Startup Weekend UBC

    Friday, January 26 - 28, 2018

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend UBC

Friday, January 26 - 28, 2018

Friday, January 26 - 28, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

David Lam Learning Centre
6326 Agricultural Rd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

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Creatives, innovators, entrepreneurs, join us for the most influential weekend of your lives.

It starts here and it starts now.

Meet the people you’ve been searching for. Creatives, innovators, entrepreneurs, join us for the most influential weekend of your lives.

At Startup Weekend UBC, you will get the chance to learn, network and startup, all within 54 hours. Startup Weekend UBC provides you with the opportunity to turn your idea into reality, and the premise is this: have an idea, grow it, build it, test it and launch it.

On January 26-29, 2018 you will get to experience the highs, lows and fun that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a company, you’ll meet the best of Vancouver’s leaders - mentors, investors, potential co-founders and sponsors - who are there to help you get started. 

What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

What kind of ideas should I have?
Believe it or not, you do not need to have an idea prior to the event, but we highly encourage it if you do. Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience.

Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume
Please note that this is a zero waste event, and attendees are highly encouraged to bring their own mugs-containers.

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Friday January 26th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday January 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday January 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Monique Morden
Chief Revenue Officer at Lendified

Monique has a unique blend of software, client service and voice of customer expertise along with a heavy dose of entrepreneurial spirit. 

Her SaaS software background involves 7+ years working for Vision Critical in a variety of roles involving Services, Sales, Marketing and Product Development. Experience in these different roles provided the background necessary for the position of General Manager where she brought all these areas together to further the success of Vision Critical’s Insight Community platform.

She has a passion for all things mobile having spoken at several conferences about the role of mobile in online research, social media and insight community.

Event Judges

Willson Cross
Director & Co-Founder at GoFetch

GoFetch is Canada's largest pet-sitting marketplace. After attending UBC, he founded GoFetch in March of 2016, GoFetch is a mobile, on demand, marketplace that connects dog owners with dog walkers in their city.

Miguel Kudry
Co-Founder and CEO at Ben,Inc.

Miguel has been an entrepreneur and self-taught developer since the age of 14, building his first profitable business at 15 capturing 3 million users per month. He moved to Canada from Venezuela at 16, where he started various projects, and most recently co-founded Ben to bring mass consumers into digital currencies, which is launching soon and was backed by Y Combinator. Miguel’s work has been featured by multiple publications and organizations over the years. In 2014 he was named one of Canada’s Future Leaders by Maclean’s Magazine, and Top 30 Under 30 by BCBusiness in 2016. He also sits on the Millennial Advisory Council of Science World British Columbia.

Jaime McNally
Manager, Due Diligence at FrontFundr

Jaime McNally's passion for private business motivated through over four years of professional service experience working at Big 4 accounting firms, including both Deloitte and Ernst & Young. This includes experience in Assurance, Corporate and Personal Taxation, and Transactions Advisory. Jaime has earned a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition, Jaime has completed the Chartered Professional Accounting program (CPA) and is pursuing the Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) Designation.

Josh Andrews
Co-Founder and COO at Spare Labs

Josh is the Co-founder and COO at Spare Labs. Spare Labs is on a mission to help accelerate the global shift to autonomous vehicles by enabling anyone to plan and launch a smart transportation network in seconds. Josh has worked as an engineer at Expedia, building their iOS apps, and managed the software and electronics teams that powered the UBC Sailbot team's autonomous sailboats.

Coaches and Mentors

Jennifer Li Chiang
CEO of Musefind

Jennifer Li Chiang is the CEO of MuseFind, a free self-serve platform to contact influencers, get featured and reach more customers. They've influenced over 150 million consumers on Instagram and YouTube. Also as the "chief promoter", she has gone ahead and placed MuseFind to appear at Social Media Week New York City, Microsoft NRF Retail Showcase, Forbes, Havas Luxe and is a New York Fashion Week sponsor. Jennifer is also an alumnus of ERA NYC accelerator and a MIT-Sloan School fo Business mentor. 

Kyle Campbell

A self taught software hacker and entrepreneur, Kyle is currently in the process of starting a brand new business venture called Hack Capital. They're currently building out an ops platform for startups to help founders scale and spend more time solving problems for their customers. Previously, in August of 2013, he founded a company called Retsly in Vancouver Canada and on June 3rd, 2014 the company was acquired by the leading real estate technology company in the world Zillow ($Z - 5.11B market cap at the time). All 8 employees remained in Vancouver and accepted employment offers at Zillow to continue to execute on Retsly's original vision of enabling innovation within the real estate industry by creating a "safe and transparent platform for building beautiful real estate software".

Colin Weston
Co-founder and Partner, REVIVER Sport Entertainment

Colin has participated and mentored in previous Startup Weekend events, most recently as a customer discovery, Visual Storytelling and Presentation Deck mentor at Startup Weekend UBC.
He has been involved with Startup Canada at the national level for several years and in mid 2017 he co-founded the launch of Startup Vancouver . His motivation stemmed from his desire to give back to the local startup community by providing the resources and support that he wished were available when starting his entrepreneurial journey back in 2011.
Colin is a Vancouver entrepreneur and co-founder of REVIVER Sport Entertainment, where they create sport innovation experiences such as CitySurf Vancouver and RippedLinks, He is also the host and creator of The ModGolf Podcast. His previous endeavours include architecture, 3D visualization and event experience design.

During his spare time, he enjoys single malt scotch, hot yoga, snowboarding, surfing and the occasional mediocre round of golf. But not all at the same time.  

John Chan
Founder, Dayboard

John is the founder of Dayboard, a daily task management app that helps people overcome guilt and procrastination. He was previously a designer at 37signals (the folks behind Basecamp), and lead UX design at UBC Library. He competed internationally in taekwondo and represented Team Canada twice at the World University Games.

Rob Attwell
COO - myBestHelper

Rob Attwell is Co-founder & COO of Mybesthelper, an award winning a marketplace for families to find and manage care for their families.  Mybesthelper is an Invoke Labs company and was recently recognized as a Cartier Laureate in 2015, won third place in the 2012 New Ventures BC competition and was recently part of the Blackbox Connect program at Google.  Rob is a numbers guy and loves to help with metrics and figuring out your business model.  He has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. 

Ludovica Mazzucato
CEO, Sidebuy Solutions Inc

Ludovica is the CEO at Sidebuy Solutions Inc, a forerunner influencer marketing tech startup, based in Vancouver. Ludovica Mazzucato has a decade of experience in brand and marketing leadership gained through managing and founding companies in 6 countries across the globe, in both established and up-and-coming markets. Fascinated by the Whys and an entrepreneur at heart, Ludovica registered her first patent at the age of 16. After completing her MBA in Europe, she started her career with a global corporation, responsible for product management in over 35 international regions. She later founded a startup incubator targeting entrepreneurship in the creative industry, produced international media festivals, and coordinated and designed award-winning brand strategies.  She is also a Mentor, Speaker, Contributing Editor, Instructor and Ambassador for a number of organizations including Women’s Enterprise Centre, Women In Leadership Foundation, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Women In Capital Markets, InterNations, Open Source Circular Economy Days, Startup604, and Women in Tech World.

Hedi Rian
Founder, CEO at

Hedi Rian is the Founder of Rich Clarity, an online eco-system platform for Female Empowerment. Her platform will mix Education with Entertainment industry and focused on empowering Millennials and Gen Z to make smarter choices in their lives. She has over 10 years’ experience in Software Engineering, Product Design, Film Production, & Entertainment Business with more than 70 blockbuster Hollywood movies including: Fifty Shades Darker, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Flash, etc. She is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal with MEng in Quality System Engineering, BEng in Software Engineering and has completed her Film & TV Production trainings from Hollywood Film Institute.

Mona Elesseily
Vice President of Online Marketing Strategy at Page Zero Media

Mona Elesseily is the Vice President of Online Marketing Strategy at Page Zero Media where she focuses on online marketing strategy and conversion optimization.  
In her career, she has significantly improved online marketing performance for brands such as Capital One,, Cathay Pacific and The Jimmy Pattison Group to name a few. She regularly speaks at Canadian, US and international online marketing events on paid search, conversion optimization and integrated online marketing strategy. Some of the events Mona presents at include Search Marketing Expo (SMX), Ad:Tech, and WebmasterWorld (PubCon). 
Mona has written 2 books, is a columnist for Search Engine Land and also writes for The Huffington Post, IMedia Connection and the American Marketing Association. Her industry knowledge is regularly sought after by the business community, including Wall Street analysts; and she's frequently quoted in respected publications.

Geof Auchinleck
CEO Claris Healthcare Inc.

Geof has more than 35 years of experience in the medical device field.  He was part of the Vancouver-based team that built and tested the world’s first robot specifically designed to assist in surgery, then went on to develop a number of other surgical technologies, including surgical tools for laparoscopic surgery, surgical limb positioning, blood sample handling equipment, apparatus for total knee arthroplasty, blood transfusion management software and a medical device wearable.  He is co-founder of Claris Helathcare Inc. and recently received his 20th U.S. patent.

Shiva Ghafarzadeh
Director at Ace It Strategies

Shiva, a director at Ace It Strategies is a self-driven leader in Business Development and connecting top talent with top employers. She approaches business with a creative, global social impact mind set, taking every opportunity to create a positive change and challenge the impossible.
Her background spans across various industries including Oil & Gas, Recruitment, Job development, Retail management and Non-profit.

Peter Hudson
CEO at


Rick Pasin
Social Entrepreneur, CEO, NPS Consultant, Mentor & Co-Director of The Founder Institute

Founder of My Education Room: an online social enterprise that connects Canadian certified K-12 teachers with students needing high quality educational assistance whose profits are redistributed back into local school communities via Parent Advisory Council's.

Jihad Hassan
COO at GetFresh Ventures

Jihad is the COO of GetFresh Ventures. Dazed and confused at what life had to offer, he went through a hodge podge of work and volunteer opportunities in foreign service, sales, and academia, before discovering his passion for community development through entrepreneurship and social innovation. Bridging the gap between liberal arts and business, he attended the Master of Management program at the UBC Sauder School of Business and began working with GetFresh Ventures from the company's inception. There, he invests his time supporting GetFresh's business functions and helping Founder / CEOs scale and drive profit through purpose (and lots and lots of metrics).

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend UBC team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Vancouver is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ilayda
  • Joey
  • Olivia
  • Hadi
  • Pranav
  • Rob


Myles Foster
Organizer, Mentor & Judges

Myles founded a startup at Startup Weekend. Over 3 years he raised a $100k seed round, built a mobile app, and secured a Fortune 500 company as a customer. Myles now works at Payment Rails, a local Startup that makes payouts painless.

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