A Silver November: Our Silver Sponsors

Spring.is

Spring_wordmarks-09Spring is about activating growth, breaking out, movement upward and forward: big step changes, actions, and decisions that can and should happen at every stage. It’s all about getting unstuck. We roll up our sleeves to work right alongside founding teams, increasing the probability of success for entrepreneurs.

We know that combining profit and social impact can lead to success in the most fulfilling and complete sense of the word. We partner with purpose-driven, for-profit startups and empower them to create positive change. We believe in 360 degree superior returns. That is, superior returns for not only investors and customers, but also for employees, supply chain vendors, the community, the environment, and beyond. When all stakeholders are treated with respect, everyone thrives.

 

VEC

LGMVNXo9RNuNKpBVTTcu_vancouver-greencapital-300x180.ashxThe Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) works to strengthen the city’s economic future by supporting existing businesses, attracting foreign investment and promoting international trade. The VEC positions Vancouver as a globally recognised city for innovative, creative and sustainable business.

The VEC is on the ground helping startups grow, access capital, attract talent and leverage the city’s accelerator programs. Throughout Startup Week and Startup Weekend, the VEC wants to facilitate entrepreneurial exchange in Vancouver’s growing start-up community and promote Vancouver as a hotbed for talent, capital and innovation.

 

Small Business B.C

e34367b7cf184471a9d11a79cbc3c753Small Business BC is British Columbia’s premiere resource centre for knowledge-based business products and services.

Our core activities are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.  Through our ongoing operations and private sector partnerships, we’re able to offer additional products and services to the small business community.

Small Business BC’s innovative approach and programs have been recognized by several national and international awards, solidifying our reputation as an exceptional business resource.

 

BCIC

BCIC_Logo-RGBBCIC encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. We accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs.

With our partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development in BC.

Providing opportunities in BC and beyond

BCIC programs provide technology entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and expert guidance they need to build successful companies.

Through valuable partnerships and the support of key industry events, BCIC creates opportunities for BC technology companies to grow their businesses beyond Canada’s borders.

We also help raise awareness of our province as a world-class destination for international companies to work and invest.

BC Jobs Plan

Technology is one of the 8 key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan. BCIC’s role in developing technology entrepreneurs and accelerating the commercialization of technology is important because technology supports the other sectors through product and service innovations, job creation and economic development.

The sectors in which BC has a competitive advantage and that hold most promise for job creation include: Agrifoods, Natural Gas, International Education, Tourism,Technology, Transportation, Mining and Forestry.

BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.








Going for Gold: A Tribute to our Gold Sponsors

Wistia

Wistia_LogoWistia is a video hosting company for businesses. With detailed analytics, including engagement graphs and individual viewer heatmaps, the Wistia application can help you measure and improve your video efforts. Wistia also allows you to fully customize your video player, so that you can control how it looks, feels, and functions on your website. Lastly, Wistia provides you with post and pre-roll calls to action, video SEO tools, closed captioning, social sharing options, and other features that will drive traffic to your business’s website.

They support Startup Weekend because of their love to help entrepreneurs get new ventures off the ground. They’ve seen how powerful video marketing can be to startups. Wistia wants to help new people get comfortable with video. As part of this effort, they are offering the startups of Vancouver an extended trial of Wistia by visiting http://wistia.com/trials/new/vancouverSW.

 

Colliers International

Colliers_Logo_RGB_Rule_GradientColliers is not only the longest established commercial real estate firm in Vancouver, we are also the leading provider of commercial real estate services in Canada.

Colliers Vancouver offers fully integrated commercial real estate services including sales and leasing in the office, industrial and retail asset classes; multifamily, residential land and building sales; project marketing; property management; project management; valuation; and consulting services. We add value through our specialization, service excellence and local flexibility within a global platform.

To us, that means empowering our service teams to partner with you, truly listen to your unique business needs and design an integrated service offering. Our goal is to make your property a competitive business advantage and ensure your entire range of property needs are met.

Colliers has been a long-term partner in growing Vancouver’s tech industry, as an advisor, board member and real estate partner.

We are very excited to sponsor Startup Weekend and look forward to meeting Vancouver’s next generation of entrepreneurs!

 

Smythe Ratcliffe

Smythe-Ratcliffe600x200Smythe Ratcliffe LLP is a Vancouver-based accounting firm recognized for exceptional work in the areas of assurance, taxation and business advisory services. They have a team of experienced professionals dedicated to advising our tech clients in software development, electronic manufacturing, telecommunications, digital media and wireless, life sciences and other related areas. 

They value the innovation and talent the tech industry brings to BC and recognize that it is one of the fastest growing industries in the province. They’re committed to providing the advisory services to help guide startups through an increasingly competitive business environment. They also strive to extend their support for the tech community beyond professional services by continually sponsoring and partnering with many tech organizations including Startup Weekend, BCTIA, DigiBC, Plug and Play, Spring and more. Your focus is growth; their focus is your growth

 

 








Into the future: Bitcoin Community

logo-decentral-vancouverDecentral Vancouver is a disruptive community incubator / shared workspace inspired by the ideas behind Bitcoin. Blockchain technology is said to be, on a socioeconomic level, one of the most significant inventions in human history. Because of this, the industry behind Bitcoin is booming, with millions in capital being invested, come find out why Dapps (decentralized applications) are becoming the next “big” thing. www.decentralvancouver.com

 

Saftonhouse_Full_logoSaftonhouse Consulting Group is western Canada’s premier cryptocurrency experts. Our solutions help clients leverage Bitcoin in ways that preserve and promote their existing culture. We have advised businesses, governmental departments, post secondary institutions, nonprofits, and individuals. Our mission is to make innovations like Bitcoin accessible, practical, and attractive to everyday people. To find out more about what we do and some of our past clients, please visit www.Saftonhouse.com.

 
vanbexVanbex is a Bitcoin strategy firm specializing in digital currency, blockchain protocols, and decentralized technology. Our specialities include grassroots marketing, Bitcoin PR, and FUD management. To date, we have helped launch some of the most innovative projects in the Bitcoin space today such as Swarm, Storj, Trucoin, Gems, and Factom.

 

BitcoinCoop_Logo_v008_transparentWe’re a voluntary and inclusive association of individuals united by a shared interest in Bitcoin, a revolutionary new digital currency and payment technology. We organize presentations, discussions, pub nights, parties, and other creative outings to foster a community of people and businesses interested in learning about and creating a new economy.We facilitate in-person, peer-to-peer exchange of bitcoins to and from Canadian dollars. We help businesses accept Bitcoin payments in their brick and mortar locations and online. We provide one-on-one tutoring and consultation to help people learn how Bitcoin works. Our members enjoy the support of experienced professionals in software and finance, as well as PR and media resources.As a registered co-operative association in the province of British Columbia, we have an open membership structure and adhere to the Co-op Principles. Members can vote on resolutions at our meetings and participate in elections of our board of directors and have a say in how we prioritize our projects and finances. Come to one of our many meetups to get to know us and learn how you can get involved!

 

Bex.ioFounded in 2013, Bex.io is a bitcoin brokerage platform that empowers individuals and companies alike around the world to start their own bitcoin exchange. We provide technology and networks within the banking and regulatory fields. This allows our clients to focus on their business.

 








A Big Basket of Prizes for Startup Weekend Vancouver

Startup Weekend 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.

That said, Startup Weekend is still a competition to see who can create the best idea, MVP, and present the viable business in the short 54-hour period – and competitions aren’t competition without an awesome basket of prizes to be won. So let’s take a look at what’s up for grabs!

Prizes for the Winning Team

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That’s not all though. We also have some alternate prizes for teams that meet other criteria.

Best Purpose-Driven Idea

Spring.is is also offering the team with the “Best Purpose-Driven Idea” a full scholarship to their next Kick accelerator cohort, plus a seat to an upcoming Capital Raising for Entrepreneurs workshop. 

Best Use of Crypto-Currency or Decentralized Tech

The team that demonstrates the best use of crypto-currency, decentralized technology, and/or gift economy will be awarded the Decentralized Technology Prize. The prize consists of a 3-month membership at Decentral Vancouver for the entire team. This includes a choice of either a drop-in or premium membership. Included in this package are write ups and tweets in the crypto-spaces most influential blogs and their Startup Bitcoin Launch Pack to help get you better set-up in the crypto space.

Global Startup Battle Prizes

But wait! There’s more!

As our Startup Weekend event is participating in Global Startup Battle, the top 3 teams will also be able to compete in the exclusive Champion’s Track against other winning startups from around the world for even more prizes!

There are also addition tracks open to all teams that compete in Startup Weekend where you can still win some of the awesome prizes.

There are still a small handful of tickets available to Startup Weekend Vancouver on Nov 14-16 so if you don’t have your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?








Facts and resources for your new startup

The following is a guest post from the BCIC

BC Innovation Council

Startup Weekend Vancouver is just a few weeks away and BCIC is once again a proud sponsor! It’s a great time to be a programmer in British Columbia…

The average annual salary of tech workers is at a new high of $75,000. This is far above the BC average of $45,000. (Read the full report here.)

And there are more than 9,010 established tech companies operating in BC today, offering more jobs than the mining, oil and gas, and forestry sectors combined! In other words, the tech industry is becoming an important economic driver in British Columbia.

What contributes to this growth? We do our part. BCIC helps to support new and growing businesses by streamlining access to resources, mentors and important programs.

The BC Venture Acceleration Program has trained over 400 entrepreneurs by 30 Executives in Residence (EiRs) who, since 2011, have attracted $62.9 million in investment and generated $18.9 million in revenue.

And there are dozens of initiatives to train, connect and support tech entrepreneurs like you stretching all across the province. Other current programs and resources that can help your business are:

Thanks to hackers like you, the tech sector in BC is becoming increasingly more dynamic, adaptable and forward-looking. Changes are happening as we speak; changes you probably are a part of!

  • BC has hosted several cutting-edge technology and innovation conferences like SIGGRAPH and ‘30 Years of TED’ and continues to lead as a world-class location to do business.
  • International giants like Facebook, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Samsung, Cisco and others also know the value of having a presence in BC. Our newest additions Microsoft, and Amazon opened their new offices in Vancouver in 2014.
  • 3000 engineering and computer science professionals graduate every year from one of BC’s 25 public post-secondary institutions, including 11 universities and 3 technology institutes.
  • The new Startup Visa has made it ever so easy for talented professionals to build their company in BC. Local founders get the benefit of competitively low taxes and a range of other financial incentives.

There is still much work to be done to increase investment in BC companies. Fortunately, BC has one of the strongest and most stable economic and political systems in the world so long-term investment will undeviatingly flow in support of sustainable value creation.

YOU are the secret ingredient! If you are a seasoned entrepreneur and would like to give back to the tech community, here is one way to do so – visit MentorshipBC and become a business mentor. And if you happen to hack a brilliant technology this Startup Weekend, connect to one of our programs and it will get your business off the ground!








Rise of Decentralized Technology: Introducing Bitcoin to Startup Weekend Vancouver

In the beginning, it started out as a movement, discussed about only by the early adopters and the most inquisitive of minds. Today, decentralized software and bitcoin are the talk of tech and startup communities across the world.

To give Startup Weekend Vancouver participants an opportunity to understand these new technologies, organizers are working with multiple individuals and companies within the field to make dapps (decentralized apps) and bitcoin technology a major feature of the event. Before we get started however, there’s some explaining to do.

What’s the big deal behind decentralization?

Aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley are working hard to understand and embrace the idea of decentralization for very good reasons. Decentralization allows contribution and sharing of ideas by people and entities from around the world. Wikipedia, Linux, Ubuntu exist today due to the combined endeavour of various people and entities unbound from centralized authority to correct and censor their work on a common project.

Expanding the scope of projects, dapps can be truly impactful and positively change how society operates. “The tech can be used for various purposes such as voting, issuing stock, creating decentralized organizational models, and even incentivizing a completely decentralized internet,” states Cameron Gray; a member of Decentral Vancouver, an incubator powered by ideas behind bitcoin. Dapps and decentralized software, utilizing the unique talents and backgrounds of each individual, has the potential to truly be the work of geniuses.

Wait…. bit what?

For the uninitiated, bitcoin is an online payment system where balances are kept using a wallet software consisting of public and private “keys”.

Public keys” (comparable to a bank account number), serve as an address number published to the world and which others may send bitcoin(s).

Private keys” (similar to the function of a debit card/credit pin), is used to permit bitcoin transmission and thus kept private.

How are bitcoins regulated and what advantages are gained using bitcoin?

The balances and bitcoin transactions between the public and private keys are kept on public ledgers calculated and verified by a decentralized network of computers owned and operated by various individuals and entities. The networks used to keep and verify the public ledger are also known as “miners”.

Miners are incentivized to lend their computing power by earning transaction fees (paid in bitcoin) as well as release of new bitcoins. Miners are the decentralized authority as they contribute computational power to verify ledgers and ensure the credibility of the network. This makes bitcoin a self regulating currency without the need for third party mediation thus lowering the transactional costs between the balances of various bitcoin keys.

To regulate bitcoin value, production is limited to 21 million. Bitcoins are released at a fixed but periodically declining rate until the production cap has been reached.

Sounds complicated, how’s Startup Weekend Vancouver going to implement this?

Easily. Organizers and volunteers will help curious participants set-up their own bitcoin wallet to purchase drinks at the event. “The exercise will serve as a gateway to bitcoin tech where participants may use it as the foundation of their idea or incorporate it as a feature,” exclaimed Freddy, also a member of Decentral Vancouver.

Mentors within the bitcoin market will be onsite to educate and mentor teams that have an idea related to the topic. The possibilities are endless.

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How to set up a Blockchain wallet

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Blockchain is a great resource for checking out Bitcoin activity and it also turns out, they have fantastic wallet solutions for a wide variety of platforms. Today, we’ll walk you through the setup of a Blockchain web-based wallet and connecting this wallet to your Android device. Note, the process for iOS is quite similar.

Creating a new web wallet

  1. Head over to Blockchain and enter an email/password combination for your wallet. Note, password strength is high — you’ll need 10 characters minimum.
  2. After doing so, a window will pop up with your wallet recover mnemonic. I highly recommend you PRINT THIS and keep it safe. You don’t want to lose this information. Press Continue when you’re done.
  3. Don’t forget to check your email and click on the verification link to confirm your email address.
  4. You’ll be prompted to log in at the next step, so please do so. If you can’t use the login form, try the login link in the email you received.

Once you’re logged in, that’s it! You’re ready to use Bitcoin. It should look something like this:

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Connect your Mobile Device to this wallet

  1. For starters, download the Android or iOS wallet for your mobile device.
  2. From the app, click on “Connect Existing Wallet” then click on “Scan Pairing Code”
  3. Log into your web wallet and click on the Account Settings button (see above).
  4. Once you’ve logged in, click on Devices, then Show/Hide Pairing Code
  5. Scan the pairing code from your phone (you might need to re-enter your password).
  6. As a final step, you’ll need to create a 4-digit PIN for using the mobile app. After this, you’re done!

Guide written and prepared by Gregg Peacock

Gregg-Bio_300x300-300x300 Gregg first attended Startup Weekend in 2011 and has been active in the Vancouver startup community ever since. By day, Gregg works in product strategy at TELUS and spends his free time writing code, cycling and travelling.








Learning opportunities abound: A call for volunteers

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November 14-16, 2014

Ever wonder how great companies like Zapier or myBestHelper got started?

Startup Weekend brings together great minds and talents turning ideas into functional businesses throughout the course of a weekend. This year we are expecting over 100 professionals coming together forming groups and taking great ideas and turning them into startups. In order to make this possible, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in putting this together.

Those interested in computer science, business, event planning, and hospitality are welcomed to sign up and volunteer for this event.

Website:Startup Weekend Vancouver 2014
Location:
The Profile co-working space in Gastown (above Steamworks)
Date: Friday Nov 14th to Nov 16th with a mandatory orientation on Thursday evening, Nov 13th.

Note: You must have a passion for volunteerism as the event runs from early morning to late night and all volunteers will be required to partake in cleanup.

Volunteer shifts: Volunteers are encouraged to stay throughout the weekend as it will maximize their exposure to the startup creation process and concepts such as ideation, customer validation, and customer discovery. Each day of the event is split into 3 shifts: 7am-Noon, 11:30am-5pm, and 4:30pm-Close. The event will need volunteers to sign up to at least 2 shifts.

Register Here to Volunteer!








A Space of Inspiration: Clio De La Llave on The Profile, running Booje Media and Entrepreneurship

One of the many offices in The Profile Business Club
One of the many offices in The Profile Business Club

It was a rainy Thursday morning, I was sitting by the large open windows at Trees Organic Coffee in Gastown casually watching the bustle on Water Street and pondering how I should conduct the interview with Clio. Clio De La Llave, the Founder and President of Booje Media, a Boutique Marketing Agency has been making waves in the world of digital marketing and design.

Then I spotted her, walking briskly into the cafe in a sporty yet elegant ensemble topped with a cheery pink vest. She quickly came to meet me greeted with a firm handshake and a warm smile.  After discussing how the interview would best be conducted, she proceeded to start the tale of her entrepreneurial path and running her company at one of the most sought after co-working spaces in Vancouver: The Profile Coworking Business Club.

Founder and President of Booje Media, the lovely Clio de la Llave
Founder and President of Booje Media, the lovely Clio de la Llave

Clio had envisioned herself working at a large marketing agency after graduating from BCIT’s marketing communications program in 2009. Although, she had a fantastic experience interning for six months at an international communications agency, she realized working for large agencies wasn’t her calling. The epiphany had motivated her to pack her bags and travel as a means to clear her mind and find her vocation.

After her soul searching journey, she began to brainstorm how she could utilize her marketing skills to jumpstart her career. It was through social media that she saw her opportunity. She noticed businesses were looking to promote themselves to their target market online, and her contact at an acting agency had confided that their clients were looking for ways to promote themselves.

In an industry such as film where an actor’s fan base and online following has the power to dictate their projects success or failure, film directors were digging at their social media profiles to gauge their popularity and influence within the digital space. Booje Media was thus born.

Clio Hard at Work
First rule of business: Contact Clients

Being pragmatic, she started by specializing in social media through developing social media strategies, content creation and account maintenance.  Although her schooling and internship had taught her a great deal about marketing, Clio had agreed the first two years were the most challenging for her and Booje Media.

She had to constantly learn and adapt to the ever changing digital world and some prospective clients were reluctant to setup a social media presence as Twitter and Instagram were still viewed as novelty applications. In the end, however, her tenacity and grit pulled her through and Booje Media started hitting its stride. As she accumulated experience and expanded her skill set, Clio would start to offer more services to Booje Media’s pool of clients.

Starting with original content creation, Clio created blog posts and newsletters which would feed traffic back to a client’s websites; she then expanded her services to online marketing and search engine optimization. As Booje Media started offering more comprehensive services, clients started seeing even better results which led to more business and opportunities to expand their services into other industries. Initially working with only the public sector and mining companies, the demand for Booje Media’s services led them to grow into industries such as event planning, food and beverage, real estate and fashion.

Diversifying into new industries gave Booje Media the opportunity to learn the needs of different markets, expand their work portfolio as well as significantly decrease the risk of working for competing clients.

The Gastown neighborhood, a hotbed for startups visionaries and hustlers
The Gastown neighborhood, a hotbed for startups visionaries and hustlers

In 2013 , Clio found Booje Media had a need for new talent with specialization in various aspects of digital marketing to deal with an expanding list of clients and with that a bigger venue to establish their office. Through meetings and networking events she found she had become quite fond of the Gastown neighborhood.

“There’s just such good energy here, lots of up and coming businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups. You can really feel the hunger for success in Gastown, and it really drives you to up your game,” she exclaimed.

“We went to assess the space at The Profile, and it was what the team had hoped for; a beautiful venue that can inspire fantastic ideas and remind us why we love living in the city.”

For Booje Media, operating from a shared working space has huge perks. It allowed companies in different fields to connect, learn the other’s respective industry, collaborate and use new apps and technologies that have not come onto the market as well as feed off of each other’s motivational energy, a must have for a creative agency.

One of the many awesome events held at The Profile available to The Profile tenants.
One of the many awesome events held at The Profile available to The Profile tenants.

Running Booje Media from The Profile also enabled Clio to lower the firm’s operating costs, as tenants have free access to kitchens and meeting rooms anytime provided they weren’t reserved beforehand.

Furthermore, for entrepreneurs who are already occupied with managing their day to day business, having a reception personnel at the Profile who assists with the minutiae of operations such as copying documents and guiding clients to meeting rooms keeps them focused on developing their venture.

Lastly, the Profile frequently holds events on behalf of its tenants and the Gastown community. Companies working within the space are invited, and whether it’s to network, learn or celebrate an occasion The Profile makes for a beautiful venue to host events.

“We held a huge Christmas party last year at The Profile, it was a place we were so proud to show our clients and friends,” Clio reminisced. “We’ve had a couple clients looking for space and it’s such an amazing added value to be able to offer that to our clients.”

She smiled and paused as she must have noticed I was trying to picture the splendor of what she’s describing because the next thing I knew she offered to give me a guided tour of The Profile. I was not about to decline an offer from the founder of one of Vancouver’s most talented marketing firms for a guided tour at one of Vancouver’s most sought after co-working offices.

Breathtaking views of Vancouver's North Shore, Canada Place and Waterfront station available at The Profile
Breathtaking views of Vancouver’s North Shore, Canada Place and Waterfront station available at The Profile

We arrived at The Profile, located on the second floor of The Landing office building. Exiting from the building’s elevator, the hallway splits into a T junction with a beautiful view overlooking the building’s lobby below with The Profile’s office space occupying the northern portion of the building on both sides of the T junction. Clio led me to the eastern side where her company’s space was located.

The wonderful Booje Media team
The wonderful Booje Media team

Walking into the office I immediately understood why Clio and the team at Booje Media would be proud to show their clients the space. It has access to breathtaking views of the North Shore, Canada Place and Waterfront station. The rain and grey weather imbued the scenery with mist which gave it a mysterious and surreal beauty.

Clio introduced me to the members of Booje Media who took the time to give me a warm smile and firm handshake as well as wishing me the best for Startup Weekend; clearly, a talented and savvy team that make new acquaintances feel comfortable and respected.

The Profile's business cafe, americano anyone?
The Profile’s business cafe, americano anyone?

Looking around, the space was wonderfully furnished with a well stocked coffee bar, a bike room, resting lounge as well as multiple meeting rooms and one room dedicated for internet broadcasting. Heading to the west side of the building, we were greeted by the front desk receptionist Krishna.

The west side contained similar amenities, with a number of private meeting rooms, a well stocked cafe and a video conferencing room. Those working on the west side however get a different view of the world outside; the stunning scenery extends from downtown Cordova Street to Lonsdale Quay in the North Shore.

After ending my tour and taking leave, I have to agree with Clio, The Profile is a great place to work. It’s also a fantastic venue to host Startup Weekend Vancouver as there are more than enough meeting rooms to fit a number of teams, impressive amenities and tasteful decor. The participants are going to love it.

The Profile Coworking Business Club

The Profile
The Profile is a unique lifestyle business club and workspace. A space that inspires meaningful encounters, exchanges and connections, a workspace that is full of diverse people working on amazing ideas and businesses.

Website: http://waterstreetprofile.com/
Twitter: @TheProfileVan

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Booje Media
Booje Media is a Vancouver-based digital marketing agency that specializes in cultivating organic relationships with consumers through customized marketing campaigns that incorporate the most vital online media platforms.

Website: http://www.boojemedia.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoojeMedia
Twitter: @BoojeMedia








The Power of Community – Part 1

If “great people stand on the shoulders of giants,” then epic events are created with the support of great communities. Startup Weekend Vancouver 2014 has received some of the warmest and most enthusiastic assistance from its community sponsors, keen to make this a weekend to remember. These community sponsors have pledged financial support and/or discounts for the products and services they provide. We are grateful for the support and generosity they have shown us. In turn, we would like to give a shout out to some of our community sponsors and let them know Startup Weekend 2014 would not be the same without them.

Art Institute Vancouver

The Art Institute of Vancouver

The Art Institute of Vancouver is a post-secondary education institution offering learner centered, career focused programs in the applied arts to a diverse and engaged student body. We seek to create a stimulating learning environment where committed and talented students, led by dedicated faculty, can develop their creativity and acquire the skills and acknowledge to pursue careers in their fields of study and support personal and professional growth.

Unbounce

Unbounce

Founded in 2009 by, Unbounce is web-based software as a service (Saas) that gives marketers and the power to manage company campaigns and startup teams to validate ideas without IT. Unbounce’s template library enables users to build click through, lead generation, sales letter and video landing pages for A/B testing in minutes.

Clio

Clio

Clio is a comprehensive cloud-based practice management, time & billing and client collaboration platform specifically designed for small and mid-sized law firms. Founded in 2008 by Jack and Rian, two best friends since elementary school, Clio has grown from 3 person operation to over 90 strong with offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Dublin Ireland. Clio attributes their success to risk taking, collaboration and innovation.

Paysavvy

PaySavvy

Based out of Vancouver’s startup hub Gastown, PaySavvy is a national human capital management software provider that offers cloud-based payroll, human resource, and time and labour management software. PaySavvy’s advanced and intuitive platform allows clients to accomplish the most in the least amount of time. The company prides itself on offering competitive, predictable, all-inclusive pricing, and unparalleled access to exceptional customer service inspired by its mantra: People first.

myBestHelper

myBestHelper

Champion of the 2011 Startup Weekend Vancouver, myBestHelper matches families with most suitable sitters and nannies. myBestHelper differentiates itself from  Care.com and UrbanSitter by combining social circles and AirBnB-like reputation system (to help build trust) with eHarmony-like matching system (to increase fit between personalities and values) to save families and caregivers time and effort! This year myBestHelper helper will also be providing participants onsite child care or services in their home at a discount.