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Tuesday, September 25

4:00pm PDT

Blue Ocean Strategy: Vancouver Success Stories
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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.

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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.  
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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
Wednesday, September 26

10:00am PDT

Founder's Cafe: Fireside Chats with Founders
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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.

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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 →
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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 →

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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.

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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

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!

-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.

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
Thursday, September 27

1:00pm PDT

Canadian Startup Ecosystem - A Brazilian Perspective (CONDUCTED IN PORTUGUESE)
Limited Capacity full
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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

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

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.

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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
Friday, September 28

10:00am PDT

Women In Tech Journey: A Day in the Life in All Career Levels
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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.

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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

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