Verafin was born in 2003 at the Genesis Centre, when founders Jamie King, Raymond Pretty and Brendan Brothers decided to take the technology they used to build robots for the mining industry and apply it in a new way to help fight financial crime. Since then, Verafin has grown to a staff of over 200 people, operates in over 1500 financial institutions, and has won countless awards as one of Atlantic Canada’s top employers. Today, Verafin is giving back to the next generation of great start-ups.
Twenty years ago today, the Genesis Group of Companies was founded as an arms-reach incubator of Memorial University and opened its offices for the first time in Spencer Hall. Since then Genesis has undergone a move to the Bruneau Centre across campus, a break-up of the group to focus on incubation, and has seen massive success from its graduate companies. At this point we can reflect on the early days of Genesis with fond memories, and look forward to what the next 20 years will hold.
The table was set for local entrepreneurs to cook up a storm of ideas as the 7th ever Pitch & Pick event concluded the Fall 2016 Evolution program on November 18th. Pitch & Pick, hosted again at the Fifth Ticket on Water St, gave the brilliant founders of the Evolution program the opportunity to educate a room full of industry personalities on the ins and outs of their innovative business idea.
For the next installment of the In the Workshop series, Genesis is profiling Agile Sensors Technologies Inc.. Agile is a Genesis Centre portfolio company that started as a Research & Development project within Memorial University of Newfoundland. Agile was formally founded in 2014, and has since become one of the most interesting and innovative companies in Newfoundland and Labrador, with an innovative office to boot. Take a visual tour!
From the electron microscope, to Kerosene, to the Walkie-Talkie, Canadians have always had amazing ideas for tech innovations. The ideas for innovations haven’t changed, they’re just occupying a different space: Kickstarter. With Genesis portfolio company Empowered Homes anticipated to launch a Kickstarter project for their Mysa smart thermostat, we thought it was a great time to see all that our country has to offer.