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

 

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For the longest time, the industrial age has given the world a top-down approach of building things. Centralized planners would decide what people would like, and build those things. The planners created marketing as a function of the manufacturing process rather than as a result. Customers played a very small part in the products they were building. It was too cumbersome to go beyond the standard focus groups that defined a generation of top-down marketers.

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