First Adopter Network Launch and Employee Experience Demo Day

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Learn about the new First Adopter Network, and meet ventures that can help your company recruit, engage and retain top talent.

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This September 28, MaRS launches the First Adopter Network (FAN), a new digital product that accelerates tech usage in enterprises. This self-serve software connects enterprises to a wide range of transformational solutions through MaRS venture profiles, demo days and 1:1 meetings with our most-promising companies.

As part of the FAN launch, we’ll also provide live demonstrations from ventures working to improve employee experience. With pandemic restrictions easing, employers face new challenges. Unemployment levels remain higher than pre-March 2020 levels, and sectors are struggling to land new talent. Retention is also a problem, with many workers claiming they will leave their jobs in the absence of a flexible work schedule. Our four presenting ventures are tackling these issues, and they can help your organization attract, engage and retain top talent while supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.



Horizn equips customers and employees with the knowledge needed to increase digital confidence, understand all digital capabilities, and dramatically accelerate digital adoption.


SpriggHR offers proven, online HR solutions that provide simple, flexible and cost-effective approaches to managing performance. SpriggHR helps organizations by providing them with solutions that facilitate discussions and conversations for performance management. The company’s goal is to help organizations increase employee engagement, improve relationships, and elevate individual and organizational performance.


WorkTango helps companies give their employees a voice while easily collecting feedback. Using data science and natural-language understanding, actionable insights from employee feedback are served in real time to HR, executives and people leaders. The results are quicker action, better decisions, and a more aligned and engaged workforce.


Plum’s Talent Resilience Platform is the only talent-management tool that applies industrial/organizational psychology to the entire workforce, at scale, to quantify human potential. It enables organizations to identify key behavioural indicators required to be successful in any given role.


Sept. 28, 2021

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST

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  • 1:00 p.m.: Introduction and welcome
  • 1:05 p.m.: Announcing the First Adopter Network
  • 1:15 p.m.: Guest speaker (to be announced)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Horizn presentation and Q&A
  • 1:45 p.m.: SpriggHR presentation and Q&A
  • 2:00 p.m.: WorkTango presentation and Q&A
  • 2:15 p.m.: Plum presentation and Q&A
  • 2:30 p.m.: Wrap up


First Adopter Network members, as well as corporate and government partners in the MaRS portfolio, particularly companies and organizations that are:

  • Seeking tools to manage compensation and benefits
  • Revamping their hiring and recruiting strategies
  • Looking to build employee networks in the tech community
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MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) is North America’s largest urban innovation hub. A registered non-profit, MaRS supports high-growth startups and scale-ups tackling key issues in the health, cleantech, fintech and other sectors. In addition, MaRS convenes all members of the tech ecosystem to drive breakthrough discoveries, grow the economy and make an impact by solving real problems for real people — in Canada and around the world.

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