Launched in September 2016 the Cascadia Innovation Corridor is built upon a shared spirit of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the region encompassing, and between, Greater Vancouver and Greater Seattle.
The Corridor boasts world-renowned research organizations and global corporate leaders in a diverse array of existing and emerging technology disciplines, including aviation and aeronautics; software development; cloud computing; on-line retailing; big data transmission, storage and analysis; the internet of things; mobile communications; biotechnology; the life sciences and global health.
Governments, universities, companies, research institutions and others have joined together to tap the potential of the Cascadia region to create new and exciting economic opportunities while simultaneously promoting environmental sustainability, and celebrating cultural diversity and inclusion.
By focusing on research, economic development and transportation, the Cascadia Innovation Corridor is enhancing greater connectivity, productivity and innovation for the nearly 12 million people living in British Columbia and Washington State.
Ongoing partnerships and activities to advance the Cascadia Innovation Corridor
- (Fall 2016) Business Council of British Columbia, Washington Roundtable and Microsoft co-host first annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Vancouver featuring Bill Gates.
- (Fall 2016) Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Province of British Columbia and Washington State to advance the Cascadia Innovation Corridor
- (Fall 2016) Partnership established between the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington
- (Fall 2016) Boston Consulting Group delivers paper examining the opportunities to strengthen the global competitiveness of the Cascadia region by strengthening the connections between Seattle and Vancouver.
- (Fall 2016) The BC Cancer Agency, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance agreed to develop a new “master collaboration agreement” expanding patient access to care and clinical trials, advancing immunotherapy, enabling research collaboration, and providing better training opportunities for young scientists and researchers.
- (2017 Winter) Microsoft donates $1M to new partnership of UW-UBC aiming to solve urban issues like traffic and homelessness through data
- (Fall 2017) Second Annual Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference is held in Seattle with a growing list of partners including Microsoft, the BC Tech Association, the Business Council of British Columbia, the Washington Roundtable, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Tech Association.
- (Fall 2017) - Tech, research and investment partners from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest launched the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network (CVAN), which aims to match tech startups with funding and collaboration opportunities across borders.
- (Fall 2017) British Columbia Institute of Technology, Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Oregon Institute of Technology launch a collaboration to provide industry aligned, high-skill talent for the Cascadia Corridor’s workforce needs.
- (2017 - Fall ) University of British Columbia announced that it will join GIX, a first-of-its-kind graduate technology school that opens in Bellevue, Wash. this month, as an academic network partner. The University of Washington and Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) are the founding university partners of GIX, which also received $40 million from Microsoft, another founding partner.
- (2017/2018) Washington State Department of Transportation conducts Ultra-High Speed Ground Transportation
For information on past Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conferences, including white papers, presentations and speaker information, visit http://www.cascadiaconference.com/