Upanup Studios Launched by Award-Winning Entrepreneur
VICTORIA, Feb. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - A new company has hit the ground running
in Cook Street Village in Victoria. Upanup Studios is a digital agency that offers high-end web strategy, programming,
development and design.
Upanup takes advantage of Victoria's tech talent and the region's appeal
for talented creative professionals to live and work. The company is
set to provide a range of high-end web solutions to companies and
organizations in the Pacific Northwest United States and Western
What makes Upanup stand out is that although it just started, it is
already approaching ten employees and has systems in place to handle
large clients. It also has a founder in Peter Knapp who had notable
business success elsewhere in Canada prior to arriving in Victoria last
In the past three years Knapp was honoured by being selected for Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 for Calgary; Business in Calgary Magazine's Leaders of Tomorrow; and Oilweek Magazine's Rising Stars. He was president of a national corporate communications
company with offices in Calgary and Toronto and the company he was
leading picked up the Best Overall Communicator Award for 2008 from the
Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) Alberta Awards.
"Upanup Studios is a great example of the talent and entrepreneurial
culture that Victoria is able to attract," said Sasha Angus, Economic
Development Officer with the Greater Victoria Development Agency. "Entrepreneurs like Peter, and the team at Upanup, recognize that the
quality of life we enjoy is matched by the quality of opportunity in
Knapp had grown his previous company to more than 20 employees in
Calgary before merging with a Toronto firm in 2007. Knapp continued as
President of the 50-person firm. By 2011 the company was set up to
continue succeeding without him. Knapp was ready to start again.
In starting Upanup, Knapp brought on Richard Hammond, a business
associate of more than five years, as cofounder and Chief Technology
Officer. Hammond is an accomplished web developer that Knapp describes
as having "an amazing ability to coordinate and implement technical
feats while communicating clearly with the range of people involved."
Upanup's team looks forward to providing high-end digital solutions such as web apps, mobile apps, responsive design, interactive websites
and web marketing to forward-thinking businesses and organizations on
the west coast. The company aspires to serve clients worldwide in a
matter of years.
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Chief Technology Officer, Upanup Studios