BCIC-New Ventures Testimonials
NVBC gave us access to an excellent network of business professionals. Through NVBC, we were able to refine our business plan and receive feedback from a fantastic mentor panel. The entire experience was outstanding – I highly encourage start-ups to participate!
—Tamer Mohamed, Co-founder Aspect Biosystems Ltd, 2014 Second Prize Winner
We’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the New Ventures BC Competition. The NVBC staff, volunteers, sponsors, and mentors were all wonderful. We also found the competition process to be hugely valuable to our company. NVBC connected us with a group of mentors who continue to support us today and the competition process made us think critically about our business (with deadlines). Participating in the NVBC competition was truly a turning point for our company.
— John Carter, Co-founder Vonigo, 2013 First Prize Winner
Our participation in the New Ventures BC Competition was extremely rewarding – between the exercise of building a business plan to the advice of our mentors, we were able to ask ourselves a lot of important questions which helped foster the direction and focus of our business. The process was something our entire team got behind and I am truly grateful for the experience. Not only were we lucky enough to take home the top prize, we were able to further highlight the amazing talent within Victoria’s tech community.
— Christina Seargeant, Operations Manager, MediaCore Technologies, 2012 First Prize Winner
The most invaluable and well run program we have ever participated in – simply a #mustdo for any tech entrepreneur in BC. We learned so much from the courses, from the mentors and from the other companies, a network we are still leveraging today.
— Alexandra Greenhill, CEO & Founder, MyBestHelper.com, 2012 Third Prize Winner
Winning the NVBC top prize brought Polymer Research Technologies recognition, exposure and above all validation. The news releases have generated tremendous interest for our technology in North America as well as globally. Above all we have been fortunate to absorb major investors for our commercialization phase. I can strongly say that NVBC is the essential platform for growth of any startup company, and we were fortunate to be recognized and selected by them.
— Kambiz Taheri, CEO & Founder Polymer Research Technologies, 2011 First Prize Winner
The New Ventures BC Competition is an awesome way to galvanize the local start-up community, bring expert mentors together, and focus on the fundamentals of starting a tech company.
— James Degreef, CEO, Chatterblock – Competitor, 2011 Regional and Main Competition competitor
We found the competition challenging and rewarding as it made our company stretch itself and concentrate our efforts through the various stages to really understand how others perceived our company and why we need to clearly get the right message out to those who don’t have the benefit of our experience.
– Phil Wilford, President, GreenScene AgriTek Inc., 1st Prize Winner – 2011 BCIC-New Ventures Competition: Agritech
It may sound cliché but, for us, the BCIC New Ventures Competition really was about the process, not the prizes. Even experienced CEOs can benefit from a fresh, outside look at the business. The real value I obtained was the insightful feedback on our business plan from our team of very smart, very experienced mentors and the judging panel. Winning a prize that affirmed the value of what we are doing was a nice bonus and helped us accelerate the execution of our plan.
— Daryl Hatton, FundRazr, 2011 Vancity Social Venture Prize Winner
Awesense entered the New Ventures competition in 2011 with the goal of showcasing how we pivoted our business model to the judges. This wasn’t our first attempt at the competition. We learned new things that helped us refine the message and helped us to avoid common mistakes that have helped us tremendously beyond the competition. The seminars are packed full of information that will help guide your business, and the networking sessions offer you a chance to meet all the right people to help move your business forward.
–Mischa Steiner-Jovic, CEO, Awesense Wireless, 2011 BC Hydro Sustainability Award Winner
This whole experience has been simply fantastic … a lot of work, but great planning exercise and disipline to make sure you are working ON the business and not just IN the business! I have definitely learned that if you don’t, you can get lost in the details and truly not see the forest for the trees!
—Ken Gnazdowsky, Founder of finditez.com and Finalist in the 2010-2011 BCIC-New Ventures Competition: Regional
When we first started the competition in March we really had no idea the education we were about to receive or the high level of mentorship that would be provided. Through each stage of the competition we learned from industry leaders on everything from fundraising to execution strategy. We learned about common mistakes and pitfalls from other high growth entrepreneurs so that we didn’t have to make those mistakes ourselves. On behalf of our entire team I would like to sincerely thank NVBC for giving our business the best “kick start” possible.
—Terry Beech, Hiretheworld.com, 2010 1st Prize Winner
Coming into the Competition, we were hoping for a good vetting of our business by a very credible and well-regarded jury, and the results by far exceeded our expectations. The insight provided by our mentors was instrumental in the preparation and refinement of our presentation, while also contributing to the wider development of our business.
—Toby Reid, Founder & President, Solegear Bioplastics, 2010 second prize winner
As co-owner of adventureengine.com I was lucky enough to go through the New Ventures Competition all the way to the top 10 final round. While we did not end up winning cash prizes that year we did gain incredible value through the networking, mentorship and education that NVBC provided. We made connections that continue to be of value today. As a company based in a non urban area of BC we were definitely the minority in the Vancouver competition and I am extremely pleased that NVBC has created the regional contest this year. There are some gems in the rural areas of BC and look forward to seeing them shine in the upcoming competition!
—Amber Hayes, Adventure Engine, 2008 top ten company
New Ventures BC was a tremendous experience and boost to Saltworks Technologies. The mentorship and networking were great and the time invested very much worthwhile. Winning the competition brought credibility and funding, which allowed Saltworks to accelerate its solar desalination technology and grow the company. New Ventures BC is a excellent means to heighten start-up technology and business innovation in BC.
—Ben Sparrow, Saltworks Technologies, 2008 first prize winner & sustainability prize winner
NVBC has provided an additional network to tap into and resulted in an introduction to the VANTEC angels through Bob de Wit. Excellent mentor panel feedback during the presentations. Provided tight timelines to apply the rigor needed to finalize the business plan. Thank you for this opportunity. What an excellent program to have for start-up companies. When Augurex becomes a success I hope to “pay back” NVBC.
–Norma Biln, Augurex Life Sciences Inc., 2007 first prize winner
This was one of the most satisfying relationships of RFind’s existence. We were able to derive a lot of value from the whole mentorship experience that has had a significant, and positive, impact on the overall development of the organization. The result has been a focused organization that has strong investor appeal and is quickly garnering strong market awareness. We had won even if we hadn’t won the competition.
—Sharon Barnes, RFind Technologies, 2006 first prize winner (acquired by the Trapeze Group in 2012)