Success Story – Cognixion

Santa Barbara, California-based sensory communication startup, Cognixion, created the first sensorial communication platform allowing iOS devices to speak easily on behalf of voiceless users, a major breakthrough in the world of assistive communication technology. By also capturing brain waves and using them to allow the device to speak on their behalf, “think to speak” technology can become a reality for the millions of people worldwide unable to verbally communicate.

Toronto Global and Cognixion were introduced at a meet-up focusing on artificial intelligence in Toronto. From there, Toronto Global set up a series of very successful meetings for the company in Toronto, alongside provincial partners in the Ontario Investment Office, facilitating consultations with academia at various universities and colleges, lawyers, accountants, as well as the Vector Institute and MaRS Health Ventures. Additionally, Toronto Global worked with Cognixion to secure an office space on King Street West, in Toronto. The company officially launched their operations in December 2017.

Cognixion chose to expand into the Toronto Region because of the tremendous pool of talent offered here, particularly in their target fields of neuroscience, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company emphasized that the Canadian and more specifically, Toronto Region, markets are becoming globally recognized as hubs of leading R&D companies and specialized tech talent.

Within their first few months of operation, Cognixion has begun hiring iOS programmers, project managers and data scientists to work on software applications, with open job applications posted to begin working as soon as possible in their downtown Toronto office.

Cognixion has been awarded two Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Engage Grants to study Brain-Computer Interface with researchers at INRS Lab in Montreal and the University of Waterloo. The company has plans to expand their capacity and staff up their Toronto location in the coming years.

“We're excited to be part of the Toronto technology community and bringing transformational science to market. Creating high quality jobs in data science, AI, neurotech and augmented reality and putting world-class technology to work helping people with disabilities is a strong focus of ours at Cognixion.”
– Andreas Forsland, CEO and Founder, Cognixion