What is Startup Week?

Vancouver Startup Week connects entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and friends to build momentum and opportunity around our community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.

During this week, organizations in Vancouver’s technology and innovation communities host events attracting 400+ people around the city. We welcome all expressions of interest for those who wish to participate and involve the community at heart. 


We are the first Canadian branch for the global Chase BankⓇ network of Startup Week™. In 2016, we brought together more than 3,000 people to more than 70 different events and run by dozens of amazing community partners.


Connecting The Community. Changing 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 #VSW2017.

Our goal is to build and bridge relationships that support our community’s entrepreneurs and leaders.


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.

Please see our Call for Submissions page for details.


(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.


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.