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Monday, September 24
 

11:30am PDT

Launch It Broken, Fix It Live: Put the Life Vest On and Jump!
Limited Capacity full
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As the saying goes, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs on how they keep momentum up by focusing on “good enough” when launching their businesses. There will always be something to “fix” or improve so why wait? Jump in, the water feels fine!

Moderators
avatar for Arpen Thandi

Arpen Thandi

Communications Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Melody Biringer

Melody Biringer

Founder and Producer, WiT Regatta & The Crave Company
As a connection engineer, Melody is a master of designing alliances. She believes that relationships are most important in our lives and that unlikely mashups create new perspectives and opportunities. She has built an international ecosystem of sisterhood. The founder and producer... Read More →
avatar for Jayesh Parmar

Jayesh Parmar

CEO & Founder, Picatic.com
avatar for Sonali Giovino Perera

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 →



Monday September 24, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

1:00pm PDT

This is the hottest market ever to sell a technology company
Limited Capacity full
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In this workshop you will learn:  
- Why this is the best time to sell a technology company
- How to plan your exit for the best chance for success

Strategic Exits will show you how to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Bax

Jason Bax

Vice President, Strategic Exits
Jason completed his commerce degree in entrepreneurial management with a minor in Asian studies from Royal Roads University. He has represented brands like Dell, Nissan, Fisher Price, Hasbro, and Purina on TV; consulted for nearly 100 web startups; and has spoken to audiences on three... Read More →
avatar for David W. Rowat

David W. Rowat

Vice President, Strategic Exits
Dave has worked with over 60 high technology companies in roles spanning finance, M&A, operations, and strategic planning. Mr. Rowat has a Harvard MBA, Masters in Engineering from UBC and a Bachelors in Engineering from Waterloo. He has authored a comprehensive website on board governance... Read More →


Monday September 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Venture Labs - 11th floor #1100 - 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  Business, Workshop

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
Limited Capacity filling up

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!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Hoey

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

4:00pm PDT

Blue Ocean Strategy: Vancouver Success Stories
Limited Capacity full
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Would you rather create a company that fights for the same customers as your competitors or create new value in an uncontested market space that makes the competition irrelevant? Join us as Startup Vancouver Co-Founder Colin Weston walks us through Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) basics and case studies, followed by three Vancouver-based companies that present how taking a BOS approach allowed them to successfully create a leap in innovative customer value. We'll finish up with a panel discussion, giving our audience the chance to ask questions and start a conversation.  

Not only will you learn BOS basics and hear some inspirational stories, we'll be giving away two copies of Blue Ocean Shift, the latest book from the co-authors of Blue Ocean Strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Hall

Gabriel Hall

Co-Founder and the Design Director, Vancouver Mural Festival
Vancouver native Gabriel Hall is a Co-Founder and the Design Director of Vancouver Mural Festival. He is also a studio artist, designer, photographer and graduate of the IDEA program at Capilano University.  
avatar for Colin Weston

Colin Weston

Co-Founder, Startup Vancouver
Golf Disruptor. Urban Surf Park Developer. Innovation junkie. Blue Ocean Strategy Ambassador. Colin's passion is to re-imagine sport to make the experience more compelling, engaging, relevant and shareable for fans, athletes and brand sponsors. As a founding partner, asset developer... Read More →



Tuesday September 25, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Tamwood Careers #200 - 889 West Pender Street, Vancouver

4:00pm PDT

Co-Founder Speed Dating: Technical & Non-Technical Founders | RSVP REQUIRED
Limited Capacity full
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A must-attend event for founders trying to make connections in the city while rounding out their founding team members.

One of the most frustrating things about startups is finding a decent co-founder. The purpose of this event is to form introductions to that classic two-person startup team - someone with coding skills and someone with business skills. This event is aimed at tech startups in the web/mobile space. The format is classic speed-dating rapid-fire introductions to 10 other founders (who are opposite to your either technical or business specialty) followed by food, drinks and networking.

Since we need to evenly fill the room with technical and non-technical founders, please make sure to also RSVP here using the code 'VSW2018' (for free admission).


Moderators
avatar for Annee Ngo

Annee Ngo

CEO and Co-Founder, Startup League
Annee Ngo is the CEO and Co-Founder of Startup League – the platform connecting brands to GEN Z through competitive fundraising. On Startup League, students compete against other schools for real fundraising dollars by playing a live, daily mobile game. Games are educational and... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Launch Academy

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

Itinerary:
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!


Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Becker

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 →
avatar for Nejeed Kassam

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 →
avatar for Abubakar Khan

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 →
avatar for Praveen Varshney

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 →
avatar for Brittany Whitmore

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
 

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!

Speakers
avatar for Humaira Hamid

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 →
avatar for Paul Singh

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

10:00am PDT

Founder's Cafe: Fireside Chats with Founders
Limited Capacity full
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Ever curious how an idea becomes a startup and what it takes to build a company? What keeps these entrepreneurs up at night? What are their proudest and most challenging moments they've experienced so far? And how they are preparing for the future?

In this 90 minute interactive session, each panelist will begin the session with sharing their story through a panel discussion and then we will have fireside chats with each Founder, rotating World Cafe style.

Moderated by Jennifer Curleigh and Leah  Hennessey Rai, Culture Collaborators at SPARK Creations & Company, we will hear the Founder's journey from Aman Mann, Co-Founder and CEO of Procurify, Chris Jensen, Co-Founder of Left and RightMesh, Claire Booth, Founder and President of Lux Insights and Shawn Neumann, Founder and CEO of Domain7.


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Curleigh

Jennifer Curleigh

Culture Collaborator, SPARK Creations
As a Culture Collaborator at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., Jennifer is creating meaningful human connections at the core of her business. Her clients work with her because she has a gift of connecting people to themselves, to each other and to the work they do. These connections strengthen culture within organizations, creating lasting... Read More →
avatar for Leah Hennessey Rai

Leah Hennessey Rai

Culture Collaborator, SPARK Creations
As a Culture Collaborator at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., Leah is elevating life experiences at work through integrating play into her workshops. As a professional actor, dancer and performer, Leah brings to her clients activities that overcomes the fear of failure using improv... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Booth

Claire Booth

Founder and President, Lux Insights
Claire Booth is an entrepreneur, market researcher, speaker, facilitator and university professor. She has almost 20 years’ experience capturing insights for companies across North America both as an executive with market research giant Ipsos, and, since 2008, as founder and president... Read More →
avatar for Chris Jensen

Chris Jensen

Co-founder and CEO, Left and RightMesh
As Co-founder and CEO of Left, Chris spearheads the company’s mission to use technology and innovation to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. The greatest challenge Left is addressing, through the RightMesh project, is providing connectivity in emerging markets with a... Read More →
avatar for Aman Mann,

Aman Mann,

Co-Founder and CEO, Procurify
Aman Mann, the CEO of Procurify, is on a mission to to create better ways of working and improving organizational spend culture. With first hand experience of inefficient business procedures at numerous other companies, he was inspired to create a solution that addresses the pain of managing business expenditure. Pr... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Neumann

Shawn Neumann

Founder and CEO, Domain7
Shawn is the current board chair of First West Credit Union and Founder and CEO of Domain7, a digital experience, product and platform agency headquartered in Vancouver. As a director of a First West’s predecessor credit union, Shawn was part of developing the vision to create a multi-brand Canadian credit union that embraced the best of local credit union values while... Read More →



Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
UBC Robson Square

2:00pm PDT

Learn how B.C. is open for business
Limited Capacity filling up

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.

Speakers
avatar for Herman Chandi

Herman Chandi

COO & Co-Founder, UrbanLogiq
avatar for Samarth Mod

Samarth Mod

CEO, Freshworks Studio
avatar for Kerry Pridmore

Kerry Pridmore

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

Jinny Sims

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

Derek Yau

Co-Founder, Latero Labs



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

4:00pm PDT

THE 4P’s of SELLING for Startups
Limited Capacity full
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2 hours - workshop focused on Sales for Startups As founder and CEO, you must maintain a core understanding of your company’s revenue generating operations. You must be able to “lead” the sales efforts. And you must ensure that your sales operations are working in alignment with all other departmental functions. Leading your company’s sales function requires you to learn the four essential aspects of a “sales-ready” program. We call it the 4P’s of Selling: Process – Design a sales process that minimizes cost and maximizes conversions. Pitch -- Test and finalize a value proposition that resonates with your target customers. People – Understand the timing and compensation for key hires in your sales team. Performance -- Set realistic sales goals aligned with your budget and revenue targets. Learn how to Identify and track key performance indicators.

Many new businesses fail to launch – or launch but fail to commercialize and scale – because an entrepreneurial mindset is not a skill that is understood by every founder that starts a new venture. Successful entrepreneurs must recognize how to test, break, refine, and retest a business idea to ensure customer fit and the appropriate market size. They must know how to lead and build an effective team and how to keep enough cash in the bank to keep the lights on until there is traction and self-generated funding from their own revenue.

The Global Startup School at Tamwood Careers is challenging the status quo. This new program has set out to redefine how entrepreneurship is taught in Canada with a goal of cultivating the next generation of business leaders. It's a unique program bridging the gap between traditional business school and accelerators. By creating an environment where students can take risks and fail, we can develop better prepared entrepreneurs that understand the journey involved to create a successful venture.

Speakers
avatar for Colin McWhinnie

Colin McWhinnie

Colin started Canada Start Up in 2005 to help entrepreneurs start a business the right way. He has worked with hundreds of startups since then, helping companies move from strategy to execution through practical, test-driven tactics. He has been a featured facilitator and business... Read More →
avatar for Chris Stairs

Chris Stairs

Chris has 15+ years experience in strategic marketing and operational start-ups, and has helped organizations position for market entry, streamline execution, push through financial ceilings, and build foundations to become best-in-field. An associate of CanadaStartUp.com, Chris supports... Read More →



Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Tamwood Careers #200 - 889 West Pender Street, Vancouver

6:00pm PDT

Impact Vancouver
Limited Capacity seats available

#ImpactVan focuses on companies that use business as a force for good.  Learn from and be inspired by our amazing speaker lineup of global changemakers, and connect with 150 entrepreneurial minds at the event!

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE EVENT:
-Stories from successful companies on how they started and the impact they're creating.
-A live feedback session from a panel of expert advisors on a business challenge that some of them are currently facing.
-Breakout sessions to enable you to get ideas and address challenges that you are facing in your business.

SCHEDULE:
5.30-6.00PM - Registration & Networking
6.00-6.30PM - Inspiring Impact Stories
6.30-7.00PM - Live Business Challenge
7.00-7.30PM - Breakout feedback groups
7.30-8.30PM - Networking


Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
STRETCH Yoga Studio and Events 180 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  Business, Panel Discussion

6:30pm PDT

Startups' Facilitated Business Networking
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an epic, highly interactive and productive business networking event in a relaxed, non-pressure environment overlooking the beautiful Robson & Bute area. We had 118 people attended physically in July and 105 people attended in June, which was cross promoted by 5+ other groups. If you want amazing great value, then check out this event, look at the past pictures and/or ask the past attendees. We are determined to make this better than the 'typical boring networking over beers' event and want everyone to be closer to their goals even if you are introverted and are not comfortable in large crowd settings. We've been to those meetups where they throw you in a room and let you be, so only the most extroverted get results while the rest go home empty handed. We want to turn that model upside down with our unique activities, so that everyone can leave with more better quality contacts to follow up with.

CROWD SOURCING ACTIVITY: Everyone has a need or an itch they can't seem to scratch on their own for their business, so the law of probability is very good to solve your needs, wants or problems because someone in the room can help you directly or indirectly by knowing someone else who can be a solution/option, likewise you may be the solution/choice to someone's need. At YVR Startups, we believe in thinking outside of the box to help everyone get connected with solutions/options.

Please visit our meetup page for full event description. 


Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:30pm - 10:00pm PDT
Second Floor Eatery & Bar
 
Thursday, September 27
 

9:00am PDT

Company Stages - what you need to know for each of them. | Part of the Results Junkies Tech Tour brought to you by Fasken
Limited Capacity seats available

According to Paul, there are only 2 stages to every company. Join him for a casual conversation on what those stages are, what you need to know and what you need to do in these stages.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Singh

Paul Singh

Chief Hustler & Early Stage Investor, Results Junkies



Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

1:00pm PDT

Canadian Startup Ecosystem - A Brazilian Perspective (CONDUCTED IN PORTUGUESE)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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.  



Speakers
avatar for Danilo Correa

Danilo Correa

The Cube, Community Manager
avatar for Bruno Gomes

Bruno Gomes

Program Director, Global Startup School
avatar for Cassio Gregorio

Cassio Gregorio

CEO, LolaGuide
avatar for Fred Rego

Fred Rego

Co-Founder and COO, Vanhack


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

2:00pm PDT

Techstars Presents in Collaboration with Boast.ai
Limited Capacity filling up

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










Speakers
RK

Robert Kirstiuk -

Co-Founder & CEO, Coastline
MA

Misha Abasov

Co-Founder & CMO, Hazel
CD

Caleb Del Begio

Co-Founder & CPO, Advize
KC

Kyle Campbell

Founder, Hack Capital & Founder, CTO.ai
RG

Rian Gauvreau

Founder & Chief People Officer, Clio
TG

Taran Ghatrora

Co-Founder & CEO, ElleBoxCo.
LH

Lyndsey Hannigan

Director of Talent, Clio
TJ

Trevor Johnston

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

Marc Kuo

Founder & CEO, Routific
VG

Victor Gusev Lesau

Co-Founder & CEO, CuePath
SM

Saba Mohebpour

CEO, Spocket
AT

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

4:00pm PDT

Business Communications for Startups - How to present your business idea in 90 seconds.
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If you have a business idea or a startup, you must be prepared to present your business to investors, clients, entrepreneurs. During the workshop, you will learn the top tips to develop the perfect pitch deck and select what information is relevant to share. Most startups fail to try to pitch their business solutions without paying attention to the audience needs.

2 hours workshop focused on Business Communication - Many new businesses fail to launch – or launch but fail to commercialize and scale – because an entrepreneurial mindset is not a skill that is understood by every founder that starts a new venture. Successful entrepreneurs must recognize how to test, break, refine, and retest a business idea to ensure customer fit and the appropriate market size. They must know how to lead and build an effective team and how to keep enough cash in the bank to keep the lights on until there is traction and self-generated funding from their own revenue. The Global Startup School at Tamwood Careers is challenging the status quo. This new program has set out to redefine how entrepreneurship is taught in Canada with a goal of cultivating the next generation of business leaders. It's a unique program bridging the gap between traditional business school and accelerators. By creating an environment where students can take risks and fail, we can develop better prepared entrepreneurs that understand the journey involved to create a successful venture.


Speakers
avatar for Paul Brassard

Paul Brassard

Volition Advisors
Paul Brassard - An almost 20 year veteran of entrepreneurship, Paul has immense experience in business development, growth and marketing strategy, and specializes in investor prep, pitch and presentation coaching.With a love for teaching, a passion for passing on knowledge and a desire... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Tamwood Careers #200 - 889 West Pender Street, Vancouver

5:30pm PDT

Kickstart Your #StartupLife
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn all you've ever wanted to know about working in #StartupLife!

League of Innovators and Startup League have partnered with Vancouver Startup Week to host ‘Kickstart your #StartupLife’ for youth interested in the startup or entrepreneurial space in Vancouver. At this event, you’ll learn about what it’s like to work for a startup-- whether it’s the countless benefits or the hard truths that no one talks about, get ready to discuss it all. Join us for an interactive panel discussion featuring young individuals who have advanced their careers in startups and compete in live-play version of QUP, the real-time game where you compete on problem solving and win cash for your fundraiser.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Fortey

Laura Fortey

Co-Founder and CMO, Reitium Blockchain Technologies
A former journalist and writer in the real estate sector, Laura brings more than a decade of expertise in the digital marketing space. From the early days of Youtube, Facebook and social media, Laura's involvement in the tech sector and internet marketing has enabled startups and... Read More →
avatar for Tiffanie Lai

Tiffanie Lai

People Manager, Native Shoes
Tiffanie is a Human Resources leader with values rooted in people-first talent management. She has experience on start-up teams within the gaming and digital media industry where she was integral part of building HR departments from the ground up. Tiffanie is currently working at... Read More →
avatar for Kuzi Mutonga

Kuzi Mutonga

Associate, BitNational
Kuzi is a 2016 UBC Economics alum and LOI Connector who is passionate about the worlds of finance and entrepreneurship. His first summer job in Canada was an entrepreneur, where he partnered with an American B2C (Business-to-Consumer) sales company called 'Southwestern" and set up... Read More →
avatar for Annee Ngo

Annee Ngo

CEO and Co-Founder, Startup League
Annee Ngo is the CEO and Co-Founder of Startup League – the platform connecting brands to GEN Z through competitive fundraising. On Startup League, students compete against other schools for real fundraising dollars by playing a live, daily mobile game. Games are educational and... Read More →
avatar for Mike Twining

Mike Twining

Head of Global B2B Marketing, PressReader
Mike can turn any meeting into a lasting relationship. As Head of Global B2B Marketing at PressReader, that’s a good thing. His ability to command a room and his understanding of how business leaders make decisions has helped him grow PressReader partnerships around the world. Mike... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2018 5:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Hootsuite
 
Friday, September 28
 

7:30am PDT

FN Peer Roundtable---Scaling Up!
Limited Capacity seats available

CEOS and Founders: Join us for breakfast and a jam session. A presentation will be provided on scaling up during the breakfast, but lots of time for connecting with new, fellow and interested FN Members.  Bring someone you think would gain or add value, but invite only. This is a practical session that shares the best insights from Silicon Valley on how you can become ten times bigger, better and faster---by adoption, best practices of exponential organizations, a singular universe, and scaling up.  
Agenda:
7:30 am— Networking, Coffee
8:00 am — Breakfast Served
8:30 am — Presentation on Scale
9:00 am — Members Only Roundtable
10:30 am — Close Event



Friday September 28, 2018 7:30am - 10:30am PDT
BC Tech Hub

10:00am PDT

Women In Tech Journey: A Day in the Life in All Career Levels
Limited Capacity filling up

What's it like to enter the tech space as a new grad to leading an organization as the CEO? What are the challenges faced along the career path and how do we make each transition? What are key lessons that we can learn to support our journey as a women in the tech space?

In this 90 minute interactive session, we'll hear stories and real life experiences from a panel of women in tech from a new grad, mid-level career, Senior Leader all the way to the head of the company! We'll then get into smaller groups so you can get up close and personal with each panelist.

Moderated by Lorie Corcuera and Aileen de la Torre, Co-Founders of SPARK Creations & Company, we will hear the women in tech journeys from Rashika Raizada, Software Developer at 1QBit, Tate Gibson, Marketing Program Manager at Agreement Express, Heidi Martin, Director of Information Security at Clio, and Amiee Chan, President at Norsat International Inc.


Speakers
avatar for Amiee Chan

Amiee Chan

CEO and President, Norsat International Inc
Dr. Amiee Chan has over 15 years of experience in executive management and research and development in the telecommunications industry. Dr. Chan’s strategic vision has driven Norsat’s innovative product development program and resulted in consistent revenue growth since her appointment... Read More →
avatar for Lorie Corcuera

Lorie Corcuera

Co-Founder & CEO, SPARK Creations & Company Inc.
Lorie Corcuera is the Co-Founder and CEO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., a training and development organization that inspires people and companies to create meaningful cultures and workplaces. Over the past 20 years, Lorie has cultivated her people and culture development... Read More →
avatar for Tate Gibson

Tate Gibson

Marketing Program Manager, Agreement Express
Tate Gibson is a Marketing Program Manager at Agreement Express, a FinTech company that provides customer on-boarding automation for financial services to achieve same-day applications, approvals, and revenue. Tate is also the Founder of the Vancouver Technology (VanTech) Marketing... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Martin

Heidi Martin

Director of Information Security, Clio
Heidi Martin is the Director of Information Security at Clio. She leads a team of software developers and engineers who work to keep ahead of the risks to Clio and match the pace of a fast growing, industry leading legal tech company.  She is focused on building a great team and... Read More →
avatar for Rashika Raizada

Rashika Raizada

Software Developer, 1QBit
Rashika Raizada recently started working as a software developer at 1QBit. She has a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical and she is currently wrapping up her masters at the University of British Columbia. She is highly motivated by... Read More →
avatar for Aileen de la Torre

Aileen de la Torre

Co-Founder and CFO, SPARK Creations & Company Inc.
As the Co-Founder and CFO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., Aileen simply shines! Upbeat, positive, and carefree, Aileen balances this with a desire for constant improvement and growth, personally, professionally, and for the people that are fortunate enough to come in contact with... Read More →



Friday September 28, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
The Profile (Thurlow) 535 Thurlow Street, Suite #100

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.

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Wong

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

Speakers
avatar for Arash Sayed

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 →



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 
#SWVan2018




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