5 Reasons to Attend Vancouver Startup Week This Year

Vlada Terenina

Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) is back this September, bringing together hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and stakeholders to share innovative ideas and celebrate Greater Vancouver’s tech communities.

The week-long celebration kicks off with the Vancouver Hackathon on September 21st.

With an official opening ceremony on September 24th, the event will host over 70+ exciting workshop sessions that will take place throughout the week.

This year, VSW will be celebrating their 5-year anniversary, which means more interesting discussions, practical solutions for startups, and excellent networking opportunities.

Here are our top 5 reasons to attend VSW 2018:

1. VSW 2018 will connect the city’s innovators.

Vancouver Startup Week will gather over 3,000 inspired attendees, including CEO’s of startups and their teams, thought-leaders, and investors, interested in connecting with new companies. At the workshops, you will hear how leading brands and growing companies in Vancouver and surrounding areas are using AI in their work and businesses, harnessing digital analytics and data, and transforming the landscape of cannatech.

2. VSW will offer various practical solutions for startups to help them grow.

During the week-long event, startup founders and managers can find valuable information and case studies on legal matters, funding and fundraising, employee engagement, marketing strategies, growth, and leadership.  

The event schedule also includes such workshops as Startup Success hosted by Microsoft, Storytelling for Startups, The 4 P’s of Selling, and How to Present Your Business Idea in 90 Second.

3. The event will offer cool networking opportunities.

From the official VSW2018 launch party to WinTech’s Build a Bot Night, the week will be full of great opportunities to meet like-minded people in a relaxed, non-pressure environment. Even the most introverted attendees will benefit from various interactive activities during the meetups and celebrations.

There is also a must-attend event for founders trying to make connections in the city: Co-Founder Speed Dating for technical and non-technical founders.Vancouver Startup Week

4. VSW will allow you to test your skills and get out of your comfort zone.

The week starts from Vancouver Hackathon, where tech talents will work in teams over a weekend to create tech solutions that solve challenging issues faced by our community's not-for-profit institutions whose aim is to do social good. After the official closing Wrap Up Party on Friday, September 28th, entrepreneurs and experts from all domains can join the Techstars Startup Weekend, where they can pitch their ideas and build a real startup in only 54 hours.

5. VSW’s Recruitment Fair will help you find your dream job.

Vancouver Startup Week offers the city’s largest startup recruitment fair with over 35 hiring companies. So, if you were planning to meet your dream team or learn more about the local hot startups, don’t miss this connection opportunity on September 26th.

Check out the schedule and get tickets for the events on VSW2018 website.

You can follow the event updates on social media using #VSW2018.