Startup Weekend Vancouver
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Suite 200 - 375 Water Street
Vancouver Startup Weekend November 2014
What’s Startup Weekend All About?Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.
Events are 54-hour long events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts alike come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup!
Startup Weekends are where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.
We begin with open mic pitches on Friday where attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
Global Startup BattleThis year we are also doing something we haven’t done yet, all teams that participate can enter to be part of the Global Startup Battle against other teams from around the world competing that same weekend. More information to come but for further details, checkout the Global Startup Battle website.
Psst… There are lots of prizes to be won!
Friday November 14th
Saturday November 15th
Sunday November 16th
Some significant achievements include:
- Co-Founded DocSpace - $568M Acquisition | SaaS | Enterprise |Consumer
- Co-Founded Atalum - Multi-million Financing | SaaS | Wireless |Enterprise | OEM
- Advised OpenCal - Groupon Acquisition | SaaS | SMB
- Negotiated Investor | Customer - Multi-million Dollar Transactions
With a strong background in computer science and engineering, Igor is an avid spokesperson for the future of mobile commerce. He is frequently quoted in Forbes, HBR, Mashable and GigaOm.
Coaches and Mentors
Mark’s passion for solving business problems with technology began in 1991, when his family company began building the world’s first Windows-based reporting tool, Crystal Reports. Crystal grew to employ over 2,000 employees and was eventually acquired by Business Objects for $820M. A strong advocate of cloud computing, Mark brings a wealth of technology leadership experience and BI expertise, as well as a fresh perspective on modern IT delivery models, to Dun & Bradstreet.
Mark joined D&B following Indicee’s acquisition in April 2014. He now heads up the Cloud Innovation Team, responsible for building the next generation of D&B products, in the cloud.
Manie Eagar is a global investment and mergers and acquisitions advisor, and marketing and business development executive with over 30 years of driving new wealth creation, business growth and strategic innovation. The past two years he has focused on deal shaping and making in the new world of digital value inter-exchange, mobile media delivery platforms and digital finance 2.0 futures, inspired by the cryptocurrency protocol phenomenon.
He has supported a number of bitcoin startups, growth acceleration, mergers and acquisitions, VC tie-ups and alignment with regulatory compliance. He was an associate director at Deloitte and PWC respectively and has managed a number of business portfolios for Barclays International and Vodafone in Africa. His openaxyz SaaS collaboration software, deployed at Barclays International, was nominated for the RIC Innovation Idol in Ontario.
Bonnie is #13 on the Forbes list of Top 20 Women Social Media Power Influencers and #28 on their Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers.
She has researched, designed and implemented custom online social marketing strategies for companies and professional clients, producing measurable results for their bottom lines.The Lady walks her talk. She has over 100,000 engaged followers on Twitter (@bsainsbury); over 1600 friends on Facebook, 500+ business connections on LinkedIn, and over 1500 fans on Google.
She’s co-host of the successful Women Talking Tech webcast that just celebrated one year on the air using Google+ Hangouts on Air.
With a background as a developer, Katherine is able to transform complex business requirements into a product that delivers clear and strong value to marketing. Leading the CS team, she ensures customers are satisfied with their experiences and provided with best-practice guidance and strong support at all times.
Katherine holds a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University.
With experience managing multi-million dollar marketing budgets in spreadsheets scattered across a global organization, Kristine recognized the need for a better way to measure marketing ROI. Basic questions around spend, forecasts and commits were difficult to answer and insights into global spending were segmented and inaccurate. Most importantly, return on marketing investment was virtually impossible to determine.
With this inspiration, Kristine and Katherine built the Allocadia prototype, flew down to a tradeshow, and signed their first customer. Today, Kristine and her team help thousands of marketers worldwide manage their marketing budgets and plans, and improve their ROI using the Allocadia enterprise management software.
Alexandra is a physician leader, passionate about big ideas that use tech to make people's lives better. She has received numerous awards, including BIV Top 40 under 40, the Queen Elizabeth II Medal of Service and WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Alexandra lives in Vancouver with her husband and their three children.
Director R&D, iQMetrix
As an inbound marketing consultant, Wisam has worked with transnational companies to develop and implement their marketing strategy and has lectured on marketing at universities.
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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Vancouver is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here