Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Canadian Startup Awards

After six weeks of nominations and voting, the 2014 Canadian Startup Awards have boiled down to this one moment: the winners. This year we received more than 40,000 votes, a significant increase from last year's awards.

We want to thank all of our readers—from the voters to the startups and the entrepreneurs and investors who power them—for making Canada's startup community so vibrant and innovative. And now, the winners:

STARTUP of THE YEAR 2014

WINNER: VarageSale

Runners up: Slack, OMsignal

 

ENTREPRENEUR of THE YEAR 2014

WINNER: Stewart Butterfield (Slack)

Runner up: Cameron Chell (Trace), Allen Lau (Wattpad)

 

EMPLOYER of THE YEAR 2014

WINNER: Shopify

Runner up: FreshBooks


ANGEL of THE YEAR 2014

WINNER: Dan Debow

Runner up: Martin-Luc Archambault

 

VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM of THE YEAR 2014

WINNER: OMERS Ventures

Runner up: Version One Ventures

 

ACCELERATOR GRADUATE of THE YEAR 2014

WINNER: Vanhawks (FounderFuel)

Runners up: Blynk, Sciencescape

 

Company:
Shopify
Location:
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

Company:
OMERS Ventures
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:
Vanhawks
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vanhawks's mission is to make connected bikes for the urban commuter to encourage bike rides for greener and less congested cities with the best experience possible. The Vanhawks Valour, is the first Bluetooth connected bike built from carbon fibre, giving riders safety,comfort and insight for every ride. Valour went on to raise the most amount of money in crowdfunding in Canada through... more

Company:
VarageSale
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

VarageSale is high growth online marketplace - our platform allows members to buy and sell items in a trusted, local environment. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more




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