Nov
23
to Nov 24

LOI Crash Course

Take part is an awesome LOI Crash Course! 

The League of Innovators presents a special two-day Crash Course that focuses in on how to make those ideas into real, tangible products. Join LOI at the Microsoft Garage as you get your hands dirty and work together to make something real! The course will run from 9am to 3pm both days.

This course is designed for youth aged 18-25 years old.

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Nov
24
to Nov 26

Startup Weekend Vancouver 2017

Startup Weekends are where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. The weekend kicks off with open mic pitches on Friday where attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practising LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Vancouver Tech Fridays

Vancouver Tech Friday, organized by Netwoko, is a monthly tech industry social night aiming to bring Vancouver tech community together as well as university students who are looking for great opportunities.

The event will feature 5-7 tech firms promoting their products and company culture to other industry peers as well as sharing co-op/internship opportunities to students in 5-minute presentations, followed by an afterparty in a nightclub setting for everyone to freely socialize and party

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Nov
26
2:30 PM14:30

Product Hunt Vancouver Hackathon

  • 1100 - 555 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC, V6B Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This Vancouver Hackathon will bring together people who love cool new tech products and networking with the growing startup community in Vancouver. If you have a team or idea you're working on for the Product Hunt Global Hackathon, this event is for you. Food, drinks, and swag will be provided.

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Nov
28
9:00 AM09:00

VanFUNDING 2017

  • SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

VanFUNDING 2017 will ignite insightful discussions about Financing Infrastructure Disruption: how are decentralized financial systems creating value and the future of financial services. #VF2017 will bring together innovators, industry leaders, experts, academics and policymakers for a full day of thought-provoking dialogue in a truly immersive experience: roundtable discussion, with an open mic session for all conference attendees. A full day regulatory hackathon will also take place concurrently throughout the day.

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Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Growing Innovation, Investment Opportunities for VR/AR

  • BCIT Downtown Tech Hub - 5th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

By 2020 VR/AR will be a $150 billion industry and Vancouver is leading the charge as one of the worlds fastest growing tech hubs and a leader in VR/AR. We’re bringing together investors, industry leaders, and top VR/AR talent to discuss the current state of the immersive tech market and uncover opportunities for growth. Investors will meet VR innovators and local startups will learn the best methods for securing funding for their business.

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Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Women's Pitch Night

Join us for the next Women’s Pitch Night, November 30, put on by Volition Events, in partnership with Women in Tech WorldDriven by Women, and VANTEC Angel Network. This event provides a space for female entrepreneurs to practice their 90-second pitch in a comfortable environment. Industry experts provide feedback, and the audience votes on the top three companies. These top companies will win prizes from GG media labCleverhat PhotoplayCodeCoreKipling Media, and FrontFundr, and may receive a 90-second preview spot at an upcoming VANTEC Angel Network Meeting.

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Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Startup Grind Vancouver hosting PressReader (Nikolay Malyarov)

PressReader is a new platform to consume news and media and Nikolay Malyarov is their CCO and General Counsel. He has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities publishers face and his specialty is in digital publishing. He's a great speaker and talked at numerous events such as TED2017 and Forbes Travel Guide Awards. Here about his experience on growing PressReader to a global tech company from Vancouver, building multiple partnerships with big labels, his insights on media and his vision for the future of news and publishing! 

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Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

MLH Local Hack Day - Hillel

  • 6145 Student Union Boulevard Vancouver, BC, V6T 2C9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

MLH Local Hack Day - Hillel is a 12 hour hack day at UBC that brings together the local hacker community to celebrate building awesome technology. On December 2nd 2017, students around the world will be simultaneously attending MLH Local Hack Day at their school, resulting in the single largest day of student hacking ever.

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Dec
4
5:30 PM17:30

Volition Events Investor-Based Pitch Event

This event will feature 8 to 10 of Vancouver's top companies. Each company will be provided a 5-minute pitch slot and 5 minutes of Q&A to impress the judges and to win prizes and garner investor conversations.

To apply to pitch, your company must fall under one of the following: edutech, fintech, retail tech, health tech, and video games.

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Nov
21
5:00 PM17:00

Women in the Americas: Leading the Path to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

With the great growth of startups in our economy, the world turns its eyes now to the characters who are increasingly leading innovation and technology companies around the world: women. The 3rd edition of ExpoPlaza Latina Start-up and Innovation opens its doors to an extensive discussion on actions we can take to expand the participation women on innovations and entrepreneurship. We will review successful cases in all the Americas, from North to South, motivating women and men to work together in the development and implementation of innovative solutions.

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Nov
21
8:00 AM08:00

Legal, tax and funding considerations for start-ups and growing companies.

Whether you are a start-up, a growing company, or doing business internationally (or planning to do so), join us for this information session with specialists from the following organizations:

  • Manning Elliott LLP: Accounting and tax considerations
  • LaBarge Weinstein LLP: Legal structure, CCPC, EBC, M&A
  • NorthBridge Consultants: Government Funding programs for R&D, Innovation & (international) Growth
  • Global Affairs Canada: Government programs for doing business internationally

Short presentations will be followed by extensive Q&A opportunities.

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Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Mo'Hacks Vancouver: Innovating for Men's Health

ProtoHack has partnered with Movember for Mo'Hacks.

This event will be dedicated to innovating for men's health.

The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round and addresses the biggest health issues facing men today: (1) prostate cancer, (2) testicular cancer, and (3) mental health and suicide prevention.

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Nov
18
8:30 AM08:30

YWiB Beyond Conference 2017: Lead From Within

A full day leadership conference exploring topics around discovering your why, emotional intelligence, transitional leadership, and more. This year the Vancouver chapter of Young Women in Business is bringing back the Beyond Leadership Conference, centered on the theme Lead From Within. Through a full day’s series of workshops, keynote speakers, and distinguished panels, YWiB aims to foster meaningful relationships and inspire the passion of the leader within. 

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Nov
14
8:00 AM08:00

Cyber Security Educational Series

Session 1 (of 3): Navigating complex customer security questions, compliance requirements. Understanding the importance of internal controls and transparency to your customers. *This is an intro session; the series is comprise of two hour-long sessions with a larger group and one 1.5 hour-long break-out with a smaller, sector-focused group, spread over three different days. You can sign up for continued sessions after this intro session. 

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

How to MVP

Every startup has a set of steps to get to MVP, and when do you know “is it good enough?”

As a Founder you plan, you build, you test, but when do you decide to release your product? Join Sarah and Aimee and TNT’s guests for the evening and find out “How to MVP!” hosted @BLG.

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Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Security and Privacy Processes for Nonprofits

Privacy is all around us. In a hyper connected world where data insight gives organizations a competitive edge, the risks of managing and safeguarding that data - specifically personal data - have increased exponentially. How then, not-for-profit organizations, can influence the importance of privacy and security management while at the same time continue forging relationships with the communities they serve? Join us for this event where we will explore the opportunities that lie ahead in terms of increasing trust, reputation and brand exposure through the management of Private information.

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Nov
1
3:00 PM15:00

Rock My Business Plan

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 a free, intensive crash course 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.

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Oct
30
to Oct 31

Innovate Now, Canada!

  • Vancouver Convention Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On October 30th & 31st, CityAge will bring together 250 leaders in innovation from across Canada and abroad for #InnovateNowCanada in Vancouver. Innovate Now Canada is a partnership between CityAge and The Rideau Hall Foundation, which exists to amplify the Office of the Governor General in its work to connect, honour and inspire Canadians.  It will present tools and ideas to improve Canadian productivity, grow the economy and build an inclusive society.

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Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

ProtoHack Innovation Challenge: Vancouver

ProtoHack is a 12-hour experience where you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually. ProtoHack requires no coding or coding experience! 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 4) or solo.  Tickets need to be purchased online before the event so register now:

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Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

ProtoHack Vancouver

Launch Academy is partnering with ProtoHack to organize a non-coding hackathon to empower and enable the non-technical community with the tools, knowledge, and know-how that will bring ideas to life.

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 4) or solo.

All Launch Academy members are granted a 25% discount on registration costs. Slack Shade Souc to receive a discount code. 

 

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Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Open Angel Dinner Pitch

Open Angel is seeking applications from companies to present at our October 25th Dinner Pitch Event.  If you are a tech startup raising <$1M in your first or second round, we could be your investment matchmaker! This is an opportunity for 6 - 8 startups to get in front of 30-40 active angel investors. There is no fee to apply or pitch and companies will be assigned a facilitator to help polish their pitch. Deadline is October 10

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Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Bioenterprise & Volition Events presents Pitch​ ​Night

  • ​Fasken Martineau (29th floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Bioenterprise B.C. and Volition Events on Wednesday, October 18 for an industry-specific pitch practice event. Industry-specific Pitch Nights provide a space for entrepreneurs to practice their 3-minute pitch in a comfortable environment, in front of a live audience. Industry experts provide feedback to help them improve, and the audience votes on the top three pitches. To apply to pitch, your company must fall under the ag-tech umbrella. Companies that would like to pitch must apply by Friday, October 13. Space is limited. Register today!

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Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Startup Ladies Night

Startup Ladies Night is a monthly community event connecting and celebrating women in Vancouver's startup community (over wine!) New to the startup space, or looking for a friendly face at events? Join our monthly meet-up at the Launch Academy kitchen on Wednesday, October 18th, and "wine down" with Vancouver's most welcoming #StartupSquad! We are committed to keeping 'Startup Ladies Night' a free, volunteer-run event. Spots are limited, so registration is required

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Oct
17
5:00 PM17:00

Staying ahead of the pack: product strategy and differentiation as an edge in SaaS

Gain a deep understanding of how product development experts position their products before they go to market, and how to develop an amazing value proposition for your customers.

With:

Chloe Morrow, SVP Product Management, Vision Critical
Martin Ertl, Founder, Coupa Software
Katherine Berry, CPO and Co-Founder, Allocadia
Ian Chan, Inetco
Neil Parker, VP Product Management and Marketing, RewardStream (moderator)

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Oct
17
to 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.

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Oct
16
11:45 AM11:45

Luncheon with Jeff Booth, President & Co-Founder, Build Direct

BuildDirect, co-founded by Jeff Booth, stands at the forefront of innovation in the home improvement industry. Jeff applies his deep knowledge of both technology and trends to invent new ways for people to explore, purchase and ultimately interact and connect in the home improvement space. At this Luncheon, Jeff will discuss "Becoming Uncommon – A celebration of the real journey to building the future".

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Oct
14
8:30 AM08:30

Google Developers Group and DevFest 2017

Google Developers Group are the local community groups which are run by the community and are hands-on about technology related to Google as well as open source. GDG DevFest 2017 is our annual all-day developer conference that offers speaker sessions across multiple product areas, code labs, hackathon and more!

We will be covering the technologies regarding application development such as Flutter, Firebase, Android and Progressive Web Apps as well as how to scale those with backend services and cloud. We will talk about web-backends, Kubernetes and internet-of-things as well as data processing and machine learning using Tensorflow.

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Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Fireside Chat: Startup Grind is Hosting Keith Ippel

What is the mindset of an impact-driven entrepreneur? How do you navigate in a social entrepreneurship environment? Learn from the impact leader in Vancouver, Keith Ippel, Co-Founder and CEO of Spring. This fireside chat will be about how you can get inspired, launch, grow, and fund your venture and make an impact. Don't miss this opportunity to hear stories of national and international success ideas and connect with other social entrepreneurs!

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Sep
29
to Oct 1

Unearthed Hackathon at HiVE Vancouver

Australian based Unearthed is coming to Vancouver and inviting bright and enthusiastic developers, data scientists, startups, entrepreneurs and other hackers to join their Hackathon at HiVE Vancouver. Unearthed run this event all over the world, and are currently working with some of the biggest mining and resources companies to connect them into the local startup communities that exist. The aim is to show how startups and their method of developing new technologies can have the potential to positively impact/disrupt their industry. They are offering a discount to the Launch Academy community if you register before Sept. 22. Register by clicking on the link below,  and use the code Launch20.

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Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Venture Labs Demo Day - Vancouver Start-up Week

VentureLabs is excited to be hosting Demo Day on Friday, September 29, 2017 as a part of Vancouver Startup Week. This event, which is free and open to the public, will highlight up-and-coming startups across various industries and will showcase technologies from multiple accelerators in the community. Starting at 1PM, there will be interactive displays including robotic sensors, Virtual Reality gaming systems, and a velomobile; a reception will be held at the 11th floor of the VentureLabs office at 5pm. Come check out what the Vancouver startup scene is working on!

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Sep
28
5:30 AM05:30

VR/AR Association Presents: Branding for the Future

Discover how brands, retailers, marketers and interactive agencies are using VR/AR/MR to create unique and memorable brand experiences. Virtual and augmented reality take brand immersion and customer engagement to a whole new level and will disrupt the way we connect.

The AR/VR Association has offered a 30% discount to Launch Academy Members.

Please use the following discount code: vrarabrand

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Sep
27
4:30 PM16:30

Investor Pitch Night

Hosted by Volition Events, this investor-based pitch event is a part of Vancouver Startup Week. This event will feature 10 of Vancouver's top companies pitching for the chance to win prizes and garner investor conversations.

Each company will be provided a 5-minute pitch slot and 5 minutes of Q&A to impress the judges - who will win their chance to potentially go global?

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Sep
25
to Sep 29

Vancouver Startup Week

Vancouver Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and friends for one engaging week, celebrating Greater Vancouver’s innovation and technology communities. Whether you’re networking, hacking, or pitching your next venture, you’ll make connections from within our hubs. In 2016, we brought together more than 3,000 people at 70 events hosted by top local startups including tech showcases, panel discussions, office visits, networking breakfasts, and investor lunches.

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Sep
21
5:30 PM17:30

🤘 Women Who Code @ SLACK 🤘

Women Who Code is partnering with Slack, who is flying up three rock-star techlords, Brenda Jin, Roo Harrigan + Jen Long, from their SF HQ. 

Brenda will tell you how she became a software engineer without a formal degree, while illuminating why gender disparity in technology is not just a pipeline problem. Roo will be walking through the purpose of the Slack platform, introducing the different ways a developer can leverage API's to build apps for teams, and live-code an incoming webhook example in Python to illustrate notifications in Slack. And Jen will walk through some of the ways that her teams at eBay, Google, MTV, and Slack have gotten past bringing different skillsets and perspectives to a project and moved into that magical state of deep partnership.

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Sep
21
2:00 PM14:00

Open Angel Info Session for upcoming Pitch Event

Thinking of pitching to Vancouver angel investors? Open Angel is holding an info session September 21, 2017. Meet some of the Open Angel team, hear about our dinner pitch events and ask questions about what investors want to see. It’s a small group setting and we are happy to answer questions about your company directly. Applications are open for our next dinner pitch event, to be held on October 25, 2017. 

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Sep
21
to Sep 22

Banff Venture Forum

Banff Venture Forum, Canada’s premier company financing event, is designed to showcase the hottest high-tech companies from across North America, offer insight into key issues within the industry, provide a premium networking opportunity and give companies a chance to learn from world-class professionals in the investment community. Use promo code COMMS10 to receive $130 OFF. 
 

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Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Free HTML & CSS Workshop

Want a taste of the world of a Web Developer? Join us for a free evening of learning to code! Led by members of the Lighthouse labs team, you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of web development, and have the chance to try your hand at building your very own website using HTML, CSS, and a little bit of JavaScript. The workshop will consist of an hour of lecture time and then two hours of hands-on keyboard, coding and exploring the different aspects of programming. There will be mentors on site to help you every step of the way!

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