These Companies Are Building For Success During COVID-19

Sanchi Illuri

October 21, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused one of the most important economic crises in history. In this unprecedented context, Canadian entrepreneurs have once again shown their courage and ability to adapt. This year for BDC Small Business Week, we sat down with entrepreneurs in our ecosystem to learn about how their businesses have been impacted by COVID-19, how they’re pivoting for success, and how they’re building for the future in these uncertain times. 


OpenHouse.Ai is changing how we approach real estate. President and Co-Founder Yanky Li talks about how his company has developed a dynamic and personalized marketing platform for home builders. Read more.
Phyxable is reinventing how physical pain is managed. CEO and Co-Founder Jim Feng reveals how Phyxable moved from a self-help platform to a fully functioning virtual care platform. Read more.  
Beyond Media is transforming virtual experiences. Co-Founder Andrew Klotz shares how Beyond Media’s SaaS platform Circuit Virtual Tours enables physical spaces to build and launch personalized virtual experiences. Read more.

Bionic-i is eliminating indoor viral aerosols with their sterilization robot. President Joesph Ma chats about how their sterilization technology can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in environments such as businesses, schools, and communities. Read more.


Quanser is developing state-of-the-art virtual labs. CEO Paul Gilbert explains how their long-term aim of bringing transformation labs for teaching and research to universities around the world is still relevant; perhaps even more so now. Read more.


ventureLAB is a leading technology hub located in Markham in York Region, Canada’s second largest tech cluster. Through its programs focused on capital, talent, technology, and customers, ventureLAB has supported over 2,000 tech companies and entrepreneurs, including 100 companies that have raised over $115 million and created close to 4,000 jobs. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada. Want access to our unique programs, industry partnerships, and exclusive opportunities? Apply to join us. 

BDC Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for over 40 years. Every year, close to 10,000 entrepreneurs gather to learn, network, and celebrate the people building businesses across the country.

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