Google reveals nine startups joining first cohort of Canadian accelerator

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Google for Startups has revealed the nine startups joining the first cohort of its three-month, now-fully digital, Canadian accelerator program for early-stage tech ventures using machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI) in their business.

The program targets seed to Series A Canadian tech startups that use machine learning and AI.

The three-month Google for Startups Accelerator program, originally planned to be held in-person in Kitchener-Waterloo, was first announced by the tech giant in February. In June, Google announced the accelerator would be held virtually and would run from September 8 to November 27.

“Nine startups have been selected for the inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator Canada cohort, who are all using technology to solve complex challenges,” Ashley Francisco, head of startup developer ecosystems at Google Canada, wrote in a recent blog post.

“From faster disease detection to real-time crop and pest management, we’re inspired and honoured to work alongside these companies over the next few months to help solve their most pressing technical and business needs,” Francisco added.

The Canadian Google for Startups Accelerator represents the Silicon Valley company’s first accelerator in Canada and the 12th globally. The program targets seed to Series A Canadian tech startups Through the program, Google offers ventures equity-free support, technical bootcamps, personalized mentorship, technical support, and the opportunity to provide feedback to Google’s product teams. The startups joining the first cohort of the program are:

Arkangel AI

Arkangel AI is developing an AI-based algorithm for the early detection of preventable diseases. The startup aims to generate detection results that are faster, more scalable, more accurate, and more cost-effective than traditional methods.

Bridge7

Bridge7 is an oncology tech startup that uses AI to scale clinical expertise to improve the efficiency, consistency, and quality of delivering cancer treatment plans.

Curv

Curv aims to help healthcare providers to build, prescribe, and remotely monitor digital therapies. The startup’s goal is to allow healthcare providers to achieve decreased churn and create improved patient experiences.

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Eyeread

Eyeread seeks to help children learn through video games. The startup has developed digital literacy games designed to motivate children to master reading through personalized and adaptive games.

Kabo

Kabo is a Canadian pet food brand that creates food customized to a dog’s dietary needs. The startup delivers the food contactless delivery. In the last year, Kabo claims to have delivered over 250,000 customized meals across Canada.

Longan Vision

Longan Vision offers a smart engineering product, platform, and solution of enhanced vision and communication devices. The startup’s current focus is augmented reality glass for firefighter departments that feature enhanced sensing capabilities.

LumenEd

LumenEd aims to simplify the process for tutors, tutoring companies, and education organizations to run their businesses, match with students, and provide tutoring services. The company’s goal is to increase access to personalized learning and give educators the freedom to operate remotely.

ProteinQure

ProteinQure is a computational platform that combines molecular dynamics, machine learning, and biophysical models for protein drug design. The startup partners with large pharmaceutical companies to help create new therapeutics for challenging diseases.

Semios

Semios offers a precision farming platform and IoT network that collects sensory data on farms to help farmers manage complex biosystems while optimizing sustainability and profitability.

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