“It's both an honor and a privilege for PostBeyond to be a part of the 2019 CIX Top 20 companies. This recognition gives us the pleasure of showcasing our innovation to a room full of investors and corporates. The best part of the experience was building new connections with like-minded individuals, founders and companies within the CIX community.”
David Lloyd, CEO, PostBeyond (2019 CIX Top 20 Early company)
“CIX has been a great experience! I look forward to the conference every year, in learning about the latest in Canadian tech. I have also enjoyed the programming available, especially the Founders Share and the CIX Cop 20 and Top 10 Showcases. I found a lot of value in hearing people's experiences and having a chance to connect with them afterwards.”
Cherry Rose Tan, Founder & CEO, For Founders by Founders
"Thanks to CIX for putting on this great event. It was an honour to be selected as a CIX Top 10 Growth company, and to share Bold's story with an engaged group of innovators and investors. Having been through the process of finding an investment partner ourselves, I see how valuable this event can be for high growth start-ups looking to make connections and scale their business."
Yvan Boisjoli, Co-Founder and CEO, Bold Commerce
“Cinchy's selection as a CIX Top 20 company was a great validation of our mission to revolutionize how the enterprise builds new technology and protects Data Privacy. We were honoured to be recognized as one of Canada’s most innovative companies and we met multiple new prospects, partners, and media at this year's CIX.”
Dan DeMers, CEO and Co-Founder, Cinchy
"CIX is where innovators connect. Klue was honoured to be part of CIX's top innovators list and had the opportunity not only to present our innovation but make great connections and interact with fellow innovators and investors who want to propel your business forward.”
Jason Smith, Co-founder and CEO Klue (2018 CIX Top 20)
"I attended CIX 2018 for the first time as a founder of one of the CIX Top 20. I was very impressed by the event, attendees, commitment to schedule and organizers. For IRYStec as a startup in high tech community, it was a very valuable event to make connections to well-known VCs, network with other entrepreneurs and hear success and failure stories. If you are a startup founder or a VC, I strongly recommend CIX. We hope to be present there again next year with IRYStec."
Dr. Tara Akhavan, Co-founder & CTO, IRYStec (2018 CIX Top 20)
“Being recognized as a Top 20 Most Innovative Company in Canada through the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) was a hugely validating as skritswap continues to grow. CIX lives their mission to uplift and connect key partners--such as corporate, investors, and startups--to accelerate the development and implementation of new ideas and drive economic growth. This mission in practice is evidenced when they give the CIX Top 20 opportunities to present."
Melissa Kargiannakis, Founder & CEO, skritswap (2018 CIX Top 20)
“This was my first year at CIX and it was a great event. We meet a handful of new companies as well as investors. The CIXchange portal was helpful for finding people, reaching out, and setting up meetings. Thanks for organizing and we will be back!”
Matthew Bressler, Principal, TDF Ventures, (Maryland, US)
“Attending CIX 2018 on behalf of eSight was truly a pleasure. Having the opportunity to showcase our revolutionary technology alongside other innovative companies, and join an alumni group with some truly remarkable businesses, is an honour. At the conference, I had the opportunity to meet a number of incredible founders, supportive VC's and helpful service providers, all of which will be instrumental in helping our business grow. For any company which relies on innovation as a competitive advantage, I would strongly encourage them to attend CIX to take advantage of the benefits that this community offers.”
Brian Mech, President and CEO, eSight (2018 CIX Top 20)
“Impressive turnout! Tough to get that quality of capital in the room at the same time!”
Brady Fletcher, Managing Director & Head of TSX Venture Exchange
"CIX has firmly established itself as a premier tech conference that provides attendees with a unique opportunity to network with some of the most innovative leaders in tech."
Michael Cotton, Director, Zone Startups Sports & Media, Ryerson Futures Inc.
“Making my way to Toronto to participate in CIX was well worth the trip. I made several meaningful connections to Canadian startups and VCs, and found the conference an efficient way to connect my Silicon Valley contacts (VCs) to key stakeholders in the Canadian tech and venture ecosystems.”
Scott Giesbrecht, Head of Office, Consulate of Canada in Silicon Valley
"Being a CIX Top 20 puts my team in an exclusive class of Canadian talent, which we can leverage for best-in-class mindshare. I'd recommend all innovative Canadian startups apply and attend the conference."
Tyler Handley, Co-founder inkbox (2018 CIX Top 20)
"It's a real honour for Borrowell to be recognized as a CIX Top 20 company, particularly because it's an award that many of the country's top tech companies have won. I really enjoyed CIX this year and met some great people."
Andrew Graham, Co-founder and CEO, Borrowell (2018 CIX Top 20)
"Receiving CIX Top 20 recognition really validated the work of our team at Myant, and helped make important connections with potential investors and strategic partners."
Tony Chahine CEO, Myant Inc. (2018 CIX Top 20)
"CIX is where you’ll connect with the best Canadian tech talent from coast to coast. It's a critical event for anyone in the innovation ecosystem — it's where deals are made.”
Brenda Hogan, Senior Investment Manager, Ontario Capital Growth Corporation
"CIX is a must attend event! Provides a great pulse on the fintech industry and fantastic networking opportunities."
Peggy Van De Plassche, VP - Innovation Engagement, Technology and Enterprise Innovation, CIBC
“CIX is viewed as a key event in the VC calendar, bringing together Canada's leading technology start ups with a broad range of investors and ecosystem partners.”
Alison Nankivell, Vice President, Global Scaling, BDC Capital
“CIX is a favourite annual event that allows me to reconnect with contacts representing all aspects of the Canadian technology landscape – startups, the established players, other investors and service providers. It’s also a great place to make new connections and learn more about new innovators emerging in the community.”
Kerri Golden, Partner/CFO, Information Venture Partners
“The premiere event that in one day you can meet everyone under one roof”
Mark MacLeod, Founder, Surepath Capital Partners
“CIX Top 20 is an important way to recognize entrepreneurs onto something big. CIX is a fantastic full day experience both for the investors and the entrepreneurs”
Sunil Sharma, Managing Partner, Extreme Venture Partners
"Being recognised as a CIX Top 20 helped us with meeting new investors and close a round of funding."
Phil LeBlanc, Co-Founder, CEO of Flixel Photos
“Being part of the CIX Top 20 brought Zoom.ai a lot of exposure, which is exactly what we needed since as a 9-month old startup we were still not yet well known. Since then, our brand awareness has shot up and we’ve recently closed our seed round of financing, in part due to that extra exposure from the CIX Top 20.”
Roy Pereira, CEO & Founder, Zoom.ai (2016 CIX Top 20)
"CIX Top 20 recognition has helped us develop valuable partnerships within Toronto's innovation ecosystem and gain international exposure as a fast-growing capital markets fintech firm."
Vuk Magdelinic, Co-Founder and CEO, Overbond
“CIX Top 20 provided excellent media and brand exposure for Plum. Investors and potential customers often remarked that they noticed our company through the CIX Top 20. It provided excellent recognition and credibility as a growing company.”
Caitlin MacGregor, CEO, Plum
"When CIX announced ZEITDICE as one of the most innovative companies in Canada, we started getting interesting inquiries from potential clients and investors. Presenting on stage at the event and the conversations after helped us build great relationships."
Michael Schwanzer, CEO & Founder, ZEITDICE Inc.
“To accept the CIX Innovator of the Year award in 2016 and the CIX Top 20 recognition in 2011 were truly humbling experiences. The awards help validate our work and inspire the team transforming how people around the world create, experience, and share stories."
Allen Lau, Co-Founder & CEO, Wattpad
"As a new startup, it was validating to have the CIX Top 20 Program recognize integrate.ai as a top innovator and our potential to become a global leader. The Canadian technology ecosystem is so vibrant and it's programs like CIX that provide yet another platform to showcase our country's talent.”
Steve Irvine, Founder and CEO, integrate.ai
"FI.SPAN was extremely happy to be honoured as a CIX Top 20 Company in 2017. During the event, we were able to meet with a tremendous number of investors and customers in a short time frame. This exposure certainly accelerated our business. As a start-up founder, you need to guard your time and this was absolutely time well spent.”
Lisa Shields, Founder and CEO, FI.SPAN
"CIX Top 20 gave us the recognition that tealbook is among an impressive group of startup companies that are truly innovative. It was great visibility to our customers, investors and future employees.”
Stephany Lapierre, CEO, tealbook
“Being recognized as one of the CIX Top 20 propelled Litmus Automation’s reputation and visibility within the tech scene in Canada. We were extremely proud to receive one of the most prestigious awards for tech innovation in Canada.”
Sacha Sawaya, Co-Founder and CEO, Litmus Automation
"At the same time that TrustPoint Innovation was named CIX Top 20 for 2016, we were deep in negotiations with ETAS Canada, a Robert Bosch company, for a potential acquisition. The whole process had taken more than a year, and we were getting down to the nitty gritty of the final details. Just days after being named a CIX Top 20, the letter of indication of interest was finalized. We reached an agreement on a purchase price that fairly compensated the shareholders and option holders, which included all of TrustPoint Innovation’s employees. Being named as CIX Top 20 gave me the confidence to hold firm on my purchase price and not deviate from it during the negotiations.”
“We are honoured to be named the CIX Innovator of the Year in 2015. We’re a proud Canadian company and understand the importance of creating a collaborative and supportive environment for emerging companies, to help them build and create the best products.”
Harley Finkelstein, Chief Operating Officer, Shopify