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Friday, September 13
 

2:00pm

#VSW2019 Community Crawl
Check out the coolest companies around VANCOUVER. They’ll be opening their doors for tours and fun activities!

Find the details here: https://vanstartupweek.ca/community-crawl/

Featuring
TTT
Bench
Later
LoginRadius
Ava Grows
Bananatag
Riipen
Procurify
Mojio
Eventchain
Globalme
RESAAS
Find Innovation Lab
CTO.ai
NiceJob
Genesa
Dialpad
7 Geese



Friday September 13, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Multiple Venues

6:00pm

#VSW2019 + #VanHacks Hackathon Mingler & Kickoff | SEPARATE TICKET REQUIRED
We call you, hackers of Vancouver, to join us over a weekend to create tech solutions that solve challenging issues faced by our community's not-for-profit institutions whose aim is to do social good.

VanHacks is designed around the mantra of acting local and thinking global. All hacks are encouraged to be published open source so that an organization in Vancouver can benefit just as much as a similar nonprofit on the other side of Canada or the other side of the World.

VanHacks 2019 is organized by TTT. It brings together 180+ developers and designers to work towards building a better, more unified Vancouver.

You must have a hackathon ticket in order to attend this event as a #VSW2019 pass will not get you access into the hackathon.


Friday September 13, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TTT Studios TTT Office and KPMG Ignition Centre, 1250 - 777 Dunsmuir Street, V6E 3Z3
 
Saturday, September 14
 

8:00am

#VSW2019 + #VanHacks Hackathon | SEPARATE TICKET REQUIRED
We call you, hackers of Vancouver, to join us over a weekend to create tech solutions that solve challenging issues faced by our community's not-for-profit institutions whose aim is to do social good.

VanHacks is designed around the mantra of acting local and thinking global. All hacks are encouraged to be published open source so that an organization in Vancouver can benefit just as much as a similar nonprofit on the other side of Canada or the other side of the World.

VanHacks 2019 is organized by TTT. It brings together 180+ developers and designers to work towards building a better, more unified Vancouver.

You must have a hackathon ticket in order to attend this event as a #VSW2019 pass will not get you access into the hackathon.



Saturday September 14, 2019 8:00am - Sunday September 15, 2019 5:00pm
BCIT 555 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6, Canada
 
Sunday, September 15
 

3:45pm

#VSW2019 + #VanHacks Hackathon Presentations & Judging Ceremony
Come join us and see what these amazing VanHacks hackers have come up with! Groups will present to the judges and winners will be crowned!

This event is open to #VSW2019 pass holders. You do not need to buy a separate ticket to attend.


Sunday September 15, 2019 3:45pm - 6:00pm
BCIT 555 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6, Canada
 
Monday, September 16
 

8:00am

#VSW2019 presents ‘Do I have your attention?’
How does one catch and keep people's attention in the digital age? With attention spans slipping and clickbait articles dominating your newsfeed, how do you make sure your message is being seen and heard? How do you connect with your audience - and to the right reporters - who can tell your story?

Get expert insight from two journalists who will share their thoughts on adapting to life in the media fast lane, and the do’s and don’ts of pitching your startup story to publications.

Kathleen Reid, Switchboard Public Relations will moderate the panel, and the speakers include Farhan Mohamed (Twitter: @farhanmohamed), Daily Hive and Hayley Woodin (Twitter: @hayleywoodin), Business in Vancouver to talk everything you need to know about media and PR.

Speakers
avatar for Farhan Mohamed

Farhan Mohamed

Editor-in-Chief, Daily Hive
A born and raised Vancouverite, Farhan Mohamed joined Daily Hive (formerly Vancity Buzz) in 2012 while the company was still in its infancy. He saw an opportunity to fill the void between traditional media and blogs, and connect locals, share untold stories, and celebrate the community... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Reid

Kathleen Reid

Managing Director, Switchboard PR
Meet Kathleen Reid, Managing Director, Switchboard Public Relations Kathleen Reid is the Managing Director at Switchboard Public Relations. Kathleen leads a team of consultants with expertise in communications strategy, crisis management, copywriting, media relations, event management... Read More →
avatar for Hayley Woodin

Hayley Woodin

Reporter, Business in Vancouver
Hayley Woodin is a multimedia reporter with Business in Vancouver, where she co-hosts and co-produces BIV Today: B.C.’s only daily podcast dedicated to covering business. She appears weekly on Global News Morning, contributes regularly to BIV’s print and digital publications... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

9:00am

TechStars presents 'Office Hours'
Meet one on one with a Techstars Managing Director. Pitch your company, ask questions about Techstars accelerators, get help with anything you need. Startups will have the option to meet with Isaac Kato, Managing Director of Techstars Seattle, or Ryan Kuder, Managing Director of Techstars Anywhere (remote accelerator). Spots are limited so please apply for an office hours appointment here.


Monday September 16, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

10:00am

The Language of Culture presents 'Entrepreneurial F***-ups -- Stories of Failure'
Based on which statistics you read, between 70-85% of entrepreneurial startups will fail! In fact, we'll take it a step further -- every entrepreneur is going to fail. Failure is part of the entrepreneur's life. Success as an entrepreneur is not defined by avoiding failure, but by how you handle failure when it inevitably happens. True entrepreneurs aren't ashamed or embarrassed by their failures, they brag about them! Because it demonstrates their ability to overcome obstacles that will make others quit.

This panel discussion will feature five successful Vancouver-area entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds and industries, who will all share stories of their biggest failures, what they learned from it, how they overcame it, and what advice they have for others in similar situations; and will be moderated by John Lombard. It will be followed by a Q&A, for people to ask questions, or share their own experiences with failure.

For those who would like the opportunity to meet and talk with our panel of successful entrepreneurs, we are organizing a VIP lunch right after the event. Seating is limited to 10 guests, and will give you the unique chance to share your ideas, ask questions, and get advice from our panel members. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, so go here to get your ticket now: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/entrepreneurial-f-ups-vip-lunch-tickets-70339636747

Our sincerest gratitude to LoginRadius (loginradius.com) for not only sponsoring this event by providing a great venue, but also assisting with organizing and publicizing the event!

Speakers
avatar for Randa Salloum

Randa Salloum

Founder & Creative Director, CIEL Creative Marketing x ARCHIVE
Based in Vancouver, BC – Award-winning Vancouver Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger, Randa Salloum uses her impact in the Fashion Industry to shine a light on sustainable living as a conscious consumer. With a vast network & engaging audience, Randa uses her platforms to encourage knowledge-sharing... Read More →
avatar for Colin Weston

Colin Weston

Co-Founder and Partner REVIVER Sport Entertainment, Host of the ModGold Podcast, Startup Vancouver Community Leader
Colin juggles several entrepreneurial balls at once, combining his love for design, architecture, innovative sport experiences, podcast storytelling and community building.As a partner at REVIVER Sport Entertainment, he works to unlock new customer markets by bringing together the... Read More →
avatar for Rakesh Soni

Rakesh Soni

CEO/Co-Founder, LoginRadius
With a passion for business and creativity, Rakesh has been instrumental in growing LoginRadius from a startup to a leading provider of customer identity management solutions serving over 700 million users. Rakesh has an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and... Read More →
avatar for Ash Macleod

Ash Macleod

Managing Partner, Save On Meats x A Better Life Foundation x The Diamond x Catalog Creative
avatar for Bosky Mukherjee

Bosky Mukherjee

CEO/Founder, Spark to Substance
Bosky Mukherjee is a multifaceted Product & Growth Leader in the areas of productleadership, growth and scaling businesses. She deeply understands what it takes toestablish a great product management and growth teams. A practitioner and anadvocate for humanizing collaboration, creativity... Read More →
avatar for John Lombard

John Lombard

The Language of Culture
John Lombard has lived and worked in China for 25 years, during which time he started three successful businesses, and consulted for numerous multinationals including Siemens, P&G, Lenovo, Maersk, and more. Based on his experience and knowledge of Chinese culture, he was selected... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Login Radius #800 - 815 West Hastings Street, V6C 1B4

10:00am

Grammarly presents 'Calculated Risks: How Grammarly went from a niche product to a Global brand'
Max Lytvyn, a Grammarly co-founder and its current Head of Revenue, talks about how Grammarly went from a niche product to a global brand, describing calculated risks you can take to realize the potential of your business.

Speakers
avatar for Max Lytvyn

Max Lytvyn

Co-Founder & Head of Revenue, Grammarly
Max is a co-founder at Grammarly. As the Head of Revenue, Max is focused on identifying and expanding new market opportunities for Grammarly’s product portfolio.Prior to Grammarly, Max co-founded MyDropBox, a plagiarism-detection company, and then served as the Director of Product... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

12:00pm

TechStars presents 'Blank Blank Blank SuperFireMario--How to nail your elevator pitch'
Techstars Managing Director Ryan Kuder will teach you how to build the perfect elevator pitch. With this simple framework you'll never struggle to introduce yourself or your business again. Learn the 5 things every great pitch has. Bring your computer, this is a working session. You'll leave with a great pitch and ideas on how to make it even better.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, TechStars
Ryan is Managing Director at Techstars, the global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs succeed. He currently runs Techstars’ only virtual accelerator, Techstars Anywhere. Previously he launched and ran both the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, in San Diego... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

12:00pm

Etiquette Page Presents 'Pitch Like A Pro'
You’ve worked hundreds of hours to build your product. Now, you’re ready to storm the big leagues by pitching in front of investors who can make or break your future. But are you bringing your A game?

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Page

Margaret Page

Founder, Etiquette Page
Margaret Page is a passionate coach, etiquette consultant and business woman whoevokes clarity, creativity and confidence in those around her.At the age of 21, Margaret Page started her first business and has since owned andoperated multiple businesses in Canada and the USA. Margaret... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
eUBC UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, V6Z 3B7 Room 1900

12:00pm

DataTrue presents 'Selling to Enterprise Customers: A Startup Guide'
As a startup, it can be a challenge to sell to large enterprise customers. From RFPs, to procurement and legal - it's a whole new world from small startups. Join JP Cheung, Head of Sales at DataTrue, along with others to talk about the tips and tricks (from experience) on how to sell to large customers.

Speakers
avatar for JP Cheung

JP Cheung

Head of Sales, DataTrue
JP Cheung, head of sales at DataTrue, has been in technology sales for 10+ years across different industries such as BI (business intelligence), audit, automation, and digital marketing. Outside of work, JP is a devoted husband and father, and a dog lover who loves spending time outdoors... Read More →
avatar for Maria Osipova

Maria Osipova

Head of Marketing, Traction Guest
Maria is a Revenue Marketer with a 15-year, successful track record in driving predictable and sustainable sales growth in technology and software organizations. Specializing in the development of lead-to-revenue strategies, Maria drives demand generation programs for enterprise sales... Read More →
avatar for Monica McMahen

Monica McMahen

Director of Marketing, Optigo Networks
Monica McMahen is the Director of Marketing at Optigo Networks. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from UBC, and has spent the last 6 years running marketing departments at 2 different startups, selling to consumers, educational institutions, corporations and enterprises... Read More →
avatar for Denny Hollick

Denny Hollick

Growth & Product Marketing, ATB Financial
Working with new technologies and creating innovative products is something Denny loves doing. A full-stack marketer, developer, entrepreneur, and product strategist with a keen ability to help companies find their best path to growth and help build user-centric products that solve... Read More →
avatar for Kasey Bayne

Kasey Bayne

Head of Marketing, DataTrue
Passionate about marketing, tech, and helping businesses grow, Kasey is an experienced marketing leader and Head of Marketing at DataTrue.With over a decade of marketing experience, Kasey has spent time building marketing and sales channels at FreshBooks, Olark Live Chat, and other... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

12:00pm

April May Bellia presents 'Heart Based Networking'
If you are introverted, not a fan of networking, or feel awkward mingling with others in an unstructured setting, this session is for you! April will explain the old ways of networking and why we often avoid attending these even though we know networking is crucial when growing a startup business.

Join us for light snacks and drinks during a facilitated networking session and leave with tools and ideas that will be useful for future opportunities when meeting new people and promoting your business. These times are calling for a new paradigm and a new way to connect with others, from a heart based perspective. Don’t be that person who always talks about themselves and their business because you think you have to…be an active listener and genuinely interested in what others have to say. This is an interactive workshop where you can be out of your comfort zone feeling safe and included - no judgment here! Leave your masks and rehearsed elevator pitches at the door and come as your natural self along with curiosity, wonderment and an open mind.

Speakers
avatar for April Bellia

April Bellia

Founder, Granola Girl
April Bellia is an entrepreneur with a baking background. Her professional career started over 20 years ago as a dessert chef and wedding cake designer, under the namesake April Cakes. Her next company, Granola Girl was founded in 2008 and later incorporated in 2011. The company now... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Conscious Lab 200-422 Richards st. V6B2Z4

2:00pm

The Language of Culture presents 'Adventures in China, and What You Can Learn From Them'
There are tons of lectures and presentations about how to understand Chinese culture, or do business in China. Most of them tend to be rather dry and academic, full of good information, but difficult to stay awake through the whole thing. John Lombard is going to share his 25 years of experience (personal and professional) in China through entertaining stories of real-life situations he faced, what he learned from them, and how you can apply those principles yourself. You'll laugh, you'll cry...and you'll be inspired! Whether you have an interest in doing business in China, or are curious to learn more about Chinese culture for purely personal reasons, these captivating stories will both engross and delight!

Our sincerest gratitude to LoginRadius (loginradius.com) for not only sponsoring this event by providing a great venue, but also assisting with organizing and publicizing the event!

Speakers
avatar for John Lombard

John Lombard

The Language of Culture
John Lombard has lived and worked in China for 25 years, during which time he started three successful businesses, and consulted for numerous multinationals including Siemens, P&G, Lenovo, Maersk, and more. Based on his experience and knowledge of Chinese culture, he was selected... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Login Radius #800 - 815 West Hastings Street, V6C 1B4

2:00pm

TechStars presents 'Everything but the Pitch: How to vette and manage your investors and board members'
Join Techstars Seattle Managing Director Isaac Kato as he discusses everything you need to now about your financing round--except for the pitch! Learn about how to structure and manage your board, how to manage investor relationships both before and after your round closes, and what to expect once you close.

Speakers
avatar for Isaac Kato

Isaac Kato

Managing Director, Seattle Accelerator, TechStars'
Isaac Kato is Managing Director of Techstars’ Seattle Accelerator. Techstars is a global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Isaac is a serial entrepreneur, technology leader, and investor. Before Techstars, Mr. Kato served as President of Mighty AI, which was acquired... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

2:00pm

Valhalla Angel Network presents 'Calling All Women Investors - Learn More About this Asset Class'
Why women investors need to be more involved in their local startup community as investors (and other roles - mentors, advisors, board members) and what happens when they are - success!

About Valhalla Angels
Valhalla Angels is one of Canada’s most active angel investment groups since 2003 and home to Canada’s 2018 & 2019 Angel of the Year. We are committed to supporting the startup ecosystem through early stage angel investing. Established in 2003 with 4 Chapters in Western Canada our 130+ angel members have invested over $64M into over 230 deals. Beyond screening for great investment opportunities we also provide a path for Founders: cradle-to-exit-and-back. This has lead to ~75% of our angel members being past founders.

Founder BaseCamp, a 2.5 day program, that over 1,100 founders have attended and gave an NPS score of 99/100

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/valhalla-basecamp-surrey-bc-october-18-19-plus-oct-21-pitch-night-registration-69909010733
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/valhalla-angels-basecamp-pitch-night-surrey-bc-oct-21st-tickets-69812885219
valhallaangels.com
https://www.linkedin.com/company/va-angels/

Speakers
avatar for Sheetal Mehta Walsh

Sheetal Mehta Walsh

Founder, Shanti Life
Sheetal is an angel investor and entrepreneur focussed on social impact, financial inclusion and tech for good.  With over 20 years technology, venture capital and social entrepreneurship and has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs globally. She is founder of Shanti Life where... Read More →
avatar for Judy Bishop

Judy Bishop

Investor / Entrepreneur / Board Member
Judy Bishop is a versatile industry veteran recognized as a senior executive, advisor, speaker and innovator in BC’s technology industry and business community. For over 25 years, Judy has delivered advice and mentorship as a senior executive, financier, corporate director and... Read More →
avatar for Caterina Papadakos

Caterina Papadakos

Director, Espresso Capital
Caterina is a Director at Espresso Capital, a North American venture lender which has provided morethan 250 early and growth stage companies with founder-friendly capital since 2009. Caterina isresponsible for leading Espresso's deal origination activities in Western North America... Read More →
avatar for Yasmine Roulleau

Yasmine Roulleau

CEO, Striven
Yasmine is a highly accomplished business executive with a 15-year track record in corporate strategy and acquisitions. As a fund strategic advisor, she guides smart investment allocation across emerging tech, blockchain technologies, AI, and enterprise solutions. She has leveraged... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Mike

Kristina Mike

President, Valhalla Angels
Kristina is the President of Valhalla Angels, one of Canada’s most active angel investing groupsand an Executive/Co-Founder with Valhalla Private Capital. As well as being an angel investorherself, an A100 member, and sits on various boards, she spends time supporting theentrepreneurial... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
EventChain 214 - 268 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X6 Canada

4:00pm

Tamwood Careers presents 'Exploiting Digital Marketing'
In the infinite ecosystem of digital marketing tools, tactics, and channels, it can be a challenge to evaluate and commit to a holistic marketing strategy at any business stage, from startup to enterprise. This workshop will identify the latest marketing tactics, ranging from content marketing and SEO, to producing creative assets and paid advertising, and pair them with stages in the marketing funnel. At the end of this workshop, you will have a full-funnel marketing roadmap that ties your marketing activities to each stage in your marketing funnel.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Huvenaars

Mark Huvenaars

Founder & Marketing Strategist, Railtown Media
Mark connects people with products and ideas to inspire them, move them to action, and make an impact. He is a marketer, an entrepreneur, a teacher, an adventurer, a rule-breaker. The world is a better place when the collective “we” is empowered to discover and act on what makes... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Tamwood Careers 200-889 W Pender St Vancouver, BC V6C 1M2

4:00pm

TechStars presents 'TechStars Alumni Panel'
Hear from Vancouver based alumni about their Techstars experience. Learn their tips and tricks for getting in and getting the most from your accelerator program. Panelists include Bernadette Butler, CEO of Storytap; Lukas-Karim Merhi, CEO of BioInteractive Technologies; and [TBD]. Panel will be moderated by Ryan Kuder.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, TechStars
Ryan is Managing Director at Techstars, the global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs succeed. He currently runs Techstars’ only virtual accelerator, Techstars Anywhere. Previously he launched and ran both the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, in San Diego... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

4:00pm

Dudoc Vancouver and Walas Innovation presents 'Startups for Cities: Sustainable Impact'
“With more than 39 percent of B.C. residents owning their own company or running a side hustle, British Columbia is the most entrepreneurial province in Canada—"

Vancouver Start-ups make our cities more sustainable and innovative. Discover inspirational stories from 3 local innovators in sustainable urban development. We’ll have a panel of three delegates that give their opinion on the start-up scene in the City. Learn more about start-ups being healthy for the social, economical, and environmental well-being of our cities. Learn from experts about the intangible consequences of fast exit strategies and explore together if there is such thing as ‘too many start-ups in a city’.

Hosted at Dudoc Vancouver, a Walas Innovation Centre. Sustainable Urban Development I Access to Innovations | European Practices | Platform for Dialogue. Join our events and community. Proud member of World of Walas.


Monday September 16, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Dudoc Vancouver 1489 Frances Street, V5L1Z1

6:00pm

BC Sustainable Energy Association presents 'Sustainable Startup Ideation Workshop'
So you want to create a startup or get involved with one, but you don’t know where to begin? BCSEA’s Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (EN4S) is an initiative designed to find solutions to the sustainable energy challenges of today’s world, and create networking and career building opportunities for participants along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Quon

Erin Quon

Chair, BC Sustainable Energy Association
Erin is the Chair of the BC Sustainable Energy Association - Vancouver Chapter and Regional Manager at Clir Renewables. Her experience ranges from engineering design and numerical modeling to business and project management in construction, mining, renewable energy, and transportation... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
7 Gate Venture 401 - 68 Water Street, Vancouver

6:00pm

TechStars presents 'Techstars Information Session and Q&A'
Join Ryan Kuder, Managing Director of Techstars Anywhere, Isaac Kato, Managing Director of Techstars Seattle, and Maricel Paz Pripstein, Program Manager for Techstars Seattle, for an information session where you'll learn everything you need to know about applying for and getting the most from a Techstars mentorship driven accelerator. Ryan, Isaac, and Maricel will hang around to make sure you get all your questions answered. You can ask them anything!

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Kuder

Ryan Kuder

Managing Director, TechStars
Ryan is Managing Director at Techstars, the global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs succeed. He currently runs Techstars’ only virtual accelerator, Techstars Anywhere. Previously he launched and ran both the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, in San Diego... Read More →
avatar for Isaac Kato

Isaac Kato

Managing Director, Seattle Accelerator, TechStars'
Isaac Kato is Managing Director of Techstars’ Seattle Accelerator. Techstars is a global startup ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Isaac is a serial entrepreneur, technology leader, and investor. Before Techstars, Mr. Kato served as President of Mighty AI, which was acquired... Read More →



Monday September 16, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

6:00pm

Women in Tech presents 'Build a Robot'
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come and build a fully functional robot over drinks and snacks. No robotics experience required!
We will provide the kits and instruction.

We'll end the evening with a friendly Battle Bot competition. Bring your adventurous spirit and find out what your potential career in robotics might look like!

Snacks and drinks will be served!



Monday September 16, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Mobify 725 Granville Street, Suite #420, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7Y 1C6

6:00pm

#VSW2019 Recruitment Fair
Vancouver Startup Week is back with the city's largest startup Recruitment Fair! 2019 marks our fifth year connecting local top talent and companies for an evening of engaging conversation. We're back at Science World and building on last year's count of 36 hiring companies! If you've got that entrepreneurial spirit and want to join a hot startup in the city or you're looking to add great talent to your growing team, then this fair is for you!

Featuring
Best Buy
Buyatab
CTO.ai
DDS Wireless
EDP Software
Event base
Fi.Span
Finger Food Advanced Technology Group
Groundswell
Impact Recruitment
Judi.ai
Kabam Games
Klue
Launch Trip Technologies
Lendesk Technologies
Nice Jobs
Page Freezer
Parsable
PBI Labs
Procurify
Riipen
Targeted Talent
Thinkific
Uniserve Communication
WorkSafe BC

Organizations that will showcase their programs include:

Red Academy
Lighthouse Labs
New Ventures BC
Cornerstone International Community College of Canada


Monday September 16, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Science World 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada  V6A 3Z7
 
Tuesday, September 17
 

8:00am

April May Bellia presents 'Living on Purpose'
Do you sometimes feel lost or feel as if something is missing in your life? Maybe you want to make a bigger difference in the world, but you aren’t sure how. So many of us walk through life on autopilot, feeling numb and desperate for a deeper connection and meaning, but aren’t sure how to get it.

"The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why" - Mark Twain.

What is your life purpose?? If you don’t know what your purpose is and you don’t know why you are here, it can be hard to keep going.
Everyone wants to live a happier, more meaningful, and on purpose life. The way to get there is by knowing your gifts and using them in a way that makes you feel on purpose. Sacred Gifts are superpowers you have within you that allow you to do ordinary things in extraordinary ways. “Finding your Purpose” is actually a process for a better, happier, healthier life that few people attempt to use. In fact, only around 25 percent of adults cite having a clear sense of purpose about what makes their lives meaningful.

Once you discover what your Sacred Gifts are you will be free to do what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. You will no longer have to say YES when you mean NO. How would it feel to say yes with confidence and passion and be free?! You will be able to FEEL on purpose and LIVE your life doing and being what you were created for. My 60 minute presentation will be an interactive workshop and discussion about the Chaos cycle, the "Feel On Purpose Formula", and characteristics of Sacred Gifts.

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honour your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” ―Oprah Winfrey

Speakers
avatar for April Bellia

April Bellia

Founder, Granola Girl
April Bellia is an entrepreneur with a baking background. Her professional career started over 20 years ago as a dessert chef and wedding cake designer, under the namesake April Cakes. Her next company, Granola Girl was founded in 2008 and later incorporated in 2011. The company now... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Conscious Lab 200-422 Richards st. V6B2Z4

8:00am

Freedom 55 Financial & Johnstone's Benefits presents 'Benefits over Breakfast: Understanding Group Benefits in the World of Startups'
The short: Coffee + Breakfast + Benefits. With an increasingly competitive startup scene, group benefits programs can often be a deal-breaker or deal-maker when it comes to finding all-stars to join your startup team. Join us over breakfast to hear which benefits have the highest ROI's and which perks can be left behind.

How do you convince people to join your team, how do you compensate them and more importantly how do you retain them? One of the hardest things about building a startup is surrounding yourself with a motivated team that you can trust and grow with. A founder's worst nightmare is high turnover in their company, and with articles coming out encouraging people to leave every 3 years, it's a valid nightmare. Come hear from experts who will help you alleviate this fear.

Join Marcus Acaster and Enoch Weng, and discover how to attract and retain quality talent in your growing Startup company. We'll be discussing:

- Creating a workplace culture that allows your team to grow with your company
- Understanding the benefits you can provide as a company and how to leverage them to keep your employees content and motivated
- This event will be helpful for:
- Founders and senior leadership of growing startups with 3 to 500 employees
- Startups who have achieved product-market fit

If you have a company that has some really spectacular team members that you want to keep around for a while, this is going to be a 'can’t miss' workshop for you. Coffee and Breakfast provided.

Speakers
avatar for Enoch Weng

Enoch Weng

Financial Security Advisor, Freedom 55 Financial
- Former Events Director for Vancouver Startup Week, well-connected to the startup world- 5 years of experience serving in various financial roles for non-profit organizations- BBA from Simon Fraser University concentration in Finance
avatar for Marcus Acaster

Marcus Acaster

Group Benefits Consultant, Johnstone's Benefits
- Manages over 500 benefit programs for companies across Canada- Former employee of one of Vancouver's fastest growing technology companies- B.Hons from Queens University concentration in Applied Econometrics



Tuesday September 17, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

10:00am

Valhalla Angels Network presents 'Preparing for your Exit'
For founders wanting to understand the road map for a Liquidity Moment and the steps to get there through your journey of capital raises.

About Valhalla Angels
Valhalla Angels is one of Canada’s most active angel investment groups since 2003 and home to Canada’s 2018 & 2019 Angel of the Year. We are committed to supporting the startup ecosystem through early stage angel investing. Established in 2003 with 4 Chapters in Western Canada our 130+ angel members have invested over $64M into over 230 deals. Beyond screening for great investment opportunities we also provide a path for Founders: cradle-to-exit-and-back. This has lead to ~75% of our angel members being past founders.

Founder BaseCamp, a 2.5 day program, that over 1,100 founders have attended and gave an NPS score of 99/100

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/valhalla-basecamp-surrey-bc-october-18-19-plus-oct-21-pitch-night-registration-69909010733
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/valhalla-angels-basecamp-pitch-night-surrey-bc-oct-21st-tickets-69812885219
valhallaangels.com
https://www.linkedin.com/company/va-angels/

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Mann

Valerie Mann

Partner & Chair of Technology Law, Lawson Lundell LLP
Valerie (Val) is a partner and Chair of the Technology Law practice group at Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver.  Val has extensive experience with technology company mergers and acquisitions as well as financings.  A significant portion of her practice is also venture capital fund... Read More →
avatar for Keith Jensen

Keith Jensen

Partner, BDO
Keith is based in BDO’s Vancouver office and advises clients acrossWestern Canada. He has over 15 years of professional experience providingtransaction advisory services to public and private companies in a diverserange of industries.Keith assists clients with Business Valuations... Read More →
avatar for Danny Way

Danny Way

President, The Viridis Group
President, The Viridis GroupCEO, Vario VenturesI graduated with an engineering degree from UCalgary in 2005 and started my career in the energyindustry. I have been fortunate to combine experiences in energy and sustainability; bothunderstanding company value and the risks they face... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
The Profile on Thurlow 535 Thurlow St suite 100, Vancouver, BC V6E 3L2

10:00am

Spark to Substance presents 'Humanizing Wicked Business Problems for StartUp CEOs, Business & Technology Leaders'
Harness the power of creativity and innovation for solving complex wicked business problems. Get your creative confidence to get your board, investors, executives and teams aligned not only on the problem but working creatively, analytically and collaboratively to solve them.

In this workshop, we have demystified the art of problem solving that is deeply human centered. Borrowing fundamentals from first principles, behavioral science, strategy, systems thinking and product management, learn the tools to solve problems from product development, innovation, building differentiation, rebuilding business models, market expansion, customer retention among others. Learn the superpowers that enables startups to progress from launch phase to growth and then to hyper growth!

This workshop will introduce this in a highly immersive and interactive format so that you can start applying these tools right away. And yes, we get asked a lot but the answer is a big NO – You do not need to be a designer to learn and apply human centered design in your life and work.


What you will learn:
- Core fundamentals
- Examples
- Audience Activities
- Framework and Toolkits

Who is this workshop for:
Startup CEOs, leaders in companies who desire to reignite innovation in their teams. This workshop builds on existing skills and amplifies them with superpowers for solving your wicked business problems in a creative and fun way.

Why Attend Now?

We can think of a few reasons:

1. You have a hunch of an untapped problem in the market and solving it could make a huge difference. You want to validate and build on that as quickly as possible

2. You want to grow - both bookings and control your leaky bucket. You need to get it right as this hinges on upcoming funding rounds and team morale

3. You want to reimagine your existing offering and humanize the experience, brand and business model so that it is memorable and sustainable

4. You have a product or service that you have taken to market, now is the time you are thinking of growing with scale. You need to operationalize product management and growth

Speakers
avatar for Bosky Mukherjee

Bosky Mukherjee

CEO/Founder, Spark to Substance
Bosky Mukherjee is a multifaceted Product & Growth Leader in the areas of productleadership, growth and scaling businesses. She deeply understands what it takes toestablish a great product management and growth teams. A practitioner and anadvocate for humanizing collaboration, creativity... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Login Radius #800 - 815 West Hastings Street, V6C 1B4

11:00am

SFU Venture Labs Demo Day 2019
Join us at SFU VentureLabs® Demo Day to meet with the amazing companies who are part of SFU VentureLabs, RADIUS SFU, and Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection. Thirty companies will be sharing their innovations; we hope you get a chance to learn how these ventures are making a difference in healthcare, cleantech, AI and robotics, AR/VR, fintech, IoT, agritech, social innovation, and much more!

This event is part of SFU Vancouver’s 30th Anniversary SFU VentureLabs® is proud to partner with Vancouver Start-Up Week to showcase the many science and technology scale-up companies, early stage companies, and social innovators to the world.
Drop by during the day to meet some of these great innovators and learn about their businesses, their customers, and how they plan to change their industry. (Some may be hiring as well!)

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 11am - 2pm
Where: Harbour Centre (555 West Hastings) ground floor lobby
Check out the participating companies from SFU's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

1. SFU VentureLabs scales-up world-class science and technology companies

2. RADIUS SFU provides support for social ventures, capacity building, and social innovation lab expertise.

3. Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection supports early-stage entrepreneurs and startups at SFU


Tuesday September 17, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm
SFU Venture Labs 1200-555 West Hastings, V6B 4N6

12:00pm

TechExit.io and Garibaldi Capital Presents 'The Metrics That Matter'
How you measure customer acquisition and manage churn rates are two essential areas your potential acquirer is going to want to examine once an offer is on the table. This discussion will dive deep into the mechanisms that buyers use to evaluate growth, churn, and essentially how they will predict the future growth of your business. Join Geoff Hansen from Garibaldi Capital, as he shares proven methodologies around meaningful metrics that have become the lens through which valuations are determined.

TechExit.io is the leading conference of its kind in Canada to focus solely on mergers and acquisition strategies for technology companies. Taking place April 16th, 2020 at the Hyatt Hotel, Vancouver, this full day conference is about educating technology entrepreneurs and investors on exit strategies including what to prepare well ahead of a potential acquisition, merger or exit.

Garibaldi Capital Advisors provides M&A and Capital Raising Advisory Services to mid-market technology companies in Canada. Since 2013, we have completed 20 transactions totalling over 350M dollars.

Speakers
avatar for Geoff Hansen

Geoff Hansen

Senior Advisor, Garibaldi Capital
Geoff Hansen is the Senior Advisor at Garibaldi Capital Advisors, a mid-market transaction advisory services firm focused solely on the Canadian technology market.  



Tuesday September 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Garibaldi Capital Advisors 210 – 415 W. Cordova St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1E5

12:00pm

Hervana Coworking Collective presents 'Leveraging the Power Community For Your Startup '
Increase awareness, expand your sphere of influence and create a brand that people love and trust.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Balasabas

Rob Balasabas

Social Media & Community Manager, Thinkific
Rob Balasabas is the Social Media & Community Manager at Thinkific. He manages the daily curation of Thinkific’s message on social media. You’ll also find him engaging with their private online community of over 15,000 (and growing) online course creators inside the “Thinkific... Read More →
avatar for Sophie Bujold

Sophie Bujold

Founder and Chief Strategist, Cliqueworthy
Green tea latte addict. Book nerd. Mixed media artist. As the Founder and Chief Strategist of Cliqueworthy, Sophie’s the powerhouse and connection-creator that links our clients to their audiences. Beyond holding a BA in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations... Read More →
avatar for Ysobel Biron

Ysobel Biron

Co-founder, IN. Communications Inc.
Yzobel Biron's mission is to empower women, creators, and youth through community building initiatives. She is the co-founder of IN. Communications Inc., a communications agency whose mission is to create social impact through relationship building. She's an advocate of empowering... Read More →
avatar for Amneet Athwal

Amneet Athwal

Founder, EmpowHer
Amneet Athwal is a young entrepreneur who utilizes her skillset for the purposes of marketing lifestyle and businesses of varying sizes. Amneet explores new companies and their best version of themselves by marketing them in her style choices. She consults with small businesses to... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Hombrebueno

Tamara Hombrebueno

Community Manager and Customer Champion, Thinkific
Tamara is a Community Manager and Customer Champion at Thinkific, where she empowers a global community of educators who teach online. With a growing community of over 16,000 educators, she works with a team to build engagement, encourage sharing, and to instill a culture of learning... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Garritsen

Meredith Garritsen

Founder, Hervana Coworking Collective
Meredith is the founder of Hervana coworking collective, a platform for women to connect, share knowledge, and grow their businesses and leadership skills. Utilizing this platform women work on (not in) their business, and build leadership skills to propel them in their careers. Through... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

12:00pm

Playficient presents 'Beyond the Ping Pong Table: Creating A More Playful Framework For The Workplace'
The last decade has seen a rise in playful workplaces, from ping pong tables, dogs in the office, playstations, napping pods, and bean bag chairs. Yet, employee engagement rates haven't budged. Shouldn't creating a more playful workplace have changed this? The issue is that organizations are typically catering to one type of play, and just copy what other organizations are doing. In this interactive session, we will discuss what organizations get wrong about creating playful workplaces, the eight play personalities, and how your organization can use the eight play personalities to create a more playful framework in the workplace that looks beyond the ping pong table.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Lopushinsky

Paul Lopushinsky

2018, Playficient
Paul Lopushinsky (Law-puh-shin-ski) has worked in the Product Management and User Experience Design space since 2012. Paul is experienced with using the design thinking process to identify user needs and pain points, along with the user onboarding experience. He has seen time and... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
TTT Studios TTT Office and KPMG Ignition Centre, 1250 - 777 Dunsmuir Street, V6E 3Z3

2:00pm

McCarthy Tétrault presents 'Getting Started on the Right Track – Essentials for Start Up Success'
Join McCarthy Tétrault lawyers from a wide range of industries as they discuss all the essentials related to starting your start-up! Business lawyer and certified public accountant, Pavan Jawanda, alongside financial acumen expert, Steph Sharpe will lead the main session, The Pro’s and Con’s of Different Financing Structures, focused on helping you identify which financing structure is right for your business. Following this, guests can choose 2 breakout sessions from the following topics:

· Choosing the Right Name For Your Business and Protecting Your Innovations – Trademark/patent focus
· Privacy By Design – Privacy focus
· Hiring (and Firing) Your First Employee - Labour & Employment focus
· The Era of the Influencer - Marketing focus

Breakout sessions will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis so please arrive early to secure your spots. The main session will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. After the presentation, we invite you to end the afternoon with a networking reception with fellow entrepreneurs and your McCarthy Tétrault speaker panel.

Agenda
1:45 – 2:00 – Registration
2:00 – 2:40 – Main Session – The Pro’s and Con’s of Different Financing Structures
2:40 – 2:45 – Make your way to your first breakout session
2:45 – 3:05 – Breakout Session #1
3:05 – 3:10 – Make your way to your second breakout session
3:10 – 3:30 – Breakout Session #2
3:30 – Cocktail Reception

Speakers
avatar for Pavan Jawanda

Pavan Jawanda

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Pavan Jawanda is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Business Law Group in Vancouver. His practice is primarily focused on advising public and private companies on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance, venture capital and other... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sharp

Stephanie Sharp

CEO, 3DQue Systems
Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems, a 3D printing automation technology company and founder of the first Small Business Finance Forum event in Vancouver for small to medium-sized businesses. Over the past 30 years she has developed innovative, sustainable, financial solutions for... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Yip

Vincent Yip

Partner, Business Law Group and National Intellectual Property, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Vincent Yip is a partner in the Business Law Group and the National Intellectual Property Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Based in Vancouver, he leads the firm’s Western Canadian intellectual property practice and works with clients across Canada in connection with the global acquisition... Read More →
avatar for Amy Fong

Amy Fong

Counsel and Patent and Trademark Agent, National Intellectual Property Group, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Amy Fong is a counsel and patent and trademark agent and lawyer in the National Intellectual Property Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP.  Amy’s engineering physics background and her prior engineering and software development work experience enable her to work closely with engineers... Read More →
avatar for Dana Siddle

Dana Siddle

Counsel, Business Law and Technology Law Groups, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Dana Siddle is counsel in McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Business Law and Technology Law groups. Dana advises on various commercial transactions and projects involving technology and intellectual property. Dana also supports clients with practical, solutions-oriented advice on challenges... Read More →
avatar for Jade Buchanan

Jade Buchanan

Associate, Business Law Group, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Jade Buchanan is an associate in McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Business Law Group in Vancouver. His practice focus is technology, privacy and data protection.  Jade’s technology transaction experience includes drafting and negotiating a range of IT outsourcing, licensing, maintenance... Read More →
avatar for Monique Ronning

Monique Ronning

Associate, Labour & Employment Group, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Monique Ronning is an Associate in Labour & Employment Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Monique has appeared as counsel in various forums, including at mediations, arbitrations, settlement conferences and before the Provincial, Supreme and Appellate Courts of British Columbia. Equipped... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McCarthy Tétrault 745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5, Canada

2:00pm

Valhalla Angels Network presents 'Angel Investing 101'
For new investors or those that have just started out that want to experience an investment forum with curated founder presentations and learn from other accredited angel investors the lay-of-the land and what to look for when investing.

About Valhalla Angels
Valhalla Angels is one of Canada’s most active angel investment groups since 2003 and home to Canada’s 2018 & 2019 Angel of the Year. We are committed to supporting the startup ecosystem through early stage angel investing. Established in 2003 with 4 Chapters in Western Canada our 130+ angel members have invested over $64M into over 230 deals. Beyond screening for great investment opportunities we also provide a path for Founders: cradle-to-exit-and-back. This has lead to ~75% of our angel members being past founders.

Founder BaseCamp, a 2.5 day program, that over 1,100 founders have attended and gave an NPS score of 99/100

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/valhalla-basecamp-surrey-bc-october-18-19-plus-oct-21-pitch-night-registration-69909010733
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/valhalla-angels-basecamp-pitch-night-surrey-bc-oct-21st-tickets-69812885219
valhallaangels.com
https://www.linkedin.com/company/va-angels/

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Mike

Kristina Mike

President, Valhalla Angels
Kristina is the President of Valhalla Angels, one of Canada’s most active angel investing groupsand an Executive/Co-Founder with Valhalla Private Capital. As well as being an angel investorherself, an A100 member, and sits on various boards, she spends time supporting theentrepreneurial... Read More →
avatar for Grant Lawrence

Grant Lawrence

Co-Founder, Valhalla Private Capital
Grant has participated in an IPO, experienced a buyout and the integration challenges that go with this;he is an active Angel investor is a Founder of Valhalla Private Capital and as President of Valhalla AngelsKelowna and Co-President of Valhalla Angels Vancouver Grant contributes... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Profile on Thurlow 535 Thurlow St suite 100, Vancouver, BC V6E 3L2

4:00pm

Capiche presents 'Startup Founders: Put Yourself in the Shoes of an Investor'
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This interactive workshop gives founders a chance to look at capital raising from the perspective of investors. Each participant will be given an investor profile and a budget, and will be taken through the process of funding one of several startups from the pitch to closing a round. By putting founders in the shoes of investors, they will be able to look beyond the pitch, to other important parts of capital raising, such as marketing to investors, who can invest in which offerings, deal terms, due diligence, legal documentation, compliance, and closing. Founders will gain insight into how to conduct a round of funding professionally, effectively, and efficiently.

Speakers include Virginia Balcom from SFU VentureLabs®, Mike Winterfield from Active Impact Investments, Yvan Guy Larocque from Miller Titerle + Company, and James Atherton from Capiche.

Due to the nature of this interactive workshop, attendance will be limited to 25 founders. Attendees will need to bring a laptop or a smartphone with a web browser to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Virginia Balcom

Virginia Balcom

Executive In-Residence, SFU Venture Labs
Virginia Balcom brings broad and deep marketing experience to SFU VentureLabs. For more than 20 years, Virginia has been introducing new products to enterprise customers and consumers. A strong collaborator and leader, she’s led marketing teams in many sectors, including retail... Read More →
avatar for Mike Winterfield

Mike Winterfield

CEO and Fund Manager, Active Impact Investments
Top 40 under 40. 20 years in the tech industry specializing in services companies and SaaS products. 16 years in various executive roles, most recently President of Traction Rec and COO at Traction on Demand. Prior to that President of Randstad Professionals running $300M in revenue... Read More →
avatar for Yvan Guy Larocque

Yvan Guy Larocque

Business Lawyer, Miller Titerle + Company
Yvan is a member of MT+Co.’s Business Advisory and First Nations Economic Development practice groups. His practice is primarily focused on advising private and early stage businesses, First Nations, and not-for-profits, regarding corporate, commercial, governance, policy development... Read More →
avatar for James Atherton

James Atherton

CEO, Capiche Capital Technologies, Principal, Capiche Legal
James is a legal solutions architect and securities lawyer developing client-centric solutions that automate and streamline legal-based processes. His current focus is exempt market financings and disrupting the way private placements are completed with Capiche Capital Technologies... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venture Labs 11th Floor - 555 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6

4:00pm

Tamwood Careers presents 'Blue Ocean Strategy: Unlocking New Customer Markets For Startups'
Join Startup Vancouver Community Leader and Blue Ocean Strategy workshop practitioner Colin Weston as he shares startup case studies that show how you can create new customer value rather than compete over saturated market space in order to make the competition irrelevant.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Weston

Colin Weston

Co-Founder and Partner REVIVER Sport Entertainment, Host of the ModGold Podcast, Startup Vancouver Community Leader
Colin juggles several entrepreneurial balls at once, combining his love for design, architecture, innovative sport experiences, podcast storytelling and community building.As a partner at REVIVER Sport Entertainment, he works to unlock new customer markets by bringing together the... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Tamwood Careers 200-889 W Pender St Vancouver, BC V6C 1M2

4:00pm

Tanessa Shears Coaching presents 'Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself'
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: Go From Disorganized & Overwhelmed to Highly Productive, Confident & Successful with Self Coaching

Speakers
avatar for Tanessa Shears

Tanessa Shears

Founder, Tanessa Shears Coaching
Tanessa Shears is an experienced life and weight coach who specializes in helping high achieving career women drop both the mental weight and the physical weight. With over 10 years of showing clients exactly how to create confidence and transformation in their lives, she gets her... Read More →


Tuesday September 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

4:00pm

Lighthouse Labs presents 'Ethical Tech YVR: Accessibility in Web Development'
Ethical Tech YVR is a meetup series started by lead instructor Nima Boscarino that delves into the subtle effects different technologies have in our society. For this event, Nima and industry professionals will be exploring ways developers can build their websites with accessibility in mind. The event will include a panel discussion, followed by a Q+A and brainstorming session.

Speakers
avatar for Reuben Moes

Reuben Moes

Director of Front End Development, Domain7
Reuben has 10+ experience in web development.  He started out throwing websites up on geocities with pictures of skiers, and today is helping lead the development efforts of CMS projects for universities and cities all over the world. His main focus is on development of content management... Read More →
avatar for Karl Castillo

Karl Castillo

Fullstack Engineer, Microsoft
Karl is currently a Fullstack Engineer for Microsoft under The Coalition Studio banner with 5+ years of professional development experience. He  started web development when he was in grade 4/5, while still in the Philippines, enrolled in a school that emphasizes on technical courses... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Lighthouse Labs Devhub, 600 - 401 Georgia, V6B 5A1

5:00pm

Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum presents 'Gaming and e-Sports'
*Additional registration is required for this event

Join VEF for the kickoff of our 31st season where, in partnership with Vancouver Startup Week, we explore how game design, human psychology, and innovative technologies are creating an industry rivalling that of professional sports

Event Program
5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking

Event Listing
http://bit.ly/2019VEFSept
*use the code VANSTARTUPWEEK to get access to tickets


Tuesday September 17, 2019 5:00pm - 8:30pm
The Vancouver Club Vancouver Club 915 W Hastings St Vancouver, BC V6C 1C6

5:30pm

Block Party with KPMG & TTT Studios | 19+ ONLY EVENT
KPMG & TTT Studios are hosting Vancouver Startup Week's 'Block Party', a VIP Reception in the Ignition Centre and TTT's office. We look forward to welcoming entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and friends within the Greater Vancouver startup community to kick-off this amazing week of activity.

Tuesday September 17, 2019 5:30pm - 9:00pm
TTT Studios & KPMG 12th Foor, 777 Dunsmuir Street

6:00pm

Groundswell presents 'Radical Women in Business'
Featuring women influencing national startup ecosystem, including impact investor, and feminist social entrepreneurs. Panel includes women of diverse cultural backgrounds. Themes: What does it mean to get paid as a woman? What does it mean to hold power as a woman? What challenges and advantages do women have in building a new social economy? Five unique voices share stories of doing business while female.

Schedule
6:00pm - 7:30pm: Panel Discussion
7:30pm - 9:00pm: Potluck

Yes, it's a potluck! Stay after the panel to eat together and get deeper into conversation with the panelists and a wicked community of socially minded changemakers.

Accessibility & Getting Here:

Groundswell is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to the 4th floor of the Sun Wah building from the lobby. Washrooms are gender neutral and wheelchair accessible.

From the lobby, take the elevator up to the 4th floor and head down the hallway to your right. Do not take the escalator up from the lobby unless you like figuring out mazes!

The Sun Wah parking garage is locked at 7 pm so if you are driving, please find street parking.



Speakers
avatar for Marissa Wright

Marissa Wright

Advisor, Groundswell
Marissa is a business leader and advisor with 35 years experience primarily with technology-based businesses, with the last 17 years in a Vice-President/General Manager, and received her MBA from SFU in 2013. Marissa is a founder of three companies, and has helped several other entrepreneurs... Read More →
avatar for Vidya Crawley

Vidya Crawley

Mentor, Groundswell
Combining human-centred design, lean startup and empathy-based marketing, Vidya is a sought-after advisor for social purpose businesses bringing new products, services and innovations to market. With 15 years of global experience as both intrapreneur and entrepreneur, she coaches... Read More →
avatar for Elena Yugai

Elena Yugai

Director of Development, Groundswell
Elena is a cultural historian who turned to social entrepreneurship and impact investing to directly affect the social change she believes in. Elena is an advocate for women-led and women-serving businesses, especially immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs. Explore educator, Director... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Ludgate

Catherine Ludgate

Advisor, Groundswell
Catherine is a dedicated co-operator transforming complex tools into accessible and relevant ones for the social benefit sector in service of social change. She has a talent for translating complex tools available to government and for-profits (financial services, legal tools, communication... Read More →
avatar for Paola Qualizza

Paola Qualizza

Managing Director, Groundswell
Paola brings authenticity to radical movements and projects in the local economy. As Managing Director of Groundswell, she orchestrates the building of a vibrant social ecosystems that liberates people to pursue their creative ventures and livelihoods.


Tuesday September 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Groundswell Clubhouse 268 Keefer Street, Unit 421, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1X5

6:00pm

Miller Thomson presents 'Building Inclusive Cultures'
Before Google, Facebook, and Uber were sued for gender discrimination, they were startups with a great idea and passionate people.  How can startups attract and retain diverse talent, market to a broad audience, and not (accidentally) marginalize potential investors?  Instead of correcting costly blindspots down the road, startups can build a collaborative, inclusive culture from the beginning.  Founders are often so focused on the product that organizational culture becomes not only a tertiary concern, but an overwhelmingly complex topic.  In addition, increasing inclusion will only improve overall potential for a greater audience and a greater capacity to increase exposure to your brand, culture and services/products.  Experts in tech, startups, organizational culture discuss your concerns (yes, your actual concerns because this is an interactive session!) in a pub quiz and give tips on how to address them.  We will be discussing:

  • Creating a strong inclusive culture that attracts diverse applicants and is receptive to course corrections
  • Marketing strategies that showcase your organization’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Raising money for underrepresented entrepreneurs
  • Reaching international (greater!) audiences


Don’t end up in the annals of discrimination history; do culture well from the start to launch your organization to greater heights.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. I-Chant A. Chiang

Dr. I-Chant A. Chiang

Vice-President, Sea to Sky Alliance for Education
Dr. I-Chant A. Chiang is a cognitive psychologist, with a focus on language and culture.  She is a sought-after speaker and consultant and has published on topics ranging from political psychology to student motivation to innovation and risk-taking.  A passionate educator and educational... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Berdahl

Jennifer Berdahl

Professor, Sociology, University of British Columbia
Jennifer Berdahl (PhD, Social Psychology) is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the social psychology of gender and power at work, with emphasis on the relationship between organizational culture and sexual harassment... Read More →
avatar for Vivian Chan

Vivian Chan

COO, Eyexpo Technology
Vivian Chan is a technology executive who has been involved in launch, monetization, sales and marketing for 3 waves of disruptive technology: Big Data; Cloud ; and now AR/VR. She has over 18 years of experience working with companies of all sizes from startups to taking mid-sized... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Mitchell

Ashley Mitchell

Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
Ashley Mitchell is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP and practices in the areas of employment, human rights and privacy law.  Ashley acts for and advises provincially and federally regulated employers on a broad range of workplace matters including wrongful dismissals, terminations... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Pennefather

Patrick Pennefather

Assistant Professor, Film & Theatre, University of British Columbia
Keywords to describe Patrick Pennefather: disruptor, 'professor', composer, clown, sound designer, researcher, facilitator, writer, hybrid, CDM, UBC, adaptive
avatar for Ellie Rubin

Ellie Rubin

Advisor, Thinkwire
Ellie Rubin is a bestselling business author, entrepreneur and business advisor, with a background in journalism and international speaking.  Ellie began her entrepreneurial journey as the President & Co-founder of Bulldog Software - a Digital Media Asset Management Platform with... Read More →
avatar for Loretta Todd

Loretta Todd

Filmmaker & Producer
Loretta Todd is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker, producer, writer and show runner. Her family is Cree/Metis from northern Alberta, Canada. Her work encompasses documentaries, television, webseries, Apps and now she has directed, produced and co-wrote her first... Read More →



Tuesday September 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Miller Thomson 725 Granville St Suite 400, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5
 
Wednesday, September 18
 

10:00am

SPARK Creations presents 'Founding Partners: The Secret to Building a Strong Partnership'
Many startups now have multiple Founders. Finding the right partner and building a strong relationship can be tricky especially during the startup phase. What is unique about the Founder partnership? What are key elements to building the foundation for new Founders? What are tips to strengthen the Founder partnership?

In this 90 minute interactive session, each Founder partnership will begin the session with sharing their story and then we will have table conversations with each Founder partnership, rotating World Cafe style.

Moderated by Lorie Corcuera and Aileen de la Torre of SPARK Creations & Company, we will hear from Founding Partners at MuseFind, Jennifer Yemu Li Chiang, CEO/Co-Founder and Andry Tanusdjaja, CFO/Co-Founder; at Routific, Marc Kuo, Founder/CEO and Suzanne Ma, Co-Founder/CMO; and at ElevenEleven, Tess Sloane, Co-Founder and Alisha Adams, Co-Founder.

Speakers
avatar for Tess Sloane

Tess Sloane

Co-Founder, ElevenEleven Talent
Tess is a firm believer in the philosophy of transformation, with concrete examples throughout her 14+ years in the HR industry. She has catalyzed purpose-led paths for people and worked for global brands renown for their transformative People Practices and HR strategies.Using her... Read More →
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Alisha Adams

Co-Founder, ElevenEleven Talent
Alisha is fed by passion and fuelled by connection. With over a decade in Talent Acquisition, she has transformed careers and lives across industries—and oceans.Having studied Fashion Merchandising and worked with global apparel brands, Alisha has a strong knowledge of the product... Read More →
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Marc Kuo

CEO/Founder, Routific
Marc is the Founder and CEO of Routific. He is an expert on advanced route optimization algorithms and brings more than a decade of experience in the field of logistics. He is married to his co-founder, Suzanne.
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Suzanne Ma

CMO, Routific
Suzanne is co-founder and CMO of Routific. She worked as a journalist for nearly a decade, and published a book about the Chinese immigrant experience, before changing gears and diving into the startup world. She is married to her co-founder, Marc.
avatar for Jennifer Yemu Li Chiang

Jennifer Yemu Li Chiang

CEO/Co-Founder, MuseFind
Experience: MIT Launch - Sloan School of Business mentorERA NYC Alumni 2015UI/UX Designer for Harvard Business Publishing - designed one of the first digital versions of a Harvard Business Publication Jennifer is an experienced influencer marketing and technology leader. As a former... Read More →
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Andry Tanusdjaja

COO/CFO, MuseFind
Andry is the Co-Founder, COO/CFO of MuseFind. Andry led the creation of MuseFind’s customer success playbook to manage over 300 clients with 6k collaborations among 23k influencers. Andry comes from the corporate world of finance formally from Teck, Shell Deloitte, and TELUS. He... Read More →
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Lorie Corcuera

CEO/Co-Founder, SPARK Creations
Lorie Corcuera is the Co-Founder and CEO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., a training and development organization that inspires people and companies to create meaningful cultures and workplaces. Over the past 20 years, Lorie has cultivated her people and culture development, community... Read More →
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Aileen De la Torre

CFO/Co-Founder, SPARK Creations
As the Co-Founder and CFO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., Aileen leads with a desire for constant improvement and growth, personally, professionally, and for the people that are fortunate enough to come in contact with her. Aileen has over 20 years of experience specializing in... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
eUBC UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, V6Z 3B7 Room 1900

12:00pm

Pearly Tang presents 'Failure to Launch - How to Make Your Startup (and You) Survive and Thrive'
It’s been said that 90% of all start-ups fail, and while this figure may be closer to 50% by the five-year mark - the question is why?
 
There are obvious reasons such as lack of funding or an inability to truly find a solution to a gap in the market, but one of the biggest determinants of success is the founder (and their team).
 
Learn from the leading industry experts on how to work harder and smarter to ensure that your start-up survives and thrives past the 5-year mark.
 
Here’s what you’ll learn:
• The latest breakthrough research from local start-up founders on effective strategies to grow your start-up to a multi million-dollar company!
• What entrepreneurship is from an academic perspective
• Practical tools to build mental resilience and plans of action to overcome the barriers faced by start-up founders
• Hear about real stories from our panel on how they dealt with the trials and tribulations on their journey to creating a successful company and what pitfalls to avoid
 
After the presentation, there will a Q&A session with the audience.



A very special thank you to Bench Accounting (bench.co) for their venue sponsorship!

Speakers
avatar for Ian Crosby

Ian Crosby

Co-Founder & CEO, Bench Accounting
Ian Crosby is the co-founder and CEO of Bench, North America’s largest bookkeeping service. Recognizing that entrepreneurs go into business to pursue a passion, not to do administrative work, Ian saw the opportunity to improve lives for small business owners by making bookkeeping... Read More →
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Colin Mansell

Founder, RED Academy
Colin is the founder of RED Academy, a growing global network of coding and design schools, where students learn by working on real client projects. He previously founded digital agency Drive, which was sold to Major Tom. Outside of helping RED Academy scale, Colin currently helps... Read More →
avatar for Anna Sainsbury

Anna Sainsbury

Founder and Chairman, GeoComply
n 2012, Anna founded GeoComply, an innovative new company aimed at filling a crucial missing piece of the US iGaming puzzle: the ability to accurately locate players to within State borders and to detect and block popular location spoofing technologies such as VPNs and DNS Proxies... Read More →
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David Clough

Assistant Professor, OBHR Division | Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group, University of British Columbia
A current faculty member of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Professor Clough is deeply passionate about social science research, and about communicating the fruits of that research through teaching. His published research includes papers on entrepreneurs... Read More →
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Pearly Tang

Founder & Principal, Excel Student Solutions
Author, Educator, and founder of Excel Student Solutions, Pearly is a decade-plus veteran of global higher education who has personally taught, directed, or created academic programs for thousands of students from 15+ countries. At Excel Student Solutions, Pearly works with her team... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bench 200 - 545 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A6

2:00pm

PBI Labs presents 'Report Design, Analytics & Visualization in Microsoft Power BI'
In today’s fast-paced business landscape, Visual Data Analytics allows executives and analysts to access and visualize the state of their business.

Visual Data Analytics methodologies combine human creativity & expertise, with the computing power of analytics processors, to gain insight into complex problems. These advanced visual interfaces allow us to directly interact with the data and make well-informed decisions.

It is important to understand how to leverage these technologies to identify trends, opportunities & risks, and drive decision making.

Through a sample case study, you will learn how to connect & analyze data, and follow a user-centric design & development process to produce thought-provoking, visually stunning reports.

Presenters:
Luca Gualtieri, MCSE, BI Consultant
Raymond D’Lima, CPA, CGA

Speakers
avatar for Raymond D'Lima, CPA, CGA, PMP

Raymond D'Lima, CPA, CGA, PMP

Co-founder & CEO, PBI Labs
Raymond has a wealth of experience working in audit, tax, accounting and finance. He has spoken at and worked with firms ranging from SME’s to publicly traded companies. His experience ranges from business process improvement & change management to data visualization & dashboard... Read More →
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Luca Gualtieri, MCSE

Co-founder & CTO, PBI Labs
Luca has over a decade of experience working as a consultant, business analyst, project manager and expert in data analytics & visualization. His passion for telling stories with data, and translating raw data into insightful metrics has helped firms & institutions around the glo... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

2:00pm

IMBY presents 'The Future of Home Ownership'
The truth is that real estate investing is simply out of reach for most of us. It takes tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to participate and in a lot of cases, there are barriers even if you do have the money.

Vancouver Protech start-up, IMBY, wants to talk about approaching things differently. How can we democratize real estate investing so that anyone can start building a real estate portfolio?

Join entrepreneur and IMBY co-founder Steve Jagger to learn the foundations of traditional investing and how we can leverage technology and crowdfunding for real estate investing so that we all can share in the returns.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Doors open, refreshments, cash bar, & networking

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Presentation: The Future of Home Ownership
Speaker: IMBY Co-Founder, Stephen Jagger
Q&A

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Happy Hour: Hang out & chat with the IMBY team and others interested in investing

BONUS: Register for your free IMBY account and get a $5.00 CAD IMBY wallet credit when you attend the meetup. Register at IMBYx.com (new members only).



Speakers
avatar for Stephen Jagger

Stephen Jagger

Co-Founder/Executive Director, IMBY
Stephen Jagger is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. He started his entrepreneurial journey in 2000 when he and long-time business partner Mike Stephenson setup Combustion Hosting (acquired ’06), followed by Ubertor Realtor Software (acquired ’13). In 2012 they headed to the... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Profile on Thurlow 535 Thurlow St suite 100, Vancouver, BC V6E 3L2

3:00pm

Fasken presents 'Minimum Viable Security: The Competitive Advantage'
With a new data breach in the news on the weekly, both consumers and enterprises are waking up to the risks of using start-up SaaSes and storing their data in the Cloud. Enterprises, under increasing compliance and privacy legislation, are now demanding their suppliers align to their cyber security requirements. 
 
Start-ups have historically deferred addressing the cyber security elephant in the room, often arguing they are too small to be a target, security is too expensive or that their acquirer will fix security concerns later. However, it is 2019: VCs are wise to buying privacy lemons, procurement processes now include cyber security questionnaires and the start-ups who haven't taken cyber security serious are losing business to competitors who have. 
 
This panel will discuss why privacy and security has suddenly become everyone's responsibility, what is minimum viable security for a start-up and how implementing such security foundations upfront will result in smoother sales processes and a major competitive advantage.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Dow

Alex Dow

CTO, Mirai Security Inc.
Over the past decade and a half, Alex has helped organizations assess, implement, and optimize security solutions to prevent, detect and manage cyber security threats. He brings over a decade and a half of experience from three mission critical Security Operation Centers (SOC), including... Read More →
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Ivo Georgiev

CEO, Mirai Security Inc.
Ivo is a cyber security veteran with over 25 years of experience in both management and technical roles. He helps start-ups and well established companies catering to clients in highly regulated industries shorten their sales cycles and grow revenue by aligning their security programs... Read More →
avatar for Martin Twigg

Martin Twigg

Associate, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
As a member of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity group, Martin regularly advises clients with respect to compliance with Canadian federal and provincial privacy laws. He assists clients with the development and implementation of privacy policies and procedures, organization-wide... Read More →
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Byron Thom

Principal, Framework Venture Partners
Byron Thom is a Principal at Framework Venture Partners. Based in Vancouver, he has over 15 years of experience in the technology, startup and privacy sectors, and within the technology ecosystem in various capacities. Prior to joining Framework, Byron was an Associate Director at... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Fasken 550 Burrard Street, Suite 2900, Vancouver , BC , V6C 0A3

4:00pm

Granted presents 'What the 'Tech!?': The Grant Nerd goes Digital'
Creating a product or service for the masses is exciting! You identify a problem, but how do you use tech to solve it without a programming background? Learn the challenges and lessons of a 4th-generation Canadian, female, minority entrepreneur who saw an opportunity to transition her service-based grant consulting business to a tech-based platform without an in-house tech team.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Sang

Stephanie Sang

CEO/Founder, Granted Consulting
Stephanie, a true Vancouverite, vowed never to be an entrepreneur, though she comes from four generations of business owners. Stephanie holds a degree in international marketing, and worked in various industries including tourism and technology, before establishing herself in a VP... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

4:00pm

Osler, Rhino Ventures & Thinkific presents 'Ready or Not: How to prepare your company for VC and Angel investment'
Cap tables? Shareholder Agreements? Financial Statements? IP Ownership? What is ‘due diligence’ anyway?

Are you ready to take your business to the next level with an investment from a venture capital firm or Angel investor?

Learn from the experienced leaders at Osler, Rhino Ventures (formerly VFF) and Thinkific on what investors look for when evaluating a company for investment and what you need to do to become investor ready.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Co-Founder & CEO, Thinkific
Greg is passionate about education. He is a lawyer, instructor and lifelong student. Greg has taught thousands of students online and helped others create their own online courses.As a founder of Thinkific, Greg's goal is to help create and deliver amazing eLearning experiences.
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Justin D. Young

Partner, Osler
Justin Young is a Partner in Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies practice group. His practice focuses on venture financing, mergers and acquisitions and corporate commercial matters for private technology companies. He has acted for hundreds of technology clients across Canada... Read More →
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Jay Rhind

Partner, Rhino Ventures
As a reformed corporate financial analyst and twice-failed entrepreneur, Jay brings a pragmatic and analytical approach to Rhino Ventures (formerly Vancouver Founder Fund), which he co-founded with Fraser and Dan.Jay’s passion for business is undeniable and he is a true utility... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Osler LLP 1055 W Hastings St #1700, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9

4:00pm

Tamwood Careers presents 'Revenue Model Forecasting: Going Beyond The "Three Scenario Model"'
Part of the entrepreneurial journey is facing risks. When developing our financial projections, we often default to the typical three scenarios approach – worst, baseline and best case scenarios – to help us plan for those unexpected catastrophic fires.

Come join us for an interactive session where we will map out the pros and cons of the three scenarios approach and explore a modern alternative that will help us navigate more clearly around the unknowns. We will dive into some existing tools, together with our spreadsheet models, to step through how this technique can hash out the “what if” scenarios.

To wrap up, we will see how we can take advantage of this technique to better our confidence when reaching
out for funding.

Speakers
avatar for Luiz Persechini

Luiz Persechini

Co-founder, Sherwa
Luiz Persechini is the Co-founder of Sherwa online, a start-up that is changing the way gamersget connected. Luiz has worked for 15 years with large multinationals in different capacities untilhe finally heard his entrepreneurial call about a year ago.He has a Bachelor in Economics... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Tamwood Careers 200-889 W Pender St Vancouver, BC V6C 1M2

4:00pm

IMBY presents 'Happy Hour'
Following IMBY’s 2:00 PM ‘Future of Home Ownership’ session, the team will stick around for a happy hour at the Profile. This open networking session will be a chance to connect with the IMBY Real Estate Corp team and chat with others interested in real estate investing.


It will be a cash bar and light snacks will be served.
BONUS: IMBY members will get a drink ticket. If you’re not an IMBY member, you can register at IMBYx.com (click register) before or at the event in order to receive one (1) drink ticket.



Wednesday September 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Profile on Thurlow 535 Thurlow St suite 100, Vancouver, BC V6E 3L2

6:00pm

Watson Goepel LLP presents 'Top 5 Legal Hacks for Tech Entrepreneurs'
Experienced technology lawyer Anand Athiviraham, along with IP lawyer Cameron Funnell and business immigration lawyer Henry Ka, give you the inside scoop on what mistakes to avoid when it comes to your tech startup, regardless of what stage your business is at. Entrepreneurs, developers, bootstrappers, SaaS companies and more established companies looking to take it to the next level, will all benefit from this lively and interactive session!



Topics include:

· What types of agreements does my business need and why do I need them?

· How can I best protect my business’ intellectual property?

· What do I need to know before attracting investors and raising capital?

· How can I employ foreign workers to help in running my business?

Appies and beverages will be served

You can find us around the corner from the Burrard Skytrain station, and 24 hour parking is available at the Impark lot west of Burrard, off of Melville Street.

Watson Goepel LLP is an established full-service law firm located in the heart of the Vancouver financial district, with a second office in Surrey, BC.

Speakers
avatar for Henry Ka

Henry Ka

Associate, Watson Goepel LLP
Henry has a banking background, and advises domestic and international clients on mergers and acquisitions and financing issues. Henry also works in the immigration law group, helping clients navigate the complex rules surrounding Canada’s immigration policies. He is conversant... Read More →
avatar for Anand Athiviraham

Anand Athiviraham

Associate, Watson Goepel LLP
Anand acts for a variety of tech-based companies, from startups to established entities, advising them on numerous issues including mergers and acquisitions, financings, and liability protection tailored for e-commerce businesses.
avatar for Cameron Funnell

Cameron Funnell

Associate, Watson Goepel LLP
Cameron has a background in intellectual property law and advises clients on technology issues including licensing and privacy. He also provides general corporate/commercial advice to businesses in a wide range of industries.



Wednesday September 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Watson Goepel LLP 1200 - 1075 West Georgia Street, V6E 3C9

6:00pm

RED Academy presents 'Zero Waste Startups'
The City of Vancouver has a long-term vision for the city to achieve the goal of zero waste by 2040. Is going zero waste possible, and can startups make a difference?

With this overarching goal on everyone's minds, we're putting our heads together to discuss the changing face of sustainability in startups. Topics of discussion include what are the challenges around being a startup that helps people be zero-waste, or being a startup that wants to be zero waste? And at the end of the day, can startups really make a difference? We'll also be talking about the City of Vancouver's plan towards 2040, which includes policies and actions to help stimulate, support, and allow Vancouver to become a zero waste community. What role can startups play in helping this city achieve its clean green dreams?


Join us on September 18th for an interactive discussion on zero waste startups, and how it might affect us as consumers in the long run. We'll be welcoming a handful of speakers to share their expertise, and opening discussion up to the audience to share their experience!


AGENDA


5:45pm - 6pm: Doors open, registration


6pm - 6:20pm: Refreshments and mingling. Grab a snack, grab a seat and make yourself at home


6:20pm - 7pm (approx): Panel session; questions and input from the audience are welcome - think of yourselves as bonus panelists!


7pm - 7:20pm - Additional Q&A and room to wrap up the panel discussion


7:20pm - 7:30pm: Social time; grab a drink and carry on the conversations with the people around you


Speakers
avatar for Tara Lamond

Tara Lamond

Partner, Small Business Advisor
My Name is Tara Lamond, as a Small Business Advisor I partner with small business owners and solopreneurs to achieve their dreams and influence them to think differently when it comes to creating positive impact in our local economy through meaningful conversations. By doing this... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Yang

Tiffany Yang

Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, Green Chair
Tiffany joined Green Chair as a volunteer when she was in highschool. She saw the importance of GCR at events and festivals, which inspired her to recruit her friends, family and strangers to volunteer, creating an Amazing-Planet-Caring-Family. She revived her high-school Green Team... Read More →
avatar for Harvinder Aujala

Harvinder Aujala

Director of Policy & Communications, Recycling Council of BC
Harvinder Aujala is the Director of Policy & Communications with the Recycling Council of BC (RCBC), and has been focusing on waste reduction for over 15 years. Harvinder is responsible for the management and delivery of RCBC’s programs and services, including the province-wide... Read More →
avatar for Veronika Bylicki

Veronika Bylicki

Co-Founder/Co-Director, CityHive
Veronika is an engagement innovator, community builder and sustainability strategist. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityHive, a not-for-profit on a mission to transform the way that young people are engaged in civic processes, in particular planning and decision making... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
RED Academy 200 - 1490 W Broadway, V6H 4E8

6:00pm

BrainStation presents 'FinTech | Democratization through Digitization'
As technology continues to disrupt the financial services industry, FinTech companies are making financial literacy and planning easier and more accessible to all. With heightened competition, better alternatives, and increased transparency – all in the palm of your hands – the way we understand, manage and invest our money has fundamentally changed.


Join us as we discuss how FinTech has transformed our relationship with financial service providers and what industry leaders are working on next.


Event Breakdown
6:00PM - Doors open, refreshments & networking
6:30PM - Panel discussion begins, with moderated Q&A
7:45PM - Mingling
8:00PM - Event end


Speakers
avatar for Partho Ghosh

Partho Ghosh

Director of Product, Beanworks
Partho is a seasoned leader in Product Management, Product Marketing, and Agile Product Development with over a decade of experience in B2B SaaS, FinTech & eCommerce. He's worked with companies such as MEC, Staples, Glance Technologies, Beanworks & Unbounce grow and scale their products... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Menon

Stephen Menon

VP of Product, Finn AI
Stephen is a seasoned digital acquisition and product strategist in the financial services industry. With over 12 years of working experience in various lines of business within banking, Stephen formerly served as VP of Operations at MBNA (acquired by Bank of America) and SVP of Marketing... Read More →
avatar for David Dyck

David Dyck

Head of Client Services, WealthBar
David is the Head of Client Servics, Financial Adviser & Portfolio Manager at WealthBar; a fintech company helping Main Street Canadians access the same investing strategies that the ultra-rich use to build wealth. David works tirelessly to ensure all Canadians get the most out of... Read More →
avatar for Paola Ashton

Paola Ashton

VP of Business and Client Development, Glance Technologies
Paola is the VP of Business and Client Development at Glance Technologies, a FinTech company that solves the paint points restaurant operators and guests face in the payment process by providing a better experience through their mobile payment and loyalty app, Glance Pay. Paola works... Read More →



Wednesday September 18, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
BrainStation BrainStation, 455 Granville St #400, V6C 1T1
 
Thursday, September 19
 

8:00am

Small Business Finance Forum presents 'Be Your Own VC & You Just Closed Your Seed Round... Now What?'
The early bird gets the worm and in this session you will get ahead of the game, finding out how to minimize dilution by thinking like a VC and leveraging your business. This is an interactive session so come prepared to ask questions.

Speakers
avatar for Bhavik Chauhan

Bhavik Chauhan

Vice President, OKR Financial
Bhavik Chauhan – Current Vice President at OKR Financial, CEO – BNG Strategy Consulting and Former Managing Director for the largest independent SR&ED and Government funding consulting firm in Canada for several years. Over 20 years of experience in corporate Business Development... Read More →
avatar for Pavan Jawanda

Pavan Jawanda

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Pavan Jawanda is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Business Law Group in Vancouver. His practice is primarily focused on advising public and private companies on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance, venture capital and other... Read More →
avatar for Shea Sweeney

Shea Sweeney

Business Account Manager, RBC
Shea graduated from UVIC and has worked with RBC for 7 years, in the past 3 years Shea has worked as a Business Account Manager in Victoria and has primarily worked with startup companies. Shea recently transferred to the Vancouver market and continues to work with a variety of c... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sharp

Stephanie Sharp

CEO, 3DQue Systems
Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems, a 3D printing automation technology company and founder of the first Small Business Finance Forum event in Vancouver for small to medium-sized businesses. Over the past 30 years she has developed innovative, sustainable, financial solutions for... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
McCarthy Tétrault 745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5, Canada

8:00am

Digital Hospitality presents 'Grow your StartUp - Digital Marketing lessons learned from spending over $25 million'
Learn the secrets used in creating countless consistent and profitable Google Ad campaigns. Join us for a presentation with Google Ads Account Strategist, Kevin Harwood as he shares his wealth of experience and knowledge in digital marketing. He has helped both small businesses in taking their first steps in selling products and services online to helping large corporations implementing huge million-dollar marketing campaigns.  

*Please be aware that Googling the address for EventChain sends you to the wrong location. Please refer to the venue location attached to this event for the correct address. Thank you!*

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
EventChain 214 - 268 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X6 Canada

8:30am

Innovate BC presents 'A Conversation with B.C.’s Innovation Leaders'
Join three of B.C.’s top innovation leaders for a candid and engaging discussion. The panelists will discuss their career paths from private sector executives to three of the most influential leaders in B.C.’s tech industry. We’ll also get their input on the current state of our provincial tech sector and what we need to do to become the next major global tech hub.

Panelists
Raghwa Gopal, President + CEO of Innovate BC
Jill Tipping, CEO of BC Tech Association
Jeanette Jackson, CEO of Foresight Cleantech Accelerator

Agenda
08:30 – 09:00: Registration
09:00 – 09:45: Panel discussion
09:45 – 11:00: Networking

Location
The Salon Pommard Ballroom at the Sutton Place Hotel. You can directly enter the ballroom from the outside of the hotel, through the door next to the Sutton Place Wine Merchant.

Speakers
avatar for Raghwa Gopal

Raghwa Gopal

President + CEO, Innovate BC
A serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience starting, growing and selling numerous businesses, Gopal joined Innovate BC from Accelerate Okanagan (AO), where he was Chief Executive Officer. At AO, Gopal was instrumental in the creation and management of successful programs for... Read More →
avatar for Jill Tipping

Jill Tipping

CEO, BC Tech Association
Jill Tipping is a passionate advocate for the tech industry—having spent most of her career working with, and for tech companies, she is no stranger to the challenges and needs of the sector. As BC Tech’s President and CEO, she is determined to make BC a top ten startup ecosystem... Read More →
avatar for Jeanette Jackson

Jeanette Jackson

CEO, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator
Jeanette is an experienced CEO, entrepreneur and business strategist with broad-based experience in technology, business development, marketing and operations. Jeanette held the position of founding CEO of Light-Based Technologies where she successfully raised millions in funding... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 8:30am - 11:00am
Sutton Place Hotel 845 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6

8:30am

ACETECH presents 'Tech Routes to Market Options & Economics'
This ACETECH hosted workshop normally runs for $250 per attendee, but some complimentary spots have opened up for #VSW2019 pass holders. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register here using code VSW2019. If you have registered, but are no longer able to attend, please email events@acetechbc.ca to let them know to open your spot up for someone else.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Start-ups, emerging and growth companies:
In Tech startups, emerging and growth companies RTM strategy impacts all of the functional areas in the Tech organization. From the CEO and the Board, to the functional heads of Finance, R&D, Product Development, Sales, Marketing and HR high-performance RTM strategy impact them all. The Tech RTM workshop is designed for Board, CEO, and CEO direct reports in emerging Tech companies.

Mature tech companies:
In more mature Tech companies the course meets the current and future needs of Marketing, Sales, Channel and Business Development strategists and tacticians. This group would include product marketers, channel marketers, channel developers and channel managers.

WORKSHOP CONTENT

This workshop examines six key foundational aspects of any tech routes to market strategy:
- Fundamental routes to market economics
- The variety of routes to market options and when to use them
- The direct routes to market option and its variants
- Indirect channel options both single and multi-tier
- Required channel organization resources
- Strategic questions and issues to resolve

Channelcorp Partners Bruce and Margaret Stuart will deliver the session.
Bruce Stuart and Margaret Stuart created Channelcorp in 1989. This independent Vancouver based firm is a leading global RTM and channel consultancy and strategy education firm specializing in consulting with and educating management teams of innovative, entrepreneurial and high-performance software, hardware and telecommunications firms. Channelcorp has delivered consulting and executive education assignments “on the ground” in 25 countries in NA, SA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including Japan and China. The firm has published 13 books, and in excess of 500 articles on RTM strategy and execution in the global technology industry and educated thousands of tech industry executives around the world.

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Venture Labs 11th Floor - 555 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6

10:00am

Small Business Finance Forum presents '3 Keys to Successful Borrowing'
Another lively panel discussion with experts from banking (no, seriously, this will be fun!) who will answer questions about different types and sources of debt, how to qualify and where to find them. You’ll gain new insights about how borrowing really works.



Speakers
avatar for Div Dikshit

Div Dikshit

Senior Commercial Account Manager - Knowledge Based Industries, RBC
Div’s academic and professional background brings a unique perspective and skillset to the role. Div holds a  FA Charter, a Mechanical Engineering Degree, and an MBA in Finance. Div started his career as an Analyst with the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Nomura Investment Banking... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sharp

Stephanie Sharp

CEO, 3DQue Systems
Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems, a 3D printing automation technology company and founder of the first Small Business Finance Forum event in Vancouver for small to medium-sized businesses. Over the past 30 years she has developed innovative, sustainable, financial solutions for... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
McCarthy Tétrault 745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5, Canada

10:00am

Hervana presents 'Breaking Stereotypes: Women Who Lead | Mastermind Workshop'
Interactive mastermind session focused on channeling your leadership voice with Guest Expert, Humaira Ahmed, Founder of Locelle.
About this Event
Gender stereotypes kill a woman’s self-confidence and the best way to break stereotypes is to speak up and take action.

Hervana, Locelle, MyCEO and Women in Tech World are partnering to host a mastermind session where you will get to share your ideas and experiences, learn how to harness your leadership voice amongst gender stereotypes in the work place and be supported by successful women and peers.

Join us in this casual mastermind workshop where the main goal is to get women together, learn from each other and inspire you to make bold moves to accelerate your career or business.

Speakers
avatar for Betty Hasker

Betty Hasker

Co-Founder & Business Coach, MyCeo
Betty is a career executive with core competencies in business development and strategy across a broad range of industries. Creative and self-directed, Betty is skilled in analyzing opportunities and developing, implementing, and achieving both short-term and long-term strategic... Read More →
avatar for Glorie Averbach

Glorie Averbach

Co-Founder & Business Coach, MyCEO
Glorie is an expert in building small businesses in the technology sector. An energetic people person with Emotional Intelligence, she is an accomplished team leader, speaker, coach and mentor. She is passionate about creating collaborative, open environments where innovation can... Read More →
avatar for Humaira Ahmed

Humaira Ahmed

Founder, Locelle
Humaira Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of Locelle - a matchmaking platform to connect and engage women in the workplaces for support and mentorship. As a Pakistani born Canadian entrepreneur, Humaira is passionate about diversity in our Startup ecosystem as well as in traditionally... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

10:00am

Tanessa Shears Coaching presents The Entrepreneur’s Ultimate Guide to Saving Time & Cash for Eating REAL FOOD on a Budget
The Entrepreneur’s Ultimate Guide to Saving Time & Cash for Eating REAL FOOD on a Budget - The System I Used to Cut my Food Bill in Half, Save Time & Start Eating Healthy Again

Speakers
avatar for Tanessa Shears

Tanessa Shears

Founder, Tanessa Shears Coaching
Tanessa Shears is an experienced life and weight coach who specializes in helping high achieving career women drop both the mental weight and the physical weight. With over 10 years of showing clients exactly how to create confidence and transformation in their lives, she gets her... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

12:00pm

NEXT Canada presents 'First Time Founder? How to Avoid the Classic Pitfalls and Make the Most of Resources Available to You!'
This session is for founders with early-stage ventures or students and recent grads looking to launch a new start-up.  In this interactive session, learn from three Vancouver-based entrepreneurs who built their companies right out of university.  Discover local and national programs and resources available to help you navigate the pitfalls all founders face.  Ask the tough questions and get inspired.

Moderator
Jon French, Senior Director of Global Recruitment and Alumni Community, NEXT Canada

Panelists
Hassan Murad – CEO and Co-Founder, Intuitive Inc.
Sagar Malhi – Co-Founder, Switchboard
Kristina Pearkes – Co-Founder, Orbityl

This event is sponsored by NEXT Canada, a national non-profit organization that delivers programming for Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs through their Next 36, NextAI and Next Founders programs. NEXT Canada counts over 600 alumni and has helped to launch 200 startups since 2010.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Pearkes

Kristina Pearkes

Co-Founder, Orbityl
Kristina is a co-founder of Orbityl, a startup developing in-ear sensors that monitor electrical brain activity, where she leads hardware and firmware development. With Orbityl she has participated in numerous startup programs including the Next 36 (Toronto), Highway1 (San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Sagar Malhi

Sagar Malhi

Co-Founder, Switchboard
Sagar Malhi is the Co-Founder of Switchboard, a Y-Combinator backed startup that uses real time information to match freight with truck drivers. Graduating with an Engineering Physics degree from the University of British Columbia, he honed his technical and product development skills... Read More →
avatar for Jon French

Jon French

Senior Director of Global Recruitment, Community & Alumni, NEXT Canada
As a member of the NEXT Canada management team, Jon leads all domestic and international recruitment activities for the organization's three entrepreneurial programs (NextAI, Next 36 and Next Founders) as well as NextED, an educational initiative to increase technology adoption within... Read More →
avatar for Hassan Murad

Hassan Murad

CEO & Co-Founder, Intuitive AI
Hassan Murad is the CEO & Co-Founder of Intuitive AI where they develop AI to empower a zero waste world. He was driven by the world’s massive waste problem to begin creating solutions along with co-founder, Vivek Vyas, and divert waste away from landfills, incineration chambers... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

12:00pm

Small Business Finance Forum presents 'How to Get Financing from Banks WORKSHOP'
Canadian banks lend more than $50 billion to small business. Find out what information you need to successfully pitch a bank!

Getting a loan is a lot like dating – you need to know what you’re looking for if you don’t want to get ummm …well, you get the idea. In this workshop you discover what types of loans are out there and which ones suit you, your lifestyle, and your long term objectives.



Speakers
avatar for Pierce Johnston

Pierce Johnston

Designated Professional, Private Enterprise Team, MNP
Pierce Johnston, CPA, is a designated professional in MNP’s Private Enterprise Team, and has been a part of the team since 2016, performing a breadth of assurance and tax services. He has worked with organizations in various industries, with an emphasis on venture capital and other... Read More →
avatar for Dean Chamberland

Dean Chamberland

Senior Commercial Banker, RBC
Dean Chamberland is a Senior Commercial Banker with RBC and specializes in supporting Technology, Clean-Tech, and Life Science companies. Since joining RBC in 1998, Dean has leveraged his industry expertise and the broad resources of Canada’s largest bank to boost the growth and... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sharp

Stephanie Sharp

CEO, 3DQue Systems
Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems, a 3D printing automation technology company and founder of the first Small Business Finance Forum event in Vancouver for small to medium-sized businesses. Over the past 30 years she has developed innovative, sustainable, financial solutions for... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
McCarthy Tétrault 745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5, Canada

12:00pm

Valhalla Angels Network presents 'Angels Den in Valhalla'
For investors and founders.

See behind the scenes as we follow the structure of Valhalla Angel Monthly Forum so you, as a new investor or a founder, can learn more about the investment process and the raise processes. Learn how to Improve your pitch and chances of raising funds. Each year Valhalla Angels, Western Canada's most active angel network and home to Canada's Angels of the Year for the past 2 years, receives 500+ requests to pitch to our angel members. Bring yourself a snack or lunch.

About Valhalla Angels
Valhalla Angels is one of Canada’s most active angel investment groups since 2003 and home to Canada’s 2018 & 2019 Angel of the Year. We are committed to supporting the startup ecosystem through early stage angel investing. Established in 2003 with 4 Chapters in Western Canada our 130+ angel members have invested over $64M into over 230 deals. Beyond screening for great investment opportunities we also provide a path for Founders: cradle-to-exit-and-back. This has lead to ~75% of our angel members being past founders.

Founder BaseCamp, a 2.5 day program, that over 1,100 founders have attended and gave an NPS score of 99/100

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Speakers
avatar for Kristina Mike

Kristina Mike

President, Valhalla Angels
Kristina is the President of Valhalla Angels, one of Canada’s most active angel investing groupsand an Executive/Co-Founder with Valhalla Private Capital. As well as being an angel investorherself, an A100 member, and sits on various boards, she spends time supporting theentrepreneurial... Read More →
avatar for Grant Lawrence

Grant Lawrence

Co-Founder, Valhalla Private Capital
Grant has participated in an IPO, experienced a buyout and the integration challenges that go with this;he is an active Angel investor is a Founder of Valhalla Private Capital and as President of Valhalla AngelsKelowna and Co-President of Valhalla Angels Vancouver Grant contributes... Read More →
avatar for Danny Way

Danny Way

President, The Viridis Group
President, The Viridis GroupCEO, Vario VenturesI graduated with an engineering degree from UCalgary in 2005 and started my career in the energyindustry. I have been fortunate to combine experiences in energy and sustainability; bothunderstanding company value and the risks they face... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
UBC Robson 800 Robson Street, V6Z 3B7 Room 1900

12:00pm

CanWeedine Productions presents 'Mapping out a Cannabis Startup for Women and Minorities'
Its almost 11 months into the legalization of Cannabis and the opportunity to get on the Green Rush is viable for entrepreneurs to explore. So where does one start? There are so many avenues from growing to retail to e-commerce of ancillary products/services and or being a service provider or educator. But it's not as straight forward as other industries. There are rules and compliance issues that still lay in the grey on top of regular challenges of any startup.  What does this mean for women and minorities that are entering the industry successfully? To address these areas is to bring in insights from leading industry advocates who are paving the way for prospects to pursue Cannabis as a business. Each Panelist brings a specific perspective of what the success will look like for entrepreneurs who want to enter this industry and will explore the social issues/challenges as well as the business mindset required.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Tran

Cindy Tran

Producer, CanWeedine
As a production company, we are focused on curating content from the female perspective on the topic of cannabis education. Our events are designed to be informative, inclusive as well as highly stylized and entertaining.Our Vision"Empowering her weed with wellness education through... Read More →
avatar for Emily Leung

Emily Leung

Founder, Ohai Collective
Emily Leung is the founder of Ohai Collective, a Canadian cannabis lifestyle and accessories brand, and partners with other cannabis companies as a marketing consultant. Her professional career and experience stems from agencies, professional sports, and CPG. Ohai was created by combining... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Dobbs

Andrea Dobbs

Co-Founder & Brand Manager, Village Bloomery
With an educational background in Design and Display, Andrea has worked most of her life in retail, with a focus on design and management. Throughout her career, Andrea has had the pleasure of working for forward-thinking retailers like IKEA, The Body Shop, and Womyns Ware. Andrea... Read More →
avatar for Barinder Rasode

Barinder Rasode

Founder, Grow Tech Labs
Home grown social influencer Barinder Rasode’s quintessential advocacy for Canadian values is nationally renowned. Her leadership, mastery of complex subjects, and innovation guide a plethora of issues that impact the everyday life of Canadians Barinder is the CEO of Grow Tech... Read More →
avatar for Karli Fahlman

Karli Fahlman

Community Manager, Tantalus Labs
Karli is the Community Manager of Tantalus Labs. She has spent her career as a Brand and Marketing Strategist, partnering alongside multiple notable brands and companies with a documented record of success.In addition to acting as the Marketing Manager for four years at Western Canada’s... Read More →
avatar for Susan Chapelle

Susan Chapelle

Director of Government Relations, Pasha Brands
Susan Chapelle has been both a patient and an advocate for the cannabis industry for over 10 years. As a city councilor, Susan advocated for and put forward policy to reflect recent legalization, and to help those small businesses involved in the growth and dispensing of cannabis... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

2:00pm

Small Business Finance Forum presents 'Prepare Your Pitch to Bankers – How bankable is your business?'
Take the HOT or NOT test and win a chance to pitch to our judges in the LENDING - HOT or NOT CHALLENGE. We recommend you take the Prep session first (see 12 PM).



Speakers
avatar for Pierce Johnston

Pierce Johnston

Designated Professional, Private Enterprise Team, MNP
Pierce Johnston, CPA, is a designated professional in MNP’s Private Enterprise Team, and has been a part of the team since 2016, performing a breadth of assurance and tax services. He has worked with organizations in various industries, with an emphasis on venture capital and other... Read More →
avatar for Dean Chamberland

Dean Chamberland

Senior Commercial Banker, RBC
Dean Chamberland is a Senior Commercial Banker with RBC and specializes in supporting Technology, Clean-Tech, and Life Science companies. Since joining RBC in 1998, Dean has leveraged his industry expertise and the broad resources of Canada’s largest bank to boost the growth and... Read More →
avatar for Shea Sweeney

Shea Sweeney

Business Account Manager, RBC
Shea graduated from UVIC and has worked with RBC for 7 years, in the past 3 years Shea has worked as a Business Account Manager in Victoria and has primarily worked with startup companies. Shea recently transferred to the Vancouver market and continues to work with a variety of c... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sharp

Stephanie Sharp

CEO, 3DQue Systems
Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems, a 3D printing automation technology company and founder of the first Small Business Finance Forum event in Vancouver for small to medium-sized businesses. Over the past 30 years she has developed innovative, sustainable, financial solutions for... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McCarthy Tétrault 745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5, Canada

2:00pm

Digital Due Diligence Solutions presents 'Building Data Driven Organizations'
With the largest tech companies investing billions on data infrastructure and data-driven start-ups innovating faster than many established businesses, sound decision making is paramount. Leaders can no longer rely solely on reporting tools, analytics platforms and a few skilled experts to determine the fate of the business. Today’s thriving businesses are implementing integrated operations that freely exchange critical data in real time across the entire organization. This requires the adoption of a data driven company-wide culture. A culture where everyone is asking the question - “What is the business problem we want data to solve?”


This educational panel discussion will address the exponential impact of building a data driven organization for business survival with data analytics at the forefront.

Speakers
avatar for Njeri Watkins

Njeri Watkins

Co-chair, Digital Analytics Association
Njeri Watkins is a catalytic leader bringing together the data analytics community to help Vancouver startups and business leaders build data-driven organizations and grow the digital technology sector in BC. In addition to her roles as Data Analyst | Digital Intelligence Consultant... Read More →
avatar for Felim Donnelly

Felim Donnelly

Founder & Principal, CitySmarts
Felim Donnelly is the Founder and Principal of CitySmarts, a company dedicated to the mission of building data-driven local governments. Applying the insights of the rapidly-developing data sector to the mechanisms of government is a unique challenge that Felim believes requires vision... Read More →
avatar for Ashish Anand

Ashish Anand

Founder & CEO, Chasm
Ashish is the Founder & CEO of Chasm, a customer intelligence company working with some of the largest retail brands in North America. Ashish is also an experienced technology executive, having held senior roles at numerous high growth tech companies, including Wishpond, Terramera... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Founder & CEO, FTSY
Ryan Smith is Founder & CEO of FTSY ('footsy'), an AI platform for fitting people to products like shoes. He has a 15-year background in enterprise Customer Relationship Management as well as Business Intelligence programs. He holds a degree in Science (Physics) from the University... Read More →
avatar for Steve Kim

Steve Kim

Event Organiser, VANTEC Angel Network
Steve’s been in VANTEC Angel Network for 8 years and seen many startups come and go. His background is in molecular genetics so he’s into statics and understands the power of data. Steve supports the community in finding more meaningful ways for angel investors and startup founders... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
UBC Robson 800 Robson Street, V6Z 3B7 Room 1900

2:00pm

Manning Elliott LLP presents 'Building Business Success: Getting the most value from your advisors'
Join Manning Elliott LLP, Harper Grey LLP, and NorthBridge Consultants as they discuss building business success by getting the most out of your advisors. Receive tips, and answers to some top-of-mind questions about how to leverage your business relationships with your advisors as well expert insight into what types of incentives are available to maximize cash flow and minimize your costs.

Panelists: Paul J. Leedham, Partner at Manning Elliott LLP, Prentice Durbin, Partner at Harper Grey LLP, and Jaap Siekman, Representative Western Canada at NorthBridge Consultants.

Moderator: Sunny Hundle, Chief Operating Officer and Cofounder at The Profile Coworking Club

Speakers
avatar for Jaap Siekman

Jaap Siekman

Business Advisor & Funding Specialist, NorthBridge Consultants
Jaap is an independent Business Advisor with Transformix Consulting, assisting Small andMedium Enterprises with Business Planning and Process Improvement.As a representative for NorthBridge Consultants, Jaap educates start-ups and growingcompanies on Government Funding programs that... Read More →
avatar for Paul Leedham, CPA, CA, CGA

Paul Leedham, CPA, CA, CGA

Partner, Manning Elliott LLP
Paul provides accounting, assurance, and business advisory services with a primary focus onserving clients operating in the technology and investment fund industries. With over 19 years ofexperience, Paul’s clients range from entrepreneurial start-ups to large-scale diversifiedorganizations... Read More →
avatar for Prentice Durbin

Prentice Durbin

Partner, Harper Grey LLP
Prentice Durbin is a Partner with Harper Grey and Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Law Group.Prentice’s practice involves advising entrepreneurs at any stage, from start-up and earlygrowth to large-scale established businesses, in a wide variety of corporate/commercial andsecurities... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Profile on Thurlow 535 Thurlow St suite 100, Vancouver, BC V6E 3L2

3:00pm

Momentum Business Growth presents 'Pitch the North Shore'
About Pitch North Shore:
Pitch North Shore is a pitch contest for early stage companies who want to present their business to expert investors and the wider business community. It is inspired by the vision of creating greater access to and connections between the vibrant and diverse business and startup community on the North Shore and that of Vancouver. This is an opportunity for these startups to gain expert feedback on their business model and pitch, as well as gain exposure and recognition for their company. The format will be short pitches followed by questions from the judges panel. Guests will be treated to pitches from innovative companies, expert insights from the judges panel and the opportunity to network with pitch finalists and judges. Pitch North Shore is put on through a partnership between the North Vancouver Chamber, Vancouver Startup Week, and Momentum Business Growth.


Thursday September 19, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
The Profile Lonsdale 120 Lonsdale Ave suite 200, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2E8

4:00pm

The Language of Culture presents 'Harnessing Cultural Diversity for Business Success'
'Diversity' is becoming a big thing in business these days. Gender diversity, racial diversity, LGBTQ diversity, etc. But one area that is too often glossed over is Cultural Diversity. While many companies see the value of having different cultures in their company, they fail to provide adequate training to promote actual understanding of the cultural differences; and too often, what training is done relies on cultural stereotypes ("Chinese are like this" and "Germans are like this") which are all too often inaccurate, and only contribute to misunderstanding and confusion. This 90 minute presentation will show you an entirely new perspective on not only understanding cultural differences, but also eliminating culture-based stereotypes and biases, and empowering your teams to harness their Cultural Diversity to make your business far more successful!

Our sincerest gratitude to Thinkific (thinkific.com) for not only sponsoring this event by providing a great venue, but also assisting with organizing and publicizing the event!

Speakers
avatar for John Lombard

John Lombard

The Language of Culture
John Lombard has lived and worked in China for 25 years, during which time he started three successful businesses, and consulted for numerous multinationals including Siemens, P&G, Lenovo, Maersk, and more. Based on his experience and knowledge of Chinese culture, he was selected... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Thinkific 400-369 Terminal Ave, V6A4C4

4:00pm

Manning Elliott LLP presents 'Building Business Success: Networking Social'
Join members from Manning Elliott LLP, Harper Grey LLP, and NorthBridge Consultants after their panel discussion for a networking social. Spend the afternoon enjoying drinks, refreshments and stimulating conversation about building business success for your company.


Thursday September 19, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Profile on Thurlow 535 Thurlow St suite 100, Vancouver, BC V6E 3L2

5:30pm

Startup Vancouver presents '#VanStartupStories'
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Startup Vancouver presents #VanStartupStories: “Celebrating New Canadian Entrepreneurs”. Join us as six diverse speakers will share their personal and entrepreneurial journey that brought them to Vancouver build their companies.

A casual dinner will be provided during our pre-event networking time.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Weston

Colin Weston

Co-Founder and Partner REVIVER Sport Entertainment, Host of the ModGold Podcast, Startup Vancouver Community Leader
Colin juggles several entrepreneurial balls at once, combining his love for design, architecture, innovative sport experiences, podcast storytelling and community building.As a partner at REVIVER Sport Entertainment, he works to unlock new customer markets by bringing together the... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm
SFU Venture Labs 1200-555 West Hastings, V6B 4N6

6:00pm

Jalapeño Employee Engagement presents 'How to Make a Workplace People Want to Work At'
As giant tech companies move into Vancouver, local companies face an increasingly competitive market for talent. Merging ideas from marketing and employee engagement, Jalapeño will discuss how to make top talent want to work at your company. Everyone is familiar with the idea of a marketplace brand but not so much the idea of the workplace brand. Today the burden of business is not competition or profit, but the scarcity of resources, human resources. Everyone is invited to share their diverse experience in this interactive discussion on employer branding.

Learn more at www.jalapeno.app

Speakers
avatar for Luc Briedé-Cooper

Luc Briedé-Cooper

Marketing and Business Development Specialist, Jalapeño Employee Engagement
Luc is the Marketing and Business Development Specialist at Jalapeño. After his BSc. in Physics from the University of British Columbia, he joined Jalapeño. He's since grown Jalapeño's digital and event marketing efforts through his eye for detail, creativity and strategic planning... Read More →
avatar for Gabriela Freitas

Gabriela Freitas

Employee Engagement Consultant and Researcher, Jalapeño Employee Engagement
Gabriela Freitas is an Employee Engagement Consultant and Researcher at Jalapeno Employee Engagement, where she helps organizations reach their full potential, working closely with employees to maximize employee engagement. Passionate about people and organizational development, Gabriela... Read More →
avatar for Hernan Ochoa

Hernan Ochoa

Researcher and Consultant, Jalapeño Employee Engagement
Hernan is a researcher and consultant at Jalapeno Employee Engagement where he helps companies, especially small to mid-sized, reach their full potential by maximizing employee engagement. Using research-based action, he works hard to align employees’ core motivators to the company’s... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tamwood Careers 200-889 W Pender St Vancouver, BC V6C 1M2

6:00pm

LatinPlaza presents 'Opportunities in Latin America for Tech Companies'
Limited Capacity filling up

Presentation about Latin America and the Startup ecosystems in the region. Understand what Canadian organization are available to help you escalate and expand your business to the region.Interested in expanding your company to an international market? Join us as we explore the Latin America market; its opportunities, risks and untapped potential. Understand how Canadian companies can develop a sustainable growth in this new market.

"Canada's biggest opportunities for service exports come from emerging and developed economis such as China, Latin America and Europe." Todd Evans, Principal, Strategy and Innovation Group, EDC Economics.


Thursday September 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
LatinPlaza 406 68 water street, V6B 1A4

6:00pm

Innovate BC presents 'New Venture BC Competition' | 19+ ONLY EVENT
Join us for the 19th annual New Ventures BC Competition Awards, presented by Innovate BC! See who’s taking home over $250,000 in cash and prizes… only at the awards!

Enjoy canapes and your first drink on us. Watch the awards live or watch the live stream in our viewing area. For the fifth year in a row, we are delighted for the awards to be a part of Vancouver Startup Week.


Thursday September 19, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Imperial 319 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2S9

6:30pm

Envisioning Labs presents 'Intrapreneurs X Entrepreneurs'
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A round table session for intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs to share best practices and discuss collaboration approaches with the intention to foster innovation in both small and large organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Oscar Malpica

Oscar Malpica

CEO/Founder, Envisioning Labs
Oscar is an innovation management professional with 17 years of experience in severalindustries including IT, manufacturing, sustainability, government, NGOs and technologystartups. He has led projects that have converted physical, customer-facing experiences into thedigital world... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
BDO Canada 925 W Georgia St #600, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3L2
 
Friday, September 20
 

8:00am

BrainStation presents 'Female Founders: Startup Stories'
Only 2.2 percent of venture capital dollars invested in 2018 were invested in female-founded organizations. While this statistic illustrates a lack of funding, there are still many female-led companies finding success in the startup space.

Join us as some of Vancouver’s most inspiring female entrepreneurs share their startup journeys, biggest challenges, and best advice.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Brauer

Becky Brauer

Co-Founder & Director of Product Development at Fresh Prep, Fresh Prep
An official nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Becky Brauer is a Co-Founder & Director of Product Development at Fresh Prep. After working for six years in Enterprise Solutions at Rogers, Becky left the familiar to follow her passion and joined her fellow co-founders... Read More →
avatar for Taran Ghatrora

Taran Ghatrora

CEO/Co-Founder, Blume
Taran is Co-Founder and CEO of Blume, a venture backed self care company focused on empowering girls, that focuses on clean period and personal care products and sex education. She's driven by her passion for women's health and gender equality. Taran's also a 500 Startups fellow... Read More →
avatar for Kristine Steuart

Kristine Steuart

CEO/Co-Founder, Allocadia
CEO Kristine Steuart and her twin sister Katherine Berry co-founded Allocadia in 2010 after experiencing first-hand the difficulty in gaining insights into marketing investments and measuring performance. Kristine has led Allocadia from a bootstrapped start up to a global organization... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
BrainStation BrainStation, 455 Granville St #400, V6C 1T1

8:00am

Small Business Finance Forum presents 'The Real Cost of Free Money'
An interactive workshop to discover out what you need to do to get government grants and tax credits. You will hear from experts and work with other participants to figure out what you need.



Speakers
avatar for Bhavik Chauhan

Bhavik Chauhan

Vice President, OKR Financial
Bhavik Chauhan – Current Vice President at OKR Financial, CEO – BNG Strategy Consulting and Former Managing Director for the largest independent SR&ED and Government funding consulting firm in Canada for several years. Over 20 years of experience in corporate Business Development... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Yip

Vincent Yip

Partner, Business Law Group and National Intellectual Property, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Vincent Yip is a partner in the Business Law Group and the National Intellectual Property Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Based in Vancouver, he leads the firm’s Western Canadian intellectual property practice and works with clients across Canada in connection with the global acquisition... Read More →
avatar for Terry Trotic

Terry Trotic

Partner, SR&ED Taxation, MNP
Terry Trotic is a Partner with MNP’s SR&ED Taxation practice in Vancouver. Drawing on more than two decades of experience, in industry, leading a national SR&ED consulting practice and at a major accounting firm, Terry develops long-term working relationships with clients in the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sharp

Stephanie Sharp

CEO, 3DQue Systems
Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems, a 3D printing automation technology company and founder of the first Small Business Finance Forum event in Vancouver for small to medium-sized businesses. Over the past 30 years she has developed innovative, sustainable, financial solutions for... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
McCarthy Tétrault 745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5, Canada

8:00am

RBC presents 'Business Networking Expo Event'
As your community RBC, our purpose is to help our clients thrive and communities prosper. We would like to know more about your business, and how we can help you to succeed. As one of our valued business clients, we are inviting you to our annual Business Networking Expo event.

This is an exclusive networking opportunity, to meet and greet with other local businesses. Representatives from ADP, Small Business BC, Granted, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Futurpreneur, IEC-BC, RBC Group Advantage, Moneris, RBC Small Business, Yaletown BIA, TEC Canada and WorkBC will be joining us and will detail how they can be a valuable resource in your business success.


*This is a free event. A VSW pass is not required to enter. Please email Maninder.Sahota@RBC.com to register

Location: RBC Homer and Nelson Branch 
996 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W7

Speakers
avatar for Robert Monteverde

Robert Monteverde

Senior Manager, Strategex
Robert Monteverde, CPA, CA, is a Senior Manager at Strategex CPA’s, a local accounting firm in downtown Vancouver. Rob provides U.S. and Canadian tax services for a variety of industries ranging from small to large corporations, high net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and start-up... Read More →
avatar for Gary Webb

Gary Webb

Business Advisor, Small Business BC
Gary has been a part of Small Business BC for over twenty years. Currently, as a Business Advisor, he advises clients on all aspects of business start-up including registration, licencing, sales tax registration, workers compensation coverage, business insurance and industry specific... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sang

Stephanie Sang

CEO/Founder, Granted Consulting
Stephanie, a true Vancouverite, vowed never to be an entrepreneur, though she comes from four generations of business owners. Stephanie holds a degree in international marketing, and worked in various industries including tourism and technology, before establishing herself in a VP... Read More →
avatar for Farzad Shirali

Farzad Shirali

District Manager, ADP Canada
Farzad Shirali is a District Manager with ADP Canada for just over a year. Farzad has an extensive background in sales, technology, and leverages these experiences to help and support small business clients of RBC in B.C.
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Mina Haghighi

Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur
Experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit sector. Skilled in Financial services, Relationship Management, Business Planning, Start-up financing, and Partnership Development. Entrepreneurial minded with a mission to support start... Read More →
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Melodie Gingras

Mentor Program Manager, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
With a B.A. in Communications and MBA in Business Management, Melodie is passionate about helping women entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. As the Mentor Program Manager for FWE, she’s able to achieve that goal by connecting them with experienced business leaders... Read More →
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Sangeeta Subramanian

Senior Manager, Workplace Development, Immigrant Employment Council of BC
Sangeeta brings to her role 20 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector in Canada as well as Asia. This encompasses strategic planning, facilitation, cultural intelligence training, policy development, partnership development, program design and coordination... Read More →
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Chrysabelle Tan

Relationship Manager, Moneris
Chrys Tan is a Relationship Manager with Moneris for just over a year. She has a background in sales and marketing, and lends her support to Moneris’ partner financial institutions in BC.”
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Dawn Torroba

Group Associate, RBC Group Advantage
Dawn consults with businesses across B.C. to establish employee attraction, loyalty & retention programs to provide financial wellness in the workplace.She is an accredited retirement plans specialist with a background in marketing communications, business development and was a small... Read More →
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Rohit Sukhija

Business Account Manager, RBC Small Business
Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, Rohit has been exposed to businesses all his life. In his current role, Rohit gets to serve an advisory role working with small to mid sizes companies. He helps businesses better understand their Cash Management while helping them access... Read More →
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Dorris Orr

TEC Small Business Chair, TEC Canada
Doris utilizes her financial and leadership skills as a change catalyst. She is recognized for her passion for people development and her strong financial expertise having both corporate and small business experience. Throughout her life, she has inspired people — whether colleagues... Read More →
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Puja Raniga

Employment Placement Specialist, WorkBC
Puja is the Employment Placement Specialist at the WorkBC Centre location in Vancouver, responsible for employer outreach and facilitation between WorkBC and the employer, accommodating to employer needs and introducing the services that WorkBC offers to employers.
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Annette O'Shea

Executive Director, Yaletown
As the Executive Director of a business organization responding to over 800 members, Annette describes herself as a “chaos navigator”. This dynamic business leader has 25 years of success working with small business in Canada and abroad. Marketing strategist, event producer and... Read More →
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Leila Jahani

Branch Manager, Vancouver, RBC Royal Bank
Experienced Business Leader with a demonstrated history in the retail, financial services industry & talent management. As a leader of 3 branches in Vancouver Downtown, I am privileged and fortunate in working with high performing teams  to help our clients thrive and the communities... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
RBC Homer and Nelson Branch 996 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W7

10:00am

myMomentum presents 'The Passion Driven Entrepreneur'
A fireside panel chat with 3 female entrepreneurs breaking barriers by focusing on less traditional approaches in start up. Join us for an intimate chat about how these women launched their businesses, often taking paths less chosen - how they lead with passion first and foremost plus leveraged the power of community and authentic partnerships.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Chan

Anna Chan

Founder, MyMomentum
Anna is the founder of myMomentum, Vancouver’s first community wellness app that helps people discover all things healthy in Vancouver, including the best wellness events. We help people stay motivated to make healthy choices through a rewards incentive program and help local businesses... Read More →
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Cassy Vantriet

Founder, WOASH
Cassy is the founder of WOASH, a local Vancouver based loose leaf tea brand that bridges the gap between traditional herbal medicine and modern wellness. Along with running WOASH, Cassy has also created a mentorship program that supports entrepreneurs to take the leap and build their... Read More →
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Meredith Garritsen

Founder, Hervana Coworking Collective
Meredith is the founder of Hervana coworking collective, a platform for women to connect, share knowledge, and grow their businesses and leadership skills. Utilizing this platform women work on (not in) their business, and build leadership skills to propel them in their careers. Through... Read More →
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April Bellia

Founder, Granola Girl
April Bellia is an entrepreneur with a baking background. Her professional career started over 20 years ago as a dessert chef and wedding cake designer, under the namesake April Cakes. Her next company, Granola Girl was founded in 2008 and later incorporated in 2011. The company now... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

10:00am

Small Business Finance Forum presents '3 Keys to Grants & Tax Credits'
Join our lively panel discussion with a panel of experts who will explain what government really funds and they keys to successfully getting (and keeping) government money. This session is critical for anyone looking for SR+EDs, IRAP, MITACS, or other government funding.




Speakers
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Bhavik Chauhan

Vice President, OKR Financial
Bhavik Chauhan – Current Vice President at OKR Financial, CEO – BNG Strategy Consulting and Former Managing Director for the largest independent SR&ED and Government funding consulting firm in Canada for several years. Over 20 years of experience in corporate Business Development... Read More →
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Eric Grice

Director, Business Development, Boast Capital
Eric is a tech sales leader with over 15 years of experience, here in Canada, the US, Japan, and Malaysia, helping companies grow and scale.  Currently, as the Director of Business Development for Boast Capital, Eric works with startup and growth-stage companies to navigate and prepare... Read More →
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Stephanie Sharp

CEO, 3DQue Systems
Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems, a 3D printing automation technology company and founder of the first Small Business Finance Forum event in Vancouver for small to medium-sized businesses. Over the past 30 years she has developed innovative, sustainable, financial solutions for... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
McCarthy Tétrault 745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5, Canada

10:00am

Prototype Thinking presents 'Learn 10x Faster'
Learn how to solve product/market fit problems 10x faster and cheaper in this hands-on workshop. Using a method originally born at GoogleX, we’ll show you how to answer key uncertainties prior to development by using ultra-fast prototypes and simulation-based testing.

Speakers
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Olivia Wong

Co-Founder & Partner, Prototype Thinking Labs
Olivia Wong is a Co-founder & Partner at Prototype Thinking Labs, a unique agency that is reinventing product design & innovation to be as user-friendly to companies as we expect our own creations to be for consumers. Prototype Thinking Labs teaches teams to test 10x more ideas with... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
eUBC UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, V6Z 3B7 Room 1900

12:00pm

Small Business Finance Forum presents 'How to Get Free Money from the Government WORKSHOP'
The federal and provincial governments have set aside billions of dollars to fund small business. Find out what information you need to successfully “pitch” the government!

Getting government funding is a lot like dating – you need the RIGHT financing, not just the RIGHT NOW financing. In this workshop you build your business’s funding profile so you know which programs you qualify for and which best fit your long term goals.




Speakers
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Mina Haghighi

Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur
Experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit sector. Skilled in Financial services, Relationship Management, Business Planning, Start-up financing, and Partnership Development. Entrepreneurial minded with a mission to support start... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sharp

Stephanie Sharp

CEO, 3DQue Systems
Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems, a 3D printing automation technology company and founder of the first Small Business Finance Forum event in Vancouver for small to medium-sized businesses. Over the past 30 years she has developed innovative, sustainable, financial solutions for... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
McCarthy Tétrault 745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5, Canada

12:00pm

Prototype Thinking presents 'User Testing and Recruiting for Startup Founders'
This event will consist of two sessions:

12-12.40pm: User Testing
Learn how to run unbiased tests using world-class techniques from Prototype Thinking Labs. In this crash course, we'll show you the right & wrong ways to conduct a user test.

12.50-1.30: User Recruiting
How do I find my target user? What if they're hard to reach? How do I convince users to test with me if I can't compensate them? Get all of your biggest questions about user recruiting answered in this group coaching session led by Olivia Wong, co-founder of Prototype Thinking Labs.



Speakers
avatar for Olivia Wong

Olivia Wong

Co-Founder & Partner, Prototype Thinking Labs
Olivia Wong is a Co-founder & Partner at Prototype Thinking Labs, a unique agency that is reinventing product design & innovation to be as user-friendly to companies as we expect our own creations to be for consumers. Prototype Thinking Labs teaches teams to test 10x more ideas with... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
eUBC UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, V6Z 3B7 Room 1900

12:00pm

April May Bellia presents 'Heart Based Networking'
If you are introverted, not a fan of networking, or feel awkward mingling with others in an unstructured setting, this session is for you! April will explain the old ways of networking and why we often avoid attending these even though we know networking is crucial when growing a startup business.

Join us for light snacks and drinks during a facilitated networking session and leave with tools and ideas that will be useful for future opportunities when meeting new people and promoting your business. These times are calling for a new paradigm and a new way to connect with others, from a heart based perspective. Don’t be that person who always talks about themselves and their business because you think you have to…be an active listener and genuinely interested in what others have to say. This is an interactive workshop where you can be out of your comfort zone feeling safe and included - no judgment here! Leave your masks and rehearsed elevator pitches at the door and come as your natural self along with curiosity, wonderment and an open mind.

Speakers
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April Bellia

Founder, Granola Girl
April Bellia is an entrepreneur with a baking background. Her professional career started over 20 years ago as a dessert chef and wedding cake designer, under the namesake April Cakes. Her next company, Granola Girl was founded in 2008 and later incorporated in 2011. The company now... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Hervana Coworking Collective 506 - 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T5

12:30pm

Holt Accelerator Presents "Fintech Speed-Panel"
VSW & Holt cordially invite you to enjoy three insightful speed-panels surrounding upcoming Fintech trends & challenges Canada is facing, including Data Protection, Wealth Management (including Digital Assets), & Lending. The panel will be followed by a networking session where you will have the opportunity to chat with Holt Advisors, as well as, eight up & coming Fintech startups who will surely make a difference in Canada and beyond!

Panelists include:
Panel Moderator - Michael King, Finance Professor at Gustavson School of Business
Holt Accelerator - Jan Christopher Arp, co-Founder & Managing Partner
ConfirmU - Yatir Zaluski
Hodlbot.io - Calvin Leyon, co-Founder & CEO, Lucas Simpson, Programmer, Anthony Ng
LexAlign - Trevor Lain, CEO
MarketsFlow - Tom Nash, CEO
Manzil - Mohamad Sawwaf, co-Founder & CEO
Maat.ai - Alexei Stanislawski, CEO & Brian Minutti, Chairman
Wealthblock.ai - Trilliam Jeong, CEO


Agenda:
12:30 PM - 12:45PM - Doors open & registration
12:45PM - 1:45 PM - Speed-panels
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM - Networking

For more information: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/holt-x-vsw-2019-cohort-speed-panel-tickets-71351918509


Friday September 20, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

2:00pm

Small Business Finance Forum presents 'Prepare Your Pitch to Government – How suitable is your business for government grants, loans, and tax credits?'
Think money is boring? Not anymore! Take the HOT or NOT test and win a chance to pitch to our judges in the GRANTS - HOT or NOT Challenge. We recommend you take the Prep session first (see 12 PM).

Speakers
avatar for Mina Haghighi

Mina Haghighi

Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur
Experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit sector. Skilled in Financial services, Relationship Management, Business Planning, Start-up financing, and Partnership Development. Entrepreneurial minded with a mission to support start... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sharp

Stephanie Sharp

CEO, 3DQue Systems
Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems, a 3D printing automation technology company and founder of the first Small Business Finance Forum event in Vancouver for small to medium-sized businesses. Over the past 30 years she has developed innovative, sustainable, financial solutions for... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
McCarthy Tétrault 745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5, Canada

2:00pm

C2CAN presents 'China Canada Innovation Summit Keynote & Panel #1: Innovating our way to the future'
China Canada Cleantech Innovation Centre, in collaboration with China’s Ministry of Science & Technology, is developing the first Canada China Innovation & Investment Summit that will promote cross-border collaboration in science and technology. A key objective of the event is to demonstrate that Vancouver can act as the Canadian leader with respect to innovation collaborations and relations with China.

Topics of discussion:
  • Development of future technology such as 5G, AI
  • Role of the government: Bringing technology in Canada (Programs and assistance for startups)
  • How to build the sustainable partnership using technology
  • Issues regarding intellectual property


Speakers
avatar for Stewart Beck

Stewart Beck

President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Stewart Beck is the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining APF Canada, Mr. Beck served as the Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal. He joined Canada's Department... Read More →
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Alan Winter

B.C. Innovation Commissioner, BC Provincial Government
Alan Winter was appointed British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner in February 2018. He has a breadth of experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government, including such roles as the president and CEO of Genome B.C. from 2001 to 2016.He was the founding... Read More →
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Wei Shao

Partner & National Leader for China Practice, Dentons LLP
Wei Shao is the National Practice Group Co-Leader for China and specializes in international business transactions focusing on China. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project financing, cross-border counseling, and general corporate and commercial... Read More →
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Catherine Warren

CEO, VEC
Catherine Warren is the Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), serving Canada’s fastest-growing, low-carbon economy, contributing to a metro region with an annual GDP of $138B and building upon a global brand valued at $32B. VEC is the economic development... Read More →
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Joan Elangovan

Executive Director, Asia Pacific Centre, VEC
Joan Elangovan is the founding Director of the Asia Pacific Centre at the Vancouver Economic Commission, dedicated to strengthening business and cultural ties with the Asia Pacific Region. She works closely with investors, entrepreneurs and governments locally and internationally... Read More →
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Virginia Balcom

Executive In-Residence, SFU Venture Labs
Virginia Balcom brings broad and deep marketing experience to SFU VentureLabs. For more than 20 years, Virginia has been introducing new products to enterprise customers and consumers. A strong collaborator and leader, she’s led marketing teams in many sectors, including retail... Read More →
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Dr. Joanne Curry

Vice-President, External Relations, Simon Fraser University
Joanne Curry has made a career of advancing the cause of higher education locally, provincially, and nationally and connecting the university with business and community. Her leadership in establishing SFU’s Surrey campus and helping to create SFU’s new vision of the engaged university... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
SFU Venture Labs 1200-555 West Hastings, V6B 4N6

2:00pm

Startup League and LOI present 'Building Curiosity & Empathy for Innovation'
Jack Ma reminded us at the World Economic Forum last year that "everything we teach should be different from machines." To prepare for a future of automation and artificial intelligence, we must continue to do the things that make us uniquely human. Today, we live in a world where Google has all of the answers and it is our responsibility to ask the right questions -- questions that stem from curiosity and empathy. The ability to understand a problem will profoundly influence our capacity to solve it. Before we can innovate, we must first ask the necessary questions: who cares and why? Join is for QUP: A workshop on building curiosity and empathy. Over the course of an hour, we'll use play and competition to explore how these critical skills can be learned and developed in your office, classroom, or home.


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
RED Academy 200 - 1490 W Broadway, V6H 4E8

2:15pm

IDEaS presents 'Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security '
Launched in April 2018, the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program’s objective is to foster open innovation and to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions, which will assist in solving some of Canada’s toughest defence and security challenges. IDEaS supports the development of solutions from their conceptual stage, through prototype testing and capability development. Program elements promote collaboration between innovators, provide developmental resources and provide opportunities to interact with DND’s science and military members.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Fournier

Eric Fournier

Director General, Strategic Decision Support
Mr. Fournier is presently the Director General (Science & Technology) for Strategic Decision Support.  He is a Scientific Advisor to the Department of National Defence and to the Canadian Armed Forces. His role is to provide analysis support on policy and strategy, and enterprise... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

4:00pm

C2CAN presents 'China Canada Innovation Summit Panel #2: Best practice in investment and cross-border collaboration'
China Canada Cleantech Innovation Centre, in collaboration with China’s Ministry of Science & Technology, is developing the first Canada China Innovation & Investment Summit that will promote cross-border collaboration in science and technology. A key objective of the event is to demonstrate that Vancouver can act as the Canadian leader with respect to innovation collaborations and relations with China.

Topics of discussion:
  • How startups achieve commercialization and eventually exit
  • Complementary advantages of China’s VC ecosystem
  • Canadian technology companies doing business in China 


Speakers
avatar for William Li

William Li

President, C2Can
Mr. William Li, President of China Canada Cleantech Innovation Centre (CCCIC) & Managing Partner of China Canada Commercialization Acceleration Network (C2CAN) received an EMBA degree from Tsinghua University and a joint MBA degree from University of Southern California, Los Angeles-Tongji... Read More →
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Neil Clegg

Senior Vice President, Lipont Caus Capital
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Neil has more than 40 years of experience spanning the public and private sectors and the Canadian Army. Following a career as a diplomat and platinum mining executive, Neil joined Lipont Caus Capital as the Senior Vice President in September 2018.Neil... Read More →
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Victor Lesau

CEO/Co-founder, CuePath Innovation
Victor Lesau has more than 15 years of experience developing innovative solutions in digital health, network communications, wireless and semiconductor industries. Victor co-founded CuePath Innovation (Techstars'17) and led it from the early proof of concept and fundraising to building... Read More →
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Johnny Chen

General Manager, i-Lab
Mr. Johnny Chen is General Manager of Shanghai INESA Sparkle Enterprise Management Co., Ltd (i-Lab) with full responsibility of operation of Entrepreneurial and Innovation Service for Startup. Before i-Lab Johnny was Deputy GM of Cloud Computing and big data Division of INESA Intelligent... Read More →
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Kenneth To

CEO, ViewSIQ
Kenneth is a serial entrepreneur in the life science industry, having over 15 years of experience in strategy, finance, marketing, and medical affairs. Kenneth has co-led financing rounds in multiple start-ups, spanning equity and debt financing. He has held various senior marketing... Read More →
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Aminta Xiong

Director, Pagoda Investment
Aminta Xiong is Managing Director at Pagoda Investment. Ms. Xiong has more than 10 years private equity and venture capital investment experience in both China and overseas mainly covering technology and consumer sectors.Pagoda Investment is a private equity firm specializing in growth... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
SFU Venture Labs 1200-555 West Hastings, V6B 4N6

6:00pm

C2CAN presents 'China Canada Innovation Summit Networking'
China Canada Cleantech Innovation Centre, in collaboration with China’s Ministry of Science & Technology, is developing the first Canada China Innovation & Investment Summit that will promote cross-border collaboration in science and technology. A key objective of the event is to demonstrate that Vancouver can act as the Canadian leader with respect to innovation collaborations and relations with China.

Topics of discussion:

- Collaboration between Canada and China and how this impacts business and innovation transfer
- The current technology ecosystem in both Canada and China (e.g., smart cities, advanced manufacturing, AI, medtech, biotech etc.)
- Complementary advantages of both countries and why they should work together for a better future
- Angel investment and venture capital ecosystem in both countries




Friday September 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
SFU Venture Labs 1200-555 West Hastings, V6B 4N6

6:00pm

#VSW2019 Closing Party | ALL AGES WELCOME
All good things come to an end....

So come join us to celebrate another week full of collaborations and connections. A week where new ideas were born and partnerships made.

We will be throwing another party at SPACES Gastown, complete with food from Donnelly, Earnest Ice Cream, UpMeals and FED plus locally brewed beers from Bomber Brewing.

Our very own DJ Hyphenated will be on the deck to keep the good times flowing and we will have VYVE showcasing their vyve experience which helps drive human connection, engagement, and joy.

The party is open to everyone so please be sure to bring your ID.

Thank you to Innovate BC, Acetech, Foresight and IDEAS for supporting this event and helping us to wrap up another year in style!


Friday September 20, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level

10:00pm

#VSW2019 After Party | 19+ ONLY EVENT
Not ready for #VSW2019 to be over quite yet? We gotchu! We've planned an after party at Republic Nightclub!  VSW passholders get free cover before 11PM. Come join the VSW team and party the night away!

Friday September 20, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Republic Nightclub 958 Granville Street, Vancouver