Co-founded by a Canadian, 99designs puts funding to work with Canadian presence

by Rob Lewis

Yesterday 99designs launched in Canada.

Launched in Canada? Haven't Canadians been using 99designs to source professional logos, web, and other graphic design work for years.

You're right.

But the world’s largest online marketplace for crowdsourcing graphic design services is now making it easier than ever for Canadians to use their service. As part of yesterday's announcement you'll now find 99designs with a new .CA domain name, toll-free support in Canada, and you can pay with your loonies without being hit with FX fees on your credit card.

99designs was co-founded by Canadian Matt Mickiewicz in 2008. Earlier this year the company raised $35 million in funding led by Accel Partners. Strategic angel investors also participated in the round including Vancouver-based Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield.

“As a Canadian, it’s an honour to launch and help small businesses across the country achieve unprecedented value for their design dollar,” said Mickiewicz. “Our site dramatically cuts design costs from thousands to hundreds of dollars. We’re so confident that businesses will find the perfect design that we even have a 100% money back guarantee.”

99designs is also celebrating the launch of its 99,999th design contest with a fund to give back to design students. The $99,999 fund will award 1,010 $99 bonus payments to students on top of every contest prize won beginning today — until the pool runs dry.


99designs is the #1 marketplace for small business graphic design. Its Ready-made logo store has thousands of high quality logos available for customization and sale right off the shelf for $99, while its Design Contest Marketplace enables businesses to quickly and inexpensively source custom logo design, web design, business cards or any other graphic design work by launching design projects... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  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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