We help BC tech startups grow

The New Ventures BC (NVBC) Society’s mandate is to recognize, encourage, and develop entrepreneurship and innovation in B.C.’s start-up technology sector.

Since 2001, NVBC has supported this mandate by offering education, mentorship, networking, cash prizes, grant funding, and recognition.

Outcomes have included thousands of new jobs, enhanced entrepreneurial skills, increased investment, technology commercialization, and above all, economic growth for B.C.

NVBC Impact

Our core values

Everyone is welcome here.

We leverage the strength of our network.

Tech changes quickly, so do we.

We run our programs with fairness and objectivity.

It’s all about you, and finding your best fit.

New Ventures BC team

Small but mighty: the New Ventures BC team oversees the administration and marketing of our four programs.

Angie Schick

Executive Director

Angie is Executive Director and oversees the delivery of all programs at New Ventures BC. She’s been supporting technology startups for over ten years and loves working with entrepreneurs.

Angie has worked in the technology sector for over 15 years as a project manager, strategic communicator and market researcher. Previously, she led teams and oversaw game development at Radical Entertainment.

Angie holds a Master’s of Arts in Communication from SFU, where she specialized in technology & society.

Liz Bowell

Bookkeeper and Events Coordinator

Liz Bowell is a bookkeeper, events coordinator and professional administrator providing services to not for profit associations.

In addition to working with New Ventures BC, Liz provides event & admin support to the Vancouver chapter of FEI Canada. Liz was previously Membership Manager at FEI Canada. Prior to heading West to Vancouver she was Administrative Director of the FEI Canada Toronto Chapter and the York Technology Association (now TechConnex).

Rachel Burns

Program Director, AccelerateIP

Rachel brings 15 years of experience across program management and marketing to her role of Program Director, AccelerateIP. 

Previously, at NVBC, she supported the ISI Grant Program, the Venture Accelerator Program, and the New Ventures BC Competition. She also recently held business development and content strategy roles at Langara College and Jane.app.

Rachel has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Arts, along with post-grad diplomas in Publishing and Education (Guidance Studies). She is also an alum of the Writer’s Studio at SFU.

Floyd Sijmons

Mentor / Jury Manager

Floyd Sijmons is a seasoned CEO, Founder, and Business Mentor with a successful history of building and scaling tech startups. Beginning with Groupon’s explosive growth and subsequent IPO, Floyd’s career journey includes leadership roles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he ran a financial comparison platform, and in the Netherlands, where he spearheaded the development of the multi-sided marketplace, Helping. With expertise in all facets of founding, building, and scaling digital businesses, Floyd has navigated diverse sectors, undertaking interim management roles and engaging extensively in fundraising activities. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Floyd has emerged as a prominent mentor, contributing to the growth and success of over 65 startups across various accelerators and educational institutions. 

Floyd holds a Master of Science in Strategic Management from RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Bradley Fung

Education Program Manager

Bradley has devoted most of his professional career to post-secondary education, and now proudly serves as the Education Program Manager at New Ventures BC. His prior role as the Education Program Lead at Lighthouse Labs saw him successfully manage several remote bootcamp-style programs for thousands of students across Canada. His experience includes curriculum design, synchronous and asynchronous education delivery, project management, and student recruitment.

Currently, Bradley is managing the execution, operations, and refinement of New Venture BC’s intellectual property educational offerings, always striving to enhance the student experience. He also takes his laughs seriously, Bradley has been performing stand-up comedy since 2018 and has been featured in the Just For Laughs Vancouver festival.

Clara Ng

Program Coordinator

Clara is a Program Coordinator and manages events, projects, and administration for New Ventures BC and AccelerateIP.

Coming from a background of Psychology and Commerce, Clara enjoys working cross functionally with different teams and is often involved in several projects and programs at various stages of completion. Whether it’s setting up new systems to make program processes more efficient, or troubleshooting and implementing solutions for an improved workflow experience, Clara believes that there are always new ways to enhance a new or existing concept.