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February 27th, 2024
What is VSW?

Ever had an idea for a startup but didn’t know how to bring it to life? Or want to start your own thing but don’t know where to begin? You’ve come to the right place! Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) is your gateway to mastering the essentials of entrepreneurship, from ideation to funding. Ready to be part of the heartbeat of Vancouver's entrepreneurial spirit? Your adventure starts here.

What is Vancouver Startup Week?!

Mission and Vision

Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) isn't just an event; it's a movement. Founded on the belief that anyone with an idea and the drive to see it through should have the opportunity to succeed, VSW is committed to empowering entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. Our mission is to foster a vibrant and inclusive startup ecosystem that celebrates innovation, collaboration, and diversity.

Evolution Over the Years

Since its inception, VSW has grown exponentially, evolving into one of the most anticipated events in Vancouver's entrepreneurial calendar. From humble beginnings to attracting thousands of attendees from around the globe, VSW has become synonymous with innovation and opportunity. Key milestones, such as expanding the range of events and increasing accessibility, mark our continuous growth and commitment to serving the startup community. This year, we're celebrating a remarkable milestone - 10 incredible years of connecting and celebrating the Vancouver Startup Community. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting your journey, Vancouver Startup Week 2024 has something for everyone.

Diversity & Inclusivity in the Startup Ecosystem

At VSW, diversity isn't just a buzzword; it's truly a core value. We believe that diversity drives innovation and fosters creativity, which is why we're dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of background or experience, feels welcome and supported. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or a first-time founder, VSW is your platform to thrive.

Vancouver Startup Week, under the Techstars Startup Week umbrella, is a premier networking event in the city. In our 10th year, we're amplifying our impact by engaging six key stakeholders to drive Vancouver's recognition as a global innovation hub. We support entrepreneurs by fostering a diverse community, including corporate leaders, educators, government officials, community builders, and investors. Together, we aim to fuel innovation, attract international attention, and provide resources for startups at all stages.

What’s in it for you?

  1. Unparalleled Learning Opportunities: At VSW, knowledge is power, and we're committed to equipping you with the tools and insights needed to navigate the complexities of starting and scaling a business. From expert-led workshops on marketing strategies to panel discussions with industry titans, VSW offers a diverse array of learning opportunities tailored to your needs and aspirations.

  2. Access to Seasoned Mentors and Successful Founders: They say that success leaves clues, and at VSW, you'll have the chance to learn from those who have walked the path before you. Rub shoulders with seasoned mentors and successful founders who are eager to share their experiences, lessons learned, and invaluable advice to help you avoid common pitfalls and accelerate your growth trajectory.

  3. Forge Meaningful Connections: In the world of startups, relationships are everything. Whether you're seeking potential investors, co-founders, or collaborators, VSW provides a fertile ground for forging meaningful connections with like-minded individuals who share your passion and vision. Through structured networking sessions, casual meetups, and social events, you'll have ample opportunities to expand your professional network and cultivate lasting relationships that could be the key to your startup's success.

  4. Gain Insights into Fundraising and Investment: Securing funding is often the lifeblood of startups, and at VSW, you'll gain invaluable insights into the art and science of fundraising. Connect with potential investors, learn the ins and outs of crafting a compelling pitch, and discover the strategies and tactics for raising capital to fuel your growth ambitions.

  5. Acquire Practical Skills: Starting a business requires a diverse skill set, from marketing and sales to financial management and beyond. At VSW, you'll have the chance to acquire specific skills relevant to your entrepreneurial journey through hands-on workshops, interactive sessions, and practical exercises led by industry experts and seasoned practitioners.

  6. Inspiration and Motivation: Building a startup is no easy feat, and there will inevitably be moments of doubt and uncertainty along the way. At VSW, you'll be surrounded by a community of passionate and driven individuals who share your entrepreneurial spirit. Draw inspiration from their stories of resilience, perseverance, and triumph, and reignite your motivation to pursue your dreams with renewed vigor.

What’s in Store?

Events and Activities

VSW boasts a diverse lineup of events and activities designed to educate, inspire, and connect Vancouver entrepreneurs. As previously mentioned, from workshops on starting a startup in Vancouver to panel discussions on the latest trends in entrepreneurship, there's something for everyone at VSW.

Notable events from previous years include the Investment Showcase, where emerging startups pitch their ideas to investors, and the New Ventures BC Competition where BC’s top startups are celebrated and compete to win big prizes.

This year, you can look forward to the Recruitment Fair at Science World, the Ecosystem Showcase (where budding entrepreneurs and startups get together to connect with the various organizations that can help accelerate their growth ) and more panel discussions/fireside chats.

Networking Opportunities

Networking is essential for building relationships, finding mentors, and uncovering new opportunities in the startup world. That's why VSW provides ample networking opportunities for Vancouver entrepreneurs to connect with like-minded individuals and industry experts.

We know how important networking is, and how nerve-racking it can be too - but don’t fret, at VSW we provide a safe space for like minded individuals to collaborate and share ideas! Whether it's through structured networking sessions or casual meetups, we are excited for meaningful connections to flourish.

Our chairs and volunteers with Vancouver Mayor, Ken Sim!

How to Get Involved


Tickets for VSW will be available soon, so be sure to stay tuned on our website and social media channels to grab your spot. Whether you're starting a startup in Vancouver or looking to expand your network in the Metro Vancouver area, VSW offers valuable insights and connections for entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey.


Interested in supporting Vancouver's vibrant startup community? Contact us here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and how you can get involved in VSW.

Event Partners

Vancouver Startup Week comprises a multitude of events facilitated by our esteemed event partners, each offering invaluable expertise and insights. From engaging workshops to dynamic panel discussions, our partners play a pivotal role in shaping the diverse and enriching experience of VSW. If you're interested in hosting an event during VSW, keep an eye out for our forthcoming open call for event submissions around late march to April. Stay tuned for more details on how you can contribute to the vibrant tapestry of Vancouver's startup ecosystem.


We rely on the support of dedicated volunteers to make VSW a success each year. If you're passionate about entrepreneurship and want to contribute to the growth of Vancouver's startup ecosystem, stay tuned for volunteer opportunities coming soon in May 2024.

That’s it for now - but stay tuned for more, and we can’t wait to see you join us on this adventure!

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