This Week in Tech Events: Jan. 17 – Jan. 23, 2010

I can’t believe we are half-way through January already. Time sure does fly! I started to write this post and realized that our great friends at TechVibes had gone ahead and published – This Week in Events. So, I have gone ahead and included any cost details.

Angel Investor Overview Workshop

* Tuesday, January 19th – all day
* SFU Vancouver Campus
* Company Registrant: $330. Registration is closed.

Bootup presents Government Funding & Resources for Startups

* Wednesday, January 20th – 9:00am to 11:00am
* Bootup HQ
* Event is sold out. Registration is closed.

XcelerateU Workshop: HR Fundamentals to Drive Business Strategy

* Thursday, January 20th – 9:00am to noon
* BCTIA Boardroom
* Workshop: $75 Register here.

Events not included on TechVibes that you should check out this week.

  • Monday, January 17th
  • 11:30am
  • Wavefront, 1055 W Hastings St, Conference Room – Lower Level, Vancouver
  • Event is free. Registration is closed. Event is at capacity

Content Rules with C.C Chapman presented by Third Tuesday

  • Thursday, January 20th
  • 6:00pm
  • Ceili’s Irish Pub, 670 Smithe St., Vancouver
  • Event is sold out. Waitlist being coordinated.

Founder Story # 1 – Rick Perreault of Unbounce

Whenever I meet another entrepreneur at Bootup Garage or at tech events around town, I am eager to find out what inspired them to take the plunge into startup life, how they met their co-founders and their plans for changing the world. And since startup life is far from easy, I really enjoy hearing about the challenges a founder may have faced and how he/she pivoted to live another day.

At Bootup, it is not only our mission to inspire and support Canadian entrepreneurs – we also want to share their stories with you.  Starting NOW, we will be talking with various founders around town and sharing their videos on our site.  We are not professional videographers, nor do we possess mad editing skills like our friends at Giant Ant Media – Sonia just has a flip camera on her at all times and she is not afraid to use it.  If you have a Founder Story you would like to see or if you want to talk to us, email sonia at bootup [dot] ca or drop by our office.

And so without further ado, here’s our very first – of hopefully many,  Founder Stories:

Founder Story # 1
Rick Perreault, Unbounce

Unbounce is a DIY landing page platform for marketers, advertisers and designers.  Founded in late 2009, Unbounce was selected as one of the startups to join Bootup for Demo Days in the Valley in February 2010 and as one of the 8 showoffs to demo at Launch Party Vancouver 9 on June 17, 2010. At LPV9, Unbounce walked away with the Judge’s Choice award.

Sonia Ryan of Bootup caught up with Rick in his Gastown office to find out more about what they have been up to since LPV9 and what’s in store for 2011.

This Week in Tech Events: Jan. 10 – Jan. 16, 2011

It seems as though this week is a slow week for tech events in Vancouver. So, I thought I’d share with you an upcoming Bootup Event.

Government Funding & Resources for Startups

  • Wednesday, January 19th
  • 9:00am
  • Bootup HQ – Suite 200, 163 West Hastings St., Vancouver
  • Event is free and now sold out. If you have signed up and can not attend, please email sonia (at) bootup (dot) ca, so we can let another person attend.

Looking Back at 2010

Happy New Year, Vancouver!

Like many of you, when the New Year hits I am contemplative. I take some time to look back at what I have accomplished and experienced and then make plans for the year ahead.

Since Bootup Entrepreneurial Society launched 18 months ago, we have organized more than 40 events and supported or sponsored over 12 other tech events.  Considering it is only Sonia and I with 5 event volunteers, you could say we have been a tad busy!

The two big highlights @bootup for me in 2010 were:

  • Grow 2010 – This was an incredible event that not only connected Canadian entrepreneurs with the Valley but also brought us closer together as a national startup community.  I am really looking forward to @growconf 2011 on August 17-19 in Vancouver.  Early bird tickets just went on sale yesterday, so scoop one up for nearly 1/2 price now. Trust me – the whole experience is worth every penny!
  • Bootup Garage – We launched the Garage Pilot Project on Dec. 1st in partnership with BCIC and the response has been so positive.  Actually Awesome.  We have the best line up of mentors hosting office hours on a regular basis, who are committed to helping startup founders. AND we have some really cool entrepreneurs already building startups in the Garage.  We will be featuring some of the companies and startup founders on our site in the weeks to come.

We look forward to seeing more startups take shape and grow in 2011.  Please feel free to comment or drop us a note if you have some startup news to share.

If you are interested in seeing what we have been up to in 2010, you can click through our slides below:


This Week in Tech Events: Jan. 3rd – Jan. 9th, 2011

We hope everyone had a memorable time ringing in 2011. Here’s to a year full of great opportunities for BC’s Tech peeps.

This week, Bootup has an event we hope to see you at. Event details are as follows:

Co-Founder Speed Dating

  • Wednesday, January 5th
  • 6:00pm
  • Bootup HQ – Suite 200, 163 West Hastings St., Vancouver
  • Event is free, but please R.S.V.P to confirm attendance.

A huge thanks to Return Path’s Angela Baldonero with all her help in organizing this event.