Our journey began with our founder’s experiments to determine why SMEs suffer or fail. He found that these companies often struggle with the nuts and bolts of their product. This takes them away from their foundation, which is a solid understanding of what their customers need.
FYELABS exists to simplify the act of developing new products and technologies for ambitious small and medium businesses. We aim to level the playing field between small companies and the Goliaths of the world.
When you start a business, or develop a new product, the hardest part is figuring out what the customer needs. So, we let you focus your attention on that while we use our no frills model to transform your idea into a selling product lightning fast and at low-cost.
Armed with our carefully curated cross-functional team, and the collective wisdom of having developed over 70 products to date, we act as your one stop shop for all of your product development dreams.
Our core team is incredibly diverse, with strengths in software, DevOps, algorithms, IoT, hardware, you name it! When we run out of skills, we have Canada’s most industry friendly university, McMaster, to back us up. We dip into the university’s resources to tap physical assets and the wisdom of a 30,000+ heads innovation ecosystem.
Industry-university relations can be complicated. SMEs often find it challenging to navigate the complex processes of negotiating a contract, working with professors, leveraging students, etc. However, all major research universities are a mountain of resources that can be invaluable to any ambitious business.
A common myth is that we are funded by the university or grants. We are not. We used to be an entirely self-funded unit within McMaster University; our clients loved us, and paid to use our services. We are now a proud spin-off of the university, and continue to “hang our hats” at the McMaster Innovation Park.
FYELABS is architected to be the storefront of the university. Just McMaster today, but the world tomorrow (no, we don’t have franchising opportunities yet, but ask us again next week?).
The genesis of FYELABS is in what was previously the Computing Infrastructure Research Centre (CIRC) at McMaster University. Our founder started CIRC back in 2016 using a pioneering model wherein researchers started cohabiting with an industry-born start-up. We apply the many lessons we have picked up along the way to bring your ideas to life.
The most key lesson was in speed to market. We realized that to be successful in today’s world, you need to go from idea to a minimum viable product in weeks/months. FYELABS helps you do exactly that, using the pioneering innovation-as-a-service (IaaS) model.
So far, the IaaS offering has been around for about four years. With 70+ clients from 5 different countries (as of September 2020), and counting…
CEO, Self proclaimed "jack of all trades"
Vice President, Granted 5 patents
Vice President, Automation Enthusiast
Uses 4 computer monitors at once
Has owned 16 cats at a single point in time
Embedded Systems Engineer
Enjoys building robots
Former stand up comedian
Front End Developer
Avid hang glider
Software Developer Intern
Loves to travel & plans to visit a new place each year
Designated Game Night host
Dance & yoga teacher
Car racer for 25+ years