This week budding entrepreneurs and seasoned business veterans from a range of technology sectors will be getting together for Vancouver Startup Week
, an annual event aimed at showcasing the region’s startup culture and providing guidance for companies just entering the startup world.
With speeches, panels and other events the week is about building relationships and imparting knowledge, with experienced entrepreneurs and investors sharing their expertise with companies just starting out. A number of Vancouver tech companies have also opened their doors in a city-wide open house in which participants can visit companies, meet potential employers and learn more about Vancouver’s homegrown companies.
Vancouver Startup Week launched in November 2014, becoming the first Startup Week of its kind in Canada. Last year, the event attracted more than 3,000 people to more than 80 different events; this year attendance is expected to be even bigger.
The popularity of the event reflects the strength of Vancouver’s tech industry. British Columbia’s technology ecosystem
has been attracting international recognition for several years, with leaders in the industry, such as Amazon
as well as homegrown companies like Slack
establishing offices throughout the region. Companies are attracted to the diverse level of talent in British Columbia as well as the competitive tax regime and strategic location, allowing them direct access to the technology centres on the U.S. west coast and strong links to key markets in Asia.
Companies just starting out can also benefit from several incubator and accelerator programs in Vancouver, while communities like Victoria and Kamloops provide resources from co-work space to startup workshops. Organizations such as Wavefront and the B.C. Innovation Council
also work with early stage companies providing guidance and resources across the province.
The strengths of British Columbia’s technology sector will be showcased during the #BCTech Summit
happening March 2017 in Vancouver. The summit is the largest technology conference in British Columbia spotlighting key technology sub-sectors such as e-health, clean technology and agri-technology.
For more information on British Columbia’s technology sector contact one of our International Trade and Investment Representatives.