Final Presentations – Tonight!

Ideas were pitched, teams were formed, customers were sought, products were built, mentors were consulted, pivots were made… all of this in 54 hours! It’s time to see what the teams have spent the weekend creating.

We welcome everyone to come watch the final presentations tonight at 5pm at the Barber Center in the House of Learning at TRU. We have a cash bar and some light snacks! No ticket is required. Just show up and bring some friends.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1992886680930781/








Startup Your Idea With Great Prize Packages!

Startup Weekend has a boat load of neat prizes for our first and second place winners! This Sunday night, all of the teams will showcase their ideas that they have diligently been working on all weekend to a panel of judges. After much deliberation, first and second place prizes will be announced to an eager audience and our Startup Weekender teams.

Our first place package includes:

  • Three months of VIP assistance at the Kamloops Innovation Centre (including office space!)
  • VIP tickets to the Startup Canada Awards (taking place on September 15th at The Rex!)
  • A product and development consultation with Two Story Robot 
  • An incorporation package and legal consultation time with a legal professional
  • A $150.00 gift card! Wow!

 

Our second place prize package includes:

  • Awesome swag from Kamloops Innovation!
  • Free consultation meeting with Kamloops Innovation’s Entrepreneur in Residence!

 

Our third place prize package includes:

  • Epic high fives from the SW Kamloops Team!

 

Last minute registration is still available for those of you who are still thinking about this. Buy your tickets now!








Start up your big idea and become a part of something even bigger.

Startup Weekend is coming back to Kamloops this coming weekend, with Techstars, the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship. This fifty-four-hour event is a platform where designers, developers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to launch startups. As part of a global and nationwide movement, Kamloops is one of over 1,142 cities in over 140 countries to host similar Startup Weekend related events.

Just recently announced, Startup Weekend Kamloops is part of a nationwide competition, where the winning participants will go forward to compete with six other cities across Canada. From the port of Saint John, to the beautiful lakes of Kamloops, startup ideas will be spurred into action and the winning team from each city will be given the opportunity to compete for a grand prize. Other competing cities include Calgary, Montreal and several hubs in Ontario, such as Brampton, London, and Belleville.

Registration will be open until the last moment for the Kamloops focused event, starting on Friday, September 8th at the Brown Family’s House of Learning building at the Thompson Rivers University Campus. Throughout the weekend, participants will form teams, create ideas and develop them into formidable startup businesses with help from mentors, investors, co-founders, and event sponsors. With tickets targeted for students and community members, Startup Weekend promises to engage with its participants, by creating a space for connection, discovery, learning, and starting up!

The ticket price includes meals and beverages, lots of swag, and those little details for big ideas, including Wi-Fi and printing needs.

For more information and tickets: http://communities.techstars.com/canada/kamloops/startup-weekend/11304 








Thank You to Our Amazing Sponsors!

Experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. 
Meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.
The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen!

Startup Weekend Vancouver is a volunteer-run event, and we couldn’t have done it with the support of all our amazing sponsors:

Launch Academy is  Western Canada’s leading tech startup hub and early-stage incubator where you Launch your amazing idea off the ground, accelerate your startup to success, connect with Vancouver’s largest community of mentors, investors and thriving entrepreneurs, and Get Sh!t Done!

Since 2012 Launch Academy has helped 1000+ entrepreneurs, incubated 420+ early-stage startups, that collectively raised $80+ million and added 700+ jobs to the economy.

Lighthouse Labs was created as an experiment in 2013 by a group of software developers with a passion for code, mentorship, and education. Their mission: to continuously find the best ways to train the next generation of developers and to transform the way tech education is delivered. 

Square is one service for your entire business, from secure credit card processing – including EMV – to point of sale solutions.

Wantoo is a simple, powerful cloud-based platform that makes it easy to listen, analyze, and act on feedback from your team, your customers or anyone else.

MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP (MLT) is an expertise-based, full-service law firm of approximately 145 lawyers serving clients across Western Canada from offices in Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. MLT has been practicing in the west since 1920 and has in-depth knowledge of the region’s business, legal and political landscapes.

Small Business BC (SBBC) is British Columbia’s premiere resource center for knowledge-based business products and services. SBBC’s core activities are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch. 

Dayboard is a web app that helps teams and individuals build self-awareness and encourage attention management at work. It replaces your browser’s new tab page with a minimalist to do list, blocks distracting sites, and provides a team dashboard for accountability and visibility. Dayboard currently serves over 30,000 users worldwide.

iQmetrix we are passionate about retail. Our purpose is to create great experiences for retailers, their employees and the end consumer. Our products bridge the gap between physical and virtual retail channels, offering the latest in retail management and customer experience technology.Spring is the startup school that teaches entrepreneurs how. Whether you are just beginning your journey or looking to grow, Spring provides the tools to build a successful business.

New Ventures BC’s annual business competition – awarding $300,000 of cash and prizes – launches next March. In the meantime, check out their new accelerator programs, which are designed for early stage ventures. 

Draper University, based in San Mateo, is an institution backed by some of the most established names in the industry including Tim Draper, Mark Andreesen and Mark Benioff as well as boasting students from over 53 different countries with $24,000,000 raised in funding by alumni.

Foodee is a corporate meal delivery service. We make it easy for companies to order from top local restaurants for meetings and work events by providing a large variety of carefully curated menus through our online ordering platform.

Spring is the startup school that teaches entrepreneurs how. Whether you are just beginning your journey or looking to grow, Spring provides the tools to build a successful business.

Creative Tim offers Bootstrap based design elements that speed up your development work. From plugins to complex kits, we have everything you need.

Blinkist is an app that gives you key ideas from bestselling nonfiction books distilled into powerful short reads or listens for your mobile device.

Daily Hive is a leading digital publication with a hyper-local focus, dedicated to connecting you to your city.








Thank you for Participating at Startup Weekend Vancouver 2016

It was brilliant to have you at Startup Weekend Vancouver 2016. We hope you enjoyed a great time, learned how to rapidly build a startup, met a lot of the awesome people in the room, and possibly met your potential co-founder 🙂 

So what’s next?!

Connect: 

Join SWVan’s Facebook Group to stay connect with like-minded people, exchange ideas, support each other, collaborate, share resources, ask questions and get access to resources and perks from our sponsors.

We will share the event photos and other awesome tech/startup events there too! 

Hint: if someone stood out for you, a team member that gave it their all, a mentor that added great value, a judge you thought was spot on with their questions and comments, why not connect with them on LinkedIn, write them a thank you note for their participation and even take it another step and write them a recommendation.

Whether you won or not, the bottom line is you’ve started something on that weekend. Don’t Stop! Keep on moving forward on your startup journey.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the prizes. 

We had a blast and loved being in service of your startup journey. Hope to see you at the next event and around the community!

You will hear from us soon 😉

Rama, Hussein, Jen, Eva, and Candy

SWVan Organizing Team

 








Over $20,000 In Prizes 

Startup Weekend Vancouver is an action-packed weekend of entrepreneurial learning, execution, and fun. With such a short timeframe for teams to build a new idea, it’s amazing to see what they come out with.
First Place Prizes $11,800: 
  • 2 Full Scholarship to Launch Academy’s Lean Entrepreneur Acceleration Program (LEAP) – $3,000
  • 1 Full Scholarship to attend Draper University – $2,000
  • 6 Full Scholarships to Launch Academy’s LEAP Online Plus – $1,800
  • MLT Western Canada’s Law Firm Services – $2,500
  • Sponsorship to any of Spring’s Programs – $800
  • 1 Year Pro Account from Wantoo – $600
  • 3 Months Full Scholarship to the Venture Acceleration Program – $600
  • 5 Days Workspace Access and Mentorship at iQmetrix’s ThinkTank in Gastown with $500 worth of Food & Beverage
  • 2 Hours Virtual Mentoring by DraperU team
  • 1 Year Blinkist Premium Subscription with full access to the whole library – $79.99

Second Place Prizes $4,900: 

    • 1 Full Scholarships to Launch Academy’s Lean Entrepreneur Acceleration Program (LEAP) – $1,500
    • 4 Full Scholarships to Launch Academy’s LEAP Online Plus – $1,200
    • MLT Western Canada’s Law Firm Services – $1000
    • Sponsorship to any of Spring’s Programs – $600
    • 3 Months Full Scholarship to the Venture Acceleration Program – $600
    • 6 Months Blinkist Premium Subscription with full access to the whole library – $49.99

    Third Place Prizes $2,800: 

      • 4 Full Scholarships to Launch Academy’s LEAP Online Plus – $1,200
      • MLT Western Canada’s Law Firm Services – $1000
      • 3 Months Full Scholarship to the Venture Acceleration Program – $600
      • Sponsorship to any of Spring’s Programs – $400
      • 3 Months Blinkist Premium Subscription with full access to the whole library – $24.99

      All ParticipantsPrizes

      • A chance to win a part-time iOS course at Lighthouse Labs – $1500
      • 6 Months Pro Account from Wantoo – $600
      • $100 off Launch Academy’s LEAP Online – $100
      • Start Smart Series seminar vouchers from Small Business BC – $49
      • Complimentary Square Reader
      • And more…







      Startup Weekend Vancouver is back on Nov 18-20!

      We’re excited to officially announce that Startup Weekend Vancouver is back again on November 18-20th, 2016 at Launch Academy. Since you were a participant from previous years, we’d like to extend this invitation to have you back participating in this year’s event.

      It’s very fortunate to have this year’s event hosted at Launch Academy, Vancouver’s leading startup hub, who has helped over 400 early-stage startups to get off the ground. Yours could be next! 

      Registration is now open for all designers, developers, and anyone with a background in business, marketing, and PR.  

      We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Startup Weekend Vancouver. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming soon!

      We’re about 4 weeks away from the event, so get your tickets soon! Tickets are available through Eventbrite until 11:59pm on Sunday, November 13th, 2016.








      Startup Weekend Vancouver Brings Together Over 200 Startup Enthusiasts and Announces This Year’s Winning Team

      Nearly 200 attendees gathered at Unbounce last night to witness the startup teams competing in Startup Weekend Vancouver’s 7th annual competition. This year’s Startup Weekend Vancouver involved 125 participants, with 52 pitches presented at Startup Weekend Vancouver’s kick-off night on Friday — which resulted in 15 teams formed.

      Over a span of 54 hours, teams took to the streets of downtown Vancouver to validate their startup ideas, develop their minimal viable product and prototype, while gaining valuable insight and feedback from a team of industry professionals as their Startup Weekend coaches.

      With the steady growth of startups emerging within Vancouver’s technology sector, events such as Startup Weekend Vancouver have provided participants with an unfair advantage in receiving an outpour of support from the Vancouver startup community.

      “The tech scene in Vancouver is at a tipping point with the success of companies such as Hootsuite, and Slack — both of which once started in Vancouver as startups themselves,” said Sean Elbe, the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC)’s Technology Sector Development Manager. “With the steady growth of startups emerging within Vancouver, we expect up to 15,000 jobs opening up within just the tech sector alone. We were excited to help foster this startup momentum through our support of Startup Weekend.”

      As the final presentations on Sunday night fast approached, teams prepared to pitch to their panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and top-tier VCs consisting of: Ryan Holmes (CEO, Hootsuite), Wade Foster (CEO, Zapier – which emerged from Startup Weekend Columbia), Amy Rae (Principal, Vanedge Capital), and Igor Smirnoff (Chief Commercial Officer, PressReader).

      After an intense, 3-hour long round of pitches, three well-deserved startups made it to the top 3: Draft Madness (3rd Place), HouseHive (2nd Place), and Culitech, claiming the winning title of this year’s Startup Weekend Vancouver competition and category winners of having the “Most Disruptive Idea”, presented by PressReader. Additionally, Automated Vertical Agriculture (AVA) took home the title of having the “Best Impact”, presented by Spring Activator.

      Thebrain-child of two young entrepreneurs, Angela Wang and Madeleine Liu (both whom are still in secondary school as eleventh graders), Culitech offers detachable cutlery that can detect allergens, toxins, and nutritional content (calories, sugars, proteins, etc.).

      HouseHive, claiming 2nd Place, offers an online platform which connects household service providers to city residents.

      Draft Madness, at 3rd Place, offers a revolutionary March Madness drafting platform to enable players to win more money through engaging in fantasy sports.

      Lastly, AVA was awarded as having the “Best Impact” by Spring Activator. AVA provides a simple, beautiful solution to home gardening using the AVA device, a microwave-sized, smart urban gardening box for the urban cultivator.

      With the support of local and global sponsors such as Google, dotCo, Vitamin Water, Branch Metrics, Zenefits, Unbounce, Jukebox, QuickMobile, PressReader, the finalists took home over $16,000 in prizes to help further their startup success.

      Other local sponsors for this year’s Startup Weekend Vancouver competition include:

      • BC Innovation Council (BCIC)
      • Smythe CPA
      • Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC)
      • Small Business BC
      • Lighthouse Labs
      • MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP
      • iQMetrix
      • Launch Academy
      • Todoist
      • Spring Activator
      • Mailchimp
      • Mobify

      About Startup Weekend Vancouver
      Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

      For more information on Startup Weekend Vancouver, please visit:
      vancouver.up.co/startup-weekend

      Twitter: https://twitter.com/VanStartup
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VanStartup
      Email: vancouver@startupweekend.org








      #SWVan Update — Here are this year’s awesome startup ideas

      Our 7th Startup Weekend Vancouver event kicked into high gear at Unbounce Friday night with over 150 attendees eagerly awaiting to pitch their ideas. When the dust finally settled, a total of 52 concepts were pitched resulting in 11 ideas voted in, and 15 teams finally formed.

      Early Saturday morning, the teams got right to work bringing their startup ideas to life. Some took to the streets of Downtown Vancouver for customer validation, and others hustled to develop their prototypes (with coffee in hand, of course).

      We’ll be opening our doors to almost 200 guests for our sold-out event on Sunday night, and we’re excited to see our teams present their innovative ideas. Here are the exciting ideas our #SWVan teams have been working on so far (*updated team names):

      1. Magic Motion 

      Magic Motion is an affordable virtual reality (VR) system that enables PC-gamers to enjoy VR games using Google Cardboard. As a direct competitor to Oculus Rift, Magic Motion’s advantage is making VR gaming affordable for the average PC gamer.

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      2. Draft Madness

      Draft Madness is a new platform for fantasy drafting of March Madness (one of the largest sporting events in the United States featuring men’s college basketball). Draft Madness allows you to draft your favourite team through a live, interactive auction, double your winnings when your team wins, and buy/sell teams amongst your friends throughout the tournament.

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      3. Closure

      Imagine suddenly losing a loved one, and now having the daunting task of settling all their outstanding liabilities (phone bills, loans, credit card payments, etc.), finding a funeral home, estate lawyer, and countless other tasks while still grieving for their loss. Closure is an automated platform that will close all outstanding tasks required to manage the death of a loved on — saving you time, and stress while allowing you to grieve.

      4. ActivePal

      ActivePal is an online community that connects you to active pals nearby who love the outdoors. Key pain points outdoorsy people face are: finding other active people nearby to enjoy the outdoors with, connecting with smaller groups of people (avoiding large groups of hikers), and finding an active community for outdoor activities (that’s not a dating site!). This platform will be filtered based on location, availability, interests, and various activities you’d like to do.

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      5. ActiveShadow

      ActiveShadow is an online platform that helps people improve their presentation skills through a live, online audience. Think SoundCloud meets Toastmasters. Users will connect on the platform with the intention of wanting to improve their presentation skills, or to provide feedback on the presentations that others’ make. The platform will enable presenters to record their presentations, and engage in Q&A with their audience.

      6. Culitech

      Culitech aims to produce smart, attachable cutlery that will detect toxins, allergens, and nutrient content in your food. This smart utensil will enable both consumers and households to take precautions of any dietary sensitivities, or toxins (i.e. mould, bacteria, etc.) that otherwise may harm cause harm to your body.

      7. Rentbid.co

      Rentbid.co is a web and app-based platform that optimizes rental property revenue, helping landlords get more money through an auctioning system. This rental property revenue optimizer allows you to get the best market price for your rental property by crowdsourcing bids from qualified, trustworthy renters.

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      8. HouseHive

      HouseHive enables your local neighbourhood to leverage purchasing power by bundling common household services. This online platform helps organize you and your neighbours to find common services you all require, package up the service requests, and connect you with the best local service providers in your community. With HouseHive, you can find out who’s already working in your building (home cleaners, dog walkers, cooks, carpet cleaners, etc.) and find the best deal on your shared services.

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      9. Rideaway*

      SurfLife is an online community that connects extreme sports professionals with new learners to provide their expertise, share lessons and sports equipment. Through SurfLife, you can find suggestions for local spots to best enjoy the sport, and learn from seasoned professionals at a fraction of the price. SurfLife’s extreme sport-listing will include (but not limited to) surfing, ski/snowboarding, and mountain biking.

      10. Wow Her

      Wow Her is the Expedia for date nights — a web and app-based platform that will enable users to find and search for date night ideas. Filtered based on budget, location, and interest, Wow Her will personalize your next date night suggestions.

      11. AVA

      AVA, or Automated Vertical Agriculture creates beautiful, modern, indoor farming units for the urban cultivator. Paired with a smart tech plant food gel dispenser, users can grow and monitor their organic produce using AVA’s mobile app. AVA aims to encourage more urban cultivators to adopt a healthier, self-sustainable lifestyle.

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      12. Quantext*

      Carbon Context is a B2B platform that simplifies environmental data for companies to make better choices in their project initiatives. Corporate Social Responsibility representatives (CSRs) are often tasked to evaluate possible environmental impacts made on any company-initiatives, however the data collected is scattered and difficult to understand. Carbon Context provides a clear, visual representation to enable businesses to make better design decisions to prevent harmful environmental impacts that damage may damage the earth.

      13. Blue Circle Project

      Blue Circle Project is a food redistributor service that takes any leftover food from grocery stores and restaurants and re-distributes them to local animal farms, charities, etc. Billions of dollars worth of food gets wasted every year, and produces substantial amounts of CO2 emissions into the environment. Blue Circle aims to reduce the amount of food waste to help foster a low-carbon economy.

      14. Local Log

      Local Log is a discovery engine for local shopping, helping shoppers discover local stores and support local businesses. Additionally, local business owners can expect an easier transition to developing an online presence for their store through Local Log.

      15. Lift

      Lift is a match-making service for fitness and nutrition coaches to connect with new and goal-orientated clients. Moreover, Lift will match clients with their ideal coaches who can best accommodate for their fitness and nutritional goals. These highly-trained coaches will be vetted based on their experience, training/background and professional network to offer a variety of options for clients to choose from.








      Startup Weekend Vancouver is Here — Thank You to Our Amazing Sponsors!

      The moment we’ve all been waiting for Startup Weekend is finally here, and we are thrilled to present the 7th Annual Startup Weekend Vancouver event tonight at Unbounce!

      Startup Weekend Vancouver is a volunteer-run event, and we couldn’t have done it with the support of all our amazing sponsors:

      Unbounce

      Unbounce has always been an amazing supporter of Startup Weekend Vancouver, and as our Signature Venue Sponsor for this year’s Startup Weekend, we are so excited to host our competition at their new headquarters in Downtown Vancouver. Unbounce will also be providing a 1-year account for the winning team for SWVan.

      Zenefits

      Originally founded in San Francisco, CA, it’s hard to believe that Zenefits was once a startup only two years ago, and has been our biggest contributor to helping us put on an amazing event. Zenefits Financials is one of the fastest-growing SaaS Businesses ever, and we’re thrilled to have them as our Platinum Sponsor and hosts of our Official After Party for SWVan!

      Jukebox

      While serving customers in over 100 countries, most people don’t think of Jukebox Print as a startup, but in fact, Jukebox was once the very definition of a startup— created and managed by one person. Huge thanks for Jukebox Print providing us with all the beautiful print work for SWVan! Find out more about their story in our latest guest blog from Jukebox’s Founder & CEO, Loredo Rucchin.

      QuickMobile

      Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, QuickMobile was named Deloitte’s #1 Fastest Growing Technology Company in Canada in 2013, and has now expanded globally with offices in London, UK, and Singapore. This year, we are thrilled to have QuickMobile provide our attendees with our Startup Weekend event app —complete with a list of our event schedule, profiles of our judges, coaches, sponsors and more!

      PressReader

      PressReader is the global leader in multi-channel, cross-platform content distribution and monetization, and the chosen partner of more than 4,000 publishers from 100 countries. We’re grateful for PressReader’s support in SWVan this year as one of our Gold Sponsors, and sponsor for one of our extra prize categories for “Most Disruptive” idea.

      In addition to our featured sponsors, we’re so thankful for the support of our Bronze and Silver Sponsors:

      To our awesome community and media sponsors, thank you for providing some awesome prizes and perks for our SWVan attendees:

      Lastly, huge thanks to Guayaki, SPUD, KIND Snacks, Whistler Water, and Red Bull who have graciously donated supplies for the event.

      Thank you again to all our amazing sponsors, and for more information on a complete list of all our awesome perks and prizes, be sure to check out our Big Basket of Prizes!