‘Made in Vancouver’ start-up list launches to promote local tech innovators

February 3, 2012 | Jobs and the Economy

Mayor Gregor Robertson joined representatives from local start-ups Growlab and Ayoudo at the closing of the Cities Summit to launch ‘Made in Vancouver,’ a community resource for local start-ups to show their pride in Vancouver’s burgeoning start-up community.

In just 24 hours since Made in Vancouver launched, over 50 local start-ups have already signed on to take part.

“The battle for cities to become digital start-up centres is competitive, and Vancouver is competing with international talent in the US, Europe, Asia, and around the world,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “‘Made in Vancouver’ is all about fostering a stronger digital community in Vancouver, providing connections and resources for budding entrepreneurs and building tomorrow’s tech leaders.”

‘Made in Vancouver’ is a collaboration between the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Economic Commission, Growlab, Ayoudo, and Techvibes. Inspired from a similar campaign started in New York City, ‘Made in Vancouver’ includes a website providing local success stories of aspiring start-ups, hiring information, as well as a badge for companies to identify themselves as ‘Made in Vancouver.’

To be a part of Made in Vancouver, members must:

  • Add a Made in Vancouver badge or text link to the foot of their site.
  • Be a company that is run from Vancouver, has staff in the city and is designed, coded and/or supported in the city.
  • Have over 5,000 people that use their site every month.

Michael Tippett, the CEO and co-founder of Ayoudo.com, a Vancouver-based tech company that lets you find trusted help in your neighbourhood, says “start-ups create jobs and are a driving force behind the economic growth of any city.  ‘Made in Vancouver’ shows just how much we're building, and this site will become a comprehensive list of the City's leading innovators and who's hiring.”

‘Made in Vancouver’ is at www.vanmade.ca