About Us

With a focus on interactive sessions and storytelling around real world experiences, Startup Slam can help you develop your career, no matter your background.

Dyspatch created Startup Slam in 2015 to help the community in Victoria’s burgeoning tech sector connect and share their expertise. What started as a small gathering of local startups has become an annual conference, bringing together local startups, freelancers, enterprise companies, and the public sector. Last year, over 350 students, developers, and entrepreneurs came together to make this event a success.

For 2020 we’re taking everything you’ve loved about Startup Slam online, and opening our programming up to attendees across Canada, offering them an introduction to the talent, drive, and curiosity in Victoria’s now thriving tech sector.

Our hope is that anyone working in tech, or interested in working in tech, can find value from attending Startup Slam. We work hard to ensure that our programming has something to offer attendees at any stage of their career – learning and development never stop! Here’s a look at some of the people who have attended past events:

  • Those just starting a technical career as a developer looking to build their skills
  • Non-technical folks who want to learn some basic technical skills (like git)
  • Professional developers who want to learn from the successful (and not so successful) things their peers have tried in the past
  • Product managers and designers who want to learn about best practices and new techniques
  • Folks interested in founding a startup who want to learn from those who have already been through it
  • Anyone interested in learning more business skills
  • Those interested in networking with peers and building community
  • Those who want to connect with tech companies operating out of Victoria (remote or in person) to know more about the work they do

Shoutout to the over 25 companies and organizations who have supported Startup Slam as sponsors over the years. It’s important to our vision that Startup Slam have as few barriers to entry as possible. That’s why the event is free to attend, thanks in no small part to the generous support of the tech community in Victoria.


Rooof loves being a part of Startup Slam because it’s inspiring and energizing to connect with aspiring and growing startups.  Founding or joining a startup is hard, but it’s a tiny bit easier to get by when you’re part of a community of people with the same passions and the same struggles.  Let’s celebrate and support each other at Slam!


Startup Slam is a chance for our team to give back to our community – acting as Experts is an opportunity to support the next generation of talent, as well as connect with peers

Pixel Union

VIATEC is proud to continue to support Startup Slam! A great example of what makes Greater Victoria’s tech sector so special: it’s full of burgeoning talent, incredible ideas, and a collaborative spirit.


Startup Slam is an important event for our startup ecosystem. They’ve done a phenomenal job of bringing together local entrepreneurs, business leaders, technology enthusiasts, and students in a productive way. I particularly enjoyed the 1:1 sessions and found them to be a great way to meet other entrepreneurs and learn about some of the up-and-coming startups, projects, and talent in our community.