Category: BLOG

Highline Beta and RBC Collaborate to Co-Create New Ventures

Today, we are very excited to announce our collaboration with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Canada’s largest bank and one of the largest banks in the world. RBC is committed to innovating to deliver exceptional client experiences, and now they’ll be taking the next step with us to co-create new ventures. At Highline BETA, we […]

Meet the Women Revolutionizing Emergency Preparedness in North America

As co-founders of ePact, an emergency contact information system that replaces the outdated paper model still widely used by schools and recreation organizations, Christine Sommers and Kirsten Koppang Telford have seen it all. Six years after launching, the Vancouver-based company now has 16 employees, clients like the YMCA, partners including the Canadian Red Cross, and $2.4 […]

Purpose Before Profit: How Annalea Krebs Became the ‘Queen of Green’

“Going green” wasn’t exactly mainstream back in 2010. Rising carbon emissions weren’t regular dinner table conversation and Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t yet spouting the benefits of organic ingredients in a podcast. Which makes Annalea Krebs’ success in the “green” space all the more remarkable. The B.C. entrepreneur was only 25 when she founded ethicalDeal, a Groupon-like […]

Innovation at Morneau Shepell – an interview with Paul Sywulych

The pace of innovation in the start-up ecosystem is threatening to many organizations — many live in fear of disruption and set-up their own innovation labs or create outposts within the innovation hubs & accelerators to try to copy the behaviors of the start-up. I think there’s great value in plugging into the start-up community to build the right type of sensing mechanisms, but think we need to look at this as a way to augment internal innovation efforts vs. as a way to detect and react to new solutions and business models that could threaten incumbent businesses.

Innovation Bayer Consumer Health – An Interview with Seth Tropper

Originally written and published by Ron Kunitsky. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Seth Tropper — Innovator @Bayer. Seth is based in Greater New York City and part of an innovation team that is shaping the future of digital health. 1. Who are you, what do you do and what does that mean at Bayer? I am an entrepreneur and innovator […]

An Afternoon on Corporate Lean Innovation: 3 Key Takeaways

Ben Yoskovitz, Founding Partner of Highline BETA, spoke on last week’s Elevate Lean Innovation Panel at Elevate Toronto. The conviction across the panel was clear that intrapreneurship and co-creation is the answer to how big companies can successfully innovate. Disruptive competitors and nimble startups are changing industry landscapes at unprecedented rates. Legacy corporations cannot continue business-as-usual practices if they […]

As Drop Technologies Goes Global, Its Canadian Roots Are a Boon

After only one year in business, Drop, the Canada-founded next-generation loyalty rewards company and app, expanded to the U.S. in 2017. Impressed? There’s more. In 2016, Derrick Fung — founder of Tunezy, an ecommerce and social platform for live music experiences that was acquired by SFX Entertainment in 2013 — launched Drop with $1 million in funding from […]

Innovation at Mastercard – an Interview with Deborah Barta

Originally written and published by Ron Kunitzky. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Deborah Barta — Innovator @Mastercard. Deborah is based in New York City and part of an innovation team that is shaping the future of payments and digital commerce. 1. Who are you? What do you do and what does that mean at Mastercard? I am Deborah Barta, Senior Vice […]

Highline Beta acquires Female Funders, to empower and support 1000 women to become active angel investors by 2020

We’re excited to announce the acquisition of Female Funders this morning, in a continued effort to empower and support new and experienced female investors and entrepreneurs. Women represent only 20% of angel investors and 6% of deal-making venture capitalists. And while female founders are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs, they receive a miniscule 2.7 per cent […]