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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
TechVancouver's Meetup brings together Vancouver’s tech leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts. Come and see highly curated leaders & innovators sharing their expertise & experiences through 5 minute TED-style presentations. Featuring: Darshan Kaler of Tradable Bits, Jean Lozano of MediaValet and Chris Randall of ResponseTek
Introduction to VR/360 Filmmaking is a comprehensive 2-day workshop that empowers students with the tools, knowledge and skills required to create their own live action immersive experiences. Throughout the course, the instructor will provide a clear and precise explanation of the 360˚ filmmaking process; from pre-production to distribution. The content of the course includes but is not limited to VR/360 history, terminology, theory, technology, scouting, casting, storyboarding, scriptwriting, camera selection, camera operation, camera & actor positioning, lighting, stitching, editing, mastering content for headsets and online.
Create a kick arse LinkedIn Profile in less than three hours! When someone Googles your name LinkedIn will invariably be in the top search results; do you have a profile that you want prospects or future employers to see? Think of your LinkedIn as your online trade show booth through which you communicate your brand to the world. We will work with you to ensure that what is seen, not only clearly states who you are and what you offer, but is keyword optimized so people searching for certain skills can FIND YOU! Your LinkedIn Profile is visible - polish it!
Are you interested in practicing your pitch in a comfortable environment? Are you looking for expert feedback? Whether you want to pitch or be a part of the audience, the VANTEC pitch circuit events are a great opportunity to network and learn with the Vancouver startup community! The VANTEC pitch practice events provide a space for entrepreneurs to present their 90 second pitch in a comfortable environment. Industry expert panel provides feedback to help them improve, and the audience votes on up to the top three companies to receive an opportunity to go to pre-screening for an upcoming Vantec Angel Network Forum. This event is FREE and anyone can attend. If you'd like to attend as an audience member please arrive by 6:30.
The Access Makeathon is a 48 hour event that connects a person with a disability to a team of makers. Makers will build an open source assistive technology that directly addresses a need of the person they are paired with. It is an opportunity for makers to apply their knowledge and skills to address a real world need of a person. The goal is each team will help a person leave the event with a working prototype that improves their quality of life.
Join us for Pitch Fridays - a two hour session where entrepreneurs help each other practice their startup pitches.
Come prepared with a customer or investor pitch. You will have five minutes maximum to present (slides are optional), followed by Q&A and pitch feedback.
Looking to turn your side gig into a full-time role? Interested in diving into the world of freelance? Looking to build your online presence to help you stand out from other applicants and land that dream job?
Marketing yourself begins with developing your personal brand; how you tell your story, both online and offline, can open up new and exciting opportunities by showcasing who you are, what you excel at and why someone should want to work with you. Join expert panelists as they share insights on building your personal brand. You'll also get the opportunity to meet other members of the Vancouver Tech, Digital, and Creative community and build your personal network!
Looking to sell or test your pre-commercialized goods and services with the Government of Canada? Join the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (PWGSC) to learn about the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) and how it helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market.
Celebrate the Official Launch of the Dojo Crowdfund Campaign!
Please join the Dojo team as we kick off our crowdfund initiative. Help Dojo reach their $100,000 goal!! There will be activities for kids, along with snacks and juice. And don't worry, we didn't forget about the adults, there will be light refreshments available too. Bring your family, friends and co-workers . Let's build the Dojo community and Raise Money-Smart Kids, together.
The Health Design Lab will be leading a series of workshops to introduce digital health firms to design thinking and human-centred design tools and methods. These workshops will support companies with: uncovering customer insights, prototyping and user-testing and strategies for product development and branding with an emphasis on usability and customer experience.