Article via Marketwired – Today the Canadian Startup Awards, presented by tech media company Techvibes, announced the winners of the 6th annual awards at a gala in downtown Toronto. The top awards of the night went to education platform Top Hat, for Startup of the Year; Wealthsimple’s Michael Katchen for Entrepreneur of the Year; and Shopify’s COO Harley Finkelstein for Angel Investor of the Year. Winners were awarded in 11 categories, including six new categories like top social impact startup, top hardware company, and best enterprise transformation.
“2016 was a big year for Top Hat, between securing our latest funding round and introducing more educators and students to our platform. We’re honoured to take home the top award of the night for Startup of the Year,” said Mohsen Shahini, Top Hat’s co-founder and CAO. “This year will be even bigger for the company as we try to change the way academic content is created and distributed.”
Top Hat’s education platform provides students with mobile-friendly versions of learning materials, and last month the company announced $29.5 million in Series C funding. The platform is used by over 500 educational institutions around the world, including the University of Toronto and Cornell University. Angel Investor of the Year was awarded to Harley Finkelstein, COO of Shopify, who has invested in over a dozen companies including SkiptheDishes, a finalist for Startup of the Year, and Akira, an app that uses video to connect patients and doctors. He’s also one of the Dragons on CBC’s Next Gen Den.