December 20, 2010 - Generator Competition Names Vancouver’s Top Tech Contenders for 2011
Discovery Parks and the City of Vancouver award eight top start-ups free tech-space
12.17.2010– Vancouver, BC – Discovery Parks and the City of Vancouver announced the inaugural winners of the Generator Challenge – a competition created to recognize Vancouver’s most promising early-stage technology companies. Eight winners have been awarded space in the 5,000 square foot premium, turn-key Generator workspace at Discovery Parks, designed to give technology start-ups a boost into the market place.
The winners are:
• Clinical Media Ltd
• Metafor Software
• Superna Life Sciences
• Del Mar Pharmaceuticals
• V7 Entertainment Inc.
• ConQuer Mobile
“Generator was created by Discovery Parks to facilitate success for the next big, made-in-BC tech companies,” says Mark Betteridge, Executive Director and CEO of Discovery Parks. “We selected the winners from a pool of very strong applicants, and believe that these companies could be BC’s next Hootsuite, Cardiome or Electronic Arts, in terms of technological innovation and impact on our economy.”
The Generator Challenge is presented in association with the City of Vancouver, whose new high-tech rezoning policy helped facilitate the new tech space.
“Discovery Parks is an integral piece of Vancouver’s mission to attract and grow cutting-edge technology companies,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our city has the highest number of entrepreneurs per capita in North America, and with the fastest growing economy of any Canadian city in 2010, we’re proving to be the Green Capital – a compelling destination for venture capital and start-ups in the Pacific Rim. The Generator Challenge is creating enormous interest and these eight winners represent a promising future for Vancouver’s tech sector.”
In 2009, Vancouver City Council adopted the Rezoning Policy for General Office in Area with High-Tech Zoning. Discovery Parks, as part of a rezoning last year, offered to lease approximately 5,000 sq. ft of improved floor space for technology start-ups, at no costs for nine months, over a 20-year term. Today’s three winners will move in to this new tech-space.
The winners were announced today at a 30th anniversary celebration for Discovery Parks Vancouver. The winners will be eligible to relocate to the Discovery Parks campus in January 2011.
About Discovery Parks
Established by the Province of British Columbia 30 years ago, Discovery Parks now independently designs and builds commercialization and research facilities for the benefit of British Columbia. Discovery Parks’ tenants are leading edge technology companies in the business of improving the world we live in, many of which have originated from post-secondary academic research.