Tech industry leaders in key Canadian and global markets showed increased awareness of and interest in Calgary’s innovation ecosystem in recent market perceptions research for Calgary Economic Development.
In the research conducted in October and November 2020, 75 per cent of business leaders in Silicon Valley, 62 per cent in London, and 61 per cent in Seattle said their companies would consider expanding to Calgary.
“Calgary’s reputation as a global tech city is growing and we’re doubling down on efforts to grow our innovation ecosystem to drive future job creation,” said Mary Moran, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Economic Development.
“We’re home to innovators who are solving the world’s greatest challenges. In two years, four ‘unicorn’ $1 billion-plus deals were made for homegrown Calgary companies and we are seeing record levels of venture capital coming into our city looking for more growth.”
The economic strategy Calgary in the New Economy sets out a vision for Calgary to be the city of choice in Canada for the best entrepreneurs who embrace technology to solve global challenges in energy, agribusiness, transportation, health and other emerging industries.
Of the 477 tech business leaders surveyed, 78 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that there is a strong pool of talented people in Calgary to support new and more diverse industries. In fact, Calgary has the highest concentration of high-tech workers of Canadian cities.
In addition, 72 percent agreed or strongly agreed that Calgary is an innovative city and new solutions, ideas and technologies are being applied in new ways in the city.
Calgary’s quality of life attributes are a key strength, with cost of living and career opportunities having the greatest impact on respondents’ consideration to move.
For more information on opportunities to work in Calgary’s tech and innovation ecosystem, visit the Live Tech, Love Life page.