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Monday, September 17

5:30pm PDT

#VSW2018 VIP Reception | INVITE ONLY
Sorry - this is an invite only/closed event.

VSW is hosting a special reception to thank our sponsors and partners for their support. 

Monday September 17, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm PDT
Friday, September 21

6:00pm PDT

#VSW2018 + #VanHacks Hackathon Mingler & Kickoff | SEPARATE TICKET REQUIRED
Limited Capacity seats available

We call you, hackers of Vancouver, to join us over a weekend to create tech solutions that solve challenging issues faced by our community's not-for-profit institutions whose aim is to do social good. This year we will be serving Ocean Wise, Weekend Fuelbag, Working Gear, BabyGoRound, Mealshare.

VanHacks is designed around the mantra of acting local and thinking global. All hacks are encouraged to be published open source so that an organization in Vancouver can benefit just as much as a similar nonprofit on the other side of Canada or the other side of the World.

VanHacks 2018 is co-organized by Vancouver Startup Week, Two Tall Totems and VIDIA. It brings together 180+ developers and designers to work towards building a better, more unified Vancouver.

You must have a hackathon ticket in order to attend this event as a #VSW2018 pass will not get you access into the hackathon.
Please visit check out http://www.vanhacks.com for more information about this event and to buy a hackathon pass.

Friday September 21, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Lighthouse Labs & Devhub
Saturday, September 22

8:00am PDT

#VSW2018 + #VanHacks Hackathon | SEPARATE TICKET REQUIRED
Limited Capacity seats available

We call you, hackers of Vancouver, to join us over a weekend to create tech solutions that solve challenging issues faced by our community's not-for-profit institutions whose aim is to do social good. This year we will be serving Ocean Wise, Weekend Fuelbag, Working Gear, BabyGoRound, Mealshare.

VanHacks is designed around the mantra of acting local and thinking global. All hacks are encouraged to be published open source so that an organization in Vancouver can benefit just as much as a similar nonprofit on the other side of Canada or the other side of the World.

VanHacks 2018 is co-organized by Vancouver Startup Week, Two Tall Totems and VIDIA. It brings together 180+ developers and designers to work towards building a better, more unified Vancouver.

You must have a hackathon ticket in order to attend this event as a #VSW2018 pass will not get you access into the hackathon.
Please visit check out http://www.vanhacks.com for more information about this event and to buy a hackathon pass.

Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00am - Sunday September 23, 2018 5:00pm PDT
BCIT Downtown Campus 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Sunday, September 23

3:45pm PDT

#VSW2018 + #VanHacks Hackathon Presentations & Judging Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join us and see what these amazing VanHacks hackers have come up with! Groups will present to the judges and winners will be crowned!

This event is open to #VSW2018 pass holders. You do not need to buy a separate ticket to attend.

Sunday September 23, 2018 3:45pm - 6:00pm PDT
BCIT Downtown Campus 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Monday, September 24

9:30am PDT

Data and AI Hackathon hosted by Microsoft
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Microsoft for their first event Monday, September 24th in their suite 1100 - 1111 West Georgia office for a half-day hackathon.
During this hackathon you will be working on building a Raspberry PI home surveillance system!
A Raspberry PI is a small, affordable computer that can be used for programming and fun projects. For Microsoft Canada’s first AI Hackathon, this submission presents a simple Raspberry PI Home Surveillance System that leverages Microsoft’s Cognitive Services for face recognition; and outlines a set of features on the roadmap.
Microsoft’s Cognitive Services leverage the latest advances in AI and deep learning technologies and provide exceptional capabilities to bring intelligence into applications. Particularly, the Face API, part of Cognitive Services, enables applications to have immediate face detection and recognition abilities. For this submission, the Face API is integrated within a Python-based home detection system powered by a Raspberry PI along with a camera.
We will divide attendees into teams and provide them with a high-level architecture, suggested programming libraries, and template code to work with. Participants will need to fill in the remaining gaps with the overall goal of building the surveillance system (hardware and on Azure).
This event will be such that people without programming background can certainly participate, by reading hints and seeing sample code.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday September 24, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Microsoft Vancouver - West Georgia
  Technology, Hackathon

10:00am PDT

"Robots, Law, AI - Oh My!": How Voice AI can Help Take Your Law Practice to the Next Level.
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn how AI and robotic process automation can make it easier to provide legal assistance and integrate with your practice tools to improve service delivery.  

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Tom Martin

Founder, LawDroid
Tom Martin is the founder of LawDroid, a chatbot development and consulting company for the legal industry. Tom’s company focuses on making useful bots to help lawyers capture more leads, intake more clients, and handle more cases. Tom is an alum of Lawyerist’s inaugural TBD Law... Read More →

Monday September 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Venture Labs - 12th Floor

2:00pm PDT

Equity, Convertible Debt, SAFEs and everything in between | FOR FOUNDERS & INVESTORS ONLY
Limited Capacity filling up

In this interactive 2 hour workshop In this workshop you will learn answers to:
  • What is a SAFE?
  • Why do US investors require Preferred Shares?
  • Why do experienced Investors dislike Convertible Debt or a SAFE?
  • What type of shares should Founders subscribe for?
  • Why is Convertible Debt ineligible for BC's 30% investment refund program?
  • Why a Valuation Cap on Convertible Debt, negates its whole purpose
  • What Discount should early investors get on SAFE or Convertible debt?
  • Will VC Funds honour a previously agreed Discount to early SAFE investors?

Exclusively for founders and investors - please register here to confirm your space at this event.
Venue location will be emailed to you by the event coodinator once you are confirmed.

Monday September 24, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Downtown Vancouver Location
Tuesday, September 25

8:00am PDT

Engineering Startups hosted by Microsoft
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet with the engineers who helped build the technology for some of the amazing successful startups here in Vancouver. In this session you will meet engineers from Hootsuite, Mod Studio, Media Valet, Pressboard Media and Mojio. The presenters will be open to Q&A from the audience and have a deep understanding of some of their most challenging technical hurdles that their company has faced.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am PDT
Microsoft Store (Pacific Centre)

11:30am PDT

Gazing Into The Future: How AI Will Impact Everyday Lives
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Don't get left behind - hear from some of the top AI experts in Vancouver on how AI will be changing the way we do business and live everyday.

Whether you realize it or not, artificial intelligence is already here and a part of our everyday lives in more ways than we know. Whether it’s in retail, finance, medical or media, AI technology is marking its territory and will continue to touch our lives in unprecedented ways. Join us as we host some of Vancouver’s leading AI experts in the tech industry to discuss where AI is today, and what we can expect to see as the technology continues to evolve. Hear about how they’re using AI in their work and businesses and the powerful impact it will have on our daily lives.

avatar for Ben Terrill

Ben Terrill

VP, Customer Success, Finn AI
Ben Terrill is an expert in the strategy, process and technology of customer retention and success. As VP of Customer Success at Finn AI, Ben leads the successful implementation of customers on a large, global scale, with the objective of increasing per-customer-profitability. Prior... Read More →

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Kenneth Conroy

VP, Data Science, Finn AI
Dr. Kenneth Conroy is the Vice-President of Data Science at Finn AI, the award-winning, AI-powered virtual assistant built for personal banking and finance.  Dr. Conroy leads the development of Finn AI's proprietary NLP system. Using machine learning and natural language processing... Read More →
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Thomas Levi

Director of Data Science, Unbounce
Thomas Levi ( https://twitter.com/tslevihttps://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-levi-40a09432/ ) started out with a doctorate in Theoretical Physics and String Theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. His post-doctoral studies in cosmology and string theory, where he wrote 19 papers garnering 900+ citations, then took him to NYU and finally UBC. In 2012, he decided to move into industry... Read More →
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Jenny Yang

Founder/CEO, Aida Software
Jenny is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor.  She was co-founder/CEO of two AI companies, Aida (acquired by Vision Critical) and Metafor Software (acquired by Splunk), and is a Partner at Panda Angel Partners. Previously, Jenny was a Partner at BDC Capital where she led investments... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm PDT
Finn AI

12:00pm PDT

The Key Ingredient to a Successful Startup
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"The Key Ingredient to a Successful Startup" presented by Huan Ho, Co-founder of Rallyteam, an HR Tech startup that was recently acquired by Workday.  

In this session, Huan will share his Silicon Valley startup journey and discuss how he was able to hire and retain top talent with only a startup budget.

Huan, a studied computer engineer, is passionate about improving engagement, innovation and collaboration in the workplace. In his leadership roles, Huan created innovative programs like Evolution Fridays, Workplace Democracy and Agile Enterprise, which empowered employees and enabled him to build exceptionally high-performing teams. In 2013, Huan said goodbye to the corporate world and relocated to San Francisco, where he started Rallyteam. Five years later, Rallyteam was acquired by Workday, where he continues his role of leading a superstar engineering team to build products that are transforming the future of work.

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Huan Ho

Co-Founder, Rallyteam
Huan, a studied computer engineer, is passionate about improving engagement, innovation and collaboration in the workplace. In his leadership roles, Huan created innovative programs like Evolution Fridays, Workplace Democracy and Agile Enterprise, which empowered employees and enabled... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Lighthouse Labs & Devhub

2:00pm PDT

Corporate Health & Fitness Programs Don't Work! Find Out Why and What Actually Does.
Limited Capacity seats available

This event will give you insight into the future of corporate health and fitness programs so attend if you want to be ahead of the curve.  

Find out why less than 10% of employees engage with their company's Corporate Health and Fitness programs.  What's being offered today isn't working.  Learn what a more cost effective, sustainable, and community building  Corporate Health & Movement program can look like.  It's more than having access to a gym or free yoga classes.  Creating a corporate culture of movement will help your employees improve their mental health, energy, and productivity for the long term. Participants of this event will also learn some basic, joint mobility movements that they can incorporate into their office environment right away.


Anthony Agtarap

Founder, Engineered Bodies Strength & Conditioning
Anthony is a husband, a father, and an educator who is passionate of empowering people to live a pain-free, healthy, and strong life full of vitality and movement.  He is also the founder of Engineered Bodies Strength & Conditioning located in Port Moody, BC.He is committed to building... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Venture Labs - 11th floor #1100 - 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

3:30pm PDT

Discover IOT - From Sensors to SunSet
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Discover ways to implement IOT into your existing business or product to cut cost or find new stream of revenue.  

Strengthen your business with IOT. We will highlight key factors to consider when implementation a full IOT solution into your business. Starting from the very sensors to the cloud and everything in between. During the workshop we will go in-depth and hands-on with hardware applications and development kits to get you started with your quest to bring IOT into your business or product. There will be engineers onsite to help answer any questions on ways to improve/enhance your business with IOT. Lets get started.  

Tuesday September 25, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
SFU Wosk Conference Centre

5:15pm PDT

AR/VR/MR Event hosted by Microsoft
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us at Microsoft to hear from leading industry experts in Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality!
We have Microsoft Vancouver's lead talking to current trends in the space and exciting things to come as well as keynotes from Erik Kiss, a senior engineering leader and founder of Imaging Reality, and Charles Lavigne of Llamazoo on key industry insights.
You will have the opportunity to demo some of Microsoft's mixed reality headsets including the Microsoft HoloLens and get the chance to network with your fellow Vancouver Startup Week peers.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday September 25, 2018 5:15pm - 7:30pm PDT
Microsoft Vancouver - Granville
  Technology, Panel Discussion

6:30pm PDT

The Power of Empathy - Getting inside of your customer’s heads and hearts to create indispensable products.
Limited Capacity filling up

As a startup, identifying your product market fit is probably one of the most important things you'll have to do. One of the greatest assets you’ve got to achieve this is Empathy, or in other words, the ability to put yourselves in your customer’s shoes. The foundation of empathetic design is observation and the goal is to identify latent customer needs in order to create products that people didn’t even know they wanted. This interactive evening will be an opportunity to bring together different perspectives around what it means to be a User Centered Startup and how this gets reflected in all aspects of your business ranging from Product Design to Product Management to Sales and Distribution.
Bring your thoughts, questions, and comments and be part of the conversation as we use this intimate setting to have an insightful conversation about how to get inside the heads and hearts of the people who will use our products.


Lucy Cameron

Lucy is the lead designer at local Vancouver startup TZOA, focused on implementing inclusive design processes and cultivating communication channels with TZOA's users. She loves the holistic approach of being an advocate of the user — challenging, rationalizing and validating different... Read More →
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Ben McConnell

Ben leverages his technical engineering background in concert with his deep user driven product management expertise to lead strategy, product definition, development, and successful market introduction of products users love. He was head of Product at Recon Instruments which was... Read More →
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Afshin Mehin

Founder, WOKE Studio
Afshin is the founder of WOKE Studio, a creative design studio focused on making great products and user experiences. Afshin loves translate innovative new technologies into desirable experiences people will love. His team works across a breadth of mediums including design research... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
WOKE Studio Suite 210 - 1737 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver

6:30pm PDT

Mobile Growth Vancouver
Limited Capacity filling up

Get facetime with mobile marketers, product managers, app developers, and emerging mobile-first startups!

Mobile Growth, founded by Branch in San Francisco in 2014, started as a forum for app developers and marketers to share best practices, challenges, and solutions.  

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Emir Aydin

Product Manager, Hootsuite
Emir is the Product Manager for Mobile at Hootsuite, the leading social media management platform. He manages the core iOS, Android and mobile web products and oversees the overall mobile strategy for the company.
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Stefanie Grieser

Director of Marketing, Sphere
Stefanie Grieser is the Director of Marketing at Sphere, an app that is shaking up the coaching space, changing how guidance is accessed and delivered. She is also the Founder of Call To Action Conference, an industry-leading marketing conference helping marketers become better at... Read More →
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Michael Zsigmond

Product Manager, PayByPhone
Michael is the Product Manager at PayByPhone, the mobile app and payment solution creating a better way to park.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm PDT

6:45pm PDT

Startup City: Fostering Innovation in Vancouver
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a panel on improving startup culture in Vancouver. Meet innovative thought-leaders and mold-breaking politicians to discuss the startup economy, and how the city can become more agile, digitized, and able to retain its top talent. The event is part of Vancouver Startup Week, and will be hosted by Abubakar Khan, who is running to be Vancouver’s youngest ever city Councillor and will be the moderator for the evening.

The panelists include:
  1. Brittany Whitmore, CEO of Exvera Communications and Executive Director of TEDx Gastown
  2. Jeremy Becker, CEO of MedConnect
  3. Nejeed Kassam, Executive Driector of The Better Canada Initative
  4. Praveen Varshney, Partner at Varshney Capital

6:45: Door’s Open
7:00pm-8:30pm: Panel discussion
8:30pm-9pm: QA

Khan, is one of the youngest candidates in the race for Vancouver City Council, at 24, he comes from a generation where tech plays an integral role in one's work, social, and overall lives. His proposal to create a Tech and Innovation (T&I) team within City Hall shows his clear support for the tech industry. The T&I Team would be in charge of digitizing the permit process, hosting city-backed policy Hackathons, and creating a Startup Division to take a fresh look at the mechanics of city procedures. Besides ‘Tech and Innovation’, the other two pillars of his platform are also inseparable from the tech world. ‘Affordable Vancouver’ aims to build housing, office space, and cut down on costs to enable innovators towards flourishing in Vancouver. In tackling the ‘Mental Health Crisis,’ Khan will also help the creators in the Tech world live with greater levels of wellness outside of work. The ways in which tech can be best utilized to improve mental health are limitless; Khan aims to push forward.

Spots are limited so register soon!

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Jeremy Becker

Co-Founder & CEO, MedConnect.
Jeremy Becker has been an entrepreneur his whole life. He began teaching him to code and design at the age of 6.Over the past decade he has worked dozens of clients to bring digital products to market.Having worked with both Startups and Fortune 500s in a variety of industries ranging... Read More →
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Nejeed Kassam

Founder and CEO, Keela
Nejeed is the CEO and founder of Keela. He earned a BA from McGill university and a JD from Osgoode Hall law school. Called to the Ontario bar in 2015, Nejeed is the founder and former director of End Poverty Now and Conversations for Change.Nejeed is a global innovator with experience... Read More →
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Abubakar Khan

Khan, is one of the youngest candidates in the race for Vancouver City Council, at 24, he comes from a generation where tech plays an integral role in one's work, social, and overall lives. His proposal to create a Tech and Innovation (T&I) team within City Hall shows his clear support... Read More →
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Praveen Varshney

Founder & Director, OneProsper / Instrumentbeyondborders
Praveen has been a driving force in the Vancouver business world. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1987.  Following that, he was with KPMG from 1987 to 1991 where he obtained his C.A. designation in 1990. He is a long time... Read More →
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Brittany Whitmore

Founder and CEO, Exvera Communications Inc
Brittany Whitmore is Founder and CEO of Exvera Communications, where she specializes in PR for innovative and emerging technologies. She is also the founder and executive director of TEDxGastownWomen, a resident technology panelist on Roundhouse Radio, and a frequent emcee and... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:45pm - 9:00pm PDT
UBC Robson Square - Theatre C300 800 Robson St.
Wednesday, September 26

8:00am PDT

Cyber Security for Startups hosted by Microsoft with special guess Steve Wilson (Hexigent Consulting)
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding cybersecurity can help small and medium businesses stay safe in today’s growing and changing security threat landscape. In this event you will gain deeper insight into the cybercrime marketplace and learn about cybercriminal categories and crime ware kits. You’ll also gain valuable insight about your business’s cybersecurity needs through risk assessment and learn ways to defend your business from cybercrime. Presented by Microsoft, and security expert Steve Wilson, Hexigent Consulting. 

Wednesday September 26, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am PDT
Microsoft Store (Pacific Centre)

9:00am PDT

The $1000 Side Hustle | Part of the Results Junkies Tech Tour brought to you by Fasken
Limited Capacity filling up

Perhaps you're a student or a professional working a 9-5 or maybe you're just a serial entrepreneur and always looking to dabble in a new venture. And why can't you? Humaira and Paul will sit down for a fire side chat to discuss tips and tricks and things to know when you want to do a little something extra off the side of your desk - the side hustle!

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Humaira Hamid

A furtive connector with an insatiable curiosity about the human condition, Humaira is an educator, speaker, facilitator, and mentor (academic, industry-based, and popular education) rooted in values of accountability, inclusion, and play.In the past five years, Humaira has supported... Read More →
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Paul Singh

Chief Hustler & Early Stage Investor, Results Junkies

Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

1:00pm PDT

Canada's Booming Blockchain Sector - State of the Block
Limited Capacity filling up

State of the Block
The past year has been tumultuous for the crypto space. Come spend an afternoon learning
about the latest news and developments in the Enterprise adoption of blockchain technology
and the emerging world of Security Token Offerings, which is poised to eclipse the way
technology companies are funded.

Welcome, announcement of BlockTech Ventures Name Change to Northstar Venture
Technologies, Inc
Dean presents his State of the Block presentation. 1:10 - 1:20
Main topics include:
What’s going on with ICOs
Is Enterprise really adopting blockchain - where, why
What is the biggest emerging opportunity for blockchain - regulated Token Generated Events

Enterprise Adoption of Blockchain Technology
Blockchain in Health - 1:20 - 2:00
Presentation of the results of a recent study of Blockchain in Health done by FIrstep, a boutique
strategy firm, sponsored by Telus Ventures and Northstar Venture Tech.
Bill McGraw, President/COO Northstar, John McDonald, Founder, Firstep

Blockchain in Supply Chain Management - 2:00 - 2:30
Northstar and Routique, Supply Chain specialists, will discuss their partnership to provide
Fortune 100 companies a standard solution built on blockchain, and how they view the adoption
by the industry. N* & Routique will announce a joint venture to develop a standards based
payment & settlement solution that will be part of a BiTA standards group.
Bill McGraw, President/COO Northstar, Mike Allen, CEO Routique

BREAK 2:30 - 2:45

BlockNorth Event Announcement - Dean & Justin - 2:45 - 3:00

The Changing Landscape of Token Generation Events

Security Token Offerings - The New ICOs? 3:00 - 3:40
Panel discussion of the emergence of regulated token offerings that allow companies to raise
funds with the new digital asset.
Panel includes,
Dean Sutton, CEO Northstar., Tom Kineshenko, CEO, Protos Asset Management, Mike
Stephens, Faskens,

Investing in the New World of ICO's and STO's 3:40 - 4:15
Will there be fireworks? This should be the most engaging part of the day as crypto veterans
duke it out with traditional VC/Angel investors on just what this new crypto world means for
traditional funding.
Panel includes,
Dean Sutton, CEO Northstar, Rich Osborne, Managing Director, Telus Ventures, Paul Singh, Results Junkies , Chief Hustler & Early Stage Investor, Meredith Powell, Powell & Co , Principal & Early Stage Investor

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Mike Allen

CEO, Routique
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Tom Kineshenko

CEO, Protos Asset Management
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John McDonald

Founder, Firstep Innovations
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Bill McGraw

President & COO, Northstar
Mr. McGraw is a tech industry veteran with hands on experience with startups since the late 1990’s. He specializes in assisting early stage companies with investment, technology development, go-to market strategy, scaling and monetization. In giving back, he serves Canadian founders... Read More →
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Rich Osbourne

Managing Director, Telus Ventures
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Meredith Powell

Principal & Early Stage Investor, Powell & Co
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Paul Singh

Chief Hustler & Early Stage Investor, Results Junkies
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Mike Stephens

Partner, Fasken
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Dean Sutton

Founder & CEO, Northstar Venture Technologies
Mr. Sutton has over a decade of direct experience as a technology entrepreneur, founder and investor, working at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and capital markets. In the digital asset space since 2014, he is a sought after industry thought leader and sector advisor... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

6:00pm PDT

#VSW2018 Recruitment Fair
Limited Capacity seats available

Vancouver Startup Week is back with the city's largest startup Recruitment Fair! 2018 marks our fourth year connecting local top talent and companies for an evening of engaging conversation. We're back at Science World and building on last year's count of 35 hiring companies! If you've got that entrepreneurial spirit and want to join a hot startup in the city or you're looking to add great talent to your growing team, then this fair is for you!

Recruitment Fair Access Only Tickets are only $10, or $15 at the door.
If you are interested in attending other Vancouver Startup Week events, please purchase your VSW full-access pass here. Note that a full access pass holder will have access to the Recruitment Fair.
Hiring companies include:
Best Buy
Canadian Web Hosting
Lighthouse Labs
Netskrt Systems Inc.
Plenty of Fish
Red Academy
Royal Roads University
Targeted Talent 
...and more!

Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Science World at TELUS World of Science

6:00pm PDT

Internet of Things - Cellular x LPWA IoT Hands-on Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are actively working, or have considered working on an IoT project, this is the perfect place for you to kick start your creativity and try out SORACOM cellular connectivity SIMs and IoT development platform.  

Learn how to connect Raspberry Pi / Arduino with 2G/3G/LTE cellular or LPWA network. Then connect sensors and send data to the cloud to visualize, and more! Step-by-step documentation is available for attendees to follow along and complete each scenario (Basic Linux Commands, SSH, basic programming preferred). Advanced scenarios for more complex challenges are available. IoT workshop kit (Raspberry Pi, Sensors and Global USB Dongle etc.) for each attendee will be provided during the workshop.

***To participate in the hands on workshop, attendees must bring their laptops with working WiFi & USB (Optional: bring your own keyboard / mouse) ***

Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Thursday, September 27

8:00am PDT

Collaborative Tools for Startups ~ Microsoft Tips & Tricks
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us for a breakfast workshop and networking event designed to introduce entrepreneurs and small businesses to Microsoft’s services, resources and features for business.

This morning workshop will allow attendees to get hands-on with the newest technology at the Microsoft Store before store hours. Rotate through a series of business focused demonstrations, highlighting the best tools for collaborating, security, productivity and more.

Meet with the Microsoft Business Team, learn about discounts available to business customers and learn how you’re business can collaborate with Microsoft.

Thursday September 27, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am PDT
Microsoft Store (Pacific Centre)

10:00am PDT

UX Principles
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Looking to advance your career with User Experience Design skills? Learn more about UX Design and experience what learning at BrainStation is all about.  

UX Principles will provide you with a basic understanding of the UX Design process and overview of the essential skills UX designers draw upon. We'll discuss strategies like Design Thinking and Human-Centred Design when designing digital products. We’ll also touch upon how UX Designers work independently and with technical teammates. The workshop will close with a hands-on sketching exercise allowing you to apply your human-centred design knowledge. Please remember to bring a charged laptop to the workshop as outlet space is limited.

Thursday September 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am PDT

2:00pm PDT

Finance Hacking 101 for Startup Founders
Limited Capacity filling up

Accounting and finance is not everyone’s cup of tea, Helina and Rafael will leverage their years of experience to help you get started and excited about finance!

Before living out of a suitcase and pitching investors, you should have the skill set to master your finances. Finance Hacking 101 will cover the financial well being of the startup and its founder(s). The pursuit of cultivating a scalable, repeatable business from your original startup idea is not for the faint at heart. This workshop will provide you with the tools to keep a roof over your head while building your business organically, without the pressure of diluting yourself out of business too early.

The Workshop will be followed by a networking session from 4-6pm  on the 3rd floor of Suite Genius.

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Helina Patience

CEO, Entreflow Consulting Group
Helina Patience is the CEO of Entreflow Consulting Group. She loves tech, finance and business, and has enjoyed a career in Finance and HR for over a decade in the UK, India, Ireland and Canada. After working as a Financial Analyst at Lululemon, she joined Entreflow to roll out Financial... Read More →
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Rafael Reis

Founder, Afterwork
Founder of Afterwork.  Afterwork, a SaaS platform, helps professionals create better consumers through financial literacy; as well as, providing planning tools for individuals that are currently underserved. Over the past decade, Rafael has built numerous cash flow apps and dashboard... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Suite Genius - Mount Pleasant

4:00pm PDT

#VSW2018 Community Crawl powered by Startup Open House
Limited Capacity seats available

Vancouver Startup Weeks' Community Crawl is back! This year, we've partnered up with Startup Open House (SOH) to bring you access to local companies in our community!

Startup Open House (SOH) is a high impact way of getting companies and people connected, as opposed to more traditional job fairs, networking events, and festivals.

For one night only, hundreds of startups are offering free special tours and rare behind-the-scenes experiences to the public.

SOH offers to thrill-seekers a community that champion their risks, support their disruptive ambitions and integrate them into economies.

We open the startup community to attendees from a very broad range of backgrounds to inspire future risk-takers and create a local community of support for innovative companies that are redefining Canadian entrepreneurship.

If you'd like to open the doors to your cool office, make sure you register on the SOH website: https://www.startupopenhouse.com

If you're interested in participating in the #VSW2018 Community Crawl and visiting all these cool companies in town, we suggest that you also register on the SOH website (though it is not mandatory).

Here’s three reasons why it’s worth it to register on the website:
  1. This will allow you to build your personalized itinerary throughout the city, by saving startups you’re interested in to your visit list
  2. This will give you access to the latest updates on startups  and what they are planning for their Open House,
  3. It’s free and only a few questions in a form.

Startups like Slack, Quietly and Parsable are waiting for you!

Thursday September 27, 2018 4:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Various Locations

5:00pm PDT

GIVE BACK at Every Start Up Stage
Limited Capacity seats available

Charitable giving isn't just a trend, it's mandatory for start up success.  

It's possible to show you care about giving to community at every stage of the company, regardless of the resources you have to offer. Studies show that philanthropy can increase employee retention, assist with recruitment and offer a competitive market advantage. Find strategies and ideas to fit your startup budget and inspire your next charitable giving.      

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Lori Muñoz Malcolm

Founder, HeartPress PR
Lori Muñoz Malcolm is a social entrepreneur committed to creating change in her community. She founded HeartPress PR because she saw an opportunity to further the causes of non-profits through working with businesses. As #BrokersOfGood, HeartPress PR acts as matchmakers for businesses... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Hervana Coworking Collective

5:00pm PDT

Cutting a New Path: Nude Vodka's Success Story
Limited Capacity filling up

Co-founder of Nude Vodka Soda, Jerin Mece, brings us on his journey on bringing his product to market. He will tell us his process behind the brand ideation and creation, the challenges he overcame, and the plans on company growth and scaling.

This event has a shared limited seating of 70 with community members who are not passholders.

Nude Vodka Soda is first unsweetened vodka soda that is made in BC. They are the first to launch in our home province, and since then, they’ve seen several very similar beverages come to market. Nude is a small Vancouver-based team of 4, but they have an amazing network of family, friends, partners and contractors that have stood behind their success.

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Julius Makarewicz

CEO, Nude Vodka Soda
Julius Makarewicz is the CEO of Nude Vodka Soda, British Columbia’s fastest growing alcohol beverage company. Prior to Nude, Mr. Makarewicz worked at several startup companies in Sales, Marketing, and Operations roles. He is a university dropout, and was raised in Powell River... Read More →
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Jerin Mece

Co-Founder & Head of Sales, Nude Vodka Soda
Jerin Mece is the Co-Founder and Head of Sales at Nude Vodka Soda. A New Westminster native who attended Douglas College and UBC. Jerin has 15 years of food, beverage and hospitality experience. He has worked with a number of global alcohol beverage brands and was the top performing... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT

5:30pm PDT

Startup Success hosted by Microsoft
Limited Capacity filling up

In this presentation two of our very own Technical Evangelists will go over common technical themes that they encounter when working with our partners. Nastassia and Jef work with hundreds of partner companies across western Canada; and have gleamed insights into technical decisions which help startups get a competitive edge.

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm PDT
Microsoft Vancouver - West Georgia

5:30pm PDT

Is Technology Taking our Jobs?
Limited Capacity filling up

Automation, driven by technological progress, has been expanding for the past several decades. As the pace of development increases, so has the urgency in the debate about the potential effects of automation on jobs, employment, and human activity.
Will new technology spawn mass unemployment, as the robots take jobs away from humans? Or is this part of a cycle in which some jobs will become obsolete, while new jobs will be created?
Based on the Oxford style debates popularized by the podcast 'Intelligence Squared', The BC chapter of Women in Communications and Technology brings you Women in Debate: Is technology taking our jobs?
You'll also have a chance to win a wine tasting at Township 7 for you and 9 friends!

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Lighthouse Labs & Devhub

6:00pm PDT

Data Driven Content Marketing Workshop
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Doing great content marketing can be tricky. Between research, strategy, and creation, just about every company has room to improve—and what better way to learn than over beers, with great company?

On September 27th, the Quietly team will be sharing some tried-and-true content marketing research, strategy, and measurement best practices they've developed through working with world-class clientele like MEC, Dell, and PwC. Join Vancouver's content marketing community at Quietly HQ to meet other marketing professionals, exchange ideas, and walk away with content marketing tactics and strategies you can implement immediately.

Looking for more details? Here's what we're covering at the event:
  • Quietly's data driven research and strategy process
  • Handy content marketing research and measurement tools
  • Which content metrics matter for your goals
We'll also highlight how Quietly Insights, our content marketing recommendations platform, can simplity and streamline the data-driven content marketing process. Learn more about Quietly Inisights and sign up free at https://insights.quiet.ly 

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Carlin Leung

Product Strategist, Quietly
Carlin is a digital marketing strategist who's in his element when crunching numbers and analyzing data. As the Product Strategist, Carlin works with Quietly's development team to build Quietly Insights, a content marketing recommendations platform that helps content marketers focus... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT

6:00pm PDT

Technology Trends 2019
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join us this Sep 27 for the re-launch of the Vancouver Innovation Labs. We never went away, but we’ve been dormant for quite some time. What better way to reconnect than by doing what we do best: a session of forward-looking scenarios and the ensuing discussions of key emerging technologies and fringe scientific discoveries that are poised to disrupt establishing industries, business models and generate long-term impact innovations.

We’ll be talking about specific technology examples in 3 horizons + 1:

Horizon 1: Technology happening now
Horizon 2: Near future (10-20 years)
Horizon 3: Distant future (20+ years)
Ghost Tech: Fringe science/tech

We’ll run the classics: crypto, IoT, big data and some of the more esoteric newcomers: internet of DNA, shape-shifting matter, asteroid mining and others.

Also, we will have a surprise activity.

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Cliff Edwards

Chief Innovation Officer, Envisioning Labs
Cliff is an 18-time global innovation challenge award winner in multiple domains and Innocentive's 2016 and 2017 Global Top Solver. A former manager and researcher at McKesson Corporation, one of Fortune’s Top 5 companies, and the world’s largest health information technology... Read More →
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Oscar Malpica

CEO, Envisioning Labs
Oscar is an innovation management professional with 15 years of experience in several industries including IT, manufacturing, sustainability, government, NGOs and technology startups. He has led projects that have converted physical, customer-facing experiences into the digital world... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Venture Labs - 11th floor #1100 - 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

6:00pm PDT

Welcoming Our Robotic Overlords
Limited Capacity seats available

Robots have rapidly evolved from technological sideshows to significant additions to our daily lives. From robotic industrial arms to cute social robots, it is no secret that the field of robotics is progressing by leaps and bounds, and that this is just the beginning. This September, as part of Vancouver Startup Week, MistyWest is proud to bring together roboticists for a Build and Brag session. Come and learn how some of the leading roboticists are building the future of automation, and what ethical and philosophical concepts they have to grapple with as part of their product development process.


Nora Naranjo

Mechanical Engineer, eatsa
Nora (aka Mother of Robots) is a mechanical engineer at eatsa, a San Francisco-based robotic restaurant experience. Before eatsa, Nora worked for Flextronics, where she led the design and manufacturing development efforts for consumer products. She has significant experience working... Read More →

Holly Peck

Research Scientist | Founder, Sanctuary.ai | Women Who Code
Holly first contemplated humanness whilst excavating Neanderthal bones in France. Since, her creative and engineering projects have explored human and machine learning, robotics and embodiment, and ritual. At Sanctuary, Holly builds and tests the cognitive architecture - the minds... Read More →

Ryan Walker

Chief Roboticist, MistyWest
Walker is the Chief Roboticist at MistyWest, where he spends his days solving problems about autonomous movement. Walker holds a diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics from BCIT. Previously, he worked on prosthetics and industrial automation. His passions lie in embedded computing... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT

6:00pm PDT

WinTech's Build a Bot Night
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us to build a fully functional robot,Vancouver. It will be a night of learning and networking.
Come and build a fully functional robot over drinks and snacks. No robotics experience required!
We will provide the kits and instruction. We'll end the evening with a friendly Battle Bot competition. Bring your adventurous spirit and find out what your potential career in robotics might look like!
Snacks and drinks will be served! 

Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Friday, September 28

12:00pm PDT

Learn 10x Faster with Prototype Thinking
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn how to build a product or service that fuels its own rapid awareness and adoption

The most important capability for your startup is the ability to learn:  Does your startup measure how effectively you learn? Prototype Thinking is an approach originally developed at Google X for categorically increasing the speed and volume of learning by 10x or more.  Using hundreds of rapid, low-cost prototype iterations and simulation-based experiments, Prototype Thinking teams ensure that they not only build a product right, but that they are building the right product. In this practical, hands-on workshop, participants will learn the method by applying it to a real idea or project, leaving with tangible immediate insights and a new toolkit going forward.

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Olivia Wong

Senior Partner, Prototype Thinking Labs
Olivia Wong is a Senior Partner at Prototype Thinking Labs, a unique agency that is reinventing product design & innovation to be as user-friendly to companies as we expect our own creations to be for consumers. Prototype Thinking Labs teaches teams to test 10x more ideas with 1/10th... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 12:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Conscious Labs

1:00pm PDT

How to Launch your Physical Product Development Startup
Limited Capacity filling up

No more "that was my idea, but..." moments.  Learn to bring your product ideas to life right now using these proven tools and techniques

Bring your physical product ideas to life trough proven Lean Startup methodologies and learn to bootstrap your product development startup with minimal seed capital This workshop is designed to assist you in succeeding through the “Seed” and “Early” Stages of launching your physical product startup and gaining enough traction to attract investors for the next funding stages if desired. This workshop will cover the following topics:
•    Product Ideation and Design through the Design Thinking Paradigm
•    Prototyping and rapid iteration during ideation
•    Intellectual Property, Private Labeling and IP Licensing
•    Launching a Startup, Company Structure/Legal/Finances
•    Manufacturing; Sourcing Domestic and/or International Manufacturers
•    Product Prototype and Sample analysis
•    Product Packaging and Design
•    Distribution (BtoB, BtoC, e-commerce, retail, retail vendor)
•    Amazon FBA Professional Seller and Amazon Optimization and Marketing Campaign Strategies
•    International and Domestic Shipping, Freight and Logistics Q and A

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Arash Sayed

CEO and Co-Founder, LuxeAvant Innovations
Arash Seyed, CEO and Co-founder of LuxeAvant Innovations shares the latest strategies, tools and techniques for launching a physical product development startup with minimal cost.   Arash Seyed has launched two product development startups and was recently featured on season 13 of... Read More →

3:00pm PDT

DIY Startup Dashboard: Gather Your KPIs
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Tracking the right metrics is critical for any company, but for SaaS startups in particular there is an enormous amount of data that you can use to measure success and drive important decisions. In this workshop you will learn what kind of things you should be measuring in your startup, how to make data-driven decisions about your product or service, and some of the tools that can be used. This will be a hands-on workshop for technical and non-technical founders alike. Please be sure to bring a fully charged laptop in order to get the most out of it.  

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Nick Oostveen

President, Gravit-e Technologies
Nick is the President of Gravit-e Technologies, a custom software firm located in Vancouver, BC that provides software development and consulting services for startups and other rapidly growing organizations. In his role at Gravit-e Nick has worked with more than 20 technology startups... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Tamwood Careers #200 - 889 West Pender Street, Vancouver

5:00pm PDT

Spaces Gastown Launch & #VSW2018 Wrap Up Party | 19+ only
Limited Capacity seats available

Come celebrate the end of an amazing 7 days full of events and join us in connecting with Vancouver’s thriving hub and creative community at the Launch of Gastown's newest co-working space. Spaces promises to stir up innovation, creativity and inspiration. Be the first to explore this communal space, designed to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit. Experience local culinary delights, live art and amazing music!

Wondering what the party will be like? Take a look at Spaces launch party in Toronto!

This party is still first come, first serve! So bring your VSW badge and arrive early!

Friday September 28, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Spaces (Gastown)

6:30pm PDT

Startup Weekend Vancouver | SEPARATE TICKET REQUIRED
Limited Capacity seats available

Build an amazing startup in Vancouver, all over the course of one weekend.Techstars Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Vancouver designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

All Techstars Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model:
- Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers.
- Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
- The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Techstars Startup Weekend Vancouver. View upcoming events.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale at $85
Once Early Bird Tickets are sold Tickets are at $125

Startup Weekend Website https://re.tc/swvan2018 

Friday September 28, 2018 6:30pm - Sunday September 30, 2018 6:00pm PDT
Launch Academy

10:00pm PDT

#VSW2018 After Party | 19+ only
Limited Capacity filling up

Must be 19+ to attend. No cover for VSW pass holders until 11PM.

Friday September 28, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday September 29, 2018 3:00am PDT
Venue Nightclub

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