Global Tech Sector Leaders, Influencers and Investors Hit Vancouver for 2013 Grow Conference

August 14, 2013 | Jobs and the Economy

More than 1,000 attendees representing industries ranging from e-commerce to mobile gaming will share insights and experiences for continued sector growth and innovation at this year’s GROW Conference, starting today in Vancouver.

GROW has steadily become a must-attend event in the tech space since its inception in 2010. The conference attracts leading technology pioneers, founders, executives, influencers and investors committed to showcasing success, idea curation and solving challenges through innovation. High profile speakers, an accelerator symposium, start-up smackdown and VIP roundtables, as well as an evening House Party series, allow for valued face-time for attendees.

“Vancouver’s technology sector has experienced explosive growth in the past five years and we are excited to be able to share that success with the world through GROW,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We certainly have a lot to be proud of, with as many as 60 tech companies in Vancouver making the 2013 Profit List of the fastest growing companies in Canada. These are companies who are attracting and hiring top talent as their revenues have grown by an average of more than 1000% since GROW began. At City Hall we want to do everything we can to ensure the tech sector is supported, more jobs are created right here in Vancouver, and that this momentum continues.”

Vancouver Economic Commission will be supporting the showcasing of as many as twenty of Vancouver’s fastest growing tech companies at the House Party @GROW in Gastown the first night of the conference. Modeled after the Olympic House concept, attendees and the public will be able to “house hop” between the top bars and restaurants in the area to learn about and meet the City’s most successful tech entrepreneurs.

“The innovation and thought-leadership coming out of companies that call our city home is definitely awe-inspiring,” said Joan Elangovan, CEO of Vancouver Economic Commission. “Being able to feature local powerhouses like Avigilon, Awesense and Change Heroes that are finding solutions to solve global challenges demonstrates that Vancouver provides an environment for success, whether it be as an incubator, accelerator or facilitating partnerships and investment. More and more, eyes are on our city for leadership and innovation.”

Vancouver House @GROW co-host and Launch Academy Executive Director Ray Walia, agrees. “There has never been a better time to be in tech and Vancouver is the place to be if you are a start-up tech company, aspiring entrepreneur or seasoned investor. As a city, we are leading the pack when it comes to the quality of ideas and innovation that move quickly from concept to reality and we don’t see things slowing down anytime soon.”

In addition to top thought leaders from Canada and the US, noted attendees to this year’s conference include members of the Canada California Business Council, a contingent including US companies and politicians who will meet with Vancouver businesses to identify opportunities for trade and potential manufacturing sites here in the Lower Mainland. The visit is a follow up to work done to complete an MOU of economic cooperation between Riverside and Vancouver that was signed last October during an Vancouver Economic Commission-led mission to California.

More information about GROW conference, including speakers, event schedule and details on tickets for the House Party @GROW series can be found at