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Tuesday, September 27

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 

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Minh Le

Market Manger, Silicon Valley Bank

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Mickey Arabelovic

Founder, Telescope Partners
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Moe Kermani

Managing Partner, Vanedge Capital
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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
Wednesday, September 28

19:00 PDT

Lessons for Canadian Founders & Investors



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.


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

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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 →


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 →
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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.

Troy Hartzell

Managing Partner, Evolution Capital Advisors

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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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

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)

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →

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

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.

  • 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
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!

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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 →


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 →

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 →

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