Five for Founders: Vancouver Startup Week sessions to check out

Must-attend events for this year's VSW.

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

If you’ve never been before, you may be wondering, “With all of these amazing events, which ones should I attend?” Although it’s still two weeks away, we’re here to help you plan out your week. For founders out there, here are five activities worth adding to your calendar.

1. #VSW2024 Opening Reception hosted by Fasken

Fasken is delighted to sponsor this year's Vancouver Start-Up Week and host the #VSW2024 Opening Reception. They are excited to reunite with familiar faces and forge connections with new ones. They value this opportunity to engage with the start-up community and contribute to its growth and success.

Key details: 

  • When: Friday, May 31st – 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Where: FUNK. coffee bar, 1025 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver

2. VSW X #VTJTalks: Immigrant Founders-Blending Heritage & Innovation

We’re thrilled to be hosting this event, which will spotlight how Canada’s newcomers are driving innovations in B.C. that are poised to have global impact.


  • Roya Aghighi, CEO, Lite1

  • Mark Boardman, Founder and CEO, Minivillage

  • Paschal Okwundo, Co-Founder and CEO, Binta Financial, 

  • Alicia Cheng-Colette, Fractional Marketing Generalist, Culturix

Key details:

  • When: Friday, May 31, 2024 – 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Where: entrepreneurshp@UBC Innovation Space (Room #1900) - UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

3. Enabling the Ecosystem: Secrets of startup funding you don't know

Attend this talk for an exciting exploration of diverse funding opportunities and commercialization support tailored for startup ventures. Discover the hidden gems of financing, from traditional methods to innovative platforms, as experts unveil invaluable insights to propel your early-stage startup or small business to new heights.


Key details:

  • When: June 3, 2024 – 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Where: entrepreneurshp@UBC Innovation Space (Room #1900) - UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

4. Early Stage Founders Panel on Fundraising

Despite the continued demanding economic landscape and accounts of startups facing difficulties, numerous tech ventures in BC successfully secured funding in early 2024. Engage with these ventures to delve into their motivations, strategies, and invaluable insights gained, offering practical lessons for fellow entrepreneurs.


Key details:

  • Tuesday, June 4th – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • RBC Royal Bank, 1055 W Georgia St, 36th Floor, Vancouver

5. Innovate BC - The Business Case for IP

Expand, grow and set your start up for success by leveraging your intellectual property (IP) strategically. In collaboration with New Ventures BC, Innovate BC is hosting a panel of IP and ecosystems experts, offering insights on why IP matters and the value of developing and implementing IP strategies to build competitive advantage.


Key details:

  • When: Friday, June 7th – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

  • Where: And-Co Offices Main Space, 1575 W Georgia St #200, Vancouver

Of course, we’re also hosting our weekly Morning Coffee in partnership with CBRE on June 4 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. Visit the Vancouver Startup Week calendar for full details.

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