FIND A LOCATION

  • NORTH FORGE SMARTPARK

    WINNIPEG

    CEO: Joelle Foster

    441 – 100 Innovation Drive
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6G2• P: 204-262-6400

  • North Forge | East

    PINAWA

    President: Shane Li

    24 Aberdeen Avenue
    Pinawa, Manitoba R0E 1L0 • P: 204-262-6400

  • Fabrication Lab

    WINNIPEG

    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

    3rd Floor, 125 Adelaide Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 0W4 • P: 204-799-2033

SEE ALL

Money back with the app that keeps track

When Declan McDonald spent $7,000 on new kitchen appliances, he did some research on the price protection policy offered by the company – and saved $1,500. A business idea was born. McDonald went to the Eureka Project – now North Forge Technology Exchange – where he was introduced to Rob Keizer, a technology specialist.

Together they built an app and a company that would do the heavy lifting for consumers interested in price matches.

A price protection or price match policy allows people to get money back if an item they bought becomes listed for a lower price within two weeks to three months after the purchase date. With Pricerazzi, the app user simply takes a picture of the receipt and Pricerazzi searches for a better price. If a better deal is found, the user pays 15 per cent for the information, then takes it back to the original retailer to claim their refund. On average Pricerazzi users get back $200 dollars and McDonald said not one person has been denied a refund.

North Forge has been instrumental in helping guide the company to where it is now.

“When I was introduced to (North Forge president) Jeff Ryzer, he understood the idea but knew what we needed to get there. In one year we built a staff, a team of developers and launched the app in Canada and the U.S. Jeff gave us direction that I wouldn’t have figured out myself,” said McDonald.

In addition to the mentorship and strategic planning, North Forge provided access to critical talent for the startup – connecting them to Keizer as their CTO and a team of developers.

Pricerazzi has also benefitted from Startup Winnipeg resources. A move from the SmartPark space at the University of Manitoba brought Pricerazzi to offices in Innovation Alley at 321 McDermot St. With other tech startups just down the hall, the atmosphere creates a competitive environment with valuable networking opportunities.

“We moved from the table in my dining room to an office, which allowed us to hire people. No one wanted to come to work at my house,” McDonald joked. “The second part was the ongoing support from Jeff as a mentor and now North Forge, as a whole.”

Startup Weekend, and the Innovate Manitoba Venture Challenge Competition that followed, saw Pricerazzi take first place. The resulting $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes allowed them the opportunity to pitch at the Canadian Financing Forum, where they brought home the award for Best Presenting Company.

In April 2016, the app launched in the U.S. and McDonald and Keizer participated in the Collision Conference in New Orleans, where they made it to the semi-finals and finished in the top 20 of all competing businesses.

“We did really well at Collision and we’ve found a lot of new opportunities. The direction we’ve gone is something I wouldn’t have been able to figure out myself – the (support we’ve had) really helped us determine where to go,” said McDonald.

Share

The New North Forge Founders Program Takes off!

READ MORE

Sponsor Spotlight: Princess Auto

READ MORE

Startup Spotlight: REES Technology Group Inc.

READ MORE

Supporters

Bell MTS

Bell MTS is part of Canada’s largest telecommunications company, providing Manitobans with Mobile phone, TV, high speed Internet, and Home phone service.

Share
LEARN MORE

MNP LLP

MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada.

Share
LEARN MORE

Relish New Brand Experience Inc.

We build strategic, creative and interactive brand experiences on every platform.

Share
LEARN MORE

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

At Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS), we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness and communication, providing better results for clients. TDS is Manitoba’s largest independent law firm.

Share
LEARN MORE

Wawanesa

Wawanesa works exclusively with insurance brokers across Canada, offering home, auto, farm and commercial business products.

Share
LEARN MORE

Deloitte

Get forward-thinking business advice. With over 150 years of experience, Deloitte is one of the leading professional services firms in Canada.

Share
LEARN MORE

RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 36 other countries.

Share
LEARN MORE

CoPilot

We are a team of creators inspired by stories. We use storytelling to produce unique visual content that drives meaningful campaigns. We dedicate resources to strategically design marketing strategies to complement our content, while generating views, impressions and ultimately, conversions.

Share
LEARN MORE

Bit Space Development

Bit Space Development Ltd. is an interactive digital media studio that specializes in creating innovative learning experiences for the classroom and workplace. We work with educators and industry professionals from around the world to develop effective solutions for education and training using cutting edge digital media technologies.

Share
LEARN MORE

Princess Auto

For more than 85 years, Princess Auto has been supplying trade professionals, home mechanics or people who simply love building things with the tools and equipment they need to figure it out – whatever that “it” may be. With a unique assortment of tools, equipment and products, ranging from hydraulics to welding, Princess Auto complements the home improvement sector rather than competing with it.

Share
LEARN MORE

JCV Mechanical

We offer highly skilled service professionals, 24 hour emergency service, preventative maintenance programs, training and emergency rental units. JCV Mechanical offers more than just compressed air products. turn this around and start with JCV mechanical offers more.

Share
LEARN MORE
Bockstael logo

Bockstael

For over 100 years the Bockstael name has been synonymous with construction in Manitoba. From the humble beginnings of a Belgian carpenter, to the fourth generation of family ownership, building is in our blood. We pride ourselves on world-class innovation and a client-first approach to doing business. This is our commitment to serving the province we choose to call home for the next 100 years — and beyond.

Share
LEARN MORE

Stu Clark Centre for Entreprenuership

The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCCE) is here to support entrepreneurial activities across the entire University of Manitoba campus. In addition to supporting students at the I.H. Asper School of Business we also support students from ALL faculties across the University of Manitoba – Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus including: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and more!

Share
LEARN MORE

SevenOaks School Division

Share
LEARN MORE

Maples Met School

Share
LEARN MORE

world trade centre winnipeg

Share
LEARN MORE
Pinawa logo

LGD Pinawa

Share
LEARN MORE
CNL logo

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Share
LEARN MORE

Canadian National Energy Alliance

Share
LEARN MORE
North-Forge-Logo

North Forge Technology Exchange

Share
LEARN MORE

SEED - Altona

Share
LEARN MORE

Portage Regional Economic Development

Share
LEARN MORE

Morden & District Chamber of Commerce

Share
LEARN MORE

Morden Community Development Corp

Share
LEARN MORE

Community Futures Heartland

Share
LEARN MORE

Carman

Share
LEARN MORE

Access Credit Union

Share
LEARN MORE
North-Forge-Logo

North Forge East

Share
LEARN MORE

Community Futures Winnipeg Rivers

Share
LEARN MORE

Barkman Concrete Ltd.

Share
LEARN MORE

Pinawa Community Development Corporation

Share
LEARN MORE

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Share
LEARN MORE

Canadian National Energy Alliance

Share
LEARN MORE

Western Economic Diversification Canada

Share
LEARN MORE

Government of Canada

Share
LEARN MORE

City of Winnipeg

Share
LEARN MORE

University of Manitoba

Share
LEARN MORE

Fabbaloo

Share
LEARN MORE

GO Software

Share
LEARN MORE

Red River College

Share
LEARN MORE

Manitoba Government

Share
LEARN MORE

les.net

Share
LEARN MORE