Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2016 Ready to Rocket lists Announced to Profile Growth Companies in B.C.’s Growing Technology Sectors

Rocket Builders Names Top Technology Companies To the “Ready to Rocket” lists for 14th Consecutive Year to Highlight Companies with Highest Growth Potential



VANCOUVER, BC – March 1, 2016


Rocket Builders today released its fourteenth (14th) annual “Ready to Rocket” lists.  These lists profile British Columbia technology companies that are best positioned to capitalize on the technology sector trends that will lead them to faster growth than their peers. Rocket Builders also released results from its 2015 lists, with strong revenue growth across all sectors and a record number of companies being acquired - MediaCore, Recon Instruments, Solegear and dPoint. Additionally, a number of companies graduated from consideration, with the largest being Slack, a recognized global Unicorn (an industry term signifying a high growth company exceeding a billion dollars in valuation).


The annual 2016 “Ready to Rocket” lists provide accurate predictions of private companies that will likely experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year. The lists cover 3 different technology sectors:
     Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
     Cleantech (CT)
     Life Science (LS)


The “Ready to Rocket” lists are the only predictive lists of its kind in North America, requiring many months of sector and company analysis.


“Over the 14 years of the program, the B.C. technology sector has steadily grown each year, and presents a growing challenge to select and identify the most likely to succeed for our Ready to Rocket lists.” said Geoffrey Hansen, Managing Partner at Rocket Builders. “In recent years, a startup economy has blossomed to give another dimension to the technology sector in B.C. Our Emerging Rockets list enables us to profile those earlier stage companies that are well positioned for investment.


“I’ve had the opportunity to interview most of the companies on our lists,” said Reg Nordman, Managing Partner at Rocket Builders, “The diversity of solutions, maturing skill sets of management and the resulting increased ability to address large markets is becoming a strength of the BC Technology landscape.”


The 2015 Ready to Rocket list for ICT performed extremely well. The median growth rate on that list was 50% growth, with 6 companies exceeding 100% growth. The majority of companies on the list had in excess of 25% growth, and the list as a whole represented the creation of over 378  jobs (42% headcount growth). Over 45% of companies on the list received new investment in 2015. The 2016 list will feature 30 companies, and the list can be found here:


"2015 was a good year for the Ready to Rocket ICT list, and the most interesting observation I have for 2016 is the number of viable and promising startups that are emerging," said Steven Forth, Senior Partner at Rocket Builders. "In selecting companies for our Emerging ICT list, this year we had to increase the criteria yet still resulted in a list of 30 companies. Among the trends driving these young companies are Mobility, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), Social Media and E-Commerce."


The 2015 Ready to Rocket list for Cleantech performed extremely well. The median growth rate on that list was 80% growth, with 5 companies exceeding 100% growth. The majority of companies on the list had in excess of 75% growth, and the list as a whole represented the creation of over 120  jobs (25% headcount growth). Over 35% of companies on the list received new investment in 2015. The 2016 list will feature 19 companies, and the list can be found here:


According to Dave Thomas, Senior Partner at Rocket Builders, “The Cleantech sector in B.C. is very strong, and the companies on the list have overcome significant commercialization hurdles to become well established. These companies benefitted from acquiring key industry partnerships to establish great channels to market. Growth rates are better than any other region in North America.”


The 2015 Ready to Rocket list for Life Science featured many new investments and key milestones. Revenue growth was over 100% for all companies on the list, and the majority of companies at least doubled their headcount. The 2016 list will feature 10 companies, and the list can be found here:


Thealzel Lee, Senior Partner at Rocket Builders, says that “2015 has seen significant investments in BC’s life science companies, and advances in progress has increased revenue and headcount. The major trends influencing this sector include evolving regulatory issues, the need for efficiency in healthcare delivery, and the ongoing convergence with IT technologies.”


For details on the “Ready to Rocket” lists, please visit http://www.readytorocket.com

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About the Rocket Recognition Program

The Rocket Recognition Program features two branded lists of companies. The "Ready to Rocket" list profiles information technology companies with the greatest potential for revenue growth in the coming year. The "Emerging Rockets" list profiles technology companies from multiple technology sectors with great potential for investment and market breakthroughs in the coming year. Both lists are predictive of future success making them unique in approach and unique in value for our business audience. "Ready to Rocket" and "Emerging Rockets: are trademarks of Rocket Builders, a respected management consulting firm servicing the technology industry.
http://www.readytorocket.com

About Rocket Builders

Rocket Builders is a management consulting firm providing sales and marketing services. With a focus on helping technology companies to grow and prosper, Rocket Builders has a proven track record of success with its clients. Since 2000, we have been engaged in market research, market planning, business development initiatives, strategic selling, and product launches for over 300 organizations.
http://www.rocketbuilders.com

2016 Cleantech Emerging Rockets

The 2016 selections for the Cleantech Emerging Rockets list are as follows:


Arterran Renewables
Avalon Battery Corporation
Clad Innovations Ltd. (TZOA)
CRM GeoTomography Technologies
DarkVision
Diacarbon Energy Inc
Electrometals
ElectroMotion Energy Corporation
ELIX Wireless
Enterra Feed Corporation
Etalim Inc.
General Fusion Inc.
iDUS Controls
International Material Recovery Inc.
Inventys Inc.
Ionomr
Nanozen Safety
Ronin8 Technologies Ltd.
Switch Materials Inc.
Terramerra Plantscience
Watergenics Solutions

2016 Ready to Rocket Cleantech List

The 2016 selections for the Cleantech Ready to Rocket list are as follows:


Aquatic Informatics Inc.
Awesense Wireless Inc.
Axine Water Technologies, Inc.
Bit Stew Systems Inc.
Cooledge Lighting Inc.
Diacarbon Energy Inc.
Enbala Power Networks Inc.
First Light Technologies Ltd.
Golden Environmental Mat Services Inc.
Mazza Innovation Ltd.
Minesense
Neurio Technology Inc.
Quadrogen Power Systems, Inc.
Rainforest Automation Inc.
S2G Biochemicals Inc
Saltworks Technologies Inc.
SunPump Solar Inc.
TBF Environmental Technology Inc.

2016 Life Science Emerging Rockets

The 2016 selections for the Life Sciences Emerging Rockets list are as follows:

AbCellera Biologics Inc.
Aspect Biosystems Ltd.
Curatio Networks Inc. 
Imstar Therapeutics Inc.
Inliant Dental Technologies
Light Integra Technology Inc.
LightIntegra Technology Inc.
Sitka Biopharma Inc.
Snug Vest (Wearable Therapeutics Inc.)
Views IQ Inc.

2016 Ready to Rocket Life Science List

The 2016 selections for the Life Science Ready to Rocket list are as follows:

Augurex Life Sciences Corp.
Bionic Power Inc.
Contextual Genomics Inc.
Equicare Health Inc.
Kairos Therapeutics Inc.
Lungpacer Medical Inc.
MedGenesis Therapeutix Inc.
MSI Methylation Sciences Inc.
Precision NanoSystems, Inc.
Vanrx Pharmasystems Inc.

2016 ICT Emerging Rockets

The 2016 selections for the ICT Emerging Rockets list are as follows:

Bitlit Media (Shelfie)
Burton Software Inc. (Icicle)
COMMANDWEAR SYSTEMS INC.
Control Mobile Inc.
Crowd Content
Dynamic Leap
Echo Sec
Encepta
FusionPipe Software Solutions Inc.
Iamota
Instant Financial
Invionics
Koho
lazymeal Inc.
Lightship Works
MuseFind
myBestHelper™ Solutions Inc.
Optigo Networks Inc.
Parkbench
Prollster
Proxxi
ReferralSaaSquatch.com Inc
Riipen Inc.
StreetText
TeamFit (Nugg Solutions Corp.)
ThinkCX
TSO Logic Inc.
Vandrico Solutions Inc.
Venzee Inc.
Wimatek Systems, Inc. (Riot Micro)
Youneeq

2016 Ready to Rocket ICT List

The 2016 selections for the ICT Ready to Rocket list are as follows:


AAA Internet Publishing Inc. (DBA WTFast)
Allocadia Software Inc.
Buyatab Online Inc.
Collabware Systems Inc.
Colony Networks, Inc
Community Sift
Envisio Solutions Inc.
Eventbase Technology Inc.
Foodee Media Inc.
Fulcrum Management Solutions Ltd (Thoughtexchange)
Jostle Corporation
Kashoo Cloud Accounting Inc
Lambda Solutions Inc.
MailChannels
Marine Learning Systems Inc.
Marketing.ai
Phemi
Procurify
Agreement Express
Recon Instruments Inc
Response Tek Networks Corp
SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.
Simba Technologies Inc. 
Sockeye Technologies
Star Solutions International Inc.
Tasktop Technologies Inc.
Thinkific
Visier Inc.
Voxter Communications Inc.
Wishpond Technologies Limited
Zolo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

2016 Call for Nominations

Have a "hot" growth company in the technology sector you want the world to hear about? Nominate them to BC's 14th Annual "Ready to Rocket" list.

Rocket Builders is Seeking Nominations for the 2016 "Ready to Rocket" and "Emerging Rockets" Lists. This recognition program will showcase companies in ICT, CleanTech and Life Science sectors and will be presented March 1st 2016. Rocket Builders is joined by Fasken MartineauGo RecruitmentGaribaldi Capital, and PWC in welcoming new nominations.

BC is home to many of Canada's most exciting technology companies. Rocket Builders has built a unique methodology for analyzing market trends and using this knowledge to predict revenue growth in the coming year. Each year Rocket Builders publishes lists which profile the BC companies that have the greatest potential in the coming year.

The "Ready to Rocket" Lists feature top technology companies that are best positioned to capitalize on the largest growth trends in the technology industry. This upcoming list will be the 14th year of this recognition list. We expect that companies selected to the "Ready to Rocket" list will outperform the economy and represent important trends that are creating rapid revenue growth.

We are seeking nominations for the 2016 "Ready to Rocket" lists that we will present on March 1st 2016. Nomination deadline is February 19th 2016, but submission as soon as possible will allow the selection committee more time to consider your nomination.

Nominate Now! 

What are we looking for in "Ready to Rocket" companies?

CleanTech Ready to Rocket List for 2016

To qualify for nomination, a company must be beyond the proof of concept stage - customer validation, scalable demonstration project, and established industry relationships.

The selection committee is looking for companies that have the potential for 50% to 100% growth in the coming year, and are in good position to leverage industry trends or key industry partnerships.

CleanTech includes Renewable Energy (wind power, solar power, biomass, hydropower, biofuels), Green Transportation, Electric Motors, Green Chemistry, Lighting, Environmental Protection (air, water, soil) and any innovation that improves energy efficiency.

Life Sciences Ready to Rocket List for 2016

To qualify, a company must be entering a breakthrough stage in their maturity - customer validation, regulatory approval, and established industry relationships.

The selection committee is looking for early indicators of long-term potential and increasing shareholder value, such as passing key regulatory hurdles and achieving related validation steps.

Life Sciences Technology includes Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Healthcare Information Technology and other innovations improving health.

ICT Ready to Rocket List for 2016

To qualify for nomination, a company must have more than $500K in revenue and a growing base of customers.

The selection committee is looking for companies that have the potential for 50% to 100% growth in the coming year, and are in good position to leverage industry trends or key industry partnerships.

ICT includes Information, Communications, Wireless, New Media and Internet technologies.

Nominations

Nominations can be submitted online at:http://www.readytorocket.com/p/nominations.html

Please nominate a company even if the company is "too early" to qualify as Rocket Builders also recognizes emerging companies. Many promising companies are too early in commercialization, too early in first revenues, or in transition to new markets or business models. Based on the potential of their technology alone, Rocket Builders recognizes their potential in a "Emerging Rockets" list. These companies represent companies to watch over the next few years and are likely to mature into "Ready to Rocket" companies.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ready to Rocket Presentation 2015



Here is the briefing provided to investors and advisors of technology companies in Vancouver on February 26th 2015 at Harbour Centre. We are getting a lot of traffic today, so the following link may work better:

http://portal.sliderocket.com/ACPRT/R2R_2015_briefing

MP3 Audio Transcript of Presentation (58MB)




Rocket Builders Names Top Technology Companies To the “Ready to Rocket” lists for 13th Consecutive Year

Ready to Rocket list for 2015 Showcases Technology Sector Strength and Growth on Three Fronts - ICT, Cleantech and Life Sciences

Rocket Builders Names Top Technology Companies To the “Ready to Rocket” lists for 13th Consecutive Year to Highlight Companies with Highest Growth Potential



VANCOUVER, BC – February 26, 2015


Rocket Builders today released its thirteenth annual “Ready to Rocket” lists.  These lists profile British Columbia technology companies that are best positioned to capitalize on the technology sector trends that will lead them to faster growth than their peers. Rocket Builders also released results from its 2014 lists, with strong revenue growth across all sectors and 2 companies being acquired - Pulse Energy acquired by Boston based EnerNOC Inc. and  Medeo Corporation acquired by QHR Corporation. Additionally, Life Science company Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc. did an IPO last March.


The annual 2015 “Ready to Rocket” lists provide accurate predictions of private companies that will likely experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year. The lists cover 3 different technology sectors:
     Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
     Cleantech (CT)
     Life Science (LS)


The “Ready to Rocket” lists are the only predictive lists of its kind in North America, requiring many months of sector and company analysis.


“The technology sector continues to grow in B.C. and presents a growing challenge to select and identify the most likely to succeed.” said Geoffrey Hansen, Managing Partner at Rocket Builders. “Ten years ago, the list only featured ICT companies, and that was the fastest growing segment of the technology sector. Now, both the LIfe Science sector and the CleanTech sector have established themselves as equal partners in driving revenue, employment and investment opportunity in B.C.”


“Most of the companies on the Ready to Rocket lists do the majority of their business in the United States,” said Reg Nordman, Managing Partner at Rocket Builders, “The USA Economy is growing, and, along with the weakening Canadian dollar, is expected to give B.C. technology companies a revenue boost next year. In past years when the Canadian dollar weakened, Ready to Rocket companies were able to be more competitive and increase profitability.”


The 2014 Ready to Rocket list for ICT performed extremely well. The median growth rate on that list was 50% growth, with 4 companies exceeding 100% growth. The majority of companies on the list had between 25% growth and 100% growth, and the list as a whole represented the creation of over 287 jobs (51% headcount growth). Over 40% of companies on the list received new investment in 2014. The 2015 list will feature 28 companies, and the list can be found here:
http://www.readytorocket.com/2015/02/2015-ready-to-rocket-ict-list.html

“The number of ICT companies in B.C. continues to grow, with high-profile accelerators contributing to this trend.” said Steven Forth, Senior Partner at Rocket Builders. “The ICT sector as a whole has been driven by the ‘Internet Everywhere’ trend with mobile apps/devices and cloud connectivity, and we see this driving many of the B.C. companies. There are a large number of young growth ICT companies in B.C. maturing to require investment to capitalize on market opportunities.”


The 2014 Ready to Rocket list for Cleantech also performed extremely well, with a median revenue growth rate approaching 100%. The Cleantech list companies created over 100 new jobs, representing over 35% employment growth. The majority of companies exceeded 50% revenue growth and an impressive 80% of the companies acquired new investments in 2014. The 2015 list will feature 17 companies, and the list can be found here:
http://www.readytorocket.com/2015/02/2015-ready-to-rocket-cleantech-list.html

According to Dave Thomas, Senior Partner at Rocket Builders, “The Cleantech sector in B.C. is very strong, and the companies on the list have become well established. These companies benefitted from acquiring key industry partnerships to establish great channels to market. Growth rates are better than any other region in North America.


The 2014 Ready to Rocket list for Life Science featured many new investments and key milestones. Revenue growth was over 100% for all companies on the list, and the majority of companies at least doubled their headcount. The 2015 list will feature 10 companies, and the list can be found here:
http://www.readytorocket.com/2015/02/2015-ready-to-rocket-life-science-list.html

Thealzel Lee, Senior Partner at Rocket Builders, says that “2014 has seen significant investments in BC’s life science companies, and advances in progress has increased revenue and headcount. The major trends influencing this sector include evolving regulatory issues, the need for efficiency in healthcare delivery, and the ongoing convergence with IT technologies.”