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Province invests $417K in Nickel City startup

TimeHero app aims to help businesses create more efficient real-time work plans
On hand for a Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. funding announcement in downtown Sudbury were Sudbury MPP and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, TimeHero Inc. co-founder Scott Brooks, TimeHero co-founder and chief technology officer Sarah Paajanen, TimeHero CEO Bernie Aho, Finance Minister Charles Sousa, and Mayor Brian Bigger. ( Rodya)

A Sudbury-based startup that aims to help business be more efficient received $417,410 in provincial funding today. 

The announcement was made by Sudbury MPP and Energy Minsiter Glenn Thibeault and Finance Minister Charles Sousa, on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Bill Mauro.

The funding was provided to TimeHero Inc. to help support the development of an app designed to help businesses improve scheduling and project management by creating more efficient, real-time work plans. The app takes into account work hours, priorities and other events, and spits out work plans that balance those out. 

The project is creating eight new jobs.

“Our investment is this project is helping advance Sudbury’s new technology sector and supporting good jobs in our region,” Thibeault said.

In thanking the province for the funding, Bernie Aho, CEO of TimeHero, said the app works using artificial intelligence.

“Our application not only manages projects and tasks, it also automatically creates a real-time task plan using artificial intelligence that identifies when to work on important tasks and adapts around changing events,” Aho said.

“We thank the province and the NOHFC for investing in this project, which will help teams from diverse industries around the world to increase productivity and manage their time more effectively.”