The Power of Community – Part 1

10/09/2014 | By Charlie Yu

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If “great people stand on the shoulders of giants,” then epic events are created with the support of great communities. Startup Weekend Vancouver 2014 has received some of the warmest and most enthusiastic assistance from its community sponsors, keen to make this a weekend to remember. These community sponsors have pledged financial support and/or discounts for the products and services they provide. We are grateful for the support and generosity they have shown us. In turn, we would like to give a shout out to some of our community sponsors and let them know Startup Weekend 2014 would not be the same without them.

Art Institute Vancouver

The Art Institute of Vancouver

The Art Institute of Vancouver is a post-secondary education institution offering learner centered, career focused programs in the applied arts to a diverse and engaged student body. We seek to create a stimulating learning environment where committed and talented students, led by dedicated faculty, can develop their creativity and acquire the skills and acknowledge to pursue careers in their fields of study and support personal and professional growth.



Founded in 2009 by, Unbounce is web-based software as a service (Saas) that gives marketers and the power to manage company campaigns and startup teams to validate ideas without IT. Unbounce’s template library enables users to build click through, lead generation, sales letter and video landing pages for A/B testing in minutes.



Clio is a comprehensive cloud-based practice management, time & billing and client collaboration platform specifically designed for small and mid-sized law firms. Founded in 2008 by Jack and Rian, two best friends since elementary school, Clio has grown from 3 person operation to over 90 strong with offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Dublin Ireland. Clio attributes their success to risk taking, collaboration and innovation.



Based out of Vancouver’s startup hub Gastown, PaySavvy is a national human capital management software provider that offers cloud-based payroll, human resource, and time and labour management software. PaySavvy’s advanced and intuitive platform allows clients to accomplish the most in the least amount of time. The company prides itself on offering competitive, predictable, all-inclusive pricing, and unparalleled access to exceptional customer service inspired by its mantra: People first.



Champion of the 2011 Startup Weekend Vancouver, myBestHelper matches families with most suitable sitters and nannies. myBestHelper differentiates itself from and UrbanSitter by combining social circles and AirBnB-like reputation system (to help build trust) with eHarmony-like matching system (to increase fit between personalities and values) to save families and caregivers time and effort! This year myBestHelper helper will also be providing participants onsite child care or services in their home at a discount.