Since 2012, we have led the effort to help over 400 early-stage startups to get off the ground. To this date, they've collectively raised over 85 million and created more than 750 jobs for our economy.
We are committed to helping early-stage tech startups in Vancouver become the next big thing through world-class education and mentorship. We connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch their startup into hyperdrive.
What We've Achieved
- Curated a community of 750+ entrepreneurs
- Incubated over 400+ early-stage startups
- Our companies have raised over $85 million dollars
- Collectively, they have created more than 750 jobs
- Offered over 2750 hours in mentorship and guidance
- Provided entrepreneurs with over $1 million dollars worth of perks
- Moved into a 12,000 sqft office space with partners like Highline, Microsoft, Lighthouse Labs, and BDC.
- Hosted more than 300 high quality events
- Sent 30 companies to premier accelerator programs including TechStars, 500Startups, Highline, Founder Fuel and more
Meet the Team
Ray Walia, Co-founder & CEO
Ray is an entrepreneur and investor with experience in multiple businesses in a variety of industries with multiple successful exits. Ray's entrepreneurship background evolved through extensive involvement in his business as producer of global concerts & events for the Bollywood movie industry. In 2012 Ray co-founded LX Ventures & Launch Academy and took over as Executive Director of Metabridge. In 2014 Ray was named Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year for British Columbia and the Forty Under 40 list by Business In Vancouver.
Alex Chuang, Chief Strategy Officer
Alex is a budding entrepreneur, designer and growth hacker with a track record of launching products in crowdfunding, e-commerce, SaaS, virtual currency and marketplace platforms. Having sold his first startup in 2013, Alex has committed himself to build a strong tech ecosystem in Vancouver; mentoring over one thousand entrepreneurs and connecting them to the right resources. In 2014, Alex was recognized as Best in Social Entrepreneurship by Notable Awards and in 2015 as BC's Top 30 under 30. Alex now serves as a startup advisor on several emerging tech companies.
Hussein Hallak, General Manager
Hussein has built 10+ startups, mentored 100+ entrepreneurs, led 10,000+ hours of live workshops, presented tech TV to 40+ million viewers. Hussein is a content strategist, educator and an entrepreneur at heart. Outside of Launch Academy, he serves as the Director of Marketing at TEDxStanleyPark, the Executive Director at TiE Vancouver, and Tech Panelist on Roundhouse Radio. He has been featured in Forbes, BCC, Entrepreneur, VancityBuzz, Textbook, Roundhouse Radio and Notable
Sam Chan, Program Manager
Sam has been involved in tech and startups for as long as he can remember. He first recognized his entrepreneurial spirit when he was trading Pokemon cards for lunches and video games. From there, he worked for a couple of different startups and eventually became involved in tech and consulted for Samsung, Intel, Nokia, Microsoft on their developer program efforts. He also helped run the largest mobile developer conference in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress called WIPJam, and regularly advised different mobile startups on their go-to-market strategies
Annu Britten, Events & Communications Manager
Annu is a passionate, dynamic and reliable events coordinator, project manager and communications specialist. With over a decade of experience in fast-paced environments, Annu has flourished into an accomplished and polished professional with an eye for detail. She is dedicated and focused with the ability to prioritize to complete multiple tasks and achieve project goals. Her past experience includes producing the TED Global conference.
Caroline Tapp, Office Coordinator and In-House Designer
Caroline is Launch Academy’s go-to Office Coordinator as well as our resident artist and designer. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Caroline moved to Vancouver in 2009 to pursue an education in Fine Art at Emily Carr followed by Graphic Design at BCIT. Using her in-depth knowledge of colour theory, composition, typography and iconography, Caroline works with business owners to create striking and effective visuals. Her specialties include traditional and digital illustration, logo design, branding and photo retouching.
Roger Patterson, Co-founder
Roger Patterson is a serial high-tech entrepreneur with a passion for spreading the entrepreneurial spirit and helping others succeed as entrepreneurs. He has over 17 years experience in the software and telecom industries, 12 years of which have been spent founding and running 3 successful high-tech companies after originally working for some of Canada’s largest high-tech companies (Nortel and Newbridge Networks).