BC PNP TECH PILOT KAST

BC Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot

BC PNP TECH PILOT KAST

Are you an employer looking to fill positions for engineers, IT professionals, or industry-related technicians?

The Government of BC is running a pilot program to fast-track the hiring of skilled immigrants for these positions.

The B.C. technology sector is a major driver of economic growth in the province, with tech employment at its highest level ever recorded. The demand for talent in B.C.’s tech sector is increasing faster than the supply.

The priorities for the Ministry of Jobs, Trade, and Technology include establishing B.C. as a preferred location for new and emerging technologies, increasing the growth of domestic B.C. tech companies, and removing barriers to attracting skilled workers.

B.C. is developing the highest quality local talent by introducing students to tech earlier, adjusting training and education in post-secondary institutions and creating work experience opportunities.

Beyond using the skills and talent of B.C. workers, companies need to be able to attract skilled workers from around the world. Tech entrepreneurs and skilled workers from other leading-edge countries can help grow B.C.’s technology sector, leading to more jobs for British Columbians.

In support of these priorities, a pilot under the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) works to ensure the technology sector can attract and retain the talent it needs to be sustained and to grow the sector further.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot helps employers to address their talent needs by providing a fast-tracked, permanent immigration pathway for in-demand foreign workers and international students.

Click HERE for more information.

BC PNP Tech Pilot Features

The BC PNP Tech Pilot key features are based on service, timeliness, prioritization, and engagement in response to the needs of the industry:

  • Service: A dedicated BC PNP concierge for tech employers provides tailored information and navigation assistance of immigration programs and processes.
  • Timeliness: Weekly invitations to apply are issued to qualified skilled tech workers, minimizing the wait for employers and their prospective employees.
  • Prioritization: Tech applications are prioritized during processing to meet the sector’s fast-paced demands.
  • Engagement: Continuous support to tech sector employers through proactive engagement activities and participation at key industry events.

Updates and enhancements to the BC PNP Tech Pilot

BC PNP Tech Pilot extended to June 2019

The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended for another year to provide employers with a degree of stability that will allow them to plan for their future staffing needs.

Click HERE for more information.

Updates to eligible Tech Pilot occupations

We have also updated the list of eligible occupations for the Tech Pilot to focus on the 29 tech occupations that have been demonstrated to be in high demand by the tech sector so that we can maintain the speed of service.

Labour market research conducted by the BC Tech Association and the Vancouver Economic Commission identified access to talent as the biggest issue facing the tech sector, posing the most significant barrier to economic growth.

The research identified 32 in-demand tech occupations, and eligibility for the BC PNP Tech Pilot was originally based on these 32 tech occupations. Based on actual demand from tech sector employers in the pilot’s first year, the pilot will continue with 29 of these occupations eligible under the pilot.

This change allows the program to focus resources on prioritizing those tech occupations demonstrated to be in high demand within the tech sector to maintain the speed of processing and high level of service to tech employers.

The complete list of the 29 in-demand tech occupations can be downloaded HERE.

Technology companies hiring for occupations that are not eligible for the BC PNP Tech Pilot are still able to connect with the concierge service regarding their specific needs.

Tech Pilot enhancements to include one-year job offers

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is also being enhanced by reducing the eligibility requirement for a permanent full-time job offer, to a one-year full-time job offer.

As of June 26, 2018, individuals who apply under a Skills Immigration category in an eligible tech occupation must have a job offer of at least one year (365 days) in length. The job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.

Longer duration job offers, including indeterminate job offers, will continue to be eligible.

Click HERE for more information.

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.

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.
KAST women entrepreneur bootcamp

Women Entrepreneurs WE Talk Business Boot Camp – Kelowna & Vancouver

KAST women entrepreneur bootcamp

Calling all women entrepreneurs! If you’re looking to take your business to the next level, the WE Talk Business Boot Camp is for you!

Have you been in business for a few years and are looking to expand your business? Do you want practical advice to reach the next level in your journey? Are you looking for an opportunity to strengthen your knowledge, acquire new tools and expand your network?

As part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy, BDC is holding a free one-day intensive boot camp by and for women entrepreneurs on January 29th in Vancouver and Kelowna on January 31.

This workshop is designed as a one-day intensive program by and for women entrepreneurs, this not-to-miss boot camp is the right opportunity for you to build a better business and become a stronger entrepreneur. The event is free and seats are limited – Register NOW!

Vancouver WE Talk Business Boot Camp

January 29, 2019 at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. Register HERE.

Kelowna WE Talk Business Boot Camp

January 31, 2019 at Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport. Register HERE.

Eligibility criteria

  • You are a woman entrepreneur.
  • You are the owner or majority shareholder of a company.
  • Your company has existed for two years or more.
  • Your company has annual revenues of $250,000 or more.
  • Your company has three or more employees.
  • You have a strong desire to grow.

At the end of the workshops, you will be invited to participate in an informal networking session and cocktail.

The reception will give you the opportunity to meet with local and national organizations dedicated to women entrepreneurs. It will be the perfect occasion to connect with those who offer services that meet your needs.

KAST Startup Basics

Entrepreneurs: Great Programs to Help You Achieve Your Business Goals in 2019

KAST Startup Basics

Startups and entrepreneurs are making big gains throughout the Kootenays. If you have a business or idea, here are some valuable programs to help you get the support you need to join them!

If you’ve got a new business or a great idea you’re working to bring to market from here in the Kootenays there is a lot of support out there to help you make it happen!

We believe that entrepreneurs create significant community and economic benefit, and programs such as these are fundamental to helping pave the road to growth and success.

Startup Basics offers targeted skills coaching and individualized action plans developed by experienced Executives-in-Residence and supported by industry experts.

If you are an early-stage entrepreneur and need to learn more about business and startup fundamentals you may be a great fit for the Startup Basics Program.

Entrepreneurship can seem a daunting road for those new to the journey. The Startup Basics Program helps minimize the fear by providing the tools to get started, get validated, and get to market.

This program brings skill progression and light-touch mentorship to help early-stage entrepreneurs structure and curate their ideas. All startups and growth stage companies start at the idea stage and nurturing in this phase of the process is an essential service in a productive ecosystem.

This program will serve you best if you’re already in the early stages of your business, armed with an idea or are seriously considering how you’re going to build your company.

BC Venture Acceleration Program helps entrepreneurs accelerate their growth.

The BC Venture Acceleration Program is a paid, structured venture growth program designed to guide, coach, and grow ambitious early-stage technology entrepreneurs, effectively growing their technology ventures.

The program helps entrepreneurs accelerate the process of defining a proven business model based on a set methodology and set of best practices for growing technology companies. It is delivered by a team of Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) and supported by a province-wide network of partners and entrepreneurs.

The goal is to drive economic development and job creation in the province of BC by accelerating the commercialization of technology, resulting in the rapid growth of technology ventures.

Is your company already showing some revenue and investment potential? The RevUp program may be for you!

The RevUp program allows founders and CEOs, as well as their management teams, receive hands-on assistance from a team of experienced Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs), “been there, done it” technology and business professionals.

The ideal RevUp clients is a company that is 1. growing; and 2. creating a new technology product in sectors such as Clean technology, Agricultural technology, Life Sciences, Information & Communications (software) or Advanced Manufacturing.

KAST delivers the RevUp program with support from the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and Accelerate Okanagan. KAST is a member of the BC Acceleration Network (BCAN) of 12 technology accelerators, from which we can pull EIR expertise to meet your growing company’s specific needs.

Entrepreneurs in Residence EIRs are experienced and knowledgeable professionals. Businesses in the program are assigned a team of EIRs who become their primary advisor and coach. EIRs can source the specific talent sets your company needs via a combination of supplementary EIRs, subsidized consulting talent and subsidized targeted staffing.