The Power of Connections

Over seven jam-packed days, Vancouver Startup Week connects entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and friends to build momentum and opportunity around our community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.

Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) is run by a team of passionate, dedicated volunteers, each of whom come from the startup ecosystem in Vancouver and beyond. The initiative is organized by the non-profit Vancouver Startup Society.

We are proud to enjoy a relationship with Techstars, one of the premiere startup accelerator programs in the United States and whose great team coordinates Startup Weeks in every part of the globe.

Our Purpose

Our mission is to foster connections among entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and friends, as we support and celebrate the Greater Vancouver startup community. Our vision is to empower and make Vancouver the most attractive city for future leaders of emerging businesses.

Our Values


work with dedication and passion toward a shared vision


respect and value the voices of our diverse partners


produce quality work with accountability and integrity


support and empower each other

Interested in Joining The Team?

This is your opportunity to showcase your talent and be seen by entrepreneurs, startups, emerging companies in Vancouver. It’s your chance to bring value to the startup community, but also get value by making new connections while working with a team who’s passionate and fun.

VSW 2019 Team Members

Katty Wang


Vivian Chan


Sabina Leonte

Marketing Director

Maz Ahmadi

Technology Director

Tom Satterthwaite

Logistics and Events Director

Enoch Weng

Account Executive

Ross Haleliuk

Business Development Executive

Luc Briedé Cooper

Community Partnerships

Mark Ponce

Design Lead

Lilian Sue

Blog Content Creator

Byeong Kim

Software Developer

Paulina Pietrykiewicz

Technical Project Manager

Omar Elgabry

Software Developer

Itzel Rodriguez Joya

UX Designer

Erica Timmerman

Media Relations

Di Wu

Software Developer

Tim Lam

Content Manager

Sagar Memon

Account Manager

Sarina Arefzadeh

Email Marketing Strategist

Philip Cheung

Graphic Design

Vicky Anastassiou

Software Developer

Ibrahim El Chami

Community Partnerships

Leann Yutuc

Events Specialist

Alejandro Esquivel

Data Engineer

McKenna Hadley-Burke

Social Media Specialist

Justin Di

Software Developer