What is Startup Week?

Vancouver Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and friends for one engaging week, building momentum and opportunity around our community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.

More than just startups, Vancouver Startup Week brings together large companies, global and local investors, government stakeholders, and many others.

We are one of many Startup Weeks that celebrate entrepreneurs around the globe. In Vancouver, we have evolved over two short years to be an event that in 2015 brought together more than 3,000 people across more than 80 different events, run by dozens of amazing community partners.

Connecting Vancouver to the World

In 2016, Vancouver Startup Week’s theme is “Connecting Vancouver to the World”. Vancouver’s innovation and technology companies thrive when they are best able to leverage talent, knowledge, capital, and relationships around the world and across the country. The Vancouver Startup Week team is actively working to bring key individuals and organizations from such hotspots as Silicon Valley, Seattle, Toronto, Ottawa, and around the world to Greater Vancouver during #VSW2016. Our goal is to build and bridge relationships that support our community’s entrepreneurs and leaders. If you would like to join the conversation, please connect with us.

Community at Heart

During Vancouver Startup Week, organizations in Vancouver’s technology and innovation communities host events in their offices, in community-centred spaces, and at hospitality venues around Greater Vancouver. One community partner may host an intimate talk at their offices featuring a nuanced discussion on a specific technological breakthrough. Another may host an evening event attracting 400+ people to a local venue, featuring company demonstrations, a panel discussion, and a social networking reception. We welcome all expressions of interest for those who wish to participate in Vancouver Startup Week.

(Near-) Universal Access

Vancouver Startup Week events are not organized by one central body, but instead by dozens of amazing community partners which in turn are supported by the non-profit Vancouver Startup Society. We strive to have as many events as possible accessible under one centralized, low-cost Access Pass, helping participants enjoy the benefits of Vancouver Startup Week with minimized logistical hassle. Please see our Registration page for details.

Working Behind The Scenes

Vancouver Startup Week features an action-packed Schedule designed to engage thousands of people and celebrate our community’s strengths. We also work closely with community partners to help build capacity for companies in Greater Vancouver, whether by connecting them with Silicon Valley investors at invitation-only receptions, or by convening discussions with government, media, and key stakeholders to foster better relationships in the community. If you would like to be part of the discussion in 2016, please do connect with us.

One Amazing Team

Vancouver Startup Week is centrally coordinated by a team of amazing volunteers, each of whom are entrepreneurs, leaders at technology companies, service providers, and other talented individuals. If you are interested in joining our team, please see our Volunteer page for details.

Leadership In Canada

When Vancouver Startup Week first appeared in 2014, it was the first Startup Week in Canada. We were happily overwhelmed by the positive response from the community, and our success has since inspired communities across the country to host similar events. Startup Weeks worldwide are proudly supported by leading U.S.-based accelerator program Techstars.