Breaking Barriers: Meet Vancouver’s 15 Most Influential AI Startups

Unveiling the Minds Behind Vancouver's Most Innovative Machine Learning Ventures.

The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant cultural scene. Beyond its natural beauty, Vancouver has also emerged as a hotbed for technological innovation, particularly in the field of Machine Learning. Here, we showcase 15 cutting-edge startups that are reshaping industries and pioneering new possibilities with their groundbreaking AI-powered solutions. From robotics and agriculture to healthcare and finance, these startups are at the forefront of the Machine Learning revolution.

Sanctuary Cognitive Systems Corporation

Sanctuary Cognitive Systems Corporation is on a mission to develop human-like intelligence in general-purpose robots. Their expertise lies in artificial intelligence, industrial automation, machine learning, and robotics. Founded by Geordie Rose, Olivia Norton, and Suzanne Gildert, this startup is pushing the boundaries of what robots can achieve, potentially transforming industries with their innovations.


Spade specializes in developing transaction enrichment APIs to create applications and mission-critical systems. Their focus on artificial intelligence, developer APIs, FinTech, and machine learning puts them at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and finance. Cooper Hart and Oban MacTavish are the brilliant minds behind Spade’s game-changing solutions.


Spocket is a dropshipping marketplace that serves a vast community of 40,000 merchants. With their expertise in computer, e-commerce, machine learning, and marketplace software, founders Saba Mohebpour and Tom Hansen have created a platform that revolutionizes the way merchants do business, providing efficiency and convenience.


Metaspectral enables real-time analysis of ultra-high-resolution imaging through their work in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Doumet Francis and Migel Tissera founded this startup, paving the way for breakthroughs in various fields like medical imaging, remote sensing, and more.


Picovoice offers a developer-first platform for adding voice to anything on your terms. Their expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and speech recognition is revolutionizing how we interact with technology. Alireza Kenarsari and his team are behind this innovative startup.


Olive brings AI technology and business consulting together to drive transformative solutions. Their expertise spans artificial intelligence, enterprise software, information technology, machine learning, market research, and procurement. Co-founded by Chris Heard and Daniel Harrison, Olive is making waves in the business world.

Apera AI

Apera AI develops robot vision intelligence software for manufacturing, with a focus on speed and precision. Their work in artificial intelligence, computer, machine learning, manufacturing, and software is spearheaded by founders Armin Khatoonabadi and Sina Afrooze.

OneCup AI

OneCup AI utilizes computer vision to identify livestock, effectively creating Face ID for animals, and tracks health, growth, activity, and phenotypes. With a focus on agriculture, agtech, artificial intelligence, computer vision, farming, livestock, and machine learning, founder Geoffrey Shmigelsky leads the charge in transforming the agricultural industry.

Minerva Intelligence Inc.

Minerva Intelligence Inc. specializes in knowledge engineering, artificial intelligence, semantics, and ontology. Their work spans various sectors, including geospatial, information technology, insurtech, internet, machine learning, mining technology, SaaS, and software. Founded by Clinton Smyth and David Poole, Minerva Intelligence Inc. is at the forefront of advanced knowledge-based AI systems.

Variational AI

Variational AI is a pioneer in generative AI for drug discovery. Their expertise in artificial intelligence and biotechnology has the potential to revolutionize pharmaceutical research. Co-founded by Ali Saberali, Handol Kim, and Jason Rolfe, Variational AI holds promise for breakthroughs in drug development.


BlockMint focuses on distributed networks, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and machine learning. Their expertise in artificial intelligence and blockchain technology is helmed by founders Dan Beck, Daniel Beck, and Nelson Ijih. BlockMint is at the forefront of harnessing the potential of blockchain and machine learning convergence.

Skylab Technologies

Skylab Technologies develops AI photo editing tools for businesses, freelancers, and hobbyists. With a strong focus on artificial intelligence, computer, machine learning, photography, SaaS, and software, founders Alireza Shafaei and TJ Rak are empowering creatives with innovative editing solutions.


Sentire offers APIs and custom solutions for vision in agriculture, artificial intelligence, computer vision, drones, horticulture, machine learning, and robotics. Mahsoo Salimi and his team are pushing the boundaries of what vision technology can achieve, transforming industries like agriculture and robotics.


Scanbo is democratizing access to medical diagnostics through artificial intelligence, health care, health diagnostics, machine learning, and medical devices. Founder Ashissh Raichura is leading the way in making healthcare more accessible and efficient.

LivNao Technologies

LivNao Technologies leverages deep learning to detect changes in mental health before they affect performance and productivity. With a focus on analytics, artificial intelligence, health care, health diagnostics, and machine learning, founder Daniel Leung is making strides in mental health technology.


Vancouver’s machine learning startups are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with AI technology. From robotics and e-commerce to healthcare and agriculture, these innovative ventures are revolutionizing industries and shaping the future. With visionary founders and groundbreaking solutions, Vancouver continues to solidify its position as a global hub for technological innovation. As these startups continue to thrive and grow, we can expect even more exciting developments that will transform how we live and work.

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