Start Alberta Tech Awards

Start Alberta Tech Awards

2020 Start Alberta Tech Awards Celebrate Province’s Tech Sector

 

2020 has been an unprecedented year for technology and innovation in Alberta and the rest of the world. Despite the difficulties and curveballs this year has thrown, the resilience that Albertan's tech and innovation community has exhibited is as impressive as it is inspiring.

 

This led us to host this year’s Alberta Tech Awards online for the first time. We want to thank everyone involved in making this event a huge success. 

 

This year’s winners are:


Most Promising Startup Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Startup Edmonton and Startup Calgary: Spencer Kerber | Co-Founder. Bessie

 

The Most Promising Startup Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to a dynamic early stage founder who deserves to be recognized for their coachability, community involvement and ability to launch a technology-focused company in Alberta. This individual has a pay-it-forward mentality and is always willing to help other entrepreneurs. Selection Criteria is based on being an Alberta-based founder or co-founder, having launched a technology- focused startup within the past three years in Alberta and being able to demonstrate community involvement.

 

This award is sponsored by Startup Calgary and Startup Edmonton.


Rod Charko Service Award, sponsored by The Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA):

Carey Houston | Founder & CEO 321 Growth Academy

 

The Rod Charko Service Award is presented by the VCAA on an annual basis to an individual that has gone above and beyond for the venture capital and technology ecosystems in Alberta. Past winners include David Edmonds, Brad Zumwalt, Alice Reimer and John Pinsent. Selection Criteria includes being able to demonstrate a commitment to entrepreneurial impact, demonstrate the impact of activities on the ecosystem and a long term, consistent commitment.

 

This award is sponsored by The Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA)


Fast Growth Award (Under $5M), sponsored by BDC:

Athennian | Josh Malate, CFO, Adrian Camara CEO

 

Fast Growth Awards (Over $5M), sponsored by BDC:

Goodmorning.com | Samuel Prochazka, President & CEO

 

The Fast Growth Awards is presented to two tech companies that have demonstrated the highest annual revenue growth. One award is presented to a company under $5M in annual revenue and one award is presented to a company above $5M in annual revenue. Selection Criteria is based on review of financial statements and a demonstrated revenue growth of 25% or more in the past year and being technology- focused companies and headquartered in Alberta.

 

These awards are sponsored by BDC.


Most Significant Tech Transaction of the Year, sponsored by PwC Canada:

Decisive Farming Powered by Telus | Remi Schmaltz, CEO Powered by Telus

 

The Most Significant Tech Transaction of the Year is awarded to the tech company that has had the most significant acquisition or exit. Selection criteria includes a significant transaction that has been publicly reported and verifiable. Preference will be given to companies that have made a significant impact on the Alberta ecosystem Must be a technology- focused company headquartered in Alberta.

 

This award is sponsored by PwC Canada.

 

Ecosystem Supporter of the Year, sponsored by Start Alberta Partners:

CDL-Rockie | Alice Reimer, Site Lead

 

The Ecosystem Supporter of the Year is awarded to an organization known for its dedication to helping startups and entrepreneurs grow in Alberta. Selection criteria includes being an organization with a mandate to support Alberta-based entrepreneurs in the innovation ecosystem, demonstrating entrepreneurial impact and showing collaboration among other support organizations.

 

This award is sponsored by the Start Alberta Partners.

 

Most Significant Cross-Community Collaboration of the Year, sponsored by Technology Alberta:

AltaML Applied AI Lab | Nicole Janssen, Co-Founder & Co-CEO

 

The Most Significant Cross-Community Collaboration of the Year award is given to the most significant cross-community collaboration which has moved the ecosystem forward. Example Collaborations involve Industry (Entrepreneurial Alberta Growth SME Tech Companies) working with Government, Service Providers, Associations, and/or Academia – in a manner that has provided significant benefit to tech entrepreneurship in Alberta.

 

This award is sponsored by Technology Alberta.


Tech Investor of the Year, sponsored by Alberta Enterprise Corporation

Inovia Capital | Shawn Abbott, Partner

 

The Tech Investor of the Year is awarded to an individual or investment firm that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year in Alberta’s tech sector. This could be demonstrated through an exit, early investment in a notable tech startup or realization of an earlier investment in the tech sector. Selection criteria includes the number of tech deals, amount of capital invested and number and dollar amounts of impact in Alberta. Preference given to those who have a strong history of investing in Alberta Preference given to those who have had a significant impact on the growth of Alberta’s tech ecosystem.

 

This award is sponsored by the Alberta Enterprise Corporation.

 


Women in Tech of the Year, sponsored by BDC’s Women in Tech Venture Fund:Symend | Tiffany Kaminsky, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

 

The Women in Tech Award goes to a dynamic woman who deserves to be recognized for her entrepreneurial success and ability to launch a venture-backable technology-focused company in Alberta. This individual has also demonstrated a passion to support gender equity and promote the advancement of women making a lasting impact on Alberta’s technology ecosystem. Selection criteria includes identifying as a female in the Alberta technology and innovation space, holding a leadership role in an Alberta-based startup (founder, co-founder or C-level executive) and having been in her role for more than 12 months. She also must have launched a venture-backable technology-focused startup within the past three years in Alberta and demonstrated year over year revenue growth as well as a passion to support and promote the advancement of women in tech in Alberta.

 

This award is sponsored by BDC´s Women in Tech Venture Fund.


Tech Deal of the Year, sponsored by the Alberta Enterprise Corporation:

Symend | Hanif Joshagani, Co-Founder & CEO

 

The Tech Deal of the Year is awarded to an Alberta headquartered tech company that has raised the largest amount of capital in its most recent fundraising round. The Selection criteria is based on capital raised and having been publicly reported and verifiable. Preference is given to companies that have made a significant impact on the Alberta ecosystem.

 

This award is sponsored by the Alberta Enterprise Corporation.

 

The A100 One to Watch Award, sponsored by The A100

Provision Analytics | Erik Westblom, Co-Founder & CEO

 

The A100 One to Watch Award recognizes one of Calgary and Edmonton's early-stage companies that will be the "most likely to succeed”, as voted on by A100 membership. A collection of early-stage companies was compiled from Alberta ecosystem partners including Launch Party companies from Startup Calgary and Startup Edmonton.

 

This award is sponsored by The A100.

 


 

Congratulations to all the winners! 

Thank you for your hard work and contributions to the community!

 

Special thanks to all our sponsors and partners!



Check out the whole event here!