Innovation Insights

Station Fintech Montréal Accelerator Announces 8 Startups in its First Cohort

Highline Beta and FinTech Station, a Finance Montréal initiative, are kicking off the Station Fintech Accelerator with 8 Fintech startups selected for the program.  Capitalizing on the thriving Quebec Fintech ecosystem, the program will support the startup participants from across North America to work towards a corporate partnership through the Station FinTech Accelerator powered by […]

Présentation des 8 start-ups de la première cohorte de l’accélérateur Station FinTech Montréal.

Highline Beta et la Station FinTech, une initiative de Finance Montréal, donnent le coup d’envoi de l’accélérateur Station Fintech en sélectionnant 8 startups en FinTech pour le programme. Capitalisant sur l’écosystème Fintech florissant du Québec, le programme aidera les start-ups participantes provenant de l’Amérique du Nord à travailler en partenariat avec les entreprises grâce à […]

Highline Beta Investor Profile: Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy is one of Highline Beta’s investors, with a fantastic track record at building and selling technology companies. We’re profiling Jim today to talk about the importance of community, persevering through challenges, working on the right problems and investing in companies to grow the ecosystem — and the economy. Jim is a former Engineering […]

Hussam Ayyad Joins Highline Beta as Chief Accelerator Officer

We’re excited to announce that Hussam Ayyad has joined Highline Beta as Chief Accelerator Officer. Hussam brings considerable executive-level experience designing, launching and running startup accelerator programs and strategic partnerships for organizations such as the DMZ and Communitech, in addition to various other work in the tech ecosystem. He’s dedicated much of his professional career […]

Highline Beta Investor Profile: Ian Rae

Meet Ian Rae –  Founder and CEO of CloudOps – a cloud computing engineering firm that provides software and services to manage “the cloud”– and a member of the Board Directors at Genome Canada and Air Transat. We spoke to Ian about his journey from genetics to cloud computing and why people are the key […]

Highline Beta Investor Profile: Jay Rosenzweig

As we continue to feature our investors and mentors at Highline Beta — in their own words — we’re excited to introduce you to Jay Rosenzweig, a trained lawyer, executive search strategist and team builder, human rights champion, environmentalist, and successful tech investor. We talk with Jay about the importance of finding and following your […]

Highline Beta Investor Profile: Dmitry Buterin

Meet Dmitry Buterin (or “Dima”) founder of three multi-million dollar businesses, including top-ranked membership management software company, Wild Apricot and Co-Founder of Dima is also an angel investor and mentor for blockchain startups and the proud father of Vitalik Buterin, creator of Ethereum. Dima is an investor in Highline Beta, and a great supporter to the company. We […]

Relay Platform Raises $5.2M Seed Round

Today, the team at Relay Platform (“Relay”) announced their USD $5.2M seed round, led by Drive Capital. Highline Beta also participated in the round. Drive Capital is a Columbus-based venture capital firm founded in 2012 by former Sequoia Capital partners Chris Olsen and Mark Kvamme. Drive Capital has previous investments in insurtech, including Root Insurance […]

Highline Beta Investor Profile: Alistair Croll

Our investors and mentors are a key part of our success, helping us, our corporate clients and the startups in our portfolio and programs win. Meet Alistair Croll, entrepreneur, author and public speaker with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud-computing and business strategy. Alistair is the co-author of four books, including the bestselling Lean […]

Forget Disruption. Let’s Talk Growth (Innovation).

By Ben Yoskovitz, Founding Partner, Highline Beta Disruption. It’s almost as over-used a term as “innovation.” It’s true, big companies are worried about being disrupted, and this has led to the common sentiment, “It’s better to disrupt ourselves than have someone else do it to us.” Fair enough. You’d rather destroy yourself than have someone […]