FREE Founder Institute Information Session & AskaTechie Tech Founder Panel


NOTE: This is an event to learn more about the Founder Institute's entrepreneur training program. We also have one of our partners, AskaTechie, who's Founder & CEO as well as FI Director, Aliya Amershi, will be presenting their startup and moderating a Tech Founder Panel on the topic of "How to Build a Tech Company".

If you are thinking about launching a company, then the Vancouver Founder Institute may be a good option for you. Through this part-time, four-month entrepreneur training program, you can “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Since you don't have to quit your day job to participate, it is also a great way to test out your business ideas, and see if entrepreneurship is right for you.

AskaTechie empowers Startup Founders by quickly matching them with their perfect Techie to define, build and optimize their App, Website or Software in order to reach their next level of business success. Think of it as the eHarmony for finding technical talent! This is done through their Techie concierge that consults and matches Founders with highly-skilled technical talent from their marketplace of curated Freelancers and Agencies. AskaTechie is essentially a “One-stop Techie Shop”, so why search when you can just ask!

Join us for the Information Session event to meet the local directors, learn more about the program, and get your questions answered.


1. Intro to Directors - 5 minutes

2. AskaTechie Presentation - 10 minutes

3. Panel & QA with FI Mentors and AskaTechie Techies - 45 minutes
Topic: How to build a Tech Company and how joining FI can help with that

4. FI Presentation - 30 Min

5. Q&A with FI Directors - 15min

Guest Speakers:

Jayesh Parmar: Serial entrepreneur with over 19 years of event industry experience, public speaker and featured personality in startup documentary DayJob. Jayesh Parmar is Picatic’s CEO/Cofounder and is listed as one of the world's top 10 Tech Entrepreneurs Disrupting The Event Industry. Winner of SISO 2013 breakthrough event technology award.

Galya Westler: Galya is a Techie with AskaTechie as well as a tech entrepreneur and the Founder of Plazus Technologist Inc. A Tedx speaker and female leader, Galya performs on many stages in the world. In addition to developing her startup, Plazus, Galya is a specialist product manager, helping many businesses to visualize their next app/website. Her goal is to inspire women to be greater than life and to set an example for others to follow.

Nick Oostveen: Nick is a Techie with AskaTechie and Founder of Gravit-e Technologies. He has spent the past 15 years developing web applications and software systems for clients ranging from startups to large enterprises. His passion lies in helping companies streamline the way they do business by identifying simple, effective software solutions for seemingly complex problems. Through the course of his career Nick has successfully led development teams on more than 100 business-critical projects for both the private and public sector, in areas including SaaS, automation, fintech, business intelligence, digital media and healthcare.

& FI Directors - Rick Pasin, Aliya Amershi & Rob Foxall

This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit
This event is sponsored by the Founder Institute Vancouver startup accelerator. Founder Institute provides a step-by-step program that gives startup founders the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs they need to start an enduring company. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide.