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23 SFU VentureLabs companies recognized by Rocket Builders

SFU VentureLabs, a world-class business accelerator delivered by Simon Fraser University, congratulates BC’s technology innovators recognised by Rocket Builders.  A record 23 VentureLabs Accelerator program companies, plus 3 more companies affiliated with SFU made the 2018 Ready to Rocket and Emerging Rockets lists.

The 2018 “Ready to Rocket” list, released by BC based Rocket Builders, identifies top private BC companies positioned to capitalize on growth in one of four technology sectors: information and communications technology, cleantech, life sciences , and digital health.   The “Ready to Rocket” lists are the only predictive lists of their kind in North America, requiring many months of sector and company analysis.

“Each year when we choose the Ready to Rocket companies, we are looking for those companies that have best matched technical innovation with market opportunity.   Based on our analysis of market trends, the cohort of companies working with VentureLabs recognized this year are well positioned to bring new technologies to market.” said Dave Thomas, Senior Partner, Rocket Builders.

VentureLabs accelerator programs and services assist these growing companies to scale-up.  Companies engaged with VentureLabs or SFU programs that made the 2018 lists include:

Ready to Rocket: Optigo Networks, Riipen, Aspect Biosystems, MetaOptima Technology, PHEMI Systems, and SemiosBIO Technologies

Emerging Rockets:  VeloMetro Mobility, CuePath Innovation, Curatio Networks, DiaBits, Medimap,  A&K Robotics, Capiche, ClickDishes, Distill Analytics, HockeyData, Instant Financial, Hummingbird Network, Ionomr Innovations, Switch Materials, Talentful Technologies, TeamFit, Virtro Entertainment, Fusion Genomics, Life360 Innovations, and XCo.

“The VentureLabs companies recognised by Rocket Builders this year span all four sectors, and represent a wide range of technologies, from robotics, to big data, analytics, and artificial intelligence. “commented Ian Hand, Executive Director at VentureLabs. “We’re really encouraged by the level of innovation and growth we’re seeing in our companies, and across the technology landscape in BC, as this will be an important contributor to the BC economy. ”

To view the full 2018 list of companies included on the Ready to Rocket list, visit

About SFU VentureLabs

VentureLabs® is a world-class technology business accelerator program delivered by Simon Fraser University in partnership with the NRC IRAP, the BC Innovation Council, University partners including Ryerson University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the University of Victoria, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, government and industry partners.   VentureLabs engages innovative technology- and science-based ventures through the BC Venture Acceleration Program, helping them progress through market validation and scale-up with mentoring from experienced technology entrepreneurs, work space, and learning opportunities to accelerate their businesses.

About Ready to Rocket

Ready to Rocket is a unique business recognition list that profiles technology companies with the greatest potential for growth. Each year, based on analysis of trends, Rocket Builders identifies the top private companies that are best positioned to capitalize on these trends to achieve growth. This selection methodology has been an accurate predictor of investment and business success with past “Ready to Rocket” companies.

“Ready to Rocket” is a trademark of Rocket Builders, a respected management consulting firm servicing the technology industry. VentureLabs is a trademark of Simon Fraser University.