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Vancouver innovation economy map

The innovation economy is unique to each city. For Vancouver, it includes local start-ups to large multinational satellite offices that work in:

  • Specialized manufacturing and technology prototyping
  • Creative production industries like industrial design and graphic arts
  • Technology-driven industries like digital enterprise and media production

These firms form eight clusters within Vancouver's metro core.

  1. Broadway Corridor: medical and creative businesses
    (VCH Research Institute, Center for Brain Health, Zymeworks, and VGH)
  2. Burrard Slopes: medical, creative, and start-up businesses
    (Analysis Works, Lululemon, and Allocadia)
  3. Downtown: larger technology businesses
    (Microsoft, Amazon, and Chimp)
  4. False Creek Flats: green emerging and innovation businesses
    (Centre for Digital Media, Discovery Parks, and MEC)
  5. Gastown: social innovation, creative, and start-up businesses
    (EnerNoc (Pulse Energy), Metafor Software, and Trulioo)
  6. Mount Pleasant: digital and creative businesses
    (Equicare Health, Kit and Ace, and Hootsuite)
  7. Railtown: industrial, creative, and start-up businesses
    (Bensen Manufacturing Inc, Herschel Supply Co, and Union Wood Co)
  8. Yaletown: digital and creative businesses
    (Commvault Vancouver, Idelix Software Inc, and SAP)