Part of the 2023 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 #nvbc2023 competition

Education Resources - catch-up on past seminars


Building a Fundable Startup - presented on March 28, 2023
There are seven evergreen rules of building fundamentally fundable startups that all early-stage founders need to know. These rules allow ventures to raise at higher valuations, raise faster and raise from the top investors. In good capital markets, such as the last two years, they were 'nice to have' but in a market climate like today, these rules are a 'must have' for ventures to successfully raise seed capital.

Speakers: Maninder Dhaliwal, Managing Partner, Startup Studio

Presentation Slides - Building a Fundable Startup (pdf)



Startup Sprint Day 1 - Presented on April 15, 2023

Product/Market Fit - Dave Thomas, Partner, Rocket Builders & Lesley Duncan, Operations Director, SFU VentureLabs

Introduction to Pricing for Innovation - Ibbaka (speaker TBA)

Financial Models - Sean Hodgins, CPA, CA, Co-Founder, Tandem Innovation Group

Government Funding Programs & Non-Dilutive Funding - Cynthia Shippam, Industrial Technology Advisor, NRC IRAP and Brianna Blaney, Co-founder & CEO, Pocketed

The Business Case - What an Angel Really Wants - Mike Volker, Angel Investor & CEO, WUTIF Capital



Managing Your Intellectual Property - Presented on April 19, 2023

Trade-marks and patents can be daunting for the first-time entrepreneur. Do you need to go through registration? In what jurisdictions and when? What are the rules around the elements of intellectual property in Canada and beyond? Roger Kuypers and Ling Wong will guide you on this process, giving you the basics you need to better investigate your options.


Roger Kuypers, Partner, Fasken

Ling Wong, IP Lawyer | Patent & Trademark Agent, Fasken

Part 1 Presentation Slides (pdf)
Part 2 Presentation Slides (pdf)

Unfortunately there was a technical error and we cannot provide a recording of this year's presentation. We have provided last year's presentation below.



Corporate Structure and Legal Agreements  - Presented on May 4, 2023

New Ventures BC and Fasken present 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. Topics covered include: initial corporate structuring issues, allocating founders shares, preparing a financing plan sourcing seed capital, allocating stock options, financing a new venture, and taxes.


Corporate Structure Presentation slides (pdf)


Startup Sprint Day 2 - Presented on May 6, 2023






SR&ED  - Presented on May 24, 2023

EY Canada’s SR&ED team will review the Scientific Research & Experimental Development program and discuss how businesses, regardless of their corporate structure or size, can recover costs of R&D expenses through federal and provincial tax credits. Learn how to determine whether you qualify for the SR&ED program and identify eligible expense activities and methods for claiming R&D expenses. 

Presentation Slides available upon request. Email us at

Unfortunately there was a technical error and we cannot provide a recording of this year's presentation. We have provided last year's presentation below.



Perfecting Your Fundraising Deck  - Presented on May 31, 2023

You probably already know that a well-crafted fundraising deck is essential when pitching to potential investors, but do you know how to create one yet? Come listen to Laith Shukri, Director, Ecosystem Engagement at RBCx, discuss the best practices to create a compelling pitch deck, including showcasing your brand's story, identifying potential funders, understanding what they're looking for, and getting people excited about your company.


Laith Shukri, Director, Ecosystem Engagement, RBCx

Presentation Slides (pdf)



All About Investor Profiles  - Presented on June 7th, 2023

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.


Brian Martin, Investment Director, TELUS Ventures

Presentation Slides (pdf)


NVBC Competition Round 3 Showcase - Presented on June 27th, 2023

The Top 25 companies in our 23rd annual New Ventures BC Competition, presented by Innovate BC will:

  • Give a 1 minute lightning pitch.
  • Be introduced to their assigned mentor team.
  • Gain insight on how to make the most of their mentorship experience from veteran NVBC Competition mentors and past Competition participants.


NVBC/Angel Forum Financials for Startups - Presented on July 10th, 2023

Irene and Pieter Dorsman from the Angel Forum will walk you through the financial questions startups are often asked by investors and advisors. This session will help Round 3 companies to build a stronger submission in the New Ventures BC Competition, and is also open to all startups.


Irene Dorsman, CEO & Director, Angel Forum

Pieter Dorsman, Director, Angel Forum


Mitacs: Non-Dilutive Funding and Strategic Academic Partnerships - Presented on July 18th, 2023

Are you looking for specialized talent in high-tech fields or funding to advance your innovation agenda? Mitacs and Innovate BC have programs to help companies achieving these goals and help accessing talent, funding, and resources to accelerate technology development towards commercialization.


Marcelo Mora, Senior Advisor, Innovate BC + Mitacs

Presentation Slides (pdf)

Applications Are Now Open for the 2023 New Ventures BC Competition