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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.


 

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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.