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Here's how Startup Weekends work:

On the first day, participants pitch their startup ideas and receive feedback. Teams are then formed organically around the top ideas. After that 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? Not to worry! Our facilitator will be there to help you along the way. Local entrepreneurs and business professionals will also be there to provide invaluable mentorship. This weekend-long event is an incredible opportunity to launch into entrepreneurship, expand your network in Vancouver, and meet like-minded, ambitious people.

Vancouver’s startup scene is growing rapidly, with each year seeing more and more startups launched. The founders of some of Vancouver’s most renowned startups, such as Hootsuite and Clearly Contacts, are investing millions into local startups in hopes of making Vancouver a world-class startup hub. Now is an optimal time to become part of the scene and make your mark.

To find out more about how Startup Weekends work click here!

You won’t want to miss this year’s Startup Weekend. Register today!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 15
  • 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 you want to (venue will be open overnight).

Saturday

Nov 16
  • 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 you want (venue will be open overnight).

Sunday

Nov 17
  • 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
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Congrats, you've successfully completed a Startup Weekend!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Alex Ferrier

CTO at Nanu Interactive Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Alex Ferrier spent 15 years making console video games, and is to his knowledge the only person to have been both a Senior SE 2 (hands-on engineer) and Technical Director 2 (engineering leader) at Electronic Arts. He left to found Nanu Interactive, bringing high-end technology to kids' educational apps. Nanu's own-brand app Paint My Cat hit #1 overall in multiple countries in the iOS App Store, but most of their revenue comes from working with major children's brands to build innovative products.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Terry Beech

Chairman and Co-Founder, HiretheWorld.com   |   LinkedIn

Terry is the chairman and Co-Founder of HiretheWorld.com. The company won the 2010 New Ventures BC competition and the Global Oxford business competition, before being named as one of British Columbia’s most innovative companies by BC Business in 2012.

He is a Co-Founder of Twinbro.com, a non-profit that has helped over 30,000 students win millions of dollars in scholarships. A recent author, Terry's book, "The In-Credibility Factor" will be coming out in November. Terry invests and consults with many entrepreneurial companies through his firm Beech Partners. Terry is also serves as a director for Liftpartners, Canada's largest venture philanthropy fund.

Terry teaches entrepreneurship and finance as an adjunct professor at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He holds an MBA from Oxford University and an economics and business degree from SFU. Terry completed the Private Equity and Venture Capital executive program at Harvard University and is the recipient of several awards including the Volunteer Vancouver Award. He holds the distinction of being Canada’s youngest ever elected official, and has been featured as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs on the Business News Network. Maclean’s magazine previously named Terry as one of their top 10 “30 under 30” Canadian leaders, and in 2013, Business in Vancouver recognized him as a "Top Forty Under 40" business leader. Terry is married and enjoys travelling, politics and playing hockey when he is not engaging in his various entrepreneurial adventures.

Jason Xu

CEO and Co-Founder, Battlefy   |   LinkedIn

Gamer, banker, bio-chemist, and startup addict. Despite his eclectic background, Jason's passion for gaming led him to create Battlefy, one of the fastest growing startups in Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Ali Kashani

VP Software, Energy Aware Technology Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Ali is a visionary entrepreneur with a background in software products including web, mobile, machine learning, and more. He can help you build your big idea and figure out ways to validate the market quickly. He is the VP Software at Energy Aware Technology, currently working on a revolutionary technology called Neurio that brings intelligence to ordinary home appliances (check out his Kickstarter campaign at: i.neur.io/kickstarter). Ali holds a PhD in Robotics from UBC, and is the recipient of prestigious awards such as Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship from NSERC.

Ray Torresan

Principal, Zeroº   |   LinkedIn

Ray is a venture capitalist and marketing specialist who raises money for early stage companies. He was founder and partner institute B, a prominent Vancouver-based social enterprise incubator, and now spends his time working as partner of Zero Degrees Consulting Inc., a consultancy focused on second and third round financings.

Ray started in the technology sector back in 1998, when he co-founded and managed MindfulEye, Inc., an artificial intelligence company whose technology became a standard for determining the meaning and implications of information disseminated online. Prior to MindfulEye, Ray was president of Torresan TCI Communications (www.torresan.com), one of Vancouver’s best-known public relations companies. Ray personally managed stakeholder communications programs for many of BC’s major organizations.

A recipient of a National Award of Excellence from the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) for his work in corporate communications and reputation management, Ray received his APR (Accredited Public Relations Practitioner) from CPRS and is a past-director of its Vancouver chapter. He is also a Certified Advertising Agency Practitioner (CAAP), accredited by the Institute of Canadian Advertising.

Ray has served as a director of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and is a past director of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (Vancouver chapter). He currently sits on the board of Alterrus Systems Inc., a public company in the agriculture industry, and volunteers as an advisor to various young socially minded enterprises. He graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s marketing management program in 1983.

David Ascher

Mozilla Labs Director at Mozilla Corporation   |   LinkedIn

I'm currently Director of Mozilla Labs, focusing on helping building product innovation capacity throughout Mozilla. This includes internal product R&D as well as overseeing WebFWD, Mozilla's global accelerator program.

I've been working with Mozilla technology since late '99, first at ActiveState, then at Mozilla Messaging, which I led until its incorporation within Mozilla Corporation.

I've got a fairly broad set of experiences, from getting a Ph.D. in vision research to working in startups and bigger organizations, pitching to business folks and teaching programming languages, building products and teams, caring about payroll and the public benefit.

Jason Smith

Principal, Redbo Corp - Advisor - Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Jason Smith is CEO of Klue, a competitive intelligence company, and his 5th start-up. His launched his first start-up back in the Netscape days of the web, co-founding interactive agency pioneer Columbus Group Communications in 1994. Columbus Group grew to 90 people across three offices, building innovative web applications for companies such as Bell, the Vancouver Canucks, Tourism Canada, Snapple, and Kraft. Columbus Group was acquired by TELUS in 2001. He went to launch buyZoo.com, an ill-fated B2C attempt to create the world's first group buying exchange, served as Vice President at Electronic Arts, and angel invested in GAIA Ultimate, a direct to consumer ecommerce provider of custom apparel to the niche sport of Ultimate Frisbee. In 2004, Jason joined Vision Critical as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, helping take the 10 person start-up to 600 person global SaaS leader of Insights Communities with 700+ clients including HP, Vodafone, Nestle and Telstra. Jason left the company as President in 2011 to take his family on a once-in-a-lifetime round the world trip before returning to Vancouver in 2013 to start Klue. Jason graduated with honours from UBC's Sauder School of Business, is the recipient of Ernst and Young's Emerging Entrepreneur of the Years, BDC's Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Business in Vancouver's Top 40 under 40, was a founding board member of NewMedia BC, board member of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, bench advisor to Garabaldi Capital, and is an advisor to local technology companies Strutta, Mobify.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Kelly Edmison

President and CEO, PenderFund Capital Management Ltd.   |   LinkedIn

Mr. Edmison is President and CEO of Pender, which he founded in 2002. He oversees all business activities of Pender’s fund management and venture capital businesses. His focus is on building a leading west coast mutual fund company, offering forward-thinking, value-based products which generate outstanding returns.

Prior to founding Pender, Mr. Edmison practiced law for over 20 years, with much of his time focused on representing BC-based technology companies.

For the last 15 years he has been a director and officer of a number of successful companies in a variety of sectors, including technology, products and services, and healthcare. Mr. Edmison has been active with the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) and the Vancouver branch of Social Venture Partners.

Mr. Edmison has a BA in Economics from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Queen’s University.

Rob Attwell

COO and Co-Founder, myBestHelper   |   LinkedIn

Rob Attwell is Co-founder and COO of myBestHelper, a Vancouver-based platform for families to find amazing caregivers. myBestHelper won Startup Weekend Vancouver in 2011, was third in the 2012 New Ventures BC Competition and is now an Invoke Labs company in residence. Rob is Chair of the Neil Squire Society, a national not-for-profit that serves over 1000 people with disabilities across Canada each year.

Follow Rob @teammbh @rattwell @neilsquiresoc

Ian Crosby

CEO, Bench.co   |   LinkedIn

Ian is CEO of Bench, a technology-powered bookkeeping service for small businesses. To date, Bench has raised $2.5m from prominent venture capitalists and is one of the fastest growing tech startups in Vancouver. Ian is a proud graduate of Sauder and TechStars NYC.

Vik Khanna

COO & Co-Founder, Faronics Corporation   |   LinkedInGoogle+

As one of the co-founders & owners of Faronics, I have been heavily involved in building Faronics into the software company that it is today. I strongly believe in leading with credibility. I don’t ask of others what I do not believe in or am not prepared to do myself. I believe this is a required trait for every leader, teacher, and mentor. Building goodwill and making every relationship a win-win is also something that I firmly believe in and I am very pleased to state that this is instilled into the fabric of Faronics. My current role at Faronics is to help guide the company's long-term sales and market strategy, and my 'open door' attitude has kept me at the forefront of customer and business interaction.

As a testament to my record of accomplishments, I was awarded the prestigious 2008 'Top 40 Under 40' award by Business In Vancouver magazine and selected to participate in the Richard Ivey School of Business’ Quantum Shift 2009 Program by the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship after being nominated by KPMG Enterprise.

Personally, I enjoy being surrounded by 4Rs - Richa, my wife whom I married in 1999, and have two sons: Rohan, 10 and Ronik, 5, as well as a beautiful daughter, Reya, 7.

Janice Cheam

President and CEO, Energy Aware Technology Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Janice is an entrepreneurial executive whose vision, commitment, and passion has been the driving force behind Energy Aware since its inception. Janice leads the company as its Founder, President & CEO, under which Energy Aware has received numerous recognitions and awards, including Most Promising Startup by the BC Technology Industry Association in 2009 and Top Technology Company of BC on Rocketbuilder’s Ready to Rocket Cleantech List for 2013. She was also recognized by Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40 Awards and in the Westender’s 20 under 29 for her achievements as a young entrepreneur.

Janice is a mentor and role model to new entrepreneurs, undergraduate students and teams at the Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia and other universities. She also volunteers her time to coaching entrepreneurship teams to participate in competitions such as the Jeux du Commerce Business School Competition. Additionally, she speaks at conferences, seminars, workshops and classes to over 1,000 students yearly about entrepreneurship, the energy and technology industries.

Before launching Energy Aware, she demonstrated leadership and visionary success with the marketing group of CTV, Canada's most watched television station. Janice holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Marketing from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Euwyn Poon

CEO and Founder, Opzi   |   LinkedIn

Euwyn is the CEO and founder of Opzi, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2010. Prior to Opzi he worked as an M&A attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. He holds a BA in computer science from Cornell University and a JD from Cornell Law School.

Stephen Duke

Co-Founder, 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.

Melissa Kwan

Co-Founder, Flat World Applications   |   LinkedIn

Melissa is the co-founder of Flat World Applications. After graduating from UBC, she was involved in business development roles in a number of diverse industries. Going from personal finance, real estate, manufacturing, hospitality, then technology. Their product, VIDA, is a mobile application tailored for real estate project marketing. Flat World Applications started in 2011, and now service customers internationally. Melissa is also a past organizer of Vancouver Startup Weekend.

Casey Era

Co-Founder and CEO, Locasity   |   LinkedIn

Casey Era is the co-founder and CEO of Locasity, a discovery based marketplace. By combining the convenience of technology with a traditional in-store experience, Locasity promises to redefine the way people shop. 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.

Geof Auchinleck

CEO, Claris Healthcare Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Geof has 30 years experience in the medical device field. He was part of the Vancouver-based team that built and tested the world’s first robot specifically designed to assist in surgery, then went on to develop a number of other surgical technologies, including surgical tools for laparoscopic surgery, surgical limb positioning, blood sample handling equipment, apparatus for total knee arthroplasty and surgical drapes.

In 1997, Geof co-founded Neoteric Technology Ltd. Neoteric developed and commercialized technologies for ensuring the correct storage, tracking, handling and administration of blood for transfusion in hospitals. This technology, BloodTrack®, is now in daily use in hospitals in the UK, Canada, US, Australia and the EU.

In 2009, Neoteric Technology Ltd. was sold to Haemonetics Corporation of Braintree Massachusetts (NYSE:HAE). Geof left Haemonetics in 2011.

Geof serves as Chair at the Medical Device Development Centre in Vancouver (www.mddc.org), a position he has held for more than 20 years. The MDDC is a not-for-profit incubator centre promoting the commercial development of new medical devices. He is also an active technology business mentor through the BCIC mentorship program and AceTech Growth Strategy Program, serves on the AceTech board and a number of private boards, and is a program advisor for BCIT.

Geof holds 16 US patents for a wide range of medical devices and technologies.

In 2012, Geof was awarded the Encana Principal Award by the Manning Innovation Awards Foundation, Canada’s highest award for industrial innovation, in recognition of his development of the BloodTrack transfusion system.

Kemp Edmonds

Sales Engineer, Hootsuite   |   LinkedIn

Kemp Edmonds works for Vancouver-based HootSuite as a Sales Engineer. HootSuite is the world’s leading social media management system. Kemp was inspired to pursue a career in emerging online media while in the classroom at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he then worked in Marketing and went on to create and teach the Institute’s first social media courses. Kemp was recently named to the Board of Directors for Social Media Club International, the largest professional trade group of it’s kind.

Kemp also provides consulting, training and recruitment services to aid organizations. His passion for people, technology and education enables his work. Through his speaking and appearances in the media, Kemp discusses the politics of social networks, online communications, the law and digital culture. He can also be found dblogging on kempedmonds.com, chopping wood on small islands in the Howe Sound and documenting life.

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.

As a self-proclaimed Steve Blank fan, Iain has been teaching an MBA course based on Blanks’ customer-development process since 2008 and has volunteered his time as an instructor for entrepreneurship@UBC’s Lean Launch Pad Accelerator Program in the winter of 2013, and spring of 2012.

Thealzel Lee

President and Director, E-Fund   |   LinkedIn

Thealzel is an entrepreneur, angel investor and business strategy adviser to companies with a focus on strategy development and operational alignment. Thealzel is a senior partner with management consulting firm Rocket Builders, co-manages the monthly Vancouver Angel Technology Network (VANTEC) and the Keiretsu Forum Northwest Region-Vancouver Chapter for her fellow angel investors, and is active in the New Ventures BC competition. She is co-founder of Nelsa Investment (VCC) Inc.

Ash Khan

Co-Founder & Director, Stratescope Consultants   |   LinkedIn

Ash is a seasoned management consultant and a market intelligence professional with experience serving large enterprise and Fortune 500 clients with M&A due-diligence and complex market research studies.
He started his career in the Silicon Valley at bulge-bracket 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 is currently the co-founder and Director of Stratescope Consultants – a strategic intelligence and marketing strategy firm that serves the SME market and helps startup founders make better informed decisions. He also engages in recruitment consulting services for the professional services and high-tech sector in BC and Alberta. Along with his entrepreneurial activities (which involved a portable water purification business), Ash has also maintained a pro-bono involvement with CPAWS-BC, an environmental conservation organization.
Ash holds a B.Sc., in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and is Six Sigma Certified. Currently a resident of Vancouver, in his free time he enjoys improving his landscape and wildlife photography skills at known (and not so known) locations around the city.

Lisa Cheng

Co-Founder, piALGO   |   LinkedIn

Lisa is a Co-Founder of piALGO, a FinTech startup based in Vancouver that is disrupting the Financial Services industry with Machine Learning Algorithms. She has pitched to Angel Investors, Bankers, and VCs. An award-winning Business Development Executive, StartupWeekend UBC Coach - March 2013, Startup Weekend 2011 - Team Leader, Worked in Startup, Fortune 500, and Multi-National Software Corporations. Vancouver born and bred.

Rob Adamovsky

Customer Development and Partnerships, Ululab   |   LinkedIn

Rob works with startups on strategy, customer development, and partnerships. He is currently working with an innovative educational game development company called Ululab. Rob recently 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.

Meghan Carter

Director of Marketing, Maynards   |   LinkedIn

Meghan Carter is currently the 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.

James Sapara

CTO and Co-Founder, Picatic.com   |   LinkedIn

James is a software developer and agile project manager. He has worked in many technology industries over the past 12 years, including: Backend engineering, kiosks, video games, enterprise systems development, desktop applications and mobile apps. In the last few years, he has focused on mobile and the emerging technologies that enable fast and scalable software development. His newest focus is managing the growing technical needs of Picatic.com as CTO.

Jonathan Mara

Managing Director of InterLock - Mentor - Angel Investor   |   LinkedIn

Mr. Mara has broad experience in the capital markets, including organizational structuring, mentorship, corporate finance, senior management and goal attainment. His principal occupation is as Managing Director of Guardian Angel Consultants Ltd. (“Guardian”). Guardian’s mandate is to act as a mentor, angel investor and senior management in the coordination of business and investment partnerships, venture capital projects and entrepreneurial initiatives.

Mr. Mara is currently the CEO & Managing Director of InterLock Bicycle Components Inc., www.the-interlock.com, the world's first patented integrated bike lock - seat post.

Mr. Mara was the Managing Director of Investec Solutions Inc. (DBA “iFinance”, www.iFinance.ca ). Investec managed a bond and loan portfolio in excess of $50,000,000 and provided integrated investment and lending services.

Mr. Mara was a co-founder of Vantage Securities Inc. in 1988 and as as CEO and President, grew the business from start-up to over 140 associates, 35 employees, $200,000,000 in annual sales, $16,000,000 in revenue and $1,000,000,000 in assets under administration when he sold his majority interest in July, 1997.

Mr. Mara is a member of the Vancouver Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO).

Tony Wanless

Principal and CEO for Knowpreneur Consultants, Columnist for Financial Post   |   LinkedIn

Tony Wanless is a writer and Certified Management Consultant who is the founder and principal of Knowpreneur Consultants (knowpreneur.net), an operation that guides entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies in innovation, reinvention, business operation and marketing. He has produced several business plans for technology and biotechnology companies, mentored young companies in New Ventures BC competitions, and has also been a prolific writer of numerous print and online articles, columns and blogs on entrepreneurism, primarily for BC Business magazine and the Financial Post. Today, he largely works as a ghost writer for business leaders: In that capacity he has produced an innovation management program for an American University’s MBA program, written television programs on entrepreneurship, and has been involved in 12 books on the subject.

Sean Wilson

Manager, Corporate Development, Aritzia   |   LinkedIn

Sean is a flexible and adaptable entrepreneur and problem solver with an honours background in finance. He excels at solving problems strategically and creating operational efficiency. His goals are to see the world exploring cross-border opportunities and to operate in a strategic capacity for my clients.

He is currently the Manager of Corporate Development at Aritizia. Also, he is a recent graduate of the UBC Sauder School of Business specializing in Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant. In the past Sean was the CEO and Director of mydealbag, a startup company which focuses on discovering and filtering local deals from all the trusted daily deal sources, making finding and tracking deals fast and easy. Previous positions held also include being a consultant and senior accountant for KPMG.

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 social 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.

Michael Moll

CEO and Co-Founder, The Love Lab   |   LinkedIn

Mike is a social commerce visionary who dreams of ways to use
technology to transform rudimentary human activities. He has a keen eye
for visual communication and uses his marketing prowess to run the love lab, a Dev shop and startup incubator.

He is obsessed with the power of co-creation, using feedback and interaction with client process to redefine their operations. Mike Co-founded Goodnights.me with Jeff Blake & Justin Locke in 2011, which he left in May 2013.

Mike received a full-ride scholarship to the University of British Columbia where
he studied Commerce with a specialization in Marketing.

Tagg Jefferson

Co-Founder and CEO, Dragonfly Instruments   |   LinkedIn

Tagg Jefferson recently completed his Integrated Engineering degree at the University of British Columbia. He was selected as one of the ’24 Under 24’ in Vancouver as The Inventor and received the Outstanding Future Alumnus Award from UBC Engineering for his work with his startup company, Dragonfly Instruments. Dragonfly was recently recognized as one of UBC’s most promising emerging ventures, and was part of the university’s entrepreneurial showcase at the Plug and Play Center in Silicon Valley. He has previously worked internationally at Fortune-500 sized companies with Corning Japan, at small social startups in India with Simpa Networks, and supported the local startup community with entrepreneurship@UBC while at UBC.

Justin Goodhew

Co-Founder and Business Development, My.Skill.Base   |   LinkedIn

Justin is a passionate student community builder. I have the ability to manage and develop leaders by empowering each individual to achieve their very best. I live for innovation and new ideas. Always asking why and trying to make a positive change to promote my values of integrity, empowerment and community.

MySkillBase is an interactive online resume app. We are re-imaging the resume through a lens of progressive disruption to change the way individuals showcase themselves. MySkillBase uses the 9 most employable and transferable skills to guide users through creating an resume online.

Ryan Booth

Co-Founder and Tech, My.Skill.Base   |   LinkedIn

Full-time business and computer science student and entrepreneur. Programming and business are my two main focuses. My hobbies include gaming and Esports.

MySkillBase is an interactive online resume app. We are re-imaging the resume through a lens of progressive disruption to change the way individuals showcase themselves. MySkillBase uses the 9 most employable and transferable skills to guide users through creating an resume online.

Aleksandr Tsukanov

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Backed, Mentored, Consulted and Invested into over 1000+ startups. Focused on Social Startups and Businesses that aim to impact global markets.

Big supporter of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. Work with various entrepreneurial organizations through out the world. Mentor and advise future entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

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