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About us

Our story

Friends since the age of 6 years old, Poka’s founders Antoine and Alexandre have always formed a unique team because of how much one completes the other. Born in the manufacturing industry, Alexandre reached to Antoine back in 2011 with the idea Poka. At that time, Antoine was a student at the University of Waterloo, and Alexandre at Hult International Business School. Over the course of a single weekend, they mapped Poka and how it could change the industrial world forever. Following that weekend, they both decided not to go back to their full-time jobs that were waiting for them once graduated. They have not looked back ever since.

After one year of development, the first version of Poka was ready to be tested in 2013 and in 2014, for public release. Over the course of that same Summer and with only three customers, Poka was able to raise a Seed round of 2.5 million with iNovia Capital in Montreal and SoftTech VC in San Francisco. In March 2015, the first offices of Poka were opened in Quebec City and in only 6 months, grew from a team of two to 12.

Poka now has several clients, from family-owned businesses to multinational corporations with plants located around the world.

Our mission

Create the most collaborative, productive and empowering working environment for the global manufacturing workforce.

Our vision

Our vision is to connect and simplify the industrial world.

Our values

Simplicity

Bringing all generations together is something hard to achieve, but we try to accomplish it every day. No matter who is using Poka, we want their experience to be the simplest and most satisfying they have ever had.

Believe in Yourself

Do not let anyone bring you down or dictate what you can or cannot do. Achieve, accomplish, and leave others in the dust.

Happiness and Excellence

We strive to create a work environment where motivated team members can flourish and succeed to their highest potential. We appreciate effort but reward results.

Passion

Poka was built from a passion for factories and software. We want our employees to be as passionate as we are in order to fulfill our vision and develop a product that we are proud of.

Quality

Developing features just for the sake of it is not something we thrive to do at Poka. We never rest until we are truly satisfied with ourselves, the product we are creating, and the impact our work has on our customers.

United

At Poka, we are a team. Nobody is perfect, and will never be. No matter what, we stick together and learn from our mistakes, decisions, and achievements.