Over 500 members of the Hamilton business community gathered together at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on October 2 for the sold-out 2014 LiON’S LAIR awards gala, and what a night it was!
The room was abuzz as guests who had come together to celebrate entrepreneurship in Hamilton awaited the results of the Lions’ decisions – which finalists would take home the coveted $160,000+ in cash and professional resources?
Six weeks after their pitches to the Lions, our ten finalists – along with the audience – finally got their news! Here are the prize winners of the evening:
Ranggo was named the grand prize winner and took home an investment of $57,500 in cash and in-kind prizes, including: $25,000 in cash provided by Cogeco, McMaster University, McMaster Innovation Park, Mohawk College, and RBC Royal Bank; $12,500 in accounting services from KPMG; $10,000 in sales and lead generation from VA Partners; and $10,000 in marketing and pr services from Albanese Branding.
Second place was awarded to The Greenlid, and they banked $51,250 of in-kind services. This included $25,000 in legal services from Gowling; a $10,000 web development Package from Fluid Media; $10,000 in app development services from Weever Apps; and $6,250 in accounting services from KPMG.
$28,250 of in-kind services was awarded to the third place finisher, Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments. Sound Options took home: a $12,000 SEO Package from KKT Interactive; a $10,000 branding package from Factor[e] design initiative; and $6,250 in accounting Services from KPMG.
Hangry and Special Appucations took home fourth and fifth places respectively. Hangry won $10,000 in strategic planning and execution services from Focus Management and $5,000 cash from Cogeco, McMaster University, McMaster Innovation Park, Mohawk College, and RBC Royal Bank.
Special Appucations took home $13,000 in prizes – a $10,000 team dynamics and leadership coaching package from Communica and a 6-month workspace rental from McMaster Innovation Park.
The winners were selected by this year’s Lions: Carmela Trombetta, Blair McKeil, Mario Paron, Jeff Paikin, and Tonia Jahshan. Thank you Lions, and congratulations to all of this year’s winners!
The audience also had the chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award, and after the votes were tallied The Greenlid was named the winner and awarded a meeting with Trellis Capital (a Toronto VC firm), $500 cash and a half page ad in The Hamilton Spectator!
Thank you to all of our incredible partners and supporters who help make this fantastic event possible year after year. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at LiON’S LAIR 2015!