Junior Dragons Den 2019

Community Futures Junior Dragons Den 2019

Junior Dragons Den 2019

Calling all young innovators and entrepreneurs! 2019 Junior Dragons Den Regional competition dates announced.

Junior Dragons’ Den is a student business competition and call to action for entrepreneurs from Grades’ 5 to College/ Trades school level to create their own summer job/ business or to expand an existing one. The competition is open to students from throughout the East and West Kootenay, Thompson Country and North East British Columbia.

Junior Dragons who qualify for the regional competitions are matched with mentors from each respective regional business community. Mentors work with our competitors and assist them with preparing a dynamic one-page business plan and final video in preparation to pitch to our dragons during the live shows.

Students may enter the competition in one of the following categories:

  • Junior – Grades 7-10
  • Senior – Grade 11-12
  • Post-Secondary – College/ University/ Trades

Over $7000 in cash prizing awarded in 2018!

Junior Dragons Den BC competition

2019 Regional Competition dates are as follows:


New Ventures BC Competition: $275,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC. Submissions open March 4, 2019.

Enter the New Ventures BC Competition

New Ventures BC Competition: $275,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC. Submissions open March 4, 2019.

New Ventures BC Competition: $275,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC. Submissions open March 4, 2019.

Do you have what it takes to compete for over $275,000 in cash and prizes? 6 months, 4 rounds of competition. 150 competitors, 1 grand prize winner. It could be you!

Why Enter the New Ventures BC Competition?

Education: Get the essentials. Learn entrepreneurial building blocks from top-notch speakers at complementary seminars and workshops.

Mentorship: Get advice. If you make it to the top 40, you’ll get a mentorship team as well as pitch practice and valuable feedback.

Networking: Get connected. Join up to three evetns with fellow startups, as well as mentors and potential investors.

Feedback: Know what you don’t know. Provide your business plan and pitch for a jury of experts to receive constructive feedback.

Recognition: Be noticed. Making it to the Top 25 means you’re a venture to watch!

Prizes: Over $275,000 in cash and in-kind services to take your startup to the next level.


  • BC residents, teams or businesses
  • Innovative technology product or services
  • Any type of tech
  • Raised less than $1,000,000 in financing
  • Less than 5 years old
  • Incorporation not required
  • Pay $200 entry fee

Not sure if you qualify? Check the rules or contact New Ventures BC.

Want to learn more about the 2019 Competition? Attend these educational seminar and networking events.

Competition Timeline

March 4, 2019 – submissions open.

April 10, 11 pm- Round 1 deadline

Submit your registration and describe your business idea. All eligible participants move on to Round 2.

May 6, 6pm – Round 2 deadline

Feasibility Test. Submit a 6-page response to questions about your business idea.

  • 25 companies move on to Round 3
  • 15 additional companies will pitch their way into Round 3.

July 29, 6pm – Round 3 deadline

Condensed Venture Plan. Companies will be paired with a mentor team to expand their idea into an 8 page condensed venture plan.

September 5 & 6 – Round 4 pitches

Top 10 pitches finale. Top 10 finalists make an in-person pitch to the jury for a chance to win $275,000 in cash in prizes.

September 20 – Winners revealed!

Winners announced at Awards Ceremony.

Curious about past winners? Check out the list of winners of past competitions.

Innovate BC AI Justice Challenge

AI Justice Challenge

Innovate BC AI Justice Challenge

Innovate BC, the Ministry of Citizens’ Services and the Ministry of Attorney General have partnered to host the first-ever AI Justice Challenge.

The Justice Sector is considered ripe for AI solutions, and the Ministry of Attorney General wants to actively engage the innovator community to help solve their business challenges with AI. These solutions would provide the public with better access to the justice system, allowing citizens to navigate their legal matters more quickly, easily, and affordably. The AI Justice Challenge offers a huge opportunity for both government and the innovation community to collaborate on solving problems that impact millions of people across the province.

Why get involved?

The benefits for innovators include: 

  • Opportunities to demonstrate AI expertise and technology in a controlled setting that provides access to data and resources from a provincial government ministry
  • Potential for contracts to deliver production applications and act as a springboard to business opportunities in other jurisdictions
  • Opportunity to grow your business and have government as a potential partner, customer and reference

Benefits for government include:

  • Quick delivery of proof-of-concept solutions that can be funded through to production
  • Potential for powerful solutions that dramatically improve user experience, as well as increase internal efficiency
  • Partner with industry to stimulate business growth and job creation

Benefits for B.C. include:

  • Solutions that will help create a more streamlined, efficient, and accessible experience for B.C. residents who are going through a legal process

AI Justice Challenge Details

The Ministry of Attorney General is seeking five different AI solutions:

  • Smart Online Guide: an aid to help someone complete forms easily and correctly, aids to respond to citizens in their preferred language, or aids to converse
  • Intelligent Reviewer: a system that can intelligently parse a document and retrieve salient and relevant points quickly
  • Online Justice Chatbot: smart guide AI to provide legal information or guidance to matters OR processes involving probate, wills and estates planning
  • Auto Transcriber: faster, cheaper transcription
  • Smart Court Inquirer: an online inquiry or interactive platform for choosing terms, tracking trial processes, or generating basic information for judgements; needs to include a virtual or augmented reality for way finding and simulation

For more information and to apply for one of the challenges, head to BCBid and search for the following:

  • Smart Online Guide Challenge
    •  RFQ ON-003240 Smart Online Guide
  • Intelligent Reviewer Challenge
    • RFQ ON-003241 Intelligent Reviewer
  • Online Justice Chatbot Challenge
    • RFQ ON-003242 Online Justice Chatbot
  • Auto Transcriber Challenge
    • RFQ ON-003244 AI Auto Transcriber
  • Smart Court Inquirer Challenge
    • RFQ ON-003245 AI Smart Court Inquirer

Key Dates

  • Respondents’ MeetingAugust 20
  • Submissions close: August 31 at 2PM PST
  • Finalists chosen and invited to AI Challenge Event: September 17
  • AI Challenge: October 1-12, 2018

Challenge Process 

  • Stage 1: Applications submitted and reviewed
  • Stage 2: Finalists chosen and invited to AI Challenge
  • Stage 3: AI Challenge; finalists have two weeks to develop and demo proof of concept
  • Stage 4: Short-listed finalists go through a 16-week “Residency Stage” to develop minimum viable product
  • Stage 5: Winners go through a 12-18 month “Development & Implementation Stage”


All questions regarding the AI Justice Challenge can be sent to procurement.concierge@gov.bc.ca.


CBT Taking Action on Climate Change

Taking Action on Climate Change

CBT Taking Action on Climate Change

Columbia Basin Trust is supporting 12 climate action projects through the first year of its three-year Climate Action Program with $540,000. This support will help several communities in the Columbia Basin adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Taking action on climate change is a high priority among many Basin communities,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “Through these projects, communities will be working to both reduce their contributions to climate change and become more resilient to climate challenges.”

Several communities will focus on water-related climate impacts. For example, the City of Cranbrook will install automated stream flow monitoring stations on nearby creeks to support community water supply and flood mitigation planning and actions.

“The flow monitoring stations will be equipped with real-time sensors with the ability to transmit high-flow warnings to City staff and operators,” said Mike Matejka, Project Manager, City of Cranbrook. “This will be an important new asset and source of information for proactive flood response, as well as for planning future upgrades and replacement of downstream infrastructure.”

Download this resource to see how our region’s climate is changing and how communities are taking action.

Other communities will tackle composting, which reduces the greenhouse gas emissions from organic waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) will advance a food waste composting program within the city of Revelstoke, beginning with the commercial sector, which generates about 1,400 tonnes of food waste annually.

“There’s strong support from Revelstoke residents to implement organics collection,” said Ben von Nostrand, Team Leader, CSRD Environmental Health Services. “There is also an appetite to conduct the compost process locally as opposed to hauling food waste to the nearest facility, which is a three-hour round trip from Revelstoke. This will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transporting organic waste.”

The year 2017 had one of the hottest, driest summers on record for the Basin. Across the province, 1.2 million hectares of forest burned, surpassing the previous record of 855,000 hectares in 1958. As global temperatures continue to increase, so do the risks of drought, wildfire and flooding.

To assist Basin communities in understanding the climate changes underway, the Climate Action Program engages leading climate scientists to provide up-to-date local climate change information, and brings people around the region together to collaborate on climate action priorities.

Find these resources at ourtrust.org/climateaction.







Say cheese! Science Exposed is back!

Science ExposedNSERC has recently launched its Science Exposed contest, in collaboration with l’Acfas. The image contest challenges Canadians to combine creativity and science for a chance to win one of four cash prizes of up to $2,000.

The Science Exposed contest is devoted exclusively to images of scientific research, in all fields of study. We invite all to review the contest rules before capturing your image.

Contest closes on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

A French version of this competition, called La preuve par l’image is also organized by l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) in collaboration with NSERC.

Submit Your Research Image Today! @NSERC_CRSNG @_Acfas http://ow.ly/VG4sI