Powerful stories of innovation

prove that possibilities

are Limitless

Our region is home to some of the brightest dreamers, ambitious innovators, socially conscious companies, and rising stars, instrumental to the prosperity of a globally competitive innovation economy.

Over the past year, the tech sector has navigated disruption and mobilized solutions quickly, taking action when it was needed most.

Let’s put a spotlight on the forward-thinkers, progressive work environments and the year’s ground-breaking innovations representing the triumphs of today and the successes of tomorrow.

The Awards

Now’s the time to recognize those who are driving innovation, fostering inclusive cultures, building emerging leaders and scaling to new heights.

Breakthrough Award  Recipient

The Breakthrough Award recognizes a company who has brought a novel solution, impactful to the market, and is currently generating revenue, attracting team members and creating significant buzz in Southwestern Ontario’s innovation economy. This technology clearly demonstrates next-level innovation; a breakthrough solution with significant realized or potential market impact. Companies at any stage of business are eligible for this award. 

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Gamechanger Award

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The Gamechanger Award recognizes a company whose culture is paramount to the success of their business, accelerating growth and profitability while creating positive impact. They demonstrate going above and beyond to successfully move the needle on equity, diversity and inclusion within Southwestern Ontario’s tech community. Companies at any stage of business are eligible for this award. 

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Scaleup Award Recipient

The Scaleup Award recognizes a company that has realized substantial growth over the last 12 months. This technology-powered venture has achieved success through leadership, market impact and innovation, becoming an emerging leader and role model in Southwestern Ontario’s tech sector. The recipient of this award will continue to grow and impact innovation in the region. 

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Forthcomer Award Recipient

The Forthcomer Award recognizes a young professional, a true trailblazer, working to contribute to and create an impact in the world of innovation. Here we celebrate the next generation of big thinkers, dreamers and go-getters. Individuals 29 years of age and under, at the time of application, with a functioning business, product, idea or plan for an innovation or technology company are eligible for this award.

The recipient of The Forthcomer Award will receive $2,500 of seed funding and consultation services from MNP LLP, valued at $2,000.

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The People’s Choice Award Recipient

The People’s Choice Award honours a standout in the innovation space selected from the finalists across all Limitless award categories. Through a virtual voting platform, our regional tech community will have their say in deciding who will be the 2021 People’s Choice recipient.

Questions?

Highlighting the rockstars in the region shouldn’t be grueling. We’ve created a simple process.  

Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate a deserving venture or individual by filling out our brief nomination form and choosing the appropriate award category. The nominee will automatically receive an email with a link to the application form for the selected award category.

Ready to throw your own name in the hat? Simply click on any of the apply links above!

Nominees are expected to fill out their own application forms, as no one knows their stories better than them. Applications must be submitted before February 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

If you’re a tech-based company or have a tech-enabled product or service in Southwestern Ontario — including Elgin, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, and Oxford counties— you are encouraged to submit an application. For-profit, non-profit, and social enterprise organizations alike are eligible to apply for Limitless.

TechAlliance staff, companies involved in the adjudication process, and immediate family members living in the same house are not eligible to enter in the awards application.

Immediate family members include: spouse, child, parent, stepchild, stepparent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law and any other relative permanently residing in the employee’s household.

TechAlliance Board of Directors and their employees may apply, so as long as they are not involved in the adjudication process.

Yes, there is no limit to the number of awards for which a venture or individual can be nominated.

Each award has specific criteria conveyed on the application form. See each form for details:

The Breakthrough Award

The Gamechanger Award

The Scaleup Award

The Forthcomer Award

Nominations open on January 26, 2021 and will close February 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM 

The finalists will be announced in each of the four award categories on March 1, 2021, at which time the voting for the People’s Choice will be open until March 15, 2021. The People’s Choice award will be revealed at Limitless on March 31, 2021.

We want this to be an easy and pleasant process and we are here to help. Any questions you may have can be directed to Heather Siskind-Levite, Community Engagement Specialist at TechAlliance, Heather Siskind-Levite.

If you are interested in getting involved in celebrating tech and innovation — thank you. We are here to help. Reach out to our Director, Partnerships, Karen Chalmers to get started.

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