Forbes recently unveiled its annual 30 under 30 list and a few notables from Canada’s startup scene are present.
450 leaders across 15 categories were selected, and among them were some Canadian entrepreneurs: Vancouver’s Brian Wong, the founder of Kiip, which now is headquartered in Silicon Valley; Ted Livingston, a former BlackBerry intern who cofounded Waterloo-based Kik Messenger; and Vancouver’s Eric Migicovsky, who founded Pebble, which was originally based in Canada before blowing up crowdfunding records for its smartwatch. Joshua Liu, a cofounder of Seamless Mobile Health, also made the list.
In three years Kiip has raised $15.4 million and is now used by more than 500 major brands to reach 70 million users through 1,500 games and apps, with Pepsi and Disney among clients, according to Forbes. Pebble has raised $25 million in venture capital funding in addition to the $10 million it raised on Kickstarter, while Kik Messenger today boasts more than 100 million registered users.