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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.

Expanding Highline Beta’s Venture Studio

When Marcus, Lauren and I started Highline Beta, we always believed in the opportunity to help founders build their startups from scratch in close collaboration with corporate partners. With our experience building and supporting startups, assets and insights from large companies and our Fund, all the ingredients are there to build great companies. As we’ve grown, learned and iterated over four years, more and more of the pieces are now in place to build startups faster through our venture studio model.