CIX selects 2018’s top 20 innovative companies in Canada

Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) has announced this year’s roster of 20 innovative companies to be inducted into the annual CIX Top 20 program.

The companies, many of them venture capital-backed, were selected by technology experts and investors from across Canada. The CEO of each top 20 company will present at CIX 2018 on October 22-23 in Toronto.

The top 20 are BorrowellCanvass Analytics, Clearbanc, Coconut SoftwareDelphia, Dialogue, eSight, inkboxIntuitive AI, IRYStec SoftwareIsland Water, Kiite, KlueMyantRoadmunk, skritswap, Smooch, Validere, Vendasta and Zighra.

CIX said eight of the top 20 companies have female founders.


CIX Top 20 Announced: Canada’s Most Innovative Technology Companies

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / September 6, 2018 / Today, CIX (Canadian Innovation Exchange) announced the 20 innovative Canadian technology companies that have been inducted into the annual CIX Top 20 program. The winning companies represent a diverse range of tech including software, medtech, fintech, big data, security, Saas and cleantech. These game-changing companies on the rise are chosen by a selection committee made up of technology industry experts and investors from across the country.

Hundreds of profiles were submitted this year from all regions of Canada. Companies were chosen based on a number of key factors including product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model.

Presenting the 2018 CIX Top 20 (in alphabetical order):
•Borrowell, Toronto
•Canvass Analytics, Toronto
•Clearbanc, Toronto
•Coconut Software, Saskatoon
•Delphia, Toronto
•Dialogue, Montreal
•eSight, Toronto
•inkbox, Toronto
•Intuitive AI, Vancouver
•IRYStec Software , Montreal
•Island Water Technologies , Charlottetown
•Kiite, Waterloo
•Klue, Vancouver
•Myant , Toronto
•Roadmunk, Toronto
•skritswap , Sault Ste. Marie
•Smooch , Montreal
•Validere, Toronto
•Vendasta, Saskatoon
•Zighra, Ottawa

“We received 30 percent more submissions this year for the 2018 CIX Top 20 Program, with 18 per cent from female-led startups,” said Lauren Linton, Executive Director of CIX. “It is exciting to see more women founders with such great potential to contribute to Canada’s success as a global innovation leader. Eight of the CIX Top 20 companies have female founders. We were also pleased to see so many companies from coast to coast.”

The CEO of each CIX Top 20 company will present at CIX 2018 on Oct 22-23 and share their story and unique innovation to a crowd of over 700 investors and peers in the North American technology ecosystem. Alongside these showcases will be dynamic sessions led by top tech business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs.

“These businesses join an elite list of hot Canadian tech companies that have made up the CIX Top 20 over the past decade,” said Lauren Linton. Past Top 20 alumni include Axonify, BlueJLegal Breather, Busbud, CareGuide, Chango, D-Wave, Figure 1, Frank & Oak, Hubba, IGLOO, Influitive, Kobo Books, League, Nuology, SecureKey, ScribbleLive, Thalmic Labs, Top Hat, Unata, UrtheCast, Vidyard, Wattpad, and Wealthsimple, to name just a few.

“Being part of the CIX Top 20 brought a lot of exposure, which is exactly what we needed since as a 9-month old startup we were still not yet well known,” said Roy Pereira, CEO & Founder,, and a CIX Top 20 company in 2016. “Since then, our brand awareness has shot up and we’ve recently closed our seed round of financing, in part due to that extra exposure from the CIX Top 20.”

CEOs and Founders of CIX Top 20 companies will be invited to open the TMX market on Oct 1, alongside other key players in the CIX community.

CIX – Canadian Innovation Exchange

CIX is Canada’s only national curated startup investment conference. Invited attendees are founders of Canada’s most innovative early and growth-stage tech companies and global investors and corporates. Due to the high level of companies at CIX, it attracts delegations of investors from around the world. CIX takes place over two days, Oct 22-23, 2018, in downtown Toronto.

If you would like more information or to schedule interviews with Lauren Linton or any of CIX’s Top 20 please call Garett Repski at 310-351-2383.