Hire a BC student grant up to $10000

Get up to $10,000 a Year to Hire a Business or Tech Student

Hire a BC student grant up to $10000

 

Apply for a BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) Grant to Hire a Business or Tech Student

The BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative (BCIC-ISI) is designed to cultivate future technology entrepreneurs and innovators with the ultimate goal of creating quality, high-paying jobs for the BC economy.

BCIC-ISI is focused on covering the innovation/entrepreneurial gap that is critical to providing the spark that ignites future business leaders. This program differs from a co-op in that it is driven by regional industry needs rather than educational institutions, and prepares students to start companies and create jobs in addition to filling jobs.

To be eligible, work placements must provide the student with entrepreneurial and business training and mentorship.

Student Benefit: BCIC-ISI provides post-secondary students from across BC with business, technical, innovation and entrepreneurial training, skills and experience to meet the needs of industry in BC. The program focuses on exposing students to regional industry needs and challenges, while providing students with the skills required to run a successful business.

Company Benefit: BCIC-ISI offers BC-based technology companies access to top talent and skilled workers, training of future employees, resources for a project that will move their company forward, and the opportunity to showcase industry problems to future solution providers.

Students are selected to work with companies based on their skills and the company’s needs. The students are paid for their time working with the company, by the company with the financial assistance of a BCIC-ISI voucher valued from $1,000-$5,000 (average value is $3,000), which must be matched in-kind and/or in-cash by a company contribution.

APPLY NOW!

#hireaBCstudent if you are:

  • A tech company or startup in BC
  • A non-profit tech organization in BC
  • Hiring a post-secondary student from an accredited institution in BC

Your student

  • Is not a co-op student
  • Will be hired for a business or technical role
  • Is enrolled at an accredited post secondary institution in BC

You agree to

  • Offer entrepreneurial and business training to the student, including Market Validation Training
  • Match grant funding in cash or a combination of cash and up to 25% in kind
  • Complete surveys and comply with the terms of the funding

If approved you can receive:

  • $1000 – $5000 towards your student’s payroll (average $3000) per term
  • Up to two vouchers per year, worth a total of $10,000 from May 2018  – April 2019

APPLY NOW!

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”

Contact

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

 

The OKGNtech LIVE Pick N’ Pitch is an investment event

5 Reasons to Apply for the Pick n’ Pitch

The OKGNtech LIVE Pick N’ Pitch is an investment event

The OKGNtech LIVE Pick N’ Pitch is an investment event designed to give qualified companies raising capital an opportunity to meet with credible, industry-specific investors, actively investing in technology-driven companies.

OKGNtech has invited a powerful group of tech investors who will meet one-on-one with 25 selected companies to hear private pitches. They’ve also organized some pre-pitch sessions with mentors including Paul Singh and Kelly Hoey. These sessions are a chance to learn and connect with some of the tech industry’s most dynamic influencers.

This is your opportunity to connect and collect!

Bonus! The most promising startup will win a spot to participate in the 2019 OKGNtech Angel Summit (details coming early 2019) and a chance at another $100k+ investment.

5 REASONS TO APPLY FOR THE PICK N’ PITCH

  1. Meet with mentors and gain valuable feedback designed to help you up your game.
  2. Networking with investors, entrepreneurs, and industry gurus.
  3. Pitch in private one-on-one meetings with accredited local and outside investors.
  4. Access to the pre-pitch information sessions with mentors including Paul Singh and Kelly Hoey.
  5. Opportunity to win a spot to participate in the OKGNtech Angel Summit and a chance at another $100k+ investment!

>> APPLY HERE <<

Application Deadline: August 19th. Applications will be evaluated by a panel of investors. Companies shortlisted will be notified by Wednesday, August 22nd

OKGNtech LIVE Pick N’ Pitch is brought to you by Accelerate Okanagan. For more information, contact AO Program Manager, Thuy Tran

Engineering University Transfer Programs in the Kootenays

Engineering University Transfer Programs throughout the Kootenays

Engineering University Transfer Programs in the Kootenays

With the rise in demand for Engineers of all disciplines, post-secondary institutions in the Kootenays make it easier for regional students to begin their Engineering educations, along with valuable co-op experiences, closer to home.

Kootenays colleges meeting the demand for regional, transferrable, first year programs

Generally speaking, engineering is for students who are interested in the physical structures and systems in our modern world.  Engineers are are the thinkers and builders who apply science and math to every aspect of modern life, designing and developing the products and processes we use every day.

It is a solid, in-demand career path often offering high-paying jobs as well as challenging, satisfying work.

 Engineering careers include:

  • civil  (structures)
  • mechanical (machines)
  • electrical and computer (circuits and software)
  • chemical and biological (chemical and biochemical processes)
  • physics (applied physics in the design of new devices)

College of the Rockies

The College of the Rockies Engineering Certificate is designed to satisfy the first year requirements of undergraduate programs at both UVIC and UBC as well as other institutions.

With a Block Transfer agreement with University of Victoria, College of the Rockies’ engineering certificate students will receive full credit for first-year engineering at UVIC and will be on equal footing with UVIC students when it comes to competitive entry into second year.

According to College of the Rockies Dean of Instruction, Darrell Bethune, “College of the Rockies’ engineering certificate students will receive full credit for first-year engineering at the University of Victoria, and better yet, will be on equal footing with UVIC students for competitive admission into year two.”

“This is a terrific opportunity for students to begin their engineering education at College of the Rockies with smaller class sizes and more personal instruction,” Bethune notes.

The COTR engineering certificate meets the first-year requirements of all UVIC engineering streams except software engineering, though those COTR students interested can enter software engineering by taking the additional computer science course at UVIC after they transfer.

For more information on the College of the Rockies’ Engineering certificate, call (250) 489-2751 ext. 3243 or go to www.cotr.bc.ca/university.

Selkirk College

The first-year Engineering Transfer (Applied Science) program at Selkirk College allows for the transfer option to UBC, SFU, UVic or U of A.

This program focuses on physical structures and provides the necessary background in math and physics required to pursue the remaining three years in a degree program.

Additionally, any prep or prerequisite courses can be fulfilled and successful completion of this certificate program allows for transfer of credits towards an engineering degree at UBC, UBC Okanagan, SFU, UVic, or the University of Alberta. Most of Selkirk’s first-year engineering courses in fact transfer to universities across Canada.

Engineering Co-op

Co-op education programs are vital to providing valuable on-the-job, hands-on experience to future engineers. The Selkirk College co-op education integrates the first year of academic study with periods of paid, related work experience. The co-op work term credit is also transferable to further university co-op engineering programs.

Click HERE to learn more!

Coordinated with the East and West Kootenay Branches of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, Selkirk College organized a day-long field trip to Kimberley on September 10, 2016 to tour the Kimberley Underground Mine and the Sunmine Solar Facility.

 

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Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) wants volunteers

Volunteers Wanted to Help Shape Next Generation of Koots Entrepreneur

Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) wants volunteers

Junior Achievement British Columbia needs qualified businessmen and businesswomen to help educate children about communication, collaboration and leadership in the business world. — Photo courtesy Alanna Tynan

Are you a successful Kootenays entrepreneur? Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) needs you!

If you are a business owner and are wondering how you might put the wealth of knowledge and experience you’ve gained to beneficial use in your community, here’s a suggestion… mentor young, aspiring business entrepreneurs.

School is just around the corner and so is a super opportunity to give back in a way that can have significant impact on the lives and aspirations of local young people. Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) is a global non-profit dedicated to educating youth in business and leadership. JABC seeks out local business mentors to have a direct impact on youth in their communities. The organization then partners them with classrooms to share their real-life experiences to empower youth with tools for job readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Volunteers from all different backgrounds are given the opportunity to make an impact on classrooms through easily accessible program templates.

Meeting the Shortage of Volunteers

“The problem that we are facing right now is that schools are desiring more and more programs but we don’t have enough qualified volunteers to serve them,” said Alanna Tynan, program co-ordinator for JABC’s Columbia Basin South. “Volunteers are only required to dedicate a couple of hours of their time and the impact has been proven to go great lengths for local youth.”

If you bring expertise to the fore, you have the opportunity to have a profound impact on the next generation of entrepreneurs, taking on the role of educator sharing your knowledge, experience, and passion for what you do. The positive influence can often be seen in only a few hours.

“I love hearing the originality of the ideas that youth come up with after having been inspired by the programs and volunteers,” said Tynan. “I feel like the experience really broadens the perspectives of local youth and allows them to dream beyond their lines of sight.”

Incorporating the Three Pillars

JA programs are designed around three pillars: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. “These subjects aren’t always part of the regular school curriculum,” said Tynan. “We believe these are important skills for all children to learn to succeed in today’s global economy. JA also focuses on 21st century skills, which include things like communication, collaboration and leadership.”

Volunteers are given a package that includes a PowerPoint template for them to follow and corresponding workbooks and interactive games for each student. They prepare before going into the classroom and are supported by the program co-ordinator, which is Tynan in the Columbia Basin South region.

“The real-world experiences of the volunteer really enhance the conversation and intrigue the students,” said Tynan. “Sharing what the volunteers have learned in their own careers—the ups and downs along the way—provides a glimpse into what challenges students might encounter. This equips them with tools and education to get through it.”

JABC’s reach in continuing to grow. The organization is currently in 56 of 60 B.C. school districts.

“Thanks to support from organizations such as Columbia Basin Trust, our programs are growing in number throughout the Kootenay regions,” said Tynan. “We have programs that are being delivered in both elementary, middle and high schools. We are beginning to line up volunteers for fall.”

Time commitment

The programs can be condensed into a couple of short classroom visits or run over a series of four weeks for one hour each visit. It depends on the needs of the teacher and volunteer. JABC programs are flexible enough to fit different schedules.

“One thing that has worked really well for us in the past has been to partner with businesses that send their employees as representatives on work time,” Tynan said. “Presenters often love to work in tandem and this can make for a great experience for everyone involved while doubling as team building for a local business’s employees.”

If you feel you are up for the challenge, inspiring eager young minds about business and entrepreneurship, contact Tynan at Alanna.Tynan@JABC.org for more information.

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