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JA business awards reward best, brightest

JA business awards reward best, brightest

It all started when four guys were watching a football game on TV at a local Waterloo pub.  They overheard other pub patrons trying to predict what would happen next.

Why not create an Internet gaming platform, they thought, that would enable fans to watch the game and predict what will happen next on their computers?

The result was LiveHive Systems, a Waterloo company that has sold its gaming software to TV networks ESPN and Turner Broadcasting.  Using its NanoGaming software, ESPN is able to run a trivia game during Monday night football games and award major prizes. The software can also be used with reality TV shows and other interactive programs.

LiveHive, which employs 35 people out of an office on Lodge Street, took home the award last night for the best new business at the 23rd annual Waterloo Region Business Achievement Awards last night, sponsored by Junior Achievement.

Dave Bullock, LiveHive's president and co-founder, accepted the award, sponsored by Gowlings, at a dinner held at Bingemans in Kitchener.

Nearly 100 area businesses were nominated for awards in six categories. Winners were chosen by an adjudication committee composed of business and education leaders.

The keynote speaker for the event was Gerry Remers, president and chief operating officer of Christie Digital Systems.

Other winners at the awards ceremony included some familiar names.

Research In Motion took home the top award, business of the year, sponsored by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

The company was cited for being a world leader in wireless technology with the subscriber base for its BlackBerry communications device topping eight million. RIM has helped put Waterloo on the global technology map.

The retailer of the year award, sponsored by TD Canada Trust, went to David's Gourmet, which operates a thriving specialty food store on Northfield Drive in Waterloo and plans to open another in downtown Kitchener.

The Princess Cinemas, one of the few independently owned movie theatre companies in the province, captured the small business award, sponsored by The Record.

The company has operated a repertory cinema in downtown Waterloo since the mid 1980s and opened a second theatre, with two screens, three years ago.

The excellence in technology award, sponsored by KPMG, went to Navtech, a Waterloo company whose software enables airlines and air carriers to schedule pilots and shipments and obtain landing permits more efficiently.

The Cowan Group, a Cambridge-based insurance and benefits company, won the corporate citizenship award, sponsored by Union Gas.

The company was cited for such charitable endeavours as providing $1 million to pay for 1,000 automatic heart defibrillators to be placed in high-traffic public sites.

 

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