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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:

 

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

 

On Leaning into Legal

Your friendly legaltech writing team is actually typing this piece into a email as we drive back to Toronto from East Lansing, Michigan, home of the mighty Spartans. We spent the weekend in Michigan to deliver a natural extension of our writing (the more charitable among you describe it as "thought leadership" and we thank you for it) in the form of our #LegalLean lean innovation program for the evolution of the legal industry.

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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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