10 eCommerce Startups Selected for First Cohort of eCommerce North

By: Stephanie Porfiris, April 26 2021

We’re so excited to officially announce the 10 successful applicants to eCommerce North, Canada’s first ecommerce accelerator! 

As you may remember from our announcement in February, eCommerce North is a brand new program from Elevate and Moneris, and it’s on a mission to help revolutionize the ecommerce space. We’re offering founders access to top entrepreneurs, executives and coaches, while moving the dial on critical social issues, improving diversity, equity, and inclusion across the entire entrepreneurial landscape.

“The goal is to build on the foundation that these startups have already nurtured. eCommerce North takes a holistic approach that will enable these founders to take their business to the next level.”

Bruce Nanton, Chief Operations Officer of Moneris

The interest we received from Canadian founders was truly astounding.

If you need a mood boost, we highly recommend interviewing a floodgate of passionate entrepreneurial change-makers — there is nothing more inspiring than sitting across the figurative table from such incredible people.

We left our conversations with candidates genuinely uplifted, despite the huge challenge that was at hand: choosing only 10 of the remarkable founders that we had the pleasure of speaking with for our first ever cohort.

Here’s a look at why a program like this is so needed in the current landscape.

“For Canada to be competitive in the digital economy, we need to make sure Canadian businesses of all sizes have access to the world of e-commerce and grow their Made in-Canada innovations in Canada and around the world. cCommerce North is leading the way to make this a reality and I couldn’t be happier to congratulate the brilliant, diverse entrepreneurs of this first cohort. Congratulations to you all and to Elevate and Moneris for your important leadership.”

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of
Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Before we reveal our successful founders, here are a few stats you might be into:

  • 50% are woman-identifying founders
  • 80% are from underrepresented groups
  • We have representation from Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec 

Drum roll please… 🎉

Beam.City (Toronto, ON) – Beam.city DNA is a powerful platform that makes Digital Ads easy.

Beeja May (Toronto, ON) – The easiest way to shop secondhand.

Cooks Who Feed (Mississauga, ON) – A social enterprise ethically producing handcrafted aprons and empowering food lovers to take action for a hunger-free world. For every apron sold, 100 meals are provided to the hungry.

DropCommerce (Victoria, BC) – Connects real Canadian and American brands with ecommerce stores, bridging the gap between dropshipping, and high quality, branded products. 

Kabo (Toronto, ON) – Creating fresh dog food customized to a dog’s dietary needs, and delivered through contactless delivery to your front door.

QuoteMachine (Montreal, QC) – Helping retailers to sell more with a personalized, human approach to digital commerce — in-store, online and in between.

Satya (Vancouver, BC) – The only Health Canada and FDA approved, Certified organic product on the market to treat severe skin conditions, like eczema without using steroids

Silk and Snow (Toronto, ON) – Offering carefully curated mattresses and bedding that are thoughtfully manufactured using high quality, traceable materials

Sociavore (Kitchener, ON) – A self-serve, all-in-one website builder and e-commerce platform for managing a restaurant online. 

Ugly Dukling (Toronto, ON)  – Lifestyle & beauty brand boutique that collaborates with iconic brands, blockbuster films & celebrities to create capsule collections.  

We are so excited to see just what this first cohort of start-ups will bring to the table ⚡