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Three Sault startups invited to pitch at Toronto tech event

May event considered premier tech showcase in Canada
Melissa Kargiannakis will travel to Toronto next week to demonstrate her online initiative, Heuristext, a web literacy application. Photo supplied

Three tech startups from Sault Ste. Marie have been invited to exhibit their businesses during the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Conference, considered Canada’s premier innovation showcase.

Heuristext, North Origin Games Inc., and Tokumei are clients of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and its YouLaunch division, a program responsible for promoting youth entrepreneurship for students and individuals ages 29 and under. This is the first time YouLaunch clients have been invited to showcase their innovations at OCE Discovery.

The event takes place May 14 to 16 and attracts more than 3,500 attendees and 500 exhibitors annually.

Heuristext is an online tool that adapts web content to a user’s reading level. The company is one of only five in Ontario that have been invited to pitch in the Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition, which focuses on accessibility and assistive technology, and gives business owners a chance to win $20,000 to assist with further development of their accessibility solution.

North Origin Games Inc. creates videogames that have an educational spin and Canadian twist, while Tokumei is a free, anonymous social networking platform. They will be showcasing their businesses and technology to potential investors, partners, government funders, and industry experts in the Youth Entrepreneurs Zone at OCE Discovery.