Alberta-based tech startup Circuit Stream on aggressive expansion path

Helping professionals and businesses develop virtual reality and augmented reality applications

Mario ToneguzziTechnology startup Circuit Stream, which offers virtual and augmented reality education and training services, has experienced tremendous growth since its inception and is on a hiring spree for its next phase of expansion.

The company, based in Calgary and which began in 2016, has trained more than 20,000 students globally through workshops, one-on-one mentorship and small classes, and it has worked with some high-profile corporate clients.

“We help professionals and businesses develop their own virtual reality and augmented reality applications,” said 27-year-old Lou Pushelberg, who is the company’s founder and CEO.

“We truly have global reach and have trained professionals in every continent of the world. We’ve had people from companies like GE, IBM, Boeing. Those are some of the companies we work with. We also work with some more mid-market companies like Avenue Living (in Calgary). We’re working with a company out of Vancouver called Vantage Airport Group. We’re working with SNC-Lavalin. We’re co-leading a class with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and we’re also going to be leading all of the VR and AR training at South by Southwest, which is the biggest technology conference in the world.”

Circuit Stream teaches the skills needed to create virtual reality and augmented reality training applications for a wide range of industries.

Lou Pushelberg
Lou Pushelberg

“We’re a startup company and we’re growing and we’re hiring. We’re hiring pretty aggressively. So everything from digital marketing to sales to software development to project management. All those key roles we’re hiring,” said Pushelberg, adding the company will likely be adding anywhere from 20 to 30 people in the next couple of years.

The company currently employs 10 people.

Its online VR/AR Development with Unity course is customized for professionals investing in their abilities and careers. Its team mentors students to build their idea into a working prototype in 10 weeks. Its course offers virtual reality training based on applicable real-world experience to give participants the skills, contacts and confidence to kick-start their virtual reality venture.

Pushelberg said the company has helped people envision virtual reality for their field of work including architects, airport designers, educators, chemical engineers, IT professionals, web developers, graphic designers, filmmakers and even actors.

“We also develop apps for people to train their employees. But we also do a lot of education where we literally help employees of mid-market and big companies up-skill their workforce so if they want to develop their own ideas or applications, we teach them the software and tools to make their own VR and AR apps,” he said.

“The future of Circuit Stream is we want to continue doing our education and helping companies in North America kind of up-skill and have their own employees be able to develop this software on this emerging technology and also to broaden our own application development. So starting to work in other industries like manufacturing, continuing in aviation, other industries where training is paramount and begin helping these companies implement VR and AR training technology at scale.”

– Mario Toneguzzi

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