Eight startups selected for latest Canadian Technology Accelerator Digital in Silicon Valley

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Eight tech startups have been selected to participate in the Silicon Valley-based Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) Digital program, including five from Toronto.

Managed by the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the eight-week CTA Digital program connects early-stage Canadian tech companies to Silicon Valley’s resources, enabling them to acquire clients, establish strategic partnerships, and raise money, towards the goal of helping them scale amid COVID-19.

The CTA Digital program connects early-stage Canadian tech companies to Silicon Valley’s resources.

This year’s participants include Canadian tech startups from five sectors: education, finance, logistics and supply chain, property management, and retail.

“The 2021 CTA Digital cohort reflects the strength and diversity of the Canadian tech ecosystem,” said Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. “As we build back from the COVID-19 pandemic, these startups will have the network, skills, and resources to access capital, grow their businesses, and support economic recovery on both sides of the border.”

The program, which is offered by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, includes access to virtual workshops, business development and venture support from partners and industry leaders, matchmaking meetings with clients, partners, and venture capitalists, and networking opportunities with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

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These startups will get the chance to showcase their solutions at CTA Demo Day this May by presenting them to clients, partners, and investors from the Silicon Valley tech community.

The full list of participating startups includes:

Heyday AI (Montreal, QC) – a startup that provides an AI-powered chatbot for retailers
Lytica (Ottawa, ON) – a market intelligence software startup for electronics firms
Savormetrics (Mississauga, ON) – a food safety and quality analysis software provider
KeyDB (Toronto, ON) – an open source software database provider
Willful (Toronto, ON) – an online will and estate planning startup
iRestify (Toronto, ON) – a cleaning and facilities platform for property managers
VXG (Toronto, ON) – a startup that offers cloud video surveillance services
Fortuna AI (Toronto, ON) – an AI-powered platform that helps financial services firms scale

Photo of Heyday AI’s co-founders, Étienne Mérineau and CEO Steve Desjarlais, courtesy of Heyday AI

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