Announcing the 4th Cohort of the Hardware Catalyst Initiative

Kathryn Groenewold
August 30, 2022
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ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative is proud to announce the 4th Cohort of the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, Canada’s only lab and incubator for founders building hardware and semiconductor-focused products, enabling the creation of transformative technologies that will power our products of tomorrow.

These companies have undergone not only a selective and competitive application process, but participated in ventureLAB’s first Hardware Catalyst Initiative Bootcamp, a rigorous new addition to the selection process which ensured that all cohort companies were set up for success in hardware, an industry that is notoriously difficult to succeed in with long lead times for both product validation and investment alike.  

ventureLAB is proud to announce the following companies who are amongst the exceptional companies chosen for Cohort 4:

Applied Brain Research

Applied Brain Research has developed new kinds of AI that exploit temporal neural networks. They have developed a software platform, Nengo, that flexibly combines conventional and unconventional algorithms and hardware to deliver the lowest power, fastest speeds and highest accuracy.


Aqusense has developed a patented smart sensor system which can, through a combination of unique algorithms and machine learning, passively sense, acquire and deliver actionable data and insights about presence & human physiology in real world environments. 


CircuitIQ is digitizing electrical panels using their wireless multi-circuit plug & play smart tool that optimizes the process of analyzing electrical circuits by enabling simultaneous testing and providing a circuit safety evaluation report identifying active electrical safety issues.


MoviWear is a medical platform that allows families to self-manage their loved one’s health using simplified and affordable wearable devices that offer 24 hour remote monitoring. MoviWear’s developments in technology provides an opportunity to allow people’s ability to self-manage their health and wellbeing, alerts healthcare professionals to changes in their condition and supports medication adherence. For health and social care providers, it can help deliver safer, more efficient and cost-effective care.

One Silicon Chip Photonics

Founded in 2015, One Silicon Chip Photonics (OSCP) is a fabless Canadian-based integrated optics sensor company providing inertial navigation sensors for autonomous vehicles and drones. Based on their patented technology their current activity is to bring to market a range of proprietary, high performance integrated optical motion sensors for the self-driving car and drone markets.

PROVA Innovations

PROVA specializes in wearable technology solutions for in-home GAIT training and neuromuscular rehabilitation for patients with a brain injury, neurological disorder, degenerative disease or a mobility challenge. The products uniquely promote exercise and neuro recovery in a non-invasive way by providing the patient with consistent biofeedback and coaching during everyday activity.


VCycene is bringing the "green kitchen" to every home by providing cooking lovers and gardening lovers with a better solution to deal with kitchen waste. Unlike other at-home composter devices, Virgo Composter™ turn kitchen waste to mature ready-to-use organic fertilizer, not just actual dirt.


Visiontif is empowering the Visually Impaired to navigate independently by integrating AI/ML powered technology in a wearable device that will describe the scenes being captured.

Zing5G Communications

Zing5G Communications brings 4K, low latency gaming and streaming content to enhance the living room experience. Customers can boost wifi capabilities with the accumulation of bleeding edge technologies like 5G and Wifi 6, meaning more devices and higher speeds than ever before.

About Hardware Catalyst Initiative

ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative is Canada’s only lab and incubator for founders building hardware and semiconductor-focused products, enabling the creation of transformative technologies that will power our products of tomorrow — including healthcare technology, consumer electronics, telecommunications, smart energy, connected transportation, and more. Funded in part by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the Hardware Catalyst helps tech companies accelerate their time to market in a sector that normally incurs lengthy entry and scale times, enabling Canadian hardware and semiconductor companies to grow and scale locally, and compete globally.

About ventureLAB

ventureLAB is a leading global founder community for hardware technology and enterprise software companies in Canada. Located at the heart of Ontario’s innovation corridor in York Region, ventureLAB is part of one of the biggest and most diverse tech communities in Canada. Our initiatives focused on raising capital, talent retention, commercializing technology and IP, and customer acquisition have enabled thousands of companies to create over 4,500 jobs and raise more than $250 million in investment capital. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada, for global markets. 

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