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Find tech mentorship on MentorshipBC, BC’s mentorship directory

November 30th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

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Did you know if you get a mentor for your small business you are twice as likely to stay in business past five years? A mentor can increase your network, help find you funding, and decrease your chances of making costly business mistakes.

The great news is you can easily find mentors from professional organizations by visiting MentorshipBC, which is a free directory listing 55+ mentorship programs for small business owners.

If you’ve been looking for a tech business mentorship program, simply use the search tool on the MentorshipBC homepage to find a tech mentorship program or email

BCIC Success Stories #BCTECH: A provincial view

November 27th, 2015 by Chris Maloney

BCIC’s hit blog series has become so popular, it’s being turned into an e-book!

The regional spotlight series profiles BC Acceleration Network partners who are driving growth of the technology sector across the province. The accumulation of these posts provides a great snapshot of the booming tech scene in BC, and how innovation and creativity are applied in different ways in different regions.


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Apply to present at #CFF2016

November 26th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

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Call for Presenting Companies

Have a chance to present at Canada’s premier access-to-capital program.

The Canadian Financing Forum features presentations from North America’s most promising technology companies, as approximately 40 companies compete for the attention of top tier investors from across Canada and the United States. Focusing on both Information Technology & Creative, and Cleantech & Advanced Technology companies, the Canadian Financing Forum matches North American corporate and venture capital investors with entrepreneurs on their way to building world-class technology companies.

Presenters will also have the opportunity to secure a display table in the foyer on a first come first serve basis at no extra cost. Come to #CFF2016 and showcase your high growth company in front of an audience of investors and major industry influencers.

Deadline for applications: December 21, 2015.

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Accelerate Okanagan seeks visionary Chief Executive Officer

November 25th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Located in Kelowna, BC, Accelerate Okanagan (AO), is focused on the developing and supporting a vibrant entrepreneurial, creative and innovative technology community throughout the Okanagan.

Job posting – Chief Executive Officer

AO is seeking a visionary Chief Executive Officer for this hands-on role to lead a team and achieve this mandate. This position will be broad in scope – providing strategic business planning, executing on strategy and day-to-day operational leadership.

The successful individual will work under the guidance of the AO Board of Directors to develop and implement the strategic plan directing AO towards continuous growth. He/she will be a natural leader, gifted communicator and thrive on building strong relationships and have a reputation for establishing effective partnerships and joint ventures as well as being a collaborative influence. Previous experience with start-ups is preferred in order to gain the confidence of our entrepreneurs and enable you to relate to the challenges and excitement involved.

For the complete job posting and details on how to apply, visit

Business Models and Competitive Analysis Workshop

November 19th, 2015 by Rachel Burns


One of the key milestones for an early stage company is a business model that matches the market. Many new companies compete with their business model as well as their product. This workshop at SFU Harbour Centre will look at how companies can evolve from a minimum viable product to a replicable business model that generates revenue and is sustainable as the company matures and goes through different growth phases.

VEF Event: Cyber Crimes & E-Money Laundering

November 18th, 2015 by Rachel Burns


VEF events bring the local technology community together to stimulate ideas, conversations and connections. In this panel discussion, field experts will discuss cyber crimes and e-money laundering.

Less than 10 years ago the majority of our financial and personal information was almost inaccessible to the common criminal. Now, in our hyper-connected and interoperable world of online services, the cost of entry into the cyber crime world is significantly low and our private data has never been more exposed.

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Ramp up your website with Camp Tech workshops

November 16th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Web performance can make a huge difference to your customers, and your business. Can your customers can easily navigate through your website, find key information, and quickly scan for what they need? Does your website come up near the top of Google searches, or is it buried beneath pages of results?

Improving your SEO and web content is easier than you might think. Camp Tech is offering half-day workshops that can help you to:

  • Drive more traffic to your website
  • Elevate your social media SEO
  • Target keywords
  • Write killer web content that matches your brand

If you’re interested in signing up, email us for a $10 discount code.

#BCTECH Summit 2016

November 12th, 2015 by Chris Maloney

The #BCTECH Summit 2016 is a two-day event showcasing the vibrant technology industry in British Columbia. On January 18 & 19, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the #BCTECH Summit will explore how technology is transforming our economy – and our lives.

With a Tech Showcase, trade show, Venture Capital Presentations, B2B meetings, networking receptions and Career Showcase, the #BCTECH Summit can help your businesses create connections and drive growth.

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Keynote speakers include:

  • Ray Kurzweil, Futurist, and a Director of Engineering at Google.
  • Elyse Allan, GE Canada President and CEO.
  • Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup.
  • Beth Noveck, Former Deputy Chief Technology Officer for President Obama.
  • Terry Stuart, Deloitte Canada’s Chief Innovation Officer.

Get Super Early Bird pricing on tickets until November 16th.

Register today!

Nominate a Business for the Small Business BC Awards

November 12th, 2015 by Rachel Burns

Are you an entrepreneur who owns a small business that is making a difference? Or do you know a small business that deserves to be honoured in your community?

Nominate a business for The Small Business BC Awards taking place on February 25, 2016 to recognize small businesses that are making an impact.

Nominating a business is free, and all nominees get access to free advice, tools, feedback and marketing opportunities to help boost their businesses.

Benefits of entering are:

  • Winners receive $1,500 Premier’s Prize of cash
  • Winners get a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts
  • Finalists get invaluable media exposure
  • Nominees are given free marketing and PR opportunities

Nominations are open until November 30, 2015.

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