About Startup Vancouver
Who we are
A vibrant hub created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs at all stages to connect, learn, network & grow their ideas.
Founded in mid-2017, Startup Vancouver—the official Vancouver chapter of Startup Canada—is a volunteer-based organization that connects local entrepreneurs to the resources and people that help increase their ability to succeed. 2019 saw explosive growth in our community-building efforts, culminating with our Co-Founder Colin Weston receiving the Startup Canada Award for Community Leader of The Year. COVID protocols in early 2020 meant we had to transform our event offerings to provide value on digital platforms. We fully embraced this challenge and now reach a national audience with new channel partners.
We strive to become the go-to entrepreneurship and innovation hub in Vancouver for both tech and non-tech startups, founders and early stage companies. We support entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey, along with showcasing all the great happenings in our city through events, partnerships and online community building. Over the years, the City of Vancouver has evolved into one of the most vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world. As we grow, Startup Vancouver will leverage this momentum and become the innovation community that helps establish our home as a truly global startup city. And the most exciting news is that we’re just getting started!
Entrepreneurship community builder and Sport Industry Innovator: Colin’s passion is to re-imagine sport to make the experience more diverse, engaging, relevant and shareable for fans, athletes and brand sponsors. Through Startup Vancouver, Colin works to make entrepreneurship welcoming, equitable and accessible for everyone—no matter their age, gender, ethnicity, location or sexual orientation. Colin received the 2019 Startup Canada Award for National Entrepreneurship Community Leader of The Year.