From September 21-24, 2015, The Grady Firm bridged connections between the US and its northern neighbors at Vancouver Startup Week. Now in its second year, the week-long Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together over five+ days to build momentum and opportunity around Vancouver’s unique entrepreneurial identity. Established companies, investors, service providers, incubators, talent developers, and of course innovation companies themselves participated in panel discussions, awards ceremonies, showcases and parties in an attempt to foster the Startup community in Vancouver.
Jennifer Grady, the firm’s founder, met with innovative entrepreneurs at the following events throughout the week:
The BCIC – New Ventures Competition, where British Columbia’s best new companies competed for $300,000 in cash and prizes;
- The VSW Official Kick-off Party, hosted by The Vancouver Economic Commission and POWERED by Microsoft; the
- Prepare for Launch discussion with guests from Yaletown Venture Partners & PricewaterhouseCoopers, who shared insights on some of the business, legal and tax issues that many start-ups face as they grow their business and seek financing and advice on how to prepare for success;
- Meet and Greet at Startup Alley, where local Startups showcase their innovations; and
- The Equity Crowdfunding Panel & Networking with members of FrontFundr.
Ms. Grady met with innovative entrepreneurs throughout the week at at the Vancouver Week Startup Alley, where they showcased their ideas. Panelists at several events expressed diverse viewpoints on the importance of operating from a tech hot spot such as Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, or Seattle, as opposed to building businesses in one’s existing community. Vancouver received considerable accolades for its supportive and dynamic technology community with access to a range of public and private financial support, but the panelists all agreed that the Silicon Valley has a strong pull due to its larger pool of capital and more mature technology investment culture.
The Panelists at the “Prepare to Launch” event agreed that wherever a Startup is based, entrepreneurs should explore funding sources on both sides of the border and to establish a presence “south of the border” in the Silicon Valley, which can be accomplished by opening the lines of communication with Valley-based investors and partners early and maintaining frequent contact, including regular face-to-face meetings. Of course, these relationships must be established over time, whether from Canada or the US.
Ms. Grady met with numerous entrepreneurs who have already begun, or plan to, expand their businesses to the largest consumer economy in the world–the United States– through the E-2 investor visa, the L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager Visa, or the TN Visa for Canadian and Mexican NAFTA Professional Workers.
The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
To close out the week, Ms. Grady met with growth-mode, successful business owners at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, where she advised on the ways that Canadians can expand their businesses to the US from a practical and legal perspective.
FWE is dedicated to providing visionary women with the education, empowerment, and energy they need to become wildly successful entrepreneurs.
The Programs and Events at FWE are designed to support and mentor women who are venturing into new business opportunities or ready to ramp up and grow their existing business. From Startup advice to specific tips and tricks, FWE leaders, advisors, and business professionals are ready to share their expertise.
Founded by Christina Anthony in 2002, FWE has been encouraging, educating, and mentoring women entrepreneurs for over a decade. With 140+ E-series program participants, 500 mentees partnered with mentors through the HSBC Mentor Program, and a growing list of programs and events offered throughout the year, the team at FWE, along with its members, continues to see success.
About The Grady Firm
The Grady Firm, P.C. represents local and foreign business owners in the areas of business, employment, and immigration law. Its attorneys help local and foreign entrepreneurs open and grow their business through entity formation, contract drafting, employment law compliance, and coaching. They also assist foreign entrepreneurs and their families live and work legally in the United States on the basis of family relationships, employment, and investment in a bona fide US enterprise. The Grady Firm has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.