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Friday, September 22
 

18:00

FEATURED EVENT: The Official #HACKVSW2017 Hackathon
Limited Capacity seats available
Our Hackathon is ticketed separately. Please purchase your ticket at https://www.picatic.com/VSW2017Hackathon. 

The Vancouver Startup Week Hackathon is one of the most popular hackathons in Canada.  More than 200 innovators, developers, and other talented individuals will work for an action-packed 48 hours. Participants will be put into teams to compete for a variety of prizes by building a new product and presenting it to a panel of expert judges as well as an audience of hundreds.

In keeping with the tradition of past years, the Vancouver Startup Week Hackathon will not feature a specific theme, but rather will be open to participants to develop the best, smartest, and the most impactful product they can over the course of 48 action-packed hours.

Capacity: 100


Friday September 22, 2017 18:00 - Sunday September 24, 2017 22:00
BCIT Downtown Campus 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver
 
Sunday, September 24
 

13:00

FEATURED EVENT: VSW Hackathon Presentations and Judging
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as the top 10 "New Mobility" projects compete for the first prize valued at $20,000. After the presentations grab a beer and watch the judges choose the winners and stick around for some networking.


Capacity: 75

Speakers
avatar for VSW

VSW

Event Coordinator, VSW



Sunday September 24, 2017 13:00 - 16:00
BCIT Downtown Campus 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver
 
Monday, September 25
 

08:30

BREAKFAST “BLOCK” PARTY: Legal Bites About Blockchain
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Fasken Martineau invites you to join us for a breakfast presentation on the legal and regulatory issues surrounding Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, crowd sales and Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”).

We’ll cover topics including:
·       Why is Blockchain important?
·       How do cryptocurrencies fit into the equation?
·       What is an ICO?
·       What are the legal and regulatory issues?

Doors open - 8.10am

Capacity: 58

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Jonklaas

Adrian Jonklaas

CoFounder & COO, Frontier Foundry
Having exited from a successful real estate business advisory practice in Dubai, Adrian Jonklaas has established himself as an angel investor and entrepreneur in Vancouver since 2015. Adrian is the co-founder and COO of Frontier Foundry Corp., a global platform for blockchain com... Read More →
avatar for Mike Stephens

Mike Stephens

Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
avatar for Mike Stephens

Mike Stephens

Mike is a partner in Fasken Martineau's Securities & Technology group. | | A proven leader in the BC technology ecosystem and a dedicated advocate for his clients, Mike represents companies in all stages of their development, with a particular focus on early-stage entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging growth companies. Mike also counsels founders, executives and company boards on a wide range of issues, including corporate issues, business strategy, fundraising and board governance and strategic transactions. Mike is unique in this space as he is also an experienced... Read More →



Monday September 25, 2017 08:30 - 09:30
Faskens Martineau LLP B-5 550 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0A3

10:00

Building payments for Scale with Stripe: Consulting sessions for problem solving and best practice sharing
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Members of Stripe’s Canada Team will be available for one-on-one consulting sessions to share best practices on leveraging the most flexible online payments platform for your growing business. During these sessions, you can pick our brains about how to optimize for conversions, setup payments for marketplace-type business models, navigate the international payments space, or how to most effectively handle recurring billing. We’re here to chat about anything related to your business and/or Stripe! 

If you have any further questions you can contact Ross Rich: r@stripe.com


Capacity: 6


Speakers
avatar for Alex Litwin

Alex Litwin

Account Executive - Startups & SMBs, Stripe
Alex works on Stripe’s New Business team, specifically focused on Startups & SMBs throughout Canada. Prior to joining Stripe, Alex spent a year in Tel Aviv teaching Digital Marketing at an education startup. Alex hails from Boston and is an avid outdoorsman.
avatar for Jamie Neuwirth

Jamie Neuwirth

Jamie is focused on growing Stripe’s presence in Canada. He previously worked with school districts as a program manager at Google, and before that taught math and coached football in the Arkansas/Mississippi Delta as part of Teach for America. Ask him about his cactus garden.
avatar for Ross Rich

Ross Rich

Growth, Ross Rich
Ross works with high-growth Canadian companies, collaborating on their long-term global payments strategy. Before moving to San Francisco and joining Stripe, Ross was in New York City at Columbia Records. A proud Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, and a UVic alum.
avatar for Stripe

Stripe

Stripe



Monday September 25, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
GEOS #203, 322 Water St Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6 Canada

10:00

Growth Hacking Lab: How to Growth Hack ANY Business with Spring Startup School
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: General Access.
Growth hacking is the process of rapid experimentation across marketing channels and product development to identify the most effective, efficient ways to grow a business. This may sound complicated, or overwhelming...Don't worry, it turns out that Growth Hacking isn't rocket science. Attend this session, and you'll leave with an improved SEO presence, cost-effective growth hacking methods, and a new network of growth-minded professionals.


Capacity: 70

Speakers
avatar for Maxine Bulloch

Maxine Bulloch

Operations, Spring
Spring is a startup school for entrepreneurs, and I work on the operation side of things. | | I work with partnerships both in Vancouver and with partner cities, ecosystem development, projects, and streamlining internal operations. | | Talk to me about how we might c... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Donelley

Nicole Donelley

CMO, Spring
Through proven processes and systems Nicole co-creates with fresh and seasoned entrepreneurs to invent their own remarkable, memorable, and profitable paths to success. Whether talking about her latest work in emotional intelligence, running an ultramarathon, being a mom, pulling big air at the XGames, or launching, growing, and selling BabyLegs, a multi-million dollar international business, Nicole is fiercely committed to sharing the powerful lessons learned along this journey. She is... Read More →



Monday September 25, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
Stretch Yoga 180 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T3

12:00

Built in Vancouver - Health Tech Transforming Healthcare
Limited Capacity seats available

A panel of 5 health technology company founders, all based in Vancouver, will explore the intersection between healthcare, innovation, and the patient. We’ll discuss how technology is enabling new possibilities – from transforming the management of Diabetes to optimising Maternity Health, from treating Alcoholism to digitally supporting the patient in the clinic as well as their journey through complex conditions. 

TOPICS INCLUDE
1. Major technology and system enablers that are revolutionizing healthcare.
2. The engaged patient and how the digital experience is enabling that transition.
3. Driving real implementation and adoption of health innovations.
4. The experience of acquiring customers in Canada and in the US
5. The challenges and opportunities of healthcare innovation - why is it so hard?

Capacity: 200

Speakers
avatar for Curtis Duggan

Curtis Duggan

CEO and Co-Founder of Blue Mesa Health | | Coming from a background as an agency owner in the field of technology, mobile product development, and user experience design, Curtis is now tackling one of the world’s most pressing health problems: the burden posed by the lifestyle-related and chronic disease.Blue Mesa Health delivers Transform and Transformemos, English- and Spanish-language digital translations of the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Alexandra Greenhill

Dr. Alexandra Greenhill

CEO of Careteam | | Dr. Greenhill is a physician leader and tech entrepreneur. She is the cofounder CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Careteam (health care coordination from A to Z) and cofounder CEO of myBestHelper (find child / elder care marketplace).  Prior to that, she led major new initiatives in health transformation and eHealth implementation in Quebec, BC and nationally across... Read More →
avatar for Erin O’Neill

Erin O’Neill

Co-Founder & Chief Advocate of nourished babe | | Motivated to solve a gap in perinatal care support, Erin and her partner created a dynamic app to optimize perinatal nutrition to drive better health outcomes for both moms and babies. With a mission to create a healthier genera... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Damon Ramsey

Dr. Damon Ramsey

CEO/Co-Founder of InputHealth | | Dr. Damon Ramsey, listed under BCBusiness’s Top 30 under 30, is a practicing physician and co-founder of InputHealth, a digital health company which has re-envisioned health records as a vehicle for patient engagement. InputHealth’s Collaborativ... Read More →
avatar for Elliot Stone

Elliot Stone

CEO of Alavida | | Alavida is changing the way Canadians think about alcohol treatment by offering evidence-based care without all the obstacles. Elliot spent 7 years living, working, and studying abroad before returning to Canada to found Alavida. His time outside gave him a un... Read More →



Monday September 25, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Science World 1455 Quebec Street Vancouver, BC Canada V6A 3Z7

13:00

From Startup to Scaleup Without Getting a Divorce!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Building and growing a successful tech startup is stressful and risky even at the best of times. It can play havoc with your work-life balance. It's all the more risky when you're married to your co-founder and CTO! Learn how Tea and her team managed to grow their team, gain market share, find success and scale up without breaking up.

Capacity: 50

Speakers
avatar for Tea Nicola

Tea Nicola

Tea co-founded WealthBar to solve a big problem: giving all Canadians access to investing advice and strategies that were once exclusively available to the 1%. As a mechanical engineer, she learned how to use leading-edge technology and outside-the-box thinking. Switching to the... Read More →



Monday September 25, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Brainstation 455 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1T1

13:00

A Recruiter's Guide to Your LinkedIn Profile
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The goal of this talk is to give you an understanding of how recruiters and employers use LinkedIn to find, assess, and approach candidates. There will be a presentation and workshop session to help you optimize your LinkedIn profile and to give you a leg up on your competition. Bring your questions as we'll have a Q&A session at the end while we enjoy lunch provided by Instant Financial. 


Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Davidson

Nicole Davidson

HR Manager, Instant Financial
Nicole geeks out on everything people and talent. With over 7 years in the recruiting and HR game, she has a super passion for helping people unlock the job skills no one ever taught us. She loves building teams from the ground up and has partnered with some incredible tech start... Read More →



Monday September 25, 2017 13:00 - 15:00
Instant Financial 401 - 220 Cambie Street

14:00

Manning Elliott Consultation Sessions
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Take the opportunity to sit down and discuss how you can grow your business with our highly skilled accountants and business advisors. Sessions will be 15 minutes, so come prepared to make the most of the session and see how we can help your business reach its full potential.

The list of sessions are below, please email partners@vanstartupweek.ca to book yourself in for a session. The sessions will be udapted to denote if they are taken as the week progresses. 

Monday, 25th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, 26th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday, 27th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Thursday, 28th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Friday, 29th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm



15:00

The Online Advertising Blueprint for Startups
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If you’re looking to advertise online for your startup or product you need to attend this event. Rob will share the lessons he’s learned from 15 years of selling software, products, and services online. He’ll cover the ins and outs of quantifying your target market(s), sophisticated but easy to implement testing strategies, targeting your ads and growing your results. 


Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

President, PlusROI Online Marketing Inc.
Rob Cooper is the founder and strategic director of PlusROI Online Marketing, a performance-driven marketing agency in business since 2007.Rob started his online marketing career in 2001 and, prior to founding PlusROI, he lead marketing efforts for a variety of local and international software companies, ranging from start-ups to industry leaders.Rob joined LInkedin in 2004, joined Facebook in 2006 and attended the very first WOMMA conference in Chicago in 2005. Throughout his career... Read More →



Monday September 25, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Unbounce 400-401 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

15:30

Captaining your MentorSHIP, Cross-generational Mentorship
Limited Capacity filling up

Captaining your MentorSHIP,Cross-generational Mentorship — Panel of Women in Tech leaders in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Brought to you by WiT Regatta

We know the best relationships are mutually beneficial.  When people think of a mentor, they assume older and more experienced, but how can we flip that mindset and seek to learn from cross generations.  No generation likes to be stuck in their label. Gina Pell who coined the term Perennials says, “It’s a mind-set about being relevant, staying curious, reinvention, looking outside your own boundaries and living life fully sans generational" Join us to discuss the modern way of approaching mentorship by getting out of your silo and embracing what we can all learn from each other with different ages and experiences.


Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for Melody Biringer

Melody Biringer

From strawberry shortcake to home furnishings to a fitness business, Melody has trotted down virtually every entrepreneurial trail in existence. | | Her most successful ventures, The CRAVE Company and Biringer’s, give her a powerful perspective. Over the last 14 years, her work has focused on generating authentic connections and conversation among women in business. Her events are highly anticipated by... Read More →
avatar for Lorie Corcuera

Lorie Corcuera

Co-Founder & CEO, SPARK Creations & Company Inc.
Lorie Corcuera is the Co-Founder and CEO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., a training and development organization that inspires people and companies to create meaningful cultures and workplaces. Over the past 20 years, Lorie has cultivated her people and culture development, co... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Marlow

Joanne Marlow

I save managers and organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars by hiring and retaining their best talent no matter what age they may be. As a Generation expert and best selling author, I offer presentations, training seminars, and coaching to implement the necessary changes n... Read More →
avatar for Annee Ngo

Annee Ngo

I am an avid adventurer, self-proclaimed wordsmith and perpetual problem solver. I am in love with the process that is breaking down a goal into small, digestible pieces and integrating all of the working parts in order to realize an idea. Presently, I am a Co-Founder and CEO of ProtoHack. | | As a non-technical entrepreneur, I was first introduced to ProtoHack through a tech startup that I co-founded: LETT. Our team travelled to Seattle to validate our idea and test the problem-solution fit only to find ourselves so excited about the ProtoHack vision that we signed on to become City Directors. We pioneered the City Director program and served as their first official International Chapter. After two successful events in Vancouver, I was offered the opportunity to join the founding team as the VP. | | Prior to ProtoHack, I was a co-founder and CEO of GH Nutrition Inc., a health... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Sutton

Kirsten Sutton

Kirsten is the managing director of SAP Labs Canada and global head of engineering for SAP Jam. As managing director, Kirsten is responsible for inspiring innovation within the Canadian development organization and managing SAP’s four research and development hubs across Canada. As head of engineering for SAP Jam, Kirsten leads a team of 100 developers to deliver cutting edge cloud collaboration software to more than 30 million users worldwide. | With more than 20... Read More →
avatar for Elena Yugai

Elena Yugai

Elena is a Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Women in Tech World (womenintechworld.com), a grassroots National organization that is dedicated to creating opportunities, connections and actionable steps to elevate women in tech. For the last 8 years Elena worked with a variet... Read More →



16:00

How We Increased Revenue from Blog by 80%: A Story of Growth
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This marketing workshop will be presented by the Wishpond content team, and give young marketers, entrepreneurs and experienced digital marketers alike a step-by-step strategy that Wishpond has used to increase their blog's conversion rates by 80% in the past 12 months.


Capacity: 50

Speakers
avatar for Carlo Pacis

Carlo Pacis

Content Marketer, Wishpond
Carlo is a Content Marketer at Wishpond who lives and breathes all things social media. He also has an obsession with music, sneakers, and coffee.
avatar for James Scherer

James Scherer

Content Editor, Wishpond
James is the content editor at Wishpond. When he's not writing or designing for Wishpond he's risking his life biking around the city.



Monday September 25, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Wishpond 1000 - 1500 West Georgia St. Vancouver BC V6G 2Z6

17:00

FEATURED EVENT: New Ventures BC Competition Awards
Limited Capacity full
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You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: General Access.
BC's top new startups have been competing for more than $300,000 in cash and prizes through the New Ventures BC Competition. Join us for a social reception and the official Awards Ceremony announcing the winners, followed immediately by the Official Vancouver Startup Week Kickoff Social.

WHY ATTEND: The New Ventures BC Competition Awards is one of the signature events during #VSW2016. We hope to see you there!

Capacity: 150

Speakers


Monday September 25, 2017 17:00 - 20:00
VENUE Nightclub 881 Granville Street, Vancouver

19:00

FEATURED EVENT: The Official Vancouver Startup Week Kickoff Social!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Capacity: 200

Moderators
avatar for VSW

VSW

Event Coordinator, VSW

Monday September 25, 2017 19:00 - 22:00
VENUE Nightclub 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
 
Tuesday, September 26
 

09:00

FEATURED EVENT: Techstars Presents - Power of Networks & Community
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join John Hill, Network Catalyst at Techstars, to learn more about building your network. John will share insights on what he’s gleaned from his years as the Director of Alumni Career Services at Michigan State University, the Higher Education Evangelist at Linkedin, and now the Network Catalyst at Techstars.   Power up at the power of networks breakfast session. 


Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for John Hill

John Hill

Traded one passion for another which led me to leave Michigan State University to become the Higher Education Evangelist at LinkedIn. Did it one more time moving from LinkedIn to become the Network Catalyst for Techstars. I have a thing for cool work titles. I also believe "chang... Read More →
avatar for Techstars

Techstars

Events Manager, Techstars
Creating extraordinary experiences, meaningful moments and connect people through events.



10:00

HR for Start-ups
Limited Capacity filling up

Amui provides start-ups with on-demand access to HR knowledge. At some point, you will have questions that impact you and your people. Our interactive session introduces a useful checklist to minimize your risk and help you make better decisions. Improv Q&A to follow. 

Capacity: 80


Speakers
avatar for Allison Guld

Allison Guld

Allison’s strategic, operational and management experience in recruitment and HR was honed in high tech organizations such as Blast Radius, Ernst & Young, and MDA. No stranger to entrepreneurial adventures, Allison’s first company paid for her university degree. She went on to be... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Lyster

Stephanie Lyster

CEO/co-founder, Amui.co
Stephanie has experience identifying and implementing strategic HR solutions including workforce planning, performance management, recruitment and change management. Her background in building people infrastructure for high growth companies cemented her belief that HR should not... Read More →



Tuesday September 26, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
Brix Studio 102-211 Columbia Street , Vancouver, BC V6A 2R5

11:00

FEATURED EVENT: Techstars Presents - The Art of the Elevator Pitch
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learning how to communicate the value of your startup effectively and concisely is critical to your startup’s success. Without it, you’ll never convince customers, employees, users, fans, media, and even investors on why they should support you. During this workshop, we will cover how to: 

Deliver a great elevator pitch 
Get people to pay attention to you when you’re speaking 
Stand out in the crowd 
Get the best outcome from your impromptu pitches

Join us for this interactive workshop and get ready to practice your pitch!  

Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

A native San Diegan who grew up in Encinitas, Ryan is now Managing Director at Techstars, the global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. He currently runs Techstars’ first virtual accelerator, Techstars Anywhere. Previously he launched and ran both... Read More →
avatar for Techstars

Techstars

Events Manager, Techstars
Creating extraordinary experiences, meaningful moments and connect people through events.



12:00

TELUS Pitch™ Contest
The TELUS Pitch is Canada’s largest small business contest that brings together the best minds in Canadian small business. The contest helps accelerate success through the adoption of technology. During Vancouver Startup Week, we’re inviting Vancouver business owners the chance to enter the contest by sharing how winning the grand prize of $100,000 will help them achieve their business goals and take their small business to the next level.

Stop by to enter TELUS Pitch by delivering your best “elevator” pitch to a life-sized travelling elevator.  Get your elevator pitch ready!

More info here: https://www.telus.com/en/bc/business/pitch/


13:00

FEATURED EVENT: Techstars Presents - Finding & Engaging with Great Mentors (and Why it’s Important)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Many entrepreneurs only seek out mentors for their companies when they decide they want funding. But, mentors need to be weaved into the fabric of any startup from the beginning. Great mentors see something special in you, and help you reach your potential both with direct advice as well as introductions, resources, and helping you think things through. In this session, you’ll learn: 

Why having a mentor is so important
How to find and approach a mentor that will accelerate your success
How to distinguish between a bad and a good mentor
How to build a long-term relationship with your mentors
And, how to keep mentors actively engaged -- which sounds simple, but almost everyone screws it up! 


Capacity: 80

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

A native San Diegan who grew up in Encinitas, Ryan is now Managing Director at Techstars, the global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. He currently runs Techstars’ first virtual accelerator, Techstars Anywhere. Previously he launched and ran both... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Techstars

Techstars

Events Manager, Techstars
Creating extraordinary experiences, meaningful moments and connect people through events.



13:00

FEATURED EVENT: Fundamentals of Funding - Learn what you need to know
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

From fintech to pharma, software to services, every startup worries about funding. Join us at McMillan’s offices as we host a panel of distinguished professionals experienced in funding startups of all shapes and sizes. From government grants, to incubators, to angels and VCs, to growth equity and debt financing, learn what you need to know about seeking funding in today’s markets

Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for Janelle Goulard

Janelle Goulard

Director of Health Investment, Pangaea Ventures
Janelle Goulard is the Director of Health Investment at Pangaea Venture. She has over ten years of experience working in healthcare both in private investments and management consulting. Janelle has spent most of her career at GE Healthcare, based in both North America and Europe... Read More →
avatar for Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

Peter-Paul has over 15 years of experience in finance, investment management, and business consultancy. He's held multiple senior management positions with global banks including ABN AMRO Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland in the areas of corporate strategy, commercial and investmen... Read More →
avatar for Cari Mai

Cari Mai

Business Development Professional, Ayming
Cari Mai is a business development and marketing professional at Ayming Canada, a business performance consulting company which assists companies from start-ups to multi-nationals, maximize government funding to grow their business, reduce operational costs to increase profit mar... Read More →
avatar for Mike Reid

Mike Reid

Partner, McMillan LLP
A Partner in McMillan’s Business group, and national Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies, Mike's practice focuses on technology and startups. From corporate/commercial matters to debt and equity financing to business acquisitions, Mike acts for clients big and small, thr... Read More →
avatar for Noah Shipman

Noah Shipman

Vice-President, Investments, Vistara Capital
Noah has eight years of experience in corporate finance, M&A, and strategic planning, having worked as an advisor to as well as in-house for both public and private companies. | | Prior to joining Vistara Capital Partners, Noah was Principal at Garibaldi Capital Advisors, a technology-exclusive boutique investment bank. While at Garibaldi, he successfully executed growth capital and secondary financings, as well as buy and sell side... Read More →
avatar for Saleh Tousi

Saleh Tousi

CEO, Smartt
Saleh is the CEO of Smartt, a digital consulting agency based in Burnaby. He is interested in helping digital first startups make the tough transition from great idea to viable company by using the agency incubation model to fund the initial proof of concept so startups can get p... Read More →



Tuesday September 26, 2017 13:00 - 15:00
McMillan LLP Suite 1500 – 1055 West Georgia Street

14:00

Startups as Employers - From a Legal and HR Perspective
Limited Capacity full
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Join Erin Brandt, lawyer with Kent Employment Law, and Heidi Eaves, Principal at Project House Business Solutions, for an overview and discussion of the following key topics (90 minutes, includes Q&A):

  • The legal distinction between an employee and an independent contractor

  • Best practices for employment contracts

  • Hiring basics

  • Key policies to protect your employees and your business

  • Keeping your team happy and motivated 

  • WorkSafeBC – Health + Safety and Insurance

  • Dismissing employees

WHY ATTEND: Many startups take an ad-hoc approach to HR issues. Come learn how to get yourself out of trouble -- or better yet, avoid getting into trouble in the first place!

Capacity: 20

Speakers
avatar for Erin Brandt

Erin Brandt

Erin is what Malcolm Gladwell calls a connector. Strong community roots, genuine curiosity and a deep caring for others make her a true “people person”. She is forward-thinking, and combines a millennial mindset with legal creativity to create impact and change in her clients’ lives. Her main drivers are fairness and innovation, values which serve Erin well when advising players in emerging industries, as well as more established businesses who want to... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Eaves

Heidi Eaves

Heidi Eaves is a Principal at Project House Business Solutions, a Vancouver strategy and consulting company that helps leaders treat people better, grow their business better, and align their brand and culture. | | A senior Human Resources professional and people manager with ov... Read More →



Tuesday September 26, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
The Profile (Gastown) 375 Water Street Vancouver, BC V6B0M9

14:00

Manning Elliott Consultation Sessions
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the opportunity to sit down and discuss how you can grow your business with our highly skilled accountants and business advisors. Sessions will be 15 minutes, so come prepared to make the most of the session and see how we can help your business reach its full potential.

The list of sessions are below, please email partners@vanstartupweek to book yourself in for a session. The sessions will be udapted to denote if they are taken as the week progresses. 

Monday, 25th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, 26th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday, 27th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Thursday, 28th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Friday, 29th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm



15:00

FEATURED EVENT: Techstars Presents - Infosession / AMA Panel with Techstars MDs
Limited Capacity full
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2-5 sentences about the event: Ask us anything! Techstars has invested in over 1,000 companies worldwide and we’d love to share what we’ve learned. During Vancouver Startup Week, we’re hosting an open Q&A session with Techstars’ Managing Directors where you can ask them anything related to entrepreneurship, accelerators, fundraising, startups, trends, mentorship, the program and more.


Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for John Hill

John Hill

Traded one passion for another which led me to leave Michigan State University to become the Higher Education Evangelist at LinkedIn. Did it one more time moving from LinkedIn to become the Network Catalyst for Techstars. I have a thing for cool work titles. I also believe "chang... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

A native San Diegan who grew up in Encinitas, Ryan is now Managing Director at Techstars, the global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. He currently runs Techstars’ first virtual accelerator, Techstars Anywhere. Previously he launched and ran both... Read More →
avatar for Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Managing Director for Techstars Toronto. Techstars Toronto is a city program and Techstars first accelerator in Canada. Techstars Toronto is a joint venture between Techstars and Real Ventures (Canada’s most active venture capital fund). Prior to Techstars Sunil was a Managing Partner with Extreme Venture Partners (EVP) and co-founder and Managing Director of Extreme Startups. While at Extreme, Sunil sourced and lead more than 40 investments across two funds and two accelerator programs. Sunil is the Chair of the Board of... Read More →
avatar for Techstars

Techstars

Events Manager, Techstars
Creating extraordinary experiences, meaningful moments and connect people through events.



15:00

Patio Sessions at Two Tall Totems
Limited Capacity full
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Come hang out with the Two Tall Totems team on our patio with some food and drinks. Meet our designers and developers, network, and chat about bleeding edge technology.  We will also be holding three 30 minute workshop sessions in our boardroom led by experts on our team.

Capacity: 100

Speakers
avatar for Felix Cheng

Felix Cheng

As UX/UI Designer at Two Tall Totems, Felix wows people with beautiful products they love to use. He may be pixel-obsessed, but what he enjoys more is solving complex challenges with thoughtful and practical designs.
avatar for Jose Hernandez

Jose Hernandez

Jose knows business. With a MBA from UBC, a law degree and extensive experience in start-up sales, project management and product development, Jose is fully equipped to help direct your success.
avatar for Chris Hobbs

Chris Hobbs

Through Chris’ leadership Two Tall Totems has grown to become a powerhouse in the Vancouver tech community. Chris always puts the team first and thus never fails to surround himself with amazingly talented people who create ground-breaking software. Chris also serves as the President of ViDIA... Read More →
avatar for David Hobbs

David Hobbs

With over 20 years of tech experience as both a developer and an entrepreneur, David has the perfect combination of technical expertise and business acumen.



Tuesday September 26, 2017 15:00 - 17:00
Two Tall Totems 305-1166 Alberni Street V6E1A5

17:00

FEATURED EVENT: Techstars Presents - Happy Hour with The TELUS Pitch
Limited Capacity filling up

After a full day of sessions, join Techstars Managing Directors and The TELUS Pitch team for happy hour and pitches.

The TELUS Pitch is Canada’s largest small business contest that brings together the best minds in Canadian small business. The contest helps accelerate success through the adoption of technology. During Vancouver Startup Week, we’re inviting Vancouver business owners the chance to enter the contest by sharing how winning the grand prize of $100,000 will help them achieve their business goals and take their small business to the next level.

During this happy hour, entrepreneurs will  have the opportunity to enter TELUS Pitch by delivering their best “elevator” pitch to a life-sized travelling elevator. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Capacity: 75

Speakers
avatar for VSW

VSW

Event Coordinator, VSW



18:00

How I Got my First 100 Users: Lesson from Founders
Limited Capacity full
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Come by Later to participate in 6 lighting talks, about 10 minutes long, from various Founders and Product Owners discussing on how they got their first 100 users.  This talk is great for people who are in the launch phase of their product, or just want to learn more, and want to hear battle stories from those who been through it. 

Capacity: 40

Speakers
CN

Chris Nicola

Wealthbar
avatar for Jayesh Parmar

Jayesh Parmar

CEO & Co-founder, Picatic
A serial entrepreneur with two decades of event industry experience. Jayesh Parmar is Picatic’s (www.picatic.com) CEO/Cofounder and is listed as one of the world's top 10 Tech Entrepreneurs Disrupting The Event Industry
CS

Chris Stott

BuddyBuild



Tuesday September 26, 2017 18:00 - 19:30
Later 353 Water Street, Suite 500

18:00

FEATURED EVENT: The Official #VSW2017 Recruitment Fair
Limited Capacity seats available

Join 400+ job seekers and more than 30 companies actively looking for talent, for fun evening focused on bringing together Vancouver job seekers and locally-based startups and tech companies that are actively recruiting.

The Recruitment Fair is *the* place for local talent to find great opportunities in the community during Vancouver Startup Week.


WHY ATTEND: Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! (And cool Science World stuff too!)

Capacity: 800


Tuesday September 26, 2017 18:00 - 21:00
TELUS World of Science 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver

18:30

Mining and Innovation: Opportunities for you - Challenges from Teck and SSR at Unearthed Vancouver
Limited Capacity full
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Hear from industry experts about the opportunities for innovators in the resources sector. Digital technologies open up unprecedented opportunities in a notoriously closed and secretive industry. Some companies have recognised the potential of open innovation and invite you to work on their challenges. 

Capacity: 50

Speakers
avatar for Mikey Kailis

Mikey Kailis

Growth Manager, Unearthed
I run a global innovation program called Unearthed, connecting startups to the mining and resources sector.



Tuesday September 26, 2017 18:30 - 20:00
SAP Vancouver 910 Mainland Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1A9.

18:30

Mobile Growth Vancouver Meetup
Limited Capacity full
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Join us this month for a night filled with growth stories and strategies with mobile experts. We’ll kick off the evening with some beer, soft drinks, and pizza, and then hear lessons and best practices for app growth. We’ll cover everything from organic and paid user acquisition, retention and engagement strategies and more. 

Learn how to grow your mobile business, meet some cool people in apps, and get connected with others in the Mobile Growth Community.

Capacity: 75

Speakers
avatar for Kamil Szybalski

Kamil Szybalski

Kamil is a passionate and driven technology entrepreneur specializing in product management, innovation and growth. He's currently building Product at Eventbase. Previously, Kamil has worked on innovation at Hootsuite Labs, Product and Growth at Shelfie (acquired by Kobo) and is... Read More →
avatar for Tayber Voyer

Tayber Voyer

Tayber is a Director of Product at A Thinking Ape and is responsible for product design and live operations for all live games. With over 7 years of product management experience in mobile and social free to play games, Tayber has been part of the success of numerous growth produ... Read More →
avatar for Jason Yeh

Jason Yeh

Jason is the Creative Content Manager at Tangoo and spearheads creative campaigns, media creation, and strategy. After 7 years of studying Criminology, he made a complete career shift into Digital Marketing and Photography by learning through online resources. Through quick burst... Read More →



Tuesday September 26, 2017 18:30 - 21:00
Brainstation 455 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1T1

19:30

Celebrate the Investor Revolution
Limited Capacity full
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These past few months have been incredible. FrontFundr and PwC have been witnesses to the beginning of a new movement, nay, a revolution within the financial technology industry. New and existing investors are coming together to support companies they believe in, driving innovation and social change. With each success story, we’re reminded of the change-makers who have driven the revolution to where it is today. It’s time to acknowledge the investors and celebrate the entrepreneurs who have made it all possible.

On Tuesday, September 26th, we’re doing just that. Join us for a social, celebratory gathering with the people driving this change forward. Connect with companies that successfully used equity crowdfunding and their investors, companies currently fundraising, as well as members of the crowd who will share why they chose to invest. The revolution is now. Let’s celebrate together! See you at the party.


Capacity: 35

Speakers
avatar for Sean Burke

Sean Burke

COO, FrontFundr
Sean Burke has over five years of professional service experience working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in corporate tax and audit. He was relocated to New York, where he advised several of the worlds largest banks in the banking and capital markets sector. In 2013, he was named... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Burke

Cameron Burke

Managing Director, PWC
Cameron is a managing director within the Technology Sector at PwC Canada and based in our Vancouver office. He is a senior business leader and entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience taking technology businesses from concept to exit. Cameron has built and led teams in sales, marketing, channel, business and corporate development, and digital transformation in the tech sector. In 2016 Cameron was recognized by Business in Vancouver as a top 40 under 40. He has a strong track record in building brands, culture and accelerating... Read More →
avatar for Kara Zucker

Kara Zucker

Marketing Director, FrontFundr



Tuesday September 26, 2017 19:30 - 21:30
PWC 250 Howe St Suite 700, Vancouver, BC V6C 3S7
 
Wednesday, September 27
 

08:30

What are the “Options”: Equity Incentives for Employees
Limited Capacity full
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Fasken Martineau invites you to join us for breakfast and an in-depth discussion on the vital points to consider before establishing an option plan for your company.  We’ll provide you with the answers to questions such as:

·                 What does it actually mean when you promise to “pay someone with equity”?

·                 What are the different alternatives for equity or equity-based compensation (eg. traditional options, Share Appreciating Rights, “phantom” stock)

·                 What are the tax and legal implications of compensating employees/consultants with stock options?



Capacity: 30

Speakers
avatar for Mike Coburn

Mike Coburn

Michael (Mike) Coburn is a partner in the Taxation Group. He provides advice on a broad range of corporate and personal tax matters, regularly advising clients on the most tax efficient means of completing a transaction. Mike has extensive experience with respect to the tax implications and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, financings and other business transactions. | | Mike also regularly assists clients in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and other taxing authorities. | | Mike's clients rely on him to address their complex tax issues across a wide range of industries, including mining, energy and digital media. Clients value his responsiveness as well as his solutions based approach to solve their business needs... Read More →
avatar for John Conlin

John Conlin

Jon is an associate in the firm's Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Group. | | Prior to joining Fasken Martineau, Jon obtained his JD from the University of British Columbia. Prior to entering law school, Jon played NCAA football for Washington State University and won a Hol... Read More →
avatar for Mike Stephens

Mike Stephens

Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP



Wednesday September 27, 2017 08:30 - 09:30
Faskens Martineau LLP B-5 550 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0A3

09:30

Capital Café
Limited Capacity full
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Meet the visionaries who have been successful in raising start-up funding for their companies and learn from Flo from Pop A Ride, Jill Earthy from FrontFundr and Geoff Pedlow from Faskens LLP to hear the stories as well as learn how you can participate.

Capacity: 43

Speakers
avatar for Flo Devellennes

Flo Devellennes

CEO, POP Rideshare
Flo is the co-founder and CEO of Pop Rideshare, Western Canada' largest intercity rideshare platform with over 60,000 members. He has transferred his passion for tech and travel into Pop, an impact-driven business that provides people with a new form of travel that is affordable... Read More →
avatar for Jill Earthy

Jill Earthy

Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader with a passion for growing the Canadian economy through innovation. As Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform, she bridges the gap between entrepreneurs and investors by democratizing the fundraising process. She has successfully built two companies nationally and sold them, and then spent 8 years in leadership roles in the non-profit sector supporting entrepreneurs (CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Regional Director of Futurpreneur Canada). She is a community leader and active mentor, currently serving on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University (SFU), and as Board Chair of the... Read More →
avatar for Geoff Pedlow

Geoff Pedlow

Associate, Fasken Martineau
Geoff is an associate in the firm’s Technology and Securities Group. His practice focuses on the technology sector where he advises entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture-backed technology companies, from start-up through business organization, capital raising and exit. Geoff prov... Read More →
avatar for Kara Zucker

Kara Zucker

Marketing Director, FrontFundr



Wednesday September 27, 2017 09:30 - 10:30
Faskens Martineau LLP B-5 550 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0A3

10:00

How to attract great talent with more than just $$$
Limited Capacity full
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You had an idea, you launched your business, you are growing... like crazy. But getting talented individuals to join your team, and help you grow your business… turns out it’s harder than it seems. You and hundreds of organizations are competing for talent in Vancouver. And this problem isn’t going away.

So how do you give your company a competitive advantage? One of your first steps is to design a compensation package that doesn’t break the bank, works in stock option agreements and other perks fluidly, AND stays true to your company’s values.

Join us for a vivid panel discussion led by career and startup strategist, Crystal Henrickson of Talent Collective, who will be joined by three professionals that can finally answer your questions around compensation, equity agreements, benefits and more. If you are committed to attracting the best talent, you should not miss this session.

Capacity: 80


Moderators
avatar for Crystal Henrickson

Crystal Henrickson

Crystal has played key hiring roles in companies such as Yelp, Toyota BC and digital agencies, and has advised 25+ startups. Now, as a Co-Active Coach and digital career consultant, Crystal spends her days working one-on-one with Talent Collective's individual and workplace clien... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Todd Humphrey

Todd Humphrey

COO, League
Todd oversees the company's field operations and business development efforts. Before joining League, Todd was a member of the executive team at Kobo, where he successfully built Kobo’s global development strategy. Prior to Kobo, Todd was Director of Business Development at Amazo... Read More →
avatar for Annika Reinhardt

Annika Reinhardt

Compensation & Negotiation Professional, Talent Collective
Annika is passionate about building competitive compensation programs that align with a company’s values and don’t break the bank. Her creative approaches to total compensation have supported local start-ups in their strategic growth and helped attract top talent.
avatar for Jennifer Yong

Jennifer Yong

Jennifer is a skilled member of Miller Titerle + Company’s Business Advisory team. She works with start-ups and new businesses, providing tailored corporate legal solutions and regularly presenting on company structuring, implementation of Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOPs), deb... Read More →



10:00

How to Build a Bank with React
Limited Capacity full
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See how Grow’s Frontend leverages the React ecosystem to build a platform used by some of the biggest banks in Canada.


Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Brotzky

Dennis Brotzky

Software Engineer, Grow
As an early adopter of React and many other front-end technologies, Dennis sits at the forefront of the front-end development community. | | While Dennis specializes in design and web development technologies, he has a well-rounded foundation that allows him to contribute in many areas. He has a BA from McGill, where he studied psychology and music, which availed a unique perspective and flavour to his self-taught coding abilities. As the first front-end engineer hired by Grow, Dennis has played a material role in shaping... Read More →
avatar for Grow

Grow

Grow
avatar for Arjan Jassal

Arjan Jassal

Software Engineer, Grow
Obsessed with creating products that users love, Arjan has been building things on the web since he was in high school. With a passion for design and engineering, Arjan spends his time making sure every UI delivers an exceptional UX, both for end users and developers alike. After... Read More →



Wednesday September 27, 2017 10:00 - 11:30
Grow Suite 1600, 570 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

11:00

Brazilian Startups Showcase
Limited Capacity full
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To network with Brazilian startups, government and investors.To explore international best practices across 5 different segments including NACO start up of the year finalists.


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Hein Brand

Hein Brand

Investor & advisor.  Executive with considerable experience in the media and internet industries, including mobile. Extensive experience gained in several developing countries including China, Brazil, Russia, India and other countries in Africa and Latin America.    Sourcing and evaluating businesses and executing the M... Read More →
avatar for Eruga

Eruga

The eruga platform improves the qualification and evaluation of the employees through the digitalization of the trainings
avatar for Litelims

Litelims

LiteLiMS is a platform that helps laboratories become more efficient and intelligent to deliver better value results to their customers.
avatar for Regina Noppe

Regina Noppe

CEO, Dream2B
Regina is a Brazilian/Canadian with over 18 years of experience at global companies. | | She is very active in both tech communities and is helping to foment relations between the two countries. She is involved in a series of initiatives that are making it possible for the Brazilian and Canadian tech ecosystems to become closer. | | Regina was awarded the title of... Read More →
avatar for Topic Play

Topic Play

Topic Play Games is a brazilian gaming Studio that has already helped more than 20 thousand students and teachers to improve their teaching, learning and engagement results by up to 82%. Using epic games that combines Fun and knowledge.
avatar for Pronto Rush

Pronto Rush

Pronto Rush improve cities logistics by connecting local businesses to motorcycle couriers who provide immediate on-demand deliveries
avatar for SafeTest

SafeTest

SafeTest was created to meet the market demand for rapid and precise methods for early detection of infectious diseases, like Leishmaniasis, Dengue, Zika, Febre Amarela (Yellow Fever), Syphilis, and HIV and consequently allows the immediate and specific treatment. We developed a scalable platform for antigens identification and... Read More →



Wednesday September 27, 2017 11:00 - 13:00
Brazilian Consulate 666 Burrard Street Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2X8

11:30

Why Introverts Make Great Leaders
Limited Capacity full
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Do you feel like your career path or leadership effectiveness is somehow hindered by your temperament?  Are you overlooked for leadership roles because of your quiet nature? Do you feel overshadowed by your gregarious colleagues/competitors? Do you feel pressured to go against your authentic self to get recognised?

You're not alone - about 50% of all leaders are introverts, yet our working environments favour the extrovert, the outspoken, bold and assertive. These traits have changed our definition of leadership and altered our assumptions about what good performance looks like. And while many studies have shown introverts are natural born leaders, many business cultures often make it impossible to thrive.

The speaker, Faris Khalifeh, will illustrate how you don't have to be loud to be a great leader, and you can be impactful by being soft-spoken, quiet and gentle. This talk is for extroverts as well, as they can gain valuable insight into the introvert's world, allowing them to understand and work more effectively with their introverted colleagues.

Key Takeaways:

✔ Understanding of Quiet Leadership ✔ Quiet leaders traits and strengths ✔ Expose some myths  ✔ How to close the communication gap between introverts and extroverts

Venue Partner: Grow

Capacity: 35


Speakers
avatar for Faris Khalifeh

Faris Khalifeh

Quiet Leadership Coach, Faris Khalifeh
Faris is a Quiet Leadership Coach, named among the Top Six Life Coaches in Vancouver by Crowd Wellness. | Before becoming a coach, he was engaged in the corporate world serving clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. His experience spans industries including educa... Read More →



Wednesday September 27, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Grow Suite 1600, 570 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

11:45

Remote Working: An Adventure Through Time and Space
Limited Capacity full
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Remote work is a wonderful thing, but it’s not all sunshine and daisies! We’ll discuss good things and bad things — both expected and unexpected. You’ll hear a tale of a post-acquisition remote team growing from 22 to 77 people in less than 9 months — it involved building a hiring system so intrigueing it was featured within the WallStreet Journal. After that, we’ll eat Tacofino burritos (our treat) and hang out. Perhaps we’ll discuss some remote work strategies and start-up life, or perhaps we’ll just eat burritos.

Capacity: 25

Speakers
avatar for Kellen Person

Kellen Person

-, Fly.io
Kellen is an entrepeneur and technology enthusiast who has been working with web technologies for nearly two decades. He’s started two of his own businesses and worked with Compose.com, IBM, and a handful of other Canadian and YCombinator start-ups. Right now, he’s helping launch Chicago based... Read More →



12:00

Learn The Digital Product Lifecycle
Limited Capacity full
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Join us September 27th for a lunch and learn at BrainStation's new 20,000 sq ft campus!

From product management and user experience design, to everything data, we'll be diving into the full digital product lifecycle, upcoming market trends and the most in-demand jobs in Vancouver.

 This session is ideal for those looking to launch their own business, level up specific digital skills and for anyone interested in a career in tech.

WHY ATTEND: Over the next 5 years, there will be over 40,000 tech jobs in BC that will need to be filled. Find your place in tech!

Capacity: 125

Speakers
avatar for Richard Bent

Richard Bent

Richard is currently a Learning Advisor at the Vancouver BrainStation Campus. After completing a Master’s degree in economics, Richard shifted his focus to business development and tech. His favourite part of working at BrainStation is constantly meeting industry leaders and conn... Read More →



Wednesday September 27, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Brainstation 455 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1T1

13:00

Digital Disruption: The Industrial Revolution 4.0
Limited Capacity full
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Rethinking the rules

The world is changing fast and this is called the 4th Industrial Revolution: robots make cars, computers make movies, cameras are drones, Airbnb is the largest hotel chain, owning no real estate, Uber the largest taxi company in the world, owning no cars.

This presentation will expose the future of making mindset and technologies: the new Digital Capture Technologies, Mobility and Connectivity, Cloud Computing, Virtual and Augmented Realities, Biomimetics, AI and Machine Learning.

While this digital revolution will encompass all industries, the panel will focus on its early applications as well as the huge economic implications in the areas of Entertainment, Education, Medical, Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC).

Why Attend?

This changes everything for the kind of people who watch movies (Avatar, Gravity, Netflix), drive a car (Tesla), or live in a house (Solar City, Airbnb).

Capacity: 70



Speakers
avatar for David F Durand

David F Durand

CEO, Zebra VR
After working on movies such as James Cameron's Avatar and Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight, with a deep experience in technology, education, and visual effects, David founded Zebra VR, a company focused on researching and developing education technologies (EdTech), the goal: to transform human communications towards a more compelling, spiritual and controllable future for all learners and creators everywhere. On the production side, David is currently producing Cargo with Flying Car Production and director Bobby Bala, a VFX full green screen $1m+ sci-fi short movie mainly produced remotely. On the education side, David and Zebra VR started to collaborate with Linked In, now a Microsoft brand, developing programs and new technology applications following the purchase of Lynda.com for the new growing education platform: Linked In Learning. As an instructor, David holds faculty positions teaching at Think Tank Training Center... Read More →
avatar for Rithikha Rajamohan

Rithikha Rajamohan

With a passion for exploring the interface between the environment, technology, and design, Rithikha works to encourage collaboration across disciplines and promote the cognizant adoption of new technologies. Recently an intern at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), she worked with PNWER's Innovation Group to see how virtual and augmented reality can transform the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Rithikha is currently pursuing her studies in geography and computer science at the University of British... Read More →



14:00

Manning Elliott Consultation Sessions
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the opportunity to sit down and discuss how you can grow your business with our highly skilled accountants and business advisors. Sessions will be 15 minutes, so come prepared to make the most of the session and see how we can help your business reach its full potential.

The list of sessions are below, please email partners@vanstartupweek.ca to book yourself in for a session. The sessions will be udapted to denote if they are taken as the week progresses. 

Monday, 25th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, 26th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday, 27th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Thursday, 28th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Friday, 29th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm


15:00

Stripe Presents: Tech Talk + Vancouver CEO Roundtable
Limited Capacity full
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Stripe will host a panel of executives from Vancouver-based companies who will discuss how to build global companies. Additionally, Avi Bryant of Stripe’s Data Engineering team will give a tech talk on how Stripe uses Probabilistic Programming to build internal models. It'll give a broad introduction to the underlying technology and how it’s applied at Stripe. The session will include audience Q&A.


Capacity: 130


Speakers
avatar for Avi Bryant

Avi Bryant

Avi has spent the last 4 years building data and machine learning teams and infrastructure at Stripe. Previously he played similar roles at Etsy, Twitter, and Dabble DB. He lives on a small island off the coast of BC.
avatar for Govind Dandekar

Govind Dandekar

Govind leads Stripe’s operations in Canada. Prior to Stripe, Govind worked at Google and Mojio and studied Economics and Computer Science at Stanford and UBC. Govind is originally from Iowa, and now proudly calls Vancouver home.
avatar for Carter Gilchrist

Carter Gilchrist

Chief Product Officer & Co-founder, Unbounce
Carter is an experienced entrepreneur, skilled designer, and developer with over 17 years of Product Development. He was recently named Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40.
avatar for Kathryn Loewen

Kathryn Loewen

CEO & Founder, Control
Kathryn has more than 15 years of experience in banking technology and payments management, working with companies such as SAP and Citigroup. She is the founder and CEO of Control (www.getcontrol.co), a leading transaction analytics and alerts platform for SaaS and Commerce busin... Read More →
avatar for Jayesh Parmar

Jayesh Parmar

CEO & Co-founder, Picatic
A serial entrepreneur with two decades of event industry experience. Jayesh Parmar is Picatic’s (www.picatic.com) CEO/Cofounder and is listed as one of the world's top 10 Tech Entrepreneurs Disrupting The Event Industry
avatar for Stripe

Stripe

Stripe
avatar for Simon Wong

Simon Wong

CEO & Co-founder, Pixieset
Simon is the CEO and co-founder of Pixieset (www.pixieset.com), a leading photo hosting and e-commerce solution for professional photographers. With a background in programming and a passion for tech, Simon enjoys being hands on and creating companies from scratch.



Wednesday September 27, 2017 15:00 - 17:00
Unbounce 400-401 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

15:00

FEATURED EVENT: Startup Resources - Meet Our Local Accelerators & Incubators
Limited Capacity full
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This year at Vancouver Startup Week come and meet the people who can help you get your business to the next level. The Vancouver Startup support community is dynamic and diverse, with a range of services and programs to help you grow your company. Whether you are a student, an entrepreneur just getting started, or you are ready to scale up, there is a reason why Vancouver is recognized as the #1 Startup city in the world (according to Forbes). On Wednesday, September 27th come and meet the organizations that helped get us there! Join us for an afternoon of insightful panels and discussions and an evening of networking fun!

Brought to you by: Wavefront, Vancouver Economic Commision, The Vancouver Club, entrepreneurship@UBC, Spring, Small Business BC, Radius, Launch Academy, Futurpreneur, Founder Institute, Foresight, Bioenterprise, and BC Tech Association

*Don’t forget to register for the evening networking reception: Startup Resources Reception

 



Capacity: 175

Speakers
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WaveFront

Marketing & Communications Specialist, Wavefront



Wednesday September 27, 2017 15:00 - 18:00
The Vancouver Club 915 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

16:30

Volition Events presents Investor Pitch Night
Limited Capacity full
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Join us on Wednesday, September 27th for an investor-based pitch event, hosted by Volition Events, as part of Vancouver Startup Week. This event will feature 10 of Vancouver's top companies pitching for the chance to win prizes, and garner investor conversations. Each company will be provided a 5-minute pitch slot and 5 minutes of Q&A to impress the judges.

Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brassard

Paul Brassard

An entrepreneur and innovator from a young age, Paul has extensive experience in fundraising, investor relations, and working with startups. With a knack for systems analysis and an ability to leverage his knowledge, networks and business acumen, Paul is a respected consultant an... Read More →



18:00

Introducing Blockchain: The Revolution will be Decentralized
Limited Capacity full
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Blockchain technology is rapidly maturing and it is critical that everyone understands the potential impacts that it will have on how we organize and interact economically and socially. Attendees will receive a comprehensive education on this subject, how to learn more, and how to participate in this exciting new industry.

Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Peacock

Gregg Peacock

Gregg Peacock has been a member of the Vancouver startup scene for the last 5 years, delivering product at companies such as Aritzia, Bench and Rise. He has actively contributed to the community as an organizer and mentor at Startup Weekend and advises several early-stage startup... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Bench Accounting 545 Robson St, Vancouver, BC, Canada

18:00

Growth Hacking: Adopting the Valley’s Mindset and Systems
Limited Capacity full
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Get actionable tips, advice and frameworks from experts to help your startup hit your next growth milestones and move towards scaling. Our next event features Dr. Alexandra Greenhill, Co-founder & CEO of MyBestHelper, where she’ll share how she grew her company by adopting Silicon Valley’s mindset and systems. She’s an award-winning physician, TEDx speaker, and was featured in BIV’s Top 40 under 40 and WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Join us a for a night of learning and lively discussions with other founders, entrepreneurs, product managers, designers, and growth marketers. Pizza, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Space is limited, registration is required.


Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alexandra Greenhill

Dr. Alexandra Greenhill

CEO of Careteam | | Dr. Greenhill is a physician leader and tech entrepreneur. She is the cofounder CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Careteam (health care coordination from A to Z) and cofounder CEO of myBestHelper (find child / elder care marketplace).  Prior to that, she led major new initiatives in health transformation and eHealth implementation in Quebec, BC and nationally across... Read More →



Wednesday September 27, 2017 18:00 - 20:30
Wishpond 1000 - 1500 West Georgia St. Vancouver BC V6G 2Z6

18:00

FEATURED EVENT: Startup Resources Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

After a day packed with sessions, unwind and have a drink with your local Accelerators & Incubators! Join us on Wednesday, September 27th to connect with old friends and meet new faces in the Startup community. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy some networking and fun! Refreshments will be served.

Brought to you by: Wavefront, Vancouver Economic Commision, The Vancouver Club, entrepreneurship@UBC, Spring, Small Business BC, Radius, Launch Academy, Futurpreneur, Founder Institute, Foresight, Bioenterprise, and BC Tech Association

Please note, this is a 19+ event. 

Capacity: 300

Speakers
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WaveFront

Marketing & Communications Specialist, Wavefront



Wednesday September 27, 2017 18:00 - 21:00
The Vancouver Club 915 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

18:00

WinTech's Build A Bot Night
Limited Capacity filling up

Come and build a fully functional robot with fellow women in tech over a beer and snacks at WinTech's Build A Bot night. No robotics experience required! We will provide the kits and instruction. We'll end the evening with a friendly Battle Bot competition complete with prizes and giveaways. Bring your adventurous spirit and find out what your potential career in robotics might look like!

Capacity: 35

Speakers
avatar for Lee Ling Yang

Lee Ling Yang

Customer Success Manager, Vision Critical



Wednesday September 27, 2017 18:00 - 21:00
Mobify 420-725 Granville Street, Vancouver

21:00

Startup Drinks and Networking Hosted by Vancouver Growth Hackers
Limited Capacity full
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Couldn’t join us for our featured monthly talk? Join us at our post-event networking event for beers, food and interesting conversations. Hosted by the Vancouver Growth Hackers meetup, this is our networking event that follows our expert talk from Dr. Alexandra Greenhill on Adopting the Valley’s Mindset and Systems. Join us a for a night of lively discussions with other founders, entrepreneurs, product managers, designers, growth marketers anymore. Space is limited, registration is required.


Capacity: 80



Wednesday September 27, 2017 21:00 - 23:00
H2 Rotisserie & Bar 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4, Canada
 
Thursday, September 28
 

10:00

Ideas, Grit and Giving a Sh*t; reaching your audience through PR
Limited Capacity full
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Throughout history, the most successful entrepreneurs were not just individuals with great ideas and a ton of grit; they also knew how to communicate why their ideas mattered – to the right people. Kathleen Reid, Managing Director of Switchboard, brings you the top five communications strategies startups can use to build relationships with their audience and key stakeholders. Your next client, customer, investor, employee or media ambassador is out there. It’s your job to make them give a sh*t. It’s our job to teach you how.

Capacity: 50

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Reid

Kathleen Reid

In 2013, Kathleen Reid was ready to take her public relations career to | the next level. She was thriving in corporate PR, where she amassed | an impressive portfolio of work, including Teck’s Zinc and Health | Program and projects with BC Hydro and the Provincial Health | Services Authority... Read More →



Thursday September 28, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Grow Suite 1600, 570 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

11:00

How Radical Candour Can Make your Startup Millions
Limited Capacity full
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The challenge is most businesses struggle to achieve the necessary alignment required to grow their business. Meanwhile the one commonality among growth companies is that they require a continuously growing team and expanding complexity to scale. After leading two failed startups, Luke Aulin became an ‘intrapreneur’ at a software company where he grew two business units from nothing into multi-million dollar businesses. Join Luke as he teaches you how to align your entire team – from your board of directors to your front-line staff. Luke will take you through the pitfalls and successes he’s had rolling out his vision for RTOWN and howe veryone is aligning to maximize the growth opportunity of the business.

Topics:
Business Foundation: Purpose + Core Values + MissionOrganization
Structure through Functional Accountability
Creating a Culture of Ownership
Hiring Key Players
Freedom + Accountability for your Team


Capacity: 75

Speakers
avatar for Luke Aulin

Luke Aulin

CEO, RTOWN
Luke has been practicing entrepreneurship since 2001. In 2013, he co-founded RTOWN, a digital marketing company geared at helping local businesses succeed. As RTOWN’s CEO, | Luke has grown RTOWN to be named one of the top 15 largest digital marketing companies in BC by Business in Vancouver after only 4 years of existence! RTOWN is the youngest company on their list by over 3 years. | | As a thought leader in the marketing industry, Luke was asked to deliver the keynote speech at... Read More →



12:00

TELUS Pitch™ Contest
The TELUS Pitch is Canada’s largest small business contest that brings together the best minds in Canadian small business. The contest helps accelerate success through the adoption of technology. During Vancouver Startup Week, we’re inviting Vancouver business owners the chance to enter the contest by sharing how winning the grand prize of $100,000 will help them achieve their business goals and take their small business to the next level.

Stop by to enter TELUS Pitch by delivering your best “elevator” pitch to a life-sized travelling elevator.  Get your elevator pitch ready!

More info here: https://www.telus.com/en/bc/business/pitch/


12:30

Diversity in Business & Innovation For A Better Future
Limited Capacity full
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You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: General Access.
There's a lot of news coming out of Silicon Valley and the Tech Startup World about not only the lack of diversity, but stories of rampant Seixsm, Racism, Bullying and even Misconduct. In addition to bringing awareness to these issues and ideating to ensure equality and encouragement. We should also talk about WHY having diversity in the technology space is actually good for BOTH business and innovation. And why it is absolutely necessary for a better future.


Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for Aliya Amershi

Aliya Amershi

CEO & Founder, AskaTechie
Aliya is the Tech Founder and CEO of the startup AskaTechie.com. AskaTechie is developing an AI-Based On-Demand Knowledge Workforce. They are solving the outsourcing challenges that Businesses face by matching them with their perfect Techie. Think of it as UpWork meets OkCupid. This is done through their concierge services and marketplace of highly-skilled technical talent, made up of curated Freelancers and Firms. Aliya has 20 years of technology experience working with the top players in tech and media, including Electronic Arts and Viacom Networks. Her roles have included Software Engineer, Tech Lead, and IT Manager. Where she and her team won an Emmy for the Nick App at Viacom. She's connected and an influencer in the Vancouver and New York tech startup community and is involved with a number of global organizations, such as The Founder Institute, Women 2.0, and Youngry.com. See her story featured... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Executive Director, League of Innovators
Impact leader, start-up strategist, entrepreneur advocate driven to explore and build new ways to enhance business to create change. Joanna has worked at the forefront of social entrepreneurship, and believes we can create enterprises that are not only profitable but create social and environmental value in the marketplace and in our communities. She was the founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Bundy

Sarah Bundy

Founder, All Inclusive Marketing
Sarah Bundy is a Top 40 Under 40 entrepreneur, ranked in PROFIT and Canadian Business Magazine as the #55 Female Entrepreneur in Canada, PROFIT 500’s #90 Fastest Growing Company in Canada, and Best Company of the Year in British Columbia, as ranked by Small Business BC. Ms. Bundy... Read More →
avatar for Jill Earthy

Jill Earthy

Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader with a passion for growing the Canadian economy through innovation. As Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform, she bridges the gap between entrepreneurs and investors by democratizing the fundraising process. She has successfully built two companies nationally and sold them, and then spent 8 years in leadership roles in the non-profit sector supporting entrepreneurs (CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Regional Director of Futurpreneur Canada). She is a community leader and active mentor, currently serving on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University (SFU), and as Board Chair of the... Read More →
avatar for Peter McLachlan

Peter McLachlan

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Mobify
Mobify is celebrating 10 years and recently won the IRCE Mobile Commerce Excellence Awards in the late spring, beating eBay and Wayfair. Mobify is a mobile customer engagement platform which helps brands like Eddie Bauer and L'Oreal boost revenue, keep up with changing customer expectations and protect their competitive edge. Peter has worked with technology leaders like Apple, Facebook, and Google, he sets... Read More →
avatar for Galya Westler

Galya Westler

Founder & CEO, Plazus
Galya is a tech entrepreneur and the founder of Plazus Technologist inc- create a Private Communication-App within minutes. She is a Tedx speaker and a female leader, performing on many stages in the world. In addition to developing her startup, Plazus, Galya is a specialist prod... Read More →



14:00

Manning Elliott Consultation Sessions
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the opportunity to sit down and discuss how you can grow your business with our highly skilled accountants and business advisors. Sessions will be 15 minutes, so come prepared to make the most of the session and see how we can help your business reach its full potential.

The list of sessions are below, please email partners@vanstartupweek.ca to book yourself in for a session. The sessions will be udapted to denote if they are taken as the week progresses. 

Monday, 25th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, 26th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday, 27th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Thursday, 28th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Friday, 29th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm



14:00

Convertible Debt, SAFE and Shares and Everything in Between
Limited Capacity full
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Exclusively for Founders & Investors ONLY

Pros & Cons of Common Equity vs Preferred Equity vs SAFE vs Convertible Debt 

    • What is SAFE?
    • Why do US investors require Preferred Shares?
    • Why do experienced Investors dislike Convertible Debt or SAFE?
    • What type of shares should Founders subscribe for?
    • Why is Convertible Debt in-eligble for BC's 30% investment refund program?
More info at https://re.tc/equity-mini.  

For more info::      
Contact: Bob Chaworth-Musters  bob@angelforum.org or visit https://re.tc/angelforum

Sept 30 next company application and investor registration deadline for 42nd Angel Forum at https://re.tc/angelforum

 Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Bob Chaworth-Musters

Bob Chaworth-Musters

Founder, Angel Forum Society
In 1997, started the ANGEL Forum - Vancouver - one of the oldest and largest angel groups in Canada. Founding Member and Board Director of Canada's National Angel Capital Organization, member of the US Angel Capital Association, member of Vancouver Enterprise Forum. Since 1998, B... Read More →
avatar for Prentice Durbin

Prentice Durbin

Associate Counsel, Harper Grey LLP
Incorporations, equity structures and investments, EBC tax credits, convertible loans, angels and VCs, buying and selling a business
avatar for Steve Lukas

Steve Lukas

Experienced Associate Counsel with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. Strong professional skilled in Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Acquisitions, and Strategic Partnerships.



15:00

FEATURED EVENT: BLG's Meet the Startups and the Driven by Women™ Connection Corner
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: General Access.
As part of the Startup Open House, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) welcomes eight dynamic startup and early stage companies curated with the help of our friends at TNT Vancouver, the Driven by Women Connection Corner showcasing organizations that empower female entrepreneurs, and a panel discussion, all hosted under one roof in BLG’s waterfront offices overlooking Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains. This event is open to all VSW pass holders and Startup Open House ticket holders. Kick off your Startup Open House tour with this must see stop on the Startup Open House itinerary.  Light refreshments will be served.

Meet the Startup Participants

  • Dojo
  • ebrake
  • Nano-lit
  • Orello
  • Etrove
  • Pintellect
  • Hydra Energy
  • Ask a Techie
  • Rmoney 

Driven by Women Connection Corner Participants

  • Volition (formerly Elevator Ventures)
  • Spring
  • FrontFundr
  • RAISE Collective
  • Women in Tech
  • Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
  • Futurpreneur
  • Minerva
  • Women’s Enterprise Center
  • SheEO
  • Pique Fund
  • GroYourBiz
Capacity: 200

Speakers
avatar for Emily Savage

Emily Savage

Lawyer, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP



16:00

Startup Open House Vancouver Event
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: General Access.

Startup Open House Website / Startup Open House Vancouver Event Check out what happened in 2016 here 

What is Startup Open House? 

Vancouver’s tech space is booming, and Startup Open House is here to show you just how much. Since our first event in 2013, we’ve grown almost as fast as the startup ecosystem itself. We can barely keep up with the multitude of cool startups popping up from the West End to Mt Pleasant.

Startup Open House gives Vancouverites the chance to walk into the inspiring, quirky, and fun workplaces of their city’s most innovative startups. Companies open their doors and provide free access to job seekers, investors, and curious neighbours to discover the startup world. By learning about these companies and their products from inside their workplaces, participants get a feel for the startup’s culture, vibe, and values.  #SOH2017 

Check out all the Startups and their locations here: 
https://www.startupopenhouse.com/path-builder/?city=vancouver

Contact email:info@startupopenhouse.com 




Thursday September 28, 2017 16:00 - 20:00
Path Builder https://www.startupopenhouse.com/path-builder/?cityvancouver

17:00

Fintech Happy Hour! with Special Guests: iComply ICO Investor Services
Limited Capacity full
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Have you heard about the latest startup fundraising method - the ICO? This year, the initial coin offering - or ICO - surpassed VC investment as the new way to raise money, but new regulations from the Securities Commissions are requiring your startup to meet the same standards as publicly-traded companies. Each month, Ascension Innovation Management hosts a private 'Fintech Happy Hour' social event; this month's topic - ICO Securities Compliance - will include a brief presentation on how the new regulations could affect you and what you can do about it. After that, you will have a chance to engage with some of the leading local experts in ICO, legal, finance, and development. Join us for a pint, shot, or dram to learn more about this disruptive way to raise money.

Learn whether an ICO is a sustainable and feasible way to raise funds, invest, and participate in the world's fastest-growing financial market. 

Capacity: 60

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Unger

Matthew Unger

An innovation management consultant, and the CEO and founder of iComply ICO. His work focuses on disrupting traditional technology and empowering companies to incentivize innovation within their teams. Matthew specializes in developing scalable systems, processes and thought lead... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Viens

Ashley Viens

Director of Operations, Ascension Innovation Management



Thursday September 28, 2017 17:00 - 19:00
The Irish Heather 210 Carrall Street

17:30

VR/AR Association Presents: Branding for the Future
Limited Capacity full
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Discover how brands, retailers, marketers and interactive agencies are using VR/AR/MR to create unique and memorable brand experiences. Virtual and augmented reality take brand immersion and customer engagement to a whole new level and will disrupt the way we connect.
We're seeing plenty of companies like Apple, Google, GE, NASA, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Audi, BMW, Verizon... are banking on it and don't want to get left behind.

The VR/AR Association Vancouver is proud to partner with Hootsuite on this event to discuss, demo and learn about how the technology will be at the forefront and prevalent in the near future.


Capacity: 50


Speakers
avatar for Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton

Futurist
Nikolas is a world-respected futurist speaker, author, and researcher. He wows audiences with keynote speeches on the impact of exponential technologies including: Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality; Work Productivity; The Sharing Economy; Autonomous Transportation; Smart Citie... Read More →
avatar for Chris Bedyk

Chris Bedyk

CEO & Founder, Perspective Films
Chris is a Cinematographer, Immersive Filmmaker and CEO & Founder of Perspective Films. Over the past 17 years he has worked on every type of TV / Film production as a Camera Operator. Since 2013, he has developed numerous 360˚camera rigs and has created 100’s of immersive exper... Read More →
avatar for Dan Burgar

Dan Burgar

President, VR/AR Association Vancouver
I lead Business Development and Partnerships at Archiact, North America's fastest growing and largest dedicated VR/MR content & strategy studio. I also am the President of The VR/AR Association in Vancouver and BC, an international organization designed to foster collaboration be... Read More →
avatar for Graham Cunliffe

Graham Cunliffe

Director of Business Affairs and Operations, Finger Food
Graham is a versatile leader and professional engineer with experience in management, sales, marketing and product development. He is an expert in many leading-edge technologies and takes pride in finding elegant solutions to complex problems in both the business and technical re... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Japiassu

Daniel Japiassu

CEO, YDreams Global
Daniel Japiassu is the CEO of YDreams Global. With over 20 years of experience managing technology companies, he has led YDreams to become a publicly listed company in Canada. Since his start as one of the partners, in 2006, the company has achieved substantial revenues, expansio... Read More →
avatar for Mira Leung

Mira Leung

Google
Mira Leung is a leader on the VR/AR team at Google, with her latest work being the Tabletop demo showcased at ARCore's public launch. Before working on ARCore, she led engineering efforts on the GoogleVR Unity SDK and Tango Unity native integration, and launched Cardboard Camera... Read More →
avatar for Alan Smithson

Alan Smithson

CEO, MetaVRse
Alan Smithson is an entrepreneur and investor who has always been on the cutting edge of emerging technology. Alan invented and brought to market the SmithsonMartin Emulator DJ System featured in WIRED and used by Linkin Park and Infected Mushroom. His latest endeavour as CEO of MetaVRse has entered him into the world of virtual and augmented reality experiences, becoming a leader in commercialization and strategic uses of AR and VR in Enterprise applications, thus providing insight into this exploding field of technologies. Alan has been recognized as an industry pioneer, and was recently mentioned in an article on... Read More →



Thursday September 28, 2017 17:30 - 22:00
Hootsuite 5 E 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1R6, Canada

18:00

Digital Marketing Clinic - Create a Strategic Roadmap to Grow your Business
Limited Capacity full
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Feeling overwhelmed by too many options and opinions on how to grow your online presence? Join Outstrend workshop and discover what's the most effective strategy for your business.

Where do you begin building a digital marketing presence that reflects your brand and delivers the right message to the right audience? What's the most effective use of your resources to grow your business?

Whether you have just started your business journey or you are looking to improve your current digital marketing processes we have a practical hands-on workshop for you. During the workshop, you're going to learn about Outstrend methodology and create a digital marketing roadmap to grow your business.

Capacity: 12



Speakers
avatar for Ailton Schoemberger

Ailton Schoemberger

Business Growth, Outstrend
Ailton is the co-founder of Outstrend, a Digital Marketing AI tool. His passion for digital marketing and entrepreneurship has lead him from Brazil to Canada, | Taiwan and Thailand (to name a few), exploring the possibilities of commerce within multiple markets and industries.



18:00

Scaling Up Past 100 Million on the West Coast
Limited Capacity full
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(A Discovery Foundation Inclusive Pipeline Catalyst Program) 
Presented by Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection and hosted by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Growing a company from zero to $100 million in Canada isn’t an easy feat, but growing more of these companies is an ambitious goal in Canada's new Innovation Agenda. However, there are great examples to learn from in our own backyard, and they are willing to share!
In this panel, founders will share their stories of scaling to become hundred-million dollar businesses and provide expert insight on harnessing the uniqueness of the West Coast for growth, and what else needs to be done. Not only will they share with the audience, but a limited number of guests will also be able to sign up for short mentoring sessions with the panelists. More information can be found closer to the date. 


Capacity: 75

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Lubik

Sarah Lubik

Sarah Lubik is SFU's Director of Entrepreneurship and is focused on aligning and accelerating entrepreneurship support across faculties within SFU and with SFU's partners, including pre-SFU partnership, education and early-stage incubation. Her background is in university entrepreneurship, commercialization, innovation ecosystems and incubation. Sarah is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Virginia Balcom

Virginia Balcom

EIR, VentureLabs
Virginia Balcom is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence for SFU Venture Labs. Virginia brings more than 20 years experience introducing new products to enterprise customers and consumers to her role advising today's innovators. A strong collaborator and leader, she’s led marketing teams in many sectors, including retail, clean energy, wireless, biotech, telecom, supercomputing, and most recently, big data and healthcare. Virginia is adept at helping founders and their teams clarify and communicate their value to customers and the market. | Virginia has established a successful track record at a variety of companies, from start-ups to industry heavyweights. She was a key member of Abatis Systems, the Vancouver startup that made IP consumable and was acquired by Redback. Following Abatis, Virginia successfully positioned... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Harries

Andrew Harries

Andrew Harries is the Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business and is a business advisor and corporate director. At SFU Beedie Andrewblends the latest in theory and practice in his entrepreneurship a... Read More →
avatar for John Livingston

John Livingston

Listening to customers. Creating a compelling value proposition. Innovating technology. Selling your ideas. Building teams. Bettering the future. Getting to break-even. Making money. That's what entrepreneurs live for. And that's what John pursued for 20 years as CEO and Chairm... Read More →
avatar for Paul Terry

Paul Terry

Paul Terry joined the Providence Health Care Board in 2012. Paul provides the vision and technical leadership for PHEMI Systems, a software company bringing big data to healthcare and other industries. Paul was the CTO and founder of two highly successful start-ups, OctigaBay and Abatis. Over the last 15 years, Paul has become very involved in Canadian healthcare. For more than 11 years, he served as the Secretary/Treasurer and technology adviser for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, British... Read More →



18:00

Careers & Beers - Startup Edition
Limited Capacity full
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You’ve heard about the classic trio needed for startup success right? The Hipster, the Hacker, and the Hustler. But do you know which one you are? Are you missing any skills to get there? Join us for a special edition of Careers & Beers - Start-up Edition and find out! No formal presentations just great conversations!. Beer and great stories included. 


Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for RED Academy

RED Academy

RED Academy
avatar for Lucy Cameron

Lucy Cameron

UX/UI Designer, TZOA
Lucy is a hipster/hacker at a local Vancouver startup called TZOA. Her primary role there is as a UX/UI designer, but she is also responsible for everything graphic and front-end related! Before starting at TZOA this February, she quit her job as the lead graphic designer at a No... Read More →
avatar for Rose Cass

Rose Cass

Instructor, RED Academy
Rose is a resident hacker at RED Academy. She is mainly an instructor in RED Academy's Web Dev program but is always there for us when we need a WordPress guru. Back in the day, she was the first full-time Vancouver employee for Ladies Learning Code. She knows all about wearing... Read More →
avatar for Edivan Henrique

Edivan Henrique

Instructor, RED Academy
Edivan is a hustler/hacker from Brazil and an instructor in RED Academy's Full Stack Dev program. He's a self-taught developer who started coding at 16 years old. He's been fortunate to work for several startups such as Cymax.com, Plenty of Gish, Huddol, Tinder and also be a par... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Lawson

Victoria Lawson

UX Designer and Marketing Coordinator, Riipen
Victoria is a part of a team of young disrupters at Riipen, a rapidly expanding start-up based in Vancouver. While she was studying at RED, Riipen was actually one of Victoria’s clients also known as a Community Partner. They loved her work so much they brought her on full-time to be their UX Designer and Marketing Coordinator aka Hipster/Hustler. Outside of her 9-5... Read More →
avatar for Graeme Lea

Graeme Lea

Co-founder, Soapbox Speakers and Betatalks
Co-founder of Soapbox Speakers and Betatalks, Admissions Officer at RED Academy | Is there such a thing as a double hustler? It would probably be the best way to describe Graeme. He is ambitious enough to currently be working at not one but two start-ups?! Graeme is a co-founder of Soapbox Speakers and Betatalks; a platform where public speakers can test presentation material in front of a live audience... Read More →



Thursday September 28, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
RED Academy 200 - 1490 West Broadway Vancouver

18:00

Spring Showcase #3: Impact Stories & Demos
Limited Capacity full
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Spring's quarterly showcase is a chance to celebrate and learn more about what our purposeful alumni are up to. Since June 2014, we've had over 400 aspiring entrepreneurs come through our doors, with 250+ companies launched and 180+ jobs created. Come out and mingle with our alumni and hear what they have to say about their businesses and progress! The Spring Showcase is an excellent opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs, investors, job seekers, and established entrepreneurs looking to grow your business. 

Capacity: 100

Speakers
avatar for Maxine Bulloch

Maxine Bulloch

Operations, Spring
Spring is a startup school for entrepreneurs, and I work on the operation side of things. | | I work with partnerships both in Vancouver and with partner cities, ecosystem development, projects, and streamlining internal operations. | | Talk to me about how we might c... Read More →



Thursday September 28, 2017 18:00 - 21:00
Mobify 420-725 Granville Street, Vancouver

18:30

Women in Hardware Meetup
Limited Capacity seats available

It is no secret that the Tech industry and STEM post-secondary education tracks remain male-dominated. The lack of diversity in some of the biggest technology companies, concentrated mostly in Silicon Valley, is becoming a regular feature in the news, while the demographics across small and medium-sized technology enterprises don't fare any better. A growing chorus of business leaders, VCs, influential investors, women entrepreneurs and engineers are all urgently calling attention to this gap and furthering ideas and conversations about how to address this issue. We hope you will join us in our own local conversation about how to encourage, attract, and retain talented women engineers, software developers, and scientists. We also hope to encourage local investors to create more opportunities for women entrepreneurs. 

This Meetup is for everyone. Looking forward to another great evening of inspired discussion.

Capacity: 80

Speakers
avatar for Maitrayee Dhaka

Maitrayee Dhaka

Sensor Systems Deisgner, Telsa
Maitrayee is passionate about product development. She designs, tests, and integrates sensor systems within Autopilot Hardware at Tesla, where she has worked for over 2 years, in Vehicle R&D, Advanced Development, and Sensor Engineering. Her experiences have provided her with a f... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Gu

Cindy Gu

Cindy received her formal education in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and has received the teaching of yoga from some of the best. Her unconventional background combining the external creativity of engineering and the internal search of yoga and m... Read More →
avatar for Angela May

Angela May

Angela May is a mechanical design engineer at MistyWest. From cutting edge fuel cell research to neonatal infant monitoring devices to wearable environmental trackers, Angela has contributed mechanical design expertise, project management expertise, and corporate strategy insight that has helped MistyWest grow from a rag-tag team of a few engineers to a multimillion dollar product design consultancy with a global reputation. When technology companies with household names have a difficult challenge - they call MistyWest. | | Angela holds a B.ApSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. She joined MistyWest in 2012 and has acted as a researcher and client-facing project manager while supporting the development of the team structure, culture, and problem-solving strategy. She currently maintains a leading technical role at MistyWest and is also part of... Read More →
avatar for Senzeni Mpofu

Senzeni Mpofu

Engineer, MistyWest Energy and Transport
avatar for Natalia Piedras

Natalia Piedras

Passionate about sharing her knowledge, she has been designing and providing workshops across all companies she has been a part of. Her love for understanding has always lead her to learn new processes, how to operate every piece of equipment on a SMT line, and numerous part-time roles across several industry departments. | | In addition to her engineering career, she started an organization with her siblings known as... Read More →
avatar for Susan Prakash

Susan Prakash

Global General Manager for High Speed I/O, Amphenol
Susan has been making waves in technology and business for 20 years, starting out at Agilent Technologies as a staff engineer before becoming one of the youngest account managers at Rohde & Schwarz, a large multinational based in Munich, Germany. She has since joined Amphenol for the last few years growing to lead a $600 million business unit within the High Speed I/O connector group. She's lived in San Francisco and founded a technology community there to support women entrepreneurs. You will find Susan traveling back-and-forth to China and around the World, taking calls from top executives at billion dollar client companies in between jetting to warmer climates for... Read More →



Thursday September 28, 2017 18:30 - 21:00
Misty West 554 East 15th Ave, Second Floor Vancouver, BC V5T 2R5.

20:00

Startup Open House After Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Startup Open House, in collaboration with Vancouver Startup Week, is hosting an after party for all Startup Open House/Vancouver Startup Week participants, companies, partners and sponsors for a special networking/social party. Everyone is invited!

Any companies interested in reserving a table/booth please email KJ Cho kj@netwoko.com.

Capacity: 600


Thursday September 28, 2017 20:00 - Friday September 29, 2017 01:00
VENUE Nightclub 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
 
Friday, September 29
 

10:00

The Founder’s Journey: Truth Talks About Startup Cultures
Limited Capacity full
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Ever wonder what it really takes to build a great culture? Are you curious about what key culture elements to focus on when you’re just starting a new company? Do you want to learn a simple yet impactful approach to creating your ideal culture?

 In this 90 minute interactive session, we’ll get up close and personal with four Founders that have made culture their #1 priority within their organizations.

Moderated by Lorie Corcuera, Co-Founder, and CEO and Jennifer Curleigh, Culture Collaborator of SPARK Creations & Company, we will hear the culture journeys from:

  • Rian Gauvreau, Co-Founder, and COO of Clio
  • Katherine Berry, Co-Founder, and CPO of Allocadia
  • Jeff Duncan, Founder, and President of Meetingmax
  • Stephen Shen, Co-Founder, and CTO of MuseFind


Some questions that the panel will discuss:

  1. Define what culture means to you.
  2. What are the key cultural elements that business leaders should consider?
  3. What has been the biggest challenge you and your team have faced building your culture?
  4. What are your key strategies for maintaining your culture as you grow?
  5. What do you see are the future trends that may impact your culture?
  6. What is your secret sauce for creating your ideal culture?
  7. If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
  8. What is your advice for startups on building a great culture?

Format: Panel 60 Minutes (Includes Q&A) + 30 Minutes Culture Workshop (One Founder Per 10 Participants)


Capacity: 80


Moderators
avatar for Lorie Corcuera

Lorie Corcuera

Co-Founder & CEO, SPARK Creations & Company Inc.
Lorie Corcuera is the Co-Founder and CEO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., a training and development organization that inspires people and companies to create meaningful cultures and workplaces. Over the past 20 years, Lorie has cultivated her people and culture development, co... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Berry

Katherine Berry

Katherine Berry, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, uses her marketing expertise, technical know-how, and strong customer relationships to lead Allocadia’s product team. She is dedicated to creating innovative software solutions for Allocadia customers. With her background in design and development paired with an understanding of enterprise marketing challenges, she is uniquely positioned to create marketing performance solutions. Since co-founding Allocadia with her twin sister Kristine Steuart in 2010, she has done just that. Katherine leverages the expertise and feedback of Allocadia customers to drive Allocadia product strategy, translating complex business requirements into a truly lovable, enterprise class product that delivers immense value to CMOs and marketing teams. Katherine was recently named among the Top Forty Under 40 by Business in Vancouver, the Top 10 Women in Tech to Watch in 2015 by Inc. magazine, and one of... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Curleigh

Jennifer Curleigh

Jennifer is a Culture Collaborator with SPARK Creations & Company Inc. At the core of her work, Jennifer is creating meaningful human connections with a strong foundation of emotional intelligence. Her clients work with her because she has a gift of connecting people to themselves, to each other and to the work they do. Jennifer has over 20 years experience in training and development and is certified in EQ-i 2.0. Jennifer is also an active volunteer for Canadian Cancer Society and the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Duncan

Jeff Duncan

Jeff Duncan is the President and CEO of Meetingmax, the largest provider of group reservation technology in Canada and the winner of one of Canada's Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures for 2016. Meetingmax annually processes more than $100 million in hotel transactions through its software and powers events such as TED Conferences... Read More →
avatar for Rian Gauvreau

Rian Gauvreau

Clio was launched in 2008 by lifelong friends Jack Newton and Rian Gauvreau with the goal of transforming the practice of law for good by delivering cloud-based practice management technologies for lawyers around the world. Headquartered in spectacular Vancouver, Canada, Clio has over 200 employees and offices in Toronto and Dublin, serving the practice management needs of legal professionals in over 80 countries. As the Co-Founder and new Chief People Officer (CPO), Rian serves as the ambassador of... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Shen

Stephen Shen

Most would describe Stephen not just as the CTO of MuseFind but a technologist and a leader in the community. Recently named as a feature alumni from BCIT Computer Systems Technology Program. He has 9 years of progressive experience in software development, systems architecture... Read More →



Friday September 29, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
Brainstation 455 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1T1

10:00

Creating A Global Center for BlockChain in BC
Limited Capacity full
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Digital assets breached the stratosphere this summer creating extraordinary hype, disbelief and skepticism. All the while a core group of Vancouver startups, academics, coders and investors continued to build out world class products and services garnering the attention of the Global Blockchain community.

Join us during Vancouver Startup Week when we bring together members of the Vancouver Blockchain community, including investors, entrepreneurs, researchers and experts to learn about how you can get involved in building businesses and investing in blockchain technologies and digital assets.

Presented by BlockTech Lab, British Columbia Blockchain Consortium, and Blockchain at UBC, this event marks the official launch of an initiative by BC’s blockchain community to build a Blockchain Global Center of Excellence ecosystem in Vancouver. We will also be announcing the launch of BC’s first blockchain incubator and presenting how to get involved in this exciting and world changing ecosystem.

Capacity: 75

Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson is President & CEO of the BC Innovation Council. He is a 38-year veteran of the technology industry with a strong history of entrepreneurial business leadership, excellent problem solving skills and a history of creative solutions. His technical background combines an Honours Physics degree with a Masters in Electronics Engineering and includes projects in antisubmarine warfare, fault tolerant nuclear controllers and hardware design for military and commercial applications. | Carl designed, implemented and ran the... Read More →
avatar for Shone Anstey

Shone Anstey

Shone brings over 20 years of experience building complex technologies and software within the I.T industry. This includes data center deployments, large scale web-ops development, and industrial Bitcoin mines. Shone was a co-founder of a scalable web crawler and search engine an... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Lemieux

Victoria Lemieux

Dr. Victoria Lemieux is a Senior Public Sector Specialist (Information Management) and an Associate Professor of Archival Studies at the University of British Columbia (on leave). She has held positions as a professional archivist, records manager and risk manager within the publ... Read More →
avatar for Ron Segev

Ron Segev

Ron is a founding partner of Segev LLP. As a practical-minded business lawyer with a keen eye for opportunity, but also a sensitivity to risk, Ron focuses on your bottom-line. Bringing operations, managerial, business development, and merger & acquisition skills and experience to... Read More →
avatar for Dean Sutton

Dean Sutton

As a long time blockchain proponent and decade plus serial entrepreneur, Dean has experience both in building and investing in high impact technology companies across various sectors, including security, communications, energy, finance and healthcare. He is leading BlockTech Vent... Read More →



13:00

VentureLabs® Startup Demo Day
Limited Capacity filling up

Venturelabs® is hosting Startup Demo Day to highlight up-and-coming startups across various industries and will showcase technologies from multiple accelerators in the community. Starting at 1 PM on September 29, there will be interactive displays including robotic sensors, Virtual Reality gaming systems, and a velomobile; a reception will be held on the 11th floor of VentureLabs® at 5pm. 

Capacity: 200

Speakers
avatar for Ian Hand

Ian Hand

Ian is the founding Executive Director of VentureLabs® and Simon Fraser University’s Business Acceleration and Innovation Networks Office, a cofounder of the Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC), a Director of Zone Startups India, and CEO of SF Univentures Corporation. Ian is a champion for innovation, entrepreneurship and business incubation in BC. As a repeat entrepreneur, investor, director and advisor to technology businesses, Ian has worked with technology firms around the world in the digital technology, communications, media... Read More →



Friday September 29, 2017 13:00 - 18:00
Harbour Centre Lobby 555 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B

14:00

Manning Elliott Consultation Sessions
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the opportunity to sit down and discuss how you can grow your business with our highly skilled accountants and business advisors. Sessions will be 15 minutes, so come prepared to make the most of the session and see how we can help your business reach its full potential.

The list of sessions are below, please email partners@vanstartupweek.ca to book yourself in for a session. The sessions will be udapted to denote if they are taken as the week progresses. 

Monday, 25th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, 26th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday, 27th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Thursday, 28th:
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm

Friday, 29th:
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:00pm


14:00

Angel Investing Demystified
Limited Capacity full
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Learn more about investing and investment opportunities in local start-ups.  Hear from independent angel investors, angel groups and the funds who invest in our local entrepreneurs.  Find out how they invest, what they invest in and their returns.  Hear pitches from some our the most promising local startups who are currently raising. Meet the entrepreneurs and investors for follow-on conversations over drinks and snacks. Attendees must be accredited investors to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the SFU Venture Labs Demo Day in the lobby downstairs from 1 pm -5 pm before joining the Angel Investing event. The Demo Day entrepreneurs will join the reception at the end of the event.

AGENDA

Welcome & Introductions 2.00pm:
  • Thealzel Lee, VP Operations at VANTEC Angel Network and President of E-Fund Angel Investment Fund.
  • Michelle Sklar, VP Marketing & Communications at Wavefront, MC.

What is Angel Investing:
Learn about the fundamentals of angel investing, best practices and tips gleaned from over 30 years of developing and investing in new high technology ventures.Mike Volker, Founder of VANTEC Angel Network, WUTIF and TIMIA Capital.

Panel Discussion - How to Choose Different Sector Investment Opportunities:
Industry sectors differ in opportunities, capital required, investment risk, timelines and ways to exit.
  • Life Sciences: George Aliphtiras,  Co-Chair of Cascadia Venture Forum, EiR Life Sciences at e@UBC, Director at E-Fund
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality: Dan Burgar, President and Founder VR/AR Association
  • Mobile Technology -To be announced
  • Food & AgTech -To be announced

Panel Discussion - How to Leverage Investor Groups:

Investor Groups often share deal screening and due-diligence with the premise of increasing expertise, saving time and making better investment decisions.

Panel Discussion - How to Diversify and Reduce Risk by Investing with Funds: 
Funds provide an easy, fast and affordable way to get into angel investing and to diversify your investment portfolio from the start. They are also a great way to meet other like minded investors.

Angel to Angel Pitches:
Watch 10+ portfolio companies from the different funds pitch.

Entrepreneur and Investor Follow-up Conversations 4.30pm:
Meet the entrepreneurs and investors for follow-on conversations over drinks and canapés.

Reception 5.00pm:
Drinks and snacks for Demo Day and Angel Investing participants

Wrap-Up 6.00pm:
Time to join the Closing Reception.

PARTICIPATING ANGEL GROUPS

  • VANTEC Angel Network's mission to help grow the community of angel investors and investments made in BC. We host monthly angel investment meetings where startups pitch their venture and have a chance to connect with local angel investors. We host various other events including Investor Lunch & Learn, Workshops and industry specific investor events like the annual Cascadia Venture Forum for Life/Health Innovations. Accredited investors are invited to Email info@vantec.ca to receive a complimentary invitation to one of our monthly events. Please mention VSW17.
  • Keiretsu Forum - Vancouver Chapter  Our members possess and share diverse industry expertise, from software, telecommunications and life sciences to retail and information technology.  Our goal is to fund great companies.
  • Angel Forum™ introduces emerging companies to private equity Angel Investors in a bi-annual forum. Our private meetings are exclusive for only pre-registered Investors, selected Companies and Sponsors.
  • Participating Angel FundsWUTIF Capital VCC is an angel fund that co-invests with angel investors in promising new technology ventures in British Columbia.
  • E-Fund was founded by entrepreneurs and angel investors to achieve consistently higher returns and more exits from angel investments. By investing via teams, we are able to do better due diligence, leverage the domain expertise of our investors and provide post investment advice to our portfolio companies.  Accredited investors are invited to Email info@e-fund.ca to receive an invitation to one of our investor events and learn more about investing with E-Fund. Please mention VSW17.
  • Aria Capital, born from a consulting firm, is a venture capital partner for the iconic founders of tomorrow! Our team at Aria Capital has a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. We believe in adding value and partnering with founders from day one of our investment. From product development support, sales, marketing, talent to business development our mission is to help our partners grow.
  • Pique Ventures  enables a diverse community of investors to pursue integrated investing. Whether as an investor in Pique Fund, through Pique Ventures' services, or through the practice of Integrated Investing, we help people invest to help create a better world.
  • TIMIA Capital is a speciality finance company that provides revenue financing to technology companies in exchange for a royalty stream on revenue. The alternative financing option complements both debt and equity financing while allowing entrepreneurs to retain control of their business. TIMIA’s target market is the fast-growing growing business-to-business software-as-a-service (SaaS) segment.
  • FrontFundr is a fintech company that enables entrepreneurs to raise capital from all Canadians. Investing in private companies has previously been limited to angel investors and venture capitalists, but after recent rule changes, private investing is now open to a wider spectrum of investors. Canadians can now invest online through equity crowdfunding platform FrontFundr alongside seasoned investors, while directly contributing to innovation and sharing in the growth of companies they believe in.
Capacity: 10



18:00

Volunteer Appreciation
Limited Capacity filling up

After a week of hard work, come join your fellow volunteers to celebrate another VSW in the bag! There will be food, drink and a chance to connect with those who, without which, VSW could not happen.

Capacity: 80