Jan
11
Apr 22

Startup Hacks 2017 - Workshop Series

Startup Hacks is a non-coding, learning-based business startup hackathon including an all-inclusive series of workshops aimed towards anyone age 16 and over. These workshops will prepare teams for a final venture pitch competition, which will be presented to a panel of business professionals. Startup Hacks features twelve workshops running weekly, with various topics spanning from Ideation, Prototyping, Business Foundations, and more.

Apr
6
Apr 7

The Entrepreneur Conference

This is a powerful two-day event featuring some of Vancouver’s most prominent entrepreneurs sharing stories of personal and professional victories.  Come hear the humble beginnings, the battles with personal demons, the painful defeats, and the sometimes heartbreaking tragedies. Discover how they overcame impossible challenges; how they persevered, and the lessons they learned.  Hear how they poured everything they had into a dream, a purpose, a conviction.  Come and experience their triumph all over again.  

Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

ProtoHack Vancouver

ProtoHack is a 12-hour experience where you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually. During ProtoHack you’ll learn how to use the best prototyping tools in the industry, network with like-minded people with various backgrounds, become a better product person, and receive access to prototype tools, learning communities, and other prizes just for attending (up to $300-400 value!)ProtoHack requires no coding. Instead, you’ll be using prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes and anything else you think of to visually demo your idea on stage. Competitors will work in teams (up to 5) or solo. Use promo code 'PHLAUNCH20' for a 20% discount on registration. 

May
5
May 7

CVR 2017

CVR is North America's leading VR/AR/MR conference and expo. CVR brings together great games, interactive experiences, and the best immersive technology to consumers, industry pros, and investors.

May
13
May 14

16th Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference

Are you a hustler, techie, maker or builder? Make your mark at CUTC Elevate!Listen to speakers from IBM, Shopify, CGI and other amazing startups and compete for $5000 in prizes with our case competition and hacker challenges! Past CUTC delegates have *founded*  their own companies and worked at companies like Google, Facebook and McKinsey! You’ll see first hand where the future of technology is headed, learn from the best, build things that impact and meet hustlers, makers and builders like you. Above all, we give you 6 catered meals AND Soylent.

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! 


Mar
29
6:00 pm18:00

GradusTalks: Dare to Dream

With Vancouver offering endless career opportunities in so many diverse industries, you truly can have the career you’ve always dreamed of! GradusTalks Dare to Dream” is a casual meetup of students, grads, and thought leaders from a variety of industries, where speakers share honest career stories, their successes and failures, and lessons learned in a panel style conversation. This is a chance for students to feel inspired and get advice on how they can build their own unique career path! Speakers include:

- Natasha Jung, Television Producer, Host and Speaker and GradusOne Advisor (Moderator) 
- Brad Pennefather, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, Canucks Sports & Entertainment
- Paulina Cameron, Director BC & Yukon, Futurpreneur Canada
- Andrea Vanden Enden, Marketing Director, KPMG
- Hussein Hallak, General Manager, Launch Academy
- Blake Turner, App Development Instructor, RED Academy

Student discount is $15 with the code ‘GradusFriends’)

Mar
26
Mar 28

Totem Summit

Join 1,000 leaders from around the globe ready to build win-win relationships. Join startups, corporate teams, investors, and opportunity seekers, from around the globe as we explore the latest opportunities in tech and business. Try 'adventure networking' - an out-of-the-conference room experience that is so engaging and extraordinary, you're guaranteed to leave with lasting opportunities. At Totem Summit, you'll be part of an action-packed lineup of highly curated programming and adventure networking! At Totem Summit, you'll be part of an adrenaline-fuelled line-up of experiences to get you where you need to be. Use promo code ‘TSLAUNCHACADEMY’ for a 15% discount on tickets! 

Mar
25
Mar 26

Intro Unity VR Developer Workshop

Learn to develop Virtual Reality applications. During the course you will learn to use Unity 3D and build a virtual reality application from scratch. The course is instructed by a professional instructor from Seattle and includes 80 pages of content condensed into an intensive 2-day learning experience as well as a Google Cardboard headset for game testing, a catered dinner (Chipotle!), a full course curriculum handout and VR demos of nearly every game on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. There’s 7 spots remaining so if you're interested in learning to build VR applications, register now! Use promo code VPC to get 10% discount!

Mar
23
6:30 pm18:30

Fireside Chat | VP of Marketing, Native Shoes

Join us Thursday, March 23rd for a Fireside Chat with Mike Belgue, the Creative Director and VP of Marketing at Native Shoes. Previously at John Fluevog, Michael has over 18 years of experience in the fashion and footwear industry. Mike oversees the creative direction of Native Shoes, focusing on visual communication and product. Get an inside look at Mike's role as a VP of Marketing, how he drives Native Shoes' marketing strategy, fashion industry marketing as a whole, as well as insights on his career path and what led him to where he is today. Use promo code 'BRAINORSHINE' for 25% off!

Mar
23
5:30 pm17:30

LHL Employer Speed Dating [Web + iOS]

Engage early and 'speed-date' upcoming web + iOS grads at this employer exclusive event. Considering a LHL’s web or iOS alumni to add to your growing team? This speed dating event is your exclusive chance to meet upcoming graduates and start your interview process. Employers and students will be broken in up into the web and iOS groups. Employers are encouraged, if possible, to bring two representatives to ensure you get a chance to meet all the students and all the students meet your company!

Mar
23
Mar 24

TechFestNW

TechFest NW is where you’ll explore the best of tech trends- from Artificial Intelligence to cannatech- in an up-close and personal way. With four tracks of content- Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Lifestyle Tech, and Digital Storytelling- there’s truly something for everyone with an eye and ear for the tech universe. Carefully curated speakers bring their stories to the main stage; workshops bolster their messaging with intimate gatherings; meetups draw you together to network and mingle; demo alley boasts the coolest new gadgets; and PitchFest NW showcases the best and brightest startups from all over the world.

Mar
23
8:30 am08:30

Pacific Venture Capital Conference and Competition

The 9th annual Pacific Venture Capital Conference and Competition ("PVCC") is a national stage designed for undergraduate, Masters and MBA students to present business ideas and financial valuations to an audience of entrepreneurial leaders, senior venture capitalists, and top industry professionals across North America.

Mar
16
9:00 am09:00

VidTalks

Growing Your Brand With YouTube. YouTube is the world's second largest search engine after Google, reaching over a billion users, with a percentage of them being potential customers for your business. It's a social network, where brands can establish an engaged community interested in what they have to offer. Join us on March 16 to learn how businesses can grow their presence through YouTube marketing. Use promo code: Launch20 for 20% discount. 

Mar
15
6:00 pm18:00

Kabuni Academy: Making the Leap from your 9-5

Get your ideas off the ground! For so many aspiring entrepreneurs, everything starts and stops with an idea. So they remain wantrepreneurs – spending their time, energy and money on everything else except the one thing that really matters; Action. In this workshop, you will develop your 3-step action plan. The road to success as an entrepreneur is never easy or clear. This dynamic workshop will help you break through the daily challenges you face with the right tools, mindset, strategies, and resources for success that you can apply immediately to create the results you want.Whatever your level of entrepreneurial knowledge, this workshop will help you whether you have an idea, or you're already building your startup.

Mar
14
Mar 15

#BCTECH Summit 2017

The #BCTECH Summit will feature dynamic speakers and cross-industry sessions, showcase the latest technologies and innovations here in BC, establish new connections between tech entrepreneurs, business leaders from traditional industries, investors, government and academia, and highlight the opportunities in the tech sector for upcoming talent and youth.

Mar
13
7:00 pm19:00

#BCTECH Summit 2017 - Generation Startup

Join us for an exclusive FREE screening of GENERATION STARTUP March 13th as part of #BCTECH on the Terrace, the official kick-off to the #BCTECH Summit March 14 - 15, 2017. #BCTECH on the Terrace is a public celebration of culture and technology starting at 5:00pm on the Western Pacific Terrace of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Mar
13
6:15 pm18:15

Igniting Investment for Business Growth: Fireside Chat with Dragons' Den Manjit Minhas and Bruce Coxon.

Do you have an entrepreneur's mindset? Have you always wanted to know how to take something from an intial idea to a successful business? Or maybe you just like hearing interesting stories from successful people. Then this event is for you.This interactive and inspirational evening, featuring Dragons' Den Bruce Croxon & Manjit Minhas will provide guests an opportunity to learn how two of Canada's leading entrepreneurs have quickly and successfully established multimillion dollar companies in highly competitive markets and the lessons they've learned along the way.

Mar
13
5:00 pm17:00

#BCTECH on the Terrace

As if two days of innovation and collaboration weren’t enough, we’re kicking off the #BCTECH Summit in style. On the evening of March 13th, join us for #BCTECH on the Terrace, a public celebration of technology and culture open to the entire community!On the Pacific West Terrace of the Vancouver Convention Centre, network and start the conversations early with food and drinks and the tunes of DJ Emilia out of the Traction on Demand Airstream. As the sun goes down, we’ll light the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza to officially kick-off the 2017 #BCTECH Summit!

Mar
11
9:30 am09:30

HTML 500

The HTML500 is a one-day event where 50 of Canada's top tech companies come together to teach you and 499 other people how to code - for free! By the end of the day, you will have connected with over 100 developers and created your very own landing page using popular programming languages.

Mar
9
6:00 pm18:00

Lighthouse Labs Demo Day

Demo Day is back! Lighthouse Labs' 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!

Mar
9
5:30 pm17:30

WIMDI Speaker Series - Dealing with Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome affects high-achieving individuals. Its hallmarks are the inability to internalize your accomplishments, and the persistent fear that you’ll be exposed as a fraud. Even though both genders experience these feelings, impostor syndrome has an outsized effect on working women, who tend to hold back in the face of these fears. Unchecked impostor syndrome can result in stalled careers, lost economic opportunity, and stepping back from the corporate world for women. This talk will focus on the ins-and-outs of Impostor Syndrome -- The fear that we are secretly under-qualified frauds that don't deserve our professional success.

Mar
9
4:30 pm16:30

Waterfront Chats | Women In Business

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are highlighting successful women entrepreneurs. Hear about their journeys and how they’re pushing the boundaries for women in business. Whether you are a woman interested in business or you simply want to connect and hear from inspirational entrepreneurs, we invite you all to join us in celebrating women everywhere that are making an impact. 

Mar
8
6:00 pm18:00

TNT Launch Event: Building Healthy Startups

We're talking founder, manager, and team health. Tune in to your mental and physical health and that of your high performing team. Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely journey. Launching a startup can be a grind.The hours are long, the resources are slim, and it's often all hands on deck. None of the effort is worth it if you've compromised your wellbeing or that of your team. In partnership with Heritage Office Furnishings, join us for an in-depth discussion about founder health and wellbeing. We will cover everything from mental to physical health, tools to track how you & your team are doing, and strategies for a healthier year ahead.

Mar
7
5:30 pm17:30

Funding Resources for Startups

Looking to raise some capital but perhaps not keen on giving away equity? Or perhaps your business isn't the type of business suitable for venture funding? Fear not, there's now a multitude of other resources that we can tap into.
Familiarize yourself with the wealth of non-dilutive funding and non-traditional support options available locally for startups in the growth stage, and how best to tap into them. This free panel features speakers from:
Alex Popa, Boast Capital - SR&ED and Tax Credits
Robert McGarry, NRC Concierge - IRAP
Humaira Hamid, Futurpreneur - Debt Financing
Kara Zucker, FrontFundr - Equity Crowdfunding

Mar
3
6:00 pm18:00

VANTEC Pitch Circuit Women's Pitch Night

Are you a female entrepreneur (or member of startup) looking to practice your pitch? Elevator is partnering with Women in Tech to put on Vantec Women's Pitch Night on March 3rd, as part of Women in Tech Week 2017. This pitch event provides a space for female entrepreneurs to present and practice their 90s pitch in a comfortable environment. Industry experts provide feedback to help them improve, and the audience votes on their top three pitches. The three companies who receive the most audience votes may receive a 90s preview spot at an upcoming Vantec Angel Network Meeting.

Mar
1
4:00 pm16:00

WinTech Summit: Taking Charge of Tech

It's time to take charge - step up and own your accomplishments. Attend this year's Tech Summit, sponsored by Microsoft and Demonware, to help foster a dialogue within the tech community. The Summit will help to create awareness to what the tech community still needs to work on, by inviting open and all-encompassing conversations about the female experience in the World of Tech. With a plethora of speakers, we will talk about combatting imposter syndrome, building confidence, and empowering women in the tech industry.

Feb
28
Mar 1

3rd Annual Canadian Crowdfinance Summit

The 3rd annual 2017 Canadian Crowdfinance Summit(#CCS2017) is Canada’s largest national event covering fintech, crowdfunding, venture funding and alternative finance markets. Access educational content, deal flow, and premier networking opportunities with over 75+ Canadian and international industry expert speakers in this fast-growing and lucrative industry. Join the national stage with internet financing leaders, investors, and innovators.

NEW FOR 2017: additional pre-summit half-day of curated workshops, deal showcases and VIP Networking Reception

Feb
24
Mar 4

City of New Westminster Innovation Week

Join the City of New Westminster for Innovation Week in #newwest, featuring a number of exciting events. The City of New Westminster is hosting Innovation Week that includes hosting the 1st  VANTEC Pitch Event outside of Vancouver, an Innovation Forum in partnership with Public Services and Procurement Canada, a “Hack Our City” event with Amazon and few others. The Leadership Dinner will include some of the region’s most influential mayors for a panel discussion on innovation in our urban communities.

Feb
24
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch & Learn: International Gaming Secrets - How to Gain & Retain Users!

Real case studies from the most competitive gaming market in the world - China, maximize Core Metrics Through Better Community Management!

Join Spencer Liu, Founder and CEO of leading mobile gaming platform, KTplay as he shares secrets and strategies to maximizing your core metrics with a few simple steps.

Many developers have invested so much time and effort on directing their players to their Facebook pages, web forums and other social networks OUTSIDE and DISCONNECTED from their games/apps. In this session, you will learn how top mobile game developers in China are effectively maximizing retention and revenue by aggregating and influencing behaviour through better community management right inside the games.

Feb
22
5:00 pm17:00

Launch Talk with Gary Boddington - Blockchain 101

Blockchain was the buzz word of 2016, constantly making a presence when browsing both tech and non-tech sites. So what is the fuss all about and what does it mean for the future of fin tech? Join Gary Boddington, Head of Global Business Development BTL Group Ltd. as he demystifies blockchain technology. In this non-technical session, Gary will provide a brief overview of blockchain technology, a cutting-edge technology that promises to disrupt and transform business sectors way beyond just financial technology. The session will also include an overview of practical examples of real solutions that have been built on the blockchain platform. In this session, Gary will share insights on:

  • What is blockchain anyway?
  • What makes blockchain unique?
  • What are the benefits of blockchain technology?
  • Why is blockchain the key to the future?
Feb
21
5:00 pm17:00

Chasing Growth Capital presented by Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum

The past three years have seen record amounts of growth capital invested in Vancouver tech companies. Vancouver was also recognized as having the highest rate of head office growth in 2016. With that said, despite strong growth in angel and seed investments, raising Series A and B still remains a key pain point for local tech CEOs and CFO. And the last quarter of 2016 saw BC land 15 deals for $109M while 81 Washington based companies pulled in over half of a billion in capital. How do increased capitalizations of our existing funds help unlock new opportunities? What will new funds and government investment mean to our companies? What will come of the focus on the Cascadia region? On February 21 join the VEF for an important, entrepreneur focused look at ‘chasing growth capital’ in the year ahead.

Feb
16
6:00 pm18:00

Women Who Code Vancouver & Plenty Of Fish MeetUp!

Women Who Code Vancouver (WWCodeVancouver) and Plenty Of Fish are excited to announce their February meetup at "The Aquarium" at Plenty Of Fish HQ! Featuring guest speakers: Dorota Paleczek - Sr. QA Automation Engineer, Plenty Of Fish, Diane Sithoo - Database Administrator, Plenty Of Fish and Monica Olinescu - Instructor, Lighthouse Labs and Ruby on Rails Developer. 

Feb
15
4:30 pm16:30

Waterfront Chats | Love Local

The Waterfront Chats Meetup series is geared at start-up businesses and provides an opportunity to hear from and network with local entrepreneurs. Learn about their successes, barriers and challenges to launching and growing their small businesses. Join this month to hear about the benefits of the shop local movement. Learn about the impact of consumers supporting local small businesses as well as how many small business owners collaborate with each other to build and support their local economies.

Feb
10
10:30 am10:30

Startup Crawl 2017

Explore Vancouver’s startup community as we dive into three (yup, three!) different offices. This is the perfect chance to take a look at the day-to-day life of entrepreneurs, project managers, developers, designers, and everything in between. Whether it’s sitting in on the daily scrum or participating in an open panel with the C-suite, Startup Crawl is going to connect you directly with the people that drive innovation in their respective industries. Only 20 spots available!

Feb
4
Feb 5

A Startup Skool Series: Shopify & T-Shirts

Startup Skool is Vancouver's first and leading entrepreneurship program for youth. Over 5,000 students have graduated our programs both in camps and online. This is a 2-day intensive workshop for ambitious teens to learn how to create, launch, and run their own online t-shirt business. Over two days teens will develop applicable entrepreneurial skills, learn the fundamentals of starting an online business, and actually walk away with a real business. There is nothing more satisfying than launching your own business.