Vancouver Startups

New Board Game Tries To Succeed In World Of Angry Birds, Candy Crush

John F. Gray | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

In a city where "game" is most often prefaced with the word "video," Vancouver's Giant Monster Games is going retro. They're rolling the dice on a Kickstarter campaign to bring Kingdom Bots to board game fans.

Sowing Goodness: SFU's Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs

John F. Gray | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

There's something to be said about spending a lifetime scratching that entrepreneurial itch and some may call you nuts along the way. In British Columbia, SFU's new RADIUS Ventures is a promising business incubator sure to nurture our next generation of do-gooders with bright solutions to everyday problems.

Innovation Hub Propells B.C. Social Entrepreneurs

John F. Gray | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

The Innovation Hub recently held the a conference featuring great speakers, panel conversations, and networking opportunities. The knowledge exchange was valuable, but it was shining the spotlight on the current cohort of companies calling the Hub home that proved to be the real highlight.

Wedding Planning Startup Prevents Bridezillas

John F. Gray | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

While women are really excited to be engaged, they're generally not very excited to plan the wedding. Early in Angel Pui's career as a wedding dress designer she got an intimate look at how overwhelming, stressful and confusing the planning process is for many prospective brides.

Play4Perks Means Earning Rewards While Playing Games On Your Phone

John F. Gray | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Three former game studio executives with 40+ years of experience could easily be basking in the console glory days of the past. Instead of opting for white sandy beaches and umbrella drinks, these former EA (Electronic Arts) colleagues have co-founded a company that adds rewards to mobile games as you play.

BrandTree Connects Good Brands With Good Customers

John F. Gray | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

More people want to buy sustainable products and have a kitchen full of fresher, natural and healthier foods. The challenge is connecting the people who make good things, with the people who want those good things. Vancouver's is taking on that challenge by connecting brands with mobile customers.

Vancouver's Startup Community Accelerating Out Of Diapers

John F. Gray | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

A stimulating evening in Vancouver recently provided an excellent snapshot of a startup community that's starting to grow up. It comes as the city improved on its ranking of the world's top startup ecosystems. This week, the Startup Genome Project updated its list, placing Vancouver ninth in the world, compared to its 16th showing on the previous list.