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Auditions open for Dragon’s Den

February 10th, 2016 by Rachel Burns

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Get your best five minute pitch ready! Auditions are open for CBC’s Dragon’s Den. Do you have what it takes?

Auditions will be held across Canada, from February 13–March 10. including multiple locations in BC.

The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons. Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition.

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Startup Canada #EveryEntrepreneur campaign

February 2nd, 2016 by Rachel Burns

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 10.30.19 AM#EveryEntrepreneur has a voice. Add yours to StartUp Canada’s call for contributions! By making a short video and sharing it online, you can voice your ideas about how government can take entrepreneurs and small business to the next level.

How it works

Startup Canada is asking entrepreneurs to submit a video answering the question: “How can entrepreneurs be best supported to grow the Canadian economy?”

The videos will be pushed to Twitter by Startup Canada, using #EveryEntrepreneur, #PBC16 (the official Pre-Budget Consultations hashtag) and tagging @JustinTrudeau, @Bill_Morneau (Minister of Finance) and @BardishKW (Minister of Small Business and Tourism).

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PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series

February 1st, 2016 by Rachel Burns

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Innovation is important; so is the public good. But how do they go together? In the second event of the PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series, seven PhD students from UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative present their innovative projects in a wide range of fields (including engineering, law, science, and education) with a view to purposefully advance the public good. Experts on innovation comment on the projects and offer their wisdom on what’s next.

Learn more or register »

#BCTECH Strategy Fully Launched

January 28th, 2016 by Chris Maloney


The Province has unveiled the final two pillars of the #BCTECH Strategy, which aims to create an environment for further growth and investment in B.C.’s tech industry.

The strategy comprises of 50 actions to deepen B.C.’s tech talent pool and make it easier for entrepreneurs to access markets, including selling to government. Educational programs will provide students with the chance to learn coding by Grade 9 thanks to new curriculum, expanded tech-related post-secondary programs, and more opportunities to gain relevant work experience.

These actions build on the foundation established with the VC announcement in December. We’re all aware that early stage financing has been on the minds of many growing companies, especially those with hopes to stay in B.C. where they started. This new fund will not only invest directly in B.C. firms, but is likely to result in a significant multiplier effect as more VC money flows into the province.

The province is also looking at innovative ways of doing business together, starting with B2B meetings with key government decision makers at the #BCTECH Summit and partnerships to develop APIs for government data through the BC Developers’ Exchange.

It’s an exciting time for technology in B.C.

For more information, Please visit the #BCTECH Strategy homepage.

Science World Cocktail Mixology Fundraiser

January 22nd, 2016 by Chris Maloney

Science World is hosting a cocktail event to raise funds for their Class Field Trip program. Through this program, Science World actively raises money to benefit under-served schools in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with free field trips to the science centre.


Each ticket to the event includes complimentary cocktails from 25 stellar beverage stations run by award-winning bartenders and entry for a variety of activities and prizes to be won, all in the name of charity.

Click here for more details about supporting this good cause.

Futurpreneur Rock my Business Plan three-part series

January 12th, 2016 by Rachel Burns


Rock your business plan with Futurpreneur! Their 3-week business plan workshop will help you create a killer business plan in record time.

Futurpreneur covers the 3Ms of a business plan: Mindset, Market, and Money. Expect networking, strategic planning time, and pointers on how to elevate your business right from the start.

This session is for you if you:

  • Are 18 -39 years old
  • Have a strong business idea to flesh out OR recently launched
  • Are looking for a strategy and roadmap on next steps for your business
  • Want an opportunity for one-on-one taliored business coaching as you launch
  • Are looking for some money to get started and 2 years of mentorship after you launch

Register or learn more »

Applications Open! New Virtual Venture Acceleration Program

January 5th, 2016 by Rachel Burns

Virtual VAP

Start 2016 by focusing on your business! Our new Virtual Acceleration Program (VAP) is a flexible, online-only option that is accesible from anywhere in BC.

This three-month intensive program provides the education and mentorship you need to validate your product-market fit to move your tech venture forward.

By joining the virtual VAP, you’ll get weekly, one-on-one support from our Executive in Residence, conduct customer interviews and complete online market validation training.

For this very first cohort only, we’re offering a special introductory rate of only $150.

Program details

  • Applications close: January 21, 2016
  • Open to early-stage tech venture companies
  • Companies will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (after completing the intake form and meeting the criteria listed on our website)
  • Cost: $150 BETA rate

You’ll complete your program between January – April 14, 2016.

Apply or learn more »

Where is the money, “A”?

January 4th, 2016 by Rachel Burns


Join Vancouver Enterprise Forum for a discussion on where companies are securing A rounds or similar financing. Where is The Money, “A”? is a look at financing opportunities in the $0.5M to $5.0M range in Vancouver.

  • When: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
  • Time:5:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Location: Vancity Theatre (VIFF) / 1181 Seymour Street / Vancouver, BC
  • Cost: $55

Moderated by: Matt Switzer, VP Corporate Development, HootSuite

Panelists include:

  • Maria Pacella, Managing Director, Canada Shoreline Venture Management
  • Shawn Abbott, Partner, iNOVIA Capital
  • Michael Walkinshaw, CEO, Timia Capital
  • Moe Kermani, Managing Partner, Vanedge Capital
  • Anthony Lacavera, Founder and Chairman, Globalive Capital

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Jump start your tech business with Launch Academy

December 21st, 2015 by Rachel Burns


Interested in starting a tech business? Launch Academy’s premier Lean Entrepreneur Program (LEP) provides first-time entrepreneurs and career-changers with fundamentals and best practices for building a lean startup. This part-time four-week program focuses on what’s essential to you in your first six months of your startup journey, covering topics from validating an idea to acquiring your first customer.

This January, BTL Group are sponsoring two full scholarships to our Lean Entrepreneur Program, offered to entrepreneurs interested in exploring blockchain technology. See scholarship and program details.


Lean Entrepreneur Program (Spring 2016)

  • January 19th – February 11th, 2016
  • Every Tues/Thurs @ 6pm – 9pm
  • @ Launch Academy — #300 -128 W Hastings St Vancouver BC

AVAP Workshop & Orientation – January 13, 2016 Mission, BC

December 14th, 2015 by Chris Maloney

On January 13th in Mission, BC, SRCTec is hosting a free AVAP workshop. This event provides an opportunity for local agri-tech businesses and AVAP ventures to learn more about business basics unique to their industry from a panel of expsrcTec_logo-500x286erts.

Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is the Valley’s premiere technology hub, with its focus being to generate a variety of services and resources for members of the tech community to take advantage of.  SRCTec reached a breakthrough last year on the heels of it’s newly founded Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program, which provides training and mentorship for individuals and companies aiming to revolutionize the agriculture tech industry. They continually strive to expand their influence and to help foster innovative thinking in the industry.

To learn more about the AVAP workshop, including the day’s schedule and registration form, click here. This is a free event, so be sure to make the most of the opportunity!

SRCTec social media:

Twitter: @SrcTec