20 Tech Companies to Watch for in 2021

Remitr Team

Team Remitr back when offices were still a thing.

While we are in a global pandemic business does not stop. Companies are adopting, innovating, and moving forward. There are many new ideas and innovations to look forward to in 2021. In this first series, we bring you 20 incredible tech companies and startups to watch out for 2021. Be sure to check out their website and connect. If you’re looking for an updated list of 2022 Tech Companies, we just released the 100 Tech Companies Series to Watch for in 2022.

21) Hopintech


This tech company is tackling the commute. Hop In provides logistics software services to offer customized corporate shuttle solutions for the daily commute.


20) The FoundersPress 


Getting press for early-stage founders is super challenging. The FoundersPress is a new media startup dedicated to covering early-stage founders stories and beyond.


19) LayerCI

LayerCI Team

LayerCI (Y-Combinator backed) helps technology forward businesses disrupt their industries. They created the world’s first Continuous Staging platform – an easy-to-use and scalable cloud-based SaaS that provides every software developer with the best CI/CD + staging experience.


18) Shift


SHIFT is a digital coach for remote teams. The suite of digital tools empowers leaders to create alignment and connection, evolve their culture, and build highly effective and outperforming virtual teams.


17) Honeeybee


Honeybee is shaping the future in research studies. You can take charge in shaping a happier and healthier community by taking part in research studies.


16) Beeznests


The first student exclusive freelance platform. You can outsource all your remote tasks /projects to students here


15) Hypercare

Hypercare Team

Hypeercare is real-time care coordination for medical professionals, keeping providers in-sync to deliver the best care for patients.


14) Lumaki Labs

Lumaki Labs

Virtual internships are here. This EdTech startup is on a mission to revolutionize the future of work through helping companies unlock student potential, anywhere. Lumaki Labs offers a 2-in-1 virtual onboarding and recruitment platform to help organizations deliver mutually beneficial virtual internships.



ODAIA team

ODAIA is a pioneer in combining process mining, customer journey mapping and AI to deliver sales and marketing insights and process automation tools to enterprise companies globally. ODAIA is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and was founded out of the University of Toronto. ODAIA is led by an experienced group of serial entrepreneurs, data scientists and AI engineers and is trusted by leading global organizations. ODAIA recently launched two products: Maptual and Multitüd, an AI-powered customer segmentation, commercial automation and predictive analytics SaaS platform for Pharma and eCommerce, respectively. ODAIA insights and predictive analytics enriches customer profiles and identifies audience targeting segments based on specific performance goals.


12) Ruckify 

Ruckify Team

Ruckify is the world’s largest peer-to-peer rental marketplace that aims to reduce unnecessary consumerism and provide people the ability to earn some extra cash from everyday items that they already own. At Ruckify, they believe in communities sharing, collaborating, and helping one another while promoting sustainability. You can rent items from fellow community members, or you can start your own side-hustle and post your own items for rent. Ruckify works with individuals, small businesses who’d like to try renting, and existing rental companies. Ruckify plants a tree for every sign-up, rental, and review made in the marketplace to help mitigate the environmental footprint of consumer goods.


11) AIRenty  

AIRenty is a SaaS PropTech platform which streamline the Real Estate rental process with the help of AI. By automating and simplifying the workflow we make the search activity more enjoyable and less time consuming for everyone!


10) MeetFox 

MeetFox Team

MeetFox offers individual service professionals a simple, one-stop solution to digitize their business. With the vision of becoming the Shopify for professional services, MeetFox combines online scheduling, seamless video calls, and instant payments in one product that can be plugged in on any website and allowing currently 9000 professionals to deliver their services online without the need for technical skills.


9) Mary.ag   

Mary Team

Mary Agrotechnologies is a Toronto-based vertical farming company with proprietary designs and data-driven automation that drastically increase energy efficiency and crop yields. Its automated home grow box is a leader in the vertical, and the company is the first North American company to receive a full set of strictly issued hemp licenses in China, from cultivation to extraction to sale & export.


8) Getchat.app  


Engagement with your website visitor and turning them into customers is key. This startup helps you to chat with your visitors on your site using WhatsApp. Getchat.app got the product of the day with Product Hunt.


7) Unwrapit  


What is the future of gifting? This startup has the solution. Unwrapit is a Toronto-based startup revealing the future of virtual corporate and event gifting


6) Equivesto  


Funding is big challenge for most startups but Equivesto is here to change that. Equivesto is an equity investment portal that connects early-stage companies and small businesses to the capital they need to grow through the crowd’s contributions. With Equivesto, Canadian companies of all industries can raise between $25,000 and 1.5MM, and turn their communities into investors with a minimum investment of $100 CAD.


5) Local Logic 

Local Logic

Local Logic is a location intelligence platform that quantifies the “sense of place” for any given location. With more than 20 billion unique data points — the largest unique location data set in the U.S. and Canada — Local Logic offers predictive analytics to inform real estate decision making in the built environment. The founding team includes urban planners and data scientists. The company combines geospatial, user-generated, and real estate data to offer a holistic perspective on location, the way people perceive and value it. Local Logic’s technology introduces transparency into the real estate market.


4) PointClickCare   

PointClickCare Team

From start-up to market leader, PointClickCare’s innovative cloud-based technology is advancing the senior care industry, and making a true impact on people’s lives. Recently named one of Deloitte’s fastest growing technology companies and Canada’s best managed companies, PointClickCare provides so many opportunities and a great culture for employees.


3) NorthOne Business Banking


NorthOne is a mobile-first, tech-powered bank account built for startups, freelancers, and small/medium-sized businesses that help them bank, manage their finances, and integrate all of their financial tools in a simple and intuitive way. Poor financial literacy has an outsized impact on the costs and failure rates amongst SMBs, and NorthOne is on a mission to eliminate these problems and allow business owners to focus on what really matters – growing a successful business. NorthOne is more than a banking platform, it’s the world class Finance Department that SMBs could never afford


2) Viafoura 

viafoura team

Viafoura partners with over 600 media brands to engage, convert and monetize their digital audiences. With best-in-class engagement and content moderation solutions — including real-time conversations, live blogs, community chat, personalization tools and AI-powered moderation — Viafoura helps companies create active, civil and loyal online communities. Advanced data analytics also offer customers access to unique and valuable insights into their audience’s behaviors and preferences. As a result, the Viafoura solution drives higher registrations and subscriptions as well as better-targeted content and advertising.


1) Remitr 


Remitr is a Toronto-based fintech startup for business payments that offers a better alternative to wire transfers, cheque payments and bank visits. The Remitr Global Network allows businesses to make fast—often one day—payments across Canada and to over 150 countries. Co-founded by Kanchan Kumar and Sandeep Todi in 2016, Remitr now processes hundreds of millions of dollars annually and is backed by global investors.


Check out the whole series: 

100 Tech Companies to Watch for in 2022 

20 Tech Companies to Watch for in 2021 Part II 

20 Tech Companies to Watch for in 2021 Part III 

About the Author

EricEric Rafat is a passionate founder with wealth of expertise in startups, building high-performing teams, and product development. He is a top ranked tennis player and always up for a conversation about startups. Connect with Eric here.