There is a new energy to events this year.
While some major events such as Dreamforce returned last year, many annual events have waited until 2023 to once again go live and in-person since pre-Pandemic.
It feels like we are almost back into the full swing of things, with regular events being hosted online and in-person throughout the year in Vancouver.
Let’s check out a couple happening within the next month.
TechExit – May 30
Canada’s definitive event for tech M&A returns to Vancouver on May 30—there is only one day left to buy tickets!
Taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the TechExit Vancouver conference promises to bring together industry luminaries, seasoned veterans, and leading experts to share their insights into the landscape of tech M&A.
A diverse roster of M&A professionals, tech entrepreneurs, and legal experts will dive into the latest trends, time-tested strategies, and industry best practices.
A day brimming with engaging discussions and enriching networking opportunities has been curated, according to organizers.
It’s a chance for attendees to rub elbows with fellow tech enthusiasts, expand their professional circle, and adopt fresh perspectives on approaching M&A transactions, they say.
Startup Week Vancouver – June 2-9
Vancouver Startup Week is run by a team of passionate, dedicated volunteers, each of whom come from the startup ecosystem in Vancouver and beyond.
Over seven jam-packed days, Vancouver Startup Week connects entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and friends to build momentum and opportunity around our community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.
“Our mission is to foster connections among entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and friends, as we support and celebrate the Greater Vancouver startup community,” organizers state. “Our vision is to empower and make Vancouver the most attractive city for future leaders of emerging businesses.”
The weeklong event features panel discussions, fireside chats, and hands-on workshops at various venues around town—as well as a recruitment fair and “ecosystem showcase,” which organizers describe as a “one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and startups” where the community’s support organizations collaborate to share programs and services.
Vancouver Startup Week runs June 2nd through June 9th.
SocialHRCamp – June 15
SocialHRCamp returns to the city where it all began in June.
Hosted at the BCIT Tech Collider on June 15, SocialHRCamp is a learning opportunity for anyone that works in the HR space.
We have seen a proliferation of technology, more distributed teams across multiple timezones, the traditional idea of “the workplace” being turned upside down, and a continued rising trend of employee burnout and declining mental health.
Further, due to our volatile business climate, we have seen many organizations go through downsizing and restructuring, all while the job market is ultra-competitive.
Session topics at SocialHRCamp will include helping HR navigate our difficult business climate—continuing to protect and nurture a strong employer brand, employee experience, total compensation, recruiting, workplace culture, hybrid structure, leadership, and more.
Use this promo code to save 50% off your event ticket and get ready for networking, hands-on learning, and insights into the world of HR and social technology.
Motivate Vancouver – June 27 & 28
Startups, emerging innovators, venture capital investors, policy makers, and mobility leaders are coming together for a new global investment gathering.
On June 27 and 28, Motivate Vancouver aims to shine a global spotlight on the region’s most dynamic early-stage companies in the rapidly evolving emerging mobility and clean transportation space.
The event is powered by CoMotion in partnership with Invest Vancouver and TransLink.
Attend two days of pitches, panels and breakout sessions that showcase the next-gen mobility trailblazers and highlight Vancouver as an emerging world hub for innovation.
Speakers include executives and entrepreneurs like Foresight CEO Jeanette Jackson; VoltSafe cofounder Sanad Arid; and Niklas Kviselius of Translink. The event also features political figures including Ravi Kahlon, who serves as Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery & Innovation for British Colombia, and Sav Dhaliwal, who serves as Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors.
Apply for Ignite
While not technically an event, we wanted to remind the regional tech community that applications are still open for Innovate BC’s Ignite program, which awards up to $300,000 to fund B.C.-based research and development projects that are creating innovations in the areas of natural resources, engineering, and applied sciences.
The Ignite program supports the Province’s Stronger BC Economic Plan by providing local businesses with the funding needed to add value to industries, create new jobs and growth throughout BC’s economy, according to Brenda Bailey, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation.
“Innovation is at the heart of our StrongerBC Economic Plan, and the Ignite program is all about sparking innovative approaches and solutions in the applied sciences, engineering, and natural resource sectors,” stated Bailey. “I can’t wait to see what inventive ideas academia and industry come up with that will help our province promote clean and inclusive economic growth for the benefit of all British Columbians.”
Since the program started in 2016, 41 projects have been funded a combined $10.7 million, and have garnered more than $239 million in follow-on investments and awards, and 21 projects have been completed to date generating $5.4 million in revenue.
To date, more than 288 academic and industry jobs have been created or maintained through this program, according to figures from Innovate BC.
Applications are open until July 3, 2023 at midnight.