TIAs Gala returns in person and culminates in dramatic end to annual startup dragon’s nest competition
Vancouver, British Columbia, October 7 July 2022 /CNW/ – The Technology Impact Awards (TIA) proved more ambitious than ever in its 29th annual celebration, announcing a record 48 finalists and 12 winners.
“We are delighted to celebrate British Columbia’s innovative technology industry and do everything in our power to ensure that the TIA event reflects the theme of ambition,” said Jill tipCEO of BC Tech Association (BC Tech), who co-hosted the event Riaz Meggie, relationship expert and author of Every Conversation Counts. “In challenging times, innovation is more important than ever, and with tonight’s awards, we are able to showcase the strength of the British Columbia tech community.”
Staged in front of a sold-out crowd Vancouver The Conference Centre, the province’s largest and longest-running tech awards program, announced the winners of “Company of the Year – Startup” with a dramatic new format for the all-new Dragon’s Den-style category. VodaSafe, an underwater scanning technology used to help find drowning people, emerges as winner and takes $10,000 from BC Tech to drive their growth and $4,000 In PR support co-funded by BC Tech and Switchboard PR.
The first award for “Climate Leadership Changemaker” was presented to HTEC.This VancouverThe US-based company was awarded for its commitment to unlocking the potential of hydrogen to reduce the impact of air pollution and climate change.The solutions they design and build are supporting the deployment of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) North America.
The night’s final award “Person of the Year” ended with a gala dinner Josh NelsonOriginally from Willow River, British Columbia, founder of the iconic East Side Games studio, recognized for its leadership in the local tech ecosystem and commitment to promoting diversity in tech, especially for Indigenous peoples .
“I think I’m now promoting ‘tech for everyone’ and what I can do to talk about diversity, equity and inclusion. But most importantly, I think my job is just to keep the door open so other people can Come in. Then I’ll take a step back and let the people who are really doing better than me make a huge impact and get the job done. I’ll help amplify their voices and support them wherever I can.” Josh Nelsonthe Eastern Conference game.
Spirit of BC TECH – Ambition
Finalists: Clio, Dapper Labs, LandSure, Trulioo, VanHack
Winner: Dapper Labs
Game Changer – Climate Leadership
Finalists: General Fusion, Global Relay, HTEC, Loop Energy
Game Changer – Diversity and Inclusion
Finalists: Hootsuite, Jelly Academy, SAP
Outstanding Industry Innovation
Finalists: Seaspan Shipyards, TechBrew Robotics, Vancouver Airport Authority
Winner: Vancouver Airport Authority
Outstanding technological innovation
Finalists: Elevated Signals, ForwardAI, MeetAmi Innovations, Transoft Solutions
Winner: MeetAmi Innovation
Excellent corporate culture
Finalists: Dapper Labs, FreshWorks Studio, Lumen5
Winner: Dapper Labs
Company of the Year – Startup
Finalists: Carbin Minerals, Daanaa, MintList, VodaSafe
Company of the Year – Growth
Finalists: AOT Technologies, FansUnite, Oxygen8, StandardFusion
Winner: AOT Technology
Company of the Year – Export
Finalists: Advanced Cyclotron Systems, Canalyst, Launchpad, Weir Motion Metrics
Winner: Advanced Cyclotron System
Company of the Year – Size
Finalists: Cargo Club, Lighthouse Lab, ReadyMode, Redlen Technologies
Winner: Redlen Technologies
Company of the Year – Anchor
Finalists: GeoComply, Global Relay, LMI Technologies, Seaspan Shipyards
Person of the Year
Finalists: Joy Johnson, Josh Nelson, Pascal Sposerfer
winner: Josh Nelson
The TIAs Gala also recognizes the partners and sponsors who make the awards possible each year. “This is BC Tech’s largest fundraiser of the year, and it’s critical to support the programs and events we offer to help tech companies grow and scale in BC,” Tipping said.
2022 TIA sponsors include Spirit of BC Tech sponsor Amazon, platinum sponsor CIBC and Telus, gold sponsor Fasken, Finning & Weir Motion Metrics, silver sponsor Hudson Pacific & Switchboard, award sponsor AbCelera, Accenture, Clio, Deloitte, Export Development Canada, MDA, Microsoft, OslerPwC, SAP & Vancity, Bronze Sponsor Blakes, KPMG, Launchpad Technologies, Low Tide, NYIT – Vancouver and media partners BCBusiness, betakit, Business in VancouverDailyHive, techcouver and Vancouver Tech Magazine.
As part of the 2022 TIA, BC Tech proudly announced TIA scholarship recipients in August.
About the BC Technology Association
BC Tech is the largest member-led technology nonprofit in the United States British Columbia, and is committed to transforming startups into scale enterprises. BC Tech accelerates the growth of technology companies by helping members expand and diversify their talent pool, acquire new customers and secure funding. Technology is a key industry for the future of British Columbia and building resilience across sectors. Today, every company is a technology company. To learn more, visit wearebctech.com.
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