After six months visiting communities across the country, Startup Canada is wrapping up its National Tour in Vancouver this week.
Startup Canada is an entrepreneur-led movement that has engaged nearly 25,000 Canadians and 250 partner organizations through a series of town hall meetings and events to develop community-driven solutions to challenges faced by entrepreneurs.
“Spirited entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of BC’s culture and a key driver in the province’s economy,” said Dean Prelazzi, Chair of Startup Canada’s BC’s Steering Committee. “We welcome the opportunity to give BC entrepreneurs a strong voice in this national dialogue. It’s a valuable opportunity for communities across the province to compare notes, share ideas and work together to advance BC’s and Canada’s entrepreneurial performance in a global context.”
Highlights of this upcoming week of events include the following tech-focused events.
September 18: Vancouver Startup Canada Town Hall
Startup Canada has partnered with BCIT, Discovery Foundation, Emily Carr University of Art+ Design, SFU, and UBC to host a Town Hall that will bring together Vancouver’s entrepreneurs, students, universities, incubators, accelerators and other innovation economy stakeholders.
September 19: Aha! Defining Moments for 20 Tech Entrepreneurs
Expected to draw 300 members of Vancouver’s startup community, this event will feature enlightening startup pitches from 20 local tech entrepreneurs and wrap up with a special keynote address by Rahim Fazal, Founder and CEO of Involver, a social media marketing platform used by more than one million companies.
Join 16 trail-blazing women, from Vancouver’s technology, startup & entrepreneurial communities for four dynamic panel conversations on why women are critical team members in the startup world; how to launch a startup of your own; how technology is enabling a new economy; and how to finance a new startup.
And finally... the Startup Canada BC Grand Finale.
Hear from three successful Vancouver entrepreneurs sharing their passion and firsthand experiences in business through an interactive panel session, moderated by Rick Spence from the National Post.
A full event listing is featured on the Startup Canada Campaign website www.startupcan.ca/tour.