Vancouver Startup Week 2020

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Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) is a week-long celebration that builds momentum and fosters connections among entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and friends within the Greater Vancouver startup community.

VanHacks is coming back this year again on September 26-27! 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. If you'd like to participate in VanHacks, please visit https://www.vanhacks.com. Team formation will begin on September 25th on dedicated slack channels after you've signed up.

Our annual Recruitment Fair is also coming back on Oct 1 from 9 AM-6 PM. It is free for all job seekers! You can secure a ticket at https://hopin.to/events/vsw2020rf.

Vancouver Startup Week has also partnered up with Vancouver General Hospital Foundation, DJ Neky the Kid, DJ Krista and DJ Pri to raise money for their Most Urgent Needs Fund. This Fund is aimed at raising money to ensure hospitals and community health centres are equipped with the tools and resources they need to provide vital care and move research forward to change the trajectory of disease. We thank you for any donation you are able to make to move the needle towards improved healthcare, research and innovation. You can make a donation on our fundraising page here.

All VSW events below are being finalized and are subject to change. Please come back regularly to check for updates. We estimate the schedule would be finalized by mid-September.

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Schedule

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Innovate BC: A Conversation with B.C.’s Innovation Leaders [Part II]
BC’s tech leaders on sector’s COVID-19 response, share what their org & other companies have done & how to access gov’t support & programs.
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Grammarly:
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Manning Elliott:
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Futurpreneur: Strategies to invest in Indigenous entrepreneurship
What we have learned, opportunities, investment structures, impact
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Classy Narwhal: How to create a Sales + Marketing Strategy for your startup
Channels, content & funnel creation, converting leads and identifying people who are ready to move to the next stage of your sales process!
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Traction: Entrepreneurs Guide to Fundraising
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Sapling: How to grow and scale your team in a global and remote world
We will be sharing lessons learned from 4 of the 5 largest distributed teams on how they successfully scaled globally in a remote first environment.
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Futurpreneur: Food Workshop featuring Hunter Browns
Lanna Lucas & mentor, Carolyn McLaren share ins & outs of starting a food biz + recipe using award winning Hunter Browns’ Brown Butter Cubes
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April May Bellia: From Chaos to Calm
4 stages of the Chaos Cycle to navigate these times with a focus on the positive. The end goal is calm, ease, inner peace, & "Flow state"
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Lumen5: Building A Multi-Million Dollar Startup With No VC Funding
How entrepreneurs can chase their dreams and build a wildly successful business without giving up their equity to outside investors.
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Granted: 404 for Grants? Learn how to get non-dilutive funding to power your tech company
Common misconceptions of grants, available grants, business requirements to be ‘grantable’ & best practices to secure non-dilutive funding.
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Startup Grind: How to raise funding and get into accelerators for early stage founders
Prior to Startup Boost, Gene Murphy ran Techstar’s Startup Next program & will share how to prepare raise funding or get into accelerators.
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Afternoon Tea with Social T: How to leverage social media to sell your products and services the RIGHT way!
How to leverage social media to sell your products and services the RIGHT way!
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Victory Square: The Importance of Leadership During COVID-19
Help entrepreneurs and businesses navigate through the Covid difficulties from secure funding, team management, growth & scaling a business.
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PlusROI Presents: Advertising Breakthroughs for Startups
The event will discuss targeting & advertising approaches for startups in very practical terms and will cover the best current opportunities.
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BC Tech: TBD
Tech Adoption/Digital Transformation
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Global Startup School: Global Strategies
We will discuss different strategies and case studies in Business Internationalization & struggles dealing with cross-cultural management.
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Futurpreneur: STARTUP & SWEAT: Building a wellness startup from scratch
Futurpreneur Canada & Anna Chan, founder of MyMomentum, chat what it takes to build a wellness startup + participate in a fitness activity!
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Valhalla Angels: Angel Den
Startups often have an angel round & need to pitch to angel investors. Come to this mini angel forum to see what pitching to angels is like.
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Strategic Exits Corp: Why virtual companies sell for more money than bricks and mortar companies
Why virtual companies sell for more money than bricks and mortar companies and why Founders keep more of the proceeds
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Small Business BC: TBD
TBD
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DJ Neky
DJ Neky
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Angel Forum: Equity, Convertible Debt, SAFEs and everything in between
Workshop for entrepreneurs and investors on financing instruments for early stage investment.
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Holt Accelerator: TBD
TBD
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BluMaan: Building Online Communities to Grow Your Business
Kimmy Kwok, COO of Hairstyling brand BluMaan, will share tips on how others can build their communities & grow their business to 7-figures.
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Traction: Ultimate Guide to Linkedin Prospecting
Predictable Revenue's Brandon Kazakoff on how to grow your network’s relevant LinkedIn prospects to start convos that turn into closed deals
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SFU Venture Labs: Financing Ecosystem Update
Interested in raising capital? Join us to hear about the funds and groups that are active investors in BC.
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Ascension Sciences Inc.: From Idea to Reality | How a Biotech Startup is Transforming Cannabinoid Medicines with Nanotechnology
Tomas Skrinskas, Ascension Sciences, on building a biotech startup & innovations in nanoparticle formulation tech for cannabinoid therapies.
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Startup Vancouver: TBD
TBD
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Hubspot: The Future of SEO, How to Get Found and How to Win The Future of SEO, How to Get Found and How to Win
Kelsey Gernert, Head of Partnerships for HubSpot for Startups shares playbook on how what the future of SEO is & how to win in this space.
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Canada StartUp: Deconstructing Customers and Cash
Founders consistently struggle Finance and Sales. Join us to learn the systematic approach we use to deconstruct your Customers and Cash.
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Hubspot - How To Build Your Marketing Foundation-Building Your Brand in Uncertain Times
Kelsey Gernert, Head of Partnerships for HubSpot for Startups on how to use Inbound Methodology to Build & Scale Your Marketing Foundation.
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Tanessa Shears Coaching: Live In Business Breakthrough: Take More Action, Eliminate Overwhelm + Grow Your Business Faster
Learn why you feel overwhelmed & know exactly how to coach yourself through all the overthinking & stress that comes with a growing business
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BMO: Choosing the Right Financial Partner for your Business
Workshop on key considerations for choosing the right financial partner for your business & how to work effectively w/ your business banker.
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Osler: TBD
TBD
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Boscoriva Consulting: Business Plans - Redundant or Assets for Growth
Founder of Boscoriva Business Plans shares how your business plan can be a tool for growth, corporate visas, funding & even media production
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Garibaldi Capital: Transitioning from MVP to Scale Up to Attract Investment: How the Traction Gap is a Big Investment Hurdle You Can Overcome
What VC's look for in Series A investment & how to position your co for raising capital by guiding your progression through "Traction Gap."
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Riipen: Growing with Virtual Internships
Students who (due to COVID) did virtual internships, share experiences & insights on creating value + employers’ tips on remote mentoring.
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Valhalla, Dentons and Women's equity lab presents: How To Kill A Deal
Story time from a panel involving an angel and a tech lawyer on their experiences on how a deal went bad. Learn from the mistakes of others!
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Switchboard PR: Diversity & Inclusion: how to articulate your D&I plan internally and externally
Identifying how your company aims to create a diverse & inclusive environment can be key to developing culture & guiding overall purpose.
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Techspaces YVR CBRE: TBD
TBD
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DJ Neky
DJ Neky
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NEXT Canada: TBD
TBD
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Valhalla, OKR Financial, BDO, Lawson Lundell and Relentless Venture fund Presents - How to adapt after crisis-stories from the trenches and how they kept going
Hear real-life stories from our panel who have been through difficult times and how they were able to see light at the end of it.
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Angel Forum: Workshop on Stock Options
Taxation of equity compensation can be complex. Join us for an interactive workshop on the tax & other implications of equity compensation.
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Riipen: Mistakes Were Made: Applying Lessons Learned in Growth Marketing to Your Own Development
Exploring experiential learning, processes adopted from growth marketing to help you make more mistakes but quickly recover to learn lessons
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Osler: TBD
TBD
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PortaLaw: Hiring and Managing Employees
Focus on employment contracts, basic policies including remote work policies, disciplining and firing employees and severance requirements.
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Ollo Metrics: Google & Facebook Ads: The Metrics You Need to Scale
The 3 metrics to acquire customers at a profit, math for calculating how much you can afford for clicks & pay-per-click campaign mistakes.
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Innovate BC: How to Reach your Audience through Digital Marketing
TBD
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Hubspot: How to Conquer Your Fear of Sales-Increasing Your Close Rate Even in Uncertain Times
Kelsey Gernert, Head of Partnerships for HubSpot will share how to conquer fear of sales & increase close rates, even in uncertain times.
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SFU Venture Labs: Customer Discovery and Re-Discovery
Interactive webinar providing tips, best practices, & processes for customer discovery & re-discovery in an era of rapidly-changing markets.
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Hubspot: Acquisition is Getting Harder, but your Customers can Save you!
Kelsey Gernert, Head of Partnership for HubSpot for Startups will share playbook on how to win, scale, and grow at the earliest of stages.
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Afternoon Tea with TTT - Building a Culture of TRUST in today’s remote workplace
When culture is so important to your team how do you maintain it when so many of us are working apart?
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Rampworth (RECAST): Use Agile Scenarios to help your team emerge from the COVID crisis stronger than ever
Use Agile Scenarios to emerge stronger than ever & make sense out of chaos to see what's coming, adjust your path & thrive in ‘next-normal’.
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McCarthy: TBD
TBD
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Beacon HR: Elevate your people: Attract, recruit, and retain top talent through a pandemic
With the pandemic creating layoffs, remote work & an uncertain future, leaders need to reimagine how they attract, recruit & retain talent.
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THEY: What is Femtech?
In this session, we will briefly explain what is Femteck, how big is the market, and how is it forecasted to grow.
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Volition Advisors: Alumni Showcase Pitch & Connect
Cheer on and connect with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. SET program alumni as they pitch their buisness on the Pitch & Connect stage!
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Valhalla Angels, BDC, Pangaea Ventures & Furturpreneur: Females on Funding
Female panel perspective ranging from crowdfunding > angel > VC, experiences as young females who’ve entered this space & industry insights.
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Women in Tech Mastermind: Building Your Resilience
WIT & MyCEO’s mastermind session’s goal is to get women together to learn & inspire you to make bold moves to accelerate your career or biz.
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Watson Goepel: TBD
TBD
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DJ Krista
DJ Krista

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