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.
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.