Brock grads’ start-up named among Top 100 Tech Companies to Watch in Canada

ORIGINAL POST, Karyn Lorence,, January 24, 2022

DirtMarket founders and Brock graduates Emma Kirwin (BA ’21) and Asad Jalib (BBA ’20) have been hard at work building their company from the ground up — and the tech industry has taken notice.

After less than a year in business, DirtMarket was recently ranked No. 8 in the Top 100 Tech Companies to Watch in Canada by FoundersBeta, an online global community of founders, innovators and changemakers.

The annual listing is released each January, highlighting up-and-coming start-ups from across the world in a variety of industries.

Kirwin, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in October, is the only female CEO named in the 2022 list’s Top 10.

DirtMarket made its debut in March 2021, winning Brock’s annual Monster Pitch competition, hosted by student club Brock Innovation Group in partnership with Goodman Group Venture Development and the Goodman School of Business. Inspired by the hit show Dragon’s Den, the competition sees Brock students pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges, with the winners awarded a cash prize and in-kind support services to help them kick-start their business venture.

After winning Monster Pitch, DirtMarket was awarded a prize pack of cash and start-up support valued at $11,000.

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