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Monday, September 26

15:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: Doing Business in Silicon Valley: A Special Event with the Consul General in San Francisco


Access to capital, talent, and markets are crucial for any emerging company, and San Francisco is one of the top sources of all three for Vancouver-based startups.

Join us for a special reception and fireside chat on the opening day of Vancouver Startup Week with a special fireside chat presented by Global Affairs Canada and the BC Tech Association:

FREE individual registration is also available for this event: REGISTER HERE
(All Vancouver Startup Week passholders also receive complimentary access)

CAPACITY: 200 people

Join the VIPs and learn how to connect with markets outside of Vancouver. A must attend for any serious startup.

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Jeremy Hilton

Senior Vice President, Systems, D-Wave
Jeremy Hilton joined D-Wave directly after obtaining his BSc. in Physics from the University of British Columbia. Since 2004 he and his team of engineers and scientists have created a world-class R&D facility and built the world's first scalable quantum processors.Mr. Hilton  also... Read More →
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Chris Hobbs

President, Two Tall Totems
President of Two Tall Totems, a premium software team designing and developing mobile apps, complex websites, and enterprise software.
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Brandon Lee

Mr. Brandon Lee was appointed as Consul General of Canada in 2015 with accreditation for northern California and Hawaii.Brandon Lee joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) in 2004. He has a background leading management and innovation, and... Read More →
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Bill Tam

President & CEO, BC Tech Association
Bill Tam has been an entrepreneur and startup advisor for over 20 years. In 2010, he joined BC Tech Association as a founding Centre4Growth mentor, advising startup and growth-stage firms. Prior to BC Tech, Bill was CEO of EQO Communications, a mobile app startup, a Partner at SpringBank... Read More →

Monday September 26, 2016 15:00 - 16:30 PDT
The Law Courts Inn

17:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: New Ventures BC Competition Awards
BC's top new startups have been competing for more than $300,000 in cash and prizes through the New Ventures BC Competition. Join us for a social reception and the official Awards Ceremony announcing the winners, followed immediately by the Official Vancouver Startup Week Kickoff Social.

Tickets may be purchased individually for this event: REGISTER HERE
(All Vancouver Startup Week passholders receive complimentary access)

Capacity: 500 people

WHY ATTEND: The New Ventures BC Competition Awards is one of the signature events during #VSW2016. We hope to see you there!

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Monday September 26, 2016 17:00 - 20:00 PDT
VENUE Nightclub

20:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: The Official Vancouver Startup Week Kickoff Social!
Presented by Cheetah Mobile, one of the best parts of Vancouver Startup Week is connecting with all the great people you'll be seeing throughout the week. Come meet talented people, enjoy food and drinks, and get ready for a fantastic #VSW2016!

Cheetah Mobile will give an engaging presentation on taking your company global, fitting with our theme of "Connecting Vancouver to the World". Afterwards, connect with other Vancouver Startup Week pass holders and get ready for the Week!

Capacity: 500 people

This event is open to all attendees of the New Ventures BC Competition Awards.

WHY ATTEND: Meet up with your peers, connect with friendly new faces, and talk with some of #VSW2016's finest talent.

Event Partners

Monday September 26, 2016 20:00 - 22:00 PDT
VENUE Nightclub
Tuesday, September 27

17:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: People, Puppies & Ping Pong

Blankslate.Partners is bringing together some of the greatest People in the local Vancouver start up community to call BS on the stereotype that you're not a *real* start up if you don't have a Ping Pong table and Puppies in the office! And what better way to do this, than to play ping pong, drink some beer, and raise some funds for the assistance dog charity PADS! #VSWpups

All door donations and toonie beer sales will be given to PADS.

Beer will be kindly donated by Turnstone and the space is courtesy of Unbounce

HR people will be present from Blankslate.Partners, Unbounce, Clearly, Bench, Elasticpath, BC Tech and many many more! Look for the people in the bright shirts for answers to all of your start up people questions.

See a cute dog at VSW? Use #VSWpups to tag it!

You may still sign up individually for this event: REGISTER HERE
(All Vancouver Startup Week passholders receive complimentary access)

Capacity: 100 people

WHY ATTEND: 10 Golden Retrievers! What reason more do you need?

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Izzie Egan

Founder and CEO, BLANKSLATE Partners

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Tuesday September 27, 2016 17:00 - 19:00 PDT
Unbounce HQ
Wednesday, September 28

13:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: Start like a Pro – How Good Startups Build Success

Join McMillan LLP and Manning Elliott LLP for a series of short workshops focused on building the fundamentals of a successful startup.

Make the Most of your Advisors (and Save Money Doing It!)

Learn how to make the best use of your professional advisors, and find out what you can do to save money in the short and long term.

Lessons every Startup Needs to Know: Tales from the Trenches

Every startup hits its share of bumps in the road, as well as unexpected surprises and highlights. Join a panel of McMillan’s distinguished guests and get an insight into the lessons normally learned in hindsight. Panelists include Michael Gokturk, Founder & CEO of Payfirma, Ashiq Ahamed, CEO & Co-Founder of brewhound, Paul Leedham, Partner at Manning Elliot LLP, and Leo Raffin, Partner & Co-Chair, Capital Markets at McMillan LLP.

Roundtable Breakouts

Join one of our small-group breakout sessions to discuss specific topics facing startups.  Sign-up for these sessions will be at the event.  Our featured roundtables will be discussing:

  • Understanding Tech & IP – discuss how to identify and protect the value in your startup right from the get-go, as well as ongoing concerns related to anti-spam laws, privacy and cyber security.
  • Employment & Business Immigration – discuss what you need to know about being an employer, and how to manage cross-border employment and immigration issues.
  • Maximizing Available Cash Resources – discussion around government incentives including grants and tax credits, as well as financing considerations (debt vs. equity, etc.) for emerging technology companies.

Capacity: 80 people

WHY ATTEND: Experienced tech lawyers and accountants will be on hand to answer your questions. Learn information that is crucial to the success of your startup -- without paying the professionals for their time!

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Wednesday September 28, 2016 13:00 - 16:00 PDT
McMillan LLP

19:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: The Official #VSW2016 Recruitment Fair
Join 400+ job seekers and more than 30 companies actively looking for talent, for fun evening focused on bringing together Vancouver job seekers and locally-based startups and tech companies that are actively recruiting.

The Recruitment Fair is *the* place for local talent to find great opportunities in the community during Vancouver Startup Week.

Capacity: 500 people

WHY ATTEND: Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! (And cool Science World stuff too!)

Wednesday September 28, 2016 19:00 - 21:00 PDT
TELUS World of Science
Thursday, September 29

11:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: Financing for Startups
A must-attend event for founders and emerging company leaders who want to raise capital from investors, or are considering doing so.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees.

11:00 AM to NOON: Financing for Startups -- Getting the Most Out Of Every Dollar
Presented by PwC, chat with experts on key financing considerations.
  • Tax Tips for Startups: corporate structure, CCPC status, funding considerations
  • SR&ED: turning your creativity into tax benefits ... and cash
  • My Solutions: Entry level accounting services for emerging companies
  • Equity Compensation & Employee Stock Option Plans

NOON to 1 PM: Lunch Reception with Vanedge Capital
Come learn important tips and ask point-blank questions of Todd Tessier and Amy Rae of Vanedge Capital. Lunch and drinks are on us.

1 PM to 1:45 PM: The Life of the Deal: Raising Capital from Investors
Presented by MLT Lawyers, a step-by-step walkthrough of how to raise your Seed, Series A, or Series B Financing Round. Key areas of discussion

  • The Closing Agenda: the step-by-step process for raising money from investors
  • Key Considerations: legal and practical matters to considers 
  • Overcoming Challenges: what kills the deal, and how to avoid it

1:45 PM to 2:30 PM: Q&A
For founders and startup execs only: small group sessions will be scheduled for (free!) rapid-fire discussions on key topics with the accountants, tax experts, and lawyers present. These sessions are only available to those who have attended the earlier parts of this event, and pre-registration is required: email to adilts@mlt.com to let us know what options you're interested in (up to 3):

  • Stock Options & Equity Compensation
  • Tax
  • Board Governance
  • SR&ED
  • Deal Documents
  • Bookkeeping, Payroll, and General Compliance

CAPACITY: 100 people

WHY ATTEND: You're raising capital from investors, or just want to learn about the process. An event not to be missed during VSW2016.

Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00 - 14:00 PDT
Guilt & Co

15:30 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: Official BLG Kickoff of the #VSW2016 Community Crawl
Join the team at BLG for the official kickoff of the #VSW2016 Community Crawl. The event will feature the following:
  • Top 10 Legal Issues for Startups
    Come learn the most important legal considerations that any founder should know. 
  • Driven By Women
    Learn hard lessons from great female entrepreneurs through the launch of this signature BLG program.
  • Company Showcase
    Enjoy food and drink while interacting with some of the top new startups in this official kickoff to the #VSW2016 Community Crawl.  Local tech companies curated with the help of our friends at CATAPULT #catapultyvr
This event is open to #VSW2016 pass holders only.

Companies demo-ing at the Company Showcase:

CAPACITY: 120 people

Learn crucial tips from entrepreneurs and lawyers -- and enjoy food and drink courtesy of BLG!

Thursday September 29, 2016 15:30 - 18:30 PDT

17:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: #VSW2016 Community Crawl
One of the highlight evenings to #VSW2016, companies in Vancouver's technology and innovation ecosystem open their doors to the public for an evening of exploration not to be missed!

Proudly supported by the lawyers at BLG — be sure not to miss their Community Crawl Kickoff event!

See our Community Crawl page for details.
WHY ATTEND:  So many startups to visit, so little time! The perfect chance to see what the offices of some of Vancouver's coolest startups are really like.

Thursday September 29, 2016 17:00 - 20:00 PDT
Multiple Locations

18:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: Tech Talks: Building Tomorrow


Pangaea Ventures and Osler are hosting an evening of BIG ideas at the Portside Pub. Hear from some of Vancouver’s most disruptive innovators on topics such as the future of food, personalized medicine, 3D printing, and MORE! Don’t miss this engaging evening of 5-minute TED-style idea pitches, great people, and good food & drinks! Capacity is limited so be sure to sign up in advance to secure your spot.

Pangaea Ventures is a world leader in advanced materials venture capital. We’re investing in technology breakthroughs in the areas of chemistry, materials science, and industrial biotech.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is a leading business law firm practising internationally from offices across Canada and in New York. Osler’s technology practice is internationally recognized for applying strong legal and business skills to find common-sense business solutions.

Single-event registration is permitted for this event: REGISTER HERE
(All Vancouver Startup Week passholders also receive complimentary access)

CAPACITY: 75 people

WHY ATTEND: One of the key events during Vancouver Startup Week, come mix and mingle with some of the most influential connectors in Vancouver's startup scene.

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Thursday September 29, 2016 18:00 - 20:00 PDT
Portside Pub
Friday, September 30

17:30 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: 0 to 100: Growth Showcase + Official #VSW2016 Closing Party

Join fellow entrepreneurs and community members for the 0 to 100 "Growth Showcase" and the Official Closing Party of Vancouver Startup Week, presented by Boast Capital, Smythe, MEP Business Counsel, and TenX Ventures.


  • 5:30 to 6:30pm, Happy Hour: collect your nametags and network with fellow attendees over brews and bites. Ticket price includes appetizers and one drink ticket.
  • 7:20 to 8:00pm, Company Showcase: come check out some of the latest, greatest startups in Vancouver.
  • 8:00pm to late: Official Closing Party of Vancouver Startup Week


Tickets may be purchased individually for this event: REGISTER HERE
(All Vancouver Startup Week passholders receive complimentary access)

Capacity: 500 people

WHY ATTEND: This one of the signature events during #VSW2016. We hope to see you there — last event until VSW2017!

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Peter McCullagh

TenX Ventures
Peter McCullagh has over 35 years’ experience as a successful entrepreneur, business executive and thought leader. Prior to founding TenX Ventures, he spent ~10 years growing and helping to sell 3 companies:  Mysis plc which was sold in two parts for $3.2B, Siebel Systems Inc., sold to Oracle... Read More →
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Matt Mickiewicz

Matt previously co-founded the #1 marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design, 99designs. The company raised $35m from Accel, operates in 16 countries with offices on three continents, and won a Webby Award for “Best Web Service”.Mickiewicz was named to the Forbes “30 under... Read More →

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Friday September 30, 2016 17:30 - 22:30 PDT
TELUS World of Science