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 2023 Team Members

Katty Wang


Vivian Chan


Jani Tsui

Marketing Director

Mark Ponce

Art Director

Paulina Pietrykiewicz

Technology Director

Eric Chow

Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Philip Cheung

UX Lead

Daniel Shmidov

BD Account Manager

William Ting

Software Developer

Rosty Myshkin

Software Developer

Kat Priecelova

Software Developer

Miguel Gamis

Software Developer

Sarina Arefzadeh

Social Media Advisor

Taryn Wou

UX/UI Designer

Alexandra Ileto

Motion Graphics Designer

Jae-Hui Song

HQ Operations Coordinator

Kristina Lee

Director of Recruitment Fair

Enoch Weng

Events Account Manager

Leann Yutuc

Events Specialist

Ti Wu

Events Account Manager

Yoki Li

Events Account Manager

Diana Chen

Email Marketing Manager

Darin Herle

Recruitment Fair Coordinator

Zach Yamaoka

Recruitment Fair Coordinator

Victoria Lim

Social Media Marketing Coordinator

Our Advisory Committee

Casey Lau

Head of Asia, RISE, Web Summit

Floyd Sijmons

Executive in Residence

Chris Hobbs

President, TTT Studios

Mina Haghighi

Community Catalyst, Spring Activator

Paulina Cameron

CEO, The Forum

Raghwa Gopal

President + CEO, Innovate BC