Exploring Toronto’s Exciting E-Commerce Startups: A Canadian Innovation Showcase

January 17, 2024

2020 was an exceptional year in many ways and the start-up scene was not untouched by its impacts. Several new companies launched amidst these unique circumstances, leveraging on the surprising opportunities that the new normal presented. In Toronto, the bustling city stayed true to its reputation as the hub for tech innovation in Canada. Several startups have emerged in recent years in the e-commerce industry, offering fascinating solutions and adding value to their customers. As we delve into this article, we will explore and appreciate some of the notable e-commerce startups that started in Toronto since 2020.


Vetster, founded by Mark Bordo and Regan Johnson, was born out of a need to improve access to pet healthcare. This innovative platform operates in the e-commerce, healthcare, and veterinary markets, connecting pet owners to a marketplace of licensed veterinary professionals for video, chat and voice enabled appointments anytime and anywhere. Vetster could be found on Facebook and Linkedin. Their twitter handle is @vetster.


Swyft, an e-commerce logistics start-up, was founded in 2020 by Aadil Kazmi, Maraz Rahman, and Zeeshan Hamid. The company offers same-day delivery for brands and retailers, digitizing and automating logistics processes. Swyft’s services include unifying bills, digital PODs, real-time tracking, customer notifications and SMS updates. Review their profile here.


With the mission of revolutionizing retail shopping, Peekage was founded by Milad Zabihi and Sina Roshan. The company provides a personalised product sampling platform that allows consumer brands to conduct targeted at-home product trials. With social presence on Linkedin and the Twitter handle @PeekageApp, they are shining stars in the B2B and Retail sectors.


ICAREUM is a startup that combines gaming, architecture, and future tech to bring innovations to construction and real estate sectors. Founded by Dan Merriam and Danila Solovov, the company uses BIM and digital twin technologies to gamify pre-construction and architectural visualization. ICAREUM can also be found on Facebook.

Erdos Ventures

With a clear goal to leverage technology for e-commerce dominance, Erdos Ventures has established themselves as a powerful player even as a startup. Specialising in e-commerce, retail, and retail technology, they evaluate, acquire, and operate a portfolio of highly valuable niche e-commerce brands at scale. Erdos Ventures can be reached here.

Pumpkin Kart

Pumpkin Kart, founded by Philip Correya and Visal Varghese, is a unique startup offering delivery service for ethnic food and groceries in Toronto. Its offering brings a blend of diversity and convenience through its wide network of local restaurants and grocery stores. Keep in touch with Pumpkin Kart through their Facebook page and Linkedin account. Follow them on Twitter @pumpkinkart.


Co-founded by Harsh Pujara, Rewardly is a social cashback marketplace app that offers an innovative way to reward customers and bring value to small and medium-sized businesses. By increasing and automating loyalty, social media engagement, and advertising, Rewardly helps businesses save thousands. They can also be found on Facebook ​and Linkedin. Rewardly’s twitter handle is @myrewardly.


Shomigo created by Alykhan Kara, is a social shopping platform that keeps users informed on the latest fashion trends and creates an engaging customer experience by aggregating upcoming and established brands. Shomigo can be found on Facebook and Linkedin.


With its head office in Toronto, ReturnBear is a new logistics company specialising in e-commerce. They are on Facebook and Linkedin.


Create by Aaron Adams, Nicole Royer, and Richard D’Souza, Nishe is an e-commerce startup focused on retail technology. They too can be found on Linkedin.


SIDIA offers a range of lifestyle consumer goods online, having started in 2020 out of Toronto, Ontario. Follow them on Facebook and Linkedin.


In this article, we’ve highlighted some promising e-commerce startups that have sprung up in Toronto since 2020. These innovative companies have shown resilience and creativity, thriving even during a tumultuous year and demonstrating the strength of Toronto’s e-commerce startup scene. Here’s to the exciting journey ahead of these Toronto startups!

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