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Meet Vancouver

Canada’s fastest-growing economy and will be for the next 4 years

Vancouver is the epicentre of BC’s tech industry boom more and more companies choosing to headquarter downtown.

Canada’s fastest job-creating economy, a top-rated startup ecosystem, with technology jobs are leading the way.

3 out of the 5 Canadian unicorns were born here

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Why so many Silicon Valley companies are moving to Vancouver

When Amazon announced its expansion into Vancouver in April 2018, an almost imperceptible shift happened in the local tech ecosystem. With the exclusion of Microsoft’s move into the city in 2016 to establish a two-floor, 750-person office, the technology landscape has been dominated almost entirely by small, 50-employee-or-less startups. While breakout local successes like HootsuiteAvigilon, and Slack have made a name for themselves in Silicon Valley, few Bay Area companies and Seattle giants would have considered the locale to be a noteworthy tech hub.

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BC Technology Ecosystem Map

Tech is a force for good in people’s lives, in our communities, and for the future of our province. On BC Day 2018 in August, the BCTECH Association released their new British Columbia Technology Ecosystem map. Technology has the power to build our province—and a growing tech sector can make that happen.

The map shows just how connected the sector is—how players from one group support and help players from another grow. And make no mistake, this map is a snapshot in time and an overview of the industry. Companies will grow. New ones will emerge. Some will leave. But right now it offers an idea of the incredible variety of players making a difference this year.

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