This year’s New Ventures BC startup competition wrapped up tonight with an awards ceremony during Vancouver Startup Week.
10 companies were still in the running for over $250,000 in cash and the winners were crowned at The Imperial.
Lumen5 took home the $105,000 Innovate BC first-prize package. The two year-old company empowers brands to share their stories through videos without experience or training and its artificial intelligence-powered platform has already attracted 300,000 users.
NiceJob was awarded the $60,000 Innovate BC second-prize package. The Vancouver-based startup is a reputation marketing platform that helps companies doing great work get the recognition they deserve by automating the collection of online customer reviews and referrals.
Victoria’s Cuboh picked up the $35,000 Innovate BC third-prize package. Cuboh consolidates all third-party ordering platforms into one integrated hub, giving restaurants the power to automate how their orders are accepted and how order information is sent to their POS system.
Other industry prizes went to the following startups:
$22,000 BC Resource industry prize package – Open Ocean Robotics collects ocean data by using their proprietary wind and solar-powered autonomous boats, rather than fuel-dependent vessels.
$15,000 Vancity Social Venture prize package – Spectrum MD is a mobile app that uses local treatment guidelines to help doctors make appropriate decisions when prescribing antibiotics.
$10,000 Innovate BC Top Regional Start-up prize – Cuboh
$6,000 BC Tech Association Growth Programs Prize Package – Plugzio is an electric charger that automatically bills the user when they activate the charger through their online account. This charger works for cars, e-bikes and more.
$2,500 People’s Choice Award – Beatapp provides a real-time audited play count for song usage across streaming platforms, allowing music labels to accurately collect music royalties due.