Announcing the WINNERS of the First Annual Canadian Startup Awards!

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

After a month of nominations and two weeks of voting, the First Annual Canadian Startup Awards presented by KPMG boils down to this one moment. The winners. 11,000 votes later, let's just skip the poetry and get to the point… here are the victors!

 

BEST OVERALL CANADIAN STARTUP of 2011

 

WINNER: WATTPAD

Based in Toronto, Wattpad is a place to discover and share stories.

RUNNERS UP:  HootSuite, Beyond The Rack

 

BEST NEW CANADIAN STARTUP of 2011

 

WINNER: PAYFIRMA

Based in Vancouver, Payfirma is a mobile payments solution.

RUNNERS UP:  Vidyard, GoInstant

 

CANADIAN ENTREPRENEUR of 2011

 

WINNER: MARCEL LEBRUN, CHRIS NEWTON, and CHRIS RAMSEY 

Based in Atlantic Canada, these three entrepreneurs are the trio behind Radian6.

RUNNERS UP:  Ryan Holmes, Razor Suleman

 

CANADIAN ANGEL of 2011

 

WINNER: GERRY POND

Gerry Pond is an award-winning innovator and investor in Canada's tech space.

RUNNERS UP:  Boris Wertz, Gary Slaight

 

CANADIAN VC FIRM of 2011

 

WINNER: REAL VENTURES

Based in Montreal, Real Ventures invests in tech startups at the seed level.

RUNNERS UP:  iNovia Capital, Rho Ventures

 

MOST SIGNIFICANT ACQUISITION of 2011

 

WINNER: RADIAN6

Founded in New Brunswick in 2006, Radian6 was acquired by Salesforce for $326 million.

RUNNERS UP:  Kobo acquired by RakutenZite acquired by CNN

 

Congratulations, winners and finalists! Winners may email us for an official badge.

 

Company:
Techvibes
Website:
http://www.techvibes.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Techvibes is Canada's leading technology media property. Originally founded in 2002, Techvibes is dedicated to covering social, mobile, and startup news that impacts Canadians. Our editors and nationwide network of reporters combine breaking hyperlocal news with international coverage to deliver a unique balance of insight and information. New in 2012, Techvibes is also the host of the annual Canada Startup... more

Company:
KPMG LLP
Website:
http://www.kpmg.ca/TMT
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

KPMG LLP, an Audit, Tax and Advisory firm (kpmg.ca) and a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG member firms around the world have 145,000 professionals, in 152 countries. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International, a Swiss entity. Each KPMG... more

Company:
Radian6
Website:
http://radian6.com
Location:
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Radian6 provides the leading social media monitoring and engagement platform for marketing, communications and customer support professionals. The company’s new Engagement Console enables brands and agencies to monitor all forms of social media, with real-time results, and engage as a team through unique workflow features for tagging, classifying, and assigning of posts. Analysis widgets on the Radian6 dashboard... more

Company:
Wattpad
Website:
http://www.wattpad.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great stories bring people together! Wattpad is the world's largest community for discovering and sharing stories. It's a new form of entertainment connecting readers and writers through storytelling, and best of all, it's entirely free. With thousands of new stories added every day, an incredibly active community of readers, and the ability to read on your computer, phone, or tablet, Wattpad is the only place... more

Company:
Real Ventures
Website:
http://www.realventures.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

We look for inspiring entrepreneurs who exhibit unique insight and appreciation of their target market and industry. You can be first time or seasoned. If you have passion, vision and a big opportunity we want to work with you. We’ve had our successes and failures, so we should know what you’re going through and so we look for entrepreneurs who want our input and are open to this collaborative approach. We look to... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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