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

The 2019 Competition is now closed to submissions, but please join us for our upcoming events.

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Eligibility

  • 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 10, 11 pm

Round 1 deadline

The Idea

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

May 6, 7pm

Round 2 deadline

Feasibility Test

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

  • 25 companies move on to Round 3
  • 15 additional companies will pitch their way into Round 3.

June 14, 2019

Round 2.5 Deadline

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 5 & 6

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.

September 19

Winners revealed

Winners announced at Awards Ceremony

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$250,000 in cash and prizes

Resources, social ventures, and more! 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.

 

$105,000

Innovate BC first-prize package

$60,000

Innovate BC second-prize package

$35,000

Innovate BC third-prize package

$22,000

BC Resource industry prize package

  • $20,000 cash from Innovate BC, awarded to the most promising venture working to commercialize a technology for application in Mining, Forestry, Agrifoods, Oceans, Oil and Gas, Energy, and/or Cleantech sectors.
  • 3-month program credit from any Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Program.

$15,000

Vancity Social Venture prize package

  • $15,000 cash from Vancity, awarded to the top performing for-profit venture that has as part of its purpose a strong social or environmental mission and creates shared value to the local community and society at large in addition to economic profits.

$10,000

Innovate BC Top Regional Start-up prize

  • $10,000 cash from Innovate BC, awarded to the top placing venture located outside of Metro Vancouver.

Up to $8,000

FrontFundr

Awarded to a top 10 venture the week of September 16th. If interested in raising capital on FrontFundr’s equity crowdfunding platform, one venture will be receive 100% off the due diligence and listing fee (the equivalent of $4,000 to $8,000), if they start the due diligence process by November 30, 2019. NVBC will determine winner with FrontFundr.

$6,000

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

$3000 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 in 2019/2020.
  • Complimentary attendance to one ACETECH Growth Strategy Program workshop and one ACETECH CEO Speaker Series event.

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

The 2019 Competition is now closed to submissions, but please join us for our upcoming events.