Latest from Launch: Canada’s Startup Visa, Sports Tech Revolution & Member Milestones

Discover Vancouver’s top tech events, follow founder journeys and explore Canada’s appeal for international startup founders in Launch’s latest media and member milestones. Join us on our journey of innovation and progress by subscribing to our newsletter!

Launch Builders Meetup

First things first, our next Launch Builders Meetup is scheduled for Nov. 22, 2023 at Microsoft, Vancouver where you can see demos of some of the best new products coming out of Vancouver. This is also a great opportunity to network and make valuable connections with fellow entrepreneurs, product folks and enthusiasts over some pizza and drinks! Launch Builders Meetup is presented by Launch, Microsoft Vancouver & Smythe.

Get Tickets Here

Apply To Demo Here

Launch Builders Meetup

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to immerse yourself in a community of like-minded individuals, get exclusive access to our network of investors, partners, founders, mentors, and resources by joining our incubator program, LaunchPad.

Media & Events

In this latest article, ‘Your Complete Guide to Canada’s Startup Visa‘ discover the latest updates and essential information about Canada’s Startup Visa program through 2023-2025. From eligibility requirements to application procedures, timelines and much more! Read here.

In the rapidly evolving world of sports, data is becoming a game-changer. Our CEO and Official Member of Forbes Business Council, Ray Walia sheds light on how modern technology, from AI to wearables, is revolutionizing the sports industry. Read the article here.

Ray Walia joined IE Canada as a panellist for their IRL event ‘From Vision to Reality: Inspiring Stories of Entrepreneurship in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’ held last month in Vancouver.

Launch team participated in The Canada-Mexico Dialogue as a part of the Mexican Trade Mission to Canada, which aims to promote trade, investments and partnerships between Canada and Mexico. Watch the highlight video here.

Launch companies Heymandi & CreativeFlow.Ai pitched at VANTEC‘s Meet the Accelerators event which included company showcases with in-person networking between investors, founders and community members.

1. Your Complete Guide to Startup Visa, 2. The Untapped Potential of Athletes’ Data 3. Ray Walia at IE Canada 4. Launch team at The Canada-Mexico Dialogue 5. Launch Companies at VANTEC’s Accelerator Event 6. Launch Team at Frontier Collective’s Placemaker Summit 7. Founder Journey with Ali Tajskandar, CEO Wishpond

Launch team recently participated in our community partner Frontier Collective’s Placemaking Summit. The summit was a call to action for tech, real estate developers & city planners to share ideas & shape Vancouver’s future.

In our last Founder Journey episode of the season, Ali Tajskandar, founder and CEO of Wishpond joins us to discuss the challenges faced by small businesses to thrive in online marketing. Listen now.

Member & Alumni Milestones

We love celebrating the successes of our community members.

  • Launch alumni Bloombase has collaborated with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to push the boundaries of crypto innovation and take next-gen PQC encryption security for storage to even greater heights. The Bloombase team recently visited the Launch office in Vancouver.
  • Launch alumni Elevated Signals recently closed its Series A financing and is looking to grow its team in Vancouver. Reach out to them if you are interested in joining us as a director of finance or product marketing manager.
  • LaunchPad member smartARM invaded New York Fashion Week. smartARM recently debuted on the Runway of Dreams red carpet, presented by former NFL player, Shaquem Griffin. Learn more.
  • Congratulations to Launch alumni Thinkific for making it to the BIV 2023 Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in BC list. Thinkific recently launched The Leap, a free AI tool that allows creators to transform their ideas into something tangible in minutes.
  • Canada’s Top Growing Companies, which scores participating private and public Canadian businesses based on three-year revenue growth, included 36 fastest-growing tech companies in Vancouver featuring two Launch alumni, Thinkific & Klue.
  • Launch’s flagship tech conference Traction‘s co-founder Lloyed Lobo shares the journey that led him to write his new book on community-led growth. Recently Lloyed’s book ‘From Grassroots to Greatness‘ made it to The Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list!

These represent just a glimpse of the noteworthy milestones and accomplishments that have shaped our recent path. As we continue our journey, we eagerly anticipate bringing you more narratives of innovation, teamwork, and progress. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay connected for further updates from Launch!

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Launch's International Maple Accelerator Program

Launch is a designated organization of the Canadian Government’s Startup Visa Program & the Global Skills Strategy Program. Launch’s Maple Program is designed to help emerging tech companies expand their business to North America. We help tech companies identify the best path for immigration for their team and their families through Startup Visa, Express Entry, Provincial Nomination, or Global Talent Stream. For more information visit