#BCTECH Summit 2019

Attend #BCTECH Summit 2019 – With Support from CBT!

#BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTECH Summit 2019 March 11th – 13th, 2019, Vancouver, B.C. Gather with the best in BC (and beyond!) tech & innovation!

If you haven’t yet been to the #BCTECHSummit, Western Canada’s annual innovation event, it’s a must if you or your business is involved in any manner of science, technology, and/or innovation. Take advantage of this great opportunity from Columbia Basin Trust, offering valuable financial support to attend #BCTECH Summit 2019.

CBT is sending 50 Basin-based tech companies to attend #BCTECHSummit, by offering up to $1,000 to offset expenses.

WHO CAN APPLY?

To be eligible to receive the Trust funds, you must:

  1. be a registered for-profit business;
  2. be a technology business or technology-enabled business;
  3. be based in Columbia Basin Trust’s region, see map here;
  4. have been in business at least one year; and
  5. have limited financial resources to attend the event.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

Selected businesses will be required to submit a statement of impact along with an expense form and accompanying documentation after the #BCTECHSummit to be reimbursed up to a maximum of $1,000 for the following eligible expenses:

  1. #BCTECHSummit registration fees;
  2. Accommodation;
  3. Airfare (receipt and boarding pass required);
  4. Car rental, taxi, or public transit; and
  5. Mileage (reimbursed at $0.54 per kilometre).

HOW TO APPLY?

The application for the #BCTECHSummit travel bursary is online.

  1. Click here to access the application.
  2. Once your application is complete click ‘Submit’.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received once you have clicked ‘Submit’.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Midnight on February 4, 2019

Stay tuned for details regarding a fun #BCTECH Summit get-together – networking, mingling, connecting – for Koots attendees!

 

#BCTECH Summit Last chance to apply for the Investment Showcase

Last Chance to Apply for the Investment Showcase at #BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTECH Summit Last chance to apply for the Investment Showcase

The #BCTECHSummit Investment Showcase connects B.C.’s most promising startups with leading investors from around the world.

Pitching Applications close today! (Dec 11 at 11:59pm PST).

Highlights from 2018:

  • 50 startups pitched in diverse sectors like HealthTech, CleanTech, IoT, AR/VR, and Gaming.
  • 150+ global and local investors attended, representing more than $200 billion.
  • 77% of those investors booked follow-up meetings with pitching companies.
Apply today if you are one of B.C.’s top growth-oriented startups seeking seed or series A funding.

Wanted for 2019: Leading Investors and Growth-Oriented Startups

  • Investors: Meet innovative technology companies with a global market, strong traction and impressive teams—chosen by a selection committee made up of VCs, angel investors and industry experts.
  • Startups: If you are one of B.C.’s top growth-oriented startups seeking Seed or Series A funding, then apply today to participate in either the Roundtable Series or Funding Pitches.

Why and How to Participate: Get Funding, Expertise and Exposure

  • Seed Funding Roundtable Series: Startups seeking seed capital of under $3 million are invited to participate in the Seed Funding Roundtable Series. The Series will give founders direct access to investors, where they will have the opportunity to gain critical feedback and expertise, and of course, pitch their product.
  • Series A Funding Pitches: Startups seeking capital of $3 million or more are invited to participate in the Series A Funding Pitches, 5-minute investment pitches, which are followed by a 5-minute Q&A session and extended networking.
  • Leverage Media Attention: The #BCTECHSummit attracts local, national and international media. In 2018, 125 accredited media showed up to break news and tell the stories of the technologies and industries of the future. This is your opportunity to leverage the attention that the #BCTECHSummit commands and position your company for growth.
#BCTECH Summit keynote speakers

New #BCTECHSummit Keynote Speakers: Anousheh Ansari and Manjit Minhas –

#BCTECH Summit keynote speakers

More outstanding, accomplished women added to the 2019 #BCTECHSummit keynote speaker lineup: Anousheh Ansari, newly-named CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, and Manjit Minhas, judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and co-founder of Minhas Breweries.

Anousheh Ansari is the new CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. A serial tech entrepreneur and an active proponent of world-changing technologies, Ansari, along with her family, sponsored XPRIZE’S first competition, a $10 million initiative that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight. Ansari is the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space. Previously, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006. Ansari has also co-funded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020. Ansari will tell her remarkable story and share insights into how increased access to exponential technologies is democratizing the ability for anyone—people and organizations in every corner of the earth—to solve today’s most pressing issues.

Manjit Minhas is a co-founder of Minhas Breweries, Distillery and Wineries and a judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. When Minhas was just 19-years-old, she and her brother Ravinder scraped together $10,000 to launch their first beer in Alberta. Now she’s co-owner of the grown her company to be the 10th largest brewery in the world. Recently named a Fortune Most Powerful Women International, she’s received several other business industry awards including PROFIT magazine’s “Top Growth Entrepreneur”, Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, Canada’s Top 40 under 40, Chatelaine Magazine’s “Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year 2011”, Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year Prairie Region and The Sikh Centennial Foundation Award 2015. At the #BCTECHSummit 2019, Minhas’ keynote will reveal what led her company to rapid success, including the principles and entrepreneurial values that can be applied to any business or industries.

Ansari and Minhas join previously announced speakers Eric O’Neil, Tan Le, John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, Shirley Vickers, President & CEO of Innovate BC, and Dr. Alan Winter, B.C.’s Innovation Commissioner.

With the theme of the Reality Revolution, #BCTECHSummit 2019 invites speakers and delegates to explore and discover how we can use emerging technologies—from AI to robotics, quantum to cleantech, blockchain to AR/VR—to solve the biggest challenges facing B.C. and the world.

At the 2019 Summit, along with access to global thought leaders, you will also get to experience one-of-a-kind masterclasses, hands-on workshops, global innovation challenges, investment opportunities and daily networking events.

With the theme of the Reality Revolution, the 2019 #BCTECHSummit will highlight how people and organizations can harness innovation and emerging technologies to stay competitive and solve the biggest challenges facing B.C. and the world.

Early bird tickets to the #BCTECHSummit are still available for $300 off the full conference ticket price. Register now for $699.

Women in Technology & Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarship

Women in Technology & Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarships

Women in Technology & Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarship

Ten female BC students have been awarded $10,000 Women in Technology and Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarships from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.

Premier John Horgan announced the scholarships in May 2018 at the BC Tech Summit to inspire and support more women considering these fields.

Women are under-represented in tech-related disciplines such as sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Women receive about 37% of STEM credentials awarded by the B.C. public post-secondary system, compared to 59% of non-STEM program credentials.

“We want to open the doors for more women in the tech sector because they’re underrepresented in tech businesses throughout the province. Women have the knowledge, skills, and tech talent to launch successful careers in a dynamic sector and we are committed to supporting them to get ahead,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “These scholarships are an important first step to giving more women opportunities to succeed in the tech sector.”

To be eligible, students need to demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in computer science, engineering or mathematics. Read the full press release here.

The tech sector in B.C. is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy generating about $29 billion in revenue, supporting over 106,000 good-paying jobs. The province is home to more than 10,200 tech businesses.

Announcing #BCTECHSummit 2019 Keynote Speakers Eric O’Neill and Tan Le

#BCTECHSummit 2019 Keynote Speakers Announced: Eric O’Neill and Tan Le

Announcing #BCTECHSummit 2019 Keynote Speakers Eric O’Neill and Tan Le

Innovate BC and the B.C. government announced Eric O’Neill and Tan Le as keynote speakers for the 4thannual #BCTECHSummit, March 11-13, 2019 in Vancouver.

This year’s theme of the Reality Revolution invites speakers and delegates to explore and discover how we can use emerging technologies — from AI to robotics, quantum to cleantech, blockchain to AR/VR — to solve the biggest challenges facing B.C. and the world.

Eric O’Neill is an attorney, former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, cybersecurity expert, and was the inspiration for the film, Breach. In 2001, Eric helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Phillip Hanssen. O’Neill is at the forefront of cybersecurity and will share insights into how people and organizations can take advantage of an era of big data and innovation while protecting themselves from the security vulnerabilities of a digitally, interconnected world.

Tan Le is an entrepreneur, inventor and CEO of Emotiv, a cutting-edge brain research company. Le has created technology that enabled a quadriplegic man to drive a Formula One car, using only his brain waves. For her achievements, Le has been recognized by Fast Company, Forbes and the World Economic Forum. Le will share her unique story, from refugee to tech and innovation leader, and she will demonstrate how advances in technology can fundamentally improve people’s lives here in B.C. and around the world.

“The #BCTECHSummit is an extraordinary event that will showcase the best of technology and innovation in our province and around the world,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “This year’s summit will show why B.C. is such an exciting place for cutting-edge tech and will give participants a unique opportunity to connect with innovators, thought-leaders and companies that are developing emerging technology here in B.C. and at a global level.”

Additional speakers will include John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, Shirley Vickers, President & CEO of Innovate BC, and Dr. Alan Winter, B.C.’s Innovation Commissioner.

Early bird tickets to the #BCTECHSummit are currently available for $699. To purchase tickets, or for more information about the event, visit bctechsummit.ca.

#BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTechSummit 2019 March 11-13, 2019

#BCTECH Summit 2019

#BCTechSummit 2019 is just around the corner, March 11-13, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Last year’s #BCTECH Summit 2018 broke records. Join us – the teams from KAST and MIDAS –  for the largest innovation conference in Western Canada.

Large corporations. Small companies and start-ups. Job-seekers and recruiters. Innovation leaders and media. They’re all here and looking to connect, build relationships and help the BC technology ecosystem take its place on the world stage.

Global Thought Leadership

Global thought leadership gained through keynote speakers, interactive sessions and deep dives covering innovation and its impact on the way we work, live and play. The #BCTECH Summit will bring together the world’s brightest entrepreneurs and creative minds to shape and challenge the future of business.

Largest Showcase of Innovation in B.C.

Get a glimpse of cutting-edge made-in-BC discoveries and inventions in our Marketplace, Technology Showcase, Startup Village and Ignite Research Pavilion. Collaborate with our emerging entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders and service builders.

Business Deals through B2B Matchmaking

This program connects large corporations, technology buyers, innovation scouts and government procurement specialists with B.C.-based technology solution providers.

Inspiring Youth 

There’s a career in tech waiting for our young people! Open to BC high school and post-secondary students.

Stay tuned for information about tickets (coming soon!) as well as featured speakers and other special events, including the annual #BCTECH Summit Koots meetup – more info to come!