WaitWell recognized with two 2023 Start Alberta tech awards

Shannon • October 24, 2023 • Read time: 7 min

A100 One to Watch award goes to WaitWell

On October 11, 2023, WaitWell was awarded the A100 One to Watch Award as part of the 2023 Start Alberta Tech Awards. The A100 One to Watch is awarded to an early-stage company that is “most likely to succeed”, as nominated by the Alberta tech community and chosen by A100 Charter Members. The A100 One to Watch Award is generously sponsored by the  A100, a non-profit, membership-based community of acclaimed tech and innovation leaders, founders and investors.

“We founded WaitWell because we believe in the power of exceptional service. And we’re not the only ones, 88% of people say that the experience that they get is as important as the product of the services that a company delivers, ” explains Shannon Vander Meulen, Co-Founder and CMO.

Shannon Vander Meulen, Co-Founder and CMO of WaitWell

Start Alberta helps organizations within Alberta’s tech sector to expand. Each year, the Start Alberta Tech Awards recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to Alberta’s innovation ecosystem. In addition to the Start Alberta awards, the Start Alberta Platform connects Alberta’s innovation and tech ecosystem with data to empower investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers to help Alberta’s tech companies scale and grow.

WaitWell co-founder receives Woman in Tech Award

In addition to the A100 One to Watch award, WaitWell co-founder Shannon Vander Meulen was also recognized as Start Alberta’s 2023 Woman in Tech award winner at the sixth annual Start Alberta awards in Edmonton on October 11, 2023.

According to Start Alberta, “the Woman in Tech is awarded to a forward-thinking woman recognized for her entrepreneurial success and ability to launch a venture-backable technology-focused company in Alberta. This individual has also demonstrated a passion for supporting gender equity and promoting women’s advancement, making a lasting impact on Alberta’s technology ecosystem.”

The Woman in Tech of the Year Award is generously sponsored by Innovate Calgary, the innovation company of the University of Calgary. From ideation to commercialization, Innovate Calgary offers the resources, facilities, and expert guidance needed to bring innovation to Calgary, Alberta, and beyond.

I had the idea for WaitWell because of a real-life business problem I experienced myself. I knew that there had to be a better way for people to get in line for services and to be informed during their wait. We believe that we can become a household name that people will walk into any sort of organization that has a lineup and they’ll say, why don’t they have WaitWell? 

Shannon vander meulen, waitwell co-founder

Shannon Vander Meulen

About WaitWell

WaitWell is a Calgary-based tech company focused on empowering service organizations with digital tools to streamline service. The platform is based on virtual queue technology that optimizes customer flow. In addition to queueing, organizations using WaitWell can integrate walk-ins with booked appointments, communicate by text with customers before, during and after service and get powerful data insights into service operations.

Founded in 2020, WaitWell is quickly becoming a market leader in cloud-based customer flow solutions. Used at 600+ locations across North America, WaitWell helps organizations like RCMP, University of Texas at Austin and the State of Nevada to streamline service delivery and get powerful insights into service operations.

WaitWell was awarded the MNP Innovation Award in 2021, won StartupTNT Investment Summit I in Calgary, and was a Platform Calgary Launch Party Top 10 company.

About Start Alberta

Start Alberta is the most comprehensive database on startups and funding in the province. Operated by A100 and powered by Dealroom, Start Alberta provides real-time data for founders, investors, corporates and government stakeholders, cataloguing the regional tech ecosystem. 

Initiated by A100, AEC and the Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA) and in collaboration with a wide group of community partners, Start Alberta provides insights on the health of the regional innovation economy while showcasing the Alberta startup ecosystem to the world.