Survey says: 16 Vancouver Island tech companies to watch

The businesses our Twitter community thinks you need to know.

With companies like Certn raising funding rounds worth $65 million, there is a growing spotlight on Victoria’s tech ecosystem. Indeed, the 300-person company is just one of nearly 1,000 firms making headlines, including Cognito Health, Locelle Digital and Origen Air.

Recently, we asked our Twitter community to share its picks of which ones to watch. Here’s a snapshot of what they told us.

Shift puts all of your apps, accounts, and workflows into one desktop workstation. Not long ago it joined the Carbon Neutral Club, empowering its staff to measure, offset and reduce their carbon footprint.

MazumaGo is the fastest and easiest way to move money for construction companies. Latest milestone: The startup graduated from Y Combinator and recently expanded to the US.

Cuboh is a centralized dashboard that enables restaurants to consolidate all of their food delivery apps onto a single device. It recently announced a partnership with analytics startup Tenzo.

Billi App makes it easy to track bills, manage finances, and enjoy your money. Its new podcast series is called Modern Money.

Vinn Automotive is an automotive e-commerce marketplace that makes car shopping simple. The company recently appointed former private equity executive Sam Archibald as CFO.

Checkfront is a cloud-based booking software that helps schedule-based businesses better manage their operations, centralize administration, and sell and market their services online. Early in the pandemic, the startup raised CAD $9.3M led by Framework Ventures Partners.

LetHub is an AI platform that automates communication between renters and property managers. A recent milestone: It was named one of 10 to Watch Companies by Douglas Magazine.

Animikii is a digital agency that drives social innovation through Indigenous technology. What’s new? Impact strategist Jeff Doctor was featured on the Big Tech Podcast discussing the entrenched colonialism of tech.

Button Inc. builds digital services technology for government and industry. The company’s work on the #CleanBC Industrial Incentive Program was recently named “most creative climate solution” from the Under2Coalition during COP26, the UN's Climate Conference.

First Officer develops a financial integrations platform that helps SMBs, startups, lenders, and acquirers bring their company's financial data together in one platform. As owner Mark Henderson just shared, the startup enables firms to have the same capabilities as billion-dollar businesses, but without having to build them.

LlamaZOO Interactive is a software development studio that creates 3D communication solutions. The firm developed “Guardian,” a program that supports First Nations to visualize information about their territories.

Cloudhead Games is a VR game development pioneer with over 50 award wins and nominations. Staying power: The Qualicum Beach-based firm just celebrated its nine-year anniversary.

Tickit helps busy independent producers and promoters manage successful events. The Comox Valley-based startup provides a flexible and easy-to-use ticket platform.

RaceRocks3D creates technology-enabled learning and data analytics for the aerospace and defence industries. The B.C. government awarded the company funding to fast-track the development of its tech.

Love Learnings is an e-learning platform that publishes self-help programs on solutions to common dating, relationship, and marriage problems. Notable numbers: The startup has worked with customers in 131 countries and helped over 100,000 clients.

Inqli is a social app that makes asking questions, sharing diverse perspectives, and discovering opportunities simple, accessible, and inspiring. Its beta community recently began accepting participants.

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