#BCTECH Summit 2018

#BCTECH Summit Early Bird On Sale Wednesday, Nov. 15th

TODAY is the day! Get your #BCTECH Summit Early Bird tickets!

What you need to know:

#BCTECH Summit is May 14-16, 2018.

Only 199 tickets for Startups available – $199 each. Startups have been asked to register for a code. When ticket sales open up tomorrow morning, startups need to ACT FAST with their code because once they’re gone, this price will no longer exist! If you have not applied for a code yet, please ask them to fill out an application HERE.

For everyone else, 399 tickets are available for only $399 ($500 savings off the full conference price). Maximum 5 tickets per transaction. The code to access these tickets is “FIRST399”.

Please note these special priced tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis. The past two #BCTECH Summits have completely sold out, so be one of the first to register and SAVE!

REGISTER NOW!

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BC Tech Summit Investment Showcase: Accredited investors

 http://bctechsummit.ca/b2bmeetings/ly for the #BCTECH Summit Investment Showcase - Deadline January 18th!

Matching BC Companies With Investors

For BC companies, the Investment Showcase will offer you the opportunity to deliver a 10-minute investment pitch to a group of truly elite national and international investors looking for technology solutions created in BC.

Sectors as part of the Investment Showcase include:

  • Advanced Materials / AgTech / CleanTech
  • Digital Media / Games /Mobile / Social / Web
  • Hardware / IoT / Traditional ICT / Wearables
  • HealthTech / Life Sciences / Medical Devices / Pharma

BC technology companies must apply to participate in the Investment Showcase. Applications are now closed for BC companies to apply to pitch.  Application deadline was January 18, 2017.

For investors interested in advanced seed to series B-stage investments, the Investment Showcase offers local and international investors a unique opportunity to explore a pre-selected portfolio of BC’s brightest tech stars. This is where you will meet innovative technology companies with a global market, strong traction and impressive teams.

Our Selection Committee made of VCs and Angel Investors have chosen this year’s companies! See the 40 companies below selected to pitch at this year’s Investment Showcase. 

By registering for the Investment Showcase, investors will also have access to the full conference on March 14th and 15th. Plus, your registration will allow you to sign up two of your portfolio companies for the price of one to attend the #BCTECH Summit! 

Accredited investors can register now by clicking HERE for your special pricing.  

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Strike a Deal. Partner. Invest. B2B Meetings at #BCTECH Summit

http://bctechsummit.ca/b2bmeetings/ly for the #BCTECH Summit Investment Showcase - Deadline January 18th!B2B Meetings (Business to business meetings) connect technology buyers, innovation scouts and government procurement specialists with innovative BC-based technology solution providers. The B2B Meetings are scheduled to occur over the two days of the #BCTECH Summit. 

A selection committee of industry professionals will review all applicants and match BC SMEs and their tech solutions based on the identified needs of the tech buyer or scout. Matches are not guaranteed. 

Application deadline is February 15, 2017. 

APPLY TO BE PART OF THE B2B MEETINGS

Opportunities for BC SMEs:

  • Expand your customer base, explore channel partnership opportunities, access global markets and meet influencers who can help accelerate the growth of your business.
  • Access government procurement specialists with substantial buying power.
  • Applications are open for BC tech SMEs at any stage of growth. 

Interested in being part of the B2B Meetings? We can match your tech solution to the appropriate buyer. Buyers already on board include organizations like IBM, Climate Action Secretariat, FortisBC, Ministry of Agriculture and more.  Check out the list of tech buyers and their business needs that will be at the #BCTECH Summit.  We can match your tech solution to the appropriate buyer. 

Click HERE to let the match-making begin!

B.C.’s – and Kootanays?! – Tech Sector Set For Growth in 2017

B.C.’s – and Kootanays?! – Tech Sector Set For Growth in 2017

B.C.’s – and Kootanays?! – Tech Sector Set For Growth in 2017There is great news projected for 2017 as Technology and Innovation in BC continues to incubate, serving as a magnet for the movers, shakers, startups, investors and workers in the flourishing British Columbia technology industry.

In the 2016 British Columbia Technology Report Card, KPMG reported that B.C.’s tech sector is growing faster than those in the rest of Canada and our American neighbours to the south.

The impact of the BC Tech Sector:

  • the sector comprises over 9500 companies spanning a number of industries: Interactive and Digital Media (IDM), Cleantech, Lifesciences, Information & Communication Technology (ICT) as well as IT & Engineering services.
  • the sector generates over $15 billion dollars per year
  • more than 90,000 jobs are created for British Columbians in the technology sector

BC Government doubles down:  #BCTECH Strategy to continue tech sector growth

This growth has been recently been supported by the #BCTECH Strategy, an initiative geared to support the growth of B.C.’s vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s diverse knowledge-based economy. Developed in consultation with industry, the Province of British Columbia has placed greater post-secondary emphasis on technology and coding in the K-12 curriculum, as well as wider availability of learning and development programs such as government-funded incubators through government’s Crown agency, the BC Innovation Council, and coding academies.

In partnership with the BC Innovation Council, the province is hosting B.C.’s second annual #BCTECH Summit in March.  The largest technology conference in B.C., it will showcase the province’s vibrant technology industry. With made-in-B.C. tech innovations, thought-provoking keynotes and outstanding networking opportunities the Summit will offer companies the chance to network with potential partners and investors while learning about next-generation innovations and ideas.

According to Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, “2017 promises to be another year of growth for British Columbia’s tech sector. We have the talent and the right business conditions to open doors to new opportunities for tech companies – both big and small.”

Tech sector seeing support, growth and opportunity in the Kootenays

It might be perceived that the growth of tech and innovation is limited to the Lower Mainland.  Not so.

Regions like the Okanagan, and right here in the Koots, are enjoying exciting growth and expansion of the sector as well.

Nelson, and similarly, Revelstoke,  have evolved as regional hubs.  Promoting the powerful combination of lifestyle – the exceptional outdoor recreation and reasonable cost of living – and superior infrastructure in the high speed fibre Internet, there’s endless appeal to potential innovators to bringing, or starting, their operations here.

Dedicated to fostering a culture of innovation as well as the development of science and technology throughout the Kootenays, the Kootenay Association of Science & Technology (KAST),  is a non-profit organization that offers business-development services such as coaching, expertise, training, and development projects to stimulate the growth of applied science and technology entrepreneurship.

“You have to be very creative to live here, and oftentimes its the entrepreneurial spirit that is needed to make a living here,” business coaching coordinator for the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) Rose Hoeher said.

KAST operates out of the Retreat Guru space and, with the support of the BC Innovation Council, provides an Executive-in-Residence and Venture Acceleration program, providing startups and small companies with mentors and the ideas needed to develop faster and successfully.

Through their Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies (MIDAS) centre and interviews of at least 40 local businesses, KAST plans to find new ways to train job seekers on these new technologies, while giving businesses a better idea of how new technologies can help grow their operations.

Amber Hayes, MIDAS project director, Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies, “We will be determining the technical skills and knowledge level our local industry requires. Research and future programing analysis will be completed via the new MIDAS Fab Lab team and regional partners Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation, Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute and Selkirk College. This initiative will support local business and employment, and elevates our community in its understanding and leveraging of technology to its benefit. We are excited to receive the Labour Market Partnership funding to survey our local industry and begin this valuable process.”

The project aligns with the #BCTECH Strategy, a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of B.C.’s vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s diverse innovation economy. The multi-year strategy includes a $100-million BC Tech Fund and initiatives to increase talent development and market access for tech companies that will drive innovation and productivity throughout the province.

The City of Revelstoke recently received $100,000 in funding to implement its own technology strategy.

According to Alan Mason, the city’s director of economic development, a few of goals the program expects to achieve are: promoting the capacity of broadband available in the city, support existing technology companies and help them grow and promote Revelstoke as a tech-friendly community.

Selkirk College is steadfast in their commitment to supporting and promoting technology & innovation throughout the region through their programming. Their Environment & Geomatics program is making news for significantly contributing to the career success of students.  They have developed an effective combination of classroom education, outdoor learning and real-world, hand-on, experience.

Originally posted at Imagine Kootenay.

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Apply for the #BCTECH Summit Investment Showcase – Deadline January 18th!

Apply for the #BCTECH Summit Investment Showcase - Deadline January 18th!Apply for the #BCTECH Summit Investment Showcase

Are you a company that has a technology solution, customer traction and global market opportunity to transform industries? The Investment Showcase is perfect for you.

Know the perfect investor? Pass this on to investors to sign up. Also, an investor can bring two portfolio companies for the price of one.

Designed for investors interested in advanced seed to series B-stage investments, the Investment Showcase offers local and international investors a unique opportunity to explore a pre-selected portfolio of BC’s brightest tech stars. This is where you will meet innovative technology companies with a global market, strong traction and impressive teams.

For BC companies, the Investment Showcase will offer you the opportunity to deliver a 15-minute investment pitch to a group of truly elite national and international investors looking for technology solutions created in BC. BC technology companies must apply to participate in the Investment Showcase.

Click HERE to learn more!

Please note that pitching companies are required to purchase a #BCTECH Summit ticket.