Road to the 2016 TIAs: Company Award Finalists

The 2016 Technology Impact Awards are approaching fast, and we are taking this time to focus on our impressive finalist companies! Get to know the finalists for the Company Awards, which are separated into three categories: Most Promising Startup, Emerging Company of the Year, and Company of the Year.

Read on for details about the Company Award finalists, then choose your favourite and vote for them for the new People’s Choice Award!

Make sure you are present to see the winners crowned in person at our awards gala on June 7th. Tickets are on sale until June 1st at 5PM and the event is already over 80% sold. Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Most Promising Startup

Aspect Biosystems Aspect Biosystems

Aspect Biosystems is an early-stage biotechnology company operating on the leading edge of 3D bioprinting and tissue engineering. The company was founded in November 2013 through a collaboration between two world-class research groups in Engineering and Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Based on the company’s proprietary Lab-on-a-Printer™ technology, Aspect’s highly interdisciplinary team has developed a disruptive 3D bioprinting platform capable of creating living Human Tissues on Demand™ for broad applications in the life sciences. This technology is enabling advances in fundamental biological research, drug development through novel pre-clinical models, and regenerative medicine.

Ultimately, Aspect is working towards a future where better drugs are developed faster, where animals are no longer needed for the development of new therapeutics, and where lifesaving transplant organs are created, not harvested.

Twitter: @aspectbiosys

InvestX Capital InvestX Capital Ltd.

InvestX Capital Ltd. is the first-of-its-kind private equity platform for accredited retail investors.

According to Cambridge Research, private equity has had annual returns of 17.4% over the past decade. Yet retail investors have been unable to invest in private equity due to limited access and million-dollar investment minimums… until now.

InvestX allows retail investors (InvestX Members) to add private equity deals to their portfolio, investing on the same terms as big institutions. InvestX accomplishes this by aggregating members’ smaller checks, and writing one big check to invest alongside world-class institutional investors like Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, and Andreessen Horowitz. InvestX Members are always assured that a professional private equity firm has done proper due diligence and is investing alongside them.

Lyft, Spotify, and Dropbox are just a few examples of the later-stage private companies InvestX Members have had the chance to participate in investing, companies that they could never otherwise access!



RESAAS is a cloud-based social business platform for the real estate services industry. We have created a professional social networking platform and a suite of tools which integrate with the platform, including an enterprise social network, a global referral network, lead generation engine, listing management, client engagement modules, customer relationship management (CRM) tools, analytics, file sharing and an advertising engine. These tools and functionality are made available exclusively to owners of real estate brokerage firms and brokers, licensed real estate agents, and Realtors® and are designed to increase user productivity through better communication and collaboration between users. RESAAS has over 350,000 real estate professionals using the platform in over 110 countries.

Twitter: @resaas

Visualping Visualping

Visualping is a “rocketship” currently used by more than 300,000 people with 20,000 new users signing up or downloading the app every month. The company has plans to grow to 1 million users this year and working on replacing the RSS feed button on every website!

Visualping is incredibly simple: Users select an area of a website of their choosing and they get alerted when it changes. Knowing when something important happens online is a widespread and universal need that the company addresses.
It is used by job hunters to watch the career page of their favorite company, by Taylor Swift fans to track her page waiting for performance dates, by lawnmower aficionados waiting for the fall promotion at Home Depot, by businesses keeping an eye on their competitors etc.

Corporate customers, where most of the revenues come from, include Google, Facebook, Apple, the US Department of Justice, the New York Times, Greenpeace, Sequoia Capital, small and big companies and many Fortune 500 companies.

Website: visualping.ioTwitter: @visualping

Emerging Company of the Year

Allocadia Allocadia

At Allocadia, we help marketers run marketing so they can do more marketing, by providing them with planning, budgeting and performance software to optimize marketing investments and drive real business results. The recognized leader in Marketing Performance Management (MPM), Allocadia serves more than 150 customers and thousands of users, and manages billions of marketing dollars. Our customers include Juniper Networks, VMware, Arc’teryx, and Charles Schwab, and we partner with market leaders including IBM, Oracle, Workfront and Marketo.

Twitter: @allocadia

copperleaf Copperleaf Technologies Inc.

Copperleaf provides decision analytics to companies managing critical infrastructure. Our enterprise software solutions leverage operational, financial and asset data to help our clients make investment decisions that deliver the highest business value. In 2015, Canadian Business magazine named Copperleaf one of Canada’s top 20 Fastest-Growing Software Companies. Copperleaf is a member of The Institute of Asset Management (IAM) and actively participates in shaping the future of asset management standards, including ISO 55000. Headquartered in Vancouver, our solutions are distributed and supported by regional staff and partners worldwide. We are committed to building a better world, one decision at a time.

Twitter: @copperleafgroup

Trulioo Trulioo

Trulioo is the leading global identity verification company. Headquartered in Vancouver, Trulioo’s real-time electronic identity verification solution, GlobalGateway, offers access to 4 billion consumers in over 40 countries via 145 unique and trusted data sources through a single integration point (Normalized API/SaaS portal). Our unique technology helps businesses and organizations reduce fraud and comply with a diverse range of international electronic ID verification requirements, such as Anti-Money Laundering, Know Your Customer, and Counter Terrorist Financing. Trulioo was founded in 2011 with a mission to increase trust and safety in today’s digital and mobile world by providing verified identities for the entire global population regardless of location, race, creed, situation or circumstance – anywhere and anytime.

Twitter: @trulioo

Company of the Year

Bit Stew Bit Stew Systems

Bit Stew offers the premier platform for handling complex data integration, data analysis, and predictive automation for connected devices on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Purpose-built for the IIoT, Bit Stew’s MIx Core™ platform solves the data integration challenge at scale for complex industrial data environments. In 2015, Bit Stew was named to Greentech Media’s Grid Edge 20 list, as one of the top 20 innovators architecting the future of the electric power industry, and was ranked as one of the Top 100 Analytics Companies and Top 100 IoT Startups by Forbes. Incorporated in 2009, Bit Stew is a venture-backed private company that is headquartered in Canada with offices in the USA, Australia and Europe.


Clio Clio

Clio is the most comprehensive cloud-based practice management platform for the legal industry.

Produced with the cooperation and advice of Bar Associations and Law Societies worldwide, Clio is web-enabled, mobile-friendly, and built specifically for the legal profession. It delivers all the tools modern law firms need to run a successful practice: calendaring, time tracking, note-taking, document management, task management, legal accounting, bookkeeping, and billing.

Through the power of cloud computing, Clio eases the process of time tracking, billing, administration, and collaboration for law firms of all sizes. Clio also integrates seamlessly with other popular applications such as email, Google Apps, and Dropbox.

As more and more legal professionals use Clio to save time and work more efficiently, Clio continues to evolve and innovate using digital technology to help update and improve legal practices, saving thousands of lawyers millions of hours around the globe.

Twitter: @goclio

Global relay Global Relay

Global Relay helps organizations manage, control, and profit from their email and other communications data. The company’s innovative cloud solutions allow organizations to efficiently preserve, access, and analyze their data – making it simple for employees to find the information they need, when they need it.

A privately-owned, employee-controlled corporation, Global Relay is building a long-term Canadian success story. The company was founded in 1999 to offer one of the first cloud computing services. Today, it is at the intersection of two of the biggest technology trends – cloud and big data. Global Relay is now the leading provider of archiving and information governance solutions for the global financial sector, with 380 employees in seven offices delivering services to more than 20,000 customers in 90 countries.

Twitter: @GlobalRelay