$250,000 in cash and prizes to the top new startups in BC.

Applications now open, until April 7 2020, 10pm.

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COVID-19 response: competition running as usual

Entries are still being accepted and all submissions will be evaluated virtually (as per usual). Events, including Startup Sprint, our annual educational series, are moving online.

COVID-19 response and competition event updates.


  • BC residents, teams or businesses
  • Innovative technology product or services
  • Any type of tech
  • Raised less than $1,000,000 of non-grant funding from any source
  • Less than 5 years old
  • Incorporation not required
  • Pay $200 entry fee

Not sure if you qualify? Check the rules or contact us.

Competition Timeline

Have what it takes to compete for over $250,000 in cash and prizes? 6 months, 4 rounds of competition. 150 competitors, 1 grand prize winner.

April 7, 10 pm

Round 1 deadline

The Idea

Submit your registration and describe your business idea. All eligible participants move on to Round 2.

May 4, 7pm

Round 2 deadline

Feasibility Test

Submit a 5-page response to questions about your business idea.

  • 15 companies move on to Round 3
  • 25 additional companies will pitch their way into the final 10 spots in Round 3.

June 23

Round 2.5

Pitch Day

  • 25 companies pitch to get into round 3.

July 29, 7pm

Round 3 deadline

Condensed Venture Plan

Companies will be paired with a mentor team to expand their idea into an 8 page condensed venture plan.

September 17 & 18

Round 4 pitches

Top 10 pitches finale

Top 10 finalists make an in-person pitch to the jury for a chance to win $250,000 in cash in prizes.

October 1

Winners revealed

Winners announced at Awards Ceremony

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COVID-19 response: Competition events, including our education series, have moved online.

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$250,000 in cash and prizes

Each year, we give away prize packages for our top three finalists, plus sector-specific industry prizes. They’re all announced and awarded live at the Awards Ceremony.



Innovate BC first-prize package


Innovate BC second-prize package


Innovate BC third-prize package


Innovate BC Top Regional Start-up prize

  • $20,000 cash from Innovate BC, awarded to the top placing venture located outside of Metro Vancouver.


Innovate BC People's Choice Award

  • $10,000 cash from Innovate BC, awarded to venture who receives the most amount of votes.
  • People’s Choice Award voting will open in September 2020.


BC Tech Association Growth Programs Prize Package

  • Complimentary access to for the winning CEO to two Tech Connect events, hosted by the BC Tech Association
  • $6,000 credit towards Venture Programs

$8000 in-kind

Top 10 Perks

Advance to the top 10 and unlock:

  • 50% discount on Spring‘s Investor Readiness Program.
  • Complimentary attendance to one VANTEC workshop.
  • Two CEOs will win complimentary attendance to the prestigious ACETECH Whister Summit 2021.

$250,000 in cash and prizes to the top new startups in BC.

Applications now open, until April 7 2020, 10pm.