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Our Portfolio

Current Investments


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Backyard Media, doing business as Underknown/Interesting sh!t (Digital Media)

Founded by serial entrepreneur Steve Hulford, Backyard Media produces short snackable video content about history, geography, science, and culture for social channels including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. They operate the digital channel INSH that has almost 1 billion views on Facebook, and their social channels currently have over 2.5M followers.


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Forcen Inc., formerly SensOR Medical (Mechatronics, Medical Devices)

Founded by Dr. Robert Brooks, Forcen is a graduate of the Ontario Brain Institute ONtrepreneurs Program, and has developed a force-sensing film that can be laminated onto any part of an assembly to provide the machine with a human-level sense of touch. The film senses forces at the tip of a tool, and wirelessly relays the information to the operator. Applications for this film include minimally-invasive surgical tools, surgical robots, industrial manufacturing robots, and aerospace manufacturing.



YOURIKA (AI, Education)

YOURIKA is a graduate of the Amazon Alexa Accelerator’s third start-up class, and was co-founded by University of Waterloo AI Institute co-director Dr. Fakhri Karray, Dr. Shady Shehata, and Rob Henderson. They are a Waterloo start-up that utilizes artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and instant messaging to provide students with instant access to expert tutoring in various fields of education.



EAIGLE (AI, Computer Vision)

EAIGLE, a graduate of the VentureLab technology hub, is a Markham company that specializes in automated crowd monitoring. The company is founded by Amir Hoss, Dr. Mahdi Marousi, and Dr. Akshaya Mishra. Through the adaptation of their existing AI and computer vision technology stack, EAIGLE provides companies with automated crowd screening solutions to ensure compliance with COVID-19 regulations.


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RehabTronics (MedTech)

Rehabtronics develops medical devices that restore function and improve the lives of people who are paralyzed or immobile. Founded in 2003 as a spinoff from the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Alberta, Rehabtronics is dedicated to bringing neuroscience discoveries into clinical practice. The company's newest product, Prelivia, is designed to alleviate pressure injuries, one of the deadliest hospital-acquired injuries. Its rehabilitation devices are used globally to help people recover movement after central or peripheral nervous system injury or disease.


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Kenota Health (MedTech)

Founded by Moufeed Kaddoura, Kenota Health is Waterloo-based medical technology company that is reinventing the way we test for allergies. The Kenota System yields rapid, accurate results when and where they're needed, allowing doctors to make faster, more precise diagnoses. Their first product is a rapid system to test for patient's allergic sensitizations in the clinic within 30 minutes, with a primary focus on the U.S. and Canadian markets. Kenota's team is composed of scientists, engineers and business operators, many of whom have commercialized dozens of tests in their career and received approvals from the FDA, EU, Health Canada, as well as several countries around Asia and MENA.