Who is the Best Canadian Startup of 2012?

Finalists have been selected for this year's Canadian Startup Awards and voting is now open.

Here's a quick rundown of the six finalists competing for the title of Best Overall Canadian Startup of 2012.


Shopify, based in Ottawa, is an ecommerce platform that allows individuals and businesses to create online stores. Recently named Canada's smartest company. Has raised $22 million in funding.


Indochino, based in Vancouver, sells tailored men's clothing online. Has partnered with Canadian sports legend Steve Nash. Was named one of BC's most innovative companies in 2011.


500px, based in Toronto, is an online community built for discovering, sharing, buying, and selling photographs. Ranked number one in the last Canadian Startup Index. Has been steadily winning users from Flickr.


Payfirma, based in Vancouver, helps businesses accept payments in their store, online, and on their mobile devices. Won Best New Canadian Startup last year. Doesn't neglect the BlackBerry platform.


Wave, based in Toronto, is a cloud-based accounting solution for small businesses. The startup expanded into the US very quickly. Recently rebranded.


Vidyard, based in Waterloo, helps people and companies put video on their websites. Platform sees one million plays per day. Raised money from a cofounder of YouTube.


Indochino Apparel Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Indochino is at the forefront of revolutionizing men’s fashion. Since our founding, we have grown to be one of the largest made to measure menswear brands on the market by providing gentlemen with high quality menswear that makes them look and feel like a million bucks. Our multi-channel customer experience allows men to order their made to measure shirts and suits online, via mobile or... more

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides a merchant with a powerful back-office and a single... more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Wave makes it easy to be your own boss. Just do what you're good at, and lean on Wave's smart online software for help with invoicing, accounting and payroll. Wave makes your money-related task easy with: • unlimited invoicing, absolutely free! • accept credit cards on your invoices with our "pay now" feature with a super-low, easy-to-understand flat fee • expense tracking with no more manual... 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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