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Co-Founder & Advisor Speed-Dating

Description: Bringing something a little different to the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum this session. Join us for co-founder and advisor speed dating, a networking and pitch event for those looking to grow their teams.

If you are a solo founder and you are seeking a Business or Technical Co-founder, this event is for you!

If you are looking to build out your Advisory Board, this event is for you! But, above all, this is event is for those who want to build their entrepreneurial network.

What can you expect? A fun night of quick pitches and speedy conversations as you navigate the room looking for a potential business partner or industry leader to help provide guidance for your venture.

How does it work? Apply to pitch, think VEF 100 second Lightning Pitch, but you are seeking a co-founder or advisor, rather than investment. 

  • Can you convey an inspiring BHAG? Communicate a clear vision that says why you, why now?

  • Can you demonstrate a solution you have begun proving customers want in a market with exciting potential? 

  • What are the skills and traits you are looking for in a partner?


Applicants will be evaluated by members of the VEF board, including investors and industry experts.


What’s the format? If you are accepted to pitch, you will also be offered a booth to showcase your cool tech or innovative solution.

  • Successful applicants will be given a badge stating whether you are looking for a Business Co-founder (because you are the tech expert), a Technical Co-Founder (because you are the business wiz), or Advisor (be specific on skill/industry)

  • Each presenter will have 100 seconds to present on stage using a powerpoint presentation

  • Speed-dating rotating between Group 1: You have the venture and Group 2: You have the skills. Each 1:1 has 2 mins to have a conversation before you move to the next person. Be prepared, be succinct.

  • Panel of experts will share their insights on what to consider when seeking a Co-founder or Advisor. How do you define roles, split equity, other agreements to have in place?

What’s the goal? Conversation starters and network building. Come with your call-to-action, leave with a plan to have a follow-up meeting with the high-value connections made

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: UBC Robson Square


Tim Swanson, Search Partner, Corporate Recruiters & VEF Executive Board Member 

Katie Peardon, Partner, Fasken 

Mitch Richardson, Vice President , Rhino Ventures & VEF Board Member

Brianna Blaney, CEO & Co-Founder Co-Founder, Pocketed

MC: Heali Thirlwell, Commercial Real Estate Broker, CBRE & Board Member, Director of Partnerships, VEF

Panel Moderator: Elizabeth Thorsen, VEF Board Member


  • Networking 5:00 – 6:00 pm

  • Welcome Remarks 6:00- 6:10 pm

  • Lightning Pitch Presentation 6:10 – 6:50 pm

  • Panel & Q&A  6:50 - 7:30pm

  • Networking 7:30 – 8:00 pm

Ticket Price:

  • ​Early Bird: $40

  • ​General Admission: $55

  • ​Founder $25

  • ​VEF Members: FREE (Become a Member)

Don't miss out on the excitement, grab your tickets now! 🎟️✨

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