Most people start a tech business to find innovative solutions to important problems. In British Columbia—home to the world’s 15th biggest startup ecosystem—those companies are conquering some very intriguing issues.
The Technology Impact Awards (TIAs)—the province’s largest and longest-running technology awards program—will spotlight a number of those companies this year.
Today releasing its list of finalists for the 2019 event, organizer BC Tech has tapped businesses working in a wide array of industries for its contest.
An app that determines where a person can park in a city in real-time, for instance, is battling a business that lets surgeons practice bespoke operations in VR to win the category of Startup Success. The crown for Excellence in Global Export is being contested between, amongst others, a website that allows a person to read the news as it appears in print and a business that uses pheromones rather than pesticides to keep insects away from plants. Couple that innovation with the vision of companies like those creating a robot that welds and finding a new to make blood transfusions more effective, and the TIA organizers have selected an exciting field of competitors.
“The TIA finalists are each excellent examples of companies, organizations and individuals who are fuelling new levels of growth and global competitiveness across British Columbia,” said Jill Tipping, president and CEO of BC Tech. “Recognizing and celebrating these innovators is part of BC Tech’s mission to make B.C. the best place to grow and scale a tech company, and the recognition that today every company is a tech company.”
The TIAs have been running for 26 years, and over that period has charted B.C.’s progression from data analytics hub to leader in visual media, cleantech, and wireless communication. In order to recognize that, the awards ceremony has this year added a new category named Spirit of BC Tech—True Grit, which aims to celebrate bold entrepreneurship in the face of business challenges such as talent retention and boosting market share. Also new for this year is the Excellence in Global Export class, which rewards the growth and success of local companies on the world stage.
The winners of the TIAs will be announced on June 27 as part of the annual gala celebration at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The finalists are as follows:
Company of the Year – Startup Success
Company of the Year – Growth Success
Company of the Year – Scale Success
Company of the Year – Anchor Success
Excellence in Global Export
Spirit of BC Tech – True Grit
Tech Culture of the Year
Excellence in Technology Adoption
Excellence in Technology Innovation
Person of the Year
- Kim Kaplan
- Thomas Ligocki
- Greg Malpass
- Lisa Shields
Kate Wilson is the Technology Editor at the Georgia Straight. Follow her on Twitter @KateWilsonSays