Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Canadian Startup Awards!

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

 

 

After six weeks of nominations and voting, the 2013 Canadian Startup Awards boils down to this one moment. The winners. This year we received nearly 36,000 votes, fully doubling the number of votes from last year's awards. And new to this year, we're including the percentage of votes that our winners and runners up earned.

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 2013

WINNER: Thalmic Labs (40%)

Runners up: Vidyard (34%), Frank & Oak (10%)

 

ENTREPRENEUR of THE YEAR 2013

WINNER: Tobias Lütke of Shopify (48%)

Runner up: Jack Newton, Clio (27%)

 

ACCELERATOR GRADUATE of THE YEAR 2013

WINNER: Playerize (22%)

Runners up: Bridgit (20%), ePact (16%)

 

ANGEL of THE YEAR 2013

WINNER: Greg Peet (40%)

Runner up: Jevon MacDonald (30%)

 

VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM of THE YEAR 2013

WINNER: BDC Venture Capital (40%)

Runner up: Omers Ventures (31%)

 

EMPLOYER of THE YEAR 2013

WINNER: HootSuite (39%)

Runner up: Shopify (33%)

Company:
BDC Venture Capital
Website:
http://www.bdc.ca
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

With more than $1 billion under management and more than 25 years of industry experience, BDC Venture Capital is an investor of choice focusing on IT, health and energy/cleantech companies, as well as venture funds, with high growth potential. From seed through expansion to exit, their mandate is to help build outstanding Canadian companies, while working to create a sound financial ecosystem for Canadian... more

Company:
HootSuite Media, Inc.
Website:
http://www.hootsuite.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

HootSuite is a social relationship platform for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute social media strategies across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audience, and distribute targeted messages using HootSuite’s unique social media dashboard. Streamline team workflow with scheduling and assignment tools and reach audiences... more

Company:
Playerize
Website:
http://www.playerize.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Playerize makes it easy for anyone worldwide to purchase or earn your virtual currency. Our flagship product, the SuperRewards Offer Wall, delivers highly-targeted advertising offers and scores of locally-relevant direct payment methods to millions of users online every day. Playerize has offices in Vancouver and San Francisco. more

Company:
Thalmic Labs Inc.
Website:
http://www.thalmic.com
Location:
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Thalmic is changing the way people interact with technology. Headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, we're developing exciting new technologies in the area of human-computer interaction: Technologies which bridge the gap between man and machine, enabling us to accomplish new feats, enhance our abilities, and explore new possibilities. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. 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 playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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