Winner: Douglas Magazine’s “10 to Watch” Awards

The annual Douglas “10 to Watch” issue celebrates up-and-coming businesses on Vancouver Island. In its 15th year, the awards spotlight local entrepreneurship in all its variety and recognize the dreamers and doers who have created some of the region’s most exciting new businesses.

After scrutinizing dozens of worthy candidates, an independent panel of five judges — all prominent local businesspeople — picked the 10 most promising startups in Greater Victoria. It’s a varied group, from marine tech to floral perfume, spas, to school lunches. Several of the judges commented on a sea change in the makeup of this year’s winners: a return to doing business person-to-person, a growing emphasis on sustainability and a desire to give back to the community that supports them. In other words, the human touch.

ArtRow was among this year’s winners of Douglas Magazine’s “10 to Watch!”

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