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Our vision is to make teaching fun and effective in higher education by creating a one to one interactive experience between professors and students using laptops, smartphones, and tablets!

Top Hat 101: The History of Top Hat



Interactive Content Explosion

A series of interactive content becomes available through Top Hat including General Chemistry, and US History.


Organic Chemistry I & II on multiple devices

Organic Chemistry: Interactive Textbook

Students begin using Top Hat’s interactive Organic Chemistry Textbook a project that was led by one of Top Hat’s first users.

Mike and Mohsen opening the new office

New Diggs!

Top Hat moves into fancy new office space complete with whiteboard walls, and a fishbowl.


Person holding a small plant in their hands

Growing, growing, grown

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

Piggy bank

Series B financing raised

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


Rocket ship launching into the sky

Houston, we have lift off

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

University of Calgary logo

Campus wide in Calgary

Top Hat sees a growing number of campus wide adoptions, including the University of Calgary.

Man with a curly mustache wearing a monocle

Drop it like it’s hot

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

Chicago Skyline

Hello windy city

Top Hat opens its Chicago office.


Picture of a large crowd

Still growing!

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

Green plant

Series A raised

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

Toronto Office location

Yonge and Carlton

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


Person holding a small plant in their hands

They grow up so fast

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

University of Calgary campus

Calgary is calling

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

American flag


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.


Young Frankenstein

It’s alive!

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

Accelerator Center

Demos and text messages

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.

Waterloo University campus

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


Mike and Mohsen

Mike and Mohsen meet

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.

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