Earlier this week AccelerateTO took over Toronto and brought together over 650 Canadian technology entrepreneurs with Canadian and Silicon Valley-based investors for a day of connection and celebration.
Organized by the C100, AccelerateTO 2011 included entrepreneur workshops at KPMG's offices, an investor pitch panel, and an evening charity gala & keynote at the Royal Ontario Museum with Google Canada's Chris O’Neill.
Seven local Toronto startups were selected to be showcased and demonstrate their new and innovative products at the evening event and compete for the $2,500 award.
500px, Guardly, HugeMonster, Pressly, Rocketr, Upverter and Vizualize Me set up table top demos and lobbied for tweet or text votes and by the end of the night 500px was declared the winner.
Toronto's 500px.com has been on fire of late. In September their site saw 6,000,000 visits, 3,000,000 unique visitors, and 50,000,000 pageviews.
500px was founded eight years ago as a community for photography buffs within the LiveJournal blogging platform. In June they raised a $525K Series A round with investment from High Line Venture Capital, Deep Creek Capital and ff Venture Capital.