2022 Start Alberta Tech Awards

Background Information

Sponsored by SAIT and ATB Financial, the 2022 Start Alberta Tech Awards will take place on November 17th, 2022 in Calgary at The Grand Theatre.

The Start Alberta Tech Awards recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to Alberta’s innovation ecosystem and those significantly impacting the province’s tech sector.

  • Award nominations and applications for each category will open mid-September.
  • More details will follow soon about the Award Ceremony

The 2022 Awards feature the following 11 categories below.

Tech Deal of the Year

Awarded to the tech company who has raised the largest amount of capital in its most recent fundraising round.

The award recipient demonstrates:

  • Successful capital raise that occurred between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022
  • Publicly reported and verifiable capital raise
  • Demonstrable and significant impact on the Alberta ecosystem
  • Technology-focused start-up or scale-up headquartered in Alberta

Most Promising Startup Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to a dynamic early-stage founder recognized for their coachability, community involvement and ability to launch a technology-focused company in Alberta.

The award recipient demonstrates:

  • Active community involvement in the tech and innovation ecosystem
  • High willingness to help other entrepreneurs with pay-it-forward motivation by providing their expertise and time
  • Located in Alberta-based founder or co-founder
  • Launched a technology-focused start-up or scale-up within the past three years in Alberta (September 30, 2019 – September 30, 2022)

Digital Talent Champion Award

Awarded to those dedicated to developing and fostering one of our province’s most critical resources: digital talent. The award recognizes companies, programs and/or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership in developing the talent ecosystem, growing the digital talent pool and – as a result – accelerating innovation and diversification in Alberta.

The award recipient demonstrates:

  • Past or ongoing development and/or support programs and initiatives that foster digital talent development
  • Prioritized hiring of local talent and initiatives to grow this effort
  • Avid collaboration within and champion of Alberta’s technology and innovation ecosystem

Rod Charko Service Award

Awarded to an individual that has gone above and beyond for the venture capital and technology ecosystems in Alberta. Past winners include Zack Storms, David Edmonds, Brad Zumwalt, Alice Reimer, John Pinsent and Ray Muzyka.

The award recipient demonstrates:

  • A commitment to creating entrepreneurial impact in Alberta
  • An impact of activities on the Alberta ecosystem
  • A long term, consistent commitment

ATB Impact Award

The Impact Award presented by ATB Financial will be awarded to the tech company that demonstrates their commitment to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) standards, or through their products and services assists other companies or society in general to make improvements in one or more of Environment, Social or Governance areas.

The winning organization will describe how their offering best met these aims.

The A100 One to Watch

Every year, The A100 recognizes one of Calgary and Edmonton’s early-stage companies that will be the “most likely to succeed.”

We need your help to determine which company should be presented with the A100 One to Watch Award during the Awards Ceremony.

Ecosystem Supporter of the Year

Awarded to an organization known for its dedication to helping start-ups, scale-ups, and entrepreneurs grow in Alberta.

The award recipient demonstrates:

  • A mandate to support Alberta-based entrepreneurs in the innovation ecosystem
  • Entrepreneurial impact
  • Collaborative engagement with other support organizations

Most Significant Cross-Community Collaboration

Awarded to a significant cross-community project and/or collaboration which has moved the ecosystem forward.

The award recipient demonstrates:

  • Collaborative involvement with Industry (Entrepreneurial Alberta Growth SME Tech Companies)
  • Proven track record of working with Government, Service Providers, Associations, and/or Academia in a manner that has provided significant benefit to tech entrepreneurship in Alberta.

Tech Investor of the Year

Awarded to an individual or investment firm that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year in Alberta’s tech sector. This could be demonstrated through an exit, early investment in a notable tech startup or realization of an earlier investment in the tech sector.


  • Number of tech deals
  • Amount of capital invested
  • Number and dollar amounts of impact in Alberta
  • Preference given to those who have a strong history of investing in Alberta
  • Preference given to those who have had a significant impact on the growth of Alberta’s tech ecosystem

Woman in Tech

Awarded to a woman recognized for her entrepreneurial success and ability to launch a venture-backable technology-focused company in Alberta. This individual has also demonstrated a passion for supporting gender equity and promoting women’s advancement, making a lasting impact on Alberta’s technology ecosystem.

The award recipient demonstrates:

  • Must identify as a female in the Alberta technology and innovation space
  • A leadership role in an Alberta-based startup (founder, co-founder or C-level executive) and has been in her role for more than 12 months
  • Record of launching a venture-backable technology-focused startup within the past three years in Alberta (September 30, 2019 – September 30, 2022)
  • Year over year revenue growth (based on review of financial statements from September 30, 2019 – September 30, 2022)
  • A passion to support and promote the advancement of women in tech in Alberta

Most Significant Tech Transaction of the Year

Awarded to the tech company that has had the most significant acquisition or exit.


  • Based on a significant transaction between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022
  • Transaction must be publicly reported and verifiable
  • Preference will be given to companies that have made a significant impact on the Alberta ecosystem
  • Must be a technology- focused company headquartered in Alberta

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