Startup Weekend Success!

Published on Friday, March 28, 2014


1977229_621978107876093_1477994932_nThanks to everyone who attended UBC’s Startup Weekend 2014 held Mar 14-16 at UBC. Growing larger each year, the event attracted 87 registered participants, the most ever. What a remarkable range of teams and ideas including everything from a restaurant feedback application, to a tool for charitable donations, to software that aids the building of interactive presentations.

1527007_621976724542898_444359815_nThe 54 hour “whirlwind weekend” attracted developers, marketers, designers, product managers and startup enthusiasts who organically formed teams around ideas pitched from the group at the outset of the event. Using a Lean Launch framework and help from experienced coaches, the teams entered a “frenzy” of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation resulting in a minimum viable product and presentation in front of judging panel of Vancouver entrepreneurial leaders.

And the winners are…

  • 1st Place: “BodyAware” – an ovulation tracking application with a wireless thermometer. The team will receive 2 tickets to Silicon Valley Next (provided by Boast Capital),  a one month associate membership with Launch Academy, a year free premium subscription to Blinkist, and e@UBC office space for 1 month.
  • 2nd Place: “Eden” – a smart indoor plant device that waters, lights and monitors your plants. The team will receive 2 tickets to Silicon Valley Next (provided by Boast Capital),  and a 1 year premium subscription to Blinkist.
  • 3rd  Place: “heyU!” – a networking app for making close friends close by. The team will receive a 6 month premium subscription to Blinkist and one UXPin extended
    trial license.
  • Crowd Favourite: “gHouse” – an app for 3D-modelling how furniture would look in your space. The team will receive a 3 month premium subscription to Blinkist.


A special thank you to all event sponsors, to facilitator Marion Desmazières and to speakers Iain Verigin (MBA Program Sessional Instructor at the UBC Sauder School of Business) and Jayesh Parmar (CEO of who provided practical training which the teams used to structure their work. And of course our sincere appreciation to the coaches and judges who brought expertise from a variety of industries and disciplines, making the event so transformative for teams who formed around these promising new venture ideas.

View more photos at the event’s Facebook page! (