Calgary receives three Startup Canada Awards in Ottawa
Startup Canada, Canada’s entrepreneurship organization, named 16 outstanding entrepreneurs, businesses and support organizations from across Canada as winners of the fourth-annual Startup Canada Awards. The national winners were announced at a ceremony in Ottawa, attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators, government and anchor company executives.
“Each one of these outstanding recipients has an immense impact on Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation sector, and are building an inclusive, innovative and competitive economy for the future,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and CEO of Startup Canada.
Yvonne van den Berg and John van Pol received the Startup Canada Newcomer Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada, as recognition for their exemplary activities and community leadership. Yvonne and John immigrated from the Netherlands to Kitchener-Waterloo in 2015 to launch their company, Ingu Solutions. Their Pipers™ technology uses microsensors and machine learning to map the interior of small diameter pipelines, identifying risks that threaten performance and safety with zero-downtime. Ingu’s Pipers technology uses miniaturized inline sensors to locate leaks, geometric defects and deposits that can impact pipeline performance and integrity. In 2017, Yvonne and John decided to move their company from Kitchener-Waterloo to Calgary to be closer to oil and gas operators and potential investors.
“The move to Calgary has been crucial for us,” said John van Pol, Co-founder of Ingu Solutions. “With the support of Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Rockies, we closed a $1M financing round at the end of 2017. Scott Saxberg, one of CDL’s mentors, gave us the opportunity to run one of Crescent Point Energy’s lines, which provided the proof we needed for the industry to move forward with us with confidence. Since then, we have screened 18 operational lines and have 30 scheduled over the balance of of the year. The rapid adoption of our approach is an indication of the industry’s appetite for innovation. We see Ingu growing very quickly and are grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from the Calgary community.”
To better support innovation-driven entrepreneurs, Startup Calgary joined Calgary Economic Development in 2017. This year, Startup Calgary’s Executive Director, Kari Gordon, received the Startup Canada Community Leader of the Year Award for Western Canada, sponsored by Rogers.
“The support of the City of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development and Calgary Innovation Coalition has created a collaborative network which is helping us take leaps forward, improving our ability to support entrepreneurs at all stages,” said Kari Gordon, Executive Director at Startup Calgary. “This is just the beginning and we look forward to continuing to build a robust ecosystem that will help us continue to support the growth of our local companies.”
Rallying alongside the community are long-time champions of Calgary’s entrepreneurial culture. W. Brett Wilson, Chairman of the Prairie Merchant Corporation, received the Startup Canada Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing his long-term impact and enduring legacy in advancing an environment and culture for entrepreneurial growth and success in Canada.
For more information, visit www.startupaward.ca.
About Startup Canada
Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations. For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca.