The year in Vancouver tech—so far

Plus, a members-only VTJ social

👋 Welcome back to VTJ’s Midweek Memo: your weekly digest of the city’s top tech events, personnel moves, job openings, and industry opportunities.


🗓️ Tuesday, June 18 | 🎟️ Free registration

  • You’re invited to join us every Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. - 10:00am to connect with the Vancouver tech community in an informal atmosphere.

  • Discover a new career, find your next co-founder, or learn something new – do it all at one of our upcoming coffee meetups.

Members-only Social

🗓️ Wednesday, June 19 | 🎟️ Become a member to register

  • Limited access, members-only event.

  • Thank you to our co-host, Mind Meld PR. ​Mind Meld PR is a Public Relations Agency that works with innovative tech companies in the USA, Canada and beyond.

🗓️ Thursday, June 27 | 🎟️ Buy tickets

  • ​#VTJTalks monthly events bring together entrepreneurs, executives, talent, investors, and tech community members to network and learn.

  • ​Join us this month to hear from local leaders about what's going right and wrong for Vancouver's innovation ecosystem so far in 2024.

  • Hear from:


GetFresh Ventures: Tailoring Startup Success

GetFresh Ventures is a trailblazer in startup growth, transforming uncertainty into clear, strategic success. Leveraging over $1 billion in client exits and achieving 10x average market valuation boosts, their unique approach as venture catalysts sets them apart.

Their expert team designs custom strategies, identifying the startup’s captivated audience and crafting a go-to-market plan to efficiently secure the next $10M+ in revenue while keeping cash flow neutral. GetFresh Ventures partners with founders in navigating execution, tech, data, and marketing challenges, driving rapid growth and dramatically enhancing valuations.

By prioritizing debt to minimize dilution, they make startups irresistible to equity investors, converting them into high-value enterprises and forging a path to generational wealth.

🗓️ Thursday, June 13 | 🎟️ Free registration

  • ​Connect with local entrepreneurs and investors at Startup TNT's weekly Vancouver happy hour, hosted by William Johnson.

  • ​This week's Happy Hour is a special edition Summit IX Afterparty, kicking off at 7pm PST.

🗓️ Thursday, June 20 | 🎟️ Free registration

  • Connect with local entrepreneurs and investors at Startup TNT’s weekly happy hour events in Vancouver.

  • Join every Thursday to meet a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals and engage in conversations about latest trends and strategies.


Vancouver’s business and tech-focused university

University Canada West (UCW) is an innovative business and technology-oriented, teaching-focused institution offering applied undergraduate and graduate degrees for domestic and international students. The University is a dynamic and growing institution defined by its close connections to the business community and commitment to outstanding student services.

UCW has partnered with leading business and tech companies such as Salesforce, Amazon, Shopify, Facebook and Microsoft to incorporate their latest technology and expertise into its courses, ensuring students are up to date on the latest technological trends.

To learn more, visit our website.

🗓️ Tuesday, June 25 | 🎟️ Free registration

  • We are living through some of the greatest workplace disruption in history, and people and culture leaders in the tech sector will face increasing pressure. To make the best decisions, you need data, knowledge, and context.

  • Join TAP Network for a look at the latest trends in employee benefits for Canada’s tech sector. This webinar will review benchmark data from TAP Network’s 2024 Group Benefits Survey and in collaboration with HUB international, we’ll provide actionable insights, bring you up to date on emerging priorities, and explore trends in benefits plan design.

🗓️ Saturday, June 29 | 🎟️ Buy tickets

  • This business event features 4 floors of music, art, and entertainment across 8 rooms, hosting over 1,000 attendees at the Vancouver Club.

  • Internet Masterminds takes over the Georgian Room to provide an exclusive premier lounge for our community. Enjoy a vibrant atmosphere with music, casual conversations, and complimentary food sponsored by Nook Coworking.

  • What to expect:

    • Exhibition of some of the most iconic masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Art by the likes of Kiarash TK, Shwill, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Mr. Brainwash and Andy Warhol

    • Immersive Cocktail Stations designed to pair with each art collection

    • 24 DJs spinning music all night long across 5 stages of music

    • 1,000+ quality attendees including celebrated creatives, entrepreneurs, and influential professionals in Vancouver

    • Dress Code: Formal gala attire, no jeans, hoodies, puffy jackets, or graphic tees

  • VTJ readers can register for 15% off with the code “VTJcode”

🗓️ Wednesday, July 3 | 🎟️ Buy tickets

  • A conversation with Josh O'Kane, a business reporter with The Globe & Mail, Canada's largest national newspaper.

  • In 2017, a Google affiliate called Sidewalk Labs waltzed into Toronto with plans to reimagine urban planning “from the Internet up,” promising a utopia that would begin on 12 acres of brownfield land on Lake Ontario.

  • What happened instead was a two-and-a-half-year battle over the future of cities and their development, data regulation, and the power of the private sector in the public realm.

  • In this session, Josh O’Kane, author of the best-selling book Sideways: The City Google Couldn’t Buy, will unpack how Sidewalk struggled to translate its idealism into reality and the role of Canadian policy in that failure.

  • In a fireside chat, Josh will also reveal why the giants of Silicon Valley see cities as their next major frontier and what this means for the City of Vancouver as it continues to attract new tech investors.


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Check out how The HTFG can help, or reach out to Alain, Blair, Kevin or Andre from The HTFG.


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