VEF: The Future of Food
Apr
21
5:00 PM17:00

VEF: The Future of Food

VEF: The Future of Food

Sustainability, nutrition, alternative protein and how innovation is changing what’s on our menu

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: TBA
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closes Friday, April 3): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

Event Program:

5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking

*Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. *

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VEF: Life Science
May
26
5:00 PM17:00

VEF: Life Science

VEF: Life Science

When: Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: TBA
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closes Friday, May 8): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

Event Program:

5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking

*Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. *

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What’s next to scale the BC cleantech sector?
Feb
18
5:00 PM17:00

What’s next to scale the BC cleantech sector?

VEF: What’s next to scale the BC cleantech sector? 

Following the Cleantech Forum, Globe Series and looking ahead for COP26, how can BC attract the capital, customers and talent required to scale Canada’s most progressive cleantech cluster here in BC? Hear from industry leaders on key trends, critical paths forward and global opportunities that will enable 2020 to be the defining year for BC cleantech.

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Telus Garden, 510 W Georgia Street, 5th floor (volunteers will call the elevator)
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closed Friday, February 7): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

Panelists:

Paul Austin | Partner at Fort Capital Partners
Rustam Sengupta | Investment Lead at SDTC 
Beth Loughney | Founder and Chair at Zorroa and EIR at Foresight 
Kerri Fox | CFO at Carbon Engineering Ltd
Keith Gillard | President at Agharta Capital Ltd

Moderator:
Jeanette Jackson | CEO @ Foresight 

Event Program:

5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking

*Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. *

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VEF: Tech Success
Jan
21
5:00 PM17:00

VEF: Tech Success

VEF: Tech Success: Entrepreneurs and Investors Working Together Adding Value Beyond Dollars

Lessons on securing value from your investors beyond the dollars they bring to the table. Successful founders and investors share advice on developing the right partnerships and creating value working through setbacks, pivots and inflection points.

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: UBC Robson Square - Theatre C300
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closed Friday, January 3): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

Panelists:
Jenny Yang, Partner, Panda Angel Partners
Matias Marquez, Founder & CEO, Buyatab
Meredith Powell, Venture Partner, Voyager Capital
Shannon Byrne Susko, Serial Entrepreneur

Moderator:
Tony Rautava, Investment Associate, PE/VC, PenderFund Capital Management 

Event Program:

5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking

*Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. *

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VEF: The Entanglement of AI, ML & Quantum
Nov
19
5:00 PM17:00

VEF: The Entanglement of AI, ML & Quantum

VEF: The Entanglement of AI, ML & Quantum

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC || Theatre (C300)
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closed Friday, November 1): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Quantum Computing are the buzzwords of the 21st century - let's unpack them. Vancouver has an ecosystem of outstanding software and hardware companies leading the pack on a global scale.

On November 19, we are going to hear first-hand from the entrepreneurs on the forefront of these technologies, what they are doing, and how they think about their emerging technologies.

Panelists:
Bill Tam, Co-Founder Digital Technology Supercluster (moderator)
Jeremy Hilton, SVP, Technology & Applications, D-Wave Systems
Handol Kim, Co-Founder & CEO, Variational AI (AI for molecule discovery), Vice-Chair, AInBC
Arman Zaribafiyan, Head of Quantum Computing at 1QBit
Dr. Lenka Pitonakova, Senior Robotic Systems Developer, A&K Robotics

Lightning Pitch:
Alex Ackermans, Anteater Analytics
Aastha Pandey, Quest Global

Event Program:
5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking

*Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. *

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VEF: Will 5G Live Up to the Hype? Absolutely!
Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

VEF: Will 5G Live Up to the Hype? Absolutely!

VEF: Will 5G Live Up to the Hype? Absolutely!

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver)
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closes Friday, October 4): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

The near real-time data transmission possible with the imminent global roll-out of 5G communication promises to fundamentally alter how we interact with our homes, workplaces, vehicles, entertainment and each other. Join VEF for our second event of the season on October 22 where we will explore the promise of this technology, and the opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to capitalize on this technological revolution.

Panelists:
Duncan Stewart, Deloitte Canada, Director of Research, TMT
David Dixon, Sierra Wireless, Senior Product Manager
Jay Giraud, Damon Motors, Founder & CEO
Kirk Moir, Co-founder & CEO, In Motion Technology (acquired by Sierra Wireless) and Locality Systems (acquired by Inpixon)
Geoffrey Hansen, Senior Advisor, Garibaldi Capital Advisors

Event Program:
5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking

*Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. *

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VEF: Gaming/E-Sports
Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

VEF: Gaming/E-Sports

VEF: Gaming/E-Sports

From Novelty to a New Normal of Shared Human Experience

Join VEF for the kickoff of our 31st season where, in partnership with Vancouver Startup Week, we explore how game design, human psychology, and innovative technologies are creating an industry rivalling that of professional sports.

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Vancouver Club (915 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC)
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closes Friday, September 13): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

Panelists:
Jay Balmer, Co-Founder, Session Games
Sam Chandola, Director, Pepper Esports
Spiro Khouri, CEO, Gaming Stadium

Moderator:
Charmaine Crooks, C.M, B.A, OLY, Five Time Canadian Olympian & Top 100 Women of Power 2019

Event Program:
5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
5:00 to 6:00PM (During networking) — Play & watch! Interactive E-Gaming Station brought to you by The Gaming Stadium
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking

*Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. *


In partnership with:

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The Ethics of AI and the Machine Human Interface - SOLD OUT!
May
21
5:30 PM17:30

The Ethics of AI and the Machine Human Interface - SOLD OUT!

As AI and robots start making more complex decisions, how do they consider morals, ethics and doing the right thing? From mass surveillance, military applications to making a financial recommendation for your retirement, each interaction has a point of view. Also, how will machines make a good decision in a “no-win” situation?

Moderator:
Stefan Ivic, Deloitte

Panellists:
Ken Conroy, VP Data Science, Finn.ai
Carol Ong, AI & Analytics Partner, IBM
Soyean Kim, Digital Transformation Leader, and United Nations Global Working Group Task Team Member, Big Data for Official Statistics
Shalaleh Rismani, Director of Design Research and Training at Open Roboethics Institute, Previously Chief Innovation Officer, Generation R

Lightning Pitches:
Anteater Analytics
FTSY
One Growth Media
Artificial Intelligence Network of BC
Homer

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Deloitte Vancouver (1055 Dunsmuir St #2600 26th Floor, Vancouver)
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closed Friday, May 3): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

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Grow Fast But Not So Fast That You Spend All My Cash: A Panel on Growth Financing Moderated by a Banker
Apr
16
5:00 PM17:00

Grow Fast But Not So Fast That You Spend All My Cash: A Panel on Growth Financing Moderated by a Banker

Grow Fast But Not So Fast That You Spend All My Cash: A Panel on Growth Financing Moderated by a Banker

Hear from the front line the latest observations and perspectives on growth financing.

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver)
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closed Friday, April 5): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

Moderator: 
Joe Timlin, Managing Director at CIBC Innovation Banking

Panelists:
Greg Smith, Chief Investment Officer at TIMIA Capital Corporation
Grant Lawrence, President of Valhalla Angels Kelowna, Co-President Valhalla Angels Vancouver
Maria Pacella, Senior VP Private Equity, PenderFund Capital Management

Event Program:
5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking

*Doors open at 5:00 PM, and our evening will begin at 6:00 PM. Please be sure to enter from the front doors at 151 W Hastings St, and follow the signs down the elevator to the event. *

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Blockchain 101: Blockchain for Business
Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

Blockchain 101: Blockchain for Business

Blockchain 101: Blockchain for Business

Designed for less-technical leaders who want to (or need to) navigate the hype, hope and opportunities of blockchain technology in their own businesses. Blockchain 101 is part educational seminar and part panel discussion.

Join us for a practical, plain language ‘crash course’ in blockchain technology followed by an exploration of where, why and how blockchain is being applied by our panel of industry experts. It is our goal that attendees of this event improve their ability to talk about blockchain with colleagues and leave the session with a clearer understanding of its benefits and limitations.


When: 
Thursday March 28, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver)
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closed): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE 

Presenter: 
Jay Milroy, Design Thinker | Strategist | Product Manager

Panelists:
Mark Barber, Head of Product Enablement, BTL Ground Ltd.
Benny Giang, founding team member of CryptoKitties and Product Manager, Axiom Zen
Alberto Cevallos, Founder, Keter
Laura Fortey, CMO + Co-Founder, Reitium Blockchain Technologies LTD

Lightning Pitches:
Beatdapp
Reitium Blockchain Technologies LTD
Rubicon CBN

Event Program:
5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Presentation, Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networking


Event Sponsor:

 

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Cannabis Post Legalization: Successes and Challenges
Feb
19
5:00 PM17:00

Cannabis Post Legalization: Successes and Challenges

On Tuesday February 19th join us for a discussion of the opportunities for cannabis research, development and collaborations and how the cannabis sector is looking to adopt new and innovative technology.

When: Tuesday February 19, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver)
General Admission: $55 
Early Bird Rate (closed): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE

Panelists:

Jesse McConnell, CEO, Rubicon Organics
Will Stewart, Senior Vice President, Corporate & Public Affairs from Harvest One Cannabis Inc.
Anderson Smith, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Valens Groworks
Rami El-Cheikh, PwC Partner, Deal Strategy & Value Creation, PwC

Moderated by:

Tom Ulanowski, MSc, C.Chem, President, NextLeaf Labs

Lightning Pitch Companies:

Andrew Batey, Beatdapp
Ryan Lalonde, Buddi
Ivan Bezhyn , Shearline


In partnership with:

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Venture Capital Edition: 2019 Market Predictions
Jan
15
to Jan 16

Venture Capital Edition: 2019 Market Predictions

Let's start the year off with 2019 market predictions.What are Venture Capitalists seeing in the market today, what will we see in the next 12-24 months? We will uncover some market insights, bring your questions and get ready for an interesting fireside chat.

When: Tuesday January 15, 2019 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver)
General Admission:
 $55 
Early Bird Rate (closed Friday, January 4): $40
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE

Speakers:
Paul Geyer, Nimbus Synergies/Discovery Parks – Angel, Seed, Early Stage Financing
Boris Wertz, VersionOne – Seed to Series A Financing
Gerri Sinclair, BC Tech Fund – Series A-B-C

Moderated by: Amy Rae, Principal, Vanedge Capital

Event Program:
5:00PM to 6:00PM: Registration + Social
6:00PM to 6:30PM: Welcome + Pitches
6:30PM to 8:00PM: Panel Discussion + Q/A
8:00PM to 8:30PM: Networkin

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Vancouver's Rainmakers: Lessons From The Best Tech Sales Talent In The City
Nov
20
5:00 PM17:00

Vancouver's Rainmakers: Lessons From The Best Tech Sales Talent In The City

Ever wondered how to land the account of your dreams? On Tuesday November 20th join us along side the best sales talent in the tech business to hear how they've landed the accounts that dreams are made of.

When: Tuesday November 20, 2018 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver)
General Admission:
 $55 
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE

Speakers:

Karim Ben-Jaafar, President at Beanworks
Marianna Adamian, Senior Director, Wealth Management at Agreement Express 
Rob Scott, Mid Market Sales for Qlik 
Brian Lowe, Vice President Sales at Teradici

Moderated by: Sean Elbe, Regional Director, Investor Services

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Tech in the City: A Conversation with Leaders in the Civic Landscape
Oct
16
5:00 PM17:00

Tech in the City: A Conversation with Leaders in the Civic Landscape

What do autonomous vehicles in your neighbourhood, $50M for smart city infrastructure, car-sharing, e-scooters, innovation districts, major global tech companies setting up shop, building permits for office towers and housing for tech workers all have in common? Well, October 20th is the Vancouver civic election and undoubtedly all the major political parties and mayoral candidates will have opinions on these topics. Join the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum for a conversation with leaders in the civic landscape to discuss the impact of our municipal council on our tech sector.

When: Tuesday October 16, 2018 from 5PM to 8:30PM
Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings, Vancouver)
General Admission: $55 
Founder Rate: $25 
VEF Members: FREE

Speakers:
Hector Bremner, Vancouver City Councillor, YES Vancouver Mayoral Candidate
Shauna Sylvester, Independent Mayoral Candidate 
Colleen Hardwick, NPA City Council Candidate

Moderator: 
Syed Hasan, CEO at MEGA Blockchain

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