CommandWear helps save lives while keeping first responders safe

CommandWear Systems is working to address a global problem – poor situational awareness and communication among first responders in emergency situations. Launched in 2013, the Vancouver-based company develops software and mobile apps for wearable technology to keep first responders safer on the job. An idea born from the field Founder and CEO Mike Morrow is a public safety technology veteran. After spending years working with first responder teams, he witnessed many lives negatively impacted by the lack of tools available to help responders and survivors … Read More

Start Up Spotlight: Karine Samson, Founder of Optimal Efficiency

Startup Spotlight is an ongoing series that profiles Canadian wireless and mobile technology startups.  This month, we spoke with Karine Samson, Founder of Optimal Efficiency. The company provides a comprehensive project management software supporting the lifecycle of any type of project, from the conception to completion. Their patent pending technology optimizes key performance indicators for major industries such as construction, mining, oil & gas, military and logistics.  Tell us about your … Read More

3 steps to prepare your export strategy

Wavefront regularly teams up with best-in-class consultants and partners to support mobile and IoT innovation. Bryan Price of Continental Markets Group consults on export strategies, conducts market studies and trains companies looking to go global. With over fifteen years of experience in sales and product marketing, Bryan offers a few tips on companies looking to go global. Many Canadian small-medium … Read More

Lessons Learned Scaling in Med-tech

If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re going to face growth challenges. Getting your startup off the ground and making your first few sales are milestones to be celebrated. But beyond this, a whole new set of challenges await: how do you effectively scale your company for sustainability? One of our Venture Acceleration Program alumni – Shanil Gunasekara, Founder of eTreatMD – … Read More

PROtect partners with RE/MAX bringing safety to solo working environments

PROtect is a mobile app designed to improve personal safety. For many professionals working in isolation or in other high-risk situations, the technology couldn’t come soon enough. Combining social networks, alerts and real-time location data, PROtect helps safeguard users in any environment. A participant in Wavefront’s Venture Acceleration Program, PROtect is focused on growing the company through partnerships with companies … Read More

brewhound takes the mystery out of finding happy hour deals

Brewhound happy hour

brewhound is a mobile app that helps people find local happy hour deals across Metro-Vancouver. A participant in Wavefront’s Venture Acceleration Program, brewhound is focused on scaling up and expanding across Canada. An idea born in a bar Lots of people come up with business ideas over drinks with friends. Ashiq Ahamed actually turned his idea into a thriving business. … Read More

Awesense attracts global recognition for cleantech innovation


Vancouver-based Awesense is tackling a $100 billion/year problem – losses from electrical distribution grids due to theft, errors and inefficiency. Combining the latest trends in big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and AI technologies, Awesense helps utility companies make most efficient use of their electrical distribution grid. Awesense counts BC Hydro among its customers, recently won the GE Innovation Award … Read More

Hyperlight Systems opens doors for transit users

Hyperlight Systems

Vancouver-based Hyperlight Systems and TransLink have developed an innovative technology solution for transit users with disabilities.   Metro Vancouver’s TransLink is the first transit authority in the world to offer fully automated, touchless access to a gated transit system. The Universal Fare Gate Access Program was announced in January 2018. See this Vancouver Sun article. The technology, a form of … Read More

IoT Blog Internet of Things Year in Review: 2017

Wavefront mobile & IoT Innovation

Wavefront regularly teams up with best in class consultants and solutions integrators. Sierra Wireless is one of the organizations we partner with as an expert in IoT solutions. Hear their take on milestones in IoT innovation this past year. Read the original post on the Sierra Wireless IoT blog.  As 2017 comes to an end and before we start setting New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to reflect on the year gone by. Significant … Read More

Digital Supercluster Update

Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster

$1.4 billion invested. 100 projects. 1,000 organizations. 50,000 new jobs. 10 years. Add it all up, and you get one mighty economic force. Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster will bring together the best of digital tech innovation to generate substantial economic benefits for Canada. Wavefront is proud to be a partner in the Digital Technology Supercluster. The final application was submitted … Read More

Tech Gift Guide 2017

It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us and hopefully you’ve started to shop for your loved ones. Looking for that special something for the gadget-lover in your life? Wavefront’s got you covered! Here’s our list of top tech gifts for all the “techies” in your life.      1) Google Home, Home Mini “Okay Google – How many days until … Read More

We Are Wavefront – Meet Mia McCannel

We Are Wavefront is an ongoing series where we take a look at the people who make up Wavefront. This month we sat down with Mia McCannel, our new Start-up Services Coordinator in the Vancouver office.  Tell me about yourself….  I grew up in Victoria, BC and moved to Vancouver about 5 years ago to obtain my undergraduate degree in Tourism Management. I really … Read More

Driving WinTech Tour

Melanie Ewan, Program Director of Driving WinTech, drove across Canada with a team in Fall 2017 on a fact-finding mission to understand and record the experiences of women in technology.   Wavefront lent the team 30 devices from our Wireless Zone to conduct the community conversations, where they heard the struggles, opportunities and personal stories of women across the country. Melanie shares her experience from the trip, below.  When … Read More

Wavefront travels to the East

On November 27, we took five Canadian Smart Manufacturing companies on a week-long trip to Taiwan and Japan through our Global Market Entry Program. On this trip, the companies met with potential customers and partners in Taipei, Osaka and Tokyo. Working in partnership with the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei and the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo, the group met … Read More

MetaOptima: Fighting Cancer One Photo at a Time

Entrepreneur Maryam Sadeghi is on a mission. She believes in a better future when it comes to detecting and treating skin cancer. With a suite of innovative technologies, Maryam and her team at MetaOptima are putting new tools in the hands of patients and physicians that enable early detection and prevention of the disease. How it started  Sadeghi was completing a PhD … Read More