Earlier this week Mayor Gregor Robertson attended the launch of Startup City, the central hub of activities for Vancouver’s Second Annual Startup Week. This year’s Startup Week features more than 50 events, and will engage over 3,000 people.
“As one of the top 20 startup ecosystems in the world, Vancouver is becoming internationally renowned as a place to grow and build a business” said Mayor Robertson. “With a strong and stable economy, a vibrant startup environment, and a network of programs to support entrepreneurs, Vancouver is a city where innovation thrives and the future is being made.”
Vancouver is currently home to over 75,000 tech workers, with a 15,000 new jobs in the tech sector forecasted by 2019. Three of Canada’s five unicorns (startups valued at over $1 billion) are also located here in Vancouver: Avigilon, Hootsuite, and Slack. In addition, Vancouver is now home to the largest cluster of VFX & Animation studios in the world, and is one of the top 10 best cities for video game development.
Vancouver has led Canadian cities in economic growth in recent years, and a report by the Conference Board of Canada has forecasted Vancouver as the #1 city for economic growth in Canada in 2016.
Startup Week and Startup City are hosted by the VEC, the Vancouver Startup Society and their partners, who support a diverse array of high potential, low-carbon and knowledge based businesses in all stages of growth. Startup Week also includes a Recruitment Fair, Talent Conference for the Tech Industry, and a Startup Open House where the public can explore the up and coming companies, incubators, and community stakeholders in Vancouver's innovation and technology communities.