New Ventures BC

News about the New Ventures BC competition and seminar series


Grub in The Hub: Government Funding Programs

IRAP, NSERC, SR&ED, YEP, WINN, MITACS, BCIP - the Government of Canada offers many programs to support startups and small businesses with funding, expertise and other resources. Attend this session to learn what these programs offer, which programs are a fit for your company, and what you can expect when applying for funding.
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2015 Technology Impact Awards: Deadline March 13

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Founded in 1994 by the BCTIA, the Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) celebrate the successes of our industry and the companies, people and innovation that continue to put British Columbia on the map.

Returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 4, 2015, the TIAs are the largest technology awards program in the province, shining a spotlight on BC’s tech ecosystem and bringing international media attention to the innovation occurring place in our own backyard.

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Register now for the 2nd Annual Western Innovation Forum

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), Mitacs, and Canadian Commercial Corporation is hosting the 2nd annual Western Innovation Forum (WIF) on April 16 and 17 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

WIF 2015 is an industry-oriented conference aimed at connecting Western Canada’s aerospace, marine, defence, and security industries to innovation-driven investment, partnership and business opportunities.

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Dragons’ Den holding auditions in BC!

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One of Canada’s most popular television series’, Dragon’s Den gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of Canadian business moguls, where successful pitchers can earn serious investment

The Cross-Canada audition tour will start shortly, hitting every major city in the country, including:

  • Vancouver: Feb 14th & Mar 7th at Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

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Your price does not depend on your costs (but your target segment does)

The following is Part VIII of a multi-part series on value, segmentation and pricing by guest contributor Steven Forth, Partner at Rocket Builders and eFund Member. Read Part I here,Part II here, Part III here, Part IV here, Part V here, Part VI here, and Part VII here. Steven was recently called out as one of the top experts in B2B software pricing by OpenView Labs in Boston.


Whenever one talks about price someone is sure to ask about costs. People in business know that if you can’t cover your costs you can’t stay in business and that you cover your costs by setting the right price.

We even joke about this. “I lose money on every sale but I hope to make it up on volume.”

So what is wrong with basing one’s price on one’s costs? Well, two things.
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CIN Presents: Pitch & Mix II (Investors only)


Building on the success of their last Pitch & Mix event, which showcased 13 companies, CIN are hosting their second pitch event to connect founders and funders. Join the fun, find a promising early stage investment, and connect with some of the coolest emerging companies from around Vancouver Island and Vancouver.

Please note: This event is for accredited investors only.
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e@UBC General LLP Accelerator


e@UBC’s Lean LaunchPad Accelerator program will help teams with innovative venture ideas to greatly improve the odds of building a successful venture. Participants will apply an evidence-based approach to developing their new venture by generating business model hypotheses, testing those with end users and others in the ecosystem, and validating, eliminating, or pivoting hypotheses. The ultimate outcome is a validated business model for your team’s venture – the most critical initial step in the startup journey.
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2015 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award


The BDC Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA) contest is back with a $100,000 Grand Prize and a second prize of $25,000 in consulting services.

If your business has reached a turning point and you want to implement an innovative solution to take it to the next level, the BDC Young Entrepreneur Award contest could be for you (or someone you know). Read more

Angel Forum

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Do you know a good Company looking for Investors?

Angel Forum introduces emerging companies to private equity Angel Investors. With 7 companies funded via the last Angel Forum, and more than 24 companies funded via Angel Forum in 2013-14, Angel Forum is a great resource for BC companies.

February 13 is the deadline for the next Angel Forum, which will be held on March 31st. There are already 30 investors registered; more than 70 serious investors attended the last Forum. Four companies have already been selected from 16 applications for 18 spaces.

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