Innovation Insights

AB InBev’s 100+ Sustainability Accelerator Holds 2nd Demo Day with 13 Startups

AB InBev’s second cohort of startups in the 100+ Sustainability Accelerator, powered by Highline Beta came to an end with the #DemoDay100 event. The event was attended by partners, NGOs, investors, large corporates, AB InBev employees and more. The goal of 100+ Accelerator is to fast-track pilots between startups and AB InBev and help validate their solutions in the sustainability space across climate action, circular packaging, smart agriculture, water stewardship and smart drinking.

Founders: Why Join a Venture Studio?

Venture studios exist to build and fund startups. The model has existed for a long time and has seen plenty of success. At Highline Beta, we help Fortune 1000 companies identify and pursue areas of opportunity beyond their core business. When it comes to external innovation, it’s all about partnering them with startups that can help accelerate their objectives, or building new companies from scratch through our Venture Studio.

How the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator aims to help Canadian consumers in the wake of COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases rise, Canadian consumers continue to face stormy economic headwinds. Since the onset of the pandemic, more Canadians are feeling pessimistic about an economic recovery; the majority believe that financial impacts from COVID-19 will continue to last well beyond the next two months. Intuit Canada and Highline Beta reached out to one Canadian family to hear about the challenges they’ve faced since the onset of the pandemic.

Inside the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator’s Kickoff Week

It has been a busy few weeks as the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator welcomed its inaugural cohort to the virtual program. During the kickoff week, the eight startups were greeted by Intuit Canada’s Country Manager, David Marquis, Innovation Catalyst team to get a crash course in what to expect in the next 4 exciting months to come.

Join our info session on Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator

Recently, we announced that applications were open for the 2nd cohort of Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator in partnership with Aviva Canada. The focus is on road safety, and we’re now looking for great startups to join the program in 2021. On December 2nd, we will be hosting an information session to share more details […]

Andrea Poptsis joins Highline Beta as VP Operations and Finance

As every company scales it recognizes that how it functions needs to change. What works for a 3-person startup isn’t the same as what’s needed in a 100-person scale-up. It’s easy to under invest in managing this change and supporting a company’s maturity, because everyone is rushing ahead delivering as quickly as possible for customers. […]

The Importance of Founder Diversity in our Venture Studio

In the tech ecosystem, everyone is talking about founder diversity. It is a complex and challenging issue that highlights the inequality that many face. And 2020 has been a year of reckoning. With the Black Lives Matter movement, conversations around diversity in leadership and across sectors have become pressing. To-date, 70% of founders from Highline […]

Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator is ready for applications

We’re excited to announce that the Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator we launched in partnership with Aviva Canada is now open for applications. Our focus remains on road safety, but with an eye to the impact of COVID-19. We’ve added a new challenge under the broader topic of road safety: The New Normal. As our cities adapt to COVID-19, we’re interested in solutions that support increased pedestrian traffic, social distancing while traveling, enhancements to public transit and more.

Intuit Canada announces eight startups joining the inaugural cohort of Canadian accelerator

Intuit Canada, a leading global financial platform company known for products such as TurboTax, QuickBooks and Mint, and Highline Beta, a venture studio and venture capital firm, today announced the inaugural cohort of eight startups that have been welcomed to the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator. Selected startups of the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator, powered by Highline Beta, will pilot innovative tech solutions positioned to help Canadian small businesses and consumers address urgent financial health challenges that have been advanced due to COVID-19.

How Intuit Prosperity Accelerator aims to help small businesses in the wake of COVID-19

Earlier this year, we partnered with Intuit Canada, a leading global financial platform company known for products such as TurboTax, Quickbooks and Mint to launch the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator. Throughout this four-month program, we’ll work with world-class startups to pilot solutions that will help Canadian consumers, self-employed and small businesses tackle financial challenges in the wake of COVID-19. To help frame the challenges that this inaugural cohort will be solving, we reached out to small business owners to better understand their concerns.