Finalists for Canada’s Next Great Startup announced

Posted by Rob Lewis

The 2nd annual Canada's Next Great Startup (formerly known as the Impact Pitch Competition) is taking place this Saturday, November 13th as part of the 7th annual Impact National Conference.

Five youth entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to showcase their startup to a panel of esteemed judges and 300 of Canada’s top student leaders.

The winners will announced during the closing gala of the Impact National Conference and will walk away with more than $25,000 in prizes.

Applications have closed and five youth entrepreneurs that are in the running to become Canada's Next Great Startup. They are:

Alex Karasyov - 500px

  • 500px is a photographic community powered by creative people from all over the world that lets you share and discover inspiring photographs.

Alqadir Dhalla - GotJobs

  • Gotjobs is a next generation recruiting company that is focused on the needs of young jobseekers and the companies that hire them. Using some rather unique and credible assessments metrics Gotjobs allows employers to quickly identify the strongest and best fit candidates from a large pool of applicants. But in the spirit of fair-trade it gives back to the young jobseekers, allowing them to learn about their work styles and identify positions where they are a great match.

Julian Brass - NotableTV

  • Notable, is Canada’s online lifestyle and entertainment hub for young professionals. We connect 25-39 year old Canadian’s with the places, products and people that they should know about through blogs, event listings, video content, social media, and newsletters.

Anoop Aulakh - QuikPiq

  • QuikPiq is a web & mobile application that allows you to ask your social network for help in making decision by creating image based polls from wherever you are. With QuikPiq you simply take a picture of each item you’re choosing between, and your Facebook & Twitter friends vote by clicking on either image. You get results to your phone/computer in real time! We are currently in beta.

Vincent Cheung - Shape Collage

  • Shape Collage Inc. is a digital media software company that produces software for taking hundreds of your photos and automatically creating photo collages in different shapes, such as a heart, word, or logo.  In the past 18 months since its inception, the Shape Collage software program has been downloaded over 2.5 Million times from users in 200 countries, generates a six-figure revenue, and the patent-pending technology has been licensed to the largest online photo printing company in Europe.

Congrats to the finalists and good luck on Saturday!

Company:
QuikPiq
Website:
http://QuikPiq.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

QuikPiq lets you get friends' opinions by creating & sharing photo-polls with your social network. Check us out at www.QuikPiq.com www.twitter.com/QuikPiq www.facebook.com/QuikPiq http://www.youtube.com/user/QuikPiqMedia info[at]QuikPiq[dot]com more

Company:
Notable
Website:
http://www.notable.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Notable.ca is a Canadian digital publication and exclusive newsletter that brings young professionals (YPs) the most fresh and relevant content and goings-on in their cities. Originally launched in 2008 as NotableTV.com, Notable.ca connects YPs, visionaries, and trend-setters with the people, places, products, parties, and events that they need to know about to take their work life and social life to the next... more

Company:
Loupe
Website:
http://www.getloupe.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Loupe is a digital media software company that solves the problem of “what do you do with your hundreds and thousands of photos?” Loupe produces software that takes your photos and automatically creates photo collages in different shapes, such as a heart, word, or logo. There have been over five million downloads of the Loupe desktop software program from 200 countries worldwide and it has been profitable since... 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


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Rob Lewis

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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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