Spotlight on Vancouver’s Thriving Canadian Media Entertainment Startups

January 23, 2024

Canada’s startup scene, particularly in Vancouver, British Columbia, is booming with companies excelling across many sectors of the economy. This article series continues to shine a spotlight on impactful startups founded in 2020 and beyond, focusing this time on those in the Media and Entertainment industry. These innovative companies are not only reshaping the industry, they’re also providing solutions for modern content creation, delivery, and monetization. Without further ado, let’s delve into some notable startups.

X1 Esports and Entertainment

Founded by Adam Giddens and Mark Elfenbein, X1 Esports and Entertainment focuses on the growth and development of organic esports assets, exploring growth through acquisitions and organic growth. They operate in the intersection of gaming, IT, media and entertainment, and video games. Further details can be found on their LinkedIn and Twitter (@x1esportsco) pages.


Ehsan Esmaeili-founded ZYMA operates in the realms of autonomous vehicles, sports, media and entertainment, and software, working to transition innovative and outlandish ideas into reality. Their goal is to create platforms that provide holistic benefits using cutting-edge technology and bold thinking. Connect with ZYMA on their LinkedIn page.

Publish Vibe

Publish Vibe, founded by mmm kd, operates in the content, content marketing, media, and entertainment sectors. They specialize in delivering the right content to the billions using social media, focusing on influencers, producers, and strategic delivery for effective social marketing. Check their progress on LinkedIn.


50mMidas, founded by Justin Jin, is a digital media company delivering engaging content through multiple social platforms. It offers video, podcast, editorial content, and more, hosted on their various YouTube channels, news websites, and non-profit funds. Learn more about them on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Trickfilm Entertainment

Trickfilm Entertainment, founded by Jeremy McCarron, delivers a real-time animation streaming platform. The platform enables animation producers to directly connect with their audience and monetize their intellectual properties by selling virtual goods. Connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


Doodles, a web3 NFT, media, and entertainment brand founded in 2021, specializes in offering a selection of exciting traits through imaginative ideas, resources, and coordination. Their offering includes faces, hair, hats, body, and backgrounds. Doodles can also be contacted through their LinkedIn and @doodles Twitter pages.

Digital Insider

Digital Insider, operating in the domain of Advertising, Media and Entertainment, is another notable startup shaping Canadian industry. More information is available on their website.

Refined Republic

Founded by Paul Hernandez, Refined Republic is a public relations firm that assists companies in increasing brand authority and online prominence. Their approach has seen them quickly become a preferred partner to both established businesses and emerging brands. Connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

These startups exemplify the vibrancy of the media and entertainment scene in Canada, specifically Vancouver, where diversity, innovation, and a willingness to challenge conventional wisdom are the order of the day. Stay tuned for more features on promising startups in subsequent editions.

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