Many of you came out on Sunday, October 19 to meet Vancouver's inspiring future! The Young Innovators Crawl was your chance to meet creatives from the worlds of design, technology, sustainability, food, arts and culture, and social innovation. The Crawl kicked off at 12pm and went until 5pm, and participants explored the studios and open houses of an amazing line up of innovators. There were lively conversation, food trucks, breweries, idea jams, demos, pop-up exhibits, performances and more. After the Crawl, Vancouver Design Nerds and our young innovators met at The HiVE (210-128 W Hastings) from 5-6:30pm for an idea jam to design a supportive Innovation Framework for Vancouver.

The Crawl featured stops in Strathcona, Mount Pleasant, The Flats, Gastown, Chinatown, and Railtown. Planning your route was easy via an interactive map available online (see below), on your phone, and printed in the Georgia Straight.

Thanks for getting your Crawl on!

Why should we support Young Innovators?

Vancouver is often recognized on an international scale for its local start-up scene, engaging festivals, and explosive arts and cultural events. But there is more we can do to support our innovation ecosystem. Vancouver’s first Young Innovators Crawl celebrated and promoted the young people who are working hard to take our city to the next level.

This was a chance to meet future leaders from the diverse worlds of design, technology, sustainability, arts and culture, and social innovation, unlocking future networking and business or social opportunities. You had the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in design, technology, arts etc. and to give feedback. They say you get back what you put in, but in the world of young innovators there’s no limit to what we can achieve together.


See profiles of all our Young Innovators

The Young Innovators Crawl was open to all innovators 30 and under, whether they are flying solo or are part of a larger organization. The Young Innovators are fresh thinkers and doers from diverse backgounds including design, technology, sustainability, arts and culture, and social innovation.

Our innovators opened their doors and host live demonstrations, informal talks, pop-up exhibitions, dialogue sessions, and more.


Sites and Events

1. @thisopenspace - 434 Columbia St

2. 33 Acres Brewing - 15 W 8th Ave

  • ALL DAY - Grab a brew!

3. CityStudio - 1800 Spyglass Pl

CityStudio cohort

  • ALL DAY - Come check out #happycitystudio interventions

4. Cranium - 308 E 5th Ave

Tangoo | Cranium

  • ALL DAY - Tours of the space and snacks!

5. Discovery Parks - 887 Great Northern Way

  • ALL DAY - Tours of their Generator incubator

6. Groundswell - 566 E Powell St

Groundswell | The Agorian

  • ALL DAY - Check out their open house and meet students, alumni, and staff

7. Launch Academy - 300-128 W Hastings St

Launch Academy | Spark CRM (1 | 2) | Lighthouse Labs (1 | 2) | | HIGHLINE (1 | 2)

  • ALL DAY - A science fair style showcase of their start ups

8. Lululemon Lab - 511 W Broadway

  • ALL DAY - Learn more about their Negative Space | Positive Shapes minimal waste collection

9. Main Street Brewing - 261 E 7th Ave

  • ALL DAY - Grab a brew, and show your Crawl passport to get a discount on food

10. MakerLabs - 196 Kingsway

  • 2-3PM - Laser Cutting Demo
  • ALL DAY - Studio and tools tour and demos

11. Mobify (1 | 2) - 3rd Floor, 948 Homer St

  • 12PM - Building a Global Mobile Commerce Company from a Burnaby Basement - Come for a talk with Mobify's CEO to find out what it's like to found a start up in Vancouver

12. Nimbus School of Recording Arts - 200–238 E 2nd Ave

Nimbus School of Recording Arts | NYG Productions | FaderMountain
Sound Studios

  • 2PM - Presentation from Megan Bond of Business Class Records on the music industry in Vancouver
  • ALL DAY - NYG Productions & Fadermountain Sound Studios - Recording sessions!

13. RADIUS - 23 W Pender St

Go2Gether | Riipen (1 | 2 | 3) | RADIUS | Sustainable SFU | Futurpreneur

  • ALL DAY - go2gether - Take a spin in the go2gether trike! | RADIUS & Futurpreneur - Free office hours - Get your questions about social entrepreneurship, innovation, and funding answered! | Varinicey Pakoras - Try their delicious pakoras

14. Science World, The Exploration Lab, 1455 Quebec St

Future Science Leaders (3-5pm only)

  • 3-5PM - 3D printers, a gravity simulator, insect cookie experiments

15. Woodwards Atrium - 149 W Hastings St

XYBOOM | Trout & Co. (1 | 2) | Bolt Vancouver Design Company | The Traveling Alchemist | with performances by Harbour Dance | Sophia Wolfe | Chelsea Angeles | Emilio Rojas | First Dance Vancouver | Windy Bridges

  • 12:30-1PM - Harbour Dance Centre - Dance Performance
  • 1-1:45PM - Windy Bridges - Bluegrass and Banjo!
  • 2-2:30PM - Sophia Wolfe and Ralph Escamillan - Contemporary dance piece
  • 3:30-4PM - Chelsea Angeles - Spoken word
  • 4-5PM - Emilio Rojas - Renowned performance artist
  • ALL DAY - Mom's Grilled Cheese - Gooey goodness | XYBoom - Interactive art exhibit | Trout & Co. - Local and artistanal products

16. The HiVE - 210-128 W Hastings St

The HiVE | Misty West (1 | 2) | Access to Media Education Society | Vancouver Design Nerds

  • 4-5PM - MistyWest - MistyWest team members will be taking workshop participants through their engineering design process!
  • 5-6:30PM - Vancouver Design Nerds - Nerd Jam on supporting innovation!
  • ALL DAY - Access to Media Education Society - Screening of their youth films! | The HiVE - Get a tour of the space and grab a free "Coworking for a Day" pass!

17. Dossier - 402-611 Alexander St


  • ALL DAY - Come check out a surprise exhibit from the past Railyard cohort

18. SFU’s Segal Building - 500 Granville St

RISE Ideas Competition Public Pitches

19. The Next Big Thing @ Hootsuite - 5 E 8th Ave

Share Shed | Early Entrepreneurs | GreenLight | I Just Made Your Day | RP-Plastics | Nectere | Tzoa | Nightbound | Easy Legacy | Beyond

  • 12-3:30PM - Tacofino - Delicious Mexican Food - Hot from the truck!
  • ALL DAY - Early Entrepreneurs - lemonade stand | Share Shed - sharing station | The Next Big Thing Fellows - Games, demos, photo booths, wearable tech prototypes, and more!

20. Sole Foods Street Farms - 811 Carrall St

  • ALL DAY - Farm tours

21. Vancouver Public Library Central Branch - 350 W Georgia St

Starfish | Dollar Collective | Sharp Solutions | MedLink | Simon Fraser Student Society | H+Technology | TEDxKidsBC | WOEIGO | VPL Inspiration Lab | Yogi App | Tickett | Tin Can Studio | The Green Events Program

  • ALL DAY - Tin Can - Interactive, hands-on activities for all ages! | Brady Wallace - Showcasing the SFSS Open Textbook campaign | H+ Technology - Demos, games, and prizes! | Yogi App - Pop-up yoga | Harrison Lee - Performance by the Canadian National Freestyle Yoyo Champion

22. Strike MVMNT - 299 Columbia St

23. The Wood Shop - Corner of Princess at Pender

  • ALL DAY - Check out the amazing things they do with upcycled wood

24. Futurpreneur - 580-425 Carrall St

  • ALL DAY - go2gether - Take a spin in the go2gether trike! | RADIUS & Futurpreneur - Free office hours - Get your questions about social entrepreneurship, innovation, and funding answered! | Varinicey Pakoras - Try their delicious pakoras

25. Fortune Sound Club, 147 E Pender St

  • 7-11PM - Don't miss the party that everyone will be talking about! Food from Nourish Vancouver, and entertainment provided by Man UP.

26. Vancouver Hack Space - 270 East 1st Ave

  • ALL DAY - 3D printing and other fun hands-on demos

27. Transformation Projects Bus Brunch - Strathcona Park

  • 11-2PM - Start your Crawl off right at our Bus Brunch. Word on the street there will be Huevos Rancheros


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