8 tech companies in Mount Pleasant making waves internationally

Apr 30 2021, 9:39 am

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Mount Pleasant is home to some of the top technology companies in the world. From biotechnology to NFTs, bestselling video games to Hollywood blockbusters, these companies are leading their industries and making Vancouver a hub for tech talent.

Here are eight tech companies making waves internationally in Mount Pleasant.

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Dapper Labs

Crypto company Dapper Labs is the creator of  NBA Top Shot, a blockchain-based platform launched in 2020 that allows fans to buy, sell, and trade numbered versions of officially-licensed video highlights. Dapper Labs says NBA Top Shot is one of the world’s fastest-growing marketplaces, with nearly $500 million in collectibles bought and sold, with more than 800,000 registered accounts, more than 338,000 customers with at least one NFT, and over three million transactions. The company, which also created the popular Cryptokitties platform, boasts high-profile investors like Michael Jordan, Shawn Mendes and Will Smith.

AbCellera

AbCellera is a biotech company that searches, decodes, and analyzes natural immune systems to discover antibodies that its partners can then develop into drugs to prevent and treat disease. It garnered significant international attention over the past year after it co-developed the first authorized COVID-19 antibody therapy for emergency use in high-risk patients in Canada and the United States. AbCellera is also working on therapies and treatments for cancer, autoimmune conditions, infections disease, and neurodegeneration.

Image Engine

Since opening in 1995, Image Engine has worked on a variety of films and television shows in diverse genres. Their visual effects (VFX) work on shows like The Mandalorian and Game of Thrones have been watched by millions and garnered them wins at The Annie Awards, Hollywood Professional Association Awards and The Visual Effects Society Awards. Meanwhile their VFX on projects like Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jurassic World and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum helped the films become box-offices smashes.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is the global leader in social media management, boasting over 200,000 paid accounts and millions of users. The company’s expertise in social selling, social customer care, and social media management helps organizations strategically grow their brands, businesses, and customer relationships through social media. Their online-learning platform Hootsuite Academy has delivered over one million courses to over half a million people around the world.

Wildbrain

Wildbrain is home to a variety of popular characters and brands, including Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test and Degrassi. Their 75,000-square-foot state-of-the-art animation studio produces shows that are seen in more than 150 countries on over 500 streaming platforms and telecasters. Plus their AVOD business – WildBrain Spark – is one of the largest networks of kids’ channels on YouTube. WildBrain Spark receives billions of views per month from over 150 million subscribers on the platform.

Awesense

Awesense’s cloud-based analytics software and mobile Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices help utilities, industrials, and other managers of energy systems build an Open Energy Data Model. That way they can integrate renewables and analyze on their own terms. Awesense’s philosophy is based on Decarbonization, Decentralization and Digitalization, and they follow these principles to help customers prepare for the future of energy.

Relic Entertainment

Relic Entertainment is one of the longest-running video game companies in Vancouver and is home to a lineup of genre-defining games like Homeworld, Dawn of War, Company of Heroes, and Age of Empires IV. The SEGA-owned company’s games have sold millions of copies and won numerous industry awards.

Samsung R&D Institute Canada

Since 2013, Samsung R&D Institute Canada (SRCA) has been working on cloud technologies related to mobile security, mobile payment, business solutions, artificial intelligence, and IoT. SRCA is one of Samsung’s 42 global research facilities and employs more than 100 developers, designers, support technicians, administrative staff, and co-op students.

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