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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:

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Shopify's Year in Commerce

 

 

Ottawa-born e-commerce platform Shopify had a big 2014.

Capped off by being crowned Employer of the Year in the Canadian Startup Awards this week, the company's year was documented recently and boasts some impressive numbers.

For example, Shopify now houses 140,000 stores, up from 80,000 in 2013. Those stores registered an impressive $3.7 billion in sales, up from $1.6 billion in 2013.

Shopify also noted the growing importance of social media and mobile, the latter of which now accounts for 33% of all purchases and more than half of traffic.

 

SceneDoc Raises $4 Million for Crime Scene Mobile Software

Toronto's SceneDoc today announced the completion of a $4 million Series A round of funding led by iGan Partners, with participation from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and a group of angel investors.

SceneDoc is a smartphone/tablet-based software platform that provides law enforcement a highly secure, accurate and consistent means of documenting crime, accident and other incident scenes.

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Hookflash Turns to New Crowdfinancing Platform for Investors

ECN Capital has announced the launch of its new online investment platform for the private capital markets.

The ECN crowdfinancing platform aims to provide value, efficiency and convenience for investors while lowering the cost of raising capital for companies.

One of the initial offerings on the ECN platform is Calgary's Hookflash, an emerging technology leader in video chat, voice and messaging for mobile and the web.

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Top Five Myths about the Canadian Technology Sector and Public Markets

2015 is now well underway and, like every new beginning, it gives us time to reflect on where we have been and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

Usually I start the New Year by providing an update on financing and new listing activity in the innovation sectors (comprised of the technology, clean technology & renewable energy and life sciences sectors) on Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV).

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