student population. Differentiating factor: The company offers a suite of digital tests and screenings that evaluate non-cognitive and non-academic qualities, such as self-discipline and the ability to work in teams. Informed by years of research, Altus’s solutions currently serve more than 300 schools across Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Its impact: Altus has recently released two products. Snapshot is a 10-minute, one-way video pre-interview that allows candidates to answer standardized questions — on their own time and terms — about motivation, passions and career goals. There’s also Duet, a ranking tool completed by both applicants and schools to align on values. Each assessment asks users to rank characteristics; the tech scores prospective students for fit. CEO: Dan Legault Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Using its unique hydrogen sulphide–releasing drug platform, Antibe Therapeutics is developing a new generation of safer, non-addictive medicines for pain and inflammation. Differentiating factor: Founder Dr. John Wallace is a leading expert in the gastrointestinal damage caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — the main class of drugs used to treat pain and inflammation. Wallace and the team of researchers at Antibe have found that linking hydrogen sulphide–releasing molecules to NSAIDs can create effective pain relief without damaging the digestive system — a huge advance. Its impact: Antibe has started human studies to test the use of its lead drug for post-operative pain, leveraging previous human studies and directly addressing the need for safer, non-addictive painkillers. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: This Vancouver-based company has created a new standard for treating toxic organic pollutants in manufacturing wastewater for customers in the pharmaceutical, chemical and other industries. Differentiating factor: Axine’s electro-oxidation technology can eliminate harmful elements down to below detection limits. Plus, it offers customers a double incentive: leading green engineering and a cost-effective service-based business model that minimizes capital investment and technology risk. Its impact: Axine was awarded $6.2 million by Sustainable Development Technology Canada in June 2021 to develop and roll out new applications of its technology. And last October, Axine signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar wastewater service agreement to treat manufacturing wastewater for a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Europe. CEO: Carol Leaman Number of employees: 150-249 In a nutshell: Axonify offers fun, fast and personalized corporate training for frontline workers that gets measurable results. Differentiating factor: In its customized online training sessions, Axonify uses cognitive principles, highly engaging game mechanics and an adaptive algorithm to help businesses equip their frontline workers with the knowledge and insights they need in the modern workplace. Its impact: Axonify has signed partnerships with AT&T, Kroger and Dollar General, helping the company achieve a 35 percent growth rate. To support its growth in North America and Europe, the company has increased its workforce by 15 percent. Year founded: 2010 Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Using biometric authentication, BioConnect provides seamless security for companies, protecting data, buildings, employees or a transaction approval. “We want to bring trust to the enterprise, ensuring every access event, both physical and digital, provides identity assurance,” says Rob Douglas. Differentiating factor: BioConnect provides a high level of security across physical, IOT and digital applications that is unmatched in the market today, and has been adopted by many Fortune 500 companies. Its impact: BioConnect continues to expand with the purchase of MedixSafe, a manufacturer of fingerprint-operated safes for storing narcotics, as well as a collaboration to add biometrics to HID Global’s mobile access app that is used by employees to enter workplaces. Plus, BioConnect won an award at the ISC West New Product Showcase for its enterprise platform, which helps large organizations control security at multiple locations. Albert Yoon, Co-Founder; Anthony Niblett, Co-Founder; Benjamin Alarie, Co-Founder, CEO; Brett Janssen, CTO Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Boast.AI helps thousands of client-companies access billions in government research and development grants — faster and with less audit risk. The company is particularly valuable to startups and scale-ups in need of runway as they develop their burgeoning innovations. Differentiating factor: The scale-up’s product scans data from a company’s technical systems (including project management, payroll and accounting) to identify and claim R&D grants as well as scientific, research and experimental development tax credits and government incentives. Clients can also get cash advances as they spend money on R&D throughout the year, instead of waiting for the typical 12 to 16 months to file claims and receive refunds. Its impact: Boast.AI’s automation tech processes paperwork five times faster than regular methods, and the team’s in-house tax experts can defend audits and bring greater returns at each step of the process. Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: By providing credit information, product suggestions and digital tools to help users make informed decisions about money, Borrowell aims to put Canadians on a sound financial footing. “Particularly in these times, we know that personal finance is stressful for many people and we work hard to provide products to help people feel in control and optimistic about their future,” says CEO Andrew Graham. Differentiating factor: Borrowell is able to offer clients personalized service with its smart tools. Molly, the company’s AI-driven “Credit Coach,” offers customers personalized tips for improving credit health. And machine-learning algorithms recommend the most suitable financial products along with “likelihood of approval” indicators to guide customers toward the best products for their credit profile. Its impact: Borrowell has acquired Refresh Financial, a Canadian leader in helping underserved Canadians gain long-term access to affordable forms of credit and improve their credit scores through secured credit cards and secured loans. Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: BrainBox AI uses cloud-based, deep-learning algorithms to improve the heating, ventilation and air conditioning infrastructure in buildings. The startup’s tech can reduce a client’s total energy spend by 25 percent, and its carbon footprint by up to 40 percent. As one of 10 companies in the Mission from MaRS: Climate Impact Challenge , it is working toward scaling its technology. Differentiating factor: It’s estimated that about 39 percent of the globe’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions come from buildings. Powered by a team of tech veterans, the company stands to revolutionize commercial real estate, a space that has lagged behind other industries when it comes to cleantech. Its impact: BrainBox AI’s platform now provides environmental control for 100-million square feet of building space on five continents. Year founded: 2012 Number of employees: 150+ In a nutshell: CarbonCure’s technologies introduce recycled carbon dioxide into fresh concrete mixtures, trapping the greenhouse gas in everything from highway surfaces to the walls of apartment buildings. So far, it has removed 146,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from the atmosphere, equivalent to the carbon absorbed by 179,000 acres of forest in a year. Differentiating factor: By mineralizing carbon dioxide inside concrete, CarbonCure’s technologies actually increase the material’s strength, making it an attractive option for builders. The amount of concrete produced with CarbonCure’s systems — to date, more than 2.25 million truckloads — is doubling year over year. Its impact: With more than 500 systems sold worldwide, CarbonCure is experiencing rapid growth across North America and around the globe. In January, the climate tech company was inducted into the Cleantech Group’s Global Cleantech 100 Hall of Fame after being named a 2022 Global Cleantech 100 Company for a seventh consecutive year. Most recently, CarbonCure announced an expanded, and diverse, list of carbon credit buyer partners, including Wellington Management from the financial sector, tech company Mapbox and Invert, a  specialized emissions reduction and offsetting company. Brian Courtney, Chief Medical Officer, Co-founder; Aman Thind, CTO, Co-founder Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Conavi develops, manufactures and sells image guidance technologies that enable minimally invasive heart procedures. This imagery technology allows physicians to view plaque in coronary arteries, choose the right stents and techniques to treat blockages and confirm that a good result was achieved before completing the procedure. Differentiating factor: Conavi’s technologies provide improved visualization at a lower cost relative to competing systems. Its impact: A 120-patient clinical study involving Conavi’s Novasight Hybrid intravascular imaging system will soon embark at four prominent hospitals in Beijing, which will support regulatory approval of the system in China. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: As the coronavirus emergency has demonstrated, the cost and time it takes to make and distribute life-saving medicine is extraordinary. But with enhancements in A.I., scientists can now identify safe and existing drugs to be repurposed for diseases — even novel ones such as COVID-19. Cyclica is doing just that. The company’s drug-discovery platform uniquely integrates systems biology, medicinal chemistry, biophysics and machine learning to streamline and enhance biotech R&D. Differentiating factor: Cyclica’s work spans dozens of collaborations and joint ventures with international pharma and biotech organizations. The company boasts an enviable workforce of biologists, chemists, computer scientists and business experts. Its impact: In February 2022, Cyclica joined forces with the Stagljar Lab at the University of Toronto to launch Perturba Therapeutics, which combines the venture’s A.I. drug design platform with the lab’s experimental live-cell phenotypic assays. As well, Cyclica has announced 10 new academic collaborations to support small molecule drug discovery, and has partnered with Nurosene Health to develop new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders and  with Arctoris to advance drug discovery programs for Alzheimer’s disease. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Deep Genomics has built an artificial intelligence platform that accelerates drug development for rare genetic disorders. Differentiating factor: For 25 years, Brendan Frey has been a pioneer in artificial intelligence . And since founding Deep Genomics in 2015, Frey and his team of researchers have been harnessing the power and speed of AI and deep learning to identify novel therapeutic targets and design therapies far faster and more effectively than conventional drug discovery approaches. Its impact: Deep Genomics is currently working to prepare its first 10 AI-discovered drug programs for clinical trials. Tal Zaks, the former chief medical officer of Moderna, has joined Deep Genomics’ strategic advisory board. Alexis Smirnov, Co-founder and; CTO; Cherif Habib, Co-founder and CEO; Anna Chif, Co-founder and Chief Strategy and Product Officer Number of employees: 700+ In a nutshell: Dialogue helps companies improve the health and well-being of their workers with a virtual care platform that is provided as part of an employee benefits package. Differentiating factor: Dialogue is the only virtual care provider that is focused exclusively on the business-to-business market, offering access to primary care, mental health and employee assistance program services. Its impact: Dialogue has expanded into internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy by purchasing e-hub Health, the maker of moodgym. Having experienced an explosion in demand for its services, Dialogue ranked ninth on The Globe and Mail’s list of Canada’s top growing companies. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Kitchener-Waterloo’s DOZR provides an online marketplace and e-commerce solution for renting heavy equipment. Differentiating factor: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a favourable climate for DOZR’s services. The global construction industry has exploded with new stimulus- and housing-related projects, while supply chains have made equipment deliveries a nightmare. DOZR’s marketplace is faster and cheaper than the competition and, crucially, loaded with more than 15,000 local rental yards to ensure proximity to projects. Its impact: DOZR started 2022 with a bang, securing a $27.5-million Series B to support expansion into the United States. Number of employees: 500+ In a nutshell: Stuart Lombard’s mission when he started ecobee was to find a way to improve everyday life while creating a more sustainable world. The company creates connected systems, such as intelligent thermostats, cameras, sensors and home monitoring platforms that provide comfort, security and energy efficiency . Differentiating factor: The company created the world’s first smart thermostat in 2007 and has continued to be one of the leaders in this fast-growing market. Last year, ecobee introduced eco+, a free software upgrade that delivers new intelligent features that enable its devices to better adapt to household routines and make users’ homes even more energy efficient. The company has also launched Smart Security, a new service that combines ecobee’s thermostats and sensors with professional home monitoring to guard against threats like thefts, fires, and frozen pipes. Its impact: Ecobee has saved its North America customers more than 20 TWh of energy, the equivalent of taking 3 million cars off the road for a year. In November 2021, Ecobee was acquired by Generac , a maker of backup energy systems, for $770 million. Shuo Tan, VP of Engineering; Yuanming Shu, Co-founder and CEO; Jon Lipinski, Co-founder and President Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Ecopia.AI produces high-definition vector maps at scale using next-generation artificial intelligence and machine learning to extract data and insights from high-resolution imagery. These maps are able to identify building footprints, roads, sidewalks, green space, waterways and even physical coordinates, such as the address of a building. Differentiating factor: These maps help businesses, governments, NGOs, as well as telecommunication and insurance companies make better data-driven decisions much faster and at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods of land surveying. Ecopia has mapped every building and road in sub-Saharan Africa to help humanitarian organizations improve healthcare delivery and develop sustainable infrastructure. Its impact: Ecopia has partnered with Swedish tech company Hexago to create a detailed 3D map of the entire United States using high-resolution aerial photos to aid in flood modelling, insurance risk assessments and transport planning. In August 2021, the company announced plans to create a high-definition map for the City of Toronto , which will be used as a test-bed for autonomous vehicles and smart-city applications. And in January 2022, it was awarded a contract from the federal government to provide mapping data to support in the deployment of high-speed Internet access in rural areas. Number of employees: 150-249 In a nutshell: Fiix helps industrial firms reduce downtime and increase productivity with software that helps them track equipment servicing needs and plan maintenance efficiently. Differentiating factors: Its software uses artificial intelligence and data science to provide insights that help users go beyond regular planning and modernize their maintenance processes. Fiix also meets B Corp standards for social and environmental performance, is a certified Great Place to Work and offsets all its carbon emissions. Its impact: Doubling its customer base in the past three years to reach 3,000 clients in 90 countries and become the fastest-growing software company of its kind. “Fiix has always been committed to building a business that puts purpose and positive impact as key measures of success alongside growth,” says James Nowak. “We are growing because of our commitment to our people, our customers and our community, not in spite of it, and that makes Fiix an exceptional company to lead.”   Capital raised: $500 million Year founded: 2013 In a nutshell: Through its tech-enabled solution, Flexiti offers financing options on private-label credit cards at more than 7,500 locations and e-commerce across Canada, including Staples, Wayfair, Sleep Country and Birks. Within minutes, customers can receive credit approval on any device, in-store or online, to purchase big-ticket items with no-interest payments. Differentiating factor: Flexiti’s technology platform is easily integrated into retailers’ existing e-commerce platforms, allowing retailers to offer the same financing solutions digitally and in stores — a first in Canada. Its impact: To improve the experience of customers and retailers, Flexiti launched a contact centre revitalization, insourcing call-centre operations. As well, Flexiti recently signed a $527-million securitization facility led by National Bank. Year founded: 2011 Number of employees: 74-149 In a nutshell: Flybits helps banks personalize their online customer communications. Its technology easily embeds in their websites and mobile apps and integrates insights from multiple sources of data. The company also provides content creation and targeting tools that enable marketing teams to deliver special offers tailored to each user’s circumstances. Differentiating factor: Flybits’ technology takes everything from a customer’s purchasing habits to their location and even the weather into account to provide promotional messages when they will be most relevant. “Humans are designed to make decisions using a multitude of inputs and sources of information, context is what leads two people who are encountering the same situation to come away with different personal experiences,” says Hossein Rahnma, CEO. Its impact: Flybits has signed deals with TD Bank and Members 1st Federal Credit Union to provide personalized recommendation tools within their apps for their U.S. customers. It is also powering Mastercard’s hyper-personalized mobile experience system for customers of Dubai First bank. Yang Shao, CEO of Geneseeq China; Xue Wu, CEO of Geneseeq Canada Year founded: 2008 Number of employees: 250 + In a nutshell: Geneseeq uses next-generation sequencing for genetic testing to provide a personalized approach to cancer treatment. Differentiating factor: A global leader in the application of next-generation genetic sequencing, Geneseeq is able to test hundreds of genes at once to quickly match cancer patients to the right therapy. It can build a mutation profile for more than 400 genes in five business days, rather than the traditional approach of testing one gene at a time, which can take weeks or months. They have products for all cancer types and their tests also work for non-invasive liquid biopsy samples. Its impact: Geneseeq has purchased a property outside Mississauga, Ont., to establish a centralized testing laboratory. In November 2021, Geneseeq’s Chinese arm moved into a new 400,000-square-foot headquarters in Nanjing. The company also showcased its next-generation sequencing technologies for detecting residual disease after cancer treatment at several international oncology conferences. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Based in Montreal, GHGSat uses a fleet of satellites and aircraft to monitor and analyze industrial GHG emissions from outer space. This is essential data for clients, allowing them to cut costs, improve safety and meet environmental targets. Differentiating factor: Because the startup’s tech can be deployed anywhere and has a full view of the planet, the company is effectively in a category of one, setting the international standard for emissions monitoring. Its impact: GHGSat is expanding its operations to aircraft-mounted sensors. In October 2021, the company deployed its second methane sensor on a plane, which is being used to survey emissions from industrial facilities. GHGSat is also making its methane data available to customers of Climate Engine, an enterprise emissions monitoring platform on Google Cloud Marketplace. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: GreenManta is using second-generation chemical recycling to redesign hard-to-recycle plastics into synthetic waxes, polymer additives and other chemicals that can be used in a broad array of industrial applications. Differentiating factor: GreenMantra’s highly efficient process has minimal energy requirements and the waste plastic that is used in the process is often derived from single-use plastic packaging. Each year, the company diverts tens of thousands of pounds of plastic waste from the world’s waterways and landfills. Its impact: In a recent collaboration, NOVA Chemicals used materials created from GreenMantra’s advanced recycling process to enhance asphalt for paving their plant expansion site. This additive greatly reduces plastic waste — one kilometre of asphalt road paved with it diverts 2.7-million single-use plastic bags from landfill. This year, GreenMantra is launching projects to enhance performance of materials in another large infrastructure application: plastic drainage pipes. Year founded: 2008 Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Highland Therapeutics is a pharmaceutical company that improves the effectiveness of existing medications using a proprietary drug-delivery technology. Most notably, the company developed a delayed and extended release medication for ADHD that helps control symptoms upon awakening and throughout the day with one daily dose. Differentiating factor: Many parents of children with ADHD would have to wake up before 6 a.m. to administer their kids’ medication in time for it to take effect before school. Highland’s new formulation is designed to be administered in the evening, making it easier for kids and families to cope. Its impact: Since launching JORNAY PM (methylphenidate HCl extended-release capsules) in mid-2019, more than 30,000 patients in the U.S. have benefited from treatment. Number of employees: 150+ In a nutshell: HiMama is a comprehensive childcare app that works for children, parents and providers alike to help facilitate billing, managing staff, as well as communicating with parents. Differentiating factor: A certified B Corporation with an overall score of 100.6, HiMama is founded on extensive research and interviews with early-childhood educators. The venture’s unique goal is to empower educators with affordable tools, while educating parents about the importance of educators’ work. Its impact: It has so far recorded more than 1 billion moments, pushing out 300 notifications every second. In November 2021, HiMama completed its Series-B raise of $70 million . The money is helping the venture serve additional childcare centres in Canada and the U.S., as well as to produce a new impact strategy. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Canada has a powerhouse finance sector but it lags behind such countries as the United Kingdom and Sweden when it comes to fintech. Horizn’s platform gets financial institutions’ employees and customers to adopt digital services, including self-serve banking, contact centre interactions and user profiles. Differentiating factor: Unlike other fintechs that merely enhance financial services, Horizn’s mission is to educate users beyond the basics; that means creating greater financial literacy with a full understanding of an institution’s offerings and, of course, money saved. Its impact: When not speaking at international finance conferences, Janice Diner and her team are helping clients win awards. For instance, RBC won the Celent Model Bank of 2020 for its “personalized customer engagement affecting enterprise-wide culture change, resulting in nearly 100 percent employee digital fluency and customer-focused outcomes.”   Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Hydrostor has developed a method that solves a long-standing problem in cleantech: storing renewable energy from solar and wind cheaply and efficiently. The company is developing mechanical “battery” systems at utility scale using air, water and gravity. Its large-scale A-CAES (advanced compressed air energy storage) facilities can store days-worth of energy that is emissions-free, low-impact and cost-effective. Differentiating factor: With the can-do spirit of last-century’s industrial pioneers, Hydrostor’s long-term energy-storage solution has the potential to transform the energy sector. It’s A-CAES can cheaply store energy for longer than lithium-ion batteries and requires less water and land compared to the same-sized pumped hydro–storage facilities. Its impact: Hydrostor is building energy storage facilities in Australia and California. When complete, the two sites in California will become the world’s largest non-hydro energy storage facilities. Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Using points, badges, gamification and rewards, Influitive’s SaaS platform encourages customer engagement to help companies build customer marketing communities. Differentiating factor: In the digital age, consumers don’t rely upon marketing messages for their buying decisions. They are using the internet, peers and third-party review sites to find out more about a brand. This means that a company’s most enthusiastic customers play an increasingly critical role for businesses — these superfans create the referrals, references and reviews that are vital for a company’s growth. Influitive’s platform allows companies to engage and empower these brand advocates. Its impact: Influitive was named to The Software Report’s Top 100 Software Companies of 2021, and received certification as a Great Place to Canada for 2021. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: InteraXon makes devices that help people learn how to meditate and sleep better. Using EEG technology, its headband and mobile app tracks brain activity along with heat rates, breathing patterns and body movements to offer real-time feedback. Differentiating factor: Its mobile app translates your brain activity into nature sounds. If you have a busy mind, the sounds of a thunderstorm will prompt you to focus. As the mind relaxes, you will hear the storm recede. Plus, the app features a rich library of more than 300 guided meditations from leading mindfulness experts. Its impact: InteraXon has launched a EEG band that is compatible with VR applications in the metaverse. Year founded: 2014 Number of employees: 250+ In a nutshell: League makes it easier for employees to find, understand and access health and wellness. Its cloud-based benefits platform also gives employers more visibility into the health of their workforce that informs risk management strategies and productivity forecasting. Differentiating factor: Accessibility — League’s system helps users navigate the often complicated network of healthcare providers, employer-sponsored programs and insurers. “We want to empower people with their health every day,” says CEO Michael Serbinis. Its impact: League is working with Humana, one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S., to create a new personalized digital health and benefits platform that will connect benefit information, well-being resources and member support in one application. Humana will roll out the platform to its millions of members in different markets throughout 2022. Year founded: 2007 Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: LED Roadway Lighting and its smart city division Liveable Cities is working to make cities safer, more efficient — and more liveable. For instance, its powerful suite of technologies allows cities to install sensors into existing street lights to monitor traffic patterns and environmental noise. The data and insights gathered help support community decision makers. Differentiating factor: The Halifax-based company supplies energy-efficient LED street lighting systems in more than 65 countries. It is currently piloting new micro-sensors that make sensor technology a low-cost and easily adoptable solution for municipalities looking to develop their smart-city capabilities. Its impact: The company has been developing several new smart city micro-sensing technologies and will be launching an optical sensor to count pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles at mid-block locations as well to help with post-incident video investigations. CEO: Ajay Kochhar Number of employees: 250+ In a nutshell: While old lithium-ion batteries contain valuable materials, they’ve traditionally been treated as a waste. Li-Cycle has developed a patented hydrometallurgy process to extract up to 95 percent of those precious resources for reuse. Differentiating factor: Used in everything from smartphones to electric vehicles, lithium batteries are seeing exponential growth, and Li-Cycle’s method creates a secondary supply of critical battery material to sustainably meet that demand. While competitors use thermal processing, Li-Cycle’s lower-cost wet chemistry approach maximizes profits and recovery rates while minimizing solid waste and wastewater. Plus, its process is the most energy efficient commercially available. Its impact: Li-Cycle’s have scaled and adapted its Spoke & Hub technologies in locations all around the world, collaborating with such battery manufacturers and industry leaders as LG Chem’s LG Energy Solution, Ultium Cells LLC, Morrow Batteries and Eco Stor, to ensure these batteries are managed sustainably at every stage of their lifecycle. Li-Cycle’s total expected global recycling capacity, existing and under development, has increased to 65,000 tonnes of lithium-ion battery input per year. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: One person’s trash is another’s treasure — and the same goes for animal waste. LWR’s on-farm waste treatment technology takes livestock manure and turns it into high-quality fertilizers, biogas feedstock and clean water. It cuts carbon emissions and reduces water pollution and soil contamination from agricultural effluent. Differentiating factor: LWR has created the world’s first machine-learning application for manure to help producers make informed decisions around fertilizer sales, nutrient trading, carbon credits and biogas. Its impact: Following a 15-month assessment, LWR has gained the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label, which identifies solutions that meet high standards in profitability and sustainability. Dan Corns, Founder and CEO Year founded: 2012 Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Magnovate has developed a cheaper, faster and greener alternative to conventional mass transit. Using maglev technology, powerful electromagnets on the tracks allow trains to glide above them. Differentiating factor: The Edmonton-based company offers a silent, frictionless and highly energy efficient powertrain that doesn’t run on carbon fuels. Plus, its proprietary instant passive switching technology allows vehicles without any disembarking passengers to bypass stations without stopping — vastly improving route flexibility and efficiency. Its impact: Magnovate’s pilot project at the Toronto Zoo — the first commercial maglev system in North America — is slated for completion in 2022. The company is also in talks to build a 50-km commuter project in Texas, as well as a rail line in Saudi Arabia. Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Maple is a virtual healthcare company headquartered in Toronto. For a fee, users can log on 24/7 and be evaluated by a Canadian doctor or specialist via video, phone call or text message. It also provides custom software solutions for hospitals, clinics, insurers and employers. Differentiating factor: Dr. Brett Belchetz started Maple after a decade of working in an E.R. where patients would wait hours for things that didn’t require hands-on treatment. The startup’s portfolio of providers also includes dermatologists, psychiatrists and oncology navigation experts. Its impact: Maple is expanding its mental-health services, launching Mind by Maple for organizations to provide their employees with self-guided mental health care. It has also partnered with Headspace to offer Maple users meditation and mindfulness practices. In January 2022, the company acquired Wello , a Calgary-based virtual healthcare brand that provides primary medical care. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: “All people should have the right to age at home,” says CEO Dr. Adam Blackman. After experiencing difficulty finding quality care for his grandmother, he and Nukul Bhasin founded Mavencare, a technology company dedicated to supporting seniors and their families to promote aging in place. Its proprietary technology platform optimizes caregiver vetting and hiring, matches clients with the most well-suited caregivers and analyzes real-time mobile data collected in the client’s home to identify potential areas of risk. Differentiating factor: Mavencare’s end-to-end platform delivers better patient outcomes, lower health care costs and greater patient satisfaction, helping families avoid unnecessary institutionalization. Its impact: Mavencare has been selected as a preferred partner for Boston Senior Home Care, the fastest growing personal care agency in NYC. Year founded: 1978 Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Metro makes efficient waste-processing equipment. It has developed smart compactor units that are packed with sensors to monitor their performance and alert the company’s engineers if an issue is detected. Differentiating factor: The company was founded in 1978 to provide servicing for compactors in high-rise buildings. Metro is now building on its brand as it pivots toward connected devices and smart technologies. “My motivation has been to transform our mom and pop operation into a North American leader,” says Mauti. “Changing the way waste equipment is maintained will allow us to build better jobs for our team and lower the carbon footprint caused by poorly run waste equipment.” Its impact: The firm is in the final stages of an agreement with one of the largest waste equipment manufacturers in North America to embed Metro’s IoT technology in every piece of equipment it produces. This could increase the number of machines connected to Metro’s platform by 50 percent in the first year. Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: A pioneer in AI-powered risk analysis, MindBridge’s AI-auditing platform finds risk of unintentional error and fraud in 100 percent of user financial data. The company’s ultimate goal is to improve the global financial system, one organization at a time. Differentiating factor: MindBridge offers effective and efficient audits to its clients, while also helping them create long-term growth. By empowering firms to use artificial intelligence day-to-day, MindBridge future-proofs their clients for the evolution of their industry, and of financials at large. Its impact: The World Economic Forum named MindBridge as an innovative “Technology Pioneer” company for its significant impact on business and society. Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Nanoleaf transforms everyday spaces into works of art with modular, colour-changing LED lighting tiles that can be customized into countless shapes. Its lights can be controlled by voice, through an app or by touch and some also react to music. Gimmy Chu, Nanoleaf’s CEO, says the company’s goal is to create “the most innovative lighting products that help to improve people’s lives.” Differentiating factor: Nanoleaf’s lighting systems have amassed an ardent following for their ability to blend energy-saving technology with stylish design. Its latest line of hexagon-shaped lighting panels sold out within two weeks. Its impact: Nanoleaf’s smart thinking goes beyond interior design. During the pandemic, the company leveraged its international supply chain to source and donate more than two million facemasks to hospitals and frontline workers in Canada and the United States. Year founded: 2008 Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Newtopia’s platform helps people adopt healthier habits to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases. “We’ve all heard about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, but what many have failed to take into account is just how much of a difference a truly individualized health plan can make in someone’s life,” says CEO Jeff Ruby. Through its platform, Newtopia creates personalized prevention programs that combine virtual care, digital tools and connected devices. This helps health insurers prevent disease and reduce costs. Differentiating factor: Newtopia, which works with some of the largest employers and health plans in the United States, takes a proactive approach to keeping people healthy. Using genetic testing, behavioural science and smart technology, Newtopia tailors its services to suit each individual, with recommendations for nutrition, exercise and mental health. Its impact: Nearly 80 percent of Newtopia’s participants lost weight and more than 20 percent dropped an entire BMI risk category. In 2021, Newtopia appeared on the Best Workplaces for Women, for Mental Wellness and in Ontario lists. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: NRStor develops low-cost, reliable energy storage projects that provide value-add services to customers. Led by Annette Verschuren, NRStor has successfully executed on complicated and innovative energy storage projects including numerous first of a kind projects. Differentiating factor: Over the years, NRStor has built up strong relationships with governments, utilities, customers and the business community. The company develops projects in which the community can hold an ownership stake, which empowers them to invest in other aspects of the environment, community and social infrastructure. Latest milestone: NRStor has created Ontario’s first hybrid energy storage facility. The company has added rooftop solar panels to its flywheel energy storage unit in Minto, enabling it to test how on-site storage could be paired with renewable power generators. In September 2021, NRStor and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation received the go-ahead from Ontario’s government to build Canada’s largest battery storage system for renewable energy. Number of employees: 150-249 In a nutshell: As the pandemic has shown, good supply chain management is crucial for every consumer packaged–goods company. Nulogy’s cloud-based, AI-powered platform helps these brands strengthen their supplier networks. At packaging and manufacturing facilities around the world, Nulogy’s software replaces spreadsheets and paper forms, giving companies a real-time view of production data within their supply chain networks. Differentiating factor: Nulogy effectively addresses a real pain point of many consumer good companies, offering visibility into their complex web of outsourced supply chain partners. Its impact: Last year, Nulogy joined the federal government’s Scale AI innovation program and was named a Top Software and Technology Provider by Food Logistics, a leading industry publication. Plus, the Nulogy office was recently recognized for its work in supporting the mental wellness of its employees by Great Place to Work Canada. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Opus One Solutions has developed a software solution that helps electric utilities create and operate smarter, cleaner and cost-effective grids . Differentiating factor: Opus One’s software uses real-time analytics to help utilities better integrate distributed energy resources, like solar, by helping utilities better understand their customers’ behaviours and habits without having to build expensive new energy infrastructure. Recent developments: In December 2021, Opus One Solutions was acquired by GE Digital. It is one of the 10 Climate Champions selected to be a part of Mission from Mars: Climate Impact Challenge . Plus, Opus One Solutions recently entered the European market where it is working to develop a zero-carbon smart local energy system. Trevor Cook, Co-founder and Director; George DeMarchi, Managing Director and Co-founder; Robert Hyde, CEO Leadership: Trevor Cook (CEO), Robert Hyde (president) Year founded: 2014 Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: George DeMarchi and Trevor Cook joined forces in 2014, starting Payment Source to make it easier for Canadians to be paid and to make payments. Offering prepaid credit cards as well as custom mobile and web-based solutions for companies, educational institutions and government organizations, the company is working toward giving all Canadians greater access to financial resources. Differentiating factor: Its breadth of services. The company’s PaySimply program allows Canadians and businesses to pay their bills and taxes using a credit card, PayPal, e-transfer, instalment payments or even cash. It also offers mobile prepaid top-ups, gift cards and reloadable credit cards, digital wallets and online tax payments. Over the past six years, the company has tripled in size. Its impact: Payment Source is working with Canada Revenue Agency to offer alternative CERB benefit repayment options and recently launched a relationship with the Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration to offer credit card, e-transfer and in person payment capabilities for Alberta corporations. Number of employees: 250+ In a nutshell: Based in Vaughan, Pliteq recycles and reengineers rubber from car tires into materials for residential and commercial construction projects that are facing structure, vibration and sound-control problems. Pliteq uses elastomer technology, and its products include sound-isolation brackets, rubber mats and floors for heavy fitness equipment. Differentiating factor: Pliteq’s engineers have completed more than 2,000 lab tests in the last 10 years, with a commitment to monthly testing. Its impact: The firm has 12 patents and more than 10,000 completed commercial projects spread across North America, the U.K. and Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Leadership: Tim Jones (CEO), Marc Zionts (Executive Chairman) Year founded: 2005 Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: An industry leader in healthy eating and lifestyle coaching, Precision Nutrition provides health and fitness professionals the tools and coaching they need to help their clients adopt new habits. It offers a sustainable, practice-based approach to building strength and eating healthfully. Differentiating factor: Precision Nutrition has created a certification program for sleep coaches. The online program walks coaches through the latest sleep science and gives them advanced techniques for helping their clients destress and get better sleep. Its impact: Over the last 15 years, Precision Nutrition has grown into the largest private nutrition coaching company in the world. To date, close to 100,000 coaches in 120 countries have gone through its certification program. Year founded: 2011 Number of employees: 500+ In a nutshell: Prodigy is solving one of society’s most intractable problems: making math fun for kids. The company’s answer is a game-based platform that engages students with fun puzzles and rewards, so they barely realize they are doing schoolwork. Co-founder Rohan Mahimker says Prodigy’s approach is “shaped by our experiences doing boring math worksheets as kids, while simultaneously being fans of video games. We wanted to blend these two experiences and help all students to love learning math.” Differentiating factor: the company is preparing to launch the commercial release of Prodigy English, a new game that motivates students to practise language skills. Its impact: Among families with young kids, Prodigy is a household name. It is used each month by 25 percent of all North American students in Grades 1 to 8. Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: PureFacts offers wealth-management and asset-management solutions for some of the world’s top financial-services firms. The scale-up’s software is used for fee billing, client reporting, retirement income planning, goals-based investing and digital onboarding. Differentiating factor: Company employees refer to themselves as “math geeks” and “data experts,” and their expertise is broad — PureFacts currently works with roughly 100 clients in Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and the Asia-Pacific region, representing a combined $1 trillion in assets under management. Its impact: In September 2021, PureFacts was announced as a member of the prestigious AIFintech100 ; it then added to that honour in December by raising $37 million . Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Ranovus has invented a laser technique for creating “light in streams” that has 40 times the capacity of regular fibre-optic cables at a fraction of the carbon footprint. The company has also developed a novel approach to add information on each of these light streams using electronic technologies in a single chip. This innovation sets a new benchmark for power, cost and space efficiency in the data industry. Differentiating factor: Ranovus’s cutting-edge technology, is the first to bring photonics and electronics together in a miniaturized single chip for use in machine learning, artificial intelligence and 5G applications. And this efficient technology could reduce the amount of energy required for mass data transfers by 80 percent, cutting costs dramatically. Its impact Machine learning and artificial intelligence are fuelling traffic growth and placing new demands on servers . To meet this demand, Ranovus has partnered with two leading machine-learning and artificial-intelligence companies in the U.S. to bring its technology into the data centre market. CEO: Alyssa Furtado and James Laird Year founded: 2010 Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: The largest independently owned personal finance company in Canada, Ratehub helps Canadians make more informed financial decisions. Each year, across Ratehub.ca and MoneySense.ca, the company helps more than 20 million Canadians choose the best mortgage rates, credit cards, insurance quotes, bank accounts and investments. Differentiating factor: The company has four brands: MoneySense (an online personal finance magazine), Ratehub.ca (financial product comparison site), CanWise Financial (mortgage brokerage and lender), and RH Insurance (insurance brokerage). Whether it’s learning about how much you need to save for retirement, sussing out various credit card programs or applying for a mortgage, Furtado’s and Laird’s company can help. Its impact: In October, Ratehub’s CanWise Financial arm surpassed $10 billion in mortgages funded. Ratehub has also launched its own property and casualty insurance brokerage. Using online technology and an in-house brokerage team, RH Insurance will help customers every step of the way from getting a quote to buying a policy. Number of employees: 150-249 In a nutshell: Ritual’s mobile app offers a safe and convenient way for people to order and pay for takeout in advance for themselves and their workplace teams. Ritual works with thousands of restaurants in more than 50 cities across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Differentiating factor: Ritual is passionate about helping restaurants and cafes thrive so that people can enjoy those real-world human connections. Its impact: To support our economy’s reopening efforts, Ritual is continuing to partner with cities. The company has launched Ritual for Teams and Ritual for Buildings that enables digital ordering, rewards and relationships as a way to help landlords, companies and retail tenants incentivize the return to the office. Number of employees: 150-249 In a nutshell: Security Compass offers companies a quick solution to managing software security at scale. Its SD Elements platform automates significant portions of proactive manual processes that accelerates the roll-out of new technology. “We help people build security and compliance into software right from the start,” says Rohit Sethi, CEO. “Today, most people do it after software is built.” Differentiating factor: Its client list includes more than 20 major banks, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Its impact: Security Compass has received numerous accolades. In 2022, Sethi was selected as a silver winner for the CEO of the Year and the company won gold in both the Application Security and Threat Modelling categories in the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Major projects like product launches or mergers are difficult to get right because they require intricate choreography to align many people and disparate processes. Sensei Labs’ Conductor platform gets everyone moving in the same direction with an intuitive system for planning, tracking and managing critical projects. Differentiating factor: Sensei’s technology is unique in the enterprise Saas market as the only platform that includes project management, collaborative work, KPI data and knowledge management in one package. Its impact: Sensei has recently added clients in Australia, Belgium and the U.K. It is also racking up accolades: it won the Comet Competition for Canada’s best enterprise software startup; it made Forrester’s Now Tech list of collaborative work management providers; it was named a Great Place to Work; and it made Quartz’s list of best companies for remote workers. Jamie Alexander, Co-founder; Corey Gross, CEO and Co-founder Number of employees: 500+ In a nutshell: The group at StackAdapt enlists AI and machine learning to support advertising campaigns. The startup levels the media landscape with no minimum commitments, short ramp time and reporting tools to track bottom-line growth. Differentiating factor: Advertising is all about empathy. And StackAdapt is loaded with experts that live for training machines in the nuances of human behaviour. The company is in the process of obtaining a patent for their contextual advertising solution, Page Context AI. Its impact: StackAdapt is growing fast. In the past year, it has doubled its headcount and expanded into Australia and Singapore. It has also launched a new service that enables marketers to create and distribute audio ads to a potential audience of more than 625 million listeners. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Statflo makes it easier for companies to communicate with the right customers at the right time to reliably drive sales. Differentiating factor: It can be difficult for companies to find the right cadence and tone in communicating with customers. But Statflo’s messaging platform has helped some of the biggest companies in North America dramatically improve their sales revenue. Plus, this year, Statflo ranked as one of Canada’s greatest places to work and was recently recognized as one of Canada’s most inclusive workplaces. Its impact: Statflo has launched a new one-to-one business text messaging platform for customer-facing teams. Now, large enterprises in any industry can quickly deploy messaging channels to their frontline using our APIs and SDKs, all with little to no code. They’ve also been certified as a Great Place to Work and recognized as one of Canada’s best workplaces for today’s youth by Great Place to Work Institute Canada. Year founded: 2006 Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: StormFisher, one of 10 companies selected for Mission from MaRS: Climate Impact Challenge, transforms garbage into energy and other value-added products, including biogas, fertilizer and engineered feedstock. At its many facilities across North America, it also uses low-carbon power sources to produce green hydrogen and renewable natural gas. Differentiating factor: StormFisher doesn’t just develop the technology — it also operates the facilities. This means that they make sure projects provide long-term value to the community and the environment. Its impact: StormFisher made headlines with the opening of its innovative new organics pre-processing facilit y in Drumbo, Ont., which can handle up to 100,000 tonnes of municipal waste a year. The company has been featured by BNN, CTV and numerous industry magazines, as well as being highlighted by Ontario’s environment ministry during Waste Reduction Week. Basil Bouraropoulos, CEO and Co-founder; Curtis Gavura, President, COO and Co-founder; Jaime Camacaro, CIO and Co-founder; Carolina Bessega, CSO and Co-founder Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Stradigi AI helps companies harness the power of artificial intelligence no matter their size or skill level. Its accessible and intuitive machine learning platform allows users to extract key insights from their data to improve customer experience, grow revenue and gain efficiencies across multiple industries including retail, manufacturing, financial services and logistics. Differentiating factor: Its easy-to-use platform allows organizations to use machine learning for even day-to-day tasks at a much lower cost and effort. Its impact: With the launch of the self-service version of its Machine Learning (ML) cloud SaaS platform, Kepler, Stradigi AI is continuing to enable users with no previous ML and Deep Learning experience to reap the rewards of business-driving AI. Number of employees: 149- 250 In a nutshell: Synaptive finds novel ways to solve surgical, imaging and data challenges to improve the quality of human lives. With its suite of connected surgical devices and sophisticated software, doctors are seeing the brain and body in ways they never have before. Differentiating factor: Over the past eight years, Synaptive has received more than 450 patents for its cutting-edge medical technology. For instance, its robotic digital microscope, Modus V, can follow a neurosurgeon’s instrument as it moves through the brain, automatically refocusing. And the company has also developed a magnetic resonance imaging machine that is a fraction of the size and cost of conventional machines. Its impact: Synaptive’s lighter, smaller MRI machines have received approval from both Health Canada and the FDA. It has entered a manufacturing partnership with Linamar to improve production capacity. And during the pandemic, the company was also able to support initiatives with ventilators, MRI drapes and medical gowns. Number of employees: 150-249 In a nutshell: Think Research makes it easier for health professionals to provide the best care possible. Its health platform turns evidence-based research and best practices into actionable insights for clinicians at the point of care, transforming scribbled handwritten notes into digital checklists. During the pandemic, the company translated rapidly developing clinical recommendations for COVID-19 into tools and checklists. Differentiating factor: Improving patient outcomes shouldn’t be a debate in healthcare, but systemic silos in workflow and data have made it challenging for clinicians. Think Research addresses this issue head on with its platforms that help multiple practitioners collaborate. Its impact: Think Research is in acquisition mode. It has recently snapped up a provider of software for pharmacies, a company that conducts clinical trials and drug studies, a network of digital-first health clinics, an elective surgery clinic, and a provider of continuing medical education. Its solutions are now used in more than 5,000 facilities around the world. Joe Rohrlich, CEO Number of employees: 400+ In a nutshell: Top Hat helps university professors engage their students with an interactive learning platform that can be used for both online and in-person teaching. Instructors can create and assign interactive reading, host quizzes and discussions, set assignments and assessments, and receive actionable real-time insights on student performance and comprehension. Last year, 2.7 million students enrolled in courses that used Top Hat. Differentiating factor: Top Hat is the only all-in-one teaching platform that enables active learning — a proven student-centred teaching pedagogy that promotes deep understanding, critical thinking and subject mastery — with interactive content, tools and activities. Its impact: More than 750 colleges and universities across North America use Top Hat to teach and engage with students in both in-person and online education. Year founded: 2013 Number of employees: 150-249 In a nutshell: Tulip Retail creates custom mobile platforms for retail stores to improve in-store experiences for shoppers. With Tulip’s apps, store associates can look up products, manage customer information, check out shoppers and communicate with their clients. Leading global retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Mulberry use Tulip to provide tailored one-on-one shopping experiences, increase sales and improve customer service. Differentiating factor: “Now more than ever, we need to be quick to respond to our customers’ needs,” says CEO Ali Asaria. And there’s high demand for Tulip’s software — its three-year revenue growth rate is a whopping 609 percent. Its impact: At the start of the pandemic, Tulip quickly adjusted its business model to help retailers improve the online shopping experience. It has launched four new products that allow store associates to remotely help customers. Number of employees: 0-74 In a nutshell: Vive Crop Protection helps farmers improve their efficiency and profitability while also minimizing the environmental impact. It makes targeted versions of fertilizers, fungicides and insecticides. Differentiating factor: Vive Crop is the first company to use precision chemistry to deliver what crops need at the exact time they need it. This cutting-edge technology improves yields and increases farmers’ return on investment. Its impact: Vive has partnered with Helena Agri-Enterprises to distribute its products in the United States, doubling its commercial footprint. Vive has also been landing awards. It made The Globe and Mail’s Fastest Growing Companies in Canada list and won Crop Protection Solution of the Year from AgTech Breakthroughs. Number of employees: 150-249 In a nutshell: The world’s leading digital community storytelling platform, Wattpad connects storytellers with readers. Users can comment on a book as it’s being written and posted, message with the creator, join communities, and follow favourite writers or genres. Wattpad then leverages that data, partnering with film and publishing companies to turn the best stories with built-in audiences into hit movies, TV shows and books. Differentiating factor: Wattpad has created a supportive community for writers and passionate readers around the world — each month, members spend more than 23 billion minutes engaged in original stories. Its impact: Wattpad is working with ViacomCBS International Studios to develop a slate of original series based on hit stories from global authors on its platform. The company is also collaborating with South Korean music label HYBE on a series of web comics and web novels with K-pop bands including BTS and ENHYPHEN. Number of employees: 150-249 In a nutshell: WellnessLiving offers an all-in-one business management solution for fitness studios, gyms, yoga studios and dance studios. The platform helps these businesses with such tasks as appointment scheduling, email marketing, robust reporting, rewards programs, client progress logs, merchant processing and payroll. Differentiating factor: The two founders started the company to address the frustrations they were having running their own fitness business — their solution is tailor-made for the needs of this industry. And its business management software solution is more user-friendly and affordable than the current dominant option. Its impact: During the pandemic WellnessLiving launched a video library feature and its scheduling service is helping gyms enforce social distancing guidelines. Since 2015, the company has experienced 100 percent year-over-year growth. Number of employees: 75-149 In a nutshell: Wysdom helps companies launch and operate their virtual agents (chatbots), which can be an effective way to deal with large volumes of customer service, sales or employee support challenges. The trouble is that most chatbots don’t offer a good user experience. Wysdom provides the virtual agent operations team, tools and data to ensure their clients’ chatbots are performing at their best. Differentiating factor: The company uses the world’s largest library of conversational AI models, data and customer responses to train its AI systems. Its impact: Wysdom has created partnerships with Microsoft, Google and Amazon and has also built integrations with the most popular messaging services, including Microsoft Teams, Apple Business Chat, Facebook and WhatsApp. Its new virtual agent management platform called the Wysdom Operations Center will be able to deliver key metrics around customer topics, bot effectiveness, areas to improve and a full reporting suite. This article, first published in August 2021, was last updated August 22, 2022.

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  • When was ACTO founded?

    ACTO was founded in 2014.

  • Where is ACTO's headquarters?

    ACTO's headquarters is located at 121 Richmond St W, Toronto.

  • What is ACTO's latest funding round?

    ACTO's latest funding round is Series B.

  • How much did ACTO raise?

    ACTO raised a total of $31.3M.

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    Investors of ACTO include Panache Ventures, Resolve Growth Partners, Salesforce Ventures, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, Questa Capital and 7 more.

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