Wajam in 2013: A Year Of Growth, Innovation and Fun

January 2nd, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Awards and Press Mentions, Company, Culture, Montreal, Press, Startups, Team Activities, Wajam Spartans

Happy New Year!

What a year it has been. So many Canadian startup success stories, including the public launch of our friends PasswordBox, and the rocket growth of Frank & Oak. We’re thankful to be part of such an innovative and supportive community in Montreal, and we wish everyone the best for the upcoming year.

Here are highlights from the past year at Wajam.


We grew the team from ten to over fifty in the past year and moved into a beautiful new office decorated with artwork from local graffiti legends Scaner, Axe and Earth Crusher.

New Wajam office in 2013

Graffiti Artwork at Wajam

As a team, we shared many memorable moments, from occasional nerf gun shootouts at the office to outdoor sporting challenges against fellow Montreal startups.

Team outings included curling, bowling, karting, softball and more!

One of the more involved events this year was our participation at this summer’s Spartan Race, which featured training in the park, jogging at sunrise and gym training.

Wajam Gym Training for Spartan Race

Flight training at the gym for Spartan Race

Wajam Spartans at the finish line in 2013

Wajam Spartans celebrate at the finish line


We participated in community events such as Start-Up Open House Montreal and hosted local meetups for Scala Montreal, Pyladies and more.

We won 2nd place at the International Startup Festival ball hockey tournament against teams from Twitter, Busbud, Real Ventures, iNovia Capital, BDC, Nexalogy, Rho Ventures and more.

Wajam Startup Ball Hockey Tournament

2nd place at the International Startup Festival ball hockey tournament

Wajam soccer in 2013

The Wajam Panda mascot during a soccer match vs. PasswordBox


We hosted talks with special guests like Boku co-founder Ron Hirson, Frank & Oak founders Hicham Ratnani & Ethan Song, Nicolas Bélanger from W Investments (co-founder of DTI Software the world’s leader of in-flight entertainment technology), Richard Speer from Attraction and more.

Ron Hirson at a Wajam Lunch & Learn talks in 2013

Ron Hirson from DocuSign giving a Lunch & Learn talk at the office


Just like the previous year, we won many awards. Among the highlights, CEO Martin-Luc Archambault won gold for Innovator of the Year at the International Business Awards, and our development team was recognized as the top Technology Department by the Best in Bizz awards. And as a team, we won Canada’s Company of the Year prize at the Digi Awards in Toronto.

Wajam Concours ARISTA award 2013

Wajam CEO Martin-Luc Archambault wins Young Entrepreneur of the Year


It’s been an incredible year of growth, and we look forward to wowing you with even more social search innovations in the new year.

Wishing you much love, joy and laughter,

The Wajam team

Wajam team holiday photo 2013

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