05 Oct 2015 I-5! Visit from Seattle Investors a Huge Success!
On September 22nd, the BCTIA was lucky to have some great venture capital and angel investor groups join us at The Hub to discuss the status of technology investment in Seattle. The moral of the story? Seattle invests in technology. “But why don’t they invest in Vancouver?” asked local entrepreneurs fervently. To which our panelists could not come up with any answer better than “Because we don’t know about you.”
Could it really be as simple as that? If these firms in Seattle are built around investing in the best technology companies possible to maximize returns, could they really not know about the gold that lays in the north. With such a short commute and a weak Canadian dollar which should be extra incentive to invest, why the disconnect? Canadian companies simply aren’t branding themselves well enough to cut through the abundance of technology companies in Seattle.
You might be asking yourself, “How do I get started with building my presence in Seattle.” Lucky for you, our friend Troy DeFrank, the trade commissioner handling cross-border connections in Seattle, has provided the following extremely valuable resources for you to get started:
Again, we’d like to thank our speakers Troy Hartzell (Evolution Capital Advisors), Diane Najm (Founder of PhotoPad), and Lee Reeves (ZINO Society), as well as Troy DeFrank (Consulate General of Canada) for helping set up such a successful event.
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