$275,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC

Competition open for entries! Deadline April 16

Start application


  • BC residents, teams or businesses
  • Innovative technology product or services
  • Any type of tech
  • Raised less than $1,000,000 in financing
  • Less than 5 years old
  • Incorporation not required
  • Pay $200 entry fee

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

6 months, 4 rounds of competition. 150 competitors, 1 grand prize winner.

Have what it takes to compete for over $275,000 in cash and prizes?

Submissions open March 13 → April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

11 pm // Round 1 deadline

The Idea

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

May 7

6pm // Round 2 & 2.5 deadline

Feasibility Test

Submit a 6-page response to questions about your business idea.

  • 25 companies move on to Round 3
  • 15 additional companies will be paired with mentors and pitch their way into Round 3.

July 31

6pm // Round 3 deadline

Condensed Venture Plan

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

Sept. 6-7

Round 4

Top 10 pitches finale

Top 10 finalists make an in-person pitch to the jury.

Sept. 24

Winners announced at Awards Ceremony

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$275,000 in cash and prizes

Resources, health sciences, 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.



BCIC first-prize package


BCIC second-prize package


BCIC third-prize package


BC Resource industry prize package

  • $20,000 cash from BCIC, 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.


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.
  • 6-month membership to Spring‘s Leader Roundtable, at a Premium Level membership ($2100 value)


BCIC Top Regional Start-up prize

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


CDRD Life Sciences prize

  • $5,000 in cash, plus $10,000 of business consulting services from CDRD’s commercialization division.
  • Awarded to the top-placing life science company.


Wavefront Wireless in-kind prize package

Receive 12 months of:

  • the Wavefront Venture Acceleration Program
  • office space in downtown Vancouver (a dedicated cubicle in the Wavefront Accelerator Centre)
  • complimentary Handset Library use and access to other services


BC Tech Association Growth Programs Prize Package

  • Free access to all BC Tech events, including the TIAs, for one year to the winning CEO
  • $4,000 credit towards Venture Programs

$275,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC

Competition open for entries! Deadline April 16