New Ventures BC

News about the New Ventures BC competition and seminar series


E-Series with Forum for Women Entrepreneurs


The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) will be hosting their 3-day entrepreneurial educational program, E-Series in Vancouver April 6 – 8, 2016. This comprehensive program is for women entrepreneurs across Canada who want to take their business to the next level.

E-Series covers over a dozen topics essential for any entrepreneur’s success. This immersive program is taught by successful entrepreneurs and business experts who help you dig deep into:

  • Marketing + Branding
  • Sales
  • Pitching for Investment/Financing
  • Employment law and much more

This year’s speakers

Some of this year’s speakers include Bev Briscoe (Chair of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers), Terry McBride (Nettwork Music Group + YYoga) and Yuri Fulmer (Chairman, Fulmer Capital Partners). Since 2002, over 230 women have participated in the program, including Andrea Scott (Co-founder, skoah), Heather White + Lori Joyce (Co-Founders, The Cupcake Girls) and Cybele Negris (Co-Founder + CEO,

On-going mentorship

To provide ongoing support, each E-series participant is paired with a Mentor for 14 months of 1:1 mentorship.

Spark growth in your business

E-Series grads have seen an average annualized revenue growth of over 40% in their business and 90% of all participating companies since 2003 are still in business – well above the national average of 50% after 5 years.

A limited number of grants are also available to women across Canada. To apply for a grant, complete the E-Series application and answer a couple extra questions at the end.

Apply now

Click here to apply for E-Series online. The application takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, 2016.

Applications Closing Soon for Wavefront’s RevUP Program

Wavefront’s RevUP program is a unique program that focuses on the challenges that technology companies in BC with rapid-growth issues often encounter. By registering for RevUP, companies will get personalized help with many common issues that complicate growth, such as building scalable revenue, establishing efficient processes, and accessing capital.


If your company has proven itself with a strong track record, established distribution and revenue models and features amazing people top to bottom, this program will be a good fit and help you to take the next steps in your business growth.

Applications are open until December 11th, be sure to register today by clicking here.

Find tech mentorship on MentorshipBC, BC’s mentorship directory

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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

Amp Up Your business Idea with Accelerate Okanagan

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 »

Board of Directors 2015-2016

We are pleased to announce our new board of directors, for 2015-2016:

  • Bob de Wit, CEO, Greater Vancouver Homebuilders Association
  • Todd Farrell, President, entrepreneurship@UBC
  • Blaize Horner Reich, Dean, SFU Beedie School of Business
  • Steven Lukas, Partner, Fasken Martineau
  • Richard Mockett, Partner, Ernst & Young Vancouver
  • J. Brock Smith, Professor, Winspear Scholar, Peter B Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
  • Wal van Lierop, President and CEO, Chrysalix Energy
  • Michael Volker, President, Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund (WUTIF), & President, GreenAngel Energy Corp.

We would like to thank our outgoing directors for their time and dedication:

  • Kip Morison, Chief Technology Officer, BC Hydro
  • Richard Sawchuk, Director, Ministry of International Trade
  • Daniel Shapiro, Professor, SFU Beedie School of Business

myBestHelper selected as finalist for Cartier Women’s Initiative Global Entrepreneurship Competition!

We are happy to announce that former New Ventures Competitor myBestHelper have been selected as a finalist for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Global Entrepreneurship Competition! Since the creation of the competition in 2006, myBestHelper is only the second Canadian company to ever receive the nod, after the 2009 finalist selection of Michelle Romanow then CEO of Evandale Caviar,  and now better known as one of the Dragons on CBC’s Dragon’s Den.
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David Raffa – Equity Crowdfunding: Financing Solution or Just a Distraction?

David Raffa has published the fifth in a series of blogs on launching, growing and ultimately selling a technology company, with a corporate finance focus.

His blog will cover:

-Cap structures
-Equity plans
-Corporate partnering
-Board matters
-Achieving a successful exit
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Video Replay: The Business Case with Mike Volker

This year’s fourth seminar The Business Case (What Angels Really Want) took place on April 8th with Mike Volker presenting.

For those who missed the presentation, a video and link to Mike’s slides is after the jump.

Slides from Mike’s presentation can be found here.

Meet Your Mentor Networking Event on June 26th

On Wednesday, June 26th this year’s Top 25 companies will meet their mentors in-person at the annual Meet Your Mentor networking event. This event is for our top 25 companies to meet their mentors in-person, but it’s also a great general networking event.

If you’d like to reconnect with the New Ventures community, please join us. Hors d’oeuvres and your first drink provided.

The BCIC-New Ventures Meet your Mentor Networking Event takes place on June 26th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the offices of Fasken Martineau.

It is free for all 2013 competitors, volunteers, and sponsors but $20 for general admission tickets (and $10 for students). Register online to attend.