Our #WeAreYQQ Spring Party is about startups, money, raising funds for the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market – and loads of fun!

On March 30 we’re hositng another of our signature entrepreneur parties. The focus this time: money and startups, fundraising for the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market – and fun! Get your tickets by “suggested donation” now! 


It takes money to make money. But how do entrepreneurs get the money they need to start and grow their businesses? That’s the question panellists will be answering during the Financial Marketplace portion of the party at Prime Chophouse. 

But we encourage people to show up at 6pm and take advantage of Prime Chophouse’s “Community Throwback” dinner offer. Every Community Throwback dinner generates $5 for the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market.

Then enjoy the Financial Marketplace as it starts with a keynote on startups and money by speaker Keith Ippel of global startup school Spring U. Then startup finance resouce people Adam Speigel of BDC, David Sawyer of equity crowdfunder Consider Funding, Mina Haghini of Futurpreneur, and Marc Crane of Community Futures will pitch what they do. After their pitches, Ippel will moderate a panel discussion and a public Q&A. The event also features special guests comedienne Kitty Pitt, and DJ em.ash.

Money talk – and fundraising

Previous #WeAreYQQ parties have raised funds for EDAS: Everybody Deserves A Smile and Startup Comox Valley. This time the focus is on the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market.

Meyer references studies by the USFDA that show the local food sector is one of the number one ways to grow the local economy. “The Market is our number one ‘local food’ business incubator,” he says. “Want to see our local economy grow? Let’s help this organisation thrive!”  

To add to the mix, Prime Chophouse is inviting you to come early and enjoy a Community Throwback dinner to support the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market. $5 from every Community Throwbacks dinner goes to the Market.

But it’s not just about the money. It’s also about the fun!

LIFT’s Hans Peter Meyer says that growing a startup community isn’t just about getting tools, resources, and money together. It’s also about getting people together to have fun.

“We’re always looking for new ways to mix things up,” Meyer says, of the #WeAreYQQPartyCrew headed up by “party boss” Leanne Zdebiak-Eni. For this party, the features are a standup routine on startups by local comedienne Kitty Pitt, an evening of “low slung techno” by DJ em.ash, and, as always, $1000s in prizes from LIFT VIP businesses. “We’ve got gift cards from Atlas Café, Gladstone Brewing, Sure Copy Courtenay, My Tech Guys, Panther Workwear, Studio IPF: Inner Pursuit Fitness, LIFT – and many more,” Zdebiak-Eni says. “They’re all up for grabs via social media games that generate loads of fun, and help promote local businesses.”

How to get your tickets

Registration for #WeAreYQQ Spring Party & Financial Marketplace is by “suggested donation.” If you need help registering, please call HPM at 250-792-1408 or Naz at 250-615-6516.


It takes a community to grow successful startups

Keynote speaker travel funding for this event comes from BDC and Community Futures Strathcona.

LIFT activities are made possible by support from LIFT Solution Sponsors like Finneron Hyundai, hanspetermeyer.ca, Mastermynde Strategy, Sure Copy Courtenay, 50th Parallel PR, Comox Valley Record, 98.9 The GOAT, and Jabin Postal Films, as well as Community Partners Atlas Cafe, Hansen & Hansen Painting, Island Word, My Tech Guys, Ron Pogue Photography, McKinnon Photography, Gladstone Brewing, and Island Soul Films.

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