#SGWomen Leaders Month: Panel Chat With An AI Founder, A Digital Marketer & A Social Leader

May 11, 2018, 1:30 – 4:00 AM

SFU VentureLabs, Suite #1200, 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, V6B 4N6

We're celebrating our Global Female Leaders Month! #SGWomen Get inspired by an AI founder, a marketing expert & a social entrepreneur leader! We're hosting Maryam Sadeghi (CEO of MetaOptima), Bernadette Butler (CEO of StoryTap) & Ali Close (Founder of Women in Tech World) to discuss their founder stories, their experiences as entrepreneur, and their opinions on the culture in the startup scene.

In-person event

About this event

We're celebrating our Global Female Leaders Month in May at Startup Grind!!!

Get inspired by an AI founder, a marketing expert & a social entrepreneur leader!

We're hosting 

to discuss their founder stories, their experiences as entrepreneur, and their opinions about the culture in the startup scene and tech industry.

#SGWomen #FemaleLeaders

~Proudly Sponsored by SFU VentureLabs and BCJobs!~

Maryam, Bernadette, and Ali are strong female leaders who've made their path in a traditionally very male dominated space: digital & computer technology.

Maryam co-founded MetaOptima Technology, where intelligent skin analytics, imaging, and management technologies were developed. The company was one of ten that were shortlisted for the 2013 BCIC New Ventures Competition. She made the Business In Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 Awards List for her innovative work and successful commercialization of DermEngine (an intelligent dermatology platform) and MoleScope (a mobile dermoscope) in 2016.

Recently, Maryam was appointed as a MITACS Research Council member, was credited as one of BC’s most influential women in BC Business Magazine, and her company was listed as a “Ready To Rocket” business in the area of digital health. Now MetaOptima has become one of the fastest growing digital health technology companies in Canada, and continues to strive to empower physicians and patients for better care outcomes.

Bernadette believes in a new world, a world where authentic advertising is more powerful than fake actor/script advertising. With over 20 years experience with massive brands all over North America, plus 8 advertising awards and 2 ads on the World’s Funniest Reel, Bernadette is now the CEO and Co-Founder of video technology company, StoryTap.com. StoryTap, a 2018 Techstars company, is disrupting the digital video space, providing a DIY video solution for every marketer to collect and distribute volumes of video from real people (like product reviews and testimonials) at scale.

Ali founded Women in Tech World in 2016, a grassroots organization with 140 volunteers dedicated to creating community-driven plans and educational programming to support and advance women in tech. Their mission is to make tech an even playing field.

Last fall, they launched a Canada-wide, community based research tour, dubbed Driving WinTech, and conducted 31 community conversations with over 800 women and allies in tech nationwide to develop the largest qualitative data set of its kind in Canada.

Ali clearly is very passionate about strengthening the position of women in the tech industry and she will give us valuable insights from her tour and research that can teach us how to improve our culture and ecosystem to make women's voices heard.

Let's celebrate these extraordinary individuals and learn from their stories and perspectives!

Check out what happened


  • Maryam Sadeghi


    Co-founder & CEO

  • Ali Close

    Women in Tech World

    Founder & CEO

  • Bernadette Butler


    CEO & Co-founder



Friday, May 11, 2018
1:30 AM – 4:00 AM UTC


Networking with Snacks & Drinks
Panel Chat
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  • Henry Soo


    Startup Grind Vancouver Director

  • Melodie Von

    Startup Grind Vancouver Digital Team

  • Eileen Xing

    Startup Grind Vancouver Digital Team


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Women in Tech World

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