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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

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Ian MacKinnon

co-founder, Later

Mike Moll


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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 University

Monday September 26, 2016 14:00 - 16:00 PDT
The Post
Tuesday, September 27

09:00 PDT

Equity Crowdfunding with HitchPlanet & FrontFundr



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.

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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 →
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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 →
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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


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! 

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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 →

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →

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

15:00 PDT

The Online Advertising Blueprint for Startups



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

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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
Wednesday, September 28

15:00 PDT

Raising Money without Giving Up Equity


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.

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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 →
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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
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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 →

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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

 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!

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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 →

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

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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

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. 


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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 →

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →

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

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

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
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!

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

12:00 PDT

Grub in The Hub: How VCs Really Make Decisions


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!

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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