New Ventures BC is passionate about helping early stage tech companies grow their businesses. We run the BCIC-New Ventures Competition, the largest and longest-running tech competition in British Columbia, offering over $300,000 in cash and prizes to early-stage ventures.
Venture Acceleration Programs
Innovator Skills Initiative Program
We’re proud to support companies in their growth and help students launch their careers. For the past year, we’ve been part of the BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative program, administering grant funds to assist tech companies hire qualified students.
History of the BCIC-New Ventures Competition
The BCIC-New Ventures competition was founded in 2000 under the direction of Wal van Lierop as a means of recognizing and encouraging entrepreneurship in B.C.’s technology sector.
The first board included representation from both public and private organizations, and many of the founding organizations and key individuals from the original group have provided continuous support to the competition.
Today, the non-profit New Ventures BC Society administers and operates the competition with generous support from the public and private sectors, including title partner BCIC.