Vancouver is quickly becoming a major tech hub due to a variety of factors. Government grant initiatives, light immigration laws, world-class computer science and IT institutions as well as a thriving tech community all contribute to what is quickly becoming Silicon Valley North.
But despite all this optimism and growth, one company, Trulioo, has set out to ensure that the little guys don’t get lost in the shuffle.
A Silicon Valley funded, Vancouver-based startup themselves, they’ve launched Startups Unite!, an initiative designed to bring tech talent and startups together under one roof. The Exhibit and Job Fair will provide skilled IT professionals the ability to learn more about local startups and apply for available positions on the spot. The goal is to allow early-stage companies to share their story and entice tech talent to come and join their team. “Its really hard to compete with the big guys when you don’t have name recognition and have limited capital.” Says Tanis Jorge, COO of Trulioo, “we hope that Startups Unite! will bring to the forefront Vancouver’s hottest startups and get technical talent excited about working in these unique environments.”
While British Columbia boasts over 67,000 technology workers in engineering, IT, and production, many are flocking to the bright lights of large technology companies that are now taking advantage of what Vancouver has to offer. Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft are staking their claim on Canadian soil and bringing hefty recruiting and HR resources with them. Even Hootsuite, Vancouver’s tech darling, has become a talent magnet as shown by their recent open house event, which brought hundreds of potential candidates to their door. This may be great for the economy, but it leaves fledgling startups having to compete with high salaries and a limited talent pool.
"The benefits that come from working at a startup are not as well known here in Vancouver,” says Julia Vidakovic, a consultant for startups at Brightestspark, “startup mania has not tricked down from Silicon Valley to Vancouver yet, but events like this should help to ignite the flame.”
Startups Unite will take place November 12 at Brooklyn Gastown and is a part of a series of events being hosted around the city as part of Developers Week. With over 20 Startups represented including Trulioo, Plenty of Fish, Mobify and Strutta over 100 positions are up for grabs to those looking to get a taste of the startup life. Those looking for jobs are asked to bring their resumes to hand out in exchange for a free drink ticket.
A drink and a job, what more could you ask for? http://www.startupsunite.org/