thriveFORWARD Portfolio Companies

Portfolio Companies

NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative co-invests in industrial innovation capital, in talent and technology. Whether through established firms (SMEs) or very early-stage emerging ventures (Start-ups), our purpose is to encourage entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to take risks, to develop new IP, to commercialize new products, services and processes that will strengthen competitive advantage and the ability of firms to grow and create jobs. Their success in critical sectors—from cleantech, medtech, biotech, deeptech, food production and advanced manufacturing to digital industries, fintech and cybersecurity—yields multiples for the regional economy in southern Ontario.

With the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada, we are pleased to report that the following companies have successfully secured matching, non-repayable, performance-based funding from the thriveFORWARD initiative.

Regional Distribution of Projects Across Southern Ontario

Overall distribution of thriveFORWARD projects is: GTA (46%), eastern Ontario (27%) and southwestern Ontario (27%).

Notes:

  • Location of pins are not exact, projects default to associated upper tier municipality.
  • Blue pins = SME projects, green pins = Start-up projects.
  • Pins give the number of projects in the associated upper tier municipality.

thriveFORWARD SMEs

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Airia Brands

Producing air quality products and systems.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the development of new technology, supporting operational resilience and business growth.

lifebreath.com

ATG Industries

Fabricated metal products manufacturer.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

atgindustries.com

Bench Brewing Company

Experiential craft brewery.

Approved for up to $80,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for adoption of digital technology supporting enhanced productivity and business expansion.

benchbrewing.com

            

Benko Pet Foods

Producing all natural pet treats.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

benkopettreats.com

      

Burnco

Structural steel fabrication, machine building and construction technology development.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to advance an innovative technology supporting market expansion and business growth.

burncomfg.com

Cameron Steel

Manufacturing machinery with full service, custom machine and fabrication.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for advanced manufacturing technology supporting business expansion and operational resilience.

cameronsteel.com

Canadian Curtis Refrigeration

Manufacturing walk-in cooler and freezer rooms and custom reach-in products.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the integration of automated digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

canadiancurtis.com

CapsCanada

Manufacturing empty and hard capsule technologies for the pharma and supplement sectors.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the integration of digital technology supporting productivity enhancements and operational resilience.

capscanada.com

      

Carrot Bacon

Transforming carrots into a variety of vegan, nutrient-rich crispy jerky.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of technology supporting market expansion and business growth.

carrotbacon.org

      

Casa Bonita Foods

Producing authentic Mexican flavoured soft corn tortillas and corn tortilla chips.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

casabonitafoods.com

      

Cedar Valley Selections

Producing all-Canadian family foods – salad dressings and pita chips.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of green automated technology supporting business growth and market expansion.

cedarvalleyselections.ca

            

Cristofari Farms

Producing tomatoes on the vine and mini cucumbers.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

Denninger’s Foods of the World

Producing specialty food, sausages, and smoked meats.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated digital technology, supporting operational resilience and business growth.

denningers.com

      

DOM International

Processing, packaging and wholesaling sustainable fresh and frozen organic seafood products.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated technology, supporting operational resilience and business growth.

dominternational.com

            

Dynacast

Manufacturing both conventional and multi-slide die cast precision components.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the development of new technology, supporting operational resilience and business growth.

dynacast.com

            

E.B. Box Company

Manufacturing custom and standard folding carton boxes primarily for food packaging.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated technology, enhancing productivity and business growth.

ebbox.com

EAIGLE

Developing enterprise computer vision solutions for the workplace and public spaces.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to advance an AI-powered automation solution supporting operational resilience and business growth.

eaigle.com

            

Essex Topcrop Sales

Producing premium bird and pet foods.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

topcrop.ca

            

Ethos Automation

Designing and building custom next-generation, automated manufacturing solutions.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and market diversification.

ethosautomation.com

     

Evergreen Environmental

Waste diversion solutions energy conversion and agricultural product development and application.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the integration of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

egreens.ca

ExactBlue Technologies

Producing rapid test kits for water, surface and air quality.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

exactblue.com

Fieldless Farms

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) commercial producer of leafy greens.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

fieldless.com

Flavorcan

Producing custom designed flavors for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and health industries.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

flavorcan.ca

            

Food Cycle Science

Producer of countertop food waste recyclers.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of digital technology and market diversification supporting operational resilience and business growth.

foodcycler.com

                        

Frigid Rentals

Full-service transportation equipment.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to adopt new digital technology supporting market expansion, operational resilience.

frigidrentals.com

            

Graphic Packaging

Fiber-based consumer packaging solutions.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

graphicpkg.com

Green Beaver

Producing natural healthcare products.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to advance digital optimization and market expansion supporting business growth and operational resilience.

greenbeaver.com

            

Greenhouse Juice Company

Producing organic, plant-based, glass-bottled beverages.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of technology supporting supply chain adaption, operational resilience and business growth.

greenhouse.ca

            

Heat-Line

Manufacturing advanced heating cables, pipe freeze protection.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

heatline.com

                              

Hec Clouthier & Sons

Producing sawlogs, poles, pulpwood, veneer with sustainable forestry logging practices.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

Highland Packers

Processing meat products including beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, as well as gourmet wieners, smoked sausage, bacon, and pepperoni sticks.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the integration of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

highlandpackers.com

Hillside Hothouse

Specialty crops producer, with nine different varieties of peppers.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of energy efficient technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

Hybrid Power Solution

Producing portable battery systems that replace gas and diesel generators.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the development of new technology, supporting operational resilience and business growth.

hybridps.ca

                        

JGW Machine

Metal fabrication and contract manufacturing producing a wide variety of metal components and assemblies.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the integration of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

jgwmachine.com

       

Kal-Polymers

Processor of post-industrial plastic into reusable pellets.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

kalpolymers.com

King Cole Ducks

Vertically integrated duck farm and processor producing custom culinary and ancillary products.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for integrating automated technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

kingcoleducks.com

                  

LockDocs

Simplifying investment industry transactions.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for development and introduction of new platform features.

lockdocs.com

Loon Kombucha

Producing kombucha beverages utilizing an innovative cold-brewing technique.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated technology supporting market diversification, operational resilience and business growth.

loonkombucha.com

      

MasterNet

Manufacturing environmentally friendly netting and mesh products for food packaging, aquaculture, erosion protection.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

masternetltd.com

National Pasta

Producing premium pasta and entrées.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

nationalpasta.com

Nature's Mix

Producing granola in a variety of flavours.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

naturesmix.ca

            

Nicoya

Biosensor technology for the academic and biopharmaceutical sectors.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for integration of advanced and digital technology supporting supply chain adaption, operational resilience and business growth.

nicoyalife.com

            

nidus3D

On-site automated 3D construction printing of buildings.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

nidus3d.com

                        

Obsidian Manufacturing

Manufacturing premium custom glass display cases.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

obsidianmfg.ca

       

Osmow's Commissary

Processing and preparing proteins for affiliated restaurants.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for automated technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

osmows.com

            

Parkhill Meats

Processing Ontario beef, veal, lamb, and goat products.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the integration of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

parkhillmeats.ca

                  

Peel Meat Packers

Custom processing abattoir services for beef, veal, lamb, and goats.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the integration of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

peelmeatpackers.ca

Piramal Healthcare

Pharmaceutical product R&D and manufacturing.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for adopting advanced digital technology supporting enhanced productivity, operational resilience and business growth.

piramalpharmasolutions.com

            

ProteinQure

Specializing in computational protein drug design.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to advance an innovative process supporting market expansion and business growth.

proteinqure.com

            

Pure Foods Meat Solutions

Meat processor specializing in pork, chicken and beef products.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

purefoodsmeat.ca

RapidAid Corp.

Manufacture hot and cold temperature solutions for medical, food and retail markets.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

rapidaid.com

      

REM Equipment

Specializing in industrial air products.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the integration of digital technology and market expansion supporting business growth.

remequip.com

            

Romac Metal Works

Custom precision metal design and fabrication.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the integration of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

romacmetalworks.com

Rootree

Design and manufacturing sustainable packaging solutions.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

rootree.ca

            

ShiftLink

Shift management mobile and web application that allows employers to notify staff of an available shift.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to advance a new service supporting market expansion and business growth.

shiftlinkapp.com

            

Signority

Automated software to create, send, sign and manage documents.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the advancement of a new technology supporting business growth and market expansion.

signority.com

            

Simplicity Air

Manufacturing HVAC systems for vehicles.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the advancement of a new technology supporting business growth and market expansion.

simplicityair.com

                  

Stevcon Packaging & Logistics

Design and manufacturing industrial packaging and logistic solutions.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to adopt technology and advance a new service supporting market diversification and business growth.

stevconpackaging.com

       

Sunny Crunch Foods

Manufacturing healthy whole foods, bars, cereals, snacks and beverages.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of green technology supporting business resilience and business growth.

sunnycrunch.com

Sunrise Orchards

Producing a variety of premium fresh apples.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

sunriseorchardsinc.ca

Terra Cotta Foods

Food manufacturer producing cookies and snack products.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

terracottacookies.com

            

The County Cooperage

Producing Canadian Oak barrels.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

thecountycooperage.ca

        

The Growcer

Producing hydroponic vertical farming solutions.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to advance a new service supporting market expansion and business growth.

thegrowcer.ca

                               

Triangle Fluid Controls

Manufacturing fluid sealing and pump protection products.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of advanced technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

trianglefluid.com

                  

V.D.B. Grains

Processor of grain and elevator services for agriculture businesses.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of green technology supporting business resilience and business growth.

vdbgrains.ca

Wilmot Orchards

Producing premium apples and blueberries.

Approved for up to $100,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the adoption of automated digital technology supporting operational resilience and business growth.

wilmotblueberries.com

      

thriveFORWARD SME Testimonials

“Loon Kombucha is incredibly grateful for the support of this project, which has completely changed our business with elimination of bottlenecks, increased production and sales growth.”


Gabriel Johnston - President & CEO
Loon Kombucha
“Overall, this project has led to a significant reduction in our supply chain risk, allowing us to also source locally wherever possible. We remain competitive and positioned to expand into international markets.”


Chase Winters - Chief Performance Officer
Greenhouse Juice Company
“This project could not of be achieved without thriveFORWARD. We are very grateful to be a recipient—the funding not only enabled us to hire locally but also generated employment throughout the supply chain.”


Mauro Pennacchioli - President
National Pasta
“This project allowed us to implement our new technology which has drastically reduced our production bottleneck. Now installed, we are able to increase production. Without thriveFORWARD funding, this project would have been delayed, but now we have a real opportunity for significant growth in Canada and the USA.”


Jas Vanvat, VP, Finance
Osmow’s Commissary
“A great ally can make all the difference in the world. With thriveFORWARD we were able to revolutionize eSignature usability, translating to a user experience taken to the next level. This achievement represents a critical milestone in Signority’s history, and we’re proud to have created many high-skills jobs in Canada. We’re grateful to the NCFDC team for helping us realize our vision of building a strong Canadian tech company.”


Jane He – CEO and Founder.
Signority

“Exciting news! Our company is proud to announce that we have been selected to participate in thriveFORWARD, which will help us accelerate our growth and achieve our business goals. We’re grateful for the support from NCFDC and FedDev Ontario, which is making this opportunity possible."


From the Team at JGW Machine Ltd.

“With the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Jobs and Growth Fund, NCFDC launched thriveFORWARD to accelerate industrial investment in innovation across southern Ontario. Our smart feeder project was funded in part by thriveFORWARD. A big thank you to this partnership with special mention to Belplas/Movacolor for getting us the equipment needed.

Every job is a self-portrait of the people who do it: autograph your work with excellence.”


From the Team at MasterNet Ltd.

“We are now a major participant in the private label industry in Canada! Before this project, our production capacity was completely dedicated to our own brand. Now we manufacture directly for national supermarket chains as well as co-packing for smaller companies. This would not have been possible without the support of thriveFORWARD.”


Sergio Llerena
Director – Casa Bonita Foods

“Shoutout to NCFDC thriveFORWARD for their support. The work you do fuels the work we do.”


Tyler Steeves
Founder – Carrot Bacon

“Our company was able to accelerate U.S. market expansion thanks to the project funding we received from thriveFORWARD. Our clients expect that we operate at the speed of business, and scaling in large competitive markets demands speed and efficiency. Thanks to thriveFORWARD's funding, we rapidly onboarded new talent, acquired critical resources, and successfully secured business deals with some of the largest enterprise brands on the Fortune 500 list. We are on pace to meet our next milestone of organizational growth and the funding we received from thriveFORWARD was paramount to our corporate expansion.”


Amir Hoss
Chief Executive Officer - EAIGLE Inc.

thriveFORWARD SME Testimonials

 

 

“Loon Kombucha is incredibly grateful for the support of this project, which has completely changed our business with elimination of bottlenecks, increased production and sales growth.”


Gabriel Johnston - President & CEO
Loon Kombucha
“Overall, this project has led to a significant reduction in our supply chain risk, allowing us to also source locally wherever possible. We remain competitive and positioned to expand into international markets.”


Chase Winters - Chief Performance Officer
Greenhouse Juice Company
“This project could not of be achieved without thriveFORWARD. We are very grateful to be a recipient—the funding not only enabled us to hire locally but also generated employment throughout the supply chain.”


Mauro Pennacchioli - President
National Pasta
“This project allowed us to implement our new technology which has drastically reduced our production bottleneck. Now installed, we are able to increase production. Without thriveFORWARD funding, this project would have been delayed, but now we have a real opportunity for significant growth in Canada and the USA.”


Jas Vanvat - VP, Finance
Osmow’s Commissary

“A great ally can make all the difference in the world. With thriveFORWARD we were able to revolutionize eSignature usability, translating to a user experience taken to the next level. This achievement represents a critical milestone in Signority’s history, and we’re proud to have created many high-skills jobs in Canada. We’re grateful to the NCFDC team for helping us realize our vision of building a strong Canadian tech company.”


Jane He – CEO and Founder.
Signority

“With the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Jobs and Growth Fund, NCFDC launched thriveFORWARD to accelerate industrial investment in innovation across southern Ontario. Our smart feeder project was funded in part by thriveFORWARD. A big thank you to this partnership with special mention to Belplas/Movacolor for getting us the equipment needed."


From the Team at JGW Machine Ltd.

“With the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Jobs and Growth Fund, NCFDC launched thriveFORWARD to accelerate industrial investment in innovation across southern Ontario. Our smart feeder project was funded in part by thriveFORWARD. A big thank you to this partnership with special mention to Belplas/Movacolor for getting us the equipment needed.

Every job is a self-portrait of the people who do it: autograph your work with excellence.”


From the Team at MasterNet Ltd.

“We are now a major participant in the private label industry in Canada! Before this project, our production capacity was completely dedicated to our own brand. Now we manufacture directly for national supermarket chains as well as co-packing for smaller companies. This would not have been possible without the support of thriveFORWARD.”


Sergio Llerena
Director – Casa Bonita Foods

“Shoutout to NCFDC thriveFORWARD for their support. The work you do fuels the work we do.”


Tyler Steeves
Founder – Carrot Bacon

“Our company was able to accelerate U.S. market expansion thanks to the project funding we received from thriveFORWARD. Our clients expect that we operate at the speed of business, and scaling in large competitive markets demands speed and efficiency. Thanks to thriveFORWARD's funding, we rapidly onboarded new talent, acquired critical resources, and successfully secured business deals with some of the largest enterprise brands on the Fortune 500 list. We are on pace to meet our next milestone of organizational growth and the funding we received from thriveFORWARD was paramount to our corporate expansion.”


Amir Hoss
Chief Executive Officer - EAIGLE Inc.

thriveFORWARD Start-ups

2760959 Ontario Inc.

eVTOL UAV aerospace engineering start-up.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for completion of prototype design.

Website coming soon.

14989201 Canada Inc.

Advanced logistics and fulfillment service provider.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development.

Website coming soon.

Advanced Biofibre

Natural fibre-welding technology.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for pilot production of new solutions.

advancedbiofibre.com

Aisha Comfortable Co-Living

Platform that matches women to shared housing while building community.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to support the release of the mobile and web apps.

comfortablecoliving.com

                  

Anatomiz3D

Custom medical device design, manufacturing and education.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for development of AI/Machine Learning models and work flows.

anatomiz3d.ca

   

Arc Motor Company

Conversion of classic cars into electric vehicles.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for the company’s first EV demonstration project.

arcmotors.com

Asamaka Industries

Industrial automation engineering services, specializing in electrical design and control systems integration.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding for operational resilience and capacity-building.

asamaka.com

                        

Avail

Member engagement, productivity and well-being management solution.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development.

avail.app

                  

Beagle Scientific

Building healthcare resilience through drug discovery innovation.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for laboratory and R&D infrastructure investment.

beaglesci.com

Bidmii

The next generation of bidding and quoting software.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development.

bidmii.com

                        

Brix

Digital finance and property management application.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to advance the platform to beta testing.

Website coming soon.

 

Cabn.co

Intelligent building design, fabrication, and assembly of sustainable net zero homes.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the completion of a demonstration build.

cabn.co

                  

Cacao Systems

Assisting SMEs to seamlessly integrate AI into their business processes and workflows.

Approved for up to $25,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to develop core platform capabilities.

cacao.systems

Canada's Sunshine

SmartBuild AI optimizes construction design, reducing costs and CO2.

Approved for up to $10,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development and demonstration of the AI optimization tool.

Website coming soon.

Capita

An end-to-end no-code platform to easily design, launch, and operate default-compliant investment funds using blockchain smart contracts.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for proof-of-concept completion.

percapita.io

CarbonOne

Enabling food brands to measure and communicate climate performance.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for software beta and database completion..

carbon-one.ca

      

Cercling

Communications software for supply chain enhancement.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD Initiative for launch of a fully functional MVP and customer facing website.

cercling.com

                  

Cheffer

B2B SaaS solution for food service and hospitality operators to generate cost savings.

Approved for up to $5,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for early commercialization activities including customer demonstration projects.

cheffer.co

Chexy

Enhancing rental market transactions between tenants and landlords with a rewards-based fintech platform.

Approved for up to $25,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for beta testing to accelerate technology readiness.

chexy.co

       

CleanInnoGen Energy Solutions

Decarbonizing heavy industry with on-site waste-heat-to-hydrogen systems.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for applied R&D.

cleaninnogen.com

      

Cntrl+

A gynecological and pelvic healthcare company.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for new product launch.

Website coming soon

Coastal Carbon

The world’s first and only marketplace that focuses on verification services in ocean carbon credits.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development and commercialization.

coastalcarbon.ai

Custom Shrouds

Specialized additive and plastics manufacturer.

Approved for up to $10,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for strategic equipment acquisition and production.

customshrouds.com

      

Cyclic Materials

Creating a circular supply chain for rare earth elements.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for a test program.

cyclicmaterials.earth

            

Daily Blends Inc.

AI technology company offering fresh and healthy food through smart vending machines.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for e-commerce enhancements.

dailyblends.com

            

Deaf AI

AI-based accessibility products for deaf users.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for completion of software MVP.

deaf-ai.com

      

DEC Data

SaaS platform for the capture, consolidation and distribution of deceased data.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for new app release.

canadadeceasedlist.ca

DAV20 Tech

Driving digital transformation with web-based applications for the restaurant sector.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for early commercialization and business development.

tiponline.ca

DixaTech

Transportation system safety solutions.

Approved for up to $25,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for early commercialization activities including prototyping, engineering and hardware/software testing.

dixatech.com

ENERZA

World’s first conditional risk assessment tool for electrical utility providers through autonomous on-wire robotic monitoring.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for completion of field testing.

enerza.ca

            

Enurgen

Software operating system for end-to-end utility-scale solar asset management.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for early commercialization of the DUET system designer.

enurgen.com

      

enVgo

Developer of hydrofoil technology for electric boats.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for system design.

envgo.com

Exhale Aerosystems

Mobile direct air carbon capture for trains, aircraft, and trucks.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for engineering and deisgn.

Website coming soon.

      

Ezok.AI

Automation for insurance brokers through middleware technology solution.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to support early commercialization activities.

ezok.ai

                  

ExpressUAV

Aerial delivery network solutions utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for strategic partnership and business development.

expressuav.com

Fathom Storage

Long duration energy storage innovation.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for prototyping, field testing and scaled model evaluation.

Website coming soon.

Foddr

Self-contained, fully automated controlled environment agriculture systems.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for completion of digital system MVP (minimum viable product).

Website coming soon.

FoFu Foods

Chickpea-based tofu products.

Approved for up to $20,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the acquisition of strategic equipment and production enhancements.

Website coming soon.

Foqus Technologies

AI and quantum information technology software solutions for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) innovation.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for completion of Quality Management System.

foqus.ca

Fractalytic

Automating industrial energy management with AI-powered metering.

Approved for up to $25,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for onsite prototype development and testing

 

Fund The North

Next gen investment platform managing the funding of cutting edge on-campus start-ups.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for end-to-end automation of the venture investing platform.

fundthenorth.com

FuturU

Secure and innovative solutions that empower healthcare providers and patients.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for 3D scanning technology development.

futuruinc.com

Genuine Taste

Cell agriculture company focused on cultivated fat production using bioreactor technology.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for applied R&D, product and IP development and industry partnerships.

genuinetaste.co

Gibbly

Game-based learning made for teachers.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to support the public release of the Gibbly platform.

gibbly.co

                           

Glissner

Free sanitation with CleanPhone™.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for product development and innovation.

glissner.com

                        

Goodly Cloud

SaaS software for connected device management.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD to expand customer base.

goodly.cloud

Grain Data Solutions

Sustainability auditing in croplands for ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance) reporting.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for database development for machine learning algorithm and model enhancement.

graindatasolutions.com

                   

Green Bowl Foods

Producer of nutritious, upcycled plant-based ready-to-eat meals.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for initial pilot-scale production.

greenbowlfoods.ca

GRID

Decentralized real estate property registry, workflow management and monitoring system.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to support beta testing, stakeholder engagement.

Website coming soon.

Gwella Mushrooms

Functional non-psycho-active mushroom chews.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding for product development.

gwellamushrooms.com

            

Helius Originals

Cleantech smoke infusion barware company upcycling diverted landfill materials.

Approved for up to $25,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for engineering and design as well as content development and marketing.

heliusoriginals.com

                  

Hyivy Health

Data-driven device and pelvic health platform for women.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for initial production run to support clinic trials.

hyivy.com

            

Iceberg Cyber

Cyber risk monitoring solutions for small business.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to accelerate the development of a B2B SaaS platform, public website and scoring assessment mechanism.

icebergcyber.com

            

idhubs

SaaS Web3 all-in-one multilingual ecosystem, network and secure digital identity platform.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to increase traction and expand user base.

idhubs.com

                        

Incorporight Inc.

The easiest and most affordable way to start a company in Canada.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to assist in the company’s expansion.

incorporight.com

                  

Infer Model

Predictive analytics software platform for environmentally responsible infrastructure management applications.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for software development and compeltion of MVP.

infermodel.com

                      

Innovative Industries

Manufacturer of novel floor drain and cleanout covers for protection during concrete pour.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for initial production run and sales.

lime-set.com

      

Jems for All

Innovative producer of natural non-toxic sexual health products.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for expansion of product line.

jemsforall.com

             

Jetsplitz

An online marketplace for empty legs to optimize private air travel.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development, internal capacity-building, marketing and advertising.

jetsplitz.com

            

Jitto

Wholesale online ordering platform for SMEs.

Approved for up to $25,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for user testing and platform development.

getjitto.com

Keepwise Loss Prevention System

Mobile device loss prevention system.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for initial production run.

2ilp.ca/cellphone-loss-prevention-system

Krop Farming

Advanced farming systems for aeroponic production of local microgreens.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for installation of growing systems and related aeroponics infrastructure.

krop.farm

      

Launchit DTx

Prescription digital therapeutics healthcare company.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for first licensed product release and commercialization of fulfillment system.

launchitdtx.com

Leynek Medical

Digital home medical devices for personal cancer care.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for prototyping and software integrations.

leynekmedical.com

            

Limelight

Location-based music platform that uses algorithmic music discovery to showcase independent musicians and grow their fan base.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for marketing, advertising and promotional campaigns and the launch of the next version of the app.

limelight.io

      

LockDocks Inc.

Simplifying transactions in the investment industry.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for enhanced platform capabilities.

lockdocs.com

Magnestar

Hardware/software solutions to help satellite operators withstand Radio Frequency (RF) interference.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for marketing activities including product demonstrations in support of business development.

magnestar.space

      

Magnify Access

Inclusive digital solutions.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding for the completion of the software platform MVP (Minimum Viable Product).

magnifyaccess.ca

                     

Mapping Network

Helium blockchain distributor, building decentralized network infrastructure.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for a use case demonstration project.

mappingnetwork.ca

                  

McKay Foods

Food production microfactories.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to secure site for the first microfactory as well as strategic equipment acquisition.

Website coming soon.

mDETECT

Liquid biopsy technology for cancer management.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for development of a basic functional software diagnostic platform prototype.

mdetect-inc.com

MWMCC

Expert and physician-led, empathetic and evidence-based weight management treatment.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding for the launch of a virtual clinic.

mwmcc.ca

                     

Mycro Harvest

AI-powered mushroom smart farms.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to finalize engineering and design for automation hardware.

mycroharvest.com

 

Neptune Nanotechnologies

Next generation nano-structured material reclaimed and manufactured from ocean waste.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for nano-crystal production scale-up and field testing.

neptunenano.com

  

New Protein International

Clean sustainable technology for plant protein production.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for strategic Innovation Lab equipment and installation.

newproteinglobal.com

Nirvana Foods

Plant-based lotus seed snacks.

Approved for up to $20,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for online marketing, promotion and website/e-commerce integration.

mynirvanafoods.ca

            

OOt

Social mapping application connecting people by communities of interest.

Approved for up to $25,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for development, testing, and launch of the OOt Connections mobile application.

oot.live

                              

P2PHub

Fintech startup revolutionizing global payment processing.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development and commercialization.

p2phub.io

Pahk Solutions

Tech platform promoting a sustainable lifestyle and greener communities.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for product development, marketing and business expansion.

pahk.io

                  

Parallelz

Mobile application streaming platform.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for applied R&D.

parallelz.com

 

Pharmaleaf Canada

Placebo-based relief products for patients with drug addictions.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to support regulatory approval submissions for innovation commercialization.

Website coming soon.

PocketMD

All-in-one end-to-end digital care delivery tool.

Approved for up to $25,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to develop core platform capabilities.

pocketmd.ca

            

Pointsgram

Impactful technologies that empower local shopping.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the commercial app release and marketing.

pointsgram.com

                  

PostUp Collectables

Social marketplace for sports and trading card collectables.

Approved for up to $25,000 in funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for the launch of new mobile applications incorporating advanced functionality.

 

RecycleOne

Decentralized point-of-origin recycling platform.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for completion of design, installation and demonstration of mobile pilot recycling plant.

recycleone.ca

ReGreen

Producer of recyclable eco-bags.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding for strategic equipment and certifications.

regreenbag.ca

Renergy

AI-driven software integration with Building Automation Systems to generate savings, without external hardware.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for energy management platform enhancements.

renergytech.com

      

Rubicon

Innovative software and hardware tools to automate workflows, generate insights, and improve services for first responders.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for development of a functional prototype of the online reporting tool.

tryrubicon.com

Select Canadian Supplements

Private label and contract supplement manufacturing.

Approved for up to $20,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for digital platform development.

selectcanadiansupplements.com

Sigma HealthTech

Secure and innovative solutions that empower healthcare providers and patients.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development.

sigmahealthtech.com

            

Social Sustenance Technology

Digital platform to improve school meal solutions for student lunches.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for app development, beta testing and launch.

foodforgood.ca

                        

Sootsoap

All-natural detoxifying, deodorizing products.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for expansion of product line with new pet formulations.

sootsoap.ca

      

SpinorX

Enabling a sustainable EV battery value chain with digital identity, battery asset management.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for a technology feasibility study for prototype development.

spinorx.io

      

StreamSIX

Creating a highly immersive and seamless socially interactive 3D video gaming platform.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding to support the completion of the Software Development Kit (SDK Version 2).

streamsix.com

                          

Symbient Environmental Technologies

Sustainable solutions for the future of clean water.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for strategic marketing activities.

symbient.ca

Tenomix

Medtech startup solving inefficiencies in the pathology workflow.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for beta prototype completion.

tenomix.com

      

Tick Stick Corporation

Development of novel scanning and detection device.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for completion of MVP (Mininum Viable Product).

Website coming soon

Turtle Riot

Interactive media development studio for ecological and social sustainability.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for completion of strategic marketing plan for first release.

turtleriot.ca

Vaga Refrigeration

Manufacturer of next generation pre-fabricated walk-in freezers.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for completion of strategic marketing plan for first release.

Website coming soon

Vessl Prosthetics

Innovative prosthetics design and engineering venture.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for completion of mechanical testing of MVP (Mininum Viable Product).

vesslpro.com

      

VETSon

Veterinary practice, revolutionizing how livestock medicine is managed.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for testing including an initial pilot project.

vetson.ca

      

Vizible Labs

African technology product discovery platform.

Approved for up to $20,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development and launch.

vizible.africa

            

VoiceFlip

Transforming search for real estate and hospitality with AI-driven voice assistance.

Approved for up to $20,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for platform development.

voiceflip.com

                  

Westly Immigration

Canadian immigration services provider developing innovative inter-Provincial digital solutions for newcomers.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative for automation of assessment capabilities.

Website coming soon.

 

Wild Lot

Craft small-batch distillery producing spirits and beverages from locally grown ingredients and botanicals.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for strategic equipment purchase.

wildlot.ca

      

Wrest

Custom manufactured consumer products.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD for integration of proprietary 3D-visualization tool for B2C orders, custom product manufacturing.

wrestco.com

       

ZapMetals

AI-enabled autonomous CNC milling.

Approved for up to $25,000 matching performance-based funding from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative to complete technical and engineering work to enable the first version of the automated machine shop.

zapmetals.com

      

thriveFORWARD Start-up Testimonials

“With FedDev Ontario and thriveFORWARD’s invaluable support, we’ve reached major milestones. Notably, we've successfully registered our provisional patent. thriveFORWARD has been instrumental in propelling our success story and fostering innovation. We look forward to continuing this collaborative journey."


Nader Makarachi—Founder
P2PHub
“NCFDC and FedDev Ontario’s thriveFORWARD played a crucial role in providing funding and establishing a partnership with Bioenterprise Canada. We became a member, unlocking a spectrum of services including being matched with an Innovation Advisor. That led to a deep dive on our start-up, sharing insights on our current company status, upcoming milestones, and discussing the challenges and opportunities ahead. NCFDC also facilitated a valuable connection to a local accelerator (Whitby 1855)."


Karthiga Chandrakumar—Founder
Nirvana Foods
“thriveFORWARD is a great program, helping us to further our R&D and work towards commercialization. It has accelerated our ability to gain vital field and operations experience at a very early stage."


Kien Lamson—Director
Fathom Storage
“The PocketMD team was excited to participate in the thriveFORWARD initiative with the support of NCFDC, FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada. Thank you for the opportunity to accelerate our development, and for the vote of confidence in our mission and vision."


Jeevan Singh—CEO
PocketMD
“With the support of thriveFORWARD we were able to grow our network of potential partners and investors."


Crystal Kuyumcu—Founder
Exhale Aerosystems
“Thank you for being the very first organization to believe in our mission and company. We are extremely grateful for your support."


Sloane Paul – Founder
ARC Motor Company
“With the assistance of NCFDC and thriveFORWARD, this project has been a great success… we were able to secure strategic equipment, launch a pilot with two customers (one international) and we are generating revenue from these pilots earlier than expected."


Christopher Hakim—Co-Founder & CFO
Select Canadian Supplements
“thriveFORWARD was instrumental in helping our start-up to produce a hardware device through multiple iterations of testing and design. Thank you very much for your support and for the positive feedback that we received in defining the problem and the solution."


Rolinston Rodney—Founder
Keepwise Loss Prevention System
“This project allowed us to triple revenue from our second largest client, and we believe that in 2024 we will at least double revenue from our largest client. Thank you very much for the support."


Svitlana Skrypnyk—CEO
Avail
“We are so thankful for NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD project and for all the support from the team. Without this funding, Leynek Medical would not exist. thriveFORWARD accelerated our growth, helped us bring on an experienced CTO and we built our first hardware/software product. We will always be thankful for this contribution."


William Jones—Founder & CEO
Leynek Medical
“We’re genuinely thankful to thriveFORWARD… because of your help, we have been able to build our platform and start our first pilot programs. Your backing has set all of this in motion, and we’re truly grateful."


From the Team at OOt
“We are truly grateful for the remarkable progress we have made in our thriveFORWARD journey. Thank you to NCFDC and FedDev Ontario for supporting our mission in building a more accessible world."


Keri Banka
Co-Founder, Magnify Access
“We started out with a vision to create a new category and we were able to design, build and prototype—a major win from the thriveFORWARD program."


Kevin Delano
– CEO, Tick Stick Corporation
“We are appreciative of the opportunity to work together with FedDev Ontario and NCFDC. Our thriveFORWARD project has been a very exciting one—an important showcase for the future of housing—and we continue to receive much positive feedback."


From the Team from CABN.CO
“thriveFORWARD played a critical role in the development of our Minimum Viable Product (MVP). With the MVP completed we were able to launch our Pilot Program with six Canadian food companies, putting us into revenue mode and opening up a number of doors to support our growth moving forward. We are genuinely grateful for the support of NCFDC and FedDev Ontario at such a critical point in our journey."


Brett Wills
Founder & CEO, CarbonOne
“Funds from thriveFORWARD were instrumental in developing and commercializing our gas metering tech, and customers who have deployed our solution on site have committed to further collaboration. Furthermore, this project also unlocked a new business avenue through the discovery of a novel application of our technology.


Michael Skirzynski
CEO, Fractalytic
“We are incredibly fortunate to be recipients of thriveFORWARD funding. We were able to make our dream into a reality and the timing was perfect with global developments in AI.”


Mallory Maynard
Founder, Gibbly
“thriveFORWARD enabled us to prepare a demonstration for a local utility company after accelerating critical high-voltage testing, positioning us for our next fundraising round, which this project also enabled.”


James Aein
CEO, ENERZA
“We've learned a lot through this process, through many iterations of our prototype, and we've found amazing partners to work with going forward. We are thrilled with the outcome, the finished product and being given the thriveFORWARD grant to help offset the start‐up costs of our new product line.”


Yasemin Emory
Co-Founder, Jems
“thriveFORWARD funding was greatly appreciated. It helped to accelerate our growth, to launch and successfully demonstrate our product with potential customers.”


Jacqueline Good
Founder & CEO, Magnestar

“thriveFORWARD was pivotal in allowing us to develop our V1 model prototype and prove the viability of the system. We are very grateful for this opportunity and for the support provided by NCFDC.”


Christopher Klich
Co-Founder & CEO – Mycro Harvest

“In the past few months, our team has made great leaps forward. We have completed our commercialized product, which will be brought to market soon. We have also made a major rebranding effort by changing our visual identity and logo to create a fresh image for our company. Many thanks to FedDev Ontario and NCFDC thriveFORWARD for supporting us in commercializing our 3D body scanner.”


From the Team at FuturU

“With the support of thriveFORWARD, we are incredibly proud to have developed four products ready for commercialization. All are environmental and wastewater friendly, and help to decontaminate arson dogs, and to eliminate transfer of contaminates to vehicles, fire departments and homes of first responders across North America. Initial market feedback has been incredibly positive.”


K. Dee Howard
Co-Founder & President - Sootsoap

“Funding from thriveFORWARD allowed us to evolve our service using faster and more adaptive AI technology that opened up new markets and achieved 'quick wins' with new business and revenue growth for our company.”


Lisa Ferrie
Co-Founder - DEC Data

“We sincerely thank FedDev Ontario and NCFDC for funding our idhubs platform. Your support has been crucial in achieving our goals and bringing our vision to life. thriveFORWARD accelerated our growth and enabled key milestones.”


Rojit Sorokhaibam
Founder - idhubs

“Without this thriveFORWARD project we would not have been in a position to organize our manufacturing process and have our product ready for commercialization in this time frame. Thank you.”


Jamie Tyrell
VP Operations - Foddr

“We love working with NCFDC and FedDev Ontario through thriveFORWARD. Thank you for your continued guidance and support.”


Sydney Robinson
Founder - Vessl Prosthetics

“We are honored to be one of the startups receiving funding support from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative. It helped us accomplish a project that is essential for our technology commercialization.”


From the Team at Foqus Technologies

“We’re excited to acknowledge the support of NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative through the FedDev Ontario Jobs and Growth Fund.”


Rachel Bartholomew
Founder - Hyivy Health

“On behalf of our team at Asamaka Industries, we say thank you to NCFDC and FedDev Ontario, as a beneficiary of the thriveFORWARD project. We're proud to have such an amazing partner who supports our mission to empower both skilled and unskilled individuals with the right knowledge and resources necessary to innovate, automate and improve industrial processes. We look forward to continued partnership in the future.”


Chukwuka Asamaka, M.Eng, P.Eng, PMP
Founder - Asamaka Industries

“The thriveFORWARD grant has been a valuable contribution to our business at this early stage of growth. The funds were a critical resource to help us accelerate building some of the foundational elements of our core vision. We would like to thank NCFDC, FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Jobs and Growth, for investing in Canada’s innovation and future economy.”


Emad Toukan
Founder - Brix

“This program was a great experience especially in regard to the mentoring I received on how to market my business and its products.”


Gabriel Langlois-Rahme
Founder - Infer Model

“ThriveFORWARD helped us create our MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and we are now doing customer demos. Awesome initiative. We benefitted a great deal from this program, and I believe the thriveFORWARD team deserves huge credit. Thank you.”


Gari Boateng
Founder - Cercling

“With the support of this funding, we managed to successfully develop the first iteration of our Quality Management System (QMS) and implemented the e-QMS. This is a significant accomplishment as the completion of the QMS allows us to move forward with the preparation of the regulatory submission. Most importantly, all of our employees got involved in the development process to strengthen quality control and management competencies.”


Sadegh Raeisi
Founder - Foqus Technologies

“We were able to secure a multi-year contract with the Department of National Defense to continue developing the technology from this project. We couldn't have got here without thriveFORWARD. Thank you!”


Daniyar Akhmedjanov
Founder - Rubicon

“My sincere appreciation goes out to all of you at thriveFORWARD for your support and help.”


Mehdi Masoumi
Founder - Deaf AI

“Our thriveFORWARD project results in Canada’s first hexane-free soy protein pilot plant and is a key piece of infrastructure to enable future collaboration with other oilseed protein companies within Canada.”


Graham Markham
CDO - New Protein International

“Great level of support from thriveFORWARD. Seamless and streamlined process with excellent communication and service along the way. Would recommend this funding stream to other entrepreneurs starting up that need that extra boost.”


Ryan Fowler
Founder – Wild Lot

“We wanted to thank NCFDC and FedDev Ontario for their support as we scale up to change the way healthcare communicates in Ontario.”


Dr. Duncan Rozario
CMO – Sigma Healthtech

“The support that we received from thriveFORWARD was a game-changer for our cyber security startup. Your onboarding process was surgical and rapid with constructive criticism that sharpened our objectives. The support allowed us to take calculated risks and invest more resources into our commercialization efforts, accelerating our path to market and ultimately enabling us to better protect our SMB clients from the ever-evolving threats in the digital landscape.”


Michael Bakaic
Founder – ICEBERG Cyber

thriveFORWARD Start-up Testimonials

 

“With FedDev Ontario and thriveFORWARD’s invaluable support, we’ve reached major milestones. Notably, we've successfully registered our provisional patent. thriveFORWARD has been instrumental in propelling our success story and fostering innovation. We look forward to continuing this collaborative journey."


Nader Makarachi—Founder
P2PHub
“NCFDC and FedDev Ontario’s thriveFORWARD played a crucial role in providing funding and establishing a partnership with Bioenterprise Canada. We became a member, unlocking a spectrum of services including being matched with an Innovation Advisor. That led to a deep dive on our start-up, sharing insights on our current company status, upcoming milestones, and discussing the challenges and opportunities ahead. NCFDC also facilitated a valuable connection to a local accelerator (Whitby 1855)."


Karthiga Chandrakumar—Founder
Nirvana Foods
“thriveFORWARD is a great program, helping us to further our R&D and work towards commercialization. It has accelerated our ability to gain vital field and operations experience at a very early stage."


Kien Lamson—Director
Fathom Storage
“The PocketMD team was excited to participate in the thriveFORWARD initiative with the support of NCFDC, FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada. Thank you for the opportunity to accelerate our development, and for the vote of confidence in our mission and vision."


Jeevan Singh—CEO
PocketMD
“With the support of thriveFORWARD we were able to grow our network of potential partners and investors."


Crystal Kuyumcu—Founder
Exhale Aerosystems
“Thank you for being the very first organization to believe in our mission and company. We are extremely grateful for your support."


Sloane Paul – Founder
ARC Motor Company
“With the assistance of NCFDC and thriveFORWARD, this project has been a great success… we were able to secure strategic equipment, launch a pilot with two customers (one international) and we are generating revenue from these pilots earlier than expected."


Christopher Hakim—Co-Founder & CFO
Select Canadian Supplements
“thriveFORWARD was instrumental in helping our start-up to produce a hardware device through multiple iterations of testing and design. Thank you very much for your support and for the positive feedback that we received in defining the problem and the solution."


Rolinston Rodney—Founder
Keepwise Loss Prevention System
“This project allowed us to triple revenue from our second largest client, and we believe that in 2024 we will at least double revenue from our largest client. Thank you very much for the support."


Svitlana Skrypnyk—CEO
Avail
“We are so thankful for NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD project and for all the support from the team. Without this funding, Leynek Medical would not exist. thriveFORWARD accelerated our growth, helped us bring on an experienced CTO and we built our first hardware/software product. We will always be thankful for this contribution."


William Jones—Founder & CEO
Leynek Medical
“We’re genuinely thankful to thriveFORWARD… because of your help, we have been able to build our platform and start our first pilot programs. Your backing has set all of this in motion, and we’re truly grateful."


From the Team at OOt
“We are truly grateful for the remarkable progress we have made in our thriveFORWARD journey. Thank you to NCFDC and FedDev Ontario for supporting our mission in building a more accessible world."


Keri Banka
Co-Founder, Magnify Access
“We started out with a vision to create a new category and we were able to design, build and prototype—a major win from the thriveFORWARD program."


Kevin Delano
– CEO, Tick Stick Corporation
“We are appreciative of the opportunity to work together with FedDev Ontario and NCFDC. Our thriveFORWARD project has been a very exciting one—an important showcase for the future of housing—and we continue to receive much positive feedback."


From the Team from CABN.CO
“thriveFORWARD played a critical role in the development of our Minimum Viable Product (MVP). With the MVP completed we were able to launch our Pilot Program with six Canadian food companies, putting us into revenue mode and opening up a number of doors to support our growth moving forward. We are genuinely grateful for the support of NCFDC and FedDev Ontario at such a critical point in our journey."


Brett Wills
Founder & CEO, CarbonOne
“Funds from thriveFORWARD were instrumental in developing and commercializing our gas metering tech, and customers who have deployed our solution on site have committed to further collaboration. Furthermore, this project also unlocked a new business avenue through the discovery of a novel application of our technology.


Michael Skirzynski
CEO, Fractalytic
“We are incredibly fortunate to be recipients of thriveFORWARD funding. We were able to make our dream into a reality and the timing was perfect with global developments in AI.”


Mallory Maynard
Founder, Gibbly
“thriveFORWARD enabled us to prepare a demonstration for a local utility company after accelerating critical high-voltage testing, positioning us for our next fundraising round, which this project also enabled.”


James Aein
CEO, ENERZA
“thriveFORWARD funding was greatly appreciated. It helped to accelerate our growth, to launch and successfully demonstrate our product with potential customers.”


Jacqueline Good
Founder & CEO, Magnestar
“We've learned a lot through this process, through many iterations of our prototype, and we've found amazing partners to work with going forward. We are thrilled with the outcome, the finished product and being given the thriveFORWARD grant to help offset the start‐up costs of our new product line.”


Yasemin Emory
Co-Founder, Jems

“thriveFORWARD was pivotal in allowing us to develop our V1 model prototype and prove the viability of the system. We are very grateful for this opportunity and for the support provided by NCFDC.”


Christopher Klich
Co-Founder & CEO – Mycro Harvest

“In the past few months, our team has made great leaps forward. We have completed our commercialized product, which will be brought to market soon. We have also made a major rebranding effort by changing our visual identity and logo to create a fresh image for our company. Many thanks to FedDev Ontario and NCFDC thriveFORWARD for supporting us in commercializing our 3D body scanner.”


From the Team at FuturU

“With the support of thriveFORWARD, we are incredibly proud to have developed four products ready for commercialization. All are environmental and wastewater friendly, and help to decontaminate arson dogs, and to eliminate transfer of contaminates to vehicles, fire departments and homes of first responders across North America. Initial market feedback has been incredibly positive.”


K. Dee Howard
Co-Founder & President - Sootsoap

“Funding from thriveFORWARD allowed us to evolve our service using faster and more adaptive AI technology that opened up new markets and achieved 'quick wins' with new business and revenue growth for our company.”


Lisa Ferrie
Co-Founder - DEC Data

“We sincerely thank FedDev Ontario and NCFDC for funding our idhubs platform. Your support has been crucial in achieving our goals and bringing our vision to life. thriveFORWARD accelerated our growth and enabled key milestones.”


Rojit Sorokhaibam
Founder - idhubs

“Without this thriveFORWARD project we would not have been in a position to organize our manufacturing process and have our product ready for commercialization in this time frame. Thank you.”


Jamie Tyrell
VP Operations - Foddr

“We love working with NCFDC and FedDev Ontario through thriveFORWARD. Thank you for your continued guidance and support.”


Sydney Robinson
Founder - Vessl Prosthetics

“We are honored to be one of the startups receiving funding support from NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative. It helped us accomplish a project that is essential for our technology commercialization.”


From the Team at Foqus Technologies

“We’re excited to acknowledge the support of NCFDC’s thriveFORWARD initiative through the FedDev Ontario Jobs and Growth Fund.”


Rachel Bartholomew
Founder - Hyivy Health

“On behalf of our team at Asamaka Industries, we say thank you to NCFDC and FedDev Ontario, as a beneficiary of the thriveFORWARD project. We're proud to have such an amazing partner who supports our mission to empower both skilled and unskilled individuals with the right knowledge and resources necessary to innovate, automate and improve industrial processes. We look forward to continued partnership in the future.”


Chukwuka Asamaka, M.Eng, P.Eng, PMP
Founder - Asamaka Industries

“The thriveFORWARD grant has been a valuable contribution to our business at this early stage of growth. The funds were a critical resource to help us accelerate building some of the foundational elements of our core vision. We would like to thank NCFDC, FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Jobs and Growth, for investing in Canada’s innovation and future economy.”


Emad Toukan
Founder - Brix

“This program was a great experience especially in regard to the mentoring I received on how to market my business and its products.”


Gabriel Langlois-Rahme
Founder - Infer Model

“ThriveFORWARD helped us create our MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and we are now doing customer demos. Awesome initiative. We benefitted a great deal from this program, and I believe the thriveFORWARD team deserves huge credit. Thank you.”


Gari Boateng
Founder - Cercling

“With the support of this funding, we managed to successfully develop the first iteration of our Quality Management System (QMS) and implemented the e-QMS. This is a significant accomplishment as the completion of the QMS allows us to move forward with the preparation of the regulatory submission. Most importantly, all of our employees got involved in the development process to strengthen quality control and management competencies.”


Sadegh Raeisi
Founder - Foqus Technologies

“We were able to secure a multi-year contract with the Department of National Defense to continue developing the technology from this project. We couldn't have got here without thriveFORWARD. Thank you!”


Daniyar Akhmedjanov
Founder - Rubicon

“My sincere appreciation goes out to all of you at thriveFORWARD for your support and help.”


Mehdi Masoumi
Founder - Deaf AI

“Our thriveFORWARD project results in Canada’s first hexane-free soy protein pilot plant and is a key piece of infrastructure to enable future collaboration with other oilseed protein companies within Canada.”


Graham Markham
CDO - New Protein International

“Great level of support from thriveFORWARD. Seamless and streamlined process with excellent communication and service along the way. Would recommend this funding stream to other entrepreneurs starting up that need that extra boost.”


Ryan Fowler
Founder – Wild Lot

“We wanted to thank NCFDC and FedDev Ontario for their support as we scale up to change the way healthcare communicates in Ontario.”


Dr. Duncan Rozario
CMO – Sigma Healthtech

“The support that we received from thriveFORWARD was a game-changer for our cyber security startup. Your onboarding process was surgical and rapid with constructive criticism that sharpened our objectives. The support allowed us to take calculated risks and invest more resources into our commercialization efforts, accelerating our path to market and ultimately enabling us to better protect our SMB clients from the ever-evolving threats in the digital landscape.”


Michael Bakaic
Founder – ICEBERG Cyber

Start-ups Previously Seed Funded via N1M

Able Innovations

Developing advanced medical devices to tackle the pressing problem of patient transfer in healthcare.

ableinnovations.com

      

Alchemy

Next generation coatings powered by nanotechnology.

alchemynano.com

            

Ardra

High-purity natural ingredients.

ardrabio.com

      

Argentum Electronics (now Cence Power)

Inventors of Digital Current™, makers of DC power systems.

cencepower.com

      

AudienceGPS

Precise, programmatic audiences.

audiencegps.com

                        

BCM Biodegradable Solutions

Sustainable green chemical manufacturer with an extensive line of sustainable alternative products designed and commercialized in-house.

bcmchem.com

CHAR Technologies

Decarbonizing for a circular economy through advanced design, technology and environmental services.

chartechnologies.com

            

Cleanslate UV (acquired by Seal Shield)

Hospital grade mobile device santizer.

sealshield.com

                  

ConnexHealth

Healthcare solutions simplified.

myconnexhealth.com

            

Convictional Commerce

Helping retailers add new brands and categories, with automation powering rapid on-boarding and effortless dropship fulfillment.

convictional.com

      

Eagle Aerospace

Digital transformation of airfield management solutions.

eagle-aerospace.com

                  

Enersion

Electricity, cooling and heating from one integrated system.

enersion.com

      

FanSaves

Couponing platform that features discounts and deals from sponsors and affiliated brands of sports teams.

fansaves.com

                  

Frontier Agriscience

Optimizing plant genetics to develop non-GMO crops.

frontieragri.science

Grain Discovery

An online marketplace leveraging blockchain technology to create efficient, transparent, and secure transactions.

graindiscovery.com

                  

Grow For You

Beautiful, reliable, vertical aeroponic gardens.

growforyouinc.com

      

H2NanO

Nextgeneration solutions for enhanced organics treatment and emissions control.

h2nano.ca

      

Intelline

Designs and manufacturer of modular carbon-neutral industrial engines for heavy duty applications.

intelline.ca

            

KAI Innovations (acquired by Well Health, now Artera)

Software and information technology solutions for healthcare organizations.

artera.io

                  

SurgerySim (now Marion Surgical)

Virtual surgery simulation training with haptic feedback.

marionsurgical.com

      

Mero

Optimizing commercial building cleanliness with real-time data.

mero.co

            

Meta Innovation Technologies

AI analytics and training software for technical teams in energy and mining.

exploremetakinetic.com

            

Mindset (Enophone - acquired by LA Moonshot)

Smart headphones that improve your concentration.

getenophone.com

Open Ocean Apps

Revolutionizing the world of recreational fishing and angling, makers of the top-rated Pro Angler fishing app.

proangler.us

      

Phycus Biotech

Biome friendly ingredients for cosmetics.

phycusbio.com

Riverwood Acoustics

Makers of finely crafted speakers using reclaimed wood.

riverwoodacoustics.com

                  

Simple Life Homes

Prefabricated panels for carbon-storing high-performance buildings.

simplelifehomes.ca

      

SkyKar (previously Opener, now Pivotal)

Maker of the Helix all-electric, fixed-wing, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for personal transportation.

pivotal.aero

                        

Spaceishare

Space marketplace (find event, office, parking, storage space and more).

spaceishare.com

            

Turnkey Aquaponics

Environmentally controlled agricultural systems.

turnkeyaquaponics.ca

Unlock Math

Customizable online distance-learning math program.

unlockmath.com

                        

Wavve Boating

Helping boaters connect and collaborate.

wavveboating.com

            

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