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So how good are Vancouver’s startups anyway? Written by: James Raymond Vancouver being rated as Canada’s number one startup ecosystem by Startup Genome is cause for celebration indeed. To be ranked 15th in the world is an incredible achievement that recognises our phenomenal homegrown startups—companies like SLACK, Plenty Of Fish, Hootsuite, BroadbandTV and countless others. Moreover, this recognition speaks to the quality and depth of our ecosystem, from the entrepreneurs still kicking around an idea for a company, to the unicorns of the future, like BuildDirect, Bench, and D-Wave. Furthermore, it validates our education system, our local & international investors, and support provided by agencies like the VEC and other partners like BC TECH, BCIC and Launch Academy.   Continue reading

Chasing Growth Capital (Recap)

Written by: Kyle TreleavenTonight’s event started with lighting pitches, local companies had 100 seconds to pitch theaudience. They included Lincedge - resourcing platform for skilled trades, Quupe - a platformthat lets you rent your neighbors stuff, Mesh Food Exchange - platform connecting B2B surplusfood suppliers, and Seabreeze Connect - make friends with strangers that are also going on acruise ship with you. Continue reading

Internet  of  Things:  Cybersecurity (Recap)

Ever wonder how many cyber attacks are happening right now? Check out this awesome map: World Map of Cyber Attacks. As the first event of the year, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cybersecurity will be a hot topic in 2017. It is estimated that the IoT industry is a $6 billion industry and will grow to $30 billion by 2020. With this rapid growth, you can bet that companies are taking advantage and the competition to get products to market first is becoming fierce. Where does Cybersecurity fit in and how are you protected. Continue reading

An Intimate Talk with Machine Learning Leaders

The Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum (VEF) partnered with Science World as a venue host for tonight’s talk. In the impressive OMNIMAX Theatre, they had presentations on the big screen and chairs setup for the panelist to be on stage. The night started with some local businesses that are currently working with machine learning. Continue reading

Success in Failure: F*up Nights Finance

With the constant stream of successful start-ups raising money or being acquired, it’s not too often that the failures of these individuals in this space are celebrated. F*up Nights (FUN) is a casual, swearing-allowed speaker series that takes place in over 136 cities around the world. The Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum (VEF) teamed up with FUN Vancouver to Celebrate failure stories and the lessons learned. Continue reading