Certn has been named the Canadian Tech Innovator of 2021 in the inaugural KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in Canada competition.
Founded in 2016, the Victoria-based startup provides real-time background checks for employers and landlords.
Certn was up against 14 other tech startups from across Canada in a closely contested competition based on six equally weighted categories, including innovation and disruption, market potential, customer adoption, marketing and buzz, long-term potential, and quality of their pitch.
A panel of five judges, including an angel investors network, a digital innovation studio, and leading peer-to-peer tech networking group, chose Certn in the final pitch competition against startups from Quebec and Ontario.
The company moves on to represent Canada virtually at the global competition in KPMG Private Enterprise’s Global Tech Innovator contest to be held in Lisbon at the Web Summit.
“We are thrilled to be named KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in Canada,” says Andrew McLeod, Certn’s Chief Executive.
“We would like to thank KPMG in Canada and the wider tech community for the opportunity and support that we received throughout the process. The competition provided an excellent platform to meet and network with other Canadian entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the tech space. We are excited to head to the Web Summit and share our made-in-Canada innovative business solution with a global audience.”