Manitoba was well represented in the Startup Canada Awards, Prairie region, held in Edmonton this week, winning two of the 10 awards as well as honourable mention at the event.
Marney Stapley, vice-president of North Forge, won the entrepreneur promotion award. It is the same award that was won last year by the former CEO of North Forge, Jeff Ryzner, when the event was held in Winnipeg.
"At North Forge, we are all about promoting our community of entrepreneurs. It takes a community to help a startup be successful — that is a task that we take incredibly seriously," Stapley said in a prepared statement.
Stapley had been a longtime volunteer at North Forge’s world-class fabrication lab. She joined the staff about a year ago as the lab — one of the largest community fabrication labs in North America — became so busy that professional supervision was required.
Ukko Robotics, which makes automated chicken coops, won the innovation award.
Ukko Robotics is a technology firm based out of Winnipeg that specializes in the design and development of autonomous agricultural technology and energy-efficient farming equipment, such as its self-sustaining, self-moving, mobile-monitored chicken barns.
Funding Change, the Winnipeg online raffle app, received an honourable mention. Funding Change has developed a platform that has helped large and small community organizations raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Updated on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 3:05 PM CDT: Final