Toronto’s Rising Education Startups Transforming Canadian Learning Landscape

January 18, 2024

The tech startup scene in Canada, particularly in Toronto, Ontario, is buzzing with innovation and new solutions. An industry which has seen significant engagement from startups since 2020 is Education. The framework, delivery, and content within the education sector have adapted rapidly to meet the various challenges including the ongoing pandemic. This piece will spotlight the attributes of several Education industry startups, all situated in Toronto, whose operations were initiated in 2020 or later.

The boom in educational technology (EdTech) ventures comes at a time when the demand for online learning, personalized curriculum and non-traditional teaching methods have been amplified by epic global events. Toronto provides a conducive environment for these startups with a rich tech ecosystem, ease of access to tech talent and supportive governance for business growth and expansion. This article takes a focus on their founders, unique selling propositions, products, and services.

These startups are leveraging emerging technology, AI, blockchain and collaboration tools to build services that better the educational experience for students, professionals, stakeholders and educators alike. Here, we present the various startups making ripples in the educational sector within Toronto.


Founded by Anthony Giugno and Joseph Giugno, B4Grad operates within the Apps and Education industry. B4Grad prides itself as America’s fastest-growing study platform connecting students by school, classroom, and geographic location. Follow them on Twitter @B4GradApp.

License Academy

Operating in the Education and Information Technology space, License Academy was founded by Linda Tsang and Raju Basumatary. They focus on enhancing the business value chain with IP assets, knowledge resources, products, standards and professional certifications. Learn more about them on their LinkedIn page.


Ace is an edtech startup with a focus on AI, Machine Learning and Professional Services. Ace provides an AI-enabled interview preparation platform that helps users boost their confidence during interviews. You can find them on their LinkedIn page.

United Women

United Women, founded by Harjas Grewal, operates within the Education, Social, and Sustainability industry. They focus on education, social impact, leadership, gender equality, empowerment, and mentorship. Follow them on Twitter @UnitedWomxn and check out their LinkedIn page.

Peak Frameworks

Peak Frameworks operates within the E-Learning and Training industry. They are a training provider for private equity, investment banking, and corporate finance professionals. Their free high-quality finance content has been viewed by millions of finance candidates. You can engage with them on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @peakframeworks.

Konnectics Inc

Founded by Sakhawat Hossain, Konnectics Inc operates within the Education, IT, Mobile, and Software industry. They are building a cross-platform software to help mainly university and college students with their studies. Learn more about them on their LinkedIn page.


Desentra operates within the Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Education, and Ethereum industry. Founded by Roman Vassilenko, Desentra is dedicated to redeveloping crypto education. You can follow them on Facebook here and on twitter @Desentra1.


HOSTCLASS, founded by Eric Bastarache, Rico M, Rico Monden, and Samuel Douglas, is a web-based video conferencing tool for educators. This platform is designed to improve interaction and increase productivity for e-learning. Connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter @Hostclass.

Apex Academy Online

Apex Academy Online operates within EdTech and Education. They offer a flexible asynchronous learning environment for students to earn credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter @apexacadonline.

Founded by Paris Roger, is an online streaming service for African content. Their aim is to showcase as much content from African producers as possible. You can engage with them on Facebook and LinkedIn.


Glish, founded by Ben Constanty and Jasmine Johal, aims to make learning the English language as fun and as authentic as possible. Glish provides innovative education services through its online presence. Connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter @glishsocial.

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