On November 28, 2017, China-Canada G-Force Hub officially launched its first Chinese based hub in the Europe Financial Centre in Yuhang District Hangzhou. This event was hosted by GCI Venturesand Celtic House Venture Partners, and witnessed by Invest Ottawa, Counsel General of Canada in Shanghai, and Hangzhou government officials. Key players in Canadian and Chinese technology sectors, including government officials, venture capitals, corporate and institutional investors, famous local corporates and successful Canada start-ups came together to celebrate this special moment for both G-Force Hub and the China-Canada technology ecosystem.
China-Canada G-Force Innovation Hub(Toronto-Ottawa-Hangzhou) will leverage GCI and Celtic House’s years of experience in the startups investment and acceleration, networks with governments, Institution Investors, Universities and Research facilities to foster a sustainable technology ecosystem between Canada and China. The first batch of G-Force hubs is launched in Toronto, Ottawa and Hangzhou. Driven by the success of internet giant Alibaba, Hangzhou has emerged as China’s most entrepreneurial city and be considered as the “Silicon Valley” of China; Ottawa, crowned Canada’s Top Tech Hub in 2017 and headquarter of the ecommerce giant Shopify, is one of Canada’s leading cities for technology and innovation.
China-Canada G-Force Innovation Hub will help Canadian technology companies to benefit from direct links into the Chinese technology ecosystem of investors, customers and strategic partners. Meanwhile, we will also help Chinese companies with an international vision to expand their business into North American markets.
About GCI Ventures
Founded in 2013, GCI is focused on investing in and accelerating Canadian technology companies at various stages by leveraging its business platform and presence in both Canada and China.
About Celtic House
Celtic House, founded in 1994, is one of Canada’s most successful and active venture capital investors in technology and innovation. Based in Ottawa and Toronto, Celtic House has invested in over 50 technology companies, generating more than 30 successful IPOs and M&As.
About Invest Ottawa
Invest Ottawa delivers economic development programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region. Its goal is to make Ottawa the most innovative City in Canada. Invest Ottawa services include start-up incubation and mentorship, acceleration for existing companies, global business attraction and local business retention, targeted sector development, commercialization, and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life.