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Smart & Biggar honours Ottawa entrepreneurs as presenting sponsor of the 2021 Bootstrap Awards

In a virtual ceremony on June 17, 2021, Smart & Biggar, in partnership with The Ottawa Network (T.O.N.), recognized self-funded, early-stage companies at the 2021 Bootstrap Awards.

The evening was co-hosted by Smart & Biggar senior associate Jamie-Lynn Kraft and Erin Engelhardt of T.O.N. and featured a Q&A with each of the winners.

The annual awards celebrate the Ottawa region’s start-up movers and shakers and pay tribute to a legacy of self-funded entrepreneurs. Eight companies who embody the entrepreneur lifestyle in early stage companies were recognized by a community of virtual attendees, sponsors and award partners.

Congratulations to the 2021 Bootstrap Award winners:

  • Green Award: Greenre President: Keith Loiselle
  • Innovation Award: CoGenerate Solar CEO: Ra'ed Arab CTO: Bruno Rocha
  • SaaS Award: Noibu Co-founders: Robert Boukine and Kailin Noivo
  • Marketing Award: Wicket Co-founders: Jeff Horne and Laura Mindorff
  • Bootstrap Capital Award: RedLore CEO: Niek Van Dierdonck
  • Disruptor Award: Extend Pharmacy Specialists Founder: Jason Wentzell Manager: Meghan Hayes
  • Community Impact Award: Treehouse Medical Founder: Julia Slanina
  • Founder of the Year: Jason Lee Company: SmartCone Technologies

Meet the 2021 Bootstrap Award Winners

As a leader in Intellectual Property law in Canada, Smart & Biggar works with international and Canadian companies to develop IP protection strategies that maximize the commercial value of IP and increase return on innovation. In the Ottawa region, Smart & Biggar is committed to supporting emerging technology and innovation, and the work of start-up entrepreneurs and inventors.