Some of our favourite questions, and even a few answers!

Attending Vancouver Startup Week

Q: Where do I pick up my Vancouver Startup Week lanyard?
Our Participant Guide has a list of lanyard pickup times and locations.

Q: I have paid for my pass, but I’m not able to make it to one of the lanyard pickup times before the event I want to attend. Can I still get in?
A: Yes. Our volunteers will be at all official Vancouver Startup Week events, and will have a list of pass holders. Please do attend if you have paid.

Q: Are there any events I can attend without paying for a Vancouver Startup Week pass?
A #1: Yes. Most stops on our Community Crawl are open to the public. We’d love to see you there!
A #2: Also, certain events allow separate registration for that event only. Please look at the descriptions for each event on our Schedule for details. If you do not see separate registration listed on the event description, then you must have a VSW pass to get in. Here are a few we can recommend:

Doing Business in Silicon Valley: A Special Event with the Consul General in San Francisco
Vancouver Startup Week Recruitment Fair
Tech Talks: Building Tomorrow
0 to 100: Growth Showcase + Official Closing Party

Q: I registered for the event on your schedule. Does that guarantee me access?
No! Please note that access to all Vancouver Startup week events is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registering online lets us know how many iare interested in attending, but does not guarantee access. Please see our Participant Guide for details.

Q: Events are listed as “Full” or “Waitlisted” on your schedule. Does that mean I can no longer get in?
No! All events are first-come, first-served. Show up early and you might still get a spot. We indicate “Full” or “Waitlisted” on our schedule to let participants know that there is more demand than capacity for the event.

Q: Picatic sent me an email with a pass and barcode. Is that my Vancouver Startup Week pass?
No. You need to pick up your Vancouver Startup Week lanyard at any of the times and locations listed in our Participant Guide.

Q: I have not purchased a Vancouver Startup Week pass, but I have registered for events on your online schedule. May I still attend?
No. Access to events is only for Vancouver Startup Week pass holders, unless noted otherwise on the event description. See the question above for suggested events.

Q: I see you have access passes! Amazing. Does that get me access to EVERYTHING during Vancouver Startup Week?
Not quite EVERYTHING, but many amazing things! We respect the right of community organizations to host their own events during the same week as Vancouver Startup Week, and do our best to arrange to get them to open access to VSW pass holders. Sometimes, for economic or logistical reasons, that’s just not possible. The VSW passes provide access to all official VSW events, but not to any unofficial events held during Vancouver Startup Week.

Q: What’s the difference between a “Professional” pass and an “Access” pass?
In terms of access to Vancouver Startup Week events, the two passes are the same. The price of the Professional passes represents the true cost of attending Vancouver Startup Week, while the Access passes are heavily supported by our amazing Sponsors and central team to ensure that entrepreneurs, founders, and others in the Vancouver community have access to as many educational opportunities and networks as possible.

Hosting An Event

Q: Can I or my organization host an event during Vancouver Startup Week 2017?

A: The schedule for Vancouver Startup Week 2017 has been finalized already. If you are interested in hosting an event with us next year, please email connect@vanstartupweek.ca.

Q: What resources does VSW2017 provide to support my hosting an event?

A: We have an amazing team that can help source volunteers, offer you expanded Return on Investment on any sponsorship you might be seeking, draw attention to your event to our pass holders and by our marketing efforts, and a whole lot more.

Q: Will VSW2017 provide financial support for my event?

A: We are happy to discuss arrangements that can help make your VSW event financially feasible.

Q: I have a totally cool idea for an event that I’d like VSW2017 to run. Want to hear about it?

A: We welcome all conversations, but Vancouver Startup Week does not run events for third parties. Instead, we are a platform that helps great people and organizations in Vancouver (and beyond) run their own events during one amazing week. Still, we are happy to play matchmaker or otherwise see how we can best help you out — please do drop us a line at connect@vanstartupweek.ca.