Back for its seventh consecutive year, Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) is using a new virtual format to explore the many pressing issues facing Canadian entrepreneurs: Scaling businesses in a recession, articulating D&I messages internally and externally, securing funding during a pandemic, and on it goes in 2020.
Starting tomorrow and running until October 1st, Vancouver Startup Week is also breaking new ground by making the event “by donation”, with the hope that this will inspire attendees to also donate to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s Most Urgent Needs Fund, linked at the end of each day of events.
“With more than half of Canadian small businesses reporting first-quarter revenue declines of 20 percent or more, VSW’s solutions-oriented community is more valuable than ever,” says VSW co-chair Katty Wang “At the same time, our community will support attendees long after the event itself with insights on everything from growth strategies to talent acquisition.”
Expected to draw an audience of thousands from across Canada and around the world, VSW is using the Hopin app to host dozens of exciting panels and discussions highlighting the expertise of more than 100 thought-leaders, industry professionals and tech insiders.
This year’s featured events include the sold-out VanHacks Hackathon, in which hackers create tech solutions that solve issues faced by not-for-profit institutions; and the Recruitment Fair, which connects companies with job seekers and explores career opportunities.