Digital and new media in Vancouver: Panel discusses investment trends

by Knowlton Thomas

New Media is a rapidly growing sector in our local economy. The combined wireless and mobile, video gaming, animation and VFX, web 2.0 and social media, interactive marketing and e-learning sectors include more than 1,300 companies, employ 22,000 people, and generate revenues of approximately $3 billion per year in B.C.

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is hosting an evening with a panel of Canadian and U.S. venture capitalists who invest in the digital media space. They will discuss what they look for when evaluating investment opportunities and give the audience their perspectives and outlook on trends for the sector. 

Danny Robinson of Bootup Labs will moderate the panel, which will include:  Shawn Abbott - partner at iNovia Capital; Steve Hnatiuk - co-founder of Yaletown Ventures: Bill Bryant - venture partner with DFJ Ventures, and other VCs from the west coast of the US.

The VEF is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. These events provide attendees with an opportunity to network and learn. The evening involves a feature presenter covers a topic especially relevant to technology entrepreneurs such as financing and CEO war stories. Networking sessions are included before and after the presentation for speakers and attendees to connect with each other.

Pre-registration tickets are $45.00 each, door registration tickets are $50.00, memberships at $200 for a one year period includes admission to our eight events per year.

The event will be held at Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour Street.

Company:
Yaletown Partners
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Yaletown invests in emerging-growth technology companies in Canada that enhance productivity and sustainability for enterprise and industrial customers. Our investments help Canadian technology companies in their initial growth phase to accelerate their growth, shorten exit timeframes and achieve strong exit premiums. With offices in Vancouver and Calgary, Yaletown is led by a team that brings... more

Company:
VEF - Vancouver Enterprise Forum
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) mission is to advance technology entrepreneurship through networking forums that educate and motivate. The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs and holds eight events each year – usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. These events provide attendees with an opportunity to network and learn. The... more

Company:
iNovia Capital
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

iNovia is an early stage venture capital firm that partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build the next generation of digital platforms and services. We leverage our distributed team and network of experienced founders, company builders and engineers to foster the growth of category-defining businesses. Headquartered in Canada, iNovia manages $450M and invests across North America. more

Company:
Bootup Labs
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bootup Labs is a seed accelerator in Vancouver, BC that helps founders and companies go "from concept to company." Bootup Labs recruits promising entrepreneurs and provides mentorship, ongoing support and office space to help define their business and, if required, secure venture financing. Companies receive $150k in financing. Focus exclusively on Internet based businesses including casual... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more




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