Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Accelerator Graduates - Who, How and Why, March 26th

  • 26 Mar 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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  • A $200 membership includes registration to 8 events during one year membership. Tickets are individual (holder only) and non-transferable.
    Guest tickets must be purchased separately.
Pre-registration now closed. Some tickets available at the door priced $50, $35 for students.

This event is brought to you in partnership with NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada).

Wilkins Chung, Founder of A Thinking Ape will moderate our panel of speakers including:

Igor Faletski, CEO & Co-Founder of Mobify
James Suk, Partner at Boast Capital who are operators of Plug & Play Canada
Ray Walia, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Launch Academy
Howard Wu, Past CEO and Co-Founder of LayerBoom Systems (sold to Joyent)

VEF will look at the benefits of partnering with academic researchers, Government and Vancouver innovation communities. Our panel will include local companies who have graduated from an accelerator, specifically those who have collaborated with academic researchers to build their company. These companies will be asked to share their insights on what services helped accelerate their business and what criteria other companies should consider when selecting an accelerator. The panel will also discuss the types of assistance opportunities available for entrepreneurs and highlight areas where academics can work with industry to address challenges and create new solutions. More details including speakers to come shortly.

In conjunction with NSERC, VEF will be offering two Memberships as a draw prize to pre-registered students on the night.

Wilkins Chung
Wilkins Chung was previously a software development manager and software engineer at Amazon where he focused on scalability solutions before leaving the company to start A Thinking Ape in the Bay Area.

Wilkins graduated from University of Waterloo in computer engineering.

Igor Faletski
Igor is the CEO & Co-Founder of Mobify, technology company focusing on enabling the adaptive web. Mobify provides developer APIs and cloud services for rapidly creating fast, responsive websites that work on all mobile devices.  The platform is used by thousands of developers and customers like Starbucks, Threadless, Wired, Toyota and Beyond the Rack.

James Suk

Endorsed by the Canadian Consulate in Silicon Valley, Boast Capital and Plug and Play Tech Center launched Plug and Play Accelerator Canada in Calgary in response to a strong need from the community to provide early stage tech companies with funding and mentorship. As Partner at Boast Capital (, James Suk manages business development and strategic partnerships for providing SR&ED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development) recovery. As an SR&ED management consultant since 2006, James has enabled millions of dollars to be raised for technology-based companies in Canada. 

James Suk is also an Associate Partner with Lions Financial Group ( securing financing in both equity and debt structures. He is responsible for managing client relations, strategic partnerships and assessing technologies in an advisory role. James is actively involved in the angel investment community with almost two decades of experience in the technology sector. In addition, he is the marketing committee chair at ACG – Association for Corporate Growth (Vancouver).

James is the founder and chair of the Blu Chip Network ( James served on the board for Richmond Youth Services Agency for 14 years and currently supports youth related volunteer organizations such as Junior Achievement. James holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce (Finance) from University of British Columbia.

Ray Walia

Ray is a successful entrepreneur with over 13 years of experience in multiple businesses spanning across a variety of industries with multiple successful exits. 

Ray co-founded LX Ventures, a publicly-traded startup technology incubator that launches, acquires and integrates early-stage, high-growth technology companies. 

Ray is also the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit Launch Academy, a center for technology entrepreneurship in Vancouver, and the executive director of the non-profit metabridge, which provides top Canadian technology companies with direct connection and access to key Silicon Valley and international technology partners for investment, joint strategic partnerships, mentorship and advisory opportunities.

Howard Wu

Howard was born in San Francisco, raised between California and Taiwan and currently lives in Canada. As a young man, Howard wanted to be a lawyer, so he studied Political Science at Furman University, then got a job as a software developer at Metlife. Howard then received a full scholarship to attend Quinnipiac Law School in Connecticut, but after a year decided the profession was too slow and dropped out. Howard then ventured to China to work, a homeland he’s never been.

In China, Howard worked in Beijing, Shanghai and Zhuhai on tech companies and was able to participate in an IPO and a M&A deal as well as being a member that started a brand new TFT-LCD plant facility. 

Howard’s marriage brought him to Canada and decided to live in Vancouver because Google said it’s the warmest place in Canada. After working for a few years, Howard entered the SFU EMBA program and started his first startup, LayerBoom Systems. LayerBoom was named one of the top 20 global Cloud Computing startups in 2010 and was subsequently acquired by Joyent, a top three Cloud Computing company in America. After running Joyent Canada and Joyent China for two years, Howard has left Joyent and is now starting his next secret start up.

When he’s not playing with his family, Howard enjoys reading history, photography, Basketball and NFL.

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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