Discover Toronto’s Essential Social Industry Startups Shaping the Canadian Landscape

January 23, 2024
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Canada has quickly emerged as a vibrant and innovative home for startups enterprises in the social industry, particularly in the city of Toronto. These Toronto-based startups, all of which were founded in 2020 or later, are leveraging the power of the internet and other technology platforms to carve out niches in numerous sectors, offering fresh builds on everything from influencer marketing to digital instruction manuals to cryptocurrency.

These startups not only highlight the forward-looking ethos that defines the sector, but also serve as prime examples of how technological innovation can be harnessed for more effective, efficient and socially engaging business practices. Though diverse in their individual focuses, they are all bound by the common thread of contributing to Canada’s bright and rapidly-evolving social industry and startup scene.

Empowering everything from professional networking to advertising, e-commerce, and content creation to fashion, these startups are mapping out bold new paths for the ways in which we work and interact in the increasingly digital landscape. Here, we look at a selection of such innovative companies that are shaping the next generation of the social industry:

TriplePlay

Founded by Mark Hlady and Yuri Takhteyev, TriplePlay is a virtual social network where users get to meet new people via games. Based in Toronto, the network was launched in 2020. More information about the company can be found on their LinkedIn page.

Rally Video

A constantly evolving social media video network startup, Rally Video was founded in 2020 by Ali Jiwani, Anson Kao, and Amy Liu. The platform enables users to seamlessly switch between communities as they visually and audibly consume their surroundings.

Cloutdesk

Cloutdesk is a groundbreaking platform designed to streamline influencer & brand partnerships. Launched in 2021 by founders Paul Xue, Samantha E. Cutler, and Trevor Mengel, Cloutdesk is the first completely transparent end-to-end technology stack for both creators and their marketing clients. More information can be found on their Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

rewardly

Founded by Harsh Pujara, Rewardly is a social cashback marketplace app that helps small and medium-sized businesses increase and automate loyalty, social media engagement, and advertising while rewarding social media sharing.

Shomigo

A startup by Alykhan Kara, Shomigo is a social shopping platform that aggregates upcoming and established brands, keeps users up to date with the latest fashion trends and allows users to interact with the Shomigo community. Check out their Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Blockwiz

Focusing on cryptocurrency marketing services, Blockwiz was founded by Dev Sharma. It offers services like content marketing, community management, and search engine optimization. More information can be found on their LinkedIn page.

Dux

Dux is an all-in-one SaaS platform that was founded by Arnab Barua and Martin Gagne. It allows product manufacturers to create and share digital instruction manuals, making the process cheaper and more sustainable than traditional paper-based manuals.

Ensiha Digital

Ensiha Digital focuses on music label services, brand marketing, digital marketing, and photography. Their social media pages can be found here.

Lovekind

Founded in 2020 and based in Toronto, Lovekind offers hospitality and creative brands through equitable ownership to help them accelerate their growth. More information about the company can be found on their LinkedIn page.

Rumble Gaming Inc.

Rumble Gaming Inc. operates in the gaming and entertainment industry. More information can be found on their LinkedIn

Stratus Media

Stratus Media operates in the advertising, content marketing, and social media industry. More information can be found on their LinkedIn and Facebook pages.

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