Growing a Hardware Business

Join us for the new MakerLABS/Laser Cutter Cafe Opening! Get a look at some of the tools and services we are making available to Vancouver entrepreneurs. 

Featured Talks by:
Justin Lemire-Elmore - Grin Technologies / Electric Bikes

Andrew Bruce Lau - Zaber Technologies / Linear Actuators

Bartosz Bos and Adam Wilson - Intiimi Technologies/ Connected Sexual Health Devices

This event is brought to you by our title sponsor - Optigo Networks.

Grin Technologies - Justin Lemire-Elmore (Founder)

Grin Technologies Ltd. is a small Canadian engineering company based in Vancouver that is dedicated to advancing the state of after-market electric bicycle conversion kits. Grin designs and makes clever electric bike parts and accessories that are universal in nature and not locked to proprietary standards. 

Justin, founder and owner of Grin Technologies Ltd. studied Engineering Physics at the University of B.C. and started the first UBC e-bike club. In 2008, he spent two months riding across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax, using only $10 worth of electricity.

Electric bikes are a new and promising alternative form of urban transportation. They provide all the advantages of a regular bicycle: fun exercise, free parking, zero emissions, and freedom from gridlock, while eliminating one of the bicycle's more serious drawbacks, lack of power. In most situations in the city, riding an electric bike will be faster and cheaper than either car or public transit. 

Justin arguably knows more about electric bikes than anyone else in Vancouver, and maybe even Canada.  He will discuss both his extensive experience as an entrepreneur in this field, and also reflect on the roots of the electric bike scene highlighting some of the challenges faced and still expected along the way.

Zaber Technologies   - Andrew Bruce Lau (Co-Founder)

Andrew Bruce Lau is a co-founder of Zaber Technologies, a company specializing in precision motion control. He is also a Maker, dabbling in robotics, electric bikes, and gardening. Bruce believes that the spread of DIY culture is a “Good Thing.” It is catalyzed by curiosity, it is an outlet for creativity, and it is a driver for innovation. Bruce thinks that DIY can make your food taste better, make your bike go faster, and make your life more interesting.

Bruce is going to share with you the story of how Zaber was founded by passionate Makers, how we took the scenic and non-linear route to grow the company organically and sustainably, and ultimately how you may even make a living doing what you love.

Intiimi Technologies - Bartosz Bos and Adam Wilson (Co-Founders)

Bartosz Bos and Adam Wilson have combined their backgrounds in High Volume Additive Manufacturing (3d Printing) and Mobile Application Development to form Intiimi, which is creating a line of consumer products designed to improve and maintain sexual wellness. Expect to learn some history, see a glimpse of the future, and discover an untapped opportunity to "Get to Know Yourself Better". 

Videos from previous meetups:

• Oct 2, 2013: 

• Feb 21, 2014:

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  • Jon

    Congrats MakerLab! We're looking forward to great things!

    Thanks to everyone for all the feedback on the premiere of our Clug Bike Clip. We'd love your feedback. More info can be had on our Kickstarter Preview Page as well as our soon to be finished website:


    1 · April 30

  • Nicholas W.

    Congrats to Dallas + Derek ... Amazing job on MakerLabs! Great talks/event last night

    2 · April 30

  • Aaron H.

    Huge congrats to you guys!

    For those interested in the VanVR meetup, and getting a head or full body scan for 3D printing, check out the next meetup.­

    2 · April 30

  • Jonny O.

    Congrats MakerLab. My first meetup, really enjoyed it. I'll be back for more!

    1 · April 30

  • Ryan N.

    Best meetup yet!

    1 · April 30

  • Daniel

    Congrats MakerLab.

    1 · April 29

  • Bernhard Z.

    Freundliche Gruesse to you too, seems like I'm missing a last name here :))

    1 · April 29

  • Peter

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen Ihr P.

    April 28

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