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Awards are 100% built by the YEG community.

Community Adjudication

Selection is a multi-step community effort.

Self-Nominations +++

Everyone is great, including yourself.

Unlimited Nominations

Everyone is encouraged to nominate the best.

12 Community-Driven Awards. To represent the vibrant community we belong to, we've created three distinguished award categories.

Our Community Decides. Peoples choice Awards – New Startup of the Year, Connector of the Year and Startup Event of the Year.

Startup Awards

Honouring companies and their people for taking huge risks for their innovation.


Most Edmonton Startup of the Year

Startup demonstrating diversity, innovation and risk-taking.
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Best Startup Workplace

Treating employees like partners and family is only right.
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New Startup of the Year

The most promising new startup demonstrating key growth values.
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Pivot of the Year

Companies chasing new promising opportunities.
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Individual Awards

Celebrating people that make a huge impact in our startup ecosystem.


Community Champion of the Year

Huge impact and momentum created within our ecosystem.
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Connector of the Year

Critical human in our social fabric making new connections possible.
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Voting closes May 9

Volunteer of the Year

A treasure within our community supporting our ambitious efforts.
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Voting closes May 9

Mentor of the Year

Outstanding commitment to brokering knowledge and growing entrepreneurs.
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Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Full-time student within the province building a startup at the same time.
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Voting closes May 9

Community Awards

Recognizing corporate champions and partners that support our people.


Service Provider of the Year

Supporting and celebrating our companies is a collective of champions.
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Corporate Champion of the Year

Collaboration builds strong resilient interconnected relationships.
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Startup Event of the Year

Amazing events happen all the time, but one is always the best.
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Voting closes May 9

All 2021 Finalists

Startup TNT Investment Summit I

Edmonton Startup Week 2020

Great Alberta Pitch Marathon

500 Global demo day

Startup TNT Investment Summit IV

Startup Edmonton

Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)

Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation

Alberta Innovates

Startup TNT

RUNWITHIT Synthetics Inc.


Areto Labs



Areto Labs





Ashlyn Bernier

Zack Storms

Colin Christensen

Shay Barker

Zack Storms

Laurie Wang

Bradley Poulette

Tim Lynn

Salem Alahmad

Amir Reshef

Gail Powley

Colin Christensen

Jas Panesar

Dominique Beaupre

Syed Abbas Mehdi

Eden Redman

Ravina Anand

Shelvie Fernan

Jonah Tetz

Samuel Yasinski

Kristina Milke

Jessica Doody

Arden Tse

Allan Waine

Colin Christensen





Future Fields



Fly & Fetch

G2V Optics

Islamic Family

Got Questions? Read our Award FAQs

How can I register to attend

Tickets to attend the 2023 Awards Show are will become available in early 2023.

How do I nominate someone?

Fill out the form on any award page before the deadline and they'll be notified if they win before the celebration in Spring 2023.

When are award nominations accepted ?

Voting closed – 2023 Nominations will open in early 2023. Stay tuned!!!

Can I nominate multiple times?

Yes. Remember each nomination must be customized to the award criteria for that award.

Can I self-nominate?

Yes. We encourage everyone to nominate deserving individuals within the Edmonton startup ecosystem - including yourself!

Can I attach additional information to my nomination?

Yes. Attach as many supplemental documents to the nomination form as you would like. The more information provided the less research required by our volunteer adjudication committee.

Does it cost money to nominate?

Never! Nominate once or all the time - we will never charge our community money to nominate ecosystem champions.

Can I get involved as a volunteer?

You may express your interest in joining our team as a volunteer for the 2022 YEG Startup Community Awards here.

The Judges: Meet the 2022 YEG Startup Community Awards adjudication committee.

Ruth Spetter

Marketing Consultant

Radha Saikia

Customer Success

Adam Danyleyko

Service Provider

Barbara MacKenzie

Service Provider

Brandon Kwong

Edmonton Chief Organizer

Lan Tan

Entrepreneur Enabler

Shalon McFarlane

Service Provider

Christian Tokarski


Celebrate The Experience Once Again