Startup Weekend Vancouver

    Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

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

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Launch Academy
128 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8

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Startup Weekend Vancouver 2016

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 startups!

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.

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Friday November 18th

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
Presentation Start

8:15 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 November 19th

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 arrive in the morning for one-on-one. Ask questions!

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 November 20th

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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Manny Padda
Managing Director at New Avenue Capital

Manny Padda is an entrepreneur, educator, angel investor, and philanthropist based in Vancouver, B.C. He is the founder of New Avenue Capital, a global firm focusing on four fundamental pillars: venture capital, recruitment, private lending and real estate, and social venture and philanthropy. He has contributed to the growth and development of angel investing in Canada through mentorship, investment and leadership across the nation.

Manny is also the co-founder of GradusOne, an organization that connects students and new graduates with mentors and provides them with the resources they need to achieve future success. He believes in providing students with the right knowledge and support to help them move one step forward in their career

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber
Managing Director

Joanna is an innovation & enterprise strategist, dedicated to creating impact in the world through business and entrepreneurship. She was a founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing and co-creator of the award-winning Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub. She has curated the annual Propelling Social Ventures conference, led a multimedia design startup, and works closely with early stage entrepreneurs to amplify the impact of their ventures.

Today, Joanna acts as Managing Director of The Next Big Thing, an organization that empowers youth with the tools and skills they need to succeed as entrepreneurs. 

Ray Walia
Chief Executive Officer, Launch Academy

Ray is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in both the entertainment and technology sectors. Ray founded Launch Academy, Vancouver’s leading entrepreneurship facility, which has hosted more than 450 startups that have raised over $80 Million in funding. In 2015 Ray co-founded Victory Square, a startup studio with a focus on sports and entertainment technology companies. Ray was named Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year for 2014 and 2015, BIV Top Forty Under 40, and was selected to represent Canada at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit and by the U.S. Department of State.

Brittany Whitmore
Founder and Principal

 is an entrepreneur, producer, media personality, mentor and startup adviser. She spent nearly three years with Procurify and now runs Exvera Communications, a public relations and event production company, and also founded TEDxGastownWomen. She is a City Director for The Vinetta Project, a tech panelist for Kirk LaPointe’s show, “Our City” on Roundhouse Radio and writes a Tech column for BIV. She regularly gives talks for and mentors startups and students for programs such as Young Women in Business, Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad and Futurpreneur.

Coaches and Mentors

Gregg Peacock
Product Manager at Bench

Gregg founded his first company in university after winning a business model competition (CBMC) and has been involved in the startup scene ever since. He first attended Startup Weekend in 2011 and has been involved as an organizer and mentor for Startup Weekend Vancouver and Startup Weekend UBC. Today, Gregg manages client-facing products at Bench, a Vancouver-based fintech services company that is transforming how entrepreneurs manage the health of their business.

Dana Kawas
Consulting Manager | Injecting Ideas, Energy and Focus

Dana Kawas is a consulting manager with over 13 years of experience in IT project delivery using Agile methodology, business strategy formulation and execution, business process management, change management and quality management. Dana completed her MBA in Strategy and Organizational Consultancy through the University of Victoria and EDHEC (France) in 2015. She is a Certified Software Quality Analyst and a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP).

She is a triathlete that values health, fitness and personal growth.  She brings in energy, fresh ideas and focus to any project she works on."

Hussein Hallak
General Manager

Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor, and Speaker on Inspiring Leadership, Unleashing Entrepreneurship, & Breakthrough Performance. Creator of the Startup Growth Roadmap and the Content Marketing Canvas. 
General Manager of Launch Academy; Vancouver's leading tech startup hub, Executive Director of TiE Vancouver; TiE is the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization, and Tech Panelist on Roundhouse Radio. 
Specializing in Tech Entrepreneurship, Lean Startup, Content Marketing, Personal Branding, Strategic Thinking, Public Speaking, Social Media and Networking. 
Former Director of Learning & Development / Regional Director Consultant of BNI Middle East, BNI is the world’s largest business networking organization with over 170,000 members worldwide. 
Built 10+ startups, mentored 100+ entrepreneurs, led 10,000+ hours of live workshops, presented tech TV to 40+ million viewers, featured in Forbes, BBC, Entrepreneur, VancityBuzz, Roundhouse Radio, and Notable.

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.

Erik Killian
Director of Sales at Spark

Erik Killian is a career sales professional and entrepreneur. Having worked in sales at various stage startups since 2010, Erik has learned the hard way how to effectively bring new ideas to market and turn skeptics into early adopters, trusted advisors, and ultimately champions for your cause. Currently, Erik is the Director of Sales at Spark - a Vancouver-based software company making big waves in the real estate space. Having been on the first place team for Startup Weekend Vancouver 2013, Erik knows better than most just what it takes to execute on a product and deliver a winning presentation in a short period of time.

Tam Kbeili
Founder & Lead Instructor

Tam is the Co-Founder of CodeCore and has been a passionate builder of web applications for over 13 years. Since Tam first began working with Ruby on Rails in 2007, he has built many high traffic websites for startups and larger companies such as Cisco, Citrix, Telus, & BMC. In addition to engineering, Tam enjoys sharing his love for Ruby through teaching.

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. 

Denny Hollick
Marketing Director

Denny is the Marketing Director for WealthBar, one of Canada fastest growing financial technology companies. He is also a previous winner of Startup Weekend Vancouver in 2014, the TechStars Global Startup Battle, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress Battle of Ideas with his team ConceptKicker.
Having worked with WealthBar, cofounded 2 startup companies, and founded a marketing agency, Denny has had nearly a decade of experience in marketing and technology management.
Denny has been an active board member with various organizations including having founded the Central City Rotary Club, and serves as a Lead Auxiliary Constable for the RCMP. He's also an avid traveler having ventured to nearly 40 countries.

Ian Mackinnon
Co-founder at

Ian is technical co-founder of, a Vancouver startup founded at a hackathon in 2013 which allows brands to manage their visual marketing with tools for Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. has many fortune 500 customers and has raised over 1.3MM in funding.
Previously, Ian has worked at Google and SAP and was co-founder and technical lead Placeling, a geo-bookmarking app and MapDash, a team-building scavenger-hunt app for Android and iOS.
Ian also runs the Vancouver chapter of "Comedy Hack Day", has mentored at several Startup Weekends, and has participated in more hackathons than he cares to admit.
Ian has worked as an Instructor at Lighthouse Labs in their learn to code bootcamp for Rails and iOS. Ian has a Master's degree in Computer science from the University of Waterloo.

Kevin Malakoff
Startup Consultant

Kevin is a seasoned entrepreneur and startup advisor with a passion for building sustainable software businesses. He has extensive international experience delivering engaging products and services in web, mobile, and video games at companies ranging from startup (Vidigami Media, Mimesis Republic, and Pulse Entertainment) to established players (Disney, Argonaut Games, and LucasArts).

Kevin specializes in supporting entrepreneurs and teams to make effective decisions at the intersection of product strategy and software development execution as they prove out their business and build market traction. 

Rajesh Rao
Technology Leader

Rajesh is a senior technology and software development leader with over twenty years of experience in the industry. Rajesh was the Head of the IBM Software Labs in Vancouver and has worked with IBM for thirteen years as well as startups like and IE-Engine.  He was part of the team that took through its successful IPO on NASDAQ.
Rajesh has helped define the vision and product strategy for a variety of products including development toolkits, desktop products, web applications as well as Cloud/SAAS offerings. He has helped organizations build and motivate agile teams to deliver product or services and had been involved with all aspects of the lifecycle including marketing, sales, development and support.

Keith Ippel
Co-Founder & Partner -

With over 15 years experience as a leader in technology centric businesses, Keith has accelerated the growth of both small and large companies, launched new products, and raised over $20m in angel investment and venture capital. He has an unparalleled ability to collaborate with entrepreneurs, employees, and investors to deliver amazing products to the market. Keith is passionate about creating opportunities that previously did not exist for people and co-founded Spring to bring that into the social venture space.

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.
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Signature Sponsors

Launch Academy is Western Canada's leading tech startup hub and early-stage incubator. Since 2012 Launch Academy has helped 1000+ entrepreneurs, incubated 420+ early-stage startups, that collectively raised $80+ million and added 700+ jobs to the economy.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Vancouver is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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