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Amp Up Your business Idea with Accelerate Okanagan

September 3rd, 2015 by Rachel Burns

If you’re in the Okanagan, here’s a great opportunity for early stage entrepreneurs and career changers.

The Startup Basics program can help provide you with the tools and resources to take your idea to the next stage.

The program is comprised of weekly sessions and seminars, taking place from September to December 2015. Sessions are presented by Community Organizations, Accelerate Okanagan Executive in Residence Mentors, Partners, Clients, and Alumni. Two of our NVBC mentors will also be taking part!

Each session is designed to educate the entrepreneur on the fundamentals essential to developing their startup.

Learn more or sign up »

Rock Your Business Plan with Futurpreneur

September 2nd, 2015 by Rachel Burns


Are you a young entrepreneur (18-39) looking to take your business plan to the next level?

Join Futurpreneur at Rock My Business Plan for some collaborative business planning sessions.

  • What: A three-week business plan working group designed to help entrepreneurs create a killer business plan in record time.
  • Who qualifies: People aged 18-39 who are serious about getting their startup off the ground or taking it to the next level.
  • Fee: No charge

Learn more or sign up »

Cleantech Project Funding Opportunity

September 1st, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is accepting applications for cleantech project funding.

By funding Canadian cleantech projects and coaching the companies that lead them, SDTC aims to bring ground-breaking cleantech technologies to market.

SDTC has two funds that are currently accepting applications:

  • the SD Tech Fund, for projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water and clean soil, and
  • the SD Natural Gas Fund, for the support of new downstream natural gas technology.

Applications open until October 14

Learn more or apply »

Apply for CBC’s Next Gen Den

August 31st, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Applications are open for CBC’s Next Gen Den Season 2, an online version of Dragons’ Den.

Next Gen Den features a panel of three Dragons who are looking to invest in the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs.

The CBC is looking for early-stage young entrepreneurs (40 years old and under) that would be interested in pitching their startup idea or business to the next generation of Dragons for investment of $100,000 and under.

Filming is set to take place in Toronto in late September.

Learn more or apply  »

Top 10 Finalists Announced

August 27th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Scores are in for round three. Only 10 companies remain.

Today marks the fourth and final round of the 2015 BCIC-New Ventures Competition. Soon, these top 10 teams will undergo their final challenge: putting their best pitches forward to our group of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors.

Top 10 Finalists:

In alphabetical order

Congratulations to all of our finalists!

Join Us at the Awards Ceremony

Want to find out which companies take home over $300,000 in cash and prizes? Don’t miss our 15th Annual Awards Ceremonyhappening on Monday, Sept. 21 at the Imperial in Vancouver.

This year, the awards also coincide with Vancouver Startup Week. Catch 20 of this year’s competitors and alumni on site in “Startup Alley”.

Event is free for startups.

Get tickets »

Round 3 Profile: TZOA

August 26th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop


The TZOA Enviro-Tracker is a portable device that helps people better map and understand their air quality. It allows users to take action to reduced irritants causing allergies, and to protect against particles that can contribute to life-threating conditions that effects millions of people a year. The sleek wearable device can be clipped onto clothing, purses, backpacks or strollers, detecting air quality, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ambient light and UV (sun) exposure. It connects to smartphones via Bluetooth to display information and recommendations in its dedicated app. Users of TZOA also contribute to a crowdsourced data to create WAZE like maps of air quality that gives alerts, and highlighting areas to avoid in, all in real-time. Growing up in Vancouver, TZOA Co-founder Kevin Hart felt spoiled by the fresh mountain air, but it wasn’t until he started working on a construction site that he realized there should be a better way of keeping track of the environment around him. Fellow co-founder Laura Moe – a registered nurse – saw the effects of pollution firsthand in her patients. The team at TZOA is committed to social and environmental change, and the TZOA Enviro-Tracker is their means of empowering people by better understanding the quality of their environment.

Round 3 Profile: Stem-Shock

August 26th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop


Stem-Shock is a programmable herbicide that was developed to tackle the urgent need for a safe and effective way to remove Scotch Broom – one of many invasive weed plants growing on Vancouver Island. Co-founders Chris Tuttle and Layne Woodfin developed the Stem-Shock platform; a programmable non-GMO herbicide to aid managers of towns, forests, farms, and parks in their fight against invasive or herbicide-resistant weeds. The company uses a cutting edge technology called RNA interference (RNAi) to target specific species of weed that is neither harmful to people or the environment. The designing and development process has led to a greater understanding of RNAi and plant-related technologies, which the co-founders hope addresses the growing and largely uncontrolled economic damage caused worldwide by invasive weeds with their work. They aspire to grow an innovative company in the synthetic and plant biology field.

Round 3 Profile: Sasset Technology

August 26th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

Sasset Logo

Sasset’s Enterprise Risk Management Solution was inspired by the innovative ways of preparing communities for earthquake-based disasters. Dr. Mani Malek, CEO of Sasset, and his team of PhD researchers, designers, and computer scientists shifted away from the academic focus to marketplace applications such as the use of a proprietary risk database to help health and safety personnel identify hazards more efficiently and in real-time. Through Sasset’s software platform, risk managers/advisers can inventory inside the building, monitor, and analyze the location-based data and continuously engage decision makers to proactively reduce incidents. Currently, Sasset Technology is being piloted at two post-secondary institutions in Canada. In the near future, Sasset Technology hopes to arm municipalities and larger private companies with its risk management tools, to save and protect lives.

VanFUNDING 2015: Crowdfunding Conference

August 25th, 2015 by Rachel Burns


Western Canada’s leading crowdfunding conference for innovative ventures & businesses (Equity, Debt, Rewards & Fintech)

Join the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, sponsors and presenting partners on Tuesday, September 29 in downtown Vancouver for an immersive and interactive half-day event for innovative ventures and businesses seeking to raise seed and growth capital from online crowdfunding markets, including:

  • TEDx style storytelling
  • Start-up pitches
  • Panel/fireside discussions
  • Mentoring
  • Networking reception

This is an exclusive opportunity to learn, network and be mentored by crowdfunding-fintech experts and investors in Canada interested to help businesses achieve funding success and scale.

Get 10% off your tickets today through BCTIA’s Community Partners discount code: NCFA_PARTNER or use the direct link.

For the agenda, speakers, and registration, visit the event website.

Round 3 Profile: Riipen

August 24th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

Founded by students, Riipen has built a platform for student to solve the graduation conundrum – you can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job. Riipen is a skill-based assessment platform that helps companies pick the best graduating talent. It works by allowing companies to post small projects, and allows students to work for class credit, employer recommendations, money and other incentives.

It’s a win-win situation as employers can crowdsource new ideas from emerging talent, build their brand among students, and develop a talent pool of future employees. Students get an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, expand their network, gain practical experience, and build a virtual portfolio that companies can trust. Co-founders Dave Savory and Dana Stephenson were frustrated with the lack of experiential education they were receiving in university, and Riipen is their solution.