Startup gains traction with $50,000 prize in emerging tech competition
CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 10. 2015 /CNW/ -- One of Calgary's own startups beat out 13 other ambitious upstarts to take home the top prize in the Energy New Venture Competition.
On January 26, Leankor's enterprise-ready workflow management system bested its fellow entrepreneurial competitors in the Dragon's Den-style pitching event. And earning a nod from the judging panel came with a $50,000 first prize comprised of $25,000 cash and $25,000 worth of in-kind services.
"The oil and gas sector is undergoing a significant evolution, and now is the time for innovations that allow organizations along the entire value chain to quickly adapt," says Emilio Bernabei, CEO of Leankor. "The $50,000 prize will help Leankor deliver its workflow automation tool to even more organizations to assist them in running leaner operations and streamline their workflows. We are very proud of our accomplishments to date, and we are honoured by the first-place finish at the Energy New Venture Competition."
Bernabei says that Leankor plans to reinvest a majority of the $25,000 cash prize in targeted marketing and sales initiatives to help the company reach even more organizations with its lean management tools. The $25,000 worth of in-kind legal fees, courtesy of Davis LLP, will also allow Leankor to secure additional funding.
The Energy New Venture Competition was created by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business, as well as Innovate Calgary, and is supported by Encana. It serves as a platform to boost and provides exposure for emerging energy technology companies and concepts.
Leankor is the go-to operational management tool to help teams collaborate and visualize work and workflow. Powered by the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, the system uses visual collaboration tools to distill workflow management into three simple steps, cutting the time and costs typically required to set up such systems. Modern features, such as Salesforce Chatter and full Salesforce integration, help managers across industries keep workflows lean and cut back on endless email churn and pointless meetings.
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