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.
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?
The VR/AR Association Vancouver is proud to partner with Hootsuite on this event to discuss, demo and learn about how the technology will be at the forefront and prevalent in the near 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. Speakers/Panelists and other announcements to be posted very soon.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creating a product or service is complex.
It requires a thorough understanding of the problem you are trying to solve. How difficult is it to solve? Is our idea viable, feasible and desirable? What are must-have features? What are customers willing to pay a premium for? These questions come up over and over in the design cycle so how do you test your assumptions simply and efficiently? Hint: get out of the building!
This introductory workshop will address accessible discovery methods you can incorporate immediately into your process to ensure your customers remain at the center of your design decisions. Armed with real insights into behaviours, expectations, and attitudes, you can create better products, services, and experience. In other words, it will help you shift from building features to building experiences.
Google Cloud Platform provides various ways to utilize Machine Learning in your products. You can use pre-built APIs or create and serve your own machine learning models. Bring your problems is a discussion/unconference style event where we will choose a few problems that you are facing in your machine learning based project and together try to come to a prospective solution that you can employ in your project.
Join us for a free iOS Essentials Workshop, where members of the Lighthouse Labs education team will help you piece together your first mobile app! This workshop will give you an introduction to the building blocks of iOS development, and you'll be creating a simple music player similar to Spotify or Apple Music. Throughout the 3 hour workshop, you'll be introduced to the the elements of building apps for iOS, including storyboarding, user experience design, and Apple's programming language Swift.
Startup Ladies Night is a monthly social connecting women in Vancouver's startup community over wine! Whether you’re new to the industry or a startup veteran, this is your opportunity to connect with other women in the entrepreneurial / tech community in a welcoming and relaxed environment. Join us at our next event on Thursday, August 17, at the Launch Academy Kitchen.
Theme: "Advocating For Yourself"
On the to-do list: discuss negotiation tactics, tips for salary conversations, and when it's the best time to ask for a promotion. Feeling confident and prepared? Check!
Wine and mingling starts at 5:30pm, and we kick off the roundtable at 6:30pm.
Are you an engineer that wants to build a meaningful technology company, but don't know where to get started? At the “Engineer to Entrepreneur: Startup Basics for Techies” event, you can hear candid talks by engineers-turned-entrepreneurs, sharing best practices, strategies and mistakes to avoid from those who have done it before. How do you get started on your entrepreneurial journey? How do you find talented people to join your team? What are the basic legal and financial concepts that you need to understand? What is it really like to build a successful company?
Understanding your users and their actions is imperative in building a fast growing startup. However, talking users is often neglected and put on the bottom of priority list. When startups get the chance to speak to their users, it can be tough to extract the actionable insights from them. So, how can you ask the right questions to the right users to receive feedback that is both honest and actionable?
Join the former Head of Growth at Revlo, Alex, as he shares his experience in building Revlo, the fastest growing startup from YC S16, and his framework behind gaining insights from users.
This is a hands-on workshop so expect to have pens, paper and laptops out, ready to do some work. Only 20 companies can join this workshop so please only sign up once per startup. You can have more than one person attend from each startup.
LHL’s 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!
Learn how to use AngelList to meet angels and raise your next round. AngelList is the world's largest marketplace for startup investing and startup jobs. Join Alex Norman from AngelList Canada as he explains how AngelList Canada and Intros for Canada work, and how best to leverage their power to benefit your startup. There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A.
If you're interested in raising funds, leading a Canadian syndicate or investing in Canada, then this Lunch & Learn is for you!
Alex will share insights on:
- AngelList's new intro product
- How AngelList syndicates work and what it takes to successfully raise on AngelList
- How to search AngelList to identify potential angel investors
- How to raise money from Angels
- How to use AngelList to get introduced to hard to reach angels
- Common fund raising mistakes to avoid (offline and online)
Want to get better at selling your games and ideas?
We pitch everyday without realizing it to clients and friends as a way to effectively sell our ideas. The P.V.P Circuit is an event hosted by game developer an opportunity to practice your live presentation skills, and join a community of game developers. Participate as the audience, or pitch yourself in 90 seconds!
Meet like minded individuals who are interested in games.
Get feedback from a panel of judges.
Learn more about the games landscape.
Join us for FREE evening of pitches and prizes!
We are serving pizza and pop with thanks to our generous sponsors. All attendees are welcome to RSVP. Donors will be treated as V.I.P and will get priority seating.
Join us for an evening panel of entrepreneurs and VCs for a discussion about how to raise capital from US VCs plus time for networking, drinks and canapés. The panel will discuss dynamics for founders, angels, and VCs to raise capital from US based investors. We will dive into what US investors look for, how to properly structure the startup for investment, how to develop relationships with US investors, what metrics to focus on, deal terms, and how to internationalize the startup.
This event is open to everyone in the startup ecosystem including entrepreneurs, angels, VCs, corporates, family offices and everyone supporting startups. It will be followed by a networking reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
Ray Walia, Co-Founder of Launch Academy & Victory Square Ventures shares strategies & tactics to surviving life as a startup CEO!
CEO - chief executive officer is the highest-ranking person in a company or other institution, ultimately responsible for making managerial decisions. But when it comes to the startup world it’s not quite as easy as that. There are no fixed rules in startups, so you never know where the journey is going to take you. So how do you prioritise and keep things going without dropping the ball while juggling cash flow, brand management, creating the foundations of your culture, hiring your first employees, setting up a bank account, creating a website, finding early stage funding, oh, and taking out the trash of course?!
Join serial entrepreneur, Ray Walia in this fireside chat moderated by Annee Ngo, as Ray shares stories of successes and failures while juggling life as a startup CEO.
Join the entire A Thinking Ape team as they open their studio to the public to showcase their 2017 Game Jam creations!
What's this Game Jam, you ask? For three days the crew will say ADIOS to their usual responsibilities and create all new mobile games JUST FOR FUN! The only restriction they face is that the games have to be made in the realm of their new franchise, Kingdoms of Heckfire. All of this madness will culminate in a Game Jamboree, an open house style event where you (YES, YOU!) can play those games and vote on your favourite, meet the team, check out the studio and get a sneak peek at the soon-to-be-released title.
So smash that REGISTER button and join the fun! Food, drinks, games, chats and SO.MUCH.FUN.
Finding the first dollars for your business and accelerating your growth can be frightening and tough. How do you bridge the valley of death? Should you ask your family and friends? How early do you want to get investors on board? Who are the right investors? This Startup Grind event will be a special debate on raising capital. The investors Jay Rhind (Vancouver Funder Fund) and Peter-Paul Van Hoeken (FrontFundr) will discuss their views on various funding models, the Vancouver investment scene, qualities they look for in an entrepreneur, and how to successfully raise your first capital for sustained growth. Join us if you want to learn more about the capital raising opportunities you have, especially right here in Vancouver! Build new relationships with founders and funders, and listen to their experiences! This event is for everyone who actively seeks investors or just wants to better understand how to fundraise like a pro. Use promo code: LA834 for 30% off any ticket.
Gen Z is the largest generation (larger than Millenials and the Baby Boomers), representing over 25% of the population in North America. They are digital natives and the generation that will define our future, and that is embracing entrepreneurship at new levels.
Join us as we explore entrepreneurship, innovation and how it all happens with some of the youngest, brightest and biggest entrepreneurs in North America. Curious to understand how it all started? How to take an idea to the next level as a young individual still in high school? Three key Gen Z innovators share their stories and where they are going.
How to maintain your sales pipeline while all of your prospects are checked out for the summer or on vacation. Come join the Predictable Revenue team for a workshop around keeping your pipeline full all year long and how to avoid that summer slump. Just because your prospects on vacation doesn't mean your sales have to go away too! Pizza (or BBQ weather permitting) and beer also in attendance as per usual.
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 the ever-popular Rock My Business Plan workshop series. This free, 3-week workshop series is 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.
Hosted by CEO and Founder of Hootsuite Media Inc, Ryan Holmes, join us for a panel discussion that focuses on understanding new ways to engage the youngest and soon to be largest generation --> Gen Z. Hear from three entrepreneurial leaders under 18 who are disrupting the marketing industry by developing and delivering new methods and approaches to effective campaigns.
Looking to raise some capital but perhaps not keen on giving away equity? Looking for more than just the cheque? Or perhaps your business isn't suited for venture funding? Fear not, there's now a multitude of other resources that we can tap into.
Join us on Tuesday, July 11th for an interactive evening of activities, discussion, and networking. Familiarise yourself with the wealth of non-dilutive funding and non-traditional support options available locally for startups in the early and growth stages, and how best to tap into them. Learn how to successfully get the funding and support you need from our panel of experts.
Google Cloud OnBoard is coming to Vancouver. This is an event where attendees will receive step-by-step technical training from Google’s certified instructors. When you register, you’ll get a free pass for one day of training that has been designed to help you understand and get started with cloud services such as: Big Data and Machine Learning Google App Engine, Cloud Datastore, and Storage Google Container Engine Google Compute Engine and Networking.
Exclusively for employers to see what LHL’s web alumni can do! Each group of students will showcase their final project, talk about what they've learned, and speak to the technical skills they've acquired over the past eight weeks. Employers will have the opportunity to ask students questions about their projects, and the demos will be followed with our public demo day, which employers are more than welcome to stay for. All students are available to start as full time Jr. Developers OR you can start them in a paid internship style role for a min of $500/week for the first 3-4 months.
TechVancouver Meetup is the best way to expand your knowledge and network of the Vancouver technology community. Each monthly TechVancouver Meetup is designed for Vancouver technologists to learn something new and meet someone new. You’ll learn something new from one of our 5x5s, or four presentations of five minutes each. Each presentation is made by a Vancouver technology company big or small, and they use their time to share a lesson learned, a counter-intuitive finding, or demo a new technology. You’ll meet someone new over some food and drinks provided before each 5x5.
- Geordie Rose, Founder & CEO of Kindred AI
- Dhruv Adhia, Founder & CTO of H+ Technology
- Joseph Nakhla, Founder & CEO of bazinga!
- Lou Pushelberg, Co-Founder of Academy of VR
If you have a strong idea that could be pitched more clearly, then join us for the Startup Pitch Bootcamp. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your pitching skills and understand the components of a great pitch, providing plenty of practice until you get it right. Pitching is a key skill of every successful entrepreneur. How do you communicate your business clearly to employees, customers, and investors? What are some common pitching mistakes that make you look inexperienced? What is the best way to pitch your business?
An expertly-curated single track of marketing genius. You won't have to miss any talks – and you won't want to. CTAConf covers every facet of digital marketing, including pay-per-click, conversion rate optimization, copywriting, email, landing page design and more. 20 keynotes from best-in-the-biz speakers. Actionable tactics, candid lessons of success and failure, and hilarious anecdotes from a hand-picked lineup of presenters including founders, marketing execs and industry experts.
The Global Hackathon series is a community-centered event. It is run by local event organizers around the world. Vancouver is one of the 15 cities to participate in the first season of the hackathon series.
The first ever Global Hackathon series is kicking off with Artificial Intelligence. Whether you are an expert or a newbie in AI, we welcome you to join this event and work with your local innovator community to prototype and find solutions to real-world problems.
Challenges will be announced globally during the kick off of the event, and attendees can pick one of the challenges to work on either by themselves or with a team. After two days of hacking and prototyping, teams have the option to showcase their projects on stage. Your local audience will pick 3 winners, one for each challenge, prizes TBD. Come and join your community and have fun!
It's time for another Mobile Growth meetup and we are excited to be hosted at Hootsuite, welcoming another round of mobile leaders to share their growth stories and strategies. We'll kick off the evening with some pizza and drinks, and then jump into a discussion with experts from Staples, PayByPhone, Koho and Curatio.me. After the panel, stick around for more time for socializing and networking.
Discussion topics include:
- Essential tools for your growth stack
- Organic and paid user acquisition strategies
- War stories from the mobile trenches
- Best practices for retention and engagement
Learn how to grow your mobile business, meet some cool people in apps, and get connected with others in the Mobile Growth Community.
Celebrating the achievements of BC's tech industry. Founded in 1994 by the BC Tech Association, the Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) celebrate the successes of our industry and the companies, people and innovation that continue to put British Columbia on the map. The TIAs are the longest-running and largest technology award program in BC, presented in June in front of an audience of more than 1,000 technology leaders and industry supporters.
Each year, applications are received from across the province from tech companies of all sizes, representing every sector. With ten award categories, ranging from Most Promising Startup to Community Engagement, there's something for every company to apply for.