Connecting Ecosystems in the Americas – Start-ups and Innovation

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Date and place

NOVEMBER 17, 2016 at 1500 - 401 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Program

Technology, innovation and entrepreneurial impulse act nowadays as drivers of job creation and urban growth, providing revenues for economic development. Only in the US and Canada, half of the world’s leading start-up environments grow and thrive.

According to the Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015 from Compass, Silicon Valley remains as the main start-up hub with cutting-edge young companies. The study results also reveal that, since 2012, the start-up activity in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal has grown at a slower pace than other cities in emerging economies, such as Tel Aviv, São Paulo and Singapore.

The inclusion of São Paulo in this world’s top-20 ecosystems ranking signals the significant improvement in the Latin American entrepreneurial scene. This region enjoys stronger support from start-up communities, a growing talented population and the untapped potential for ventures. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states that countries like Chile and Colombia are also working hard to develop optimal conditions for innovation and entrepreneurial activity.

How to support booming start-up environments? Experts say that, to face the challenge of scaling up, start-ups should think globally and generate interest in their activities around the world.

Join our ExpoPlaza Latina seminar to learn what startups should consider when going global, especially in markets like the US, Canada and Latin America. Also, listen to experts discuss how policy-makers and other stakeholders in the community can help to cultivate a vibrant start-up and innovation ecosystem.

ExpoPlaza Latina November 17, 2016

Topics

1. Canada’s/Vancouver  approach to promoting innovation and start-up
development

2. How the start-up ecosystems work in Canada and some Latin American
countries

3. Exploring opportunities to connect the different start-up ecosystems

Bryan Buggey

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Director , Strategic Initiatives and Sector Development Vancouver Economic Commission, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

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Humaira Hamid

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Business Development Manager for BC and the Yukon at Futurpreneur Canada

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Hussein Hallak

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General Manager of Launch Academy; Vancouver’s leading tech startup hub,  and Executive Director of TiE Vancouver

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Regina Noppe

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Brazilian/Canadian Educational Committee, the Vice-president of Alumni Canada-Brazil and owner of  DREAM2B,

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Ilya Brotzky

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CEO of VanHack

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Molly Millar

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Country Manager of Biko

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Emilio Pombo

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Co-Founder of It’s Colombia and Biko

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Paola Murillo

Paola , creator of Lartincaouver in Vancouver BC, has headshots taken by Carlos Taylhardat at art of headshots studio in vancouver bc. https://www.artofheadshot.com

Latincouver Executive Director’s and The Latin Innovation Hub founder

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Main Partner:

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In partnership with:

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