500px shines at AccelerateTO

by Rob Lewis | Startups

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.

San Francisco, California, United States

C100 is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment. C100 is comprised of a select group of Canadians based primarily in Silicon Valley, including executives of leading technology companies, experienced startup entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. C100 members are passionate about leveraging their collective... more

500px Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

500px is a photo community powered by creative people worldwide that lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photographs. The first version of 500px came to light in the early days of digital photography. At that time, everything was slightly different — the Internet was slower, 3.2 megapixel cameras were the latest buzz, digital photographers were just getting acquainted with their... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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