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 […]
By Lauren Robinson, General Partner, Highline Beta If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that resiliency requires innovation. More than ever, entrepreneurs, emerging technology and innovation are powering our reimagined future. But the secret to building a better tomorrow isn’t just about having the skills to navigate an ever-changing landscape. It’s about which individuals […]
By: Chris Chae, Gary Fung, and Jake Janosik — Venture Studio Leads @ Highline Beta At Highline Beta, we build startups and invest primarily in the areas of fintech, insurtech, CPG, and health. Our Venture Studio spends a lot of time exploring these industries and developing a unique perspective on opportunity areas. The studio’s approach […]
By: Benjamin Yoskovitz, Founding Partner @ Highline Beta In 2010, Raymond Luk, Alistair Croll, Ian Rae and I got together and created Year One Labs, an early stage accelerator program. It was named intentionally: we designed a 1 year experiment to see if we could take incredibly early stage startups (ideas really, because no one […]
This has been a year like no other.. Read about some of what kept our team going in 2020, including Fast Company award as one of the Best Workplaces for Innovators; the investments we’ve made; new additions to the team; case studies and accelerator news, and more.
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.
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.
In line with our commitment to connecting startup founders with resources and opportunities they need to grow, we have partnered with SAAS NORTH to offer all startups who apply to the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator a chance to win 1 of 20 free tickets to SAAS NORTH NOW.
What do innovation opportunities in Payments look like in post-COVID world? Highline Beta has put together Crisis Manifesto: Innovation Opportunities in Payments post-COVID report, and asked Ramesh Siromani, SVP, Enterprise Payments, RBC to share some of his thoughts (summarized below) on modernizing payments.
Case study: How MicroTraffic leveraged Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator to launch a national road safety pilot
Earlier this year, Highline Beta and Aviva Canada announced the startup cohort for the Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator, a milestone-driven program focused on improving road safety. And today, we’re excited to share one of the successful pilots that was recently launched.