Profile of the Vancouver Startup Scene
Vancouver, British Columbia is one of Canada’s fastest growing tech hub cities. There is an increasing number of entrepreneurs looking to build their new startup business in the City of Glass. Vancouver now boasts offices for some of the major players in the technology industry including Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Salesforce.
According to a study conducted by Visual Capitalist 44% of Canadian game developers are based in British Columbia. Canada has become the world’s third largest video game producer and is home to such game developers as EA.
The Vancouver startup scene is bolstered further by a progressive Mayor, Gregor Robertson who is very much supportive of tech jobs. There is also a growing number of talented IT professionals living in the area, Software Development and IT companies made up 15 of the top 60 fastest growing business in Vancouver last year.
Furthermore, Vancouver continues to be an attractive destination for qualified IT candidates, with the average salary for a Web Developer being around the $50,000. Due to the ongoing skills gap in this area, which remains a global issue, hardworking employees can expect to be well compensated for their efforts.
Vancouver’s attractive lifestyle is particularly evident in the uber cool Gastown area, which has become a major social hub for those working in the tech sector. With an enviable selection of bars, cafes and restaurants, the downtown district adds another plus point to British Columbia’s largest city.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an IT candidate, the Vancouver startup scene is growing quickly. Of the 8,900 tech companies based their, 350 are active startups. In 2013, more than $477.8 million in venture capital funding was raised in British Columbia.