Part of the 2021 New Ventures BC Competition
Presented by Innovate BC

Throughout the spring New Ventures BC will host our weekly Startup Seminar Series, giving you the information you’ll need to build and grow your business, and even perform better in the #nvbc2021 competition!

Education Resources

  • Product/Market Fit: Join us online for Product/Market Fit with Dave Thomas and Lesley Duncan, as they take you through an interactive seminar focused on getting your business ready for market. Topics covered include marketing research, technology adoption models, “whole” solution offerings, product positioning, and pricing.

Get the PowerPoint deck here

  • Introduction to Pricing: You’ve got a great product or service… but how much should it cost? This introductory-level seminar will help you get started with business models and pricing. In this 1.5 hour seminar, you’ll learn whether you’re you pricing your product or service appropriately for your market, and  how to choose the right pricing model for your venture.

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  • Managing your Intellectual Property with Roger Kuypers & Ling Wong, Fasken

Powerpoint: part 1 and part 2

  • The Business Case: What an Angel Really Wants: Looking to secure angel investment? Learn about the importance of making a business case and what angels are looking for. Mike Volker of WUTIF and TIMIA capital shares tips and advice.

Get the powerpoint deck here.

  • Financial Models: Sean Hodgins will provide the basics of building a sound financial model for your business.

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  • Sales Fundamentals: Sales is the most critical business skill, but what if you’re not a “natural” sales person? Learn about the new fundamental skill set required for sales success in 2021 and how to sell powerfully using your authentic self.

  • HR 101 for Startups: Allison Guld and Stephanie Lyster from Answer Bar talk HR 101 for Startups during this seminar. From the basics through to strategic workforce solutions, this seminar will teach you how to minimize risk and make better decisions.

  • Capital Planning: This seminar will define a Capital Plan and illustrate the different financing options based on the stage of your start-up.

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Get the due diligence checklist here

  • Exit Strategy: David J. Raffa will take you through what your company should consider when thinking about an exit strategy.

Read David’s latest Tech M&A report here.
Follow along with the powerpoint here.

  • SR&ED – don’t leave valuable tax incentives on the table: Learn how to determine whether you qualify for the SR&ED program and how to identify eligible expense activities and methods for claiming R&D expenses. The EY SR&ED team will also reveal how SR&ED brings value to your business as both an operating capital opportunity and a way to positively position your company, product and/or process with investors.

  • Corporate Structure: Join New Ventures BC and Fasken for a workshop on Corporate Structure and Legal Agreements. This seminar will address the initial corporate matters you need to consider in building your technology company.

  • The Pitch: Join Paul Brassard, Managing Partner at Volition, as he takes you through what goes into a winning pitch.

Follow along with the powerpoint here.

  • All About Investor Profiles: Friends & Family, Angels, VCs: Join speaker Brian Martin as he walks you through choosing your investors, ownership and valuation, reporting, mentorship and growth, the startup financing cycle, and much more.



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