New Startup Next Toronto cohort gets down to business

Startup Next

Startup Next, the pre-acceleration program run by Techstars, kicked off its new Toronto cohort last night at the MaRS Discovery District. The six-week, free program provides local entrepreneurs extended time with select mentors to help get their business in order while still building their product. BetaKit is proud to be a sponsor!

Last night’s session wasted no time getting into the nitty-gritty of what makes a business succeed or fail, with each startup taking a beating from the mentors’ pointed questions. While no entrepreneur was spared from the deluge of constructive criticism, those bruises will turn into muscle with the right amount of work over the course of the program. Event partner the The Working Group was also on hand to help supply the correct amount of pizza and adult beverages to help the medicine go down, as learning is always more fun on a full stomach.

Below you’ll find descriptions of the seven companies that comprise the newest Startup Next Toronto cohort. You’ll certainly be hearing more about them in six weeks!

    Sprked
    Sprked is a discovery and curation platform for video games (“Songza for games”).

    Dayboard
    Dayboard is a task management system for teams based around a user’s most important tasks.

    Furnex
    Furnex is a startup that allows customers to buy and sell lightly used furniture in their local community, through a curated, web-based marketplace.

    IVVI
    ivvi is a Toronto-based technology startup whose aim is to scour, sort and curate the very best, top trending internet videos and conveniently deliver them to user’s mobile devices.

    Loop Lab
    Loop Lab takes care of uncomfortable temperature differences throughout your home.

    Protractr
    Protractr is the new way for homeowners to plan and execute their renovation projects hassle free.

    Predikat
    Predikat helps mobile B2B/C mobile app businesses with a high customer/user churn, identify which users will churn, when and why.

    Reforges
    Reforges is a consumer hardware company that has designed, patented, and built V.O, the first ever all-directional magnetic power adapter for all electronics.

Image courtesy Nathan Monk.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.