Innovation Insights

2020 Year in Review

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.

Highline Beta invests in Aifred Health to support its mission of improving clinical decision making for mental health

Highline Beta participated in Aifred Health’s recent $4M seed financing, which was co-led by MEDTEQ and BDC Capital, with support from Desjardins Group and other private and institutional investors. The funding will be used to support the North American regulatory approval clinical trial designed to test the safety and effectiveness of Aifred Health’s AI technology to inform personalized therapeutic treatment choice for patients suffering from clinical depression.

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

We’re excited to announce that Andrea Poptsis has joined Highline Beta as VP Operations & Finance. Andrea has been working with us for some time, and we are now lucky to be able to bring her on-board full-time. Andrea has decades of experience working in large companies, with venture capital, and in other organizations that […]

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 […]