Three Ontario-based businesses, including Kingston’s CropTracker, have been named as finalists in the fourth annual TELUS #StandWithOwners program. Each finalist will receive a $20K prize package, comprised of $10,000 in funding and technology, in recognition of their innovative approach to modern-day challenges and using technology to grow and differentiate their businesses.
CropTracker, developed by Kingston resident Matt Deir, stands out as a leading software application aiding growers from Ontario to New Zealand in managing crops, ensuring efficient delivery to consumers, and ensuring compliance with local regulations. Notably, over 300 apple farms and 225 tender fruit farms in Ontario have incorporated CropTracker into their daily operations.
The other two finalists from Ontario include Booch Organic Kombucha and Liftwerx Solutions.
Booch, established by Shannon Kamins, a former Western University student diagnosed with Celiac Disease, focuses on promoting gut health through Kombucha. Originating from her personal experience and aspirations, Booch has now achieved a seven-figure revenue and is available in over 1,000 storefronts across Ontario.
Liftwerx Solutions offers specialized services for corrective repairs to wind turbines. Co-founded by Glen Aitken and Joshua Rauchwerger, the idea for Liftwerx was conceived on a plane following a conversation with a CFO who voiced the exorbitant costs associated with wind turbine repairs due to crane usage. With its headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario, Liftwerx has seen exponential growth, doubling its size every two years and now employs 100 individuals across North America and Europe.
Since its inception in 2020, TELUS has dedicated $3.5 million to the #StandWithOwners initiative, aiming to equip businesses nationwide with the necessary resources, technology, and acknowledgment to flourish in an increasingly digital era.