The Canadian Innovation Exchange Top 20: The Winners Are....

Posted by Dan Verhaeghe

Yesterday the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) announced the 2011 CIX People’s Choice Winners, WattPad in Digital and Wave Accounting in ICT, selected from Canada’s 20 most innovative technology companies showcasing live at this year’s event.

Third place TribeHR, 5th place Nexalogy, and 6th place Recoset  were also selected for incubation by the Canadian Technology Accelerator in the Silicon Valley and will gain access to RocketSpace in California where some of the most innovative companies have been fostered.

Massive Damage placed 4th and will be headed down to the valley for the C100's 48hrs In the Valley.

Here’s how 7th through 20th stacked up in the Canadian Innovation Exchange. The dollar values next to the company names are a result of Empire Avenue's real-time virtual stock exchange which gathered the votes of the public, via buying and selling shares of the Top 20 presenting companies.

7. WoozWorld - $12.52 - 3D virtual worlds to play in with 8 million+ members, like Utherverse’s Virtual World Web out Vancouver.

8. InferSystems - $12.48 - Real-time display ad bidding optimization technology as real-time is set to revolutionize how display ad bidding is done on the demand side, supply side and with real-time analytics. For a better understanding, see this startup profile on Acuity Ads.

9. Polar Mobile - $12.41 - Wholesale distributor of content apps in weeks rather than months for many major media corporations in North America with over 1200+ apps launched.

10. Vanilla Forums - $12.37 - Forum network that announced the release of “reputation points” for users across their forum network to compete with twitter followers, facebook likes, Quora and StackOverflow.

11. ClearRisk - $12.27 - An insurance risk calculator using custom amounts of data to paint a better picture of the risk of insuring someone.

12. Arcestra - $11.68 - Mobilizing real estate by making blueprints interactive and 2D spaces 3D so that consumers can envision themselves in a particular locations.

13. Shoplogix - $11.64 - Allows for accurate real-time manufacturing information to improve efficiency and save thousands of data analyzing man hours.

14. Achievers - $11.47 - A recently $24.5 million dollar funded employee recognition and global reward enterprise program that goes beyond current popular tools like Yammer.

15. NexJ - $11.40 - An enterprise customer return management solution for the finance, insurance and healthcare industries that went public on the TSX earlier this year.

16. Quick Mobile - $11.34 - Claim to be the world leader in event and conference app solutions which has done 120 events and 300 apps- grew from 12 to 60 people in the last year, and has raised $3.5 million in funding while targeting the 1.8 million yearly meetings market in the United States. Are developing new patent pending solutions that will provide further real-time data analytics for event and meeting organizers.

17. Evoco - $11.25 -Real estate lifecycle management software for multi-location retailers opening a new location to better manage assets through collaborative internet-based cloud applications with 100,000 users globally.

18. ResponseTek - $10.69 - Customer listening platform for the Fortune 2000 that does 50 million SMS invites a year in a $60-70 billion dollar industry where revenue has expanded for five straight quarters.

19. Truevoice - $10.47 - Uses Talk2Me technology that allows for conversation with people who visit your site through a chatbox for $9.99/month.

20. Bitheads - $10.38 - Builds strategic and mobile enterprise applications for industries, focus on cross-channel applications, especially in video game industry where console game makers haven’t switched over to other channels.

Dr. Geordie Rose was also named Innovator of the Year with DWave, a quantum computing company that says the next computing chip will be almost five times faster than the current one.  The supercomputer in the quantum era will drastically change how computers learn, perhaps bringing the long-proposed human intelligence to machines said Rose.

Company:
Vanilla Forums
Website:
http://www.vanillaforums.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Vanilla helps publishers turn their audience into an engaged community, grow traffic and increase revenue. We believe that your community should uniquely reflect your brand and culture, be welcoming, and reward members for positive participation. 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:
Wattpad
Website:
http://www.wattpad.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great stories bring people together! Wattpad is the world's largest community for discovering and sharing stories. It's a new form of entertainment connecting readers and writers through storytelling, and best of all, it's entirely free. With thousands of new stories added every day, an incredibly active community of readers, and the ability to read on your computer, phone, or tablet, Wattpad is the only place... more

Company:
Woozworld
Website:
http://www.woozworld.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Woozworld Inc. is a developer and operator of virtual worlds. A recent spin-off from Tribal Nova Inc, the company markets and operates Woozworld.com, an innovative global web 2.0 virtual world for tweens that is built and led by its users. Its unique environment evolves continuously and allows users to create space, run activities and do business among countless other things. The company has a highly experienced... more

Company:
Evoco Inc
Website:
http://www.evoco.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Evoco enables multi-location retailers to manage design and construction programs with a suite of collaborative, cloud-based products. The fuze platform integrates with leading ERP systems to streamline and automate business processes including bidding, change order management, invoicing and inspections. fuze makes it easy to share information internally and externally with role-based security and a central data... more


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Dan Verhaeghe focuses on marketing, mobile, major technology players, entertainment, and new media. Dan has a dozen years of online experience that dates back to the turn of the millennium where he dominated a now non-existent online RPG game for a couple of years at the age of 15. He would eventually become a Toronto Blue Jays blogger who earned his way into Toronto's CP24 studios six years... more



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