LinkedIn has published its 6th annual Top Startups list and it is a testament to the spirit of innovation, featuring 15 young Canadian companies that are growing fast and gaining attention.
These are the startups that have trailblazed their way through recent economic and workplace challenges — and managed to stand out to investors and top talent along the way.
To compile the list, LinkedIn looked at data across four pillars: employee growth; jobseeker interest; member engagement within the company and its employees; and how well these startups pulled talent from their flagship LinkedIn Top Companies list.
This year, LinkedIn also adjusted its eligibility requirements, lowering the age criteria to five years or younger in order to feature more companies in their earlier, venture stages of growth.
Among the 15 companies included on the list are four fintechs that have been on our radar recently.
Calgary’s Neo Financial is a fintech company providing digital-first spending, savings and rewards programs.
In 2023 the company landed one of its biggest partnerships yet, joining forces with Tim Hortons to revolutionize financial services for their customers. Neo employs 695.
Toronto’s Float is a corporate card and spend management platform helping businesses handle expenses. Earlier this year the company announced the release of Float Cards 2.0, its next generation of corporate cards. This new offering gives Canadian businesses more control and flexibility over company spending, with full financial oversight in real-time for transactions. Float employs 90.
Winnipeg’s Conquest Planning offers a financial planning platform for consumer wealth management. In February, the company announced a $24 million Series A financing round and plans to expand into the US and UK markets, bringing a modern financial planning platform to financial advisors, retail investors, and high-net-worth families. Conquest employs 120.
Montreal’s Nesto is a digital mortgage brokerage that offers mortgage lending and automates part of the application and underwriting process of financing a home. Nesto today boasts billions in annual mortgage volume. Dating back to 2018, the startup asserts its success trajectory has solidified a status as the prime digital mortgage platform in Canada. Nesto employs 310.