Groundswell of Vancouver Innovation
Vancouver Startup Week launched in November 2014, becoming the first Startup Week of its kind in Canada. Last year, less than a year later, VSW attracted more than 3,000 people to more than 80 different events, hosted by dozens of amazing community partners and supported by fantastic sponsors.
Now in our third year, we aim to build on our past successes, attracting the same if not greater numbers, while adding new features requested by the community.
Community, not Conference
Vancouver Startup Week is not a conference, though we are big fans of other BC-based tech conferences like the BC Tech Summit, the Traction Conference, and GROW.
Instead, Startup Week brings together many different organizations to host their own events, including tech showcases, panel discussions, office visits, recruitment fairs, networking breakfasts, investor lunches, and a wide, wide range of other events
Hackathon First, Followed By Main Events
In 2016, we will kick off with the Vancouver Startup Week Hackathon which will draw more than 200 innovators to TELUS Garden from September 23 to 25, 2016, with the aim of building Vancouver’s next great startup.
Immediately following the Hackathon, the full Schedule of community events will get underway from September 25 to 30, 2016.
Looking Beyond Vancouver
Our 2016 theme is “Connecting Vancouver to the World”, and will build on our past successes in bringing investors, founders, and other key stakeholders to Vancouver from around the world. We have worked with the BC Ministry of International Trade, the Canadian Consulate in Seattle, and a host of other networks and stakeholders to help draw attention to Vancouver’s burgeoning tech scene.
Leadership in Canada, Global Community
Vancouver Startup Week 2014 was the first Startup Week in Canada. Our success has since inspired more than a half-dozen other Canadian cities and regions to host Startup Weeks from coast to coast. Startup Week was founded in Boulder, Colorado and was originally fostered by an organization called Up Global, which merged with leading U.S.-based accelerator program Techstars in 2015.
Startup Weeks are held around the world, from Lagos, Nigeria to Beirut, Lebanon, with significant events in Denver, Dallas, and San Diego, California.
What To Call Us
Vancouver Startup Week should be referred to as “Vancouver Startup Week”, not “Startup Week Vancouver” or other variants. We have a wide variety of social media accounts and our hashtags in 2016 are #VSW2016, #HackVSW (for our hackathon), and #RecruitVSW (for our recruitment fair)