Dan Burgar, President - VR/AR Association Vancouver Chapter
Home to powerhouses like Microsoft, Amazon, Nike, Lululemon, Boeing, and Intel, the Cascadia Corridor area has seen large investments from companies hoping to encourage further cooperation with state and provincial governments have signed formal agreements for collaboration, and executive-filled conferences are being held to encourage new partnerships.
When you hear the name, Brett Hagler, you're likely to also hear the phrase, "It's crazy, until it's not." Named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs in 2016, and one of the Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs in 2018, Brett's co-founded non-profit, New Story has changed the lives of over 11,000 people in four short years.
It's not without a few upsets that Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa have made it into the round of 16 - but only time will tell if we have a Cinderella story on our hands. This VC-March Madness tournament is populated by the university undergrad programs that have developed the largest number of entrepreneurs that have been backed by Venture Capitalists.