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Bessie Celebrates at the 2020 Start Alberta Tech Awards

Start Alberta Tech Awards with a picture of Moraine Lake

Bessie is proud to be supporting the Start Alberta Tech Awards this year. Start Alberta recognizes and celebrates the hard work put into changing Alberta’s tech and innovation ecosystem. With 9 different awards this year, we’re excited to celebrate alongside them and congratulate the individuals who are making an impact in Alberta...and we are excited to announce that Spencer Kerber took one home! Spencer was named Most Promising Startup Entrepreneur of the Year for his work with Bessie.

About Start Alberta 

Some of the goodie bags for the night


Start Alberta aims to fill the gap in Alberta’s tech and innovation ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs with investors and resources. They support and promote startups to see these startups thrive and for Alberta grow. Start Alberta is a collaboration between different partners within the innovation and tech ecosystem: Venture Capital Association of Alberta, Platform Calgary, Alberta Innovates, Alberta Enterprise Corporation, The A100, Edmonton Regional Innovation Network, Startup Edmonton and TEC Edmonton.

2020 is a little different

This year, the Start Alberta Tech Awards was held virtually. In these unprecedented times we were happy to gather together online and raise our glasses to Alberta’s thriving innovation and technology. With the impact of COVID-19, we’ve seen how start-ups have had to adapt and their resilience. It’s been an interesting time for Bessie too and we’re so grateful for the community that has helped us get where we are today. The Alberta startup ecosystem has been so supportive and we’re happy to be a part of it.

Here's to our advisors and peers 🍻

We always say it takes a village and we are excited to celebrate alongside the best startups in Alberta:

  • Fast growth awards under $5 million: Athennian
  • Most significant tech transaction of the year: Decisive Farming
  • Ecosystem supporter of the year: CDL-Rockies
  • Most significant cross-community collaboration of the year: AltaML Applied AI Lab
  • Tech investor of the year: Shawn Abbott, partner at Inovia Capital
  • Fast growth awards over $5 million:
  • Women in tech of the year: Tiffany Kaminsky, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Symend
  • Tech deal of the year: Symend
  • The A100 one to watch award: Provision Analytics
  • Last but not least, the Rod Charko Service Award: Carey Houston, founder and CEO of 321 Growth Academy. A quick note: Carey has been an instrumental in Bessie's over the last year. We are grateful for her honest words, brilliant tactics and understanding - We couldn't think of a more deserving winner!  

The future looks bright for Alberta's innovation and tech sector—bring on 2021!