Thomas Ligocki

BC Business Magazine - - Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 - – F.S.


EOY fi­nal­ists in 2011, Thomas Ligocki and Clevest reap­plied in 2017 be­cause sales had grown 44 per­cent year-over-year and the firm at­tracted a ma­jor new in­vestor, En­ergy Im­pact Part­ners (EIP). Based in New York, EIP is a coali­tion of global en­ergy com­pa­nies. “We fo­cus on util­i­ties, so hav­ing [En­ergy Im­pact Part­ners] take in­ter­est in us was a great boost of con­fi­dence, given their cri­te­ria for in­no­va­tion,” Ligocki says. Clevest's mo­bile work­force man­age­ment soft­ware for util­i­ties is used by more than 220 en­ergy com­pa­nies world­wide.

When Ligocki's fam­ily im­mi­grated to B.C. from Cze­choslo­vakia as po­lit­i­cal refugees in 1985, he was 13 and spoke no English. Nine years later, he grad­u­ated from UBC with a BSC in com­puter sci­ence and be­gan work­ing on Sky­train soft­ware for train man­u­fac­turer Al­ca­tel Al­sthom (now Al­stom). He also stud­ied part-time for a mas­ter's de­gree through a univer­sity con­sor­tium that com­prised UBC, SFU and the Univer­sity of Al­berta, grad­u­at­ing with an MSC in soft­ware tech­nol­ogy from Uofa. In 2006, after found­ing and then sell­ing on­line food delivery ser­vice Yummy web, Ligocki launched Clevest.

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