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Cascadia Venture Forum

Entrepreneur Conference · 15 Members · Vancouver, BC, Canada

About this Program

The Cascadia Venture Forum is the premier early stage (Seed and Series A) investment forum for health innovation start-ups in the PNW, including BC, OR and WA.

Our Investment Focus

CVF is a collaborative initiative showcasing the highest quality, investor-worthy, health innovation start-ups from the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, connecting BC, WA and OR. For 2019, CVF is excited to partner with the BC Tech Summit to co-host the Investment Showcase, showcasing the best early stage health tech companies from the Pacific Northwest, occuring on Monday, March 11, 2019 in beautiful Vancouver, BC.


Promising health tech companies from the region are invited to submit applications for participation. To apply, start-ups must submit their application using GUST via CVF's profile. Submissions will reviewed on a rolling basis to determine eligibility for pre-screening. Selected companies are expected to present to the CVF pre-screening committee in-person in Vancouver, BC or remotely using web conference. One or more pre-screening dates are planned starting in mid-February. UPDATE: The first pre-screening date is Monday, February 18th. The deadline for submissions is end of Thursday, February 14, 2019. More pre-screening dates may be added. 


Qualifying criteria for start-ups include:



  • Incorporated and located in the Pacific Northwest

  • Health technology focused: biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical technology, diagnostics, digital health, healthcare IT, and other healthcare-related focuses

  • Raising Seed or Series A financing

  • Demonstrated some level of product validation with customers via in-vitro, in-vivo and ex-vivo

  • Defensible know-how (patents, copyright, etc.)

  • Strong, multi-disciplinary team


There is no fee to apply to present at CVF 2019 - Investment Showcase; however, a fee of $199 will apply for companies that cancel less than 14 days ahead of the event or are a no-show. Companies are expected to cover their travel to and accommodation while in Vancouver, BC. Interested companies can register to travel using the Geek Train, complimentary 1-way ticket from Seattle to Vancouver, sponsored by the BC Trade & Investment. More details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/geeks-on-a-train-2019-tickets-52618519408.

Preferred Industries

  • Biotechnology
  • Healthcare Services
  • Medical Devices and Equipment

Preferred Locations

  • Washington, US
  • Oregon, US
  • British Columbia, Canada