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Welcome to Startup Community Nanaimo!

Startup Nanaimo is a place for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs alike to gather, learn from each other and get access to invaluable resources, and programming. We are entrepreneur-led and committed to the long-term success and sustainability of our community. Starting up is hard and we all succeed by working together.


Meet our Team!

  • Ally Zu
  • Kelsey Wolff
  • Ken Hammer
  • Jackie Kelly
  • Caleb McIntyre – Array Web + Creative
  • John Boudreau – Align for Growth
  • Laurel Sliskovic – The Sociable Scientists

What we do

Connecting our Startup Community
Startup Nanaimo is working to connect the entire entrepreneur ecosystem in Nanaimo with the resources and support they need.
Promoting our Startup Community
There’s a lot of amazing things happening in Nanaimo's startup community; as Startup Nanaimo grows, we will be working to increase the visibility and profile of our community, startups, events and resources.
Community Enterprise Partnership
Our entrepreneur leaders and stakeholder organizations will convene on a regular basis to further the startup community in Nanaimo and ensure everyone has a voice.
Social Entrepreneurship & Open Data
Join social entrepreneurs, innovators, intrapreneurs, designers, freelancers, technologist and artists from across Nanaimo to collectively create positive impact for our community and the world.
Maker Movement & DIY Culture
Join the growing maker movement and connect with artists, creatives, DIYers and makers of all sorts from across Nanaimo at one of our “hackerspaces” focused on experimental creative/artistic use of technology.
Learning Technical skills
Groups like Ladies Learning Code Nanaimo, Code for Kids, HackerYou, Girl Develop It and others are working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning technical skills. These groups host regular workshops where Nanaimo's adults and youth can learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way.
Learning from Seasoned Founders
Events like Startup Grind, FreshFounders, LWConnect, Tech Tuesday and more are creating opportunities to learn from successful entrepreneurs and innovators as they share lessons learned on the road to building great companies and provide inspiration for the startup journey ahead.
Youth Entrepreneurship
Through programming like Junior Achievement, and The Code Factory's Students & Startups, Nanaimo's Youth are learning entrepreneurship skills, being inspire to dream big and reach their potential.


  • Brad Feld, Entrepreneur, VC, co-founder of TechStars and MD of The Foundry Group (Boulder, Colorado)
    This grassroots model for entrepreneurial development is truly transformative and will position Canada as a beacon for entrepreneurs worldwide. Startup Canada’s national network of communities will ensure that entrepreneurs of today and the generations to follow will have the necessary tools, communities and culture to succeed.  

Our Partners

  • Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Young Professionals of Nanaimo
  • Inspire Nanaimo
  • Community Futures
  • Painted Turtle Guesthouse
  • Startup Canada

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