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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
Saturday, September 22

9:30am PDT

Angel 101: an introduction to angel investing
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Who are angel investors and what do we do? How is angel investing different from other types of investing? What is the impact of angels around the globe? We'll talk about the process, smart money, and best practices.  

Join us for an introductory series on angel investing: the angel philosophy, how Canadian angels are changing the world, and how we get there faster together.


Kim Scofield

Founder & CEO,, Space42, Angel42, and Blonde Bad Wolf Consulting
Angel investor and entrepreneur, Founder & CEO, Space42, Angel42, and Blonde Bad Wolf Consulting (artificial intelligence, tech infrastructure, blockchain, cybersecurity), MSc Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Linguistics.  

Saturday September 22, 2018 9:30am - 2:00pm PDT
The Profile (Lonsdale)
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

2:00pm PDT

Deep Networking and Relationship Building
Limited Capacity full
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If you think networking is about schmoozing at cocktail parties or sending a flurry of LinkedIn invites to people you don't know, think again. This interactive session will feature investor and author, Kelly Hoey, as she provides innovative insights into strategies that will help you form genuine relationships and harness the power of your network to accomplish any goal, from advancing in your career to landing a coveted account to successfully attracting new clients.

The strength of Kelly's connections and networks explain how this former attorney pivoted to become a much sought after speaker, seasoned investor and published author. Her carefully crafted journey has led to appearances as a panelist on CNBC's Power Pitch as well as the honour of being named one of the "25 Smartest Women on Twitter" by Fast Company and being listed as "1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship" by Forbes.

The hashtags for Build Your Dream Network: #BYDN #dreamnetwork #BuildYourDreamNetwork

The first 25 people who arrive to this session will receive a free copy of her book Build Your Dream Network. If you'd like to purchase a copy of the book beforehand, you can also order it online.

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Anastasia Hambali

Venture Program Manager, BC Tech
Anastasia helps later stage tech companies to grow and scale at BC Tech where she designs and leads a number programs. Previously, she led early-stage accelerator programming HighlineVC (previously known as GrowLab). She cut her teeth on tech startup Farm At Hand where she spearheaded... Read More →

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Kelly Hoey

Author, Speaker, Investor
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee).Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest... Read More →

Monday September 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

2:00pm PDT

Equity, Convertible Debt, SAFEs and everything in between | FOR FOUNDERS & INVESTORS ONLY
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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

3:00pm PDT

Five Ways to Invest in Startups
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Learn about the different ways to invest in local startups and find what best fits your investment goals and possibilities.

Learn about seed stage investing and investment opportunities in local startups. Hear from angel investors, investor groups, impact investors and funds who invest in our local entrepreneurs.  Find out why they invest, how they find and vet the companies they want to invest in, how they support entrepreneurs after they invest, and what investment returns and impact they aim for. This is a great way to meet investors from all local investor groups at one event and see what best fits your investment goals and possibilities.  

Monday September 24, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Venture Labs - 11th floor #1100 - 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

4:00pm PDT

Blockchain for Business - A Practical Panel Discussion
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Get the practical knowledge you need to know about Blockchain for your business from some of Vancouver's best Blockchain Experts!

Entrepreneurs, Founders, Investors, Technologists welcomed!

a) Blockchain basics and why it could be beneficial and even necessary for your business.
b) How to determine if Blockchain is right for your business and ideas to integrate Blockchain into your business.
c) What to look for in Blockchain talent and things to consider when building out Blockchain technology.

4-430PM - Check-in & Networking
430-530PM - Panel Discussion
530-6PM - Wrap-up and Networking

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Aliya Amershi

CEO & Founder, AskaTechie.com
Aliya Amershi is currently the CEO and Founder of AskaTechie.com, a tech talent 2.0 marketplace that intelligently matches companies with vetted, top-tier technical talent best suited for their urgent business needs. AskaTechie will soon be rebranding to the Techie Concierge that... Read More →
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Sonali Giovino Perera

Event Producer & Head of Business Development, EventChain.io
Sonali Giovino Perera has been working in the crypto space full time for about a year now. She is an active investors, trader and passionate advocate of educating the masses on how blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies operate in the space.  Her expertise is in Marketing, Business... Read More →
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Jag Sidhu

CTO of Blockchain Foundry & Co - Founder of Syscoin
As an expert in blockchain technology Jag also specializes in machine learning, artificial intelligence, client/server development and distributed systems with nearly 20 years of software development experience. Jag holds a bachelor of Technology, Computer Science, from the British... Read More →
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Christina Succorro

Creative Director, CoinPayments
A creative who lives outside the box - Christina, is a Blockchain Crusader and Early cryptocurrency adopter with extensive background in client relations and business management. Her engaging and proactive demeanor have quickly led her to become a household name amongst our community... Read More →
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Galya Westler

Founder @ Plazus & Blockchain Techie @ AskaTechie
Galya Westler is a two time tech entrepreneur and a product specialist; she is a Blockchain enthusiast and the CEO of a Blockchain startup, Plazus Galya delivered her TEDx talk about social media and loneliness on connecting people authentically within communities, as a follow up... Read More →

Monday September 24, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
7 Gate Ventures

6:00pm PDT

New Ventures BC Competition Awards
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for the 18th annual BCIC-New Ventures Competition Awards Ceremony!
We’ve narrowed the field from 190 competitors to just 10 finalists. See who’s taking home over $275,000 in cash and prizes… only at the awards!

Enjoy canapes and your first drink on us. Watch the awards live in the theatre, or watch the live stream in our viewing area outside the theatre. For the fourth year running, we’re delighted for the awards to mark the official kickoff for Vancouver Startup Week.

Monday September 24, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Science World at TELUS World of Science

6:00pm PDT

#VSW2018 Kick-Off Event
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a fun evening or celebrating our amazing startup community! Spend the evening meeting some cool local startups and VSW partners including Two Tall Totems, Microsoft, Spaces and The Profile, networking with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and community friends, and enjoying delicious food like ice cream from Earnest Ice Cream and free drinks courtesy of Granville Island Brewery, Nude Vodka Soda and more!

This event happens alongside New Ventures BC Awards Competition and you are free to check it out whenever you like, throughout the evening - so 2 amazing events in 1!

Science World is easily accessible by public transit and we will have Evo staff on hand nearby to help open up Evo parking spots in dedicated lots nearby!

This event is free for all ages, but alcohol will only be served to those 19 years of age and up. We do not encourage drinking and driving. Please plan to get home safely!

We've also partnered up with Startups Care at this event and donations for additional drinks will be accepted in support of Vancouver Food Bank! Cash and Credit card donations will be accepted!

Monday September 24, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Science World at TELUS World of Science
Tuesday, September 25

9:00am PDT

Coffee with Kelly: An Ask Me Anything Session for Female Founders
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The press has deemed her everything from: “1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship” to “100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter” and “100 NYC Tech Influencers You Need To Know”. Kelly is an advisor to NZTE and mentors startups in the Canadian Tech Accelerator program. She regularly appears as an investor panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch, is an Inc.com columnist and hosted the first two seasons of the BroadMic podcast.

Female founders now have the opportunity to join Kelly over coffee for an Ask Me Anything session. What's it like being a women in the tech industry, what are the struggles of being a female founder? You ask it, she'll answer it!

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Kelly Hoey

Author, Speaker, Investor
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee).Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

11:00am PDT

Canada vs USA Investment | Part of the Results Junkies Tech Tour brought to you by Fasken
Limited Capacity seats available

Results Junkies Tech Tour is back in Vancouver and this year, it's brought to you by Fasken!

Looking for investment outside of Canada? What are US Investors looking for? What do you need to do to prep? Join Paul Singh from Results Junkies (DC) and Mat Kaliski from Rubicon Venture Capital (NYC) for a panel discussion on Canada vs US Investment.

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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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Mat Kaliski

Principal, Rubicon Venture Capital
Mat is a Principal at Rubicon Venture Capital, a Late Seed and Series A VC fund with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Rubicon focuses on backing software, internet and consumer companies regardless of where they're based. At Rubicon, Mat focuses on sourcing and evaluating... Read More →
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Paul Singh

Chief Hustler & Early Stage Investor, Results Junkies

Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

11:30am PDT

Gazing Into The Future: How AI Will Impact Everyday Lives
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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.

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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

How To Close Your Seed Round Without A Lead Investor
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Looking to raise seed capital but not sure where to start? Investors are saying they're interested but wont commit without a strong lead investor? A few investors on-board but struggling to get enough to wrap up the round? Join Spring for an in-depth workshop to help you prepare for navigating the complicated negotiations that come with raising capital for the first time.

This workshop is for:
-Founders of a post-launch business.
-Companies that have started raising a seed round or are planning to in the next 6 months

You will learn about:
-Handling the "who is your lead investor" conversation.
-How to ask someone to be your lead. -How to raise even without a lead investor.
-and many other tips to help you close your round more quickly.

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Keith Ippel

CEO, Spring
With over 15 years experience as a leader in technology centric businesses, Keith has accelerated the growth of both small and large companies, launched new products, and raised over $20m in angel investment and venture capital. He has an unparalleled ability to collaborate with entrepreneurs... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT

2:00pm PDT

How Payments Evolve with the Changing Technology Landscape
Limited Capacity seats available

Moneris is one of the largest payment processors in Canada, and a technology-focused enterprise. Developing new technology, maintaining the integrity of existing systems and managing a large, secure IT infrastructure is critical to the ongoing success and growth of Moneris. The company is constantly looking for new talent, strategic business partners and start-ups to work with. Come to The Profile to meet with Grant Finnighan, Director, Gift and Loyalty Platforms to understand the complexities of managing a secure IT infrastructure and creating market-leading payment solutions for businesses in Canada.

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Grant Finnighan

Director, Gift and Loyalty Platforms, Moneris
Technology executive with over 25 years of increasing leadership roles in product strategy-to-deliverywithin market-leading organizations. Leadership based on learning and collaborating, as a means toamplify experience.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100
  Technology, Business

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

2:30pm PDT

Fundraising? Join the Investment Showcase at #VSW2018!
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If you are currently fundraising or will be fundraising in 6 months, you should join Vancouver Startup Week’s Investment Showcase on September 25th. At the event, companies will be matched with appropriate investors for one-on-one meetings. Check out this information package for more details and to apply. Deadline is end of August!

If you are an investor and would like to attend this event, or all of Vancouver Startup Week, please email investors@vanstartupweek.ca.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 2:30pm - 5:00pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

#VSW2018 Investment Showcase Reception | INVITE ONLY
Limited Capacity seats available

Sorry - this is an invite only event.

If you are an investor and would like to attend this event, or all of Vancouver Startup Week, please email investors@vanstartupweek.ca.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

Yes, You Need a Lawyer for That: Public & Private Capital Markets and Emerging Issues
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You’ll get access to legal and business experts who will answer your general questions and share valuable insights about the legal landscape on both the startup and investor side of the industry.  

Join a panel of Boughton Law securities lawyers discussing the legal pitfalls that trip up even the savviest startups, investors and entrepreneurs. These lawyers will share their insights about public and private capital markets and discuss emerging and evolving issues that impact startups of every size. Topics to be discussed include: Vetting and verifying investors, finders fees, investor presentations, board control and shareholder agreements. Come prepared with questions and look forward to hearing stories from the trenches. Panel discussion will begin at 5:30pm, drinks, Poke bar and networking to follow.

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Brent Grunenberg

Associate, Boughton Law
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Claudia L. Losie

Associate Counsel, Boughton Law
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Conrad Nest

Associate Counsel, Boughton Law
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Sean P. O'Neill

Shareholder, Boughton Law
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David Toyoda

Associate Counsel, Boughton Law

Tuesday September 25, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Boughton Law

6:00pm PDT

REDefining Education
Limited Capacity seats available

With back to school on everyone's minds, we're putting our heads together to discuss the changing face of education. We'll be exploring what educating for the information age looks like, with greater emphasis on experiential education and well-rounded curricula that speak to what the industry really needs. How can we bridge the skills gaps between the past, present, and future of experiential education?

We've assembled a panel of Vancouver's most passionate tech educators to address issues associated with traditional methods of education, and our responsibility to tomorrow's graduates. The industry of work is changing - we need to be educating for innovation and creation if we hope to stay relevant in the information age!

Join us for a discussion on how the face of innovative education is changing, and how the start-up world will benefit from it.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
RED Academy

6:30pm PDT

A History of Passwords
Limited Capacity seats available

As our everyday lives move online, the need to create and manage accounts and passwords has exploded. Passwords have become the bane of modern life - but how did we get here? Join our session and learn about the history of passwords. More importantly, learn about the new technologies that are replacing or reducing the need for passwords.  

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Bimal Parmar

Director of Marketing, LoginRadius
Bimal is the Director of Marketing at LoginRadius and very passionate about helping other Marketers succeed. With over 25 years of experience in both Marketing and Security software, Bimal has found the perfect fit with Customer Identity Management and loves to share his thoughts... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Tamwood Careers #200 - 889 West Pender Street, Vancouver

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

11:00am PDT

How to Plan for Future Fundraisings
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With the blurring of lines in early stage financings and ever changing round sizes, metrics and expectations, join us for an interactive workshop on How to Plan for Future Fundraisings. While it is easier than ever to start a business, the costs of scaling are ever increasing and need a thought-out plan for how to raise capital to support the growth over multiple rounds.

This workshop will discuss dynamics, trends and metrics for raising early stage capital, what investors look for and how to best position your startup for potential fundraises.

This event is open to post-product companies that are looking to raise VC capital in the next 12 months.

Discussion Topics
  • Best practices on building relationships and communications with investors before and during the fundraising process
  • What VCs look for at different stages of the early days of the company
  • How much capital to raise at each stage?
  • How to plan and budget for the proper amount of operational runway
  • Key metrics and milestones for each round
  • Dangers of raising too much money too soon and how that affects future valuations and exit expectations
  • Best practices on investor updates
  • Common pitfalls 

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Mat Kaliski

Principal, Rubicon Venture Capital
Mat is a Principal at Rubicon Venture Capital, a Late Seed and Series A VC fund with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Rubicon focuses on backing software, internet and consumer companies regardless of where they're based. At Rubicon, Mat focuses on sourcing and evaluating... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

1:00pm PDT

Canada's Booming Blockchain Sector - State of the Block
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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

2:00pm PDT

Learn how B.C. is open for business
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Learn about opportunities for tech companies of all sizes to easily work with the provincial government on improving services for British Columbians

Join Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services; UrbanLogiq COO and Co-founder Herman Chandi, Latero Labs Co-founder Derek Yau; and FreshWorks Studio CEO Samarth Mod to discuss recent improvements to government procurement for tech projects. One program, Sprint with Us, significantly reduces the time, effort and cost involved with bidding on government contracts. The Startup in Residence Program brings the ideas and expertise of technology companies together to help solve digital challenges in government and improve services for people in B.C. The panel features B.C.-based startup tech leaders who have recently won government contracts using the new innovative processes.

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Herman Chandi

COO & Co-Founder, UrbanLogiq
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Samarth Mod

CEO, Freshworks Studio
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Kerry Pridmore

Executive Director, Procurement Transformation, Ministry of Citizens' Services, Government of B.C.
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Jinny Sims

Minister of Citizens' Services, Government of B.C.
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Derek Yau

Co-Founder, Latero Labs

Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
BC Tech Hub

2:45pm PDT

Pitch the North Shore
Limited Capacity seats available

See innovative businesses, learn from expert investors, network with business community  at Pitch the North Shore!

Pitch the North Shore is a pitch contest for early stage companies who want to present their business to expert investors and the wider business community. This is an opportunity to gain critical feedback on their business model and pitch, as well as gain exposure and recognition for their company. The format will be short pitches followed by questions from the judges panel. Guest will be treated to pitches from innovative companies, expert insights from the judges panel and the opportunity to network with pitch finalists and judges.  

This half-day event will include a short keynote address, introduction to the judges followed by the pitch competition. It will wrap up with networking and light snacks and drinks.

  • Pitch Winner - Growth Positioning Session from GEM Advertising (value $4000)
  • Door prize - 2 tickets to North Vancouver Chamber ELEVATE event, October 4 at Presentation House

If you're interested in pitching, please apply here.

For those that would like to attend, in order to make sure we have accurate orders for food & beverage, please help our event partner out by also RSVPing here. (Don't worry! There's no additional cost to attend for VSW pass holders!)

Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:45pm - 7:15pm PDT
The Profile (Lonsdale)

3:00pm PDT

Blockchain Token Economics 101
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Learn about this hot industry and the fundamentals driving the success of blockchain projects

An introduction session of Blockchain and Token Economics based around the concepts of the quantity theory of money including transaction value and token velocity.  We will also speak about current transition from utility tokens to security tokens.

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Mark Bayley

Galaxy Digital
Mark Bayley is a business analyst with Galaxy Digital, a multi-strategy investment firm focused on digital assets and blockchain technology with offices in New York, Vancouver and Tokyo,  At Galaxy, Mark focuses on token economics and financial modeling, project management and evaluation... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
First Coin Capital

5:00pm PDT

Volition's Investor Pitch Night
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Join us for Investor Pitch Night and cheer on six top companies that have demonstrated traction and scale up potential. Each company will have five minutes to pitch an investor panel, with five minutes for Q&A + feedback.

There will be plenty of opportunity to network with 100+ entrepreneurs and investors from Canada and the US. Your ticket includes access to the event, a light dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages (alcoholic options available for purchase).

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Dana Duncan

Partner, Results Junkies
Entrepreneur, investor and Partner at Results Junkies. Previously, Dana was Head of Operations & Special Projects at Disruption Corporation (acquired by 1776), involved in Disruption's post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. Prior to that, Dana was on the early team at The... Read More →
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Paul Singh

Chief Hustler & Early Stage Investor, Results Junkies

Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:00pm - 9:30pm PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

6:30pm PDT

Future of Cannabis | How Technology Will Transform Cannabis Culture
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Curious about the future of cannabis given the recent legal milestones? Wondering what direction the cannabis economy is heading? The upcoming legalization of recreational cannabis has created widespread discussion surrounding Canada’s evolving cannabis economy. Not only is Canada the first G7 country to legalize recreational use, medical use cannabis was legalized in 2001. With these changes closely approaching, we’ve gathered industry professionals to share their experiences and predictions for cannatech in Canada. Join us as we chat with various stakeholders about the upcoming challenges and milestones they are looking forward to. From mobile apps, ecommerce and the evolution out of brick & mortar locations, we will discuss the transformative landscape of cannatech.  

Additional Info:  ​Brainstation Event Page​​​


Josh Lyon

Vice President Marketing and Partnerships, Hiku Brands

Jamie Shaw

Cannabis Policy Consultant; Partner, Groundwork Consulting

Stephanie Tan

Director, Government & Stakeholder Relations, Western Canada, Canopy Growth Corporation

Nick Whitehead

VP Market Development, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm PDT
Thursday, September 27

1:00pm PDT

Canadian Startup Ecosystem - A Brazilian Perspective (CONDUCTED IN PORTUGUESE)
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A unique opportunity for the Brazilian public in Vancouver to discuss entrepreneuship and innovation.  

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Index 2018, Canada is ranked the third best innovation ecosystem in the world, only behind the USA and Switzerland. Why is this so? Why is Canada and especially Vancouver considered one of the top places in the world to launch a startup? What is needed for Brazil to catch up in terms of entrepreneurship and innovation?  

The panel Canadian Startup Ecosystem – A Brazilian Perspective will offer insights on entrepreneurship and innovation from Brazilian professionals who work in or are somehow involved with this ecosystem.   Panel will be conducted in Portuguese.  

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Danilo Correa

The Cube, Community Manager
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Bruno Gomes

Program Director, Global Startup School
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Cassio Gregorio

CEO, LolaGuide
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Fred Rego

Co-Founder and COO, Vanhack

Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Consulate General of Brazil

1:00pm PDT

Cannabusiness: A Case Study in Starting Up in an Emerging Industry
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Recreational use of cannabis is nearly legal in Canada, and an entirely new industry is revved up and ready to go. As an entrepreneur looking to build a business in an exciting new space, what does this mean for you? Cannabis regulation in Canada is complex, but also evolving, as are the business opportunities. Join our animated panel of industry experts as we discuss the ins and outs of navigating the various federal and provincial regulations (not to mention international issues), to build a viable, legal business.

Panelists will be announced shortly.

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Tyler Kibler

Manager, Industrial Design, Aurora Cannabis
Innovative, results-oriented project manager and product developer with over a decade of experience and a passion for building relationships and going beyond client and management expectations.With proven success in the areas of project management, client interfacing, developing budgets... Read More →
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James Munro,

Partner, McMillan LLP
James Munro is a partner in the firm's Capital Markets group in Vancouver. His practice focuses on securities, corporate finance, cannabis law and mining law.As part of his securities and corporate finance practice, James advises private and public clients in a range of industries... Read More →
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Amar Singh

CEO, Elevated Signals
Amar is passionate about precision agriculture technology for Earth and space applications, particularly for optimizing sustainable production in the rapidly growing controlled environment cultivation industry. He has extensive experience in infrastructure consulting and project delivery... Read More →
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Dan Sutton

CEO, Tantalus Labs
I am passionate about building value out of values. My journey through education, startup development, and founding my team at Tantalus Labs has been rooted in the belief that social commerce is the greatest tool for progress in modern culture. Entrepreneurs today are empowered with... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
McMillan LLP

1:00pm PDT

Cisco Webex - From Startup to Enterprise
Limited Capacity seats available

Communication and collaboration are integral parts of every organization from a startup to an enterprise, come learn how Webex can help you on your journey to success.

Did you know that WebEx has been voted top mobile app for Entrepreneurs? As well as the best app to help you do your job. Because in this world of information over load all you want to do is do your job, and do it well! Well, that’s where WebEx comes in. You can meet, chat, call & video all within one app.. & there are 71 MILLION of us who are doing just that EACH MONTH!  


Dean Boechler

Territory Business Manager, Cisco Systems
Motivated, results oriented, and customer focused professional with over 10+ years of proven successes and achievements in selling technology. Solid track record growing the business, growing customer loyalty and positively transforming customer businesses via technology. Proven ability... Read More →
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Matthew Van Halteren

Account Manager, Cisco Systems

Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
  Technology, Workshop

2:00pm PDT

Finance Hacking 101 for Startup Founders
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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

2:00pm PDT

Techstars Presents in Collaboration with Boast.ai
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Techstars Presents is back for Vancouver for Startup Week! Join them for an afternoon of keynotes, panel discussions and fireside chats!

Opening Keynote: How to build an Overnight Success (Kyle Campbell)

Panel: Raising a Round: A Founder's Perspective (Marc Kuo, Saba Mohebpour, Victor Gusev Lesau)

Keynote: Bootstrapping your way to Success (Alison Taylor, Trevor Johnston)

Fireside Chat: People Matter - The Importance of Building a Strong Culture from Day 1 (Rian Gauvreau, Lyndsey Hannigan)

Panel: Building a Network (Misha Abasov, Hazel Robert Kirstiuk, Caleb Del Begio)

Closing Keynote by Taran Ghatrora


Robert Kirstiuk -

Co-Founder & CEO, Coastline

Misha Abasov

Co-Founder & CMO, Hazel

Caleb Del Begio

Co-Founder & CPO, Advize

Kyle Campbell

Founder, Hack Capital & Founder, CTO.ai

Rian Gauvreau

Founder & Chief People Officer, Clio

Taran Ghatrora

Co-Founder & CEO, ElleBoxCo.

Lyndsey Hannigan

Director of Talent, Clio

Trevor Johnston

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Jane Software Inc

Marc Kuo

Founder & CEO, Routific

Victor Gusev Lesau

Co-Founder & CEO, CuePath

Saba Mohebpour

CEO, Spocket

Alison Taylor

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Jane Software Inc.

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

2:30pm PDT

Accessing Capital Markets: Accounting and Legal Considerations
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Have questions with regard to accessing capital markets for your business? You'll have the opportunity to ask your questions and receive insights from our expert speakers.

Join Fernando Costa, Partner at Manning Elliott LLP and Patrick Sullivan, Associate, Corporate from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP as they discuss accessing capital markets and what accounting and legal considerations you should be aware of.
Some of the key areas that will be discussed include:
• When to get your advisors involved.
• Making sure you get the most out of your professional advisors and save money during the process.
• Common areas where difficulties are encountered (from an accounting/audit perspective).
• Making sure income tax considerations are taken into account.
• Introduction to alternative going public transaction structures.
• Market update – what trends are driving the market in 2018.
• Difficulties with these transactions (from a legal perspective).
• Selecting a legal advisor.

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Fernando Costa

Partner, Manning Elliott
Fernando has expertise in public company assurance and reporting requirements and in providing management, accounting and tax advice for private owner-manager businesses.  Many of Fernando’s clients are in the resource-based industries or are part of the real estate development... Read More →
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Patrick Sullivan

Associate Corporate, Osler Law
Patrick practices corporate and securities law with an emphasis on advising public companies in the mining, technology, distribution and beverage industries. He regularly advises on public and private mergers and acquisitions, shareholder rights plans, corporate finance transactions... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Terminal City Club

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

Cutting a New Path: Nude Vodka's Success Story
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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

5:00pm PDT

Capital Talks on the Patio by FrontFundr
Limited Capacity seats available

The Event hosted by FrontFundr with BDC, BDO and BLG to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts in the Greater Vancouver area

What the event is: Capital Talks on the Patio is a networking event that brings together early stage and growth entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts in the Greater Vancouver area. The event will feature a panel discussing how to plan and raise your (pre-)seed and series A capital round in the way that’s most beneficial for your company.


17:00 - 18:30 networking
18:30 - 19:30 industry expert panel (panelists to be announced)
19:30 - 21:00 networking

The hosts: The Business Development Bank of Canada; accounting, tax, consulting and business advisory firm BDO; full-service law firm BLG; and online investment platform FrontFundr.


Marc Drouin

Regional Director, B.C. and North Technology Group, BDC

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

CEO, FrontFundr

Michael Waters

Partner, BLG

Ashley Whitworth

Senior Strategy and Operations Consultant, BDO

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:00pm - 11:00pm PDT

5:30pm PDT

Is Technology Taking our Jobs?
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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

Technology Trends 2019
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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
Friday, September 28

2:00pm PDT

How to Think Like an Angel Investors + Meet our Entrepreneurs
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Gain unique insights from an Angel Investor, then meet awesome entrepreneurs tackling problems that matter.

A backstage pass into one Angel Investor's approach, with our Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Tom Urban. Tom will share how he creates and manages an investment portfolio, and offer insights into decisions around making investments, including key criteria, performance tracking, and decisions around follow-on investments. Next meet our entrepreneurs, who they are, what are they up to. Entrepreneurs to be announced soon!

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Tom Urban

CEO and Founder, Agribusiness Advisors
Tom Urban is a former early-stage CEO and is currently the founder of Agribusiness Advisors which manages a portfolio of 14 early stage investments. The portfolio includes investments in precision farming, insect protein and cannabis among others. The portfolio has been developed... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
UBC Robson Square

3:00pm PDT

DIY Startup Dashboard: Gather Your KPIs
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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)

10:00pm PDT

#VSW2018 After Party | 19+ only
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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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