Startup Canada announces 2018 Québec regional award winners

By Startup Canada Staff

Industry association Startup Canada honoured eight entrepreneurs, businesses, and support organizations from across Québec on Wednesday night, as part of its fifth annual Startup Canada awards.

The winners of the awards, which celebrate achievements in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community, were announced in Montreal at a ceremony attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators, and anchor company executives.

“Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the Startup Canada Awards,” said Startup Canada co-founder and CEO Victoria Lennox said in a June 13 statement. “These winners represent the very essence of entrepreneurship. We are proud to celebrate their success with Canadians and our partners around the world.”

Like their B.C., Prairies, and Atlantic counterparts, the Québec regional winners are now being evaluated by Startup Canada’s National Adjudication Committee, composed of leading Canadian entrepreneurship and industry experts.

The national winners will be celebrated at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale in Ottawa on October 18, 2017 following Startup Canada Day on the Hill, Startup Canada’s annual national entrepreneurship event.

Meanwhile, the Québec awards ceremony was streamed on Facebook and can be viewed below.

The full list of 2018 Québec Regional Award winners:

Entrepreneur Promotion Award: Ilias Benjelloun, open innovation catalyst at Desjardins Lab and creative director at Montreal New Tech

Entrepreneur Support Award: Kerlande Mibel, founder of the International Black Economic Forum (IBEF)

Global Entrepreneurship Award: Sam Vermette, co-founder and CEO of mobile commuting app Transit

Innovation Award: Cherif Habib, CEO and co-founder of telemedicine firm Dialogue Technologies

High-Growth Award: Danial Jameel, CEO of campus app developer Oohlala Mobile

Woman Entrepreneur Award: Samantha Regimbal, owner/founder of “organic PR” firm What’s Up World

Young Entrepreneur Award: Antony Diaz, Founder and CEO of Uvolt, creators of a solar-powered watch that doubles as a spare smartphone battery pack

Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Marc Alloul, co-founder and president of entrepreneur budgeting platform developer Budgeto parent ITWC is a media sponsor of the Startup Canada Awards.

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