What is the Cascadia Venture Forum?
The Cascadia Venture Forum (CVF) is the premier early stage (Seed and Series A) investment forum for health innovation start-ups in the Pacific Northwest. The CVF endeavours to increase the opportunities for growth of these start-ups by facilitating more efficient capital investment through strategic partnerships of key constituents within the innovation economy.
Our vision is to enable the Cascadia Innovation Corridor to become a world-leading cluster of health innovation entrepreneurship.
Which start-ups can participate?
Promising health innovation start-ups looking to raise a Seed or Series A financing who are incorporated and located in the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon) are invited to submit applications for participation in their regional forums.
What are the eligibility requirements for start-ups to participate?
Start-ups must have a focus in health innovation and be raising a Seed or Series A financing. Other qualifying criteria include some demonstration of product validation, defensible know-how and a strong team. Please click here for a detailed list of eligibility requirements.
What is the date for start-up entry submission?
Applications are being accepted and reviewed in a rolling format. The prescreening dates are below and submission deadlines for applications to be reviewed at the next date are seven (7) days prior to a pre-screening date:
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
How many start-ups will be chosen to participate?
Presenting start-ups need to be high enough caliber to draw interest from attending investors. Through the prescreening process, feedback and mentorship opportunities are provided to participating start-ups with the intention to make them investment-worthy. The aim is to have up to 18 start-ups pitch at each regional forum with the top six (6) start-ups from each region (Vancouver, Seattle and Portland) moving on to present at the CVF Summit, held in Seattle.
How do start-ups move on to the CVF Summit in Seattle?
The top start-ups from each regional event will be selected by the audience of investors and judges to move on to the CVF Summit.
How much does it cost for a start-up to present/pitch?
There is no fee if selected to present at a CVF regional forum; however, a fee of $250 USD is payable in case of no-shows. Furthermore, a fee of $250 USD will be required for companies invited to participate in the CVF Summit in Seattle (travel costs will not be covered).
How much does it cost for an investor or other health innovation ecosystem member to register?
The cost is variable according to the particular regional event. Please see that region's event page for further details.
Who will attend?
Primarily angel investors and venture capitalists will be in attendance as well as other health innovation ecosystem members.
By participating in CVF, do I automatically receive an offer of investment?
No, there is no guarantee that you will receive an investment offer. This is highly dependent on the start-up and investors agreeing upon terms and other importance considerations. CVF is not an investment fund, so it does not make investments in participating start-ups. The objective of CVF is to increase the visibility and thus the likelihood of participating companies receiving investment/financing.
When will the forums be held?
The dates for each of the regional forums are:
Vancouver Forum: TBD
Seattle Forum: TBD
Portland Forum: TBD
CVF Summit: TBD