The 2012 Canadian Startup Awards are Open for Nominations

UPDATE: Nominations are now closed.

Last year Techvibes hosted our inaugural Canadian Startup Awards presented by KPMG.

They were a tremendous success, garnering more than 10,000 finalist votes and 7,000 social media shares in just two short weeks.

This year, the awards are back and we're ready for your nominations.

Presented by KPMG, the awards are meant to be an annual celebration of startups and technology.

And it's up to you to nominate (and then vote for) the most deserving startups, founders, and investors across 6 categories.

Here are the award categories:

  • Best Overall Canadian Startup of 2012 – Recognizing the best startup in Canada for its outstanding accomplishments in 2012.
  • Best New Canadian Startup of 2012 – Recognizing the best startup in Canada that launched in 2012 for its outstanding accomplishments.
  • Canadian VC of 2012 – Recognizing the Canadian venture capitalist who has made the most significant impact this year.
  • Canadian Angel of 2012 – Recognizing the Canadian angel investor who has made the most significant impact this year.
  • Canadian Entrepreneur of 2012 – Recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an exemplary Canadian entrepreneur.
  • Most Significant Canadian Acquisition of 2012 – Recognizing the biggest acquisition of a Canadian startup this year. 

Until the end of this year we will be accepting nominations via Twitter, email, comments, or this form. If you would like to make a nomination on Twitter be sure to include the hashtag #StartupAwards and our handle @techvibes. Here's a sample tweet:

"@techvibes I nominate @GoInstant for the Most Significant Canadian Acquisition of 2012 #StartupAwards"

Email nominations can be sent confidentially to Comments can be added to this blog post below through Disqus.

On December 31, 2012 we'll close nominations and on Monday, January 7th we'll announce the finalists for each category and open voting to the public.

We'll close voting on Friday, January 25th and annonuce the winners on Monday, January 28th.

We have created this online form to make it easier for you to nominate your favorites across all the categories quickly.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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