Leading Silicon Valley and Canadian tech executives advise and inspire entrepreneurs at Grow 2010 conference

August 20, 2010 | Jobs and the Economy

Some of the top minds and business leaders in North America’s technology industry are in Vancouver this week for the City of Vancouver co-sponsored Grow 2010 Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The conference runs from Aug. 19 through 21 and is designed to help promising entrepreneurs meet and interact with technology leaders and investors from the Silicon Valley and Canada. The goal is to build stronger relationships and inspire and stimulate more Canadian business successes.

“We are committed to partnering with local industries to help them achieve their goals and to make Vancouver an economic centre of green technology and business,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our goal is to strengthen Vancouver’s economy by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship and attracting investment. We want to be the world’s greenest city by 2020.”

Mayor Robertson will deliver tomorrow’s opening remarks to start a day featuring representatives of a host of successful tech companies in the U.S. and Canada. Speakers include founders and executives from companies such as Zappos, Pandora, Groupon, LinkedIn, Research in Motion, Nokia, Microsoft and Google.

Participants will also have the chance to be part of small roundtable discussions on: cross-border investing and deal-making; building and maintaining networks from abroad; trends and new models in advertising, e-commerce, gaming, web services and media; and ways to develop partnerships and marketing strategies in another country.

“Through our Vancouver Green Capital economic development initiative, our city has developed a strong business community of clean energy firms, green building technology and creative companies, including growth industries such as digital media,” Mayor Robertson added. "These and other local businesses have helped Vancouver rank as the city with the highest rate of entrepreneurship per capita in North America."

The Vancouver Economic Development Commission and the City of Vancouver are event sponsors.

Photo credit: City of Vancouver