Several BC Startups Named “Ready to Rocket” Companies for 2014

Several Vancouver and BC-based startups have been named “Ready to Rocket” ICT companies for 2014 by Ready to Rocket, a business recognition program for British Columbia’s tech sector that showcases the Revenue Growth Leaders of Tomorrow.

Ready to Rocket featured three sub-sections of winners: ICT, Cleantech and life science. In the ICT list, startups like ePACT Network Ltd. and Clio were honoured.


Just one month ago ePACT Network secured $1 million in seed funding from the Byye group, Yaletown Ventures, BDC and other investors. The company is an emergency network platform that is “changing the way the world prepares for and responds to crises.” It uses online networking to bring organizations and individuals together to share critical information, plan collectively and communicate before, during and after any emergency for greater connectivity and safety.

“ePACT has grown at an incredibly rapid pace over the last year, and our inclusion on the list demonstrates just how far we’ve come. We look forward to this continued growth in  2014,” said CEO Christine Sommers.

Meanwhile Reg Nordman of Rocket Builders added that “each year when we choose the Ready to Rocket companies, we are looking for those companies that have best matched technical innovation with market opportunity. ePACT Network is an excellent example of the right technology for the right customers at the right time.”

Rocket Builders identifies the top private companies that are “best positioned to capitalize on the trends for growth” each year, based on trend analysis in the information technology sector.

Clio is another Vancouver startup that we covered earlier this year as well. In October it opened a second office in Dublin, Ireland. The Ready to Rocket company is a comprehensive web-based practice management product specifically designed for solo practitioners and small-to-medium-sized law firms. Users can access the software on PCs, Macs, and most mobile devices. It provides case/matter management, time tracking, billing/reporting, client contact and document management, task scheduling, trust accounting, and detailed reporting.

Here’s the complete ICT list:

1to1Real Process Technologies, LTD (CMaeON)
BUYATAB Online Inc.
Collabware Systems Inc.
Colligo Networks Inc
Colony Networks, Inc
ConnectionPoint Systems Inc. (dba FundRazr)
ePACT Network Ltd.
Eventbase Technology Inc (Formerly Xomo Digital Inc.)
Fulcrum Management Solutions Ltd. (Thoughtstream)
iamota Corporation
Kashoo Cloud Accounting Inc
Lambda Solutions Inc.
Payfirma Corporation.
Prizm Media Inc
Recombo Inc
Recon Instruments Inc
Response Tek Networks Corp
Scoop (Trusterra Technologies Inc.)
Simba Technologies Inc.
Star Solutions International Inc
Tasktop Technologies Inc. Network Inc
Wishpond Technologies Limited

There were also 15 companies that made the Ready to Rocket cleantech list, including Axine Water Technologies, which raised a $5.6 million series A round last month:

Aquatic Informatics Inc.
Awesense Wireless Inc.
Axine Water Technologies, Inc.
Bit Stew Systems Inc.
Cooledge Lighting Inc.
dPoint Technologies Inc.
Golden Environmental Mat Services
Minesense Technologies Ltd
Pulse Energy Inc.
Quadrogen Power Systems, Inc.
Rainforest Automation Inc.
S2G Biochemicals Inc
Saltworks Technologies Inc.
SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.
Solegear Bioplastics Inc
Sun Central

Finally, 10 companies in the life sciences section were honoured, including Vancouver’s Medeo, a startup that allows patients to hold appointments with their doctors via video conference. Here’s the complete list:

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc
Augurex Life Sciences Corp.
Ayogo Health, Inc.
Bionic Power Inc.
DenScope Dental Solutions Inc.
Medeo Corporation
MedGenesis Therapeutix Inc.
MSI Methylation Sciences Inc.
PHEMI Health Systems Inc.
Vanrx Pharmasystems Inc.

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