VanCoffee - Tech & Networking Meetup
Feb
20
7:30 AM07:30

VanCoffee - Tech & Networking Meetup

  • CoLab Coworking - The Collective (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Designed for tech leaders, but welcome to anyone, this meetup is a birds-of-a-feather discussion group for those who are looking to benefit from the shared experience of Vancouver’s tech community. Why so early? Because when you run a company or manage a team, your free time either happens before employees show up for work or at the end of the day (and the last thing you want to do after a day of meetings is entertain a group discussion).

Feel free to bring your breakfast and a mug; we will try to bring the coffee, creamer, and sugar.

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Founders Caffeine Fix
Feb
8
10:00 AM10:00

Founders Caffeine Fix

Each 2nd Thursday of every month.

Each month The Bridge hosts an open coffee for local entrepreneurs in the area. It is simply a time to meet other great people doing things just like you. People that have a passion to build a business and create some things that will shape our future.

There is no direct agenda for the meetup. We do take a quick welcome moment to welcome our new guests and sponsors and promote any other events in the region we think would be of interest to our group.

Please come ready to meet others and share about your current project and find out about other people building exciting things in our area.

Price: Free

For more information visit: www.meetup.com/thebridgevanwa or www.thebridgeincubator.com/events

P.S. The event is open to everyone as a part of our community but, I will caution that sales reps and networking marketers tend to find their conversations short and unproductive. We ask you to respect the purpose is to meet and share, not to sell.

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VanTechy - Special Guest - Rackspace
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

VanTechy - Special Guest - Rackspace

This VanTechy will have two presentations. First, the Bridge Chiropractor will present "How sitting and poor posture can affect brain function". Followed by Rackspace, who will present on the Private Cloud.
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VanTechy is the social starting point for the Vancouver Tech scene.

The beginning of a startup is about people and ideas. VanTechy is our local meeting point for meeting each other in a relaxed, casual format. Our goals include:

-Welcoming new people to the growing Vancouver tech community.
-Sharing and discovering local events, opportunities, connections.
-Growing our skills and learning new things.
-Sharing our experience by mentoring new members.

For beginners, VanTechy is where you should start.
For veterans, VanTechy is a place to share and mentor others.

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VanCoffee - A VanTechy Track
Feb
6
7:30 AM07:30

VanCoffee - A VanTechy Track

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Designed for tech executives, but welcome to anyone, this meetup is a birds-of-a-feather discussion group for those who are looking to benefit from the shared experience of Vancouver’s tech community. Why so early? Because when you run a company or manage a team, your free time either happens before employees show up for work or at the end of the day (and the last thing you want to do after a day of meetings is, entertain a group discussion).

Feel free to bring your breakfast and a mug; we will bring the coffee, creamer, and sugar.

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First Friday Night Market Vancouver
Feb
2
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Night Market Vancouver

Bringing together local businesses for a monthly night market! 

Hosted at Boomerang and the 3rd floor of Union Chapel Vancouver : 

First Fridays in downtown Vancouver unite creativity, great art, with music and inspiration. Stop by downtown Vancouver, WA to shop local, network and meet local business owners. An adventurous retail evening awaits! 

Alongside the night market, be sure to check out all the other creatives throughout the city opening their doors for First Friday here: http://vdausa.org/first-friday-downtown
Vancouver's Downtown Association

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To apply to a vendor: 
https://www.nightmarketvancouver.com/vendors

Additional information contact Jessica (organizer) at:
nightmarketvancouver@gmail.com

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Startup Accounting (to keep you out of trouble)
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Startup Accounting (to keep you out of trouble)

Starting up a venture can be filled with big questions we have trouble answering well. This is especially true when it comes to your finances and accounting.

This event will bring local experts who can help you get a clear perspective accounting choices and structures.

We plan to go over some very basic concepts as groundwork that can set a solid foundation. Things like;

  • Basic accounting terms (asset, liability, revenue, Cost of goods sold, Operating Expenses, Gross profit, net profit, fixed expense, variable expense) • Basic accounting principles (measurement, matching, recognition, etc.)
  • Balance sheet & Income statements (can’t fly without knowing what the instruments are saying)
  • Cash-flow planning & budgeting.
  • Profitability vs. solvency. The first doesn’t always mean the second.
  • Capital requirements (equip, raw material, inventory, etc.)
  • Cash-to-cash cycle

We also plan to do some hands-on exercises in Excel. So bring your laptops and get ready to get your fingers dirty in some exciting accounting. Ok, maybe that's a stretch but, it learning your way around these core principles and more and make a night and day difference in your Startup. That! is fun!

So come out an join us! You won't regret a minute of it!

This event is Free for Bridge and CoLab members, and $10 for all other attendants. We will serve light refreshments and snacks.

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Hands On Machine Learning - A VanTechy Track
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Hands On Machine Learning - A VanTechy Track

  • CoLab Coworking - The Collective (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Welcome back from the holidays.
The title of this months presentation is:

Running "Hello World" in (8) different open source* Machine Learning Platforms.

The presentation will cover numerous different machine learning platforms currently being used today. We will go thru each, comparing the pros and cons of each. Then as time allows, run some common datasets thru each one. Hopefully, you'll find one that interests you.

Machine Learning Platforms being covered:

  • Tensorflow (Keras)
  • Scikit-learn
  • RStudio
  • H2O.ai
  • RapidMiner
  • CNTK
  • Scratch build...maybe


See ya soon.

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VanCoffee - A VanTechy Track
Jan
23
7:30 AM07:30

VanCoffee - A VanTechy Track

Designed for tech executives, but welcome to anyone, this meetup is a birds-of-a-feather discussion group for those who are looking to benefit from the shared experience of Vancouver’s tech community. Why so early? Because when you run a company or manage a team, your free time either happens before employees show up for work or at the end of the day (and the last thing you want to do after a day of meetings is entertain a group discussion).

Feel free to bring your breakfast and a mug; we will bring the coffee, creamer, and sugar.

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Impactful Women Social Hour
Jan
22
5:30 PM17:30

Impactful Women Social Hour

Join Impactful People NW for a night of connecting! You never know who you will meet at the Impactful Women Social Hour. We are a no-fee professional networking group with a focus on creating community among our attendees, growth both personally and professionally, and providing educational opportunities to help our members meet their goals. 

The Social Hour is on the 4th Monday of every month alternating between Vancouver and Portland locations. The format is relaxed and informal. We socialize, network and make new connections! Those interested in having 30 seconds of mic time to promote their business can donate a raffle prize for the evening. First 10 raffles to arrive only. This event will be sponsored by Rhiana Cameron at Country Financial, food and wine sold by Bleu Door Bakery!! 

Invite your positive, motiviated, like-minded friends to join you! We hope to see you there.

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Code and Learn - A VanTechy Track
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Code and Learn - A VanTechy Track

  • CoLab Coworking - The Collective (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vantechy Code and Learn is a twice-monthly meetup designed for people interested in coding to hone their skills and meet other like-minded people on this side of the river.

Come and join us for a low-key coding event where beginners can learn to program, experienced devs can work on their projects, and everyone can socialize with other coders!

No experience? No problem! People of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome. All you need is a computer.

A few learning resources:

• https://www.codecademy.com/

• https://www.freecodecamp.org/map

• https://medium.freecodecamp.org/a-roadmap-to-becoming-a-web-developer-in-2017-b6ac3dddd0cf

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VanCoffee - A VanTechy Track
Jan
9
7:30 AM07:30

VanCoffee - A VanTechy Track

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Designed for tech executives, but welcome to anyone, this meetup is a birds-of-a-feather discussion group for those who are looking to benefit from the shared experience of Vancouver’s tech community. Why so early? Because when you run a company or manage a team, your free time either happens before employees show up for work or at the end of the day (and the last thing you want to do after a day of meetings is entertain a group discussion).

Feel free to bring your breakfast and a mug; we will bring the coffee, creamer, and sugar.

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Harter Creative's "Grow as a Community of Filmmakers"
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Harter Creative's "Grow as a Community of Filmmakers"

If you make videos of any kind (or want to get started), let's get together and make new connections! 

All skill levels are welcome! No film snobs allowed.

Those with more knowledge and experience should come ready to encourage others. The purpose of this community will be to make connections with others who share our interest in video production (in its many forms).

I hope we leave the meetings with new contacts in the industry, knowledge, inspiration and camaraderie.

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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Uncorked for Kids
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

Uncorked for Kids

A wine-tasting competition benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington

Join us for our second annual Uncorked for Kids wine tasting event! We're excited to announce that Vancouver's newest collaborative workspace, CoLab Coworking, will host some of Clark County's greatest supporters for a night of wine, competition, and celebration!


Participants must register their team of 1-4 participants online. Each team brings three bottles of the same wine. Two of these bottles will go into the blind taste-test and one bottle will be added to the “jackpot.”

Guests spend the evening mingling and tasting different wines and then vote on their favorites. We'll have heavy appetizers and music entertainment too! At the end of the night, votes are tallied and the top teams receive divided portions of the jackpot! Last year's winning teams took home more than two cases of wine each! 

Interested in volunteering at this event? Send them a message or email Kaitie Swengel at kaitie@mybgc.org.

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Squarespace PDX Meetup
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Squarespace PDX Meetup

Calling all Squarespacers

Let's get together and see who else in our city is tapping into Squarespace. We are not yet sure how this Meetup will morph as we grow, but we want to see who is interested in networking with other Squarespace specific creatives.

Our first event will be held at CoLab Coworking (technically in Vancouver, WA). We want to make sure we are keeping things fresh with these events, so we will be sure to rotate through different venues. If you have suggestions or know a place that would be interested in hosting for a Meetup, be sure to let us know in the discussions.

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Sep
7
4:00 PM16:00

The Bridge - WorkSource Startup Training

Before investing your life savings, asking friends and family for investment or leaving an existing job, there are things every entrepreneur should know about the road ahead. At The Bridge we work with new entrepreneurs every day. This 4-hour workshop reflects what we have learned about the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship and offers practical guidance about how to start a high impact business.

At The Bridge we focus on scalable and high impact businesses as opposed to “Main Street” small businesses. There is often, but not always, a strong element of technological innovation in these businesses. This might involve software development, engineering or even food science. Scalable businesses generally have more significant investment requirements and nationally, if not globally directed strategies.

In this entrepreneurial workshop participants will learn about: 
Financing Options – We will outline known and conventional funding sources for Entrepreneurs as well as discuss bootstrapping a startup without any outside funding

The Stages of a startup and what to expect at each stage
IDEA > CONCEPT > COMMIT > VALIDATION > SCALE > ESTABLISHING

Business Model Canvas – This useful framework is a foundational tool for early stage founders to effectively map out all the areas required to make a business successful

This workshop is put on in cooperation with WorkSource and The Bridge. There is a fee of $495 per attendee, but based on eligibility Worksource is offering full scholarships to qualified individuals. Please contact Doreen Englemann at WorkSource WA for details at dengelmann@esd.wa.gov or 360-735-4960.

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Jul
7
6:30 PM18:30

Summer Bash: CoLab Open House

Our soft opening os over, and we are officially opening the doors. Come celebrate with us as we join First Friday Art walk in Downtown Vancouver.

The patio will be open with live music and games. Come inside to check out our finished space and grab a drink from a local brewery.

We encourage you to get out on the town and explore some of the other local Art Walk stops for the night.

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Startup Weekend - Vancouver
Jun
2
to Jun 4

Startup Weekend - Vancouver

Collaborate and launch a startup in just 54 hours.

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals and communities. Come share your dreams, team up with like-minded others, and launch startups that matter.

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.

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CREDC's Grow Clark County
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

CREDC's Grow Clark County

Join us for CREDC's Grow Clark County

Join us on May 31st for our first Grow Clark County event of the year at Vancouver's newest coworking space, CoLab! 

Be one of the first to receive a sneak peak of this brand new space (opening to the public in June) and learn more about the growing demand for coworking space and advantages of workplace collaboration from our panel discussion.  

Enjoy an evening of high-energy networking with an adult beverage and delicious appetizers and help us welcome CoLab to downtown Vancouver! Space is limited.

The Details: 

  • 5:00-5:45 pm: Networking (doors open at 5:00)
  • 5:45-6:30 pm: Panel discussion
  • 6:30-7:00 pm: Additional networking
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