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Monday, September 26
 

14:00 PDT

Attract the Best Talent and Customers: How Purpose & Values Change the Game
Limited Capacity seats available

The most noble goal of any business is how you can change the lives of your customers. Weaving purpose and values into your business can help you to attract and retain the best customers and talent. Join SpringU, Lighthouse Labs and some purpose-driven entrepreneurs on Sept 26th from 2-4PM at The Post at 750 to learn how weaving Impact goals into your business contribute to stronger client-relations, increase employee retention and a better world.

Capacity: 100 people

Speakers
avatar for Ian MacKinnon

Ian MacKinnon

Later
co-founder, Later
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Mike Moll

MyGreenSpace

Event Partners
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Deloitte

Deloitte
avatar for Enroot

Enroot

Enroot Meals
We deliver fresh, healthy, hot and delicious meals to you in minutes. No prep, clean up or hassle. Enroot will revolutionize how you eat. We simplify complicated meal planning, prepping and cooking with a few simple taps on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Select your meal, pay... Read More →
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Spring.is

Spring University


Monday September 26, 2016 14:00 - 16:00 PDT
The Post

15:00 PDT

FEATURED EVENT: Doing Business in Silicon Valley: A Special Event with the Consul General in San Francisco
CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.


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

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

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Hilton

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 →
avatar for Chris Hobbs

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.
avatar for Brandon Lee

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 →
avatar for Bill Tam

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
 
Tuesday, September 27
 

09:00 PDT

Equity Crowdfunding with HitchPlanet & FrontFundr

CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

We would like to invite you to "Equity Crowdfunding for Startups". We will share details about the Equity Crowdfunding campaign of $250,000 we just launched on FrontFundr.
More details on our website

We will be sharing with you HitchPlanet’s story of how we built a ridesharing platform from 0 to 37,000 members and vision to become the largest city-to-city transport option in Western Canada.

Whether a friend, a tech-lover, a HitchPlanet member or simply just curious about how a startup can grow, join us for a morning breakfast of networking where you’ll be able to ask us all your questions. Our friends from FrontFundr will be there too.

Capacity: 30 people

WHY ATTEND: Learn an exciting new way to get money -- and more -- for your startup through equity crowdfunding.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Burden

Luke Burden

CTO & Co-Founder, HitchPlanet
Luke went all in with Flo on the launch of HitchPlanet in 2014, both architecting and implementing the software that powers the service. He cut his teeth in the world of online services working on credit card transaction systems before moving into the computer games industry, where... Read More →
avatar for Sean Burke

Sean Burke

Chief Operating Officer, FrontFundr
Sean Burke has over five years of professional service experience working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in corporate tax and audit. He was relocated to New York, where he advised several of the world’s largest banks in the banking and capital markets sector. In 2013, he was... Read More →
avatar for Flo Devellennes

Flo Devellennes

CEO & Co-Founder, HitchPlanet
Flo started HitchPlanet in 2010 as HitchWhistler to fuel his passions for travel and technology, meet new people and save money when going skiing in Whistler. He skills in design and web programming make up for HitchPlanet's ease of use. He looks after business, marketing, and growth... Read More →

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Tuesday September 27, 2016 09:00 - 10:30 PDT
Fasken Martineau

13:00 PDT

Disrupting Giants: Lessons from Vancouver Fintech
CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.


Thinking about taking on an industry giant? Pick up some lessons from Vancouver’s burgeoning financial technology sector.

Hosted by Progressa, this event brings together a mix of investors, high profile startups, and early-stage up-and-comers who are making banks and traditional financial institutions take notice. Find out how they identify market opportunities, the unique ways they are raising money, why some are trying to beat the banks while others prefer to join them, and how one is acquiring customers without spending a penny on AdWords (or any other advertising for that matter).

This event will feature an expert panel of representatives from Progressa, Conconi Growth Partners, Wealthbar, and others. Also, get the chance to meet the people behind Cassia Research, Adventu, Blockchain Technology LTD, and more!

1:00pm - Networking
1:30pm - Early stage pitches

  • Zoran Kovacevic - Ready
  • Henry Bee - Cassia Research
  • Guy Halford-Thompson - BTL

2:10pm - Fintech Panel 

  • Ali Pourdad - Progressa
  • Zac Cohen - Trulioo
  • Hashem Aboulhosn - Conconi Growth Partners
  • Chris Nicola - Wealthbar
  • Michael Gokturk - Payfirma 
  • Moderator - Bill Tam - BC Tech
Capacity: 100 people

WHY ATTEND: Swing for the fences -- take on giant organizations! 

Moderators
avatar for Bill Tam

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Hashem Aboulhosn

Hashem Aboulhosn

VP & Founding Partner, Conconi Growth Partners
Hashem is a Founding Partner and Vice President of Conconi Growth Partners. He started his career with RBC Capital Markets in Toronto and London, with roles in Investment Banking, Equity Sales, and Equity Research. He joined CGP from GBA Equity Partners, a search fund he co-founded... Read More →
avatar for Henry Bee

Henry Bee

CEO and Co-Founder of Cassia Research, Cassia Research Team
Henry has over 10 years of investment experience, including as the lead developer at CSS Analytics. In that role, he built futures trading strategies for institutional clients including a $3 billion Commodity Trading Advisor and VT International, an Australian hedge fund. He is the... Read More →
avatar for Zac Cohen

Zac Cohen

Zac has been in and around startups for the last 10 years, holding various roles in strategic operations and business management. His expertise has grown from multiple perspectives, having been a founder, tech industry consultant, and intrapreneur within a larger organization. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Michael Gokturk

Michael Gokturk

Mr. Michael Gokturk is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Payfirma Corporation. Prior to Payfirma, Mr. Gokturk co-founded Versapay Corporation in 2005 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from November 2006 to May 27, 2010. Mr. Gokturk has over 10 years of experience... Read More →
avatar for Guy Halford-Thompson

Guy Halford-Thompson

CEO, BTL Group
Guy Halford-Thompson is a CEO, Director and mentor primarily engaged in the blockchain space. A highly analytical and programmatic thinker Guy recognized very early on that Bitcoin and the underlying technology, blockchain was a groundbreaking innovation with the potential to transform... Read More →
avatar for Zoran Kovacevic

Zoran Kovacevic

CEO, Ready
Zoran’s customer-centric approach to business was forged in the cruise industry many moons ago. However, it was at the Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts where customer service truly became his obsession, earning him a Leader of the Year Award at this prestigious organization.Today, as... Read More →
avatar for Chris Nicola

Chris Nicola

CTO, WealthBar
Chris is a software engineer and has a M.Sc in applied math. His experience with wealth management started with his first job, working in IT at his father's wealth management firm when he was 14. Many ideas that have gone into WealthBar are the result of many years spent working to... Read More →
avatar for Ali Pourdad

Ali Pourdad

CEO, Progressa
Ali Pourdad co-founded Progressa (formerly: Creditloans Canada Financing), a leading Fintech company based out of Vancouver, British Columbia focused on helping Canadians find alternative lending options that aids in debt consolidation while removing expensive options similar to payday loans. Progressa offers flexib... Read More →

Event Partners
avatar for Enroot

Enroot

Enroot Meals
We deliver fresh, healthy, hot and delicious meals to you in minutes. No prep, clean up or hassle. Enroot will revolutionize how you eat. We simplify complicated meal planning, prepping and cooking with a few simple taps on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Select your meal, pay... Read More →
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Progressa

Progressa


Tuesday September 27, 2016 13:00 - 15:00 PDT
BC Tech Innovation Hub

15:00 PDT

The Online Advertising Blueprint for Startups

CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

If you’re looking to advertise online for your start-up or product you need to attend this event. Rob will share the lessons he’s learned from 15 years of selling software, products and services online. He’ll cover the ins and outs of quantifying your target market(s), sophisticated but easy to implement testing strategies, targeting your ads and growing your results. 

Capacity: 30 people


Speakers
avatar for Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

President, PlusROI Online Marketing
Rob Cooper is the founder and strategic director of PlusROI Online Marketing, a performance-driven marketing agency in business since 2007.Rob started his online marketing career in 2001 and, prior to founding PlusROI, he lead marketing efforts for a variety of local and international... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 PDT
The Profile

16:00 PDT

Current Venture Capital Fundraising Landscape and Investing in Canada vs. the US

The ability to raise capital is a core ingredient in furthering entrepreneurship and innovation.  Join Minh Le of Silicon Valley Bank and a geographically diverse panel of seasoned Venture Capital investors - Hans Knapp of Yaletown Partners (British Columbia) Mickey Arabelovic of Telescope Partner (Bay Area), Moe Kermani of Vanedge Capital (British Columbia), and Randall Lucas of Voyager Capital (Pacific Northwest) - as they share their insights on the current fundraise environment as well as their perspective on investing in Canada vs. the US.

Capacity - 100 


Moderators
avatar for Minh Le

Minh Le

Market Manger, Silicon Valley Bank

Speakers
avatar for Mickey Arabelovic

Mickey Arabelovic

Founder, Telescope Partners
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Moe Kermani

Managing Partner, Vanedge Capital
avatar for Hans Knapp

Hans Knapp

Partner and General Counsel, Yaletown Partners
Hans co-founded Yaletown in 2002 and brings almost 20 years of investing, legal and corporate governance experience to one of Canada’s most active technology investment firms.Yaletown invests in emerging-growth technology companies in Canada that enhance productivity and sustainability... Read More →
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Randall Lucas

Voyager Capital, Entrepreneur in Residence
Currently: Helping Voyager Capital look at the best early stage B2B companies in the Pacific Northwest, and serving our portfolio companies as they go from product-market fit to scaling execution.Previously:- Built the premier source of risk data on the building industry in the Northwest... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 16:00 - 17:00 PDT
CodeCore
 
Wednesday, September 28
 

14:00 PDT

Launch Academy Pitch Hunt

Applications closed and event is full. 

As part of Vancouver Startup Week 2016 the lucky applicants who are accepted will make their way around leading tech offices, made up of Launch Academy alumni and pitch their ideas to handpicked investors from Vancouver, Seattle, and San Francisco. Our investors are ready to fund winning ideas!

Launch Academy have brought the investors to you... the twist is, you have to find them first!

Have fun, crack codes, win points, get to the destination, and pitch to win!

Deadline to apply is: Friday, September 16 

Applications are now closed.  


***You need to apply to take part in this event. If you get accepted, launch academy will contact you with further details***


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Wednesday September 28, 2016 14:00 - 17:00 PDT
Multiple Locations

15:00 PDT

Raising Money without Giving Up Equity
CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.


Spring is excited to be hosting the most comprehensive line-up of money experts Vancouver has seen under one roof…one afternoon only, and for free!

The Non-Dilutive Roundup (#TheNonDilutiveRoundup for all you Twitter-ers) features esteemed keynote speakers and attendees can expect to learn the best applications of various non-dilutive sources (including SR&ED, IRAP, and countless government grants) plus how to maximize their chances of successful funding.

Capacity: 100 people

WHY ATTEND: Learn how to get good money for your startup without selling part of your company to investors.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Beall

Morgan Beall

Microfinance Manager, Vancity
For the last five years I’ve had the pleasure of working in Vancity’s Community Investment Department as a Microfinance Manager, providing high-risk, non-conventional, character-based loans to start-up entrepreneurs. Before becoming a Microfinance Manager I spent six years in... Read More →
avatar for Keith Ippel

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 →
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Erik Kaas

NRC Concierge
avatar for Cecilia Mkondiwa

Cecilia Mkondiwa

Women's Enterprise Centre
Directing the organization's lending & business advisory services and managing a team of business advisors and loan administrators. Managing the organization's initiatives relating to special markets with a focus on international trade. Work with other service providers to bridge... Read More →

Event Partners
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Deloitte

Deloitte
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Spring.is

Spring University


Wednesday September 28, 2016 15:00 - 17:00 PDT
Deloitte Canada

16:00 PDT

Female Funding Circle
Female Funding Circle is a capital-raising initiative driven by women entrepreneurs. By assembling a group of women entrepreneurs at similar group stages, the Funding Circle offers peer support, shared growth, and guidance from industry advisors.

This event is best-suited for women entrepreneurs who are currently raising or preparing to raise capital.

In addition to registering on the VSW2016 schedule, please also indicate your attendance here: SIGN UP HERE

3rd Floor

WHY ATTEND:
 Fundraising is a crucial element in business development and growth. However, it is is under-utilized by women entrepreneurs for a number of reasons. Support your capital raising needs through peer support, shared growth, and guidance from industry advisors!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alexandra Greenhill

Dr. Alexandra Greenhill

CEO & Co-Founder, myBestHelper
I believe "family" has hundreds of definitions. As a family physician, I have seen this first hand. I have learned that things are best when we remember that even when life is busy, family comes first. My family – husband and three kids – cares deeply, loves to work hard and have... Read More →

Event Partners

Wednesday September 28, 2016 16:00 - 18:00 PDT
KPMG

19:00 PDT

Lessons for Canadian Founders & Investors

CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

CBRE is bringing together investors and founders in celebration of Vancouver’s technology and innovation community for a special #VSW2016 panel discussion.

7.00-7.15 Announcements & Introductions

7.15-8.30 Panel & Q&A: Lessons for Canadian founders and investors. Local wines and craft beers are served.

8.30-8.45 Post-networking.

INVESTOR PANEL Q&A

Please join us in this interactive session which will include lessons, stories and impressions from both Canadian and American Angel investors to tackle the reasons behind why these companies fail or succeed in foreign markets.

What incentivizes cross-border investment? If there are two similar companies from two different countries, what are some of the driving forces that influences their success or failure when entering a foreign market? 

**Panel discussion will last 30-45 minutes followed by 15-30 minutes of Q&A 

Jeff Hayton (Moderator) - Membership & Finance Director at Keiretsu Forum NW in Seattle.

Alixe Cormick - Securities Lawyer and Advisor, Founder of Venture Law Corporation who works with privately-held and public companies, mergers and acquisitions, private placement investments, financial transactions, reverse mergers, initial public offerings and licensing matters, as well as general corporate matters.

Troy DeFrank – Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle where he promotes cross-border trade, investment, and business partnerships in the tech sector, with a focus on gaming, wireless, and enterprise software.

 

This panel event is open to founders of Early-stage Startups and Growth companies, and #VSW2016 Pass holders, all of whom are encouraged to attend.

We look forward to having you join us and welcome you to Vancouver Startup Week!

 

Space is limited.

Capacity: 20 on a first come first serve basis


Moderators
avatar for Jeff Hayton

Jeff Hayton

Membership & Finance Director, Keiretsu Forum
- Investing in companies in their Seed, Series A & B rounds of financing - Presenting to 450+ accredited investors throughout the Keiretsu Forum chapters in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho - Sponsorship opportunities for our Vancouver chapter and local events - Corporate... Read More →

Speakers
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George Aliphtiras

Principal, Leap Frog Innovators
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Alixe Cormick

President, Venture Law Corporation
Securities Lawyer and Advisor, Founder of Venture Law Corporation who works with privately-held and public companies, mergers and acquisitions, private placement investments, financial transactions, reverse mergers, initial public offerings and licensing matters, as well as general... Read More →
avatar for Troy DeFrank

Troy DeFrank

Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada - Seattle
Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle where he promotes cross-border trade, investment, and business partnerships in the tech sector, with a focus on gaming, wireless, and enterprise software.
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Troy Hartzell

Managing Partner, Evolution Capital Advisors
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John Sechrest

Founder, Seattle Angel Conference

Event Partners
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Arts Vista

Culture vultures looking to add some art, live music, dance or theatre to #VSW can visit Arts Vista. Arts Vista (AV) provides software to curate, search and discover arts-cultural delights and activities, starting in Vancouver and expanding to other cities around the world. We host... Read More →
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CBRE

For over 25 years, The High Technology Facilities Group (“The HTFG”) at CBRE has been Vancouver’s leading tenant representative team in commercial real estate, specializing in creative space solutions for companies in the knowledge based sector. From startup to mature companies... Read More →
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Keiretsu Forum

Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. Keiretsu Forum was founded in the San Francisco East Bay in California in 2000 by Randy Williams. We are a a worldwide network of... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 19:00 - 20:30 PDT
CBRE Offices
 
Thursday, September 29
 

09:00 PDT

Bringing Women Investors Together
Join FrontFundr as we build a community of like-minded women who are curious about investing and learning how to evaluate and access opportunities available to them.

Capacity: 30

WHY ATTEND: Learn about investing from knowledgeable peopel in a welcoming environment.

Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Foley-Wong

Bonnie Foley-Wong

Director, Founding Investor, Pique Fund
Bonnie helps make other people’s ideas happen and her attention is focused on impact investors and entrepreneurs. Her goal is to empower people to make impact investments confidently and in an integrated way. She has spent her whole career working with investors and entrepreneurs... Read More →

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Thursday September 29, 2016 09:00 - 11:30 PDT
McCarthy Tetrault Offices

10:00 PDT

Opportunities in the EU: Financing, Innovation, and Free Trade
Vancouver startups are increasingly looking to the European Union to fuel their growth beyond North America, and that comes with opportunities and challenges. This event will cover resources and tools that support the growth of Canadian companies in the EU market: funding tools for business development and innovation on both sides of the Atlantic; a comprehensive network of people to provide market advice and make connections; and a look at how the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will reduce barriers for Canadian companies doing business in the EU.

Don’t miss this extremely informative & timely event made possible by Vancouver Start-Up Week and hosted by the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and the BC Ministry of International Trade. The event features high profile participants representing European Union, individual EU member states as well as the Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments.

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


Speakers
avatar for Celso Boscariol

Celso Boscariol

President, EU Chamber of Commerce Canada
Celso Boscariol is the President of the EU Chamber of Commerce Canada – West and a partner at Watson Goepel LLP. Celso also serves as the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West and is a Councillor on the General Council of Italians Abroad. Previously he... Read More →
avatar for Daniele Buzzurro

Daniele Buzzurro

Daniele Buzzurro is an Italian entrepreneur, founder and President of DreamyourMind a digital media & communications company specialized in online advertising, social media marketing, search marketing & web design. Daniele teaches various courses at Italian Universities. He appears... Read More →
avatar for Gianmarco Carnovale

Gianmarco Carnovale

Roma Startup, President and co-founder
Gianmarco Carnovale is the President and co-founder of Roma Startup – a non-profit association of local ecosystem of startup enablers and accelerators with a scope of becoming the Italian and Mediterranean Startup Hub. Gianmarco has been a founder and CEO of many startups and enterprises... Read More →
avatar for Laura Clarke

Laura Clarke

Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada
Laura Clarke is a Trade Commissioner based out of Global Affairs Canada’s Vancouver Regional Office. For the past 4 years, she has been supporting BC companies with wireless, telecommunications, financial technology and cyber security solutions, connecting them with resources locally... Read More →
avatar for Monica Gervais

Monica Gervais

Senior Manager, International Trade Policy, BC Ministry of International Trade
Monica Gervais is the Senior Manager, International Trade Policy, in the BC Ministry of International Trade and was a member of the Province's negotiating team for the Canada-EU trade agreement. Previously, she led the successful implementation of the labour mobility provisions of... Read More →
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Alex Martyniak

Executive Director, EU Chamber of Commerce
Alex Martyniak is the Executive Director of the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada- West serving also as a Director of Marketing & Business Development at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver. Alex has nearly 20 years of successful track record of developing and sourcing new... Read More →

Event Partners

Thursday September 29, 2016 10:00 - 11:30 PDT
Brainstation

11:00 PDT

Competing with Giants in the Vertical Software Space

Learn from the pros on how they won over their first big clients, and what it's like to be a software company working within a vertical market. The panel will discuss why finding your niche is important and how listening to customer and client needs is crucial in finding your company’s sweet spot. It can be challenging to grow your startup in a space in which your competitors have 100x your budget. Learn how landing your first anchor client is critical to scaling up. 

This interactive session will be open to audience questions.

WHY ATTEND: Donuts! Just kidding, come for more than the sugary treats. This is a great chance to ask questions and learn from experienced entrepreneurs. If you've ever wondered if it’s time to pivot or if you have what it takes to take on the giants, this talk is for you. 

CAPACITY: 30


Moderators
avatar for Cody Curley

Cody Curley

Co-Founder, COO & CPO, Spark
Cody Curley is Spark’s creative genius. Growing up in Metro Vancouver, he couldn’t help but get swept up in the hot real estate sector. As the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, he is the lead software designer and works closely with Spark’s talented IT team. In this role... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Simeon Garratt

Simeon Garratt

Co-Founder & CEO, Spark
As someone that has lived in many cities around the world – from New York to Hong Kong and Mainland China – Simeon Garratt recognizes that everyone needs a place to call “home.” In a bid to make it easier and more efficient to market and sell new developments, Garratt, along... Read More →
avatar for Tina Lum

Tina Lum

Director of Business Development, Push Operations
Push Operations help increase transparency in the workforce for the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industry. With one seamless suite, Push allows management to schedule, track employee time, and process payroll in minutes. The system minimizes data transfer and performs real... Read More →
avatar for Sean O'Connor

Sean O'Connor

VP Partnerships, Grow
Sean brings a track record of building strategic partnerships in a variety of industries, including technology, insurance and construction. Having previously served as the CFO of a successful Western Canadian construction company, Sean brings strong cross functional expertise in highly... Read More →

Event Partners
avatar for Spark

Spark

Spark


Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00 - 12:00 PDT
Spark Offices
  Growth & Traction, Workshop
  • Host Organization Spark

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

15:00 PDT

FinTech Day: Who’s Who in the Financial and Regulatory Ecosystem
This event requires pre-application. Please apply here, and use code vsw2016 

On September 29th, join the YVR FinTech community for a combination workshop and networking event as a part of Vancouver Startup Week. This is the perfect opportunity to learn from industry experts and mingle with tech startups, anchors, and financial institutions. Hosted by Central 1 Credit Union, this is the second FinTech Day offered as part of the newly launched BC Tech FinTech Program.

Our day kicks off with a highly interactive workshop on the Regulatory and Financial basics for startups. Chris Gallway and Jonathan Kutner from Central 1 will lead you through a quick overview of some of the regularity and compliance hurdles you need to watch out for as well describe how different regulatory bodies interact. This will be a workshop with 20-30 minutes of prepared content and the remainder of the time reserved for discussion and questions. Interaction in this workshop is strongly encouraged.

Tickets for the workshop also provide access to the FinTech Community Event, which includes:
- Canadian Financial System 101 Keynote delivered by Central 1 Credit Union
- Networking & mingling with tech startups, anchors, and financial institutions
- Demos from local FinTech companies including Progressa, Hyperwallet, Beanworks and FrontFundr
- In the spirit of Vancouver Startup Week we will close with a keynote address by one of YVR’s most successful FinTech entrepreneurs Lisa Shields of Hyperwallet/FI.SPAN

Agenda:
3:30pm: Registration for Workshop opens
4:00pm-5:00pm: Growth Workshop for FinTech startups with Central 1: Everything you wanted to know about compliance but were afraid to ask
5:30pm: Registration for FinTech Community Event opens
6:00pm-7:00pm: Presentation by Central 1 Credit Union on Canadian Financial System 101

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BC Tech Association


Thursday September 29, 2016 15:00 - 17:00 PDT
BC Tech Innovation Hub

16:00 PDT

Wavefront Presents - Innovation, Change, Transformation: Adapting to a New Reality
Innovation has become a buzzword that’s lost its meaning. Change, revolution, upheaval, transformation, metamorphoses, breakthrough; all those synonyms become platitudes as we struggle to adapt. We live in an era of exponential change, where disruptive ‘forces’ are accelerating and converging so quickly that almost all organizations are at risk of disruption.

Join Wavefront Executive in Residence, Bill McGraw as he hosts an afternoon with four global thought leaders who will explore innovation and what it means to the Canadian economy, early stage companies, as well as share examples of how to succeed at being disruptive. Additionally, some of our best of breed Wavefront companies will discuss how they’re building and scaling innovations to create their own paths to success.

This speaker series will bring together Vancouver’s Startup community, innovators, industry experts and Angel investors for an afternoon of sharing industry expertise and insightful discussions on how to build and scale innovation.

Agenda
  • 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Arrival and Networking
  • 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm: Innovation Panel Series, featuring Jim Gibson, John McDonald & Brian McMahon
  • 5:15 pm to 5:25 pm: Break
  • 5:25 pm to 5:55 pm: Wavefront Company Presentations and Q+A
Vancosys
Fitplan
MeshX
Imaginary Games
  • 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm: Ask Me Anything – Speaker TBD
Don't forget to stick around for the exciting Wavefront event afterwards!

CAPACITY: 225 people


WHY ATTEND: Wavefront is one of the top tech accelerators in Vancouver. When they tell you to learn something important, you do it!

Moderators
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Bill McGraw

Executive in Residence, Wavefront
Bill has spent his career working primarily in the technology sector specializing in wireless and mobile startups. He has worked for both large and small firms, started several businesses and executed plans for sales, marketing, product and service offering development, client management... Read More →

Speakers
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Jim Gibson

Founder Tip of the Spear & JAGYYC, Disruption Strategy
Jim has spent 30 years being at the center of technology’s evolution and adoption across the world. He has formed companies in spaces that didn’t exist prior to starting the business. He has succeeded – in varying ways and degrees - in most, and failed in some. Jim has been... Read More →
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John McDonald

Strategist & Entrepreneur
John is a strategist with a passion for innovation and an entrepreneur with a passion for building companies. He helps entrepreneurs maximize company value through vision, strategy and investor readiness. A typical client engages John because they have a great new idea and want to... Read More →
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Brian McMahon

Head Honcho, Expert DOJO
Brian specializes in helping entrepreneurs become more successful in their business by using all the tools available at his disposal as owner of the largest peer to peer peak performance academy in the world. Expert DOJO uses business experts to train, coach and connect clients and... Read More →

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Thursday September 29, 2016 16:00 - 18:30 PDT
Uber Lounge & The Landing
  Growth & Traction, Panel
 
Friday, September 30
 

10:00 PDT

Why Do You Want a Frozen Banana? Media Relations for Startups

My friend asked me if I want a frozen banana,” begins Mitch Hedberg. “I said, ‘No, but I want a regular banana later, so… yeah.’” Perhaps you’ve heard that media relations is a tool to explore when your business is in crisis – when you need a helping hand with repairing public perception quickly. Kathleen Reid, Director of Switchboard Public Relations, explains that if businesses see themselves using the media as a tool in the future, the time to start relationship building is now.

Keep in mind that we, as business owners and key team members, are not dealing with the media landscape of yesteryear. Gone are the days when media coverage is secured with a single cold-call or a sloppy press release. Without tight messaging and a strategic story angle, most attempts at media outreach are destined for the trash – resulting in wasted company time, energy and money.

The world of startups is full of interesting stories. Learn how to frame yours in a way that builds positive media relationships, so that if someday you need a banana, you can fall back on the one you stashed in the freezer.


CAPACITY: 35 people

WHY ATTEND: We're all really curious -- what do frozen bananas have to do with media relations? Come find out!

Speakers
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Kathleen Reid

Managing Director, Switchboard Public Relations
We are Switchboard PR (formerly Kathleen Reid Consulting). We help innovators and impact­-makers create positive change by driving communication strategies that get real results. We’re here to create positive change in our communities and the world. That’s why we choose to work... Read More →

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SwitchboardPR

SwitchboardPR


Friday September 30, 2016 10:00 - 11:00 PDT
Grow HQ

12:00 PDT

Grub in The Hub: How VCs Really Make Decisions
CURRENTLY, MORE PARTICIPANTS ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT THAN THE VENUE'S CAPACITY CAN ACCOMMODATE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL EVENTS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.


In the spirit of Vancouver Startup Week, the BC Tech Association has convened a very special panel representing some of the most active investors in Vancouver: Jay Rhind from Vancouver Founders Fund, Lauren Robinson from HIGHLINE, Hugues Lalancette from iNovia Capital, and James Wells from Evōk Innovations.

This group represents a wide range of sector and stage focuses, and will discuss their decision making processes, how to pitch the right VCs with the right information, and how to control the fundraising process as an investor.

Capacity: 100 people

WHY ATTEND: You don't get a lot of chances to ask direct questions of VCs of this calibre. Don't miss out!

Speakers
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Hugues Lalancette

Senior Analyst, iNovia Capital
iNovia is an early stage venture capital firm that partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build the next generation of digital platforms and services. We leverage our distributed team and network of experienced founders, company builders and engineers to foster the growth of category-defining... Read More →
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Jay Rhind

Principal, Vancouver Founder Fund
Entrepreneur (failed 2x), reformed corporate finance analyst, associate professor at the Sauder School of Business and scuba-diving instructor, he brings a pragmatic and analytical approach to the fund. In his spare time, he is an active spear fisher (for real), skier, and tennis... Read More →
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Lauren Robinson

Global Operations Director, HIGHLINE.vc
Lauren is the Global Operations Director for HIGHLINE, a pre-seed VC with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. She evaluates deal flow, manages the portfolio, oversees national programming, grows key partnerships and helps drive new platform initiatives to better support portfolio founders. Previously... Read More →
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James Wells

Director of Investments & Venture Creation, ​​​​​Evok Innovations
James Wells was formerly Vice President at Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, a sustainable innovation and alternative energy venture capital firm focusing on breakthrough innovations in the resource sector.  At Chrysalix, James was involved in all aspects of fund management, from deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management, and fundraising. Jame... Read More →

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BC Tech Association


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 13:00 PDT
BC Tech Innovation Hub