An update to a story in the last newsletter –
There’s the phrase “it takes a village to raise an entrepreneur”, and there have been several examples emerging from York Region over the past couple of years. There’s another good-news story emerging from the York Region ecosystem: Ubiqweus.
Ubiqweus is a new company created by Treefrog CEO Sean Stephens and MyDaigo CEO James Daigle. Their product is the “qBiq,” a one-inch, Wi-Fi-enabled cube that can connect almost anything to the internet, and allows users to analyze and monitor the data it provides from a mobile device. After many months of development, the qBiq began its campaign on Kickstarter this morning!
Ubiqweus is definitely a product of the Region’s rich ecosystem:
Ubiqweus is the latest of several companies who have recently been supported and aided by the York Region ecosystem over the past couple of years. For example, Pearl’s Choice, a platform that helps people compare and choose a retirement home, started in late 2014 at Seneca College’s on-campus incubator HELIX. They received training and mentoring there, and eventually were connected by HELIX to ventureLAB, who provided additional advisory support and new connections. With help from both organizations, Pearl’s Choice launched in August 2015 and haven’t looked back.
Similarly, the Classy Cyborgs were supported by the York Region ecosystem. This team of teens and pre-teens first met as a team in the FIRST LEGO League competition, where they came up with an idea to gamify learning to read Braille, accomplished by a program on an iPad accompanied by some hardware. They received support from ventureLAB, then Startup York, then York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering, who helped the Cyborgs build a working prototype.
So in the same way that both the Cyborgs and Pearl’s Choice received help from different organizations in the ecosystem, so has Ubiqweus. The Startup York team is particularly pleased to see where Ubiqweus is, as this partnership between Sean and James is an example of the what could be possible when entrepreneurs meet in an environment that fosters meaningful connections. Much of Startup York’s goal has been to foster environments where such connections between entrepreneurs from across the 9 municipalities organically happen, so it’s rewarding to see such a partnership evolve.
With the launch of their Kickstarter campaign today, we have another “Made In York Region” cutting-edge startup – and one that originated in a Startup York event and from within the Startup Canada network.