Jul
12
Jul 26

Rock My Business Plan Series BC

Join Futurpreneur Canada's Entrepreneur In Residence Chad Fryling, and a group of like-minded entrepreneurs in the same start-up stage as you, for the ever-popular Rock My Business Plan workshop series. This free, 3-week workshop series is designed to help entrepreneurs create a killer business plan in record time. If you're aged 18 – 39, and are dead-serious about getting your start-up business off the ground or taking it to the next level, you need to be here.

Jul
25
11:45 am11:45

Lunch & Learn: How AngelList Can Help You Raise Your Next Round

Learn how to use AngelList to meet angels and raise your next round. AngelList is the world's largest marketplace for startup investing and startup jobs. Join Alex Norman from AngelList Canada as he explains how AngelList Canada and Intros for Canada work, and how best to leverage their power to benefit your startup. There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A.

If you're interested in raising funds, leading a Canadian syndicate or investing in Canada, then this Lunch & Learn is for you!

Alex will share insights on:

  • AngelList's new intro product
  • How AngelList syndicates work and what it takes to successfully raise on AngelList
  • How to search AngelList to identify potential angel investors
  • How to raise money from Angels
  • How to use AngelList to get introduced to hard to reach angels
  • Common fund raising mistakes to avoid (offline and online)
Jul
27
6:00 pm18:00

Lighthouse Labs YVR Demo Day

LHL’s new grads are about to start their careers as professional web developers; but first they want to show you what they've learned to build in just 8 weeks with Lighthouse Labs. You can expect pizza, beer, a chance to rub shoulders with an incredible network of developers and entrepreneurs, and an inside look at the skill set of our new graduates!

Jul
31
5:30 pm17:30

User Interviews: The Simple Secret to Fast Growth

Understanding your users and their actions is imperative in building a fast growing startup. However, talking users is often neglected and put on the bottom of priority list. When startups get the chance to speak to their users, it can be tough to extract the actionable insights from them. So, how can you ask the right questions to the right users to receive feedback that is both honest and actionable?

Join the former Head of Growth at Revlo, Alex, as he shares his experience in building Revlo, the fastest growing startup from YC S16, and his framework behind gaining insights from users.

This is a hands-on workshop so expect to have pens, paper and laptops out, ready to do some work. Only 20 companies can join this workshop so please only sign up once per startup. You can have more than one person attend from each startup.

Aug
8
6:30 pm18:30

Engineer to Entrepreneur: Startup Basics for Techies

Are you an engineer that wants to build a meaningful technology company, but don't know where to get started? At the “Engineer to Entrepreneur: Startup Basics for Techies” event, you can hear candid talks by engineers-turned-entrepreneurs, sharing best practices, strategies and mistakes to avoid from those who have done it before. How do you get started on your entrepreneurial journey? How do you find talented people to join your team? What are the basic legal and financial concepts that you need to understand? What is it really like to build a successful company?

Oct
17
Oct 18

CIX - Toronto

CIX is a leading technology conference where investors, innovative companies, founders and facilitators converge to learn, network, and do deals. In celebration of our 10th anniversary we've introduced a new look, new venue and an expanded 2-day program format.


Jul
18
6:00 pm18:00

P.V.P Pitch Circuit (a friendly competition)

Want to get better at selling your games and ideas? 
We pitch everyday without realizing it to clients and friends as a way to effectively sell our ideas. The P.V.P Circuit is an event hosted by game developer an opportunity to practice your live presentation skills, and join a community of game developers. Participate as the audience, or pitch yourself in 90 seconds!
Meet like minded individuals who are interested in games.
Get feedback from a panel of judges.
Learn more about the games landscape.
Join us for FREE evening of pitches and prizes!
We are serving pizza and pop with thanks to our generous sponsors. All attendees are welcome to RSVP. Donors will be treated as V.I.P and will get priority seating.
 

Jul
18
5:30 pm17:30

Raising Early Stage Venture Capital from US Investors and Expanding to the US

Join us for an evening panel of entrepreneurs and VCs for a discussion about how to raise capital from US VCs plus time for networking, drinks and canapés. The panel will discuss dynamics for founders, angels, and VCs to raise capital from US based investors. We will dive into what US investors look for, how to properly structure the startup for investment, how to develop relationships with US investors, what metrics to focus on, deal terms, and how to internationalize the startup.
This event is open to everyone in the startup ecosystem including entrepreneurs, angels, VCs, corporates, family offices and everyone supporting startups. It will be followed by a networking reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Jul
17
5:00 pm17:00

Launch Talk: Multitasking & Juggling the World Around You as a Startup CEO

Ray Walia, Co-Founder of Launch Academy & Victory Square Ventures shares strategies & tactics to surviving life as a startup CEO!
CEO - chief executive officer is the highest-ranking person in a company or other institution, ultimately responsible for making managerial decisions. But when it comes to the startup world it’s not quite as easy as that. There are no fixed rules in startups, so you never know where the journey is going to take you. So how do you prioritise and keep things going without dropping the ball while juggling cash flow, brand management, creating the foundations of your culture, hiring your first employees, setting up a bank account, creating a website, finding early stage funding, oh, and taking out the trash of course?!
Join serial entrepreneur, Ray Walia in this fireside chat moderated by Annee Ngo, as Ray shares stories of successes and failures while juggling life as a startup CEO. 

Jul
14
4:00 pm16:00

A Thinking Ape Game Jamboree

Join the entire A Thinking Ape team as they open their studio to the public to showcase their 2017 Game Jam creations!
What's this Game Jam, you ask? For three days the crew will say ADIOS to their usual responsibilities and create all new mobile games JUST FOR FUN! The only restriction they face is that the games have to be made in the realm of their new franchise, Kingdoms of Heckfire. All of this madness will culminate in a Game Jamboree, an open house style event where you (YES, YOU!) can play those games and vote on your favourite, meet the team, check out the studio and get a sneak peek at the soon-to-be-released title.
So smash that REGISTER button and join the fun! Food, drinks, games, chats and SO.MUCH.FUN.

Jul
13
5:30 pm17:30

Let's Talk About Money - Jay Rhind (Vff) & Peter-Paul Van Hoeken (Frontfundr)

Finding the first dollars for your business and accelerating your growth can be frightening and tough. How do you bridge the valley of death? Should you ask your family and friends? How early do you want to get investors on board? Who are the right investors? This Startup Grind event will be a special debate on raising capital. The investors Jay Rhind (Vancouver Funder Fund) and Peter-Paul Van Hoeken (FrontFundr) will discuss their views on various funding models, the Vancouver investment scene, qualities they look for in an entrepreneur, and how to successfully raise your first capital for sustained growth. Join us if you want to learn more about the capital raising opportunities you have, especially right here in Vancouver! Build new relationships with founders and funders, and listen to their experiences! This event is for everyone who actively seeks investors or just wants to better understand how to fundraise like a pro. Use promo code: LA834 for 30% off any ticket.

Jul
13
10:00 am10:00

LOI Unplugged: Meet The Founders

Gen Z is the largest generation (larger than Millenials and the Baby Boomers), representing over 25% of the population in North America. They are digital natives and the generation that will define our future, and that is embracing entrepreneurship at new levels.
Join us as we explore entrepreneurship, innovation and how it all happens with some of the youngest, brightest and biggest entrepreneurs in North America. Curious to understand how it all started? How to take an idea to the next level as a young individual still in high school? Three key Gen Z innovators share their stories and where they are going.

Jul
12
6:00 pm18:00

Avoid the Summer Sales Slump

How to maintain your sales pipeline while all of your prospects are checked out for the summer or on vacation. Come join the Predictable Revenue team for a workshop around keeping your pipeline full all year long and how to avoid that summer slump. Just because your prospects on vacation doesn't mean your sales have to go away too! Pizza (or BBQ weather permitting) and beer also in attendance as per usual.

Jul
12
1:00 pm13:00

LOI Unplugged: Marketing & Gen-Z

Hosted by CEO and Founder of Hootsuite Media Inc, Ryan Holmes, join us for a panel discussion that focuses on understanding new ways to engage the youngest and soon to be largest generation --> Gen Z. Hear from three entrepreneurial leaders under 18 who are disrupting the marketing industry by developing and delivering new methods and approaches to effective campaigns.

Jul
11
5:30 pm17:30

How To Raise Money Without Giving Up Equity

Looking to raise some capital but perhaps not keen on giving away equity? Looking for more than just the cheque? Or perhaps your business isn't suited for venture funding? Fear not, there's now a multitude of other resources that we can tap into.
Join us on Tuesday, July 11th for an interactive evening of activities, discussion, and networking. Familiarise yourself with the wealth of non-dilutive funding and non-traditional support options available locally for startups in the early and growth stages, and how best to tap into them. Learn how to successfully get the funding and support you need from our panel of experts.

Jul
11
9:00 am09:00

Learn How to Build What's Next With Google

Google Cloud OnBoard is coming to Vancouver. This is an event where attendees will receive step-by-step technical training from Google’s certified instructors. When you register, you’ll get a free pass for one day of training that has been designed to help you understand and get started with cloud services such as: Big Data and Machine Learning Google App Engine, Cloud Datastore, and Storage Google Container Engine Google Compute Engine and Networking.

Jun
29
4:30 pm16:30

Lighthouse Labs Employer Only Demo Day (Web)

Exclusively for employers to see what LHL’s web alumni can do! Each group of students will showcase their final project, talk about what they've learned, and speak to the technical skills they've acquired over the past eight weeks. Employers will have the opportunity to ask students questions about their projects, and the demos will be followed with our public demo day, which employers are more than welcome to stay for. All students are available to start as full time Jr. Developers OR you can start them in a paid internship style role for a min of $500/week for the first 3-4 months.

Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

TechVancouver

TechVancouver Meetup is the best way to expand your knowledge and network of the Vancouver technology community. Each monthly TechVancouver Meetup is designed for Vancouver technologists to learn something new and meet someone new. You’ll learn something new from one of our 5x5s, or four presentations of five minutes each. Each presentation is made by a Vancouver technology company big or small, and they use their time to share a lesson learned, a counter-intuitive finding, or demo a new technology. You’ll meet someone new over some food and drinks provided before each 5x5. 

the presenters: 

  • Geordie Rose, Founder & CEO of Kindred AI
  • Dhruv Adhia, Founder & CTO of H+ Technology
  • Joseph Nakhla, Founder & CEO of bazinga!
  • Lou Pushelberg, Co-Founder of Academy of VR
Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

Startup Pitch Bootcamp

If you have a strong idea that could be pitched more clearly, then join us for the Startup Pitch Bootcamp. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your pitching skills and understand the components of a great pitch, providing plenty of practice until you get it right. Pitching is a key skill of every successful entrepreneur. How do you communicate your business clearly to employees, customers, and investors? What are some common pitching mistakes that make you look inexperienced? What is the best way to pitch your business?

Jun
26
Jun 28

Call to Action Conference 2017

An expertly-curated single track of marketing genius. You won't have to miss any talks – and you won't want to. CTAConf covers every facet of digital marketing, including pay-per-click, conversion rate optimization, copywriting, email, landing page design and more. 20 keynotes from best-in-the-biz speakers. Actionable tactics, candid lessons of success and failure, and hilarious anecdotes from a hand-picked lineup of presenters including founders, marketing execs and industry experts.

Jun
23
Jun 25

Global AI Hackathon

The Global Hackathon series is a community-centered event. It is run by local event organizers around the world. Vancouver is one of the 15 cities to participate in the first season of the hackathon series.
The first ever Global Hackathon series is kicking off with Artificial Intelligence. Whether you are an expert or a newbie in AI, we welcome you to join this event and work with your local innovator community to prototype and find solutions to real-world problems.
Challenges will be announced globally during the kick off of the event, and attendees can pick one of the challenges to work on either by themselves or with a team. After two days of hacking and prototyping, teams have the option to showcase their projects on stage. Your local audience will pick 3 winners, one for each challenge, prizes TBD. Come and join your community and have fun!

Jun
22
6:30 pm18:30

Mobile Growth Vancouver w/ Staples, Curatio, Koho & PayByPhone

It's time for another Mobile Growth meetup and we are excited to be hosted at Hootsuite, welcoming another round of mobile leaders to share their growth stories and strategies. We'll kick off the evening with some pizza and drinks, and then jump into a discussion with experts from Staples, PayByPhone, Koho and Curatio.me. After the panel, stick around for more time for socializing and networking.
Discussion topics include:

  • Essential tools for your growth stack
  • Organic and paid user acquisition strategies
  • War stories from the mobile trenches
  • Best practices for retention and engagement

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

Jun
22
5:00 pm17:00

2017 Technology Impact Awards

Celebrating the achievements of BC's tech industry. Founded in 1994 by the BC Tech Association, the Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) celebrate the successes of our industry and the companies, people and innovation that continue to put British Columbia on the map. The TIAs are the longest-running and largest technology award program in BC, presented in June in front of an audience of more than 1,000 technology leaders and industry supporters.

Each year, applications are received from across the province from tech companies of all sizes, representing every sector. With ten award categories, ranging from Most Promising Startup to Community Engagement, there's something for every company to apply for.

Jun
19
Jun 21

Canadian Gaming Summit

Canada's premier annual conference and exhibition for gaming professionals. The summit will include keynotes and educational tracks that will provide attendees with excellent and relevant information that can be implemented inside their organisations.

Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

Crushing it on Social Media + Q&A - YVR Startups

We all know that social media is important but when you are busy with development, operations or productions, how can you commit the time for it? There's also the question of which platforms to use as not all platforms are the same. What about the costs of not doing any social media at all? YVR Startups will be inviting experts in different social media spaces to share their social media journeys and provide a Q&A session afterwards.

Jun
13
5:30 pm17:30

How To Find Your Ideal Co-founder

Have an amazing idea for a new business? Think you need a partner to help get it off the ground because you don't have all the technical chops or industry know-how to do so? Spring is here to share our knowledge and experience on co-founder hunting and help you find your best fit. Come out and discover the answer to your dilemma as we go through how to start up smart, cofounder etiquette, and how to navigate the equity discussion.

Jun
10
2:00 pm14:00

Make the Leap with Launch Academy

Get your great idea off the ground with a little help from Launch Academy. In this workshop, Launch Academy general manager Hussein Hallak helps “wantrepreneurs” break through the daily challenges with simple tools you can put to work right away. You’ll learn how to create a three-step action plan, take an idea from conception to execution, and get started immediately with minimal resources.

Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

Marketing Workshop

Curate, Create and Automate: 4 Months of Content in 4 Hours! This Marketing Workshop is a 4-hour intensive course which will help you build and immediately execute on a social media plan. You will learn the process of content curation and creation, and you and your marketing team will be provided with fundamental marketing training. 

Jun
8
11:30 am11:30

Women in STEM Talk

What makes a good STEM employee and employer? Istuary Innovation Group will host its 2nd Talk featuring key panelists with backgrounds in Diversity and Leadership. Christin Wiedemann, President of SCWIST, the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology, will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities for women who are actively pursuing a career in a STEM field and what employers can do to ensure hiring and recruiting policies meet STEM and diversity practices. With a Ph.D. in Physics, Christin is the Chief Scientist of PQA Testing

Jun
7
5:00 pm17:00

Talent Day: Tech Professionals

BC’s top tech companies are looking for developers, QAs, data analysts, UX/UI designers, IT and DevOps engineers, and project managers! If you are a tech professional in one of these roles looking for your next dream job, or just looking to connect with awesome local tech employers, join us at the next Talent Day at the BC Tech Innovation Hub! Hosted by BC Tech Jobs in partnership with the BC Tech Association, Talent Day is an opportunity for you to network and connect with top notch tech companies in a casual setting. 

May
31
Jun 1

Traction Conf

Traction Conf is coming back to beautiful Vancouver! Traction Conf brings founders and growth leaders from some of the fastest growing tech companies to teach you how to get, keep and grow customers and revenue. Traction has been named top 10 growth and entrepreneurial conference by Inc. and Huffington Post. Past speakers have included leaders from LinkedIn, Airbnb, Twitter, Dropbox, Box, Twilio, SurveyMonkey, Slack, HubSpot, Marketo, Eventbrite, Domo, MongoDB. Super Early Bird Tickets on sale now! 

May
25
6:00 pm18:00

Spring 604

Startup604, the community for entrepreneurs and startups in Vancouver, is hosting its first public event, and you’re invited. Spring is in the air, and we’re bringing the most interesting people in technology together with local artists, musicians and other cultural leaders.Vinyl selections for the evening will be provided by Robbie Slade of Humans....Oh yeah, and drinks are on us thanks to Whistler Brewing. How can you say 'no'?

May
24
6:00 pm18:00

Analytics for Early Stage Startups & Live Analytics Teardown with Ruben Ugarte

A workshop on how to start collecting data plus what tools you should know. Understand how to develop an analytics strategy for your startup through different growth stages. You’ll learn: An overview of the most popular tools like Mixpanel, Segment.com, Amplitude, and Google Analytics. What tools you can set up today to start analyzing and learning more about your users.
Aside from a presentation, Ruben will also be doing 3 LIVE analytics teardowns submitted prior to the event. If you're interested to participate in the teardown, please submit within the Google Form provided below.

May
23
6:00 pm18:00

The Side Hustle Panel, presented by YWiB

Ever thought about exploring a project outside of your 9 to 5 grind? From blogging to consulting, there are a multitude of avenues for young professionals to further pursue their passions, develop their skillsets, build their networks, and earn additional income alongside full-time employment. 

Our panel discussion on The Side Hustle (an idea which originated from our sisters at the Toronto chapter of Young Women in Business) will explore the benefits, challenges, and lessons of launching your own ideas and creating your own career opportunities. Join us for an enlightening evening with some of Vancouver's multitalented entrepreneurs and find the spark to kickstart your own ventures.

May
16
5:30 pm17:30

Lean Agile: Learning from Agile Across Industries (SaaS vs eComm)

The agile mindset has unlocked new levels of collaboration and performance for teams across many industries.

We've brought together a cross-functional group of leaders from top SaaS and eCommerce (also B2B and B2C) companies in Vancouver to share how they've used an agile mindset to change the game for their teams. This is a unique opportunity to get answers on overcoming agile challenges in a wide swath of industries & share learnings from different worlds.

May
16
5:00 pm17:00

The Future of Mobile Apps


With so many different apps, how do you build one that stands out? How are apps moving beyond smartphones as new platforms like wearables become more popular? With areas like AR/VR, machine learning, and IoT becoming more and more prevalent, how will mobile apps fit into this changing tech landscape moving forward? At this Meetup, we’ll be taking a look at the current state of mobile apps and what to expect for apps in the future. Join us and our panel of experts as we take a look on key issues and trends facing mobile app developers to see where mobile apps are headed as the world of tech continues to evolve.