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VANTEC Open Network 2021

08 Sep 2021
3:30pm - 6:00pm PDT

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Featuring short 90-second pitches from local entrepreneurs – some of whose promising ventures are backed by local accelerators and incubators.


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NETWORKING (3:30pm to 4:00pm)

We will have random breakout rooms to connect with investors and founders and a dedicated breakout room for new and aspiring angel investors to learn more about the VANTEC Network and its affiliated angel funds.




Women's Enterprise Centre  is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own business.

Contact: Melanie Rupp | | 250-868-3454 or 800-643-7014


INTERFACE Health is an integrated virtual multi-platform connecting the digital health community through an innovation network, an annual global competition, a COVID-19 digital showcase, an annual digital health international summit and specialized services for SMEs.

Contact: Michael Bidu | | 604-805-8088


Easly provides affordable, non-dilutive financing to companies participating in the (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program. Every quarter, we advance 75% of your accrued SR&ED refund, supplying you with working capital over a year earlier than the CRA refund is issued. There’s no cost to apply and all principal, interest and fees are recouped from the CRA refund so the program is always cash-flow positive.

Contact: Joanna Zhou | | 604-966-3895


Angel Forum connects promising early stage ventures with accredited angel capital and we look forward to telling you more on how we plan to do that the remainder of 2021!

Contact: Irene Dorsman | | 604-671-0632 


Global Affairs Canada helps Canadian businesses grow with confidence by connecting them with international opportunities, funding and support programs, and our network of Trade Commissioners in over 160 cities worldwide.

Contact: Ramneet Sran | | 604-363-4548


VANTEC Start Up Visa (SUV) Pitch Perfect program will ensure alignment of the SUV candidate with investor and IRCC requirements.

Contact: James Rutherford | | 604-559-4964


Entrepreneurship@UBC Immersion Week is a week long event for our UBC's ecosystem of students, staff, faculty, alumni and entrepreneurship@UBC ventures, along with member of BC's innovation community to come together with the purpose of demystifying entrepreneurship in the innovation economy. The event is designed to educate, build and inspire entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leaders. This event is free and takes place September 27 - October 1, online of course! Register  here and see you at the event!

Contact: Chang Han | 


Startup Scaleup Summit The first annual Summit powered by Roynat Capital and Scotiabank celebrates the founder milestones and highlights the journey from idea to IPO for startups and investors.

Contact: Neelam Brar |


Founders Boost (a partner of Techstars & GAN) is a mentor-driven pre-acceleration program and our goal is to help early stage startups prepare for accelerators, seed investors and revenue by providing pitch coaching and mentorship during the program as well as connections to accelerators and VCs after the program.

Contact: Kenneth Ip |


Genome BC’s I² Fund provides commercialization funding (typically $500,000 to $1,500,000) for companies developing innovative life science technologies in BC.

Contact Pat Brady (604-675-1034 or or Chang Han (778-928-5562 or for more information.



VANTEC Start Up Visa (SUV) Pitch Perfect Previews Thursday, September 9 Online
Keiretsu Forum Vancouver Chapter Meeting Tuesday, September 14 Online
Spring Cleantech Impact Investor Summit Tuesday, September 14 Online
Foresight Investor Readiness Workshop September 16, 23 & 29 Online
VANTEC Meeting Wednesday, October 6 Online


Startup Scaleup Summit Monday, September 27 Vancouver Convention Centre

entrepreneurship@UBC Immersion Week Monday-Friday, September 27-October 1 Online
Interface Health Summit - Life: Restart Wednesday-Thursday, October 20-21 Online



adMare BioInnovations is Canada’s Global Life Sciences Venture, building the Canadian life sciences industry from sea to sea.

Contact:  Amie Phinney | | 604-827-1147


Praxis Spinal Cord Institute focus on accelerating innovations including medical devices and diagnostics that can improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injury.  Praxis is running the second cohort for SCI Incubate - in fall 2021 a program for early stage ventures with an application to SCI, and the SCI Accelerate second cohort are currently completing their program this month. Praxis recently partnered with universities across Canada for the for early stage venture ideas -- and Demo Day registrations are currently open. 

Contact: Arushi Raina | 


Founder Institute is the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator

Contact: Chad Ford |

*Sarafin AI | We're using Artificial Intelligence to create unrivalled Digital Training experiences for businesses around the world. (Speaker: Kevin Kachidza,

* Newsly | Newsly is an audio content and news aggregator mobile application. It picks up the web articles about the most trending subjects on the web at any given moment and reads them to you in a natural human voice using AI technology. For the first time in the history of the internet, the web becomes listenable! (Speaker: Yoni Tzafrir,

*Home Kuisines Inc. | Online platform allows you enjoy the delicious traditional food from your favorite home cooks and chefs. (Speaker: Naresh Ravula,


E8 Angels and the Decarbon8 deals: early stage opportunities for personal/for-profit and philanthropic impact investing in the climatetech revolution.

E8 will share the latest deals from its cleantech pipeline and notably from its Decarbon8 effort, which this summer has sourced high potential startups focused on transportation.  Automotus is its first investment and other finalists will be named in September; these deals are accessible to anyone, for direct investment and also philanthropic investment (and gains) via the D8 Fund.  E8 angels builds on its 15 years of cleantech investing; it is also currently raising a new E8 Ventures fund.  We’ll hear about open deals anyone can participate in with potential for impact and returns.

Contact: Mike Rea;

*GoPowerEV | GPEV makes EV charging accessible and cost-effective for multi-unit dwelling owners and the daily use of tenants, offering Level 1 and 2 charging outlets at less than half the cost of faster chargers. (Speaker: John Reister,


SFU VentureLabs accelerates science and technology-based new ventures who have found their product market fit become profitable, sustainable businesses. These companies are supported by programs, mentoring, and services companies need most, when they need them most

Contact: Lesley Duncan |

*Campertunity | Campertunity connects campers to one-of-a-kind campsites on private land while offering property owners a chance to generate extra income hosting their beautiful landscapes. (Speaker: Guita Yazdani,

*Discovelo | DISCOVELO is building a mental health platform that helps users manage stress and anxiety through exercise. (Speaker: Scott Keesey,

*Nanosentinel | NANOSentinel is developing the world’s only portable technology to quickly measure trace metal content on macro and nanoscale samples of liquids. (Speaker: Viridiana Perez,


entrepreneurship@UBC propels UBC innovations into the world through venture creation.

Contact:  Chang Han |

*Messen | Messen makes sustainable, made-in-Kelowna custom furniture that you can design online in just a few minutes. (Speaker: Nicholas Terry,
*Wicked Rose | Wicked Rose brings high-quality, environmentally conscious, and ethically sourced Canadian-made activewear to women in martial arts. (Speaker: Christina Morrow,
* GeoGen: This Calgary Alberta based company seeks to commercialize new technology to disrupt wellbore liabilities and geothermal power (Speaker: Matt Hogg,


Foresight Accelerator | Canada’s core technology innovation centre. Where cleantech comes together.

Contact:  Tony Dhaliwal | | 604-245-0042 

*Circular Rubber Technologies | An end-to-end solution bringing resources from end users back to manufacturers, tracking the life cycle, and optimising each step of the process and monitoring impact (Speaker: Maartje van der Sande,

*Volterra Technologies | The EVCare Technology Software Platform provides focused telematic transparency in a cloud-based software platform that provides the ability to optimise battery health and extend lifecycles up to 15% (Speaker: Ian McAvoy,


Spring Activator is a certified B Corporation® and 1% for the Planet member. It is a global incubator, accelerator, and advisory firm that empowers entrepreneurs, investors, and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders to change the world through innovation. With its advisory services, it has helped over 70 different incubators, accelerators, foundations, and governments across 5 continents enhance their capacity to maximize impact both in their local communities and globally.

Through its impact programs, Spring has helped more than 750 entrepreneurs create 350 companies and raise over $24M in funding. Spring has further catalyzed approximately $4.8 million in impact investments through its impact investor training programs.

Contact:  Keith Ippel |

*Origen Air | Origen Air produces IoT-connected, plant-based air purifiers for commercial buildings (Speaker: Susan Blanchet,

*IOAirFlow | A building automation company designed specifically for commercial-industrial buildings (Speaker: Matt Schaubroek,


NETWORKING (5:30pm to 6:00pm)

We will have random breakout rooms to connect with investors and founders and a dedicated breakout room for new and aspiring angel investors to learn more about the VANTEC Network and its affiliated angel funds.


NOTE: In our effort to share the pitches and presentations beyond our venue for a bigger impact we will record some of our events and make them available online.

By attending this event, you consent to the use of photography/video/audio in all forms of media, for any and all promotional purposes including advertising, display, audiovisual, exhibition or editorial use by VANTEC Angel Network without payment or other compensation.


08 Sep 2021
3:30pm - 6:00pm PDT

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