Announcing the 2016 Spotlight Awards Winners

Spotlight Awards

The Spotlight Awards have returned to celebrate Canadian startup success.

Launched last year by Achievers founder Razor Suleman as a one-off event to raise awareness and honour notable Canadian exits, the Spotlight Awards is now an annual celebration of the rising tide of Canadian entrepreneurship.

“We need to be better at promoting our wins in Canada and to the world.”
– Razor Suleman

The format for the 2016 Spotlight Awards remains the same as last year: honour the Canadian companies that in the past year have reached the significant milestones of centurion (a $100 million exit) and unicorn ($1 billion valuation or exit). This year’s winners can be found below.

Like last year, the Spotlights Awards winners will be honoured at a lavish, invite-only gala event in Toronto during TIFF (go here for BetaKit’s recap of last year’s festivities). This year’s Spotlight Awards will be hosted by Canadian entrepreneur and Dragon, Michele Romanow.


Also like last year, all proceeds from the gala event will be given to The Next 36 (tickets for the Spotlight Awards run $1,000 a head).

“The Spotlight Awards recipients provide an aspirational goal for so many of the young entrepreneurs participating in The Next 36,” Peter Carrescia, Managing Director for The Next 36, told BetaKit. “We are honoured to be part of this celebration of Canadian tech entrepreneurship and fully expect our own inspired alumni to be award winners in the years to come.”

The BetaKit Next at the Spotlight Awards

Spotlight Awards BetaKit Next

Not sure if you’re on the invite list, or trying to stay lean with your startup expenses? Don’t worry, as the official media sponsor of the Spotlight Awards, BetaKit just might have a few tickets to give away (stay tuned!).

Also attending the Spotlight Awards gala will be the BetaKit Next, a group of Canadian entrepreneurs BetaKit believes will one day be Spotlight Awards winners. Expect the announcement of the BetaKit Next selections in September. For now, congratulations to all the 2016 Spotlight Awards winners!

2016 Spotlight Awards winners

Unicorn Companies

  • AppDirect
  • Wind Mobile
  • Kik

Centurion Companies

  • Bitstrips
  • CarProof
  • Distech Controls
  • Quickplay Media
  • eSignLive
  • Solace Systems
  • XE
  • AJB Software Design Inc.
Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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