Payfirma Wins the KPMG Startup Awards


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Congratulations to all the winners of the KPMG annual startup awards! We’re honored to be among such a great group of startups. The following is a repost of Techvibes announcement of the winners. Thanks all!

After a month of nominations and two weeks of voting, the First Annual Canadian Startup Awards presented by KPMG boils down to this one moment. The winners. 11,000 votes later, let’s just skip the poetry and get to the point… here are the victors!

 

BEST OVERALL CANADIAN STARTUP of 2011

WINNER: WATTPAD

Based in Toronto, Wattpad is a place to discover and share stories.

RUNNERS UP: HootSuite, Beyond The Rack

BEST NEW CANADIAN STARTUP of 2011

WINNER: PAYFIRMA

Based in Vancouver, Payfirma is a mobile payments solution.

RUNNERS UP: Vidyard, GoInstant

CANADIAN ENTREPRENEUR of 2011

WINNER: Marchel Lebrun, Chris Newton, and Chris Ramsey

Based in Atlantic Canada, these three entrepreneurs are the trio behind Radian6.

RUNNERS UP: Ryan Holmes, Razor Suleman

CANADIAN ANGEL of 2011

WINNER: GERRY POND

Gerry Pond is an award-winning innovator and investor in Canada’s tech space.

RUNNERS UP: Boris Wertz, Gary Slaight

CANADIAN VC FIRM of 2011

WINNER: REAL VENTURES

Based in Montreal, Real Ventures invests in tech startups at the seed level.

RUNNERS UP: iNovia Capital, Rho Ventures

MOST SIGNIFICANT ACQUISITION of 2011

WINNER: RADIAN6

Founded in New Brunswick in 2006, Radian6 was acquired by Salesforce for $326 million.

RUNNERS UP: Kobo acquired by Rakuten, Zite acquired by CNN