What are you doing on Thursday, September 22? If your calendar is free, how would you like to meet some of the movers and shakers in Vancouver’s burgeoning tech scene? How about doing a little networking and maybe even finding your next dream job? Whether you’re looking to prove your skills at foosball or find out what really happens in all those exposed brick office buildings tucked above Water Street, Vancouver’s Startup Open House is the place to be.
Now in its fourth year, Startup Open House has expanded to around 500 startups in four Canadian cities. During the Vancouver event, over 30 startups will open their doors to the general public. The event is free to attend, but for info and perks make sure to reserve a ticket.
There are a ton of great startups to visit this year. In case you’re not sure where to start, we’ve rounded up some top picks:
Foodee is making office food delivery better. They deliver food from top local restaurants, so you’re not stuck with the same old sandwiches at every meeting. They started in Vancouver, but the model is working so well that they’re expanding to 11 branches across Canada and the US by the end of the year. Stop by “the den” to pick their brains about team culture, office wellness and the best restaurants in town. We’re betting there will be snacks.
Quietly is changing the way the world creates content. Drop by their Gastown sub-penthouse to chat about content marketing, learn about opportunities to join the “Qrew,” and enjoy some Postmark beer. All proceeds are being donated to Writers’ Exchange, a non-profit literacy organization which gets inner-city kids involved with reading and writing. Plus, you can enter to win door prizes from cool local companies like Herschel Supply.
Unbounce is one of the event’s sponsors (along with Slack and Amaya). They help clients create beautiful, responsive landing pages, all without IT or developers. Just pick your favourite template—there are hundreds—and drag and drop. If your business could use a boost in conversions, or you have questions about landing pages, say hello!
Koho takes care of your money. But it’s not a regular, stuffy financial institution. Instead, it’s a free mobile app run by entrepreneurs, video game designers and data scientists. If you’re interested in learning more about innovative FinTech, stop by.
A Thinking Ape
Like playing games? How about working with them? A Thinking Ape is a mobile gaming company of “smart people who like smart people.” Employee perks include a professional development allowance, fitness reimbursements and weekly catered lunches. Check it out and give their foosball table a whirl.
In the heart of Gastown, Invoke is a web development and e-marketing firm. They love getting involved in the startup community, and host monthly networking events. Craft beer aficionados, rejoice—there’s always a rotating keg in the office.
Control offers alerts and analytics for PayPal and Stripe. Their platform centralizes everything, so payment metrics get a lot less confusing and manual. While it’s worth checking out their Vancouver office, they also hire from anywhere—remote work is totally fine. Plus, employees get a tech allowance.
Want to know how to build apps, fast? Buddybuild has a seamless, easy-to-use system for setting up apps and getting them live. If you’re interested in learning more about building apps, or are looking to get an app for your company, stop in for a chat.
Want to find out what goes on behind the scenes at Daily Hive? Well now is your chance. We’re opening up our doors so make sure you come and say hello!
Here’s a list of all the startups participating. They’re mostly centred in the downtown area, Chinatown, Gastown and Yaletown. But if you’re in Richmond, make sure to check out Procurify!