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Canada's Top Digital Media, ICT Companies Named for CIX Showcase

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Leading companies and innovators in the Canadian digital media and information and communication technology space were revealed at an industry event in Toronto last night.

They will be showcased at the upcoming Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) annual forum.

The CIX Top 20 companies were chosen by a selection committee of industry experts, and they will be featured at CIX’s  event at the MaRS Discovery District on November 27in Toronto. An exciting addition to this year’s event is CIX’s partnership with Toronto-based CrowdLinker and BlackOptek, and the virtual stock exchange that's been collaboratively created for CIX 2012.

Using this special tool, attendees can – in real time – buy and sell virtual shares of the Top 20 companies at CIX 2012.

The CIX Top 20 has been an important indicator of Canada’s best emerging technology companies.

Previous CIX Top 20 finalists have included:

· Rypple – Acquired by salesforce

· Tungle – Acquired by RIM

· Adenyo – Acquired by Motricity

· Wave Accounting – Raised $12M through Social+Capital Partnerships, Charles River Ventures and OMERS Ventures

· Wattpad – Raised $17M, led by Khosla Ventures

Wattpad, a social networking tool that connects writers to their readers, won last year’s People’s Choice in Digital Media and particularly benefitted from its participant.

"2011 was a great year for Wattpad and CIX provided our company with a platform to bring forth our unique contribution to the digital, communications and technology world”, Allen Lau, CEO of Wattpad said. “Being a CIX 20 winner played an integral part in our company’s success. CIX helped raise our organization’s profile on a national level and helped jumpstart our new fundraising round."

CIX 2012 features interactive sessions led by some of Canada’s top business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs in information and communication technology and digital media. Occurring annually, the event helps connect entrepreneurs to key players in technology-based industries from Canada and around the world.

The 2012 CIX Top 20 is:

Digital Media

· Frank and Oak (Montreal)

· Scribble Live (Toronto)

· Shopcaster (Toronto)

· Sitescout (Toronto)

· Urthecast (Calgary)

· Yactraq (Surrey)

· Celtx (St. Johns)

· PenyoPal (Toronto)

· Wajam (Montreal)

· Sweet IQ (Montreal)

Information and Communication Technology

· Livelenz (Bedford)

· Payfirma (Vancouver)

· Vidyard (Waterloo)

· Influitive (Toronto)

· Printchomp (Waterloo)

· 360pi (Ottawa)

· Viafoura (Toronto)

· Nulogy (Toronto)

· Employtouch (Toronto)

· Jibestream (Toronto)

The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is a showcase for great Canadian innovation while catalyzing strategic relationships and transactions across this dynamic sector. Its objective is to bring together the key leaders and protagonists of technology-based innovation in order to learn from each other and to showcase and celebrate the tremendous innovative products, services and technologies that exist today and are providing the fuel for our economy to grow.

CrowdLinker is creating the next generation of professional networking tools. The EventLink app pulls the LinkedIn profiles of everyone attending an event and displays them all in one view, making it easy to find the right connections.

Blackoptek is a mobile-first, digital agency based out of Toronto. A leader in innovation, Blackoptek has delivered over six number one apps since its inception and continues to set the bar high for mobile strategy, design, development, execution, and marketing.

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