This year's event will focus on two broad themes: funding and workforce development for startups and tech companies.
This event will bring together municipalities, tech companies, startups, entrepreneurs and students to engage in conversations on how to start, grow and scale businesses and grow the tech ecosystem within the Fraser Valley.
More than 20 speakers, 6 lightning talks, 3 tech and funding panels and a tradeshow and exhibition.
Technology is the 3rd largest industry in BC and employs more people than the mining, forestry and oil and gas sectors combined.
High-Tech ... High Demand
The high-tech sector in Maple Ridge is diverse with many high-tech firms located in the area providing a number of job opportunities in the industry. Maple Ridge is home to data centres, software providers, technology support services and telecommunications service providers. As an example, Maple Ridge-based RST Instruments makes sensors that measure the stability of large structures like the Golden Ears and Pitt River bridges and the Ruskin Dam.
The BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) expanded its successful Centre4Growth acceleration program which has proven to be a successful delivery model in the growth and acceleration of BC technology companies. Companies receiving capacity building support through Centre4Growth grow faster, strengthen the local economy and support other industries throughout the region with locally developed innovative business solutions.
Steady population growth in Maple Ridge has resulted in a rapid increase in innovative companies in the area and the demand is growing.