B.C. startups can apply to be a part of Vancouver Takeover by February 8.
Last year, tech coalition Frontier Collective announced plans to position Vancouver as Canada’s tech capital by 2030. Specializing in subjects like Web3, the metaverse, VR/AR, AI and animation, it seems to be following through on its ambition, as the group is about to place Vancouver in front of a global audience at SXSW 2023, a major conference and festival celebrating tech, innovation and entertainment.
Taking place in Austin, Texas from March 10-14, Vancouver Takeover is going to feature speakers, stories and activations, as well as opportunities for companies to connect with industry leaders and investors. Supported by local businesses like YVR Airport, Destination Vancouver, Low Tide Properties and others, Frontier is also working with partners from Trade and Invest BC, Telefilm and the Canadian Consulate. Attendees will spot familiar faces onstage, including the likes of Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey, Vancouver mayor Ken Sim and B.C. Innovation Commissioner Gerri Sinclair.
With March 12 billed as Vancouver Day to recognize the city’s frontier technology in areas like AI, robotics, agtech, retail tech and more, March 13 will shine the spotlight on Frontier CEO Dan Burgar, who will speak on the economic potential of the metaverse.
“As a city we’re finally changing our tune, with our chests puffed a little more,” Burgar said in a release. “We’re embracing the new Vancouver and showing that we can be bold and proud to share our stories. We believe that Vancouver has potential to lead the world in this new paradigm of technological revolution, especially in the areas of frontier technologies. Now it’s time that we embrace our regional and economic strengths like we never have before.”
To RSVP or to be a part of the Takeover, apply here by February 8.