Vancouver IMPACT 2014: Where Purpose & Profit Collide

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19 November, 2014

8:30am to 9:00pm Pacific Time
The Imperial
319 Main Street

Discover what it means to create impact in business: a full day of startup workshops, inspiring keynotes, and networking.

Spring Activator is collaborating with fellow impact community partners CCS Innovation Hub at Sauder, RADIUS SFU, THNK, Groundswell, and Vancouver+Acumen to host this event. The event is a way for attendees to strengthen their entrepreneurial acumen and discover their impact potential.

#VanIMPACT14 will be a collision of purpose and profit, giving impact entrepreneurs and NPOs access to important startup advice and resources, while conversely helping more tech-centric entrepreneurs discover their own impact potential.

The full-day event will feature the following:

  • Startup workshops, including 'How to Make Your Startup Financially Viable', 'Capital Raising for Entrepreneurs', & 'Choosing the Best Structure for Your Social Venture' (see workshop schedule here)
  • Keynote speakers, including Katherine Woo (Chief Product Officer, Kiva) & Joel Solomon (Chairman, Renewal Funds)
  • 'Ones to Watch' Showcase (invite-only)
  • Service & Technology Partners Marketplace
  • Evening reception
  • After-party with musical performance by SOHN

IMPACT will be inspiring, educational, and motivating for anyone looking to make a positive impact on the world. Join the conversation #VanIMPACT14.

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The event is part of Vancouver Startup Week, and will act as a foil to the more tech-centric tone of Startup Week’s programming. “This event is an opportunity to strengthen impactful entrepreneurship in Vancouver by providing both a place of discovery and a platform for discussion on what it means to create impact in business,” says organizing committee member and Spring Activator co-founder, Keith Ippel. Adds Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber, Managing Director, CSS iHub, “Participation in IMPACT at Startup Week with the [other] organizing partners, who share our vision of social impact through entrepreneurship, means that we are on our way to cultivating a rich, vibrant and collaborative ecosystem in BC for social ventures to grow.”

What's included in your ticket?

Daytime Pass (8:30am - 4:30pm):

  • Your choice of 5 workshops (from a possible 15)
  • Keynote by Joel Solomon, Renewal Funds
  • Keynote Panel, including Ilana Labow, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, and Tim Crosby, Slow Money Northwest
  • Service & Technology Partners Marketplace
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Evening Pass (4:30 - 9pm + after-party):

  • Service & Technology Partners Marketplace
  • Keynote by Katherine Woo, Kiva
  • Networking reception
  • Canapés
  • 2 drink tickets
  • Access to after-party

All-Day Pass (8:30am - 9pm + after-party):

  • All the goodies listed above!

Terms & Conditions

The venue is a liquor-primary establishment, therefore government-issued ID will be checked upon entry.

About Spring Activator:

Spring is a purpose-driven activator focused on helping high growth, for-profit, purpose-driven companies create meaningful change in our world. The Spring activator model is an evolution of the best elements of accelerator and incubator methodologies. We support companies with a mixed offering of targeted skills and resources, access to a strong network of mentors and investors, shared workspace, and access to capital. Learn more about Spring Activator, visit

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