The 23rd annual New Ventures BC Competition, presented by Innovate BC, is down to its final 10 companies. 

This year’s Top 10 have a chance at claiming $250,000 in cash and prizes and earning the opportunity to be named the province’s top startup.

Meet The Companies (in alphabetical order)

Blanka, Vancouver

Browse AI, Vancouver

Ginger Desk, North Vancouver

Immfinity Biotechnologies, Vancouver

Leasey.AI, Vancouver 

Orca Water Solutions, Burnaby

Pilot, North Vancouver, North Vancouver

Seleste, Vancouver

Viridis, Vancouver


What’s Next

In the fourth and final round, each of these 10 finalists will pitch to a judging panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors for a chance to win $250,000 in cash and prizes. The winner’s will be announced at an in-person Awards Ceremony on October 3.

Meet The Judges

Andy Edelmeier, President at Braemar West Capital

Floyd Sijmons, Serial entrepreneur and advisor

Jennifer Hamilton, Life Sciences Consultant

Julia Davourie, VC Investor at Phoenix Venture Partners

Julien Sellgren, Consultant at Breakout Analytics, past NVBC winner

Maria Pacella, Managing Partner at Pender Ventures

Pieter Dorsman, President at Redpeaks Management and Director, Angel Forum

Rasool Rayani, Angel Investor and past NVBC winner

Rochelle Grayson, Entrepreneur and Industry Chair, UBC Sauder School

Thealzel Lee, VANTEC and Phoenix Fire Fund


  • $110,000 Innovate BC First Place Prize Package
  • $60,000 Innovate BC Second Place Prize Package
  • $35,000 Innovate BC Third Place Prize Package
  • $10,000 Innovate BC Regional Start-up Prize 
  • $10,000 Innovate BC Women-Led Venture Prize 
  • $10,000 Innovate BC Sustainability Prize 
  • $10,000 National Bank of Canada Leap to the Cloud Prize
  • $5,000 NVBC Luminaries “Diamond-in-the-Rough” Award

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