Announcing the Canadian Startup Award Finalists: Vote for Your Favourite

Posted by Rob Lewis

With so many talented entrepreneurs and innovative startups in Canada, Techvibes deemed it a necessity to recognize, honour, and celebrate these people and their companies. Presented by KPMG, the Canadian Startup Awards do just that.

This year, Techvibes received well over 1,200 nominations across the six categories via comments, email, tweets, and our nomination form. Finalists were determined by you, our readers, with guidance from the editorial team. In the case of the Best Overall Startup category, we allowed six finalists.

Voting is open until 11:59pm PST on Friday, January 25 and the winners will be announced on Monday, January 28. One vote per person.

Vote for your favourites below.

Voting has closed - stay tuned for the winners.

BEST OVERALL CANADIAN STARTUP of 2012

  • Shopify (Ottawa)
  • Indochino (Vancouver)
  • 500px (Toronto)
  • Payfirma (Vancouver)
  • Wave (Toronto)
  • Vidyard (Waterloo)

BEST NEW CANADIAN STARTUP of 2012

  • Frank & Oak (Montreal)
  • Hubba (Toronto)
  • Cinemagram (Montreal)

CANADIAN ENTREPRENEUR of 2012

  • Ryan Holmes (HootSuite)
  • Tobias Lutke (Shopify)
  • Jevon MacDonald (GoInstant)

CANADIAN ANGEL of 2012

  • Randy Thompson
  • Dan Martell
  • Mike Edwards

CANADIAN VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM of 2012

  • Real Ventures
  • Omers Ventures
  • iNovia Capital

MOST SIGNIFICANT ACQUISITION of 2012

  • BufferBox acquired by Google
  • GoInstant acquired by Salesforce
  • Summify acquired by Twitter
Company:
Indochino Apparel Inc.
Website:
http://www.indochino.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Indochino is the leader in custom online menswear. We provide the modern gentleman with high quality menswear that fits your body perfectly. Our quick 10 minute measurement process can be done from the comfort of your own home; no tailor required. All of our products are hand tailored and delivered to any part of the world within 4 weeks. Indochino makes it easy and affordable for customers to get custom tailored... more

Company:
Shopify
Website:
http://www.shopify.ca
Location:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Shopify is an Ottawa based commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at their retail location, and everywhere in between. Shopify offers a professional online storefront, a payment solution to accept credit cards, a point of sale system to power retail sales and a card reader to accept payments through a mobile phone. Shopify currently powers over 80,000 active online stores around the world,... more

Company:
iNovia Capital
Website:
http://www.inovia.vc
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

iNovia partners with exceptional entrepreneurs to build successful companies in high-growth sectors. The team is comprised of entrepreneurs and sector experts focused on Mobile, Internet and Digital Media. iNovia has offices in Montreal, New York City and Calgary and invests across North America. iNovia has $275M under management across three seed and early-­stage funds. For more information, visit www.inovia.vc... more

Company:
Wave
Website:
http://www.waveapps.com
Location:
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 entry! Connect with... more

Company:
Summify
Website:
http://www.summify.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Summify is a "social news reader" that helps you consume your river of news in minutes, rather than hours. People are increasingly getting their news mainly from the social networks they're part of, but this is rapidly getting overwhelming. If you're connected with a few hundred people and companies it's hard to stay on top of the news they share. There's currently no way to get the important stuff without going... more

Company:
500px Inc.
Website:
http://www.500px.com
Location:
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 tools, and 500 pixels... 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

Company:
Hubba
Website:
http://www.hubba.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hubba’s Data Sharing Platform gives brands and retailers the power to manage and share their consumer-ready product information ensuring that the RIGHT message gets to the RIGHT consumers at exactly RIGHT moment in the purchase decision process. Hubba works in 3 simple steps: 1) Pull together a product story of exactly what you would like to tell a consumer at the final moment before a purchase decision. 2) Curate... more

Company:
GoInstant
Website:
http://www.goinstant.com
Location:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

GoInstant brings you, your customer and your product together within seconds, so you can focus on what's really important.For sales, GoInstant lets you put the prospect in front of your product faster than anything else. For Customer support, it means you can solve problems faster and make customers happier by turning a bad situation in to a positive one. GoInstant allows you to engage your customers on your... more

Company:
OMERS Ventures
Website:
http://www.omersventures.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We're OMERS Ventures and we are as passionate about your success as you are about your company. We are looking for like-minded partners who have a shared vision of building a vibrant and successful Canadian knowledge economy. OMERS Ventures is the venture capital arm of OMERS, one of Canada's largest pension funds with over $53 billion in net assets. more

Company:
BufferBox
Website:
http://www.bufferbox.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

We solve the problem of failed parcel deliveries by leveraging automated, self-serve locker kiosks. Welcome to the world of receiving packages on your schedule! The company was recently acquired by Google (11/2012). more

Company:
Frank & Oak
Website:
http://www.frankandoak.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Frank & Oak is a vertically integrated online menswear brand with premium clothing and a simple, personalized shopping experience. Every month, Frank & Oak designs, manufactures, and sells a limited feed of modern apparel and accessories. The brand acts as a lifestyle partner, offering style advice, personalized product suggestions, and an easy-to-use shopping platform, among other members-only benefits. Frank &... more

Company:
Cinemagram
Website:
http://cinemagr.am
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Cinemagram is a social network where people share short real life animations called cines. It's ridiculously easy to use. Simply record a short video, pick the area you want to animate with your finger, and make it look beautiful with one of our filters. more

Company:
Vidyard
Website:
http://www.vidyard.com
Location:
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Vidyard is the world’s leading video marketing platform and we are passionate about helping companies grow their business with video. Our fun, dynamic, fast-paced environment is where the magic happens as we build the category, push our service to new levels and win over and support our awesome customers. If you are a high performer who enjoys being part of something big then we’d love to have you apply for one... 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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