Fasken Martineau has been a proud sponsor of New Ventures BC since the early years of the competition and their lawyers have been involved since it began in 2000.

“We recognize that aspiring entrepreneurs may need some guidance as they enter today’s competitive business environment. That’s why we’ve always supported the NVBC competition,” says Steven Lukas, a partner at Fasken Martineau. “It prepares them for the challenges of entering today’s competitive business environment.

Fasken Martineau is a leading international business law and litigation firm with more than 650 lawyers in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and South Africa.  The firm works with business clients ranging from solo inventors and entrepreneurs, to small and medium-sized enterprises to multinational companies.  It also has a reputation as one of Canada’s leading law firms in Information Technology, including Internet and e-commerce, software implementation, development, licensing, hosting and/or support, outsourcing, joint ventures, technology-related financings and reorganizations.

“We can guide any start-up through the legal challenges of setting up shop, so to speak,” says Lukas.  “From negotiating and drafting technology license agreements to funding, to advising on mergers and acquisitions, we can help.”

Lukas has been a BC Ventures Society director for more than three years and currently chairs the society.  He describes his involvement with NVBC as “very rewarding”.

“It’s exciting and inspiring to see the new business ideas that are presented at this competition each year,” says Lukas. “It’s equally as exciting to see the runner-ups that resurface, fine-tuned, in the marketplace years later.”

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