Meet the nine Canadian startups who are shaping the future of voice technology.
WATERLOO, Ont. On a cold December afternoon, fourteen founders representing nine Canadian companies met at the Accelerator Centre’s headquarters in the University of Waterloo’s David Johnston Research and Technology Park to officially join the Accelerator Centre’s Alexa Voice Tech Accelerator Program, Canada’s first and only Amazon-collaborated business accelerator.
Launched in late October 2019 and run by the Accelerator Centre (AC), Canada’s two-time Accelerator of the Year and a World Top 5 private business accelerator, the program is a six to 12 month accelerator that gives early-stage startups the support they need to grow their networks, gain traction, incorporate Alexa, and grow to scale. Startups will receive Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits, Amazon Alexa devices to build with, award-winning accelerator programming, and mentorship in all business areas. Select clients may also gain access to Amazon marketing services, mentoring and special event invitations.
From culinary to healthcare, the first Alexa Voice Tech Accelerator Program clients demonstrate how voice technologies can make consumer’s lives easier, healthier and more entertaining. After a nation-wide application competition, the companies chosen to be in Canada’s premiere Amazon-collaborated accelerator are:
AceAge- A healthcare technology company creating intuitive products to ease the aging process and improve health outcomes.
Cloud DX- Enables users to track their vital signs and have a consultation with a clinician anywhere, any time.
Justin Schorn (company name to be determined)- Creating a safer and more engaging home for aging adults by enabling the best wellness monitoring experience for caregivers and care recipients via discrete, purpose-built devices.
Klovechef- Culinary AI™ built for highly interactive and contextual content experiences by converting culinary information into interactive content that enables brands to have personalized conversations with customers.
Meso- A platform that converts complicated medical information into patient-friendly reports that are understandable at any health literacy level to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.
Predict Vision- An AI cloud-based platform that supports doctors diagnose decisions and AI consulting services.
Speak AI- Instantly records, transcribes and analyzes audio and video, enabling users to export and share analyzed content.
Summatti- An AI-powered platform that gives actionable insights from customer interactions to grow businesses.
TuneVu- Creates greater discovery and engaging experiences for audiences on their mobile devices as they watch or listen to digital media online, on TV, or on a Smart Speaker.
The companies will have the unique opportunity to work with Accelerator Centre in-house product management mentor Don Thompson and newly appointed manufacturing and supply chain management specialist David Perston. Thompson formerly served as a senior manager at Amazon Lab126, an inventive San Francisco Bay Area and development team that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronic devices such as Kindle e-readers, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and more; Perston joins the AC with over 35 years’ experience in high-tech supply chain design and consumer electronics, previously North’s VP, manufacturing.
“Our focus is to grow our clients to scale,” says Clinton Ball, Accelerator Centre director, client programs and initiatives. “It’s going to be an exciting six to twelve months.”
For more information on the Accelerator Centre’s Alexa Voice Tech Accelerator Program, visit its program page.
About the Accelerator Centre
The Accelerator Centre is an award-winning startup accelerator dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive companies and giving startups the highest probability of long-term success. In 2019, it was ranked as a Top Five accelerator in the world due to, in part, a reputation for meaningful, one-to-one mentorship and helping entrepreneurs go from the idea stage to high-growth enterprises.
About the Alexa Fund
The Alexa Fund provides up to $200 million in venture capital funding to fuel voice technology innovation. We believe experiences designed around the human voice will fundamentally improve the way people use technology. Since introducing Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo, we’ve heard from developers, device-makers, and companies of all sizes that want to innovate with voice. Whether that’s creating new Alexa capabilities with the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), building devices that use Alexa for new and novel voice experiences using the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), inventing core voice-enabling technology, or developing a product or service that can expand the boundaries of voice technology, we’d love to talk to you.
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