Recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to Alberta’s innovation ecosystem, the inaugural Start Alberta Tech Awards handed out its first nine honours on November 13 prior to Startup Calgary's annual Launch Party.
Each making a significant impact on the province’s tech sector, award recipients were selected by an independent committee for each category, with representation from Edmonton and Calgary on each committee.
The 2018 Start Alberta Tech Award winners
Tech deal of the year: Circle Cardiovascular Imaging
A global leader in cardiac imaging solutions serving over one thousand hospitals in over forty countries. Watch Greg Ogrodnick, CEO of Circle Cardiovascular Imaging, speak about Circle's 2018 year.
Most significant tech transaction of the year: Benevity
Benevity’s goodness platform empowers socially conscious brands to make a real difference, creating over 250 new jobs in Alberta within the past 18 months. Listen to Bryan de Lottinville, Founder & CEO of Benevity, speak to the tech ecosystem in Calgary.
Fast growth award (under $5M): VizworX
VizworX helps clients interact with and understand their data using data visualization, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and VR/AR. Watch Jeff LaFrenz, President of VizworX, talk about applying opportunities to different industries.
Fast growth award (over $5M): ATTAbottics
Reimagining goods-to-human fulfillment, ATTAbotics reduces e-commerce warehousing and fulfillment costs by seventy-five per cent. Listen to Scott Gravelle, CEO/CTO of ATTAbotics, talk about dreaming big and talent in Calgary.
Tech investor of the year: The Accelerate Fund
The Accelerate Fund supports the growth of early-stage Alberta technology companies by providing an alternative source of financing to startups that are not yet venture capital ready. Watch David Edmonds, Accelerate Fund II, talk about the best job in Alberta.
Ecosystem supporter of the year: Startup Calgary
Awarded to an organization known for its dedication to helping startups and entrepreneurs grow, Startup Calgary, an initiative of Calgary Economic Development, supports early-stage entrepreneurs through a series of events and programming. Listen to the Startup Calgary team talk about their role in the tech ecosystem.
Most promising startup entrepreneur of the year: Bobbie Racette, Founder and CEO of Virtual Gurus
Providing businesses access to thousands of Canadian Virtual Assistants, Virtual Gurus provides a platform to make sure tasks are completed while supporting the administrative needs of clients. This award recognises a dynamic, early-stage founder for their coachability, community involvement and ability to launch a technology-focused company. Watch Bobbie Racette speak to the moment she knew she was an entrepreneur.
Rod Charko Service Award: Evan Hu, A100 Member
Awarded to an individual that has gone above and beyond for the venture capital and technology ecosystems in Alberta, Evan Hu is an active leader and mentor. He supports organizations such as The A100, Calgary Technologies Inc., Rainforest Alberta and Creative Destruction Lab. Listen to Evan Hu's best advice for startups.
A100 One to watch: StellarAlgo
Awarded to the Startup Calgary Launch Party company who is up-and-coming and most likely to succeed, StellarAlgo is a SaaS analytics platform for live audience businesses. Watch Vincent Ircandia, Founder & CEO at StellarAlgo, describe the problem StellarAlgo is trying to solve.