Startup Weekend Vancouver

    Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Vancouver

Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018

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

Launch Academy
128 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

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.

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.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday September 28th

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 September 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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 September 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Alexandra T. Greenhill
CEO cofounder

Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill is one of Canada's leading physicians in digital health innovation. She is currently the cofounder CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Careteam, a digital health platform with the mission to solve the fragmentation of health care. After having implemented health innovation at scale and practiced family and ER medicine in Quebec, Ontario and BC, she has spent the last six years leading and advising Canada's most innovative technology companies. She is a global ambassador for Blackbox powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and was a mentor for the Obama Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley. Some of her other recognitions include WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Top 40 under 40, West Canada's Woman entrepreneur of the Year, YWCA woman of distinction and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Service.

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. 

Eamonn Gamble
Senior Account Manager

Senior Account Manager, Knowledge Based Industries at RBC
Eamonn is a finance professional with a broad range of experience in providing capital for small and mid-sized companies. This experience encompasses traditional commercial lending and equity capital markets, as well as the growing field of impact investing. Eamonn has worked on behalf of lenders, underwriters, outside consultants and a number of externally-financed organizations, developing a sense of each actor’s needs and motivations, and the most efficient tools to meet those needs.
He now works in the Knowledge-Based Industries sector in Vancouver as a commercial lender.

Coaches and Mentors

Morgan Maryk

A former Border Guard turned Entrepreneur, since 2015 Morgan has been on a mission to help accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Utilizing a social enterprise approach to benefit society as a whole, Morgan founded ReCharged, his first startup, which provides communities with EV charging stations integrated with Smart City services, at no-cost.

Aliya Amershi
CEO, Founder and Chief Techie

I am the CEO, Founder and Chief Techie of, a Tech Talent 2.0 Marketplace where weoffer Knowledge as a Service. We are currently a part of the Canadian Technology Accelerator SiliconValley program, focused on Artificial Intelligence for their Spring 2018 Cohort.

Campbell MacDonald
Co-Founder & CEO

Campbell Macdonald is a co-founder and the CEO of Proxxi, a smart sensor that senses and interprets electricity with software. Before Proxxi, he co-Founded Pathful, an artificial intelligence solution for enterprise marketing. After going through Techstars and raising VC from Foundry Group & Angel List, Pathful was acquired by Mobify in 2015. Previously he co-Founded Parking Mobility in 2009. Before setting out his own, he held senior management roles at BuildDirect, Home Depot and Canadian Pacific Railway. Campbell has an MA from Queen’s in game theory and economics.

Gautam Sadarangani
Chief Technology Officer

Gautam, cofounder and CTO of Biointeractive Technologies (BIT), has five years of Medical Device (Class III) Product Development experience. He is well versed with managing cutting-edge R&D projects and IP development. Gautam also has a masters in the core-technology powering BIT’s wearable TENZR, and is the first person to have evaluated the use of that technology on monitoring hand-use in individuals with stroke.

Bernadette Butler
CEO & Co-Founder

Bernadette Butler has 20 years experience in advertising working with some of the greatest brands of our time. With 2 ads on the world’s funniest reel, Bernadette is the CEO and co-founder of StoryTap, a 2018 Techstars Company. StoryTap is a user-generated video platform for marketers that drives brand trust and growth through authentic video reviews and storytelling at scale.

Katie Womersley
Director of Engineering

Katie is Director of Engineering at Buffer and co-author of "Atomic Migration Strategy for Web Teams", a book detailing approaches to re-write & migrate legacy web apps with O’Reilly. At Buffer, she leads the engineering team focusing on crafting productive, effective teams and delivering a world class software product. Her writing has appeared in The Next Web, Inc Magazine and Fast Company. She champions remote work and believes distributed teams are the future.

Matthew Snyder

Matthew is a 30 year Mobile/AdTech/Product Industry veteran with a past role as Director of Strategy at Nokia Corp. Matthew bleeds partner and customer-driven strategies first and foremost with a sharp eye for product quality and experience. He was an early innovator (2007) in IOT and Cross-Screen Media Strategies with his consultancy ADO (Analog.Digital. Objects) with notable clients such as Coachella, LG Fashion Week, Dentsu Corporation. In 2012, he co-founded ResponsiveAds to enable the most advanced toolkit for delivering highly-engaging and immersive advertising & marketing experiences. Over online ads, proven results exhibited 20x more engagement with Billions of served impressions with NBC, TRONC, NPR and Red Bull among other marquee customers. On a personal note- Matthew spent 18 years in Japan and many years building partnerships across Europe and Asia. He presently resides in Vancouver, BC and New York City.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Vancouver 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.

Venue Sponsor

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Community Sponsorship

Organizing Team

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

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Kathleen MacKinnon
Founder of Nine Rising

Kathleen with be one of the facilitators for Startup Weekend 2018

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