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Product And Feature Validation - YVR Startups @ Istuary

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Istuary Idea Labs

7/F, 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC · Vancouver, BC

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Ever heard of the UGLY BABY ( problem?

You have an idea, whether it’s a new feature, a new book, a new app or business model and you think it’s going to be big. Because it's your baby, you spent 9 months in “stealth mode” building it up putting in sweat and tears to make version 1.0 of it. You know better to not listen to anyone because these nay sayers are going to suck away your momentum.

When it's time to reveal to the world you wonder why you only have a couple sales... and they're just "pity sales" from friends and family. What happened?

A common mistake entrepreneurs make is the lack of validation (or the "Ugly Baby" problem). They have spent the last 8+ months in their startup cave in "stealth" mode giving birth to their baby, spending countless hours in development whether it's a new app, writing a new book or a new feature. After making a lot of sacrifices and putting in their blood, sweat and tears, then it's time to reveal themselves, wow the world and achieve their dreams.

But there's a problem...

They have an "Ugly Baby" startup and are not aware of it!

They were working on an assumption for the last 8+ months and now have to pivot or maybe go on a soul searching journey. If only they had known earlier.

Validation involves understanding whether your startup/new project has a good market/product fit, whether you are creating something that people want and will sign up for or give you money ($$$). This process is not fun, but can be made easier if you know how.

At YVR Startups, we bring together mentors and peers to form the startup space, to build community and to share wisdom from past wins & losses. Meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, we discuss different topics like getting your first 1000 emails, leadership, marketing, building a team, funding, development and other topics relevant to helping startups bridge the knowledge gap.

Topics covered:

What is validation? Why is it important?How to validate a market/product/idea?Should I worry about people stealing my idea?When to pivot and when to press on?


Your investment is only $10 at the door. Refreshments will be served.

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6:45- Doors open
645-7:30 Networking[masked] Introduction & Speakers' Presentations[masked] Wrap up, announcements and conclusion[masked] Networking


OPENING Keynote:

Chin Hing Chang - Head of Growth at Spring

Chin is an Entrepreneur | Startup Mentor | Sales Strategist | Entrepreneurship Speaker who is passionate about Personal Growth, Tech, and Vancouver's Startup Community. Upon graduation from UBC with a BSc. in Psychology, Chin spent 4 years launching and developing retail small businesses with Bell and WIND, and has received multiple awards for his sales achievements. He crossed the chasm into entrepreneurship in 2011 to marry his interest in tech and creating a lasting impact in the world. Since then, he has been involved in 4 different startups and has explored mobile development, import-export, photography and filming, and leadership coaching. Since joining Spring in 2015, Chin has personally mentored and helped launch over 120 companies through the various entrepreneurship programs at Spring. He is currently their Head of Growth and focuses on helping companies become financially sustainable.


Jacques Wong - Founder of OpenHQ

Jacques Wong is a recovering programmer, who is now specializing in sales & business development. He will be sharing the validation journey of his startup, OpenHQ, that facilitates entrepreneurs with "popup co-working spaces". Started a 2 sided market startup, OpenHQ needs to be attentive to different segments. Find out how Jacques took his startup from idea to launch.

Arvinder Singh Kang is the Co-founder & CTO of UrbanLogiq

Arvinder Singh Kang is CTO & co-founder of UrbanLogiq, which is a Urban Intelligence platform for City Planning. With a background in technology and entrepreneurship, Arvinder’s work over the last decade spans widely from tech startups, IT services for universities, design, higher education, ethnic media journalism and linguistics. Arvinder co-founded Urbanlogiq to help city governments make better decisions using data locked in silos. Urbanlogiq was recently on TechCrunch's favorite startups list from 500 startups.

Kyle Demski - Aeriosense

Kyle Demski started life in the Canadian Rockies, but at age 9 he embarked with his family on a sailing voyage. During this time, he learned martial arts and was sort of home schooled… 8 years and 40 countries later, they finished the circumnavigation. Then he finished high school online and graduated from UBC's Engineering Physics with distinction. Kyle is currently a co-Founder & CTO for Aeriosense Technologies Inc, where they are developing automated drone flight software for vertical infrastructure inspections.


Venue sponsor - Istuary Idea Labs (

Idea Labs offers strategic access to markets, investments capital, tech talent, guidance and hands-on assistance in a new-market entry. Also they help companies "Go Global from Day 1".

About YVR Startups (

YVR Startups is a Startup blog and community for Startupers, newbies, amateurs, growth hackers and digital enthusiasts to connect and learn from one another. We are always looking to share battle stories of people who are making a splash in the entrepreneur world.

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