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Canadian Financing Forum 2015 – Entrepreneur Bootcamp

January 28th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

CFF 2015 Bootcamp

PwC ​Canadian ​Financing ​Forum ​Entrepreneur ​Bootcamp ​in ​partnership ​with ​Launch ​Academy  ​and ​brought ​to ​you ​by ​Rocket ​Builders.

The ​one ​day ​bootcamp ​is ​designed ​to ​provide ​participants ​with ​details ​on ​fundraising ​in ​western ​Canada ​and ​the ​US, ​valuations, ​deal ​structures, ​tips ​and ​trends. ​You will ​also ​have ​the ​opportunity ​to ​meet ​and ​network ​with ​fellow ​entrepreneurs, ​investors ​and ​advisors ​who ​will ​help ​you ​make ​the ​most ​out ​of ​your ​Canadian ​Financing ​Forum ​experience.

February 18, 2015

Launch Academy
128 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC, Canada

$25 per person (includes lunch)

For more information and to register, please visit

Looking Ahead to Angel/VC investing in 2015

January 28th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

Capital Investment Network

Re-connect and make new connections within our growing community of angels, VCs, early stage investors and investor enthusiasts as we come together to discuss the outlook for Angel and VC investing in the new year.  What does 2015 have in store for Angel investors and Venture Capitalists?  What sectors are forecasted to be “hot”?  What types of investment trends including exits, deals, valuations, round sizes, etc. did we see in 2014 and what can we expect from 2015?

The evening will feature a thought-provoking discussion (starting at 5:15 pm) followed by an enjoyable reception with local cider, wine and appetizers.

Dr. Basil Peters:  Author, M&A advisor, exit coach and angel investor.
CEO – Strategic Exits Corp
Fund manager for Fundamental Technologies II

Mike Volker:  President and Founder – VCC fund WUTIF Capital Inc. (the Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund)
GreenAngel Energy Corp fund (TSX.V:GAE)
Vancouver Technology Angel Network (VANTEC)

February 4 2015, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tech Park
1124 Vancouver Street
Victoria, BC

For more information and to register, please visit: CIN Event Page

TechBrew: The Ultimate Tech Mega-Mixer!

January 28th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

Kick -off the New Year with TechBrew!
One of the BCTIA’s most popular events, TechBrew brings together the coolest new technologies, cutting-edge innovators, and influential decision-makers, all under one roof.
Meet like-minded people, learn more about the industry, and network with the best!

Contact us to get a promo-code and save 50% off general admission tickets.

January 29 2015, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Hub
101 – 887 Great Northern Way
Vancouver, BC

For more information and to register, please visit: BCTIA event site

ACETECH: Learn to Topgrade the best talent

January 28th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

Topgrading Logo
Topgrading is the leading methodology world-wide for attracting, hiring and retaining top talent. It is a highly structured approach designed to ensure that only the highest performers are hired.

Workshop outcomes:

  • Avoid the staggering costs associated with mis-hiring
  • Identify and steer clear of underperformers
  • Break the cycle of “search, hire, fire — start all over”
  • See through smooth-talking (but mediocre) candidates
  • Recognize accurate, predictive behavior patterns
  • Control hiring  decisions systematically with confidence and less stress
  • Hire, coach and keep stellar employees — at every skill level, in every salary range
  • Make your organization irresistible to A Players and build a talent advantage no competitor can match

    Shannon Susko, Topgrading Certified

    January 29 2015, 9:30am – 4:30pm

    Jewell Ballroom – Vancouver
    1495 West 8th Ave
    Vancouver, BC V6H 1C9

    For more information and to register, please visit:

B.C Tech Forum: Leapfrogging Innovation to Business Revolution

January 27th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

In recent years, British Columbia has experienced tremendous economic growth that has been powered by technology entrepreneurs and innovators choosing our province to start and grow their ventures.

B.C.’s technology sector is already vibrant, employing more than 84,000 people in over 9,000 companies and offering solutions in sectors from digital media, internet, wireless to life sciences and clean technology for forestry, mining, and energy – to name only a few. But what drives innovation in technology and how can we strengthen our contribution to the global innovation economy?

The B.C. Tech Forum presented by The Vancouver Board of Trade and the BC Innovation Council will take a detailed look at the sector:

  • How are we doing?
  • Global opportunities to be realized.
  • Companies and founders putting the B.C. sector on the map, offering real business solutions for Vancouver Board of Trade Member companies.
  • How we must prioritize innovation to thrive and lead.

Don’t miss out on this unique one-day event focused on innovation and technology in B.C!


  • Chris Hadfield: Astronaut, First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

    Commander Chris Hadfield, Canadian Hero

    Keynote: Chris Hadfield

  • Additional speakers to be announced! 
Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Time: Registration and Networking Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks and Session 1: 7:45 – 9:10 a.m.
Session 2: 9:10 – 10:00 a.m.
Networking and Coffee Break: 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 3 and Closing Remarks: 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Location: TBA – Downtown Vancouver
Tickets: Members
Table of 8:
$159 + GST
$1,526 + GST
Table of 8:
$209 + GST
$2,006 + GST

No cancellations after Monday, March 16, 2015.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Fasken Martineau Presents: Latest Developments and Issues in Health Product Regulations

January 26th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

Fasken Martineau’s Life Sciences Group invites you to attend a complimentary seminar which will provide an overview of the latest developments and tendencies on drugs and medical devices regulations in US and Canada.

Why Attend:

  • Coverage of the hotly debated issues around how the regulatory framework should apply to digital health technologies
  • Coverage of the new role of pharmaceutical companies in the digital health space
  • An opportunity to hear key issues from Mathieu Gagné, author of Drug and Health Products Law in Canada, a reputable reference work in health law
  • An opportunity to hear from San Diego based Kim Tyrrell-Knott who has extensive experience assisting new entrants to the FDA regulated environment, from mobile app developers to biotech innovators

Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • US regulatory landscape for Health IT and clinical decision support systems
  • Recent FDA guidance for medical device manufacturers including medical device data systems, accessories and wellness products
  • US policy developments impacting pharmaceutical manufacturers, including 21st Century Cures, market exclusivity changes and other protection against generic issues, as well as the accelerate approval pathway
  • Overview of the new powers granted to Health Canada under The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law), which amends the Food and Drugs Act (power to require information; assessments; tests and studies; recalls; etc…). The Act applies to therapeutic products including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vaccines, gene therapies, cells, tissues and organs, and medical devices
  • Information on the increased offences and punishments under the Food and Drug Act and related considerations for manufacturers
  • Health Canada resources and some implications of submissions review



  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am | Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am | Presentations
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am | Q&A

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation

Lawyers may apply this 2.5 hour seminar credit towards their CPD requirements in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec.  Please note that this seminar is not accredited for Professionalism Hours or New Member CPD Hours in Ontario.


February 11, 2015


2900 – 550 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Register for this seminar by Friday, February 6, 2015

For more information and to register, please visit:

Curiate Awarded 2015 Canada Media Fund Grant

January 26th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

Curiate Logo

We are pleased to announce that 2014 NVBC competitor Curiate has been awarded $375,000 in funding from the Canada Media Fund.

The Canada Media Fund, a public-private partnership between the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Cable Industry, was founded in 2009 to “foster, develop, finance and promote the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms.”

Curiate, who won the Wavefront Wireless prize at last year’s NVBC competition was one of only two companies in British Columbia to be awarded funding from the CMF.

Curiate, a content management platform that lets viewers “shop-the-show,” are providing TV networks with a new advertising property and increased viewer engagement. The platform identifies people, places and things that appear on television programs so that viewers can share and purchase them. Everything becomes a non-logoed product placement or an in-context advertising opportunity that networks can sell to brands or advertisers.

Congratulations, Curiate!

Curiate team receiving Wavefront Wireless Prize

Mobilize the Enterprise: Productivity, Profitability and Possibilities

January 25th, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

The next 5-10 years will bring the largest disruption since the Industrial Revolution. The innovation that is occurring through the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way the world connects and businesses operate. It is essential that business leaders look at how new ecosystems of connected devices have the potential to increase their efficiency, reduce costs and enable people to make smarter decisions.

The 2015 Wavefront Summits in Ottawa on May 5 & 6 will bring together experts and senior decision makers to explore the most important topics impacting business technology today.

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Two Parallel Tracks; One World of Opportunity

Hear about the latest developments in rapidly changing fields from industry influencers.

  • IoT Summit: Discover how the integration of device and sensor data with Big Data, analytics and other enterprise applications is transforming the global business landscape.
  • Mobile Enterprise Summit: Learn how enterprises are using mobility solutions and how they gather and use data to develop enterprise grade solutions.

Plus, Wavefront’s highly popular B2B Meetings [link to: ] offer the opportunity to pitch your business to global industry leaders in person. Wavefront arranges highly targeted one-on-one meetings with people who can help you accelerate your ideas and market opportunities.

May 5–6, 2015

The Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

For more information and to register, please visit

VEF Presents: Let’s talk M&A

January 23rd, 2015 by Lucas van Lierop

Moderated by Brent Holliday, Founder & CEO at Garibaldi Capital Advisors and a VEF Board member. Panelists include:

Jason Krause, SVP, Corporate Development and Marketing at Sierra Wireless
Keith Spencer, Partner at Fasken Martineau and VEF Board member
Matt McKinney, Chief Strategy Officer at AURO
Hamed Shahbazi, Chairman and CEO at TIO Networks
Steve Munford, Chairman at Sophos

The panel will discuss:

– what they do to find companies?
– what is the criteria for buying?
– being bought versus selling
– when to sell
– how personality of buyer/seller can make or break a deal
– when to engage advisors in the process
– best practice tips
– how to obtain more value

Lightning Pitchers: Stekio Labs, WealthBar, Marketing.AI, Wellin5 and iaconicDesign.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for registration and pre-event networking (Bar available). Main presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. and will end at approximately 7:30 p.m., followed by networking opportunities, providing attendees with time to connect with their colleagues and the presenters.
New Ventures BC members are being offered a special discounted price of $40. This offer is only valid until today, so act fast!

Tickets available here:

Time to double down: Some aspirations for the British Columbia Innovation Community in 2015

January 15th, 2015 by NVBC Admin

Cascading ChoicesThank you to guest writer Steven Forth for sharing his expertise in 2014 with his excellent guest posts. We’re thrilled to have Steven contribute more content in 2015, starting with this next post. 

Early in the new year. A settling and focusing time after the celebrations of December. The days are already getting longer, but are still so short as to concentrate attention on the future. Read more