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Wayne and William White Engineering Design Centre, 2345 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

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No Talk, All Action

Stay tuned for more information about our social themed Startup Weekend, November 28th-30th
Join Vancouver's finest developers, marketers, designers, product managers and startup enthusiasts in a 54 hour whirlwind weekend taking simple pitches to full fledged startups.
Here's how it works:
On Friday, anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from the rest of the participants. You then get to form teams organically around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation resulting in a minimum viable product (MVP)... Don't know what that is? That's fine! Our facilitator will be there to help you along the way. Local entrepreneurs and business professionals will also be there to provide invaluable mentorship.
The weekend culminates with presentations in front of Vancouver's entrepreneurial leaders where the top three teams are awarded prizes in addition to bragging rights and media coverage.
Now what's stopping you? Register today!



Nov 28
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 30
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

Keith Ippel


With over 15 years experience as a leader in technology-centric businesses, Keith has helped companies of varying size and stage to develop growth strategies, launch new products, and raise over $15M in angel and VC funding. In early 2014 along with co-founder Bonnie Foley-Wong, Keith launched Spring Activator, a purpose-driven accelerator focused on helping high growth, for-profit, purpose-driven companies create meaningful change in our world.

Nathalie Baudoin

CEO Modo

Nathalie Baudoin is the current CEO of Modo, Vancouver’s local carshare. She has spent her career dedicated to building brands with a conscience. From Chief Marketing Officer for Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada's largest consumer co-op to Patagonia, she has worked consistently with companies invested in social and environmental responsibility. For MEC, she was able to leverage Vancouver’s community of outdoor lovers to create a strong brand around adopting active lifestyles. At Patagonia in Paris, she launched the company into 12 different European countries while working to bolster their mandate inspiring and implementing solutions to the environmental crisis.
Originally from France, Nathalie brings a wealth of business, marketing and retail experience to her role at Modo. She is well-versed in alternative transportation, using the Velib bike share and Blablacar rideshare when she is in Paris. A skier, hiker, runner and overall outdoor lover , Nathalie prides herself on integrating her personal and professional values. She is a graduate of the INSEAD International Executive Programme, and holds a master’s degree in foreign languages from La Sorbonne University. She speaks French, German and Spanish.


Silver Sponsors

Kathryn Loewen

Founder and CEO of Control

Kathryn Loewen is the Founder & CEO of Control, a software company that produces business tools for the payments industry. Kathryn has been working in the payments space for over 15 years at companies including Citigroup and SAP, working on solutions for notable brands such as Apple, Toyota and Oakley.

Kathryn obtained an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University, and an Executive Certificate in Marketing Management from UBC Sauder School of Business. Kathryn is also certified in Product Management from the Pragmatic Marketing Institute and is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade.

Kathryn is also involved in supporting various social charities. She sponsors 50 entrepreneurs in developing countries via, supports childhood education and development in rural China via Plan B, and has been a sponsor to Out on Screen for 10 years.

Alexandra T. Greenhill

Founder and CEO of myBestHelper

Alexandra T. Greenhill is the Co-founder CEO of myBestHelper, a place where families find amazing helpers. myBestHelper won Startup Weekend Vancouver in 2011, third place in the BC New Ventures Competition 2012 and was selected for the Canadian Technology Accelerator in Silicon Valley by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX). myBestHelper is an Invoke Labs alumni company and recently won the Plug’N’Play 2014 Pitch event in Vancouver. Alexandra is a physician leader, past public school board and chair of the board, and has served on numerous non-for-profit boards, passionate about big ideas that use tech to make people's lives better. She has received numerous awards, including BIV Top 40 under 40, the Queen Elizabeth II Medal of Service and WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.


Bronze Sponsors
Brandon Yen
Trina Wang
Ben Cappellacci
Cole Nakatani
Rob Foxall
Ryan Fetterly
Hamza Ahmad
Jasdeep Grewal

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