The History of Top Hat

2014

Growing, growing, grown!

Top Hat has been used across 500 universities and about half a million students.

Series B financing raised

Top Hat Series B funding

Top Hat raises its second VC round. Investors include Emergence Capital, iNovia, and Georgian Partners.

2013

Houston, we have lift off

Top Hat 350 Universities

In 2013 Top Hat is used across nearly 350 universities by over 250,000 students.

Drop it like it's hot

Top Hat Monocle new name

The company formerly known as Top Hat Monocle drops the Monocle and becomes Top Hat.

Hello windy city

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Top Hat opens its Chicago office.

2012

Toronto gets a chef!

Top Hat Chef Todd

Head office hires Todd to keep the Toronto office full. Not only can he cook, but he is an opera singer.

Still growing!

Top Hat growing

In September, 100,000 students are using Top Hat at over 180 universities.

Series A raised

Series A funding

Top Hat raises its first VC Round. Investors include Emergence Capital Partners, iNovia Capital, SoftTech VC, Version One Ventures and Golden Venture Partners.

Campus wide in Tennessee

Tennesse Tech and Top Hat

In January, Top Hat sees its first campus wide adoption at Tennessee Tech.

Yonge and Carlton

Top Hat Toronto office

The Top Hat team moves to their current office in Toronto and opens a satellite office in San Francisco.

2011

They grow up so fast

Top Hat has 22,000 active students at about 35 universities.

Calgary is calling

Top Hat at University of Calgary

Top Hat lands its first department wide adoption at the University of Calgary.

The royal wedding

Royal Wedding

The world holds its breath as the soon to be Queen of England’s sister steals the show.

USA, USA!

Top Hat in the US

Top Hat enters its first school in the US at the University of Buffalo.

The angels descend

Top Hat Monocle graduates from The Accelerator Center and raises a round of Angel funding. They move to their very own office in Waterloo.

2010

It's alive!

Top Hat launches

In September, Top Hat Monocle launches. 5 Universities, 15 Professors, and 3,500 students are using the system in their classes.

Apple unveils the iPad

Steve Jobs announced iPad

Steve Jobs casually sits down on a couch and shows the world the device they don’t even know they already want.

Demos and text messages

Top Hat Accelerator Centre

After receiving a grant from the University of Waterloo, Mike and Mohsen take some time off from school to pursue their dream. They join The Accelerator Centre and focus on building out a library of interactive demonstrations and adding SMS texting capabilities.

Disaster strikes!

Mike totals his car on his way to a very, very important meeting. Luckily he had a CAA membership.

Top Hat Monocle gets its first two pilots at the University of Waterloo.

Top Hat Monocle first pilot

2009

Barack Obama becomes president

Thanks Obama

Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th, and first African American, President of the United States.

Mike and Mohsen meet

Mike and Mohsen Top Hat

Inspired by the number of laptops in class, they build software that allows students to view and manipulate interactive demonstrations on their browsers. They snag the Top Hat Monocle domain.