Get support to test, launch or scale your startup. Our unique acceleration program pairs online learning modules with an hour of dedicated, one-to-one mentorship, each week. Not in Vancouver? No problem. We meet over phone or Skype.

Dedicated entrepreneurs wanted

Our program is perfect for early-stage tech ventures in BC. We accept pre- or post-revenue startups across all tech sectors, including IT, IoT, software, life sciences, agri-foods, and manufacturing. Like you, we’re dedicated to growing your business.

In this flexible, online program, you’ll set your own goals–we’ll help you achieve them.

Program outcomes:

  • Meet weekly with a mentor: someone who’s “been there/ done that”
  • Create strategies for sales, marketing, and business development
  • Avoid costly pitfalls: save time and money
  • Learn how to raise financing 
  • Refine your pitch
  • Design and build your MVP
  • Prove your customer and markets
  • Develop a venture plan: positioning statement, value proposition, business model canvas and a 6-month plan
  • Attend quarterly check-ins with other BC startups
  • Get access to New Ventures BC’s extensive network 

Program perks:

  • Hubspot for startups
  • Priority and free access to NVBC events and seminars
  • Discount at Spring Activator 
  • Exclusive discounts to Vancouver tech community events

The Distance Venture Acceleration Program is part of the BC Acceleration Network, sponsored by Innovate BC.



Apply to the Distance Venture Acceleration Program

Program is $150 / month. $50 discount for past Innovate BC-New Ventures competitors, for the first three months.

Executives in Residence

Ean Jackson

Executive in Residence

Ean “Action” Jackson has invested the past 25 years of his professional career in management, technical and business development roles in the technology industry. He has been employed by businesses across North America ranging from startups to major multinational corporations including IBM, Oracle Corporation and Sprint International. When not building business, Ean likes to run trails and climb mountains.

Beth Gallup

Executive in Residence

Early experience with the Asian Institute of Technology launched Beth on a career of bringing new ideas to life. Her strengths include identifying viable, defensible markets, then coaching clients through the practical steps required to connect with those markets, generate cash flow and turn a profit. She knows how to communicate value – to investors, joint venture partners, customers, company teams and supply chains.

Her experience includes on working on boards and across borders, in different cultural milieus.  Beth has an MBA in New Venture Development. In addition, she studied at the European Summer School for Advanced Management. Beth is endlessly curious and a serial entrepreneur.

Joseph Bowes

Executive in Residence

Entrepreneur, senior executive, and advisor – Joseph’s passion and experience has always revolved around early-stage ventures, and includes significant experience in commercialization strategy, corporate development, and financing. In this regard, he has worked with technology companies, as well as resource-based, and B2B (retail sector) ventures. Notable C-Suite roles include: his own several startups and successful exits; a senior executive role in a B2B startup which, in less than two years, grew to over $1M per week in revenues, and; serving as a founding director of a Florida-based specialty finance company, which grew during his involvement to $50M USD in net loans ($312M, 2016).

Skiing, racquet sports, and boating are some of Joseph’s favourite pastimes.