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 70 different events, thanks to our amazing community partners and sponsors.
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
We will kick off with #HackVSW 2017 at the BC Tech Association from September 22-24, with the aim of building Vancouver’s next great startup. Following the Hackathon, the full schedule of community events will get underway from September 25-29.
Looking Beyond Vancouver
We’re building on 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 2017 are #VSW2017, #HackVSW2017 (for our hackathon), and #RecruitVSW (for our recruitment fair)