Launch Academy

Launch Academy

Launch Academy is a pre-accelerator program that helps entrepreneurs execute on their startups through education, mentorship, lean metrics and networking opportunities. Launch Academy has established an environment where ideas are vetted, business models are tested and successes are celebrated.

Founded on the values of innovation, opportunities and accountability, Launch Academy addresses the lack of startup education and resources affecting Vancouver entrepreneurs. Launch Academy aims to build a vibrant startup ecosystem and a prosperous economy where new jobs are created and new markets are discovered.

Accelerators & Incubators

Events Hosted by Launch Academy

Traction Conference
Traction is a two-day conference that will share insight on distribution strategies and tactics for acquiring explosive growth. Listen to 40 of the most influential names from the fastest growing... more

News on Launch Academy

First Ever Canadian Breast Cancer Hackathon Coming in June
A breast cancer hackathon is coming to Canada in June. Lina’s Dream, Victory Square Labs, Launch Academy and Protohack are teaming up to bring together community leaders and change-markers... more
Startup Growth Leaders to Speak at Traction Conf Vancouver This June
This morning Vancouver's Traction Conf announced the addition of six growth heavyweights to its speaking roster on June 22 and 23, including Des Traynor, cofounder of Intercom; Lauren Vaccarello,... more
Traction Conference Brings Silicon Valley Back to Vancouver in June
Launch Academy, Boast Capital and Victory Square Ventures are excited to announce that Traction Conference will be back in full force in Vancouver on June 22 and 23. Limited Super Early Bird... more
Launch Academy's Impact on the Economy and Community
Launch Academy says that, since launching in 2012, 350 early-stage startups have generated 635 new jobs in the local economy and attracted over $57 million in funding. The Vancouver-based tech... more
Canadian Conference Gains Traction in Silicon Valley
In June, Traction Conference delivered the largest gathering of growth experts in Western Canada. So this month Traction headed south to Silicon Valley. Launch Academy, Boast Capital and Victory... more
High-Energy Vancouver Startup Week Hackathon Crowns Winners
Saturday was a great day to attend the Vancouver Startup Week because of the diversity of events that took place. One event that I attended was the #VSW2015 Hackathon, which took place at The... more
Seven Events to Check out During Startup Week Vancouver
What promises to be the biggest week of the year for Vancouver startups is here. Vancouver Startup Week is jam-packed with keynotes, workshops, presentations and parties galore. There is way... more
Vancouver’s Traction Conf Heads to San Francisco
After a hugely successful inaugural event in Vancouver in June, Traction Conf is heading south to Silicon Valley. This morning Launch Academy and Boast Capital announced that the next Traction... more
Traction Conference Draws over 500 Attendees to Hear from the Growth Pros
Growth was on the agenda at the Traction Conference this week. The Traction Conference was held on June 17th and 18th in Vancouver, and attendees were witness to an incredible amount of expertise... more
$30 Million Victory Square Ventures Fund Launches to Disrupt Sports, Health, and Entertainment
The entrepreneurs and investors behind Launch Academy, Victory Square Labs and PM Search Partners have announced the launch of a new $30 million venture fund, Victory Square Ventures, which will... more
General Assembly and Traction Conf Partner to Host Online Mini-Conference
General Assembly and Traction Conf have teamed up to host a free three-day online fireside chat series from June 8 to 10 leading up to the sold out Traction Conf. This three-day series will... more
Traction Conference to Bring Growth Experts to Vancouver
This morning Launch Academy and Boast Capital announced the launch of Traction Conference, a one-day conference that will teach startups distribution strategies and tactics for acquiring explosive... more
Canadian Venture Capitalist to Answer Your Questions on Twitter
Have a burning question for one of North America's most active venture capitalists? Get ready to have them answered by him—on Twitter. The award-winning Boris Wertz, founder of Version One... more
Shafin Diamond Tejani Named BC Angel Investor of Year
With nominations coming in fast and furious for Techvibes 2014 Startup Awards we're uncovering a ton of great stories for our readers. Incoming nominations for our Angel of the Year category have... more
Cascadia Summit Names Winning Startups and Plug and Play Ventures Writes Cheques
Tonight Startup Week Vancouver wrapped up with the Cascadia Summit at the Telus World of Science. The sold-out Cascadia Summit is Launch Academy's "premiere event showcasing the most promising... more
Cascadia Summit Announces 16 Startups to Pitch for Investment
Today Launch Academy announced the 16 startups that will pitch at the Cascadia Summit on Friday, November 21st. Cascadia Summit is Launch Academy's "premiere event showcasing the most promising... more
Cascadia Summit Promises to Close Vancouver Startup Week with Fireworks
Launch Academy, Plug and Play, and Boast Capital will be hosting Cascadia Summit as the official closing event of Vancouver Startup Week. The event will happen on Friday, November 21—the... more
Launch Academy Pitch Day Showcases Promise of Emerging Vancouver Startups
Many cliches should be burned on a pyre. But some endure for good reasons—like the hoary old chestnut about the third time being the charm. For Launch Academy's third Pitch Day was by all... more
Launch Academy Announces Finalists For 2014 Student Startup Challenge
Today Vancouver's Launch Academy announced today the six finalists of its 2014 Student Startup Challenge. Launched at the beginning of May, the Student Startup Challenge encourages student... more
Launch Academy Announces 2014 Student Startup Challenge
Launch Academy launched its annual Student Startup Challenge this morning. The SSC's mission is to encourage more post-secondary students and recent grads to embrace entrepreneurship and build... more
5 Local Organizations Team Up, Unite Vancouver Tech Community at Cascadia Startup Day
On a drizzly Thursday, Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre saw an event completely unprecedented in the history of Vancouver’s technology scene—though to be accurate, the event... more
Vancouver’s Leading Tech Accelerators Join Forces to Host Cascadia Startup Fest
GrowLab, Invoke Labs, Launch Academy, Spring Activator, and Wavefront are joining forces to bring you what’s bound to be the Vancouver startup event of the year: Cascadia Startup Fest -... more
Three Canadian Accelerators Among Founding Partners of Global Group 'Startup Exchange'
10 founding partners have created an international exchange program called Startup Exchanges. Among the founding partners are three Canadian accelerators: Vancouver's Launch Academy, Montreal's... more
The Impact of Launch Academy in Vancouver: 300 Jobs Created, $20 Million Raised
Launch Academy this week published data on the impact it has made on Vancouver's tech scene since it was founded 18 months ago. The organization has incubated 150 startups, which have in turn... more
Startup Hubs Across Canada Partner with Microsoft Ventures to Support Local Ecosystems
Working to help foster Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, Microsoft Canada has announced new relationships with three of our nations's startup hubs. Launch Academy in Vancouver, Notman... more
Launch Academy and BDC Venture Capital to Work Together with Tech Startups in Gastown Office
Canada’s largest and most active institutional venture capital investor is moving into Launch Academy's headquarters in Gastown. BDC Venture Capital and Launch Academy this morning... more
Government Promises Big Money for Canadian Startup Accelerators: Who Deserves It Most?
Chapter 3.4 of Stephen Harper's Budget 2013 promised to "enhance Canada's venture capital system" through a number of initiatives. Most notably, $100 million set aside for the Business... more
Idea to Launch in Eight Weeks with Launch Academy
Influenced by the Lean Startup Movement, Launch Academy's new Lean Entrepreneur Program is designed to foster your ability to think differently in your startup journey to develop innovative... more
Event Tech Startups Dominate Launch Academy's Pitch Day
Vancouver's Launch Academy held a science­ fair inspired Pitch Day last night in and showcased 21 up-and-coming startups to a sold out crowd of 250 people including investors, angels,... more
Launch Academy Awards Winners of the Student Startup Challenge
After a three month residency at Launch Academy, two of the winners of Launch Academy's Student Startup Challenge (SSC) pitched to a packed audience as part of Launch Academy's Demo Day... more
Launch Academy Pitch Day is Next Week
Launch Academy's fourth Pitch Day is just around the corner on Wednesday, August 28th. Join 200+ entrepreneurs, investors, media, and community professionals for a night of high-energy pitching... more
GrowLab and Launch Academy Partner with Facebook
Facebook recently set up shop in Vancouver's Coal Harbour neighbourhood. Now the world's largest social network has partnered with local accelerator GrowLab as well as Launch Academy to host... more
Launch Academy Announces Winners of the 2013 Student Startup Challenge
Launch Academy announced today the winners of their Student Startup Challenge. Launched in mid-April, the Student Startup Challenge (SSC) encouraged student entrepreneurs to pitch their startup... more
Metabridge Returns for Fifth Year, Partners with Launch Academy and Digital Okanagan
Metabridge will host its fifth annual event in Kelowna this June. The non-profit organization, which was created to help Canadian startups foster direct connections with Silicon Valley... more
Launch Academy Pitch Day Celebrates Year of Canadian Startup Success
The Vancouver Public Library’s Alice MacKay Room was the host of Launch Academy’s Pitch Day on Monday night, an event meant to foster the local startup community and provide the... more

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