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Each of Innovation Grade's portfolio ventures has disrupted the landscape in their industry or field through their unique and innovative solutions. (acquired 2017) was acquired by McKesson, a $30 billion market cap company which builds supply chain solutions for pharmacies, manufacturers, and governments is Canada’s leading online destination for health, wellness, natural and baby products and has been ranked in the top 5% of customer experience in Canada for the last three consecutive years.  With over 40,000-curated products, thousands of peer reviews, and Canada’s largest assortment of green and natural brands.   With over 40,000-curated products, thousands of peer reviews, and Canada’s largest assortment of green and natural brands, make it easy for consumers to make choices they can trust.

Mogo (IPO in 2015)

Mogo is on a mission to help consumers take control of their financial health with solutions that are easy to use, transparent, and unconventionally fun. By leveraging technology and design they are transforming the way over 500,000 Canadians manage their finances. The company offers a variety of digital financial services including personal loans, identity fraud protection, mortgages, a Visa Debit card, and credit score viewing through Equifax.

b. good (exited in 2018)

Bgood was formed by Anthony Ackil and Jon Olinto childhood friends who grew up eating Anthony's Uncle Faris' homemade food.   Fifteen years later they started a restaurant with the same simple premise.  Sourcing their ingredients from local farms and focusing heavily on customer experience, they have grown from their first restaurant in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts to almost a hundred locations in US, Canada, and Europe.   Healthy, local ingredients form the basis of a delicious, family-friendly menu featuring burgers and sandwiches, seasonal salads, kale and grain bowls.  Each restaurant is a tribute to the local farming community that made it happen with posters of participating farmers, reinforcing their philosophy of food made by people, not factories.


As streaming becomes the preferred consumer choice for video content, media and entertainment broadcasters and content producers use SSIMWave’s patented software products to provide the ability to control video quality-of-experience and bandwidth costs in a manner that is unmatched in the industry. The products are based on SSIMWave's video quality-of-experience monitoring technology that won a prime time Engineering Emmy in October 2015. SSIMWave's products deliver improved video quality-of-experience and reduce bandwidth costs by 50%. Current clients include AMD, ebay, Amazon's Elemental Technologies, Telefonica, Comcast and Rogers.


Nicoya Lifesciences uses nanotechnology to reduce the cost and complexity of scientific instruments, making them accessible to everyone. By using highly sensitive biosensors, these instruments allow scientists to better understand diseases and develop new drugs to treat them.  Nicoya Lifesciences was launched in 2012 as a spin-out of the University of Waterloo. Today, their scientific instruments have been used by hundreds of innovative researchers and labs in over 25 countries.


ACTO is an AI powered field sales training platform for Life Sciences companies that empowers their commercial and medical teams to deliver the right message at the right time. Our technology helps the field sales reps and the Medical Science Liasons (MSLs) deliver the right information to the physicians so they can champion the right treatment for better patient outcomes.

The Mark Studios

The Mark Studios is forging new media models to enable global brands and publishers to use video, info-graphics and live video chats to achieve measurable business goals such as increased revenue, qualified prospects and improved brand positioning. The Mark develops the concept, produces the content, promotes it through social media and partnerships with international media outlets to deliver large and targeted audiences and measurable results.

Alpha Cancer Technologies

Alpha Cancer Technologies' innovative approach to cancer treatment has attracted Celgene Corporation ( as a strategic investor. Alpha founders understood that conventional chemotherapy often results in extensive damage to all of the cells in a person's body, both cancerous cells and healthy ones. They solve this challenge via an innovative targeted chemotherapy delivery platform for the treatment of cancer. Alpha uses recombinant human alpha-fetoprotein to exclusively target cancer cells by delivering toxic chemotherapeutic agents exclusively to the cancerous cells. Accordingly, this approach offers the benefits of much lower toxicity to the body and greater efficacy compared to conventional chemotherapy.

Nix Color Sensor

Started as a Kickstarter project, Nix is now a patented handheld device that can measure the colour of any surface and provide that information to the user's smartphone. Unlike current solutions, like color fan decks and smartphone apps, the Nix Color Sensor's patented design blocks out all ambient light, providing a calibrated light source to provide an unprecedented level of accuracy.  Applications for Nix reside in a diverse set of sectors that rely on accurate color matching as a core competency including Paint, Cosmetic, Food & Agriculture, Printing, Automotive and Textiles sectors.


PumpUp is a mobile health & wellness community with over 3.5M users. Their community is a positive space to share and achieve health goals with like minded people from across the world. Hundreds of thousands of new users join the PumpUp community each month, and tens of thousands of posts are shared daily on PumpUp. PumpUp is backed by some of the best venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

Bonne O

The Bonne O Sparkling Beverage System has transformed the category of home carbonation by focusing on two key elements. First, the team designed an elegant and innovative kitchen appliance that eliminates the need for the cumbersome refilling of CO2 tanks associated with many home carbonation systems. Next, they imagined a line of natural fruit flavours and whole fruit additions that turn any water-based drink into a delicious and healthy infusion. From a 100% natural sparkling mint-infused green tea using a real green tea bag and a sprig of mint to an orange soda using only actual orange slices and water, Bonne O meets the growing demand for healthy beverages and customer-driven customization by giving consumers control of what goes into their family's drinks.