• Blockchain 101: Blockchain for Business

    Spaces - Gastown

    Blockchain 101: Blockchain for Business Designed for less-technical leaders who want to (or need to) navigate the hype, hope and opportunities of blockchain technology in their own businesses. Blockchain 101 is part educational seminar and part panel discussion. Join us for a practical, plain language ‘crash course’ in blockchain technology followed by an exploration of where, why and how blockchain is being applied by our panel of industry experts. It is our goal that attendees of this event improve their ability to talk about blockchain with colleagues and leave the session with a clearer understanding of its benefits and limitations. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-101-blockchain-for-business-tickets-56947200610 Presenter: Jay Milroy, Mentor, Product Management Association of BC Panelists: Mark Barber, Head of Product Enablement, BTL Ground Ltd. Benny Giang, founding team member of CryptoKitties and Product Manager, Axiom Zen Alberto Cevallos, Founder, Keter When: Thursday March 28, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver) General Admission: $55 Early Bird Rate (closes Friday, March 15): $40 Founder Rate: $25 VEF Members: FREE Event Program: 5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social 6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches 6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A 8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking *Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. Please be sure to enter from the front doors at 151 W Hastings St, and follow the signs down the elevator to the event. * Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-101-blockchain-for-business-tickets-56947200610

  • Cannabis Post Legalization: Successes and Challenges

    Spaces - Gastown

    Cannabis Post Legalization: Successes and Challenges On Tuesday, February 19th join us for a discussion of the opportunities for cannabis research, development and collaborations and how the cannabis sector is looking to adopt new and innovative technology. Panelists: Tim Roberts, President, North America, Rubicon Organics Will Stewart, Senior Vice President, Corporate & Public Affairs from Harvest One Cannabis Inc. Anderson Smith, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Valens Groworks Rami El-Cheikh, PwC Partner, Deal Strategy & Value Creation Moderated by: Tom Ulanowski, MSc, C.Chem, President, NextLeaf Labs Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabis-post-legalization-successes-and-challenges-tickets-54609993962 General Admission: $55 Founder Rate: $25 VEF Members: FREE Event Program: 5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social 6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches 6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A 8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking *Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. Please be sure to enter from the front doors at 151 West Hastings Street, and follow the signs down the elevator to the event.

  • Venture Capital Edition: 2019 Market Predictions

    Spaces - Gastown

    Let's start the year off with 2019 market predictions. What are Venture Capitalists seeing in the market today, what will we see in the next 12-24 months? We will uncover some market insights, bring your questions and get ready for an interesting fireside chat. Speakers: Paul Geyer, Nimbus Synergies/Discovery Parks – Angel, Seed, Early Stage Financing Boris Wertz, VersionOne – Seed to Series A Financing Gerri Sinclair, BC Tech Fund – Series A-B-C Moderated by: Amy Rae, Principal, Vanedge Capital Registration and tickets here: http://bit.ly/2019VEFJan When: Tuesday January 15, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM Where: Spaces Gastown, 151 West Hastings, Vancouver General Admission: $55 Early Bird Rate (closes Friday, January 4): $40 Founder Rate: $25 VEF Members: FREE *The event will take place on the lower level of the venue. The easiest way to access the event is through the back door, located in the alley just off Cambie Street, between Hastings and Cordova. You will see a large SPACES sign upon entry.*

  • Vancouver's Rainmakers: Lessons From The Best Tech Sales Talent In The City

    Vancouver's Rainmakers: Lessons From The Best Tech Sales Talent In The City Ever wondered how to land the account of your dreams? On Tuesday November 20th join us along side the best sales talent in the tech business to hear how they've landed the accounts that dreams are made of. Speakers: Karim Ben-Jaafar, President at Beanworks Marianna Adamian, Senior Director, Wealth Management at Agreement Express Rob Scott, Mid Market Sales for Qlik Brian Lowe, Vice President Sales at Teradici Moderated by: Sean Elbe, Regional Director, Investor Services Please register/buy your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vancouvers-rainmakers-lessons-from-the-best-tech-sales-talent-in-the-city-tickets-51440765715#tickets When: Tuesday November 20, 2018 from 5PM to 8:30PM Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver) General Admission: $55 Founder Rate: $25 VEF Members: FREE *The event will take place on the lower level of the venue. The easiest way to access the event is through the back door, located in the alley just off Cambie Street, between Hastings and Cordova. You will see a large SPACES sign upon entry.*

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  • Tech in the City: A Conversation with Leaders in the Civic Landscape

    Tech in the City: A Conversation with Leaders in the Civic Landscape What do autonomous vehicles in your neighbourhood, $50M for smart city infrastructure, car-sharing, e-scooters, innovation districts, major global tech companies setting up shop, building permits for office towers and housing for tech workers all have in common? Well, October 20th is the Vancouver civic election and undoubtedly all the major political parties and mayoral candidates will have opinions on these topics. Join the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum for a conversation with leaders in the civic landscape to discuss the impact of our municipal council on our tech sector. When: Tuesday October 16, 2018 from 5PM to 8:30PM (Registration and networking from 5 - 6PM) Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver) General Admission: $55 Founder Rate: $25 Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-in-the-city-a-conversation-with-leaders-in-the-civic-landscape-tickets-50542807899?discount=VEFBoard Speakers: Hector Bremner, Vancouver City Councillor Shauna Sylvester, Independent Mayoral Candidate + more speakers announced soon

  • NOTE: THE SEPTEMBER 18 MEETUP HAS BEEN CANCELLED

    Spaces - Gastown

    CA$55.00

    Don’t believe the hype: early stage investment real talk Let’s face it, entrepreneurship is brutal. Having Canada’s #1 startup ecosystem, fastest growing economy, lowest unemployment and highest rate of head office growth doesn’t make building a tech company easier. In fact, it makes the trade offs and opportunity costs harder. And with the dominance of the big five tech giants, it’s never been a steeper climb to scale-up. It’s more important than ever to have advisors and investors that bring the best insights, connections and capital to the table. So what is the DNA of the best early stage investors? What do top angels look for in entrepreneurs and ideas? And how do early stage funds add scale and connective tissue that promising entrepreneurs can’t thrive without? If these questions are important to your business, you won’t want to miss this conversation. Date: Tuesday September 18, 2018 Time: 5:00PM to 8:00PM Location: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC) Cost: $55 (General Admission) · $25 (Founder) Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dont-believe-the-hype-early-stage-investment-real-talk-tickets-49920743287 Event Program: 5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration & Social 6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome & Pitches 6:30PM to 7:30PM: Panel Discussion & Q/A 7:30PM to 8:30PM: Networking Panelists announced soon.

  • Building a bulletproof culture for attracting and retaining top talent

    Building a bulletproof culture for attracting and retaining top talent Vancouver has a technology talent gap of 30,000 staff from now until 2021. With large players like Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook coming to town, how do growth stage companies even compete? What strategies do global corporates use to differentiate against the excitement and flexibility (and equity) of the startup world? On May 22, join a group of talent attraction, recruitment and workplace experts for an important conversation on culture and the best strategies to keep and attract the world’s best. Please register here - https://www.picatic.com/vefmay2018 The Panelists: Janet Wood (https://www.linkedin.com/in/janet-wood-b587911/), HR Leader, Office of the CEO Kathy Enros (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathy-enros-5b95812/), Vice President, Talent at ACL Monika Mascitti (https://www.linkedin.com/in/monikamascitti/), Director, People at BuildDirect Technologies Gina Vanderham (http://www.ginavanderham.com/), Executive Mental Health & Addictions Coach Dana Ramnarine, Vice President, Rhum (moderator) Ticket Includes: Canapés, Steam Whistle (https://steamwhistle.ca/) Beer, Networking, Panel Discussion, and more! Schedule: 5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social (light bites) 6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Lightning Pitches 6:30PM to 7:30PM: Panel Discussion + QA 7:30PM to 8:30PM: Networking (light bites + Steam Whistle beer) When: Tuesday May 22, 2018 from 5PM to 8:30PM Where: PwC Vancouver (250 Howe Street — 14th Floor) Advance: $40 (ends May 4, 2018) General Admission: $55 Founder Rate: $25 VEF Members: FREE (Become a VEF Member (http://www.vef.org/memberships)) Please register here - https://www.picatic.com/vefmay2018

  • Exits: Go Public or Stay Private? How, When, and What to Prepare.

    Go Public or Stay Private? How, When, and What to Prepare. Exits are often an afterthought when entrepreneurs are building their companies. That's a mistake. On April 17 the VEF will host a panel discussion on the when, the how, and the what of preparing for an exit. Plus, we'll try to answer the age-old question: what's better: going public or staying private? The Panelists: Andy Creech (https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-creech-7b929420/), Director of Capital Formation for BC, TSX Venture Exchange David Raffa (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidraffa/), M&A Advisor, Valeo Corporate Finance David Shore (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidgshore/), Co-Founder, Mojio Inc. Morgan McDonald, (https://www.linkedin.com/in/morgan-mcdonald-a89aa561/) Lawyer, McMillan, Co-Founder, Startups @ McMillan (moderator) Here is where you buy your ticket to this event: https://www.picatic.com/VEFapril2018 Ticket Includes: Canapés, Steam Whistle (https://steamwhistle.ca/) Beer, Networking, Panel Discussion, and more! Schedule: 5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social (light bites) 6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Lightning Pitches 6:30PM to 7:30PM: Panel Discussion + QA 7:30PM to 8:30PM: Networking (light bites + Steam Whistle beer) When: Tuesday April 17, 2018 from 5PM to 8:30PM Where: PwC Vancouver (250 Howe Street — 14th Floor) General Admission: $55 VEF Members: FREE (Become a VEF Member (http://www.vef.org/memberships))

  • Disrupting From Within: Startup Innovation & Corporate New Ventures

    Disrupting From Within: Startup Innovation & Corporate New Ventures Panel discuss with: Lauren Robinson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenmrobinson/), COO, Highline BETA & Executive Director, Female Funders (moderator) Eric Hopkins (https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-hopkins-855a8020/), Senior Vice President & Chief Strategic Ventures Officer at BCAA Justin MacCarthy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmaccarthy/), Director of New Ventures - Strategy at lululemon athletica Jennifer Hamilton (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-j-hamilton-phd-0a546023/), Senior Director, New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation We have entered a period of unprecedented change. With startups growing to multi-billion dollar valuations and record M&A activity in the market, staying ahead of the curve is more important than ever. Large enterprise and corporations are experimenting with new ways to explore new markets, launch new products and explore new business models. How can startup founders and large enterprise leverage each other’s strengths to collaborate in an environment of rapid change? Join the VEF on March 20th, with entrepreneurs and innovation leaders, for insights into the growth of new venture development and ways for entrepreneurs to partner with some of Vancouver’s most forward-thinking companies. Here's where you purchase your ticket: https://www.picatic.com/VEFmar2018 Ticket Includes: Canapés, Steam Whistle (https://steamwhistle.ca/) Beer, Networking, Panel Discussion, and more! Schedule: 5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social (light bites) 6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Lightning Pitches 6:30PM to 7:30PM: Panel Discussion + QA 7:30PM to 8:30PM: Networking (light bites + Steam Whistle beer) When: Tuesday March 20, 2018 from 5PM to 8:30PM Where: PwC Vancouver, 250 Howe Street — 14th Floor General Admission: $55 Founder Rate: $25 VEF Members: FREE (Become a VEF Member (http://www.vef.org/memberships))

  • #BCTECH Summit Investment Showcase: Your Chance to Pitch to Elite Investors

    Vancouver Convention Centre West

    #BCTECH Summit Investment Showcase: Your Chance to Pitch to Elite Investors Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2018 Investment Showcase: May 15, 2018 The Investment Showcase is back! B.C. companies and companies planning to operate in B.C. will have the opportunity to give a 5-minute investment pitch to elite national and international investors. These investors are ready to hear about your company's innovative tech solutions and look forward to connecting with you during the generous networking time provided. Some investors from last year’s Investment Showcase include the BDC, GenomeBC, Huawei, Pangaea Ventures, GSR Ventures, Voyager Capital, Vanedge Capital... One third of companies pitching at last year’s Showcase closed deals or are currently in discussions. If you’re looking for investments to grow your company, apply (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6VQH9TH) (by February 28) to take part in the Investment Showcase (https://bctechsummit.ca/invest), an exclusive event on May 15th (11am to 4pm) attracting key investment leaders looking to invest in your tech company. The top 40 companies will be selected to pitch (there is no cost to selected companies to pitch). https://bctechsummit.ca/invest https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6VQH9TH