This week San Francisco’s Unity Technologies cut the ribbon on 25,000 square feet for the new Innovation Centre for Digital Transformation in Brookfield Place in Calgary.
Unity is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D (RT3D) content and currently employs 60 in Calgary.
The opening of the Calgary office was delayed by a year due to the pandemic but had been in the works for awhile thanks to a commitment from Calgary Economic Development’s investment fund.
In September of 2019 Finger Food Advanced Technology Group was awarded up to $3.2 million from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to create at least 200 new jobs in downtown Calgary. Eight months later Finger Food was acquired by Unity.
Unity’s Calgary office promises to become a major development hub for the sector. Brad Parry, president and CEO of CED, expects Unity’s investment will lead to other companies coming to Calgary’s downtown.
“It’s the hive effect,” he said. “You get companies like Unity show up and then you start to get other companies that want to be around them and be close to them and build on top of their technology.”
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