- 2 years ago


Canadian startups continue to get the thumbs up from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups Accelerator program.

So far this year we have reported that four startups have been selected by the popular accelerator. Toronto’s FameBit and Vancouver’s VenueSpot had made the cut for Batch Eight and Vancouver’s Monetsu and Edmonton’s Pinshape made Batch Nine.

This morning 500 Startups announced Batch Ten and three more Canadian teams were among the 28 international startups selected including Ottawa’s GymTrack and Toronto’s Rover Labs and Uplette.

The 500 Startups Accelerator experiments with early-stage startup formulas for explosive growth with a mixture of up to $250K in funding, superhuman mentors & designers in residence, platform-specific strategies for customer acquisition, a creative workspace and lots more awesomeness.

Ottawa’s Gymtrack builds a system for gyms that allows all of their members to automatically track their workouts, and builds a platform that lets gyms sell virtual personal training to their clients. Gymtrack’s system installs aftermarket onto any existing piece of gym equipment, and allows for members to wear their existing smart watches. GymTrack was founded by Lee Silverstone and Pablo Srugo.

Rover Labs iBeacon platform helps retailers deliver a better customer experience by transforming their mobile apps into in‐store shopping companions. Rover was founded in Toronto by John Coombs and Sean Rucker.

Uplette automates, consolidates, and optimizes the mobile advertising experience through the delivery of smart post‐ad content. With Uplette, brands and advertisers know who their customers are and how they are converting. An Extreme Startups portfolio company, Toronto’s Uplette was founded by Amanda Parker and Alexey Adamsky.