Spotlight on Toronto-based Canadian Developer Tools Startups in High Tech

January 23, 2024

Today’s technology and startup landscape are defined by rapid innovation, bold thinking, and astute utilization of resources. Startups have a valuable role to play, often driving disruption, digitization and productivity boost within their spheres of operation. Here, we introduce a collection of thriving startups in the developer tools industry which were founded in 2020 or later. These refugee businesses, each operating out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, represent the best and brightest of Canada’s budding technology ecosystem.

The startup ecosystem in Toronto has exhibited growth and resilience, even in the face of a global pandemic. These startups, operating in the developer tools sector, are driving much-needed innovation and evolution using developer APIs, developer tools, and software to make the work of developers easier and more efficient.

We have gathered information about these startups, including descriptive details about their focus, founders, and other relevant details. Read on and get to know these promising businesses better.


Buf, specializes in Developer APIs, Developer Tools, and Software. Their main focus is to support teams working with Protocol Buffers APIs — from creating new APIs to sustaining those exposed by other teams. They offer tools which allow users to lint and detect breaking changes in schema evolution, offering a reliable protective layer to their users. You can learn more about Buf on their LinkedIn and @bufbuild Twitter page.


Formaloo, was founded by Amir Hashemi, Farokh Shahabi, Hasan Noori, Mehrnoosh Baratpour and operates across a range of sectors such as B2B, Collaboration, Consumer Research, Database, Developer Tools, EdTech, and Mobile Apps. Formaloo is a no-code data-driven application creator helping businesses to automate their processes and engage their audience. They provide a drag-and-drop software development tool for businesses and help teams collaborate seamlessly. More about Formaloo can be found on their Facebook, LinkedIn and @formaloo Twitter page.

Violet North

Violet North, co-founded by Koray Gocmen, is a startup working across the Developer Platform, Developer Tools, Information Technology, Internet, Network Security, Software, Web Apps, and Web Development sectors. Violet North allows seamless website security enhancement through the installation of plugins. They also offer SSL certificates for free. Learn more about Violet North on their LinkedIn and @violetnorthinc Twitter page.


Miksi, was established by Evgeny Lazarenko and Lindsey Peng. Operating within the Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Data Services, Developer Tools, and Productivity Tools sectors. They offer innovative solutions to data management and analysis problems. Learn more about Miksi on their LinkedIn page.

Payable Apps

Payable Apps, co-founded by Betsy Berger and Ryan May, operates in the Developer Tools, FinTech, Payments, and Software industries. They have built a consistent reusable payment interface that can connect to numerous applications and payment providers. More information about Payable Apps can be found on their Facebook, LinkedIn page.


Codex, founded by Brandon Waselnuk, Karl Clement, and Saumil Patel, specializes in Developer Tools, Information Technology, Internet, Productivity Tools, and Software. The company offers a dev tool that provides just-in-time documentation for enhanced collaboration. Find out more about Codex on their LinkedIn and @codexbuild Twitter page.


Deskree, founded by Dmytro Grechko, is a no-code back-end solution provider for any app. They offer quick database creation with virtually unlimited tables and columns. More information about Deskree is available on their Facebook, LinkedIn and @deskree_backend Twitter page.

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