• September 20, 2019 - CIX 2019 Agenda Announced

    We are excited to unveil a first look at the 2019 CIX agenda. This year we will have over 80 founders/CEOs of curated companies on stage, over 50 investors taking meetings, we added growth-stage showcases and face to face meetings, interactive FOUNDERS Share, plus keynotes, Spotlights on success and new this year a DEBATE!

    Click here to view all the sessions and speakers, and check back often as more content is added each week in the lead up to #CIX2019.

    Agenda highlights include:
    • CIX 2019 Innovator of the Year Award Presentation and Keynote;
    • CIX DEBATE on spending public money to entice Big Tech to Canada;
    • Investing and M&A Strategies of Tech Giants;
    • CIX Top 10 Growth & CIX Top 20 Early Showcases;
    • Commercializing Healthcare Tech;
    • Big Brands, Data and Privacy;
    • Spotlight: Canadian Success Stories;
    • VIP Investor only Lunch;
    • Rocket Pitches;
    • The Emerging eCommerce Landscape;
    • Meeting Exchanges - investors who are interested in applying to participate in face to face meetings with founders, please contact

  • September 11, 2019 - CIX is the exclusive Canadian regional competition for Startup World Cup

    Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide. It is organized by Pegasus Tech Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based multinational VC firm. There will be 40+ regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in US Silicon Valley, where the global champion will be awarded a $1 million investment prize.

    Startup World Cup partners with CIX annually to host its Canadian regional competition. The 2020 regional competition will be held on October 16 and 17, 2019 as a part of the annual CIX event in Toronto.

    CIX 2019 and Startup World Cup

    Click here for more information on the program and don't miss CIX 2019 in October to see who the judges will select from the CIX Top 20 companies to represent Canada at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco in May 2020.

  • September 4, 2019 - CIX announces Top 20 Early and Top 10 Growth companies on BNN Bloomberg

    Kirk Simpson, co-founder and CEO of Wave and co-chair of the CIX technology conference, joins Amber Kanwar of BNN Bloomberg to discuss the Top 20 tech startups on CIX's radar and the Top 10 tech startups with significant upward momentum.

    CIX Top 20 and CIX Top 10

  • September 4, 2019 - CIX TOP 20 Early and CIX TOP 10 Growth Announced: Canada's Most Innovative Technology Companies

    Over 400 of profiles were submitted this year from all regions of Canada. The selection committee, made up of industry experts and investors, have narrowed it down to 20 Early-stage and 10 Growth-stage companies to induct into the annual CIX Top program for 2019.

    Companies were chosen based on a number of key factors including product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model.

    Expanding to include a dedicated Growth-stage category allows us to identify and showcase more great Canadian companies and attract new classes of investors and sources of capital to CIX. This year's cohort of early and growth-stage companies is very impressive and we look forward to showcasing them at CIX.

    The 2019 CIX Top 20 Early and CIX Top 10 Growth companies are (in alphabetical order):

    CIX Top 20 and CIX Top 10

    The Founder/CEO of each company will present at CIX 2019 on Oct 16-17 to share their story and unique innovation to over 700 investors and peers in the North American technology ecosystem. Alongside these showcases will be dynamic keynotes and sessions led by top tech business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs.

  • August 8, 2019 - Network with these top executives at CIX

    There is no better place to meet and network with some of the top execs from Canada's most innovative early and growth-stage tech companies and global investors and corporates than CIX.

    Over the past 12 years, CIX has earned a top spot on the list of "must attend" events for founders, GPs and corporates who use CIX as a business development tool.

    This year's event will take place on October 16-17, 2019 in Toronto and here are just some of the names confirmed so far:

    CIX Speakers a lot more including Wattpad Studios, Portag3 Ventures, Shopify, M12, GV, Sidewalk Labs, Revolut, JMI Equity, JLabs, Rubikloud, SurePath Capital Partners, FDATA, plus the CIX Top 20 Early and CIX Top 10 Growth companies to be announced on Sept 4th.

    The people that matter to your business are at CIX!

  • July 15, 2019 - Mind Over Grind

    Mind Over Grind

    This summer we're partnering with Sensibill to organize Mind Over Grind, a 5K run to bring together Toronto start-ups and raise awareness about mental health in the tech community. Money raised from the event will be donated to CAMH, Canada's largest mental health hospital. If you can't make it for the run, you can still donate to the cause at this link:

  • July 10, 2019 - We have extended the CIX Top 20 and CIX Top 10 submission deadline to Wednesday, July 24.

    Due to a Record Number of Submissions to CIX Top 20 Early and CIX Top 10 Growth awards,
    We have extended the deadline to Wednesday, July 24.
    No further extensions will be provided.

    Submit your early or growth stage Canadian tech company to the CIX TOP 20 Early or CIX TOP 10 Growth program - Canada's largest national showcase of the hottest and most innovative tech companies.

    CIX Top 20 CIX Top 10

    Check out the submission guidelines for eligibility and application process. No cost to submit. Our jury is looking for standout and disruptive companies based on Business Model, Quality of Product and Service Offering, Innovation, Market Opportunity, and Depth of Management.

    Submit your company to take centre stage at CIX in October!


    Finish your application by 11:59 PM July 24, 2019

  • June 26, 2019 - Meet CIX 2019 Advisory Board Co-Chairs: Alison Nankivell & Kirk Simpson

    Alison Nankivell

    Alison Nankivell
    Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling
    BDC Capital

    Alison currently serves as Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling for BDC Capital, the risk capital subsidiary of the BDC. She leads BDC Capital's fund investments activity and is responsible for their cross border venture strategy to support its most high potential investee companies to grow both their business and investment partners in the Asia region.

    Learn more

    Kirk Simpson

    Kirk Simpson
    Co-Founder & CEO

    In 2010, Kirk co-founded Wave, and has since guided the company to 400,000 active small businesses registered, 250+ people on the Wave team, and over $100 million in funding raised from investors around the world. Under Kirk, Wave has won numerous awards for leadership, culture, and innovation, including the Deloitte Fast 50, the KPMG Fintech 100, and Great Place to Work Canada.

    Learn more

    Click here to see all of the CIX 2019 Advisory Board Members


    Montreal-based Global POS Provider wins award for transforming the retail and hospitality industries

    Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Lightspeed POS provides an easy-to-use, omni-channel commerce-enabling platform. The Company's software platform provides its customers with the critical functionalities they need to engage with consumers, manage their operations, accept payments, and grow their business. Lightspeed operates globally in approximately 100 countries, empowering single- and multi-location small- and medium-sized businesses to compete successfully in an omni-channel market environment by engaging with consumers across online, mobile, social, and physical channels. Founded in 2005, the Company has grown to over 800 employees, with global offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia.


    On March 8, Lightspeed POS went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange and shares closed 20 per cent higher, making it the most successful initial public offering by a Canadian technology company in almost a decade. The surge pushed Lightspeed's market value to about $1.7 billion.

    For Lightspeed's founder, it is more about the responsibility of being a national figure and making a difference.

    "We are transforming the global retail and hospitality industries," says Dax Dasilva, Founder & CEO, Lightspeed. "This award is a huge honor for me and the entire Lightspeed team."

    The CIX Innovator of the Year Award is given annually to a Canadian company that disrupts and transforms an industry in profound ways. "Celebrating Canada's tech industry successes is hugely important which we don't do enough of as a country. We are proud to present this award to Lightspeed," says Lauren Linton, Executive Director of CIX. "Dax is a role model leader on so many levels; his belief in the power of diversity, staying in Canada, giving back and not selling out." Past recipients of the Award have included ecobee, Real Matters, Wattpad, Shopify, Vision Critical and Desire2Learn.

    Inovia Capital is an investor in Lightspeed POS and has participated in four financing rounds beginning in 2012.

    "We are proud to have supported Dax and the entire Lightspeed team over the past six years. "says Chris Arsenault, General Partner at Inovia capital. "They continue to bring true innovation and a competitive edge to independent businesses in local communities, even as they reach for global growth. Lightspeed's choice to file an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange is a sign of its commitment to the Canadian tech ecosystem. Whether it's in regards to its business approach, its technology, or its vision for uplifting SMBs — Lightspeed has started a new chapter for Canadian technology and innovation."

    Dax Dasilva will accept the award on behalf of Lightspeed POS and share his story and insight as the opening keynote speaker with Chris Arsenault on October 16 at CIX in Toronto.

  • May 1, 2019 - CALL FOR SPEAKERS

    Interested in speaking at CIX? Let us know!

    Send an email to with the following info:

    • Speaker Name
    • Speaker Title
    • Speaker Company
    • Speaker's Topics of Interest
    • Speaker Bio
    • Session Ideas (Topics you would like to pitch for this speaker, if applicable)
    • Supporting Materials (Additional Speaker Details, Session Ideas, Etc.)

    Please note that due to the high volume of requests, we may not be able to respond to all speaker and content submissions. We appreciate your interest in CIX and will be in touch if we have any questions.

  • May 1, 2019 - EXPANSION IN 2019

    NEW IN 2019 - CIX has expanded to include a separate awards program for Growth-stage companies! CIX now has two awards categories:

    The CIX TOP 20 Early program for companies with net revenue less than CA $5 million or who have raised less than $10 million and the CIX TOP 10 Growth program for later stage companies.

    CIX Top Showcases

    With this expansion, the CIX TOP programs are Canada's largest national showcase of the hottest and most innovative tech companies.


    The deadline to apply is: 11:59 PM July 15, 2019.

  • May 1, 2019 - 2019 Website launched

    Now in its 12th year, CIX is Canada's largest curated startup investment conference. Invited attendees are founders and CEOs of Canada's most innovative early and growth-stage tech companies and global investors and corporates.

    CIX is the 'must attend' event to connect with Canada's most promising startups and get deals done.

    2018 Delegate Breakdown:

    2018 Delegates

    2018 Delegates

    Find the people that matter to your business at CIX.

    REGISTER TODAY and get the best possible rate!

    The Kick Off rate expires: 11:59 PM July 26, 2019.

  • April 22, 2019 - Connect with us on social

    Connect, follow and have a conversation with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

    Twitter: @CIXCommunity #CIX2019 #CIXTOP20 #CIXTOP10
    Facebook: @CIXCommunity
    LinkedIn: CIX Group

  • April 17, 2019 - CIX - Canadian Innovation Exchange is expanding in 2019

    CIX is adding a curated program for growth and later stage companies, CIX Top 10 Growth and the original CIX Top 20 Early will focus on early stage companies.

    Apply Now!


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