On May 25th, Startup Canada celebrated the nominees and winners for the fifth annual Startup Canada Awards - Prairies in Winnipeg. It's a chance to come together and recognize the outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs and founders across the country.
This year was extra special for Edmonton as three companies with deep ties to the startup community and commitment to global expansion won in diverse categories. These founders and their teams work incredibly hard to deliver products that their customers love. A massive congratulations to all of them on receiving recognition of their contributions to our national innovation and entrepreneurial economy.
Kendall and Justine Barber, Co-Founders of Poppy Barley, took home the Global Entrepreneurship Award presented by UPS for their approach to the global marketplace and the transparency with which they approach sustainability in all aspects of their business. Poppy Barley was in our very first group of companies in Preflight, helped assembled desks when we launched coworking at the Mercer Warehouse, and are Launch Party alumni! We couldn't be happier to share in these milestones with them.
The next big winner from Edmonton is Testfire Labs and Hendrix.ai for the Innovation Award presented by Intuit QuickBooks. Just over a year ago, Dave Damer was working on Testfire Labs as a solo founder. Now his rapidly growing team is working on meeting support products powered by innovation in machine intelligence with a focus on natural language processing. Last week, Dave chatted with Lauren, our Community Manager, all about how to build your dream team. Pop over to the archived Facebook Live to check it out.
Sam Pillar and Forrest Zeisler, Co-Founders of Jobber, received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented by Scotiabank. Jobber creates tools that help thousands of business owners find even greater success. Last year alone, Jobber had users in 43 countries, their Success Team answered 61,398 customer questions, invoiced $2,239,077,007 on behalf of their customers, and helped 39% of their customers grow their teams!
Want to build a company just like these winners?
Poppy Barley, Testfire Labs, and Jobber are all members of the Startup Edmonton family. They all participated in Launch Party (applications for Launch Party 9 open later this week), have worked out of our space in the historic Mercer Warehouse (Kendall & Justine helped assemble so many of the desks when they arrived from IKEA), and act as mentors for founders coming up the ranks.
Supporting entrepreneurs as they start and grow tech-enabled companies is at the heart of everything we do. There is no better time to start exploring your idea, learning a new skill, or connecting with a community of peers. Get started with a one-on-one meeting with Warren for a personalized list of recommended programs and events!
About Startup Canada: Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations.
Banner photo credit: Startup Canada - May 25, 2018.