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As part of the Startup Week celebrations happening from Sept. 21-24, the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) has partnered with world-class organizations to put on first-rate programming for the startup community. That programming, under the banner of Startup City, will help take Vancouver’s already globally recognized startup ecosystem to the next level. Events within Startup City are addressing the core needs of Vancouver’s startup community – capital and talent – and speak to startups at all stages of growth, from small businesses looking to leverage technology to some of Canada’s biggest success stories in the Tech industry today.

Startup City @ The Imperial

Join us at The Imperial – 319 Main Street. For a list of events that are still open for registration, see below the program.


Join us! The following events are still open for registration!

Networked Business Bootcamp – Tickets sales closed.

Every business needs to embrace technology. Come learn the local tools, technologies, and strategies to help your business connect online.Networked Business Boot Camp will help businesses connect socially, identifying the online tools, in-person networks, and local support services that can enhance their operations. Non-tech, low tech startups, SMEs and social enterprises that are looking to grow or evolve their business are all invited to attend!

Tinkerine Drone Workshop – Tickets sales closed.
This workshop is an introduction to 3D printing, and how it can be used to develop micro quadcopters. Each participant will gain hands-on experience using a 3D printer, developing their own design from a library of parts, and assembling electronics to create their very own flying RC quadcopter!
VEF – Unicorn or Bust: Trends in Angel Investing – Tickets sales closed.
Angel investing has evolved significantly over the past decade; as has Vancouver’s startup ecosystem. Join the VEF community to hear from a panel of experts on the changing trends around early stage investing, the internationalization of capital, what angels are now looking forn and how to best engage with the angel community.
SPRING VanIMPACT 2015 – Tickets sales closed.
Learn from and be inspired by amazing speakers, with topics ranging from measuring social impact, to building a values­ aligned corporate culture, to staying sane as thefounder of a high­-growth startup.
The Next Big Story… and The Next Big Stories – Tickets sales closed.
Hear from Canada’s biggest startup story this year and from the young Vancouver tech leaders who will be behind the biggest stories for years to come. Streaming in live from Ottawa, Tobi Lutke, Founder and CEO of Shopify, is joining Vancouver Startup City for a fireside chat. Moderated by Matt Switzer, VP Corporate development office of Hootsuite and Dr. Alexandra Greenhill, CEO of MyBestHelper.com.
*@^#UP Nights – Tickets sales closed.
An intimate evening of storytelling and wisdom.*@^#UP Nights is casual meetup of entrepreneurs, creatives and thought leaders from a variety of industries, where successful speakers share what they’ve learned from a business or project failure they personally experienced. Speakers include award-winning creative Carson Ting, founder and CEO of Massive Media Lindsay Smith, founder of Latergram.me Ian MacKinnon and more!

HIGHLINE, BCTIA, VEC + Wavefront present the 2015 Canadian Tech Showcase Tickets sales closed.

This free-for-VSW-passholders event invites you to join Vancouver entrepreneurs, international investors and corporate partners to connect with the heartbeat of Vancouver’s tech scene, and see some of Canada’s emerging momentum & growth companies.
HR Tech Group 2015 Talent Conference – Tickets sales closed. Early Bird Tickets still available 
The Tech sector has never been hotter, and it’s the People that make a tech company successful.  Learn the latest from your peers, and hear from companies like GoPro, Hootsuite, EA, Mobify, Chimp and more on how Culture drives success at tech companies, and how you can use it to your competitive advantage.
Plenty of Fish & RBC Level UP: Vancouver – Tickets sales closed.
Vancouver startups have been making hugely influential moves on the global playing field recently, and that could mean some big changes for British Columbia’s economic capital. Come for an expert panel, a drags-den like pitch session and networking.

Startup City Around the City

Vancouver Startup City isn’t just limited to The Imperial. Check out these other awesome events.



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Tobi Lutke of Shopify. #VanStartupCityTobi Lütke
GreenhillDr. Alexandra Greenhill
Co-Founder & CEO
BruceBruce Croxon
Serial Entrepreneur
CBC Dragon’s Den
Borris Wertz. #VanStartupCityBoris Wertz
Founding Partner
Version One Ventures
SwitzerMatt Switzer
VP Corporate Development
HudsonMarianne Hudson
Executive Director
Angel Capital Association
Fraser Hall. #VanStartupCityFraser Hall
Recon, Bryght.com, & Vancouver Founder Fund
NantelMegan Nantel
Science World
Future Science Leaders
RodgerRoger Hardy

Jeff Ryan. #VanStartupCityJeff Ryan
VP of People
Go Pro
BadmintonNikolas Badminton
HamiltonChuck Hamilton
Digital Strategy Leader
Centre for Digital Media
Stephanie Cohn Rupp. #VanStartupCityStephanie Cohn Rupp
Sohaib Zahid, CEO and Co-Founder of Vanhawks. #VanStartupCitySohaib Zahid
CEO & Co-Founder
HumphreyAmbrosia Humphrey
VP Talent
Crystal Henrickson. #VanStartupCityCrystal Henrickson
Social Business Leader
Yelp, Chimp, Invoke Labs
Yuri Navarro
Executive Director
National Angel Capital Organization
duboisDaniel Dubois
CEO & Founder
ShareShed, The Next Big Thing
RakhraDhaman Rakhra
Co-Founder & COO
Bo,  Next 36 Graduate, Hult Prize Winner,
Schulich School of Business
LemPaul Elm
CEO & Founder
Spartan, Fresh Founders


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#VanStartupCity in the News

Vancouver Startup City is getting noticed.

  • BetaKit: #VanStartpCity: Tech Entrepreneurship Tips from the Leaders – Read the full story 
  • BetaKit: #VANIMPACT15: Building the Purpose-Driven Enterprise – Read the full story
  • Breakfast Television: Vancouver Start Up City Week with Sean Elbe – Watch the video
  • Metro Vancouver: City steps up role in Vancouver Startup Week, vies to foster tech business – Read the full story
  • Business in Vancouver: Vancouver Startup Week designed to boost tech sector enterprise – Read the full story
  • BetaKit: Vancouver’s startups reach for greatness at Vancouver Startup Week – Read the full story
  • Vancouver Magazine: Vancouver is Now Startup City Read the full story
  • CKNW interview with Simi SaraVancouver’s Startup City with Sean Elbe – Listen to it here.
  • Vancouver Observer: Startup City – Read the full story
  • Vancouver is Awesome: Vancouver Startup City Spotlight: Tinkerine on the future of 3D printing – Read the full story
  • Broadcaster: Vancouver Economic Commission Launches First Ever Startup City – See the media release
  • Huffington Post: Vancouver’s Community-Led Startup Culture Makes it World-Class – Read the full story