Which Are Ontario’s Most Influential Platforms Startups In 2023?

As the world rapidly evolves towards an increasingly digital landscape, startups are playing a pivotal role in leveraging technology to create innovative platforms that continue to shape the way we live and do business. In particular, Ontario, Canada, has seen a surge of startups across various industries, from E-commerce to Advertising and AI Technology. This piece is to highlight 15 such startups that offer compelling solutions and are playing a pivotal role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Ontario region.

Nestled in Ontario, these startups are reshaping traditional businesses by introducing innovative platforms that are disrupting the norm. Their innovative ideas, when combined with the right execution, are contributing significantly to the economy, creating countless jobs, and paving the way for a new future. Let’s take a closer look at these startups.

Given that they cater to a wide range of industries – advertising, e-commerce, AI, and several others – each startup has unique offerings that cater to different targets. However, what stays common among them is their goal in leveraging technology to bring convenience and effectiveness.


ShopThing is in the ecommerce industry, offering a unique shopping app and live video selling product. Founded by Maggie Adhami-Boynton, the startup is carving out a niche in the highly competitive E-Commerce, Internet, and Retail Industry.

Stage Meta

Stage Meta, founded by Azam Mohabatian and Vito Ak, is on a mission to shape the future of the Metaverse with their unique offering of Teleport Plaque Addresses on blockchains. The startup falls under the E-Commerce Platforms, Information Technology, and Retail Technology Industry.


Founded by Mohan Krishna Vemulapali, Trellis provides software for e-commerce vendors to increase their sales and business growth with an ad optimization platform. The startup operates in the Advertising Platforms, Direct Sales, E-Commerce, SaaS, and Software Industry.


ICAREUM, in the 3D Technology, Construction, and several other industries, provides a 3D cloud gaming technology to assist real estate developers in selling property online. The founders, Dan Merriam and Danila Solovov, aim to combine technology and real estate for a seamless experience.

Boostyd Interactive

Boostyd Interactive is in the ISP, advertising and several other industries, and empowers businesses to accelerate growth through AI-powered performance advertising solutions and ROI-driven marketing campaigns.


GrynCar, an online platform that offers used cars for buying or selling, aims at transforming the experience of purchase and sale of vehicles. The startup operates in the Automotive, E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, and Online Portals Industry.


Afrocart is an Online African Grocery Store that caters to the African demographics around the world, under the E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms Industry.


Squaredance serves as the Marketplace where brands, influencers, and creators of all types come to connect, collaborate and grow sales. The startup operates in the Advertising, E-Commerce Platforms Industry.


Cloudstudios is a technology platform to enable individual service professionals to launch, manage, and grow their business. This startup is founded by Alex Boyman, Dan Boyman, and Jack Boyman, in the E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, Internet, SaaS, and Software Industry.


AdSkate, founded by Akaash Ramakrishnan, Salil Save, and Shreyas Venugopalan, provides deeper insights and intelligence into digital content for advertisers and publishers. The startup operates in the Advertising, Advertising Platforms, Digital Marketing, Machine Learning, and Mobile Advertising Industry.


JobAdx, a startup founded by Amit Chauhan, Kaushik Vinay T G, and Shiv Bharthur, offers a Smarter Programmatic Job Board & Publisher Ad Tool. The startup operates in the Advertising, Advertising Platforms, Employment, Human Resources, Internet, and Recruiting Industry.

Aina Software

Founded by Faisal Jamal, Izza Masud, and Sameer Salahudeen, AINA software is a software R&D company focused on AI solutions in both B2C & B2B sectors, under the Advertising Platforms, Artificial Intelligence, B2B, B2C, Human Computer Interaction, Predictive Analytics, Software Industry.

Stuck AI

Founded by Nagappan Venkatesan, Stuck AI offers Hyperlocal D-OOH Advertising powered by Artificial Intelligence. The startup operates in the Ad Network, Ad Targeting, Advertising, Advertising Platforms, Artificial Intelligence, Local Advertising, Location-Based Services, Marketing, and Outdoor Advertising Industry.

Halal Commerce Canada

Halal Commerce Canada, founded by Sayarun Nessa, is an e-commerce Shopping Platform catering to a specific audience. The startup operates in the E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, Information Technology, PaaS, Retail Technology, and Shopping Mall industry.

Syatt Media

Founded by Jonathan Garyfalakis, Syatt Media focuses on e-commerce and digital strategy services, catering to the E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, Information Technology, and Marketing Industry.

These Ontario-based startups all exemplify innovation, adaptability, and uniqueness in their respective sectors. Through their novel solutions, they’re not only competing with industry giants but in many cases, getting ahead and setting the standards for tomorrow’s industry trends.

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