Dapper Labs, Thinkific, AbCellera among 11 winners of 2021 BC Tech Awards

Riaz and Potluck at Technology Impact Awards

Large Vancouver companies Dapper Labs, Thinkific, and AbCellera were among the winners at last week’s 28th Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) hosted by BC Tech.

The event was held in-person and attracted its highest number of attendees, according to the organization.

Innovation and inspiration were the two themes of the 2021 TIAs, and 44 finalists across 11 categories took part in the event. Dapper Labs, Thinkific, and Abcellera were named the winners in their own respective categories.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C.’s tech community has continued to find solutions and turn obstacles into opportunities,” said Riaz Meghji, TIAs co-host. “The past year has shown that when faced with an obstacle, B.C.’s tech sector rises to the challenge and comes out stronger.”

Dapper Labs won the Excellence in Technology Innovation award. The company has been active in acquisitions and raising capital, further bolstering its NFT-based product suite.

In October, the company partnered with media network Boardroom, which was founded by two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant, to bring the basketball player’s prominence in the sports industry to life in the NFT space across Dapper Labs’ NBA Top Shot platform.

Thinkific was given the Company of the Year — Scale award. After its C-suite expansion, which appointed former Hootsuite marketing vice president Henk Campher as Thinkific’s new CMO, the company reported a jump in revenue for its Q3 results.

The EdTech firm pulled in $9.9 million in revenue, a 65 percent increase year-over-year, and attributes its growth to a combination of new customer acquisition and a stronger mix of higher “tier Plus” customers. According to the Toronto Stock Exchange-listed company, it currently has over 50,000 course creators with 66 million courses taken in 2020.

Biotech company AbCellera was selected as the winner of Company of the Year — Anchor Award from BC Tech, just six months after it broke ground on a new headquarters in Vancouver.

In September, AbCellera announced its acquisition of TetraGenetics, a company that operates within the same industry as AbCellera, as well as its partnership with Moderna for a multi-year, multi-target research collaboration.

Here is the full list of winners for the TIAs.

EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD
Finalists: Canexia Health, Dapper Labs, FORM & TraceSafe
Winner: Dapper Labs

COMPANY OF THE YEAR – STARTUP AWARD
Finalists: ehsAI, Ideon, Live It Earth & Matidor
Winner: Matidor

EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION AWARD
Finalists: Advanced Intelligent Systems, Boast.ai, HSBC Canada & Limage Media Group Winner: Advanced Intelligent Systems

TECH CULTURE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Finalists: Freightera, Klue, Lumen5 & Rival
Winner: Klue

SPIRIT OF BC TECH – RESILIENCE AWARD
Finalists: Copperleaf, PressReader, Seaspan Shipyards, Thrive Health & Traction on Demand Winner: Traction on Demand

COMPANY OF THE YEAR – GROWTH AWARD
Finalists: Acuva, Launchpad, PrecisionOS & Riipen
Winner: Launchpad

COMPANY OF THE YEAR – EXPORT AWARD
Finalists: Boast.ai, GeoComply Solutions, Invinity Energy Systems & LMI Technologies Winner: LMI Technologies

COMPANY OF THE YEAR – SCALE AWARD
Finalists: Canalyst, East Side Games, Jane Software & Thinkific
Winner: Thinkific

GAMECHANGER – DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AWARD
Finalists: Broadband TV, Clio, East Side Games & STEMCELL Technologies
Winner: Broadband TV

PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD
Finalists: Dr. Carl Hansen, Laurie Schultz & Hamed Shahbazi
Winner: Laurie Schultz

COMPANY OF THE YEAR – ANCHOR AWARD
Finalists: AbCellera, Absolute Software, Cymax Group & WELL Health
Winner: AbCellera

Charlize Alcaraz

Charlize Alcaraz

Charlize Alcaraz is a journalism student at Ryerson University and the business and technology editor at The Eyeopener, Ryerson's largest independent newspaper.