Innovation Insights

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 BlockGeeks.com. 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 […]

Highline Beta and Montreal FinTech Station Announce Pan-Canadian FinTech Accelerator

Highline Beta and FinTech Station, a Finance Montreal initiative, are thrilled to announce that we have partnered to launch a new startup accelerator program. Capitalizing on the thriving Quebec Fintech ecosystem, we are looking to support early-stage startups from across Canada and North America to work towards a corporate partnership through the Station FinTech Accelerator […]

Highline Beta et la Station FinTech annoncent la création d’un accélérateur FinTech pancanadien à Montréal

Highline Beta et la Station FinTech, une initiative de Finance Montréal, sont heureux de s’associer pour la création de l’Accélérateur Station FinTech Montréal et le lancement du programme d’accélération de start-ups pancanadien basé à Montréal. En capitalisant sur les forces reconnues de l’écosystème FinTech québécois en plein essor, l’Accélérateur Station FinTech Montréal propulsé par Highline […]

Case Study: How erthos™ Successfully Partnered with AB InBev Through the 100+ Sustainability Accelerator Program

Introduction erthos™ (formerly known as EcoPackers) creates plant powered alternatives to traditional plastics. Single use plastics made with erthos™ solutions are 100% compostable, and compatible with existing plastic technology, making plant powered plastics the natural choice. Established as a Canadian green technology company in 2018, erthos™ currently operates in Toronto and Shenzhen to build solutions […]

Walter Andri Joins Highline Beta as Chief Customer Officer

We’re excited to announce that Walter Andri has joined Highline Beta as Chief Customer Officer. Walter brings considerable executive-level experience leading North American teams across both B2C and B2B segments, in sectors including consumer packaged goods, retail, information technology, and telecommunications at organizations such as General Electric, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Virgin Mobile, TELUS, Avaya, and […]