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

Inclusive:
Everyone is welcome here.

Collaborative:
We leverage the strength of our network.

Adaptive:
Tech changes quickly, so do we.

Transparent:
We run our programs with fairness and objectivity.

Empowering:
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 and is the bookkeeper for Acetech. 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.