‘We were forced into survival mode’: How Canadian startups are planning to succeed in a post-COVID-19 world

    Brennon D’Souza, founder of Dibz. Dibz

    Earlier this year, the team at Dibz was preparing for the pilot launch of their online ticketing app, designed to help event-goers get better seats. According to Dibz founder Brennon D’Souza, everything was set for success—until it wasn’t. 

    The two-year-old London, Ont.-based company was being vetted for acceptance at Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs, a U.S. accelerator. The money would help Dibz build the first iteration of its technology and test it at a few Ontario venues. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the province shut down all sports and entertainment events. 

    “In every way that we could be hit, we were hit,” D’Souza told The Logic. “We’re really not sure how to work now. You spend all this time preparing for your business but what you don’t plan for is there being no market for what you’ve spent the last couple of years building.”

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