Lightning Pitch Application

The VEF kicks off each event with a series of 'Lightning Pitches', from entrepreneurs leading early-stage companies, high potential innovators and non-profit organizations supporting entrepreneurs. Up to five presenters are given 100 seconds to promote their venture, funding initiative or collaboration goals. Priority will be given to early-stage companies seeking funding.

"Doing a Lightning Pitch at the VEF event was a great way to showcase our business, connect with the community and attract investors" - Peter Lukomskyj, COO (ESL Explorer)

"VEF has created an incredible opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, and industry partners. It was such a pleasure to deliver a lightning pitch at their event and we couldn't be happier with the results!" - John Prentice, President (Ample Organics).

"It was a thrill to participate in this year's VEF. As a young startup, it was extremely valuable to pitch on stage in front of such an esteemed audience. We had a great time and made valuable connections that will surely help push our company's growth." - Miguel Kudry, Founder, (HelpHub


If you are interested in doing a lightning pitch at an upcoming VEF event, please submit your application by:

Filling out our applications form here, or apply on our Angel List


All lightning pitch applications will be reviewed by presenting sponsor; The Vancouver Economic Commission, along with VEF Board member and Vanedge Capital Principal Amy Rae.

The deadline for applications is at noon, on Monday the week prior to each event date. Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday*.  Each successful applicant will be provided with the opportunity to pitch to Amy Rae that week to receive valuable, supportive and constructive feedback on your pitch.  All pitchers are given pre and post event publicity through VEF's social media channels along with the use of a table in the lobby of the event location, enabling plenty of opportunities to engage with event attendees. 


* Successful applicants are required to pay for event entrance ($55).