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Thank you to all that attended Startup Weekend @ UBC! To find out the winning teams and to learn more about upcoming events, head over to Facebook.com/SWUBC.
 
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!

Schedule

Friday

Mar 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Icebreaker
  • 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 until midnight!

Saturday

Mar 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Customer Validation Coaching
  • Lunch
  • Business Model Coaching
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Teams may stay and work until midnight!

Sunday

Mar 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Pitch/Presentation Coaching
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Iain Verigin

MBA Program Sessional Instructor, UBC Sauder School of Business   |   LinkedIn

Iain Verigin is a retired entrepreneur who teaches at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and was one of the founding members of PMC-Sierra, which has an annual revenue exceeding $500 million USD and a market capitalization of over $1 billion USD.

Jayesh Parmar

CEO of Picatic.com   |   LinkedIn

Serial entrepreneur with over 17 years of event industry experience, public speaker and featured personality in startup documentary DayJob. Jayesh Parmar is Picatic’s CEO/Cofounder and is listed as one of the worlds top 10 Tech Entrepreneurs Disrupting The Event Industry. Picatic is the worlds first FairPay and Crowdfunding website, Winner of SISO 2013 breakthrough event technology award. Visit Picatic, or follow Jayesh’s twitter feed @jayeshnews, where you can learn all about Turtle Tuesday’s.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Cheryl Draper

Community Builder, Connector, Event Producer & Marketer   |   LinkedIn

I've been an organizer and planner for as long as I can remember even being called the "camp director" and "chief wrangler" on a few occasions. In 2008, after more than a decade in Event Production, Sales, Marketing & Partnership Activation, I co-founded my first startup, Boxseat Suite Management which provides Software-as-a-Service for Professional Sport & Entertainment Venues. Since then, I've worked as the Program Manager at Betaspring Accelerator, founded Bake For Us, co-founded Pinpointed and worked as the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Coral CEA which provides startup grant funding. Until a recent relocation to Vancouver, British Columbia, I was the Lead at StartupOttawa.ca, Chapter Director at Startup Grind Ottawa, Lead Organizer at Startup Weekend Ottawa, Curator at StartupDigest, Curator at Startup Genome and Chief Instigator at Ottawa Startup Drinks - All on a volunteer basis. Currently, I am the Community Manager at Invoke Labs, Global Startup Weekend Facilitator, Chapter Co-Director at Startup Grind Vancouver and Co-Curator at StartupDigest Vancouver. I've travelled extensively and lived in Ottawa, Toronto, Boston and London (UK). I'm passionate about tea, food, tech & startups. I believe in making friends not contacts.

John Gray

Writer, Betakit   |   LinkedIn

John has transitioned from startup entrepreneur, to storyteller and full time freelance writer. He enjoys sharing stories about startups, entrepreneurs, and emerging technology. It's all about exploring the intersection of our human experience with technology. He's a regular contributor to BetaKit. John has a B.Ap.Sc. in Communications and a B.A. in English, both from Simon Fraser University.

Steve Jones

Vice President of Product Management at Pulse Energy   |   LinkedIn

Steve joined Pulse Energy in 2007, shortly after it was founded. Pulse Energy now serves leading electric and gas utilities across three continents and is helping utilities to transform the way they engage with their customers. He holds a degree in Engineering Physics, has presented at the Lean Startup conference and has volunteered through the Vancouver School Board Mentorship Program. Steve enjoys backpacking in the Coast Mountains, nature photography and is a Canadian national paper airplane champion.

Jason Lindstrom

Managing Partner at Bucketlist.org, Director at Advisorwebsites.com

Jason started his first company while in university. He grew it to become one of the biggest digital agencies in Vancouver. building websites for companies like Mountain Equipment Coop, Gatorade, and the City of Vancouver.

This was sold off in 2011 and he has since started two other successful digital companies, Advisorwebsites.com and Bucketlist.org a world leader in online goal setting.

Nkosi Khumalo

President of KSM Technology

Nkosi is a serial entrepreneur, currently based in Vancouver who has a portfolio of businesses in the US and South Africa. He heads up KSM Investments, a private investment company focused on providing exit strategy options for baby boomers looking at selling their businesses.

Nkosi is has a solid corporate finance & investment banking background. In the last ten years, he has done well over 50 due diligences and bought 12 companies.

“The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it. “ - Mal Pancoast

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Noah Shipman

CFA, Associate at Garibaldi Capital Advisors   |   LinkedIn

Noah has diverse private and public company M&A experience as an company advisor and as a corporate consolidator, working for investment banks Jennings Capital and Genuity Capital Markets and Corporate Development at Viterra Inc. He has worked in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Shenzhen, China, and has been involved with $10+ billion in acquisitions, divestitures, management buyouts and joint ventures in Canada, US, Australia and Asia. Noah graduated from McGill University and is a CFA charterholder.

Jayesh Parmar

CEO of Picatic.com   |   LinkedIn

Serial entrepreneur with over 17 years of event industry experience, public speaker and featured personality in startup documentary DayJob. Jayesh Parmar is Picatic’s CEO/Cofounder and is listed as one of the worlds top 10 Tech Entrepreneurs Disrupting The Event Industry. Picatic is the worlds first FairPay and Crowdfunding website, Winner of SISO 2013 breakthrough event technology award. Visit Picatic, or follow Jayesh’s twitter feed @jayeshnews, where you can learn all about Turtle Tuesday’s.

Khurram Virani

Co-Founder/Head Instructor at Lighthouse Labs   |   LinkedIn

"Co-Founder and our Head Instructor, Khurram is the real genius behind the scenes. Prior to Lighthouse, Khurram was a Partner at Functional Imperative and the CTO at a number of startups before that."

Qaid Damji

Co-Founder/Head of Operations at Lighthouse Labs   |   LinkedIn

"Co-Founder and the Head of Operations, Qaid keeps the lights on and keeps things moving. He began his career at Accenture where he worked as a Management Consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies across North America."

Rahul Parmar

Co-Founder/Head of Business Development at Lighthouse Labs   |   LinkedIn

"Co-Founder and the Head of Business Development, Rahul's basically responsible for admitting students and finding people to hire them. Before Lighthouse he worked as an IT Consultant to Fortune 500 Companies across North America."

Thibaut Labarre

Business Intelligence Engineer at Amazon.com   |   LinkedIn

Thibaut crossed the Atlantic Ocean from France to become a student in Natural Language Processing at the University of Washington. He is now a full stack developer at Amazon's customer service.
On his 7th Startup Weekend as a participant he finally joined a winning team! Now it is time for early retirement and helping the next generation of Startup Weekenders.

Ask him any question related to hosting, domain names, backend or frontend. He’ll also give you Startup Weekend tips on how to get a shiny working prototype with as little effort as possible.

Kevin Haluk

Vancouver Creative   |   LinkedIn

A serial entrepreneur, Kevin started his first company in his early teens. He is the founder and visionary behind numerous successful companies in a variety of industries including Construction Equipment Rentals, Hotels, Health Products, Software and Internet Marketing.

Kellan Higgins

Kellan Higgins Photography and Design   |   LinkedIn

Kellan Higgins is a all-around startup guy, formerly serving as the Operations Manager of SilkStart Technologies (a local Vancouver startup) guiding the operations of the company for over two and a half years. An avid supporter of Launch Academy, Kellan’s greatest achievement was fundraising for a new foosball table for the space. Kellan’s background in print design led him to an interest in User Experience and website design, completely renovating SilkStart’s administrative panel.

Before entering the Vancouver Startup scene, Kellan served as Coordinating Editor for the Ubyssey Student Newspaper, improving the production of the 90 year old paper and ushering the paper into a new golden age. Kellan also loves Ultimate Frisbee, Photography and History.

Guy Flavelle

Mentor-in-Residence, SFU

Guy Flavelle has served in a variety of officer, manager, senior advisor and executive roles with federal departments including Western Economic Diversification, Environment Canada, and the Department of Industry. He was a founding director of the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies, past chair of the Maple Ridge Economic Advisory Commission, and is a director of two private companies. He received his formal education in politics, economics, finance, accounting and administration.

In addition to his role as Mentor-in-Residence, working one-on-on with VC Incubator program clients, Guy also provides feedback on ideas to students and alumni through Mentor Meet.

Jay Giraud

CEO, Mojio   |   LinkedIn

Jay Giraud is a passionate entrepreneur who believes in making the world a better place through technology products for everyday people.
Prior to founding Mojio in 2012, Jay led a team that built the world's leading vehicle-to-grid management system for electric vehicles with customers including the US Army, Chrysler and Burlington Hydro. Today, Jay is building on his vision of bringing the Internet of Cars to market with Mojio.

A former world traveling professional snowboarder, Jay is also a seasoned speaker and has spoken at technology events including Techonomy (2010), Globe (2010), Resource Point (2011), Deloitte Cleantech (2011) Verge DC (2012), NestCON (2013), Grow Conference (2013) and M2M Wireless Summit (2014).

A self-proclaimed nerd (and extreme sports junkie) Jay drives a Nissan Leaf and a motorbike. When not working, or motorbiking, Jay can be found someplace online. No really. It’s like that.

Ray Torresan

Aspiring Nomad at Zeroº   |   LinkedIn

I’m a connector. I love big ideas, money and people. My job is to put them all together.

In the late ’90s, I started a technology company with an internet superstar who was a client at the time. The company, called MindfulEye, developed an artificial intelligence technology that became a standard for determining the meaning and implications of information disseminated online. This was when Google was still relatively unknown.I came up through the ranks of advertising. I took over a large agency that was started by my father before I was born. We got our first IBM-PC in 1983, and I quickly fell in love with all things tech. Over the years the firm took on more and more technology clients and we often assisted with their financings, helping them find investors, manage IPOs and activities like that.

In 2010, I co-founded institute B, a prominent Vancouver-based social enterprise incubator, and I now spend my time helping young companies attract the talent, money and partners they need to get to the next level.

My background includes serving on the board of directors of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and on the board of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (Vancouver chapter). I currently sit on the board of Alterrus Systems Inc., a public company in the agriculture industry.

In addition to having consulted to tech companies on behalf of the National Research Council, I now volunteer as an advisor to various young, socially-minded enterprises. I am a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s marketing management program, and have received professional designations from the Canadian Public Relations Society (APR) and Institute of Canadian Advertising (CAAP).

Casey Era

Co-Founder/CEO of Locasity

Casey Era is the co-founder and CEO of Locasity, a discovery based shopping platform that aims to redefine the way people shop, by combining the convenience of technology with a traditional in-store experience. Prior to Locasity, he left college and founded Cubed Theory where he worked with brands such as Seattle’s Best Coffee and Wal-Mart on nation-wide advertising campaigns.

Davinder Jawanda

BizDev Consultant at DJC   |   LinkedIn

Davinder Jawanda is an entrepreneur with a business development background in cloud based enterprise software, particularly for the financial services sector. With active stakes in software Apprenty.com, media PlanShaadi.com, and business services BizDevi.com startups, he deeply appreciates the challenges of bootstrapping, raising money, developing a cash flow mindset, building a dynamic team, casting a scalable operation, and acquiring that all important first customer -- among other things.

Doug Beech

Co-founder of Hiretheworld.com   |   LinkedIn

Doug Beech is a passionate social entrepreneur, world traveler, and professional speaker. Co-founder of the award winning design platform Hiretheworld.com Doug has used his success to help over 35,000 students access millions of dollars in scholarships through his non profit Twinbro’s Local Leaders.

Doug recently returned from a 3 month trip which saw him swimming with sharks in the Galapagos Islands, viewing 20 foot anacondas in the heart of the Amazon, Kiteboarding in beautiful Colombia and catching the surf in Costa Rica. Doug believes your time and your health are your most valuable resource so make sure to protect them while creating a kick-ass life.

Ash Khan

Co-Founder & Director, Stratescope Consultants   |   LinkedIn

Ash is a management consultant and entrepreneurial enthusiast. He has a long history of serving Fortune 500 clients with M&A due-diligence, strategic advisory, and complex market research projects.
Ash is currently the co-founder and Director of Market Research at Stratescope Consultants. In addition, he helps tech startups maximize the value of early exit opportunities through his work at Vancouver-based M&A advisory firm, Strategic Exits. He started his career at IT & management consulting firm, BearingPoint (now part of Deloitte). Soon after, Ash served as a Director at Kennedy Information Advisors, the consultants to the consulting industry.
Ash holds a B.Sc., in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and is Six Sigma Certified. Whenever possible, he volunteers as a business coach to budding entrepreneurs in Western Canada.

Kinman Lam

Sales Engineering Manager   |   LinkedIn

Kinman's job is a simple one, it's to place a dot on a map! Kinman has an established career in the smartphone industry and as a FAE manager at Rx Networks his role is to ensure the successful integration of Rx Networks location technologies into consumer electronics.

Rob Adamovsky

Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Rob works with startups on launch strategy, customer development, business plan development, and partnerships. He currently supports several mobile game companies, as well as First Nations business initiatives through ISIS at the Sauder School of Business. In addition, Rob has teamed up with a local electric car infrastructure company called BGI to develop charging stations in BC. In 2012, he graduated with an MBA from the Sauder of School of Business, where he specialized in Entrepreneurship and Strategy. In the past, he has worked on his own startups, as well as with a local accelerator, institute B, where he helped its partner companies develop retail strategies. Some of Rob`s passions are hiking, snowboarding, and helping to restore our planet.

Stephen Duke

Co-founder of MASHPOTATO   |   LinkedIn

Stephen is a serial entrepreneur with experience in a variety of industries including digital aspects in hospitality, tourism, telecom and gamification. He is a co-founder of MASHPOTATO, an app for Foodies that want Expert recommendations. He has an MBA and brings strengths in the areas of business model design (Canvas), financial modeling, corporate development, and marketing strategy. He is also a consummate connector with a big rolodex - locally, and in the Bay Area.

Stephen's interests are currently focused on social e-commerce, gamification, and related platform development. As a startup coach, he also has a general interest in sustainability, biomed, and health related projects.

Paul Davidescu

Co-Founder and CEO, Tangoo   |   LinkedIn

Paul is a recent Sauder Marketing Co-op and International Business grad who took the full dive into entrepreneurship right after graduation. After a 4-month exchange to Barcelona that was wedged between 12 months of Co-op opportunities with adidas HQ in Germany and Faronics Corporation, Paul came back to Sauder looking to continue expanding his horizons. Influenced by his experiences away from the classroom, he spent his last year at Sauder co-founding Tangoo while joining the Vancity Buzz founding team.

Paul commits most of his attention as the CEO of Tangoo. Tangoo is a pocket concierge application that matches your mood and social occasion to a seamlessly planned night of curated restaurants and bars. It recently won Launch Academy’s Demo Day against 20 of Gastown’s promising up-and-coming startups. The Tangoo name might ring a bell from last springs media frenzy on CTV, Global TV, CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, and 15 other media publications.

Paul spends time mentoring new entrepreneurs and students through speaking engagements and casual beers or coffee. He is also volunteering his time to coaching this year’s entrepreneurship team participating in the Jeux du Commerce (JDC) Business School Competition.

Paul is currently preparing to pitch on Dragon's Den. Keep an eye out for that!

Meghan Carter

Former Global Director of Marketing at Maynards   |   LinkedIn

Meghan Carter is the former global Director of Marketing at Maynards, an international auction house with a diverse asset portfolio. A marketing professional with both North American and international work experience, Meghan has maintained a strong career focus on brand management, business development, marketing strategy and integrated communications. Her pursuit of challenge has led her to work in locations across North America, as well as in China and South Africa. She won an American national award for crisis communication strategy and has been invited to present on business development strategy at international conferences. Previous positions include marketing, business development and strategic consulting positions at DaimlerChrysler (NYSE: DCX), CPLO and MFC Industrial (NYSE: MIL).

Meghan also serves as VP Elect on the Executive Board for the BC American Marketing Association (BCAMA). As the previous BCAMA Director of Marketer of the Year (2011-2012), Meghan led a team to execute the largest annual marketing award event in Western Canada. She has also been involved with the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and International Society of Business Communicators (IABC).

Meghan holds a Joint Honours BA from McGill University and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in downtown Vancouver.

Larry Morningstar

VP, Business Development at Sandstone Franchising   |   LinkedIn

Larry has a diverse private and public company experience as a consultant, analyst, officer & director and has worked for boutique management consulting, investment banking, corporate finance advisory and other professional services firms in Toronto and Vancouver. He was an analyst involved in a $24M management buyout and has been instrumental in qualifying projects and securing capital for both private and public companies. He has championed the development of early stage companies as a mentor for both the BCIC Business Plan competition and Startup Weekends.

He loves the challenge of TRX and Crossfit training, has a passion for African drumming and world music and loves to discover outstanding pilsners, stouts and IPAs.

Iain Verigin

MBA Program Sessional Instructor, UBC Sauder School of Business   |   LinkedIn

Iain Verigin is a retired entrepreneur who teaches at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and was one of the founding members of PMC-Sierra, which has an annual revenue exceeding $500 million USD and a market capitalization of over $1 billion USD.

Nick Chow

Product Strategist at Axiom Zen   |   LinkedIn

Nick Chow brings structure and focus to business objectives, accelerating projects from conception to reality with Axiom Zen. As a strategist, he combines the collective strengths of his team to ensure every product reaches its highest potential for success.

Jason Lindstrom

Managing Partner at Bucketlist.org, Director at Advisorwebsites.com   |   LinkedIn

Jason started his first company while in university. He grew it to become one of the biggest digital agencies in Vancouver. building websites for companies like Mountain Equipment Coop, Gatorade, and the City of Vancouver.

This was sold off in 2011 and he has since started two other successful digital companies, Advisorwebsites.com and Bucketlist.org a world leader in online goal setting.

Dave Ingle

Mobile Lead at Invoke Labs   |   LinkedIn

Tina Lum

Co-Founder/Business Development at Push Payroll   |   LinkedIn

Tina Lum is a co-founder of Push Payroll, a cloud based workforce management system that streamlines scheduling, time attendance, and payroll processing. Tina graduated from Sauder School of Business in 2005 and went on to co-found a Seafood Import/Export company at the age of 23 years old.
Her passion lies in creation and entrepreneurship. She believes that starting a company is the best way to foster your inner child and grow as a person.

Frank Leffelaar

Chief Marketing Strategist at Crush Marketing Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Frank works with businesses to optimize their digital marketing strategy and accelerate business growth. He is a strong believer in continuous innovation, cross-functional collaboration and lifelong learning. Frank is energized by the dynamism of start-ups

Bronze Sponsors
Organizers
Miguel Caruncho
Brandon Yen
Trina Wang
Connor Rashotte
Ryan Fetterly
Ben Cappellacci
Rob Foxall
Cole Nakatani
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