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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
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".
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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?
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.
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.