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Startup Scrums Hackathon Oct. 16-18

October 9th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Startup Scrums Hackathon

This is it! You don’t want to miss the first official Startup Scrums HACKATHON!

Your mission: create a working prototype for a product that will help people reach their full potential – create something that will help people release their superpower! Apps that make people more efficient, more organized and just have a better day in general. Show us what you got – there are no limits!

You will form teams of 3-5 (with at least one hacker, hustler and hipster each).

Sign up to save your spot HERE


Friday Oct 16, 6:00 PM to Late: social evening

  • Beer, snacks, mingling with tech industry folks and your fellow participants

Saturday Oct 17, 10:00 AM: Hackathon Begins

  • Food provided
  • 11:00 AM: Pitch product ideas and form teams
  • 12:00 PM: GET HACKING!
  • Mentors from the Procurify team will be on hand to help and coach participants

Sunday Oct 18, 12:00 PM: Judging and Prizes

  • Food provided
  • Judging panel will include experts from the press, venture capital, entrepreneurs and other key members of the tech community


Grand Prize to Winning Team:

  • $500 cash prize
  • 1 month of FREE co-working space at BrainStation
  • $1000 merit scholarship for a Brainstation course
  • Gowlings’ Start-Up Package: It provides technology start-ups with a customized Canadian legal package at a low, fixed price.
  • This package offers emerging technology companies with cost-effective basic legal services and support
  • Guaranteed job interviews with Procurify
  • Procurify t-shirts
  • Lunch with Procurify founder(s)
  • IMPACT Prize

Spring will offer the team with the idea that has the most most IMPACT a half price Kick8 in November.

All participants will receive:

Tons of connections, mentorship and swag and other surprises!

Sign up to save your spot HERE

Capital Investment Network Upcoming Events

October 7th, 2015 by Chris Maloney

BasedCIN in Victoria, the Capital Investment Network has a series of upcoming events that present excellent opportunities for new startups to grow and make important connections in the Startup community.

Take a look at the full list of upcoming events by visiting the CIN webpage here.

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Join BCTIA’s TechBrew Mixer at Half Price

October 7th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

logoReady for the ultimate tech mega-mixer? Join BCTIA for TechBrew, bringing together the coolest new technologies, cutting-edge innovators and influential decision makers—all under one roof.

Join fellow members of the BC tech community, including investors, top talent and local service providers, for an evening of inspiration, networking… and beer!

Companies taking part include copper leaf, Domain7, fusionpipe, Maps for life, Left of the Dot, SOPHOS, starling, and SunCentral.

Get 50% off admission

We have a limited amount of 50% off discount codes available! To get yours, please email us.

Capital Advantage Business Growth & Fundraising Event

October 5th, 2015 by Chris Maloney

Looking for exciting ways to connect your growing business with influential Investors in the community? Taking place on October 22nd, Capital Advantage is the premiere event for business growth and fundraising in Vancouver.

This event brings together an impressive lineup of 10 of Vancouver’s top Investors that have collectively invested over $1 billion in early stage start ups, small businesses, technologically progressive concepts, and more.

With such an impressive collection of minds under one roof, this event has a lot to offer. Startup companies will have the opportunity to pitch directly to the investors, so be ready to make an impression.

Read on for more details and a special offer promotional rate for those registering through NVBC.

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Ignition Workshops at SFU Surrey

September 28th, 2015 by Rachel Burns


Workshop: Assessing the Market Opportunity | Looking at Current and Future Markets
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Sign In: 5:30 PM | Event: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: SFU Surrey Campus – SURREY (Room 7000)
Cost: Free

Register on eventbrite »

Understand the value of market research for competitive advantage and customer development. Learn how effective market segmentation leads to effective messaging, positioning and pricing. Translate market intelligence into a competitive matrix, social media initiatives and a market entry strategy that matches your company and market opportunity.


2015 competition in the news

September 23rd, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Our competitors have been making headlines—from tech blogs to major media outlets.

Here are some of the top mentions:

Congratulations and a huge thank you once again to all of our competitors, jurors, mentors, volunteers, and everyone else who made this contest happen.

Edvisor Wins $100,000 BCIC First Prize Package

September 22nd, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Congratulations to Edvisor for taking first place in the 2015 BCIC-New Ventures Competition!


After many months of competition, the results are in! Last night, at a packed house on Main Street at the Imperial in Vancouver, we announced the winners of our 15th annual competition. The event also helped to kick off Vancouver Startup Week.

With our lead partner and title sponsor, the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), over $300,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to the top tech ventures in the province.

Finishing in first place was Edvisor, an online management system for education agencies to coordinate studying abroad programs.

“We want to thank New Ventures BC and our mentors who helped take Edvisor to the next level,” said Shelley Chen, Design Co-Founder of Edvisor. “Vancouver is a perfect multicultural place to start kick start our education technology business.”

Our top three winners for 2015

Coming in first place was Edvisor, followed by Ziva Dynamics, a virtual character development tool with applications that range from film characters to surgery simulation, and Change Heroes, a video-driven platform that changes the way Millennials fundraise.


2nd Place Winner, Ziva Dynamics


3rd Place Winner, Change Heroes

2015 BCIC-New Ventures Competition Winners:

$100,000 BCIC First Prize Package & Rocket Builders GotoMarket Prize:  Edvisor
Edvisor built an online software platform that connects language schools directly with education agencies, making the process of studying abroad a one-stop-shop to view courses, prices, student history and manage business operations.

$55,000 BCIC Second Prize Package and Rocket Builders Most Promising Pitch Prize: ZivaDynamics
Ziva Dynamics is transforming human interaction in virtual spaces—from gaming to film to surgery simulation.

$37,000 BCIC Third Prize and $16,000 Vancity Social Venture Prize: ChangeHeroes
Change Heroes is an online fundraising platform. To date, the platform has raiseed over $1M to fund 217 projects for over 200,000 people.

$22,000 BCIC Resource Industry Prize Package: StemShock
Stem-Shock is a programmable non-GMO herbicide to aid the fight against invasive or herbicide- resistant weeds.

$20,000 BC Bioenergy Network Prize and $10,000 City Innovation Prize: RecycleNow
Recycle-Now! provides tailored recycling and education services to clients in Vancouver.

BCTIA Centre4Growth Accelerator Program Prize Package: DoolyNoted
Dooly Noted is a platform for salespeople that tags meetings notes, shares information, and automatically updates the right fields within their CRM.

Wavefront Wireless Prize Package: CamDo
CamDo expands the application of GoPro cameras for numerous markets, including: deep-water and extended time-lapse.

Plug and Play Tech Centre Prize: Prollster
Prollster is an educational technology start-up dedicated to making online learning more social. It engages students and boosts their academic results in the process.

What technology means for BC’s economy

B.C.’s technology sector generates more than $23 billion in revenue and is the second fastest private job creator in the province. Over the past 15 years, companies in the BCIC-New Ventures competition have contributed to this vital part of B.C.’s economy by creating more than 3,300 jobs and raising more than $250-million in financing.

“By advocating and promoting new ventures, we are helping to support innovation in B.C.,” said Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. “Our government is a proud supporter of this annual competition and its impact on generating new businesses, employment and growth in B.C.”

“The BCIC-New Ventures Competition helps fuel the growth of technology startups in B.C.,” says Greg Caws, President & CEO of BCIC. “Each year we are excited to see the ingenuity, innovation and initiative shown by the entrepreneurs in the program, and pleased to help accelerate the growth of their ventures.”

“We were impressed with the quality of submissions this year,” said New Ventures BC Program Manager Angie Schick. “It’s testament to the increasing sophistication and growth of the tech ecosystem in B.C. Many successful companies have come through this competition—we wish all of our winners and entrants success and look forward to seeing their continued progress.”

About the BCIC-New Ventures Competition

Thinking about joining us next year? The BCIC-New Ventures Competition is the largest of its kind in Canada. More than just a contest, our annual competition offers mentorship, business development opportunities and cash prizes.

Our alumni competitors are frequently recognized by existing industry-leading businesses as B.C.’s fastest-growing and most promising companies on track for significant venture capital investments or acquisition.

We typically run the contest from April – September. Check our website in March of 2016 for details on how to register.

VEC StartUp Alley Showcase Featuring Past and Current Competitors

September 18th, 2015 by Rachel Burns


If you’re coming to our 15th Annual awards ceremony, be sure to check out VEC StartUp Alley.

Preceding the awards from 5-6, VEC StartUp Alley will be an impressive showcase, featuring BCIC-New Ventures’ top current and alumni competitors. These ventures will be presenting their companies and have the opportunity to connect with top investors from across Western Canada.

New Ventures BC Companies in VEC StartUp Alley

Early Prize Announcement

September 17th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Top 10 Announced

With the awards less than one week away, we’re excited to make an early prize announcement!

The $20,000 BC Bioenergy Network Prize has been awarded to Recycle-Now!, a company that finished in the Top 25 of this year’s competition.

Recycle-Now! designed the Anaconda System, designed to processes green waste or food waste by-products in urban areas.

Some benefits of their system include

  • substantially reducing volume and biological processing time,
  • lower operating costs, and
  • reduced transportation and disposal fees.

Congratulations to Recycle-Now! You can learn more about their tailored recycling and education services that are helping make Vancouver green in their recent Top 25 profile.


Prize details

$20,000 BC Bioenergy Network cash prize:

  • $20,000 for the top company actively involved in the commercialization of Bioenergy technology, defined as renewable energy that is derived from biomass of recent living organisms.

Join us at the awards

Have your tickets yet for our 15th annual awards? Reserve here!

Jumpstart your venture with the Lean LaunchPad

September 17th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

entrepreneurship@UBC is hosting a Lean LaunchPad Accelerator program starting October 19th. The Accelerator program has world-class educators and domain-specific mentors to provide guidance and leadership for ventures. Participants will be equipped with the entrepreneurial tools and resources needed to increase their chances of building successful ventures and discovering innovative business models.

Lean LaunchPad graduates have gone on to further success in the local community and globally. See stories on Arbutus Medical, Nanozen, and The Screw Cutter Project.

Learn more about the program.

To apply to the program, click on the LLP Application tab in your Venture Dashboard.