MONTREAL, Oct. 29, 2012 -- Wajam (www.wajam.com), a leader in social search technology, announced today its CEO Martin-Luc Archambault has been named Emerging Entrepreneur at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Awards in Quebec. Wajam was also selected as a Red Herring Americas Top 100 Winner and recipient of the C2MTL Emerging Entrepreneurs Award this year.
Ernst & Young's Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. The Canadian program is in its 19th year of honoring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award Winners are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial performance and social responsibility.
"Martin-Luc has been an innovation spark for Wajam and a key advisor to many Canadian start-ups over the past decade," said Sylvain Vincent, Ernst & Young Managing Partner in Eastern Canada. "He has set the bar high in terms of creating a small team of brilliant developers to disrupt social search; an area where major market players with between 5,000 to 50,000 employees have yet to develop as easy, comprehensive or compelling a solution."
"I am honored to be recognized and named the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year® for Quebec," said Wajam founder Martin-Luc Archambault. "The Wajam team has worked hard in integrating the Wajam social search experience with Google Maps and Safari, and we continue to expand into new social media outlets to improve the user experience. I share this award with my family, the Montreal tech community, our entire Wajam team and all of the entrepreneurs that allowed me to invest in their companies as an angel investor. Wajam will continue to make Canada proud as we bring exciting new applications for social search to business and consumers alike."
Wajam is an entrepreneurial start-up that offers several ways to search for social results – through its Social Search Everywhere Browser Plugin, a Web application which operates like a search engine and a mobile extension which lets you take your friend recommendations with you on the go. The Wajam Social Search Everywhere Plugin follows you everywhere you search, making search more personal by adding social network results to all web search queries – without having to change user search behavior. Wajam.com gives you a depository of everything your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ friends and followers are posting and the easy ability to search through this comprehensive mashup.
About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards
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About Wajam – Great Minds Search Alike – www.wajam.com
Wajam (www.wajam.com) is a social search engine that gives you access to the knowledge of your friends when you need it. The Wajam Social Search Everywhere Plugin makes searching the web more personal by adding results from friends to standard searches on Google, Bing or Yahoo! It elevates search relevance by featuring your friends' likes and reviews for products, places, links, photos and videos within your regular search habits, even in places like Amazon, Yelp, Trip Advisor, YouTube and Ebay. The Wajam Search site gives users the ability to search their network of trusted friends and followers across multiple social networks all in one place.
Wajam is an International Stevies Award Silver Winner for Most Innovative Company in the U.S. and Canada as well as Best Social App; a Red Herring Americas Top 100 Winner and recipient of the C2MTL Emerging Entrepreneurs Award. Wajam received the highest security certifications from TRUSTe, McAfee and Norton, and is committed to protecting privacy and keeping user info safe. Wajam launched in private beta in January 2011 and was founded by Martin-Luc Archambault, who was previously CEO of Zango Canada and named Finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Wajam is privately held and funded by Bolidea. Visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/wajam or Twitter at https://twitter.com/wajam. Please refer also to our award-winning Press Page or visit our Blog.
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