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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

BCTECH summit Innovation Challenges

#BCTECH Summit Innovation Challenges

BCTECH summit Innovation Challenges

Pitch your solution to an Innovation Challenge at #BCTECH Summit!

Hosted by Innovate BC, the Ministry of Agriculture, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, Vancouver Economic Commission and the Ministry of Citizens’ Services, the Innovation Challenges are a new #BCTECHSummit activity where large organizations will pitch their specific pain points for an audience of startups, innovators, and researchers.

Following a series of engaging pitches, presenters will be hosting scheduled meetings with the goal of jumpstarting deals with companies that have the potential to solve problems impacting people and communities across B.C. and beyond.

The deadline to book follow-up meetings is Tuesday, February 26.
If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Chan at mchan@innovatebc.ca.

Solutions Wanted:

Agritech Solutions:
B.C.’s Ministry of Agriculture is seeking technology solutions that serve the needs of the province’s $14.2 billion agriculture and seafood industries. Targeted solutions include, but are not limited to, technologies for food and beverage processing, traceability, precision agriculture, and bioproducts. Learn more!
Smart Communities Solutions
Translink, Seattle’s Sound Transit, City of Richmond, and Smart Kootenays are buying innovations for improving mobility for citizens through connected technology and data. Targeted products include, but are not limited to, technologies for station passenger analytics, wayfinding for the deaf and blind, and data consolidation tools to support predictive analytics.
Government Procurement Solutions
B.C.’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation, and B.C. Wildfire Service will be presenting challenges and open procurement opportunities benefiting citizens across B.C. Targeted innovations include, but are not limited to, technologies for tracking vehicle kilometres, a digital patient gateway, and scholarship delivery digitization.
Cleantech Solutions
Shell Hydrogen and the B.C. Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure are looking for innovations that will advance environmental sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Innovation Superclusters Initiative

Innovation Superclusters will Supercharge Canada’s Economy

Innovation Superclusters Initiative

Big investment in Canada’s innovation sector under the Innovation Superclusters Initiative to boost the BC and Canadian economies.

$950 million is being invested by the Government of Canada under the Innovation Superclusters Initiative, an ambitious strategy to energize B.C. and Canada’s economy. Next month, the CEOs of all five of the country’s business-led Innovation Superclusters are set to appear together for the first time ever at the #BCTECHSummit.

Read more about Canada’s Innovation Superclusters below and then register to learn how you can get involved with and benefit from innovative projects designed to produce world-class innovation, transform industries and supercharge our economy.

Register Now

When startups, large companies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations come together to generate bold ideas, Canadians benefit from more well-paying jobs, groundbreaking research and a world-leading innovation economy that creates global market leaders.

Innovation Superclusters

Sue Paish, CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster

The Digital Technology Supercluster will use bigger, better datasets and cutting-edge applications of augmented reality, cloud computing and machine learning to improve service delivery in the natural resources, precision health and manufacturing sectors.

Bill Greuel, CEO, Protein Industries Canada

The Protein Industries Supercluster will use plant genomics and novel processing technology to increase the value of key Canadian crops, making Canada a leading source for plant proteins and, ultimately, feed the world.

Julien Billot, CEO, AI Powered Supply Chain – SCALE AI

The AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) will bring the retail, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, and information and communications technology sectors together to build intelligent supply chains through artificial intelligence and robotics.

Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Ocean Supercluster

The Ocean Supercluster will harness emerging technologies to strengthen Canada’s ocean industries—industries like marine renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, defence, shipbuilding, and transportation.

Jayson Myers, CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster will build up next-generation manufacturing capabilities, incorporating technologies like advanced robotics and 3D printing—making Canada a world manufacturing leader in the economy of tomorrow.

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The #BCTECHSummit Mobile App

BCTECH Summit 2019 Mobile App

The #BCTECHSummit mobile app is here! You already know about all the speakers, sessions, and sponsors that you’ll see at the event, so now it’s time for you to start making connections and creating your schedule.

Conveniently access everything you need to know about #BCTECH Summit 2019. Enhance your event experience by using the app to view the entire program, connect with other attendees and more — right at your fingertips!

Within the #BCTECHSummit mobile app and event community, you can: 
  • Network with fellow attendees before the event
  • Personalize your agenda and add sessions to your device calendar
  • Engage with speakers, sponsors and exhibitors

Available wherever you get your apps

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Career Internship Program: Get up to $25,000 to Hire an Intern

Tracy Connery Photography - MadeatMIDAS CBT 25000 to hire intern

Is your business growing or succession planning? Columbia Basin Trust’s Career Internship Program may be able to help meet your resourcing needs.

“This program helps create jobs and increases employment opportunities for recent college and university graduates, a workforce that is essential when it comes to meeting the Basin’s current and future business needs,” said Lisa Kilpatrick, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Economic. “At the same time, it is helping Basin businesses and organizations grow by offering competitive wages to attract a skilled workforce.”

The program was created to support businesses, as well as non-profits, Indigenous organizations and local governments in the Basin. It helps solve the puzzle of finding the capacity and resources needed to hire and train new employees or plan for succession while supporting graduates in finding employment in their chosen field.

Fernie Brewing Co. is one of the businesses currently participating in the Trust’s Career Internship Program. Fernie Brewing experienced challenges in finding the right people to meet its growth needs and balancing everything against cost constraints.

“As a smaller company, growth has to occur within an opportunity and the Career Internship Program provided that opportunity,” said Vicky Honsberger, HR Manager for Fernie Brewing. “The program allowed us to create a position that would provide value for the organization going forward and pay a competitive rate for a recent university graduate who has the potential to move into other roles and help grow the company.”

Working on the order desk at Fernie Brewing Co., Sam Higgins is learning a lot about the business and loving it.

“The Career Internship Program has provided an incredible opportunity for me. It’s allowed me to start working in the career I went to school for in a community I love and for a company I love. I feel very lucky.”

Learn more and apply at ourtrust.org/internship.

The program may fund up to 50 percent of the new employee’s wage over the first seven to 12 months, to a maximum of $25,000. The intern position must include a training plan that provides structured learning to the new employee and transitions to full-time, permanent employment at the end of the internship.

The Trust also supports workforce needs by helping businesses hire students, including apprentices, through its other wage subsidy programs, Summer Works and School Works. Basin residents can also receive the training they need to secure immediate employment through its Training Fee Support program. These are just some of the ways the Trust is helping to create a diverse and resilient Basin economy.

Applications are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more at ourtrust.org/economic.

CBT Summer Works Program

Columbia Basin Trust Summer Works Program

CBT Summer Works Program

Know a small business that could benefit from hiring a summer student? Let them know the Columbia Basin Trust has wage subsidies available in their Summer Works Program.

Columbia Basin Trust’s Summer Works program helps small businesses meet their seasonal employment needs and helps students gain meaningful work experience.

This valuable program provides wage subsidies to hire full-time high school and post-secondary students for entry-level and career-related jobs over the summer. By supporting the creation of up to 150 positions across the Basin, Summer Works also helps students find employment and gain experience.

Review the program guide to see if your business qualifies for a wage subsidy.

The program fills quickly so get ready by filling out the application worksheet now at ourtrust.org/summerworks.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2019 1:00 p.m. PT/2:00 p.m. MT.