Impacting tech startups since 2000

Since 2000, 3000 companies have entered the competition. Our top companies do better than average startups, with:

  • $1B+ financing raised
  • 8600+ jobs created
  • 80%+ still operating

Find out why New Ventures BC is the largest and longest-running in the province.

Our history

2000
Wal van Lierop initiates New Ventures BC Competition
2001
First competition winner AirG
2002
TELUS becomes first title sponsor
2010
Innovate BC joins as title sponsor
2000
2020

I am one of New Ventures BC’s biggest fans. Over the last 20 years NVBC has helped identify, mentor and grow many of the leading technology and life science companies in BC.

Malcolm Kendall, CEO, Microbiome Insights

Expanding programming beyond the Competition

2015-2020: The Distance Venture Accelerator and ISI grant help early stage startups thrive.

Notable winners: Ziva Dynamics, Ecoation, Lumen5, Certn, Cuboh, Microbiome Insights, and Jane Software.

Where are they now? Dooly’s Kris Hartvigsen reflects on five years of growth

Where are they now? Third place Fable on a quick path to growth

Former NVBC competitor Thinkific launches $160 million IPO

Carl Hansen

Past Competition winner AbCellera valued at $16B

Work big and work fast: Augurex on a decade of success

Democratizing clean food production: 2017 Competition winners Ecoation

Business as unusual – Microbiome Insights on adapting to the pandemic and next steps

NVBC Competition Impact Study

On mentoring and best kept secrets for startup success – Christene Best

Meet our 2020 Top 10 Finalists

Jane Software on growth and staying true to your company’s delightful vision

Mentoring with an Open Heart and an Open Mind – Caroline Lewko

Fitting elite athletes for exceptional performance: Society Wheelchairs

Meet our 2020 Top 25

Riz Kheraj on 19 Years of Empathetic Mentorship

Mentoring to Make a Difference – Adam Lorant

Cuboh Hires New Chief Technology Officer as Part of 2020 Expansion Plan

Lumen 5

Where are they now? Lumen5

Vancity Social Venture Prize Winner FundRazr: Where Are They Now?

Vancity Social Venture Prize Winner Careteam Technologies: Where Are They Now?

NVBC third prize winner Cuboh closes $1.6 million seed round

#nvbc2019 Top 10 finalists announced

2019 New Ventures BC Competition People’s Choice Award

#nvbc2019 top Round 2.5 ventures advance to Round 3

Where are they now? Quupe plans Canada-wide expansion

Where are they now? Careteam is used by large health organizations in BC and Ontario

Where are they now? Medimap partners with 65% of walk-in clinics across Canada

Winners Announced: The 2018 Innovate BC-New Ventures Competition

BCIC-New Ventures Competition crowd

2018 Top 10 finalists announced

Round 2.5 and Round 3 ventures announced

NVBC Top 10 Finalist Dooly Raises $2 Million in Seed Funding

Where are they now? Microbiome Insights raises 1.3M + grows team by 5x

Certn

Where are they now? Top Regional startup Certn raises 1M

Ecoation Innovative Solutions tops list of growing startups in 2017 competition

#nvbc2017 top ten announcement

Round 2.5 and Round 3 ventures announced

MineSense closes $19M Series C financing round

Top 10 Finalists Announced

NVBC 2016 Announcement: Round 3 Finalized

Top 10 Finalists Announced

10 Companies Moving to Round 3 Announced

myBestHelper selected as finalist for Cartier Women’s Initiative Global Entrepreneurship Competition!

MediaCore Raises $4.5 Million in Series A Funding!

WTFast wins Subculture Vancouver

Curiate team receiving Wavefront Wireless Prize

Curiate Awarded 2015 Canada Media Fund Grant

#nvbc2019

The Competition focuses on regional tech startups

2010-2015: Over 150+ companies enter yearly, attracting the brightest across BC.

Notable winners: AbCellera, MineSense, Mediacore, AppBridge, Telmediq, DarkVision, Aspect Biosystems, and Navigate Surgical.

Top 10 Finalists Announced

10 Companies Moving to Round 3 Announced

myBestHelper selected as finalist for Cartier Women’s Initiative Global Entrepreneurship Competition!

MediaCore Raises $4.5 Million in Series A Funding!

WTFast wins Subculture Vancouver

Curiate team receiving Wavefront Wireless Prize

Curiate Awarded 2015 Canada Media Fund Grant

Vidigami Raises Over $1.25 Million

Jostle Announces the First Annual Jostle Awards

Oil & Gas Well Imaging Technology Startup DarkVision Snags Top Prize

Announcing the 2014 Top 10 Finalist Companies

10 Companies Moving to Round 3 Announced

BitLit Raises Seed Round from Kobo Founder

2013 Alumni BitLit Named Cascadia Pitch Champion

Quadrogen Power Systems Celebrates Ground-breaking at Delta’s Village Farms

Competition Alumni Named to BCBusiness 30 Under 30 List

2012 Competition Winner Partners with Multinational Publishing Giant

Where Are They Now? FundRazr a Standout in Crowdfunding Market

Where Are They Now? MediaCore Growing Fast

Where Are They Now? LightIntegra Nears Completion of Clinical Trials

Where Are They Now? Kelowna’s Awesense Wireless

Alumni Earns Top Prize for Cancer-fighting Venture Idea

TSO Logic’s Energy Saving Software Selected for Interop’s 2014 InteropNet

2010 Competition Winner Publishes Book on Canadian Entrepreneurs

StoryPanda Reaches #1 Spot on iTunes

2012 Alumni Recognized for Industrial Design Achievement

Announcing the 2013 Top 10 Finalist Companies

2013 Competitor Takes Top Prize at Startup World Vancouver

Competition Alumni Named Most Promising Startup Finalist for 2013 Technology Impact Awards

Where Are They Now? 2007 Competitor Augurex

B.C. Tech Ventures Awarded $235,000 in Prizes in 12th Annual Competition

Ten Finalists Named in Accelerate Okanagan’s Jump:Start:Challenge

Announcing the 2012 Top 10 Finalist Companies

2008 Competitor Singular Software Acquired by Red Giant

2006 First-Prize Winner RFind Systems Acquired

2011 Competitor MyBestHelper wins Startup Weekend Vancouver, now needs your help

2011 Competitor CapTherm Systems sells 40% for $1.9 Million

2008 Competitor Primisyn acquired by Swiss banking software leader

Where are they now? Hiretheworld.com erases geographic boundaries

Where are they now? Lungpacer Medical Inc. Readies for Human Clinical Trials

2010 BCIC Awards and BCIC-New Ventures Competition Award $391,000 to Tech entrepreneurs

BCIC and New Ventures BC launch Regional Competition

Fasken Martineau is a proud sponsor of New Ventures BC

2009 Competition Winners

SOLEGEAR completes R&D and begins commercialization

Where are they now? Singular Software

2003 Competitor GenoLogics raises $1 Million

Where are they now? 2006 first-prize winner – RFind Technologies

Where are they now? 2002 BMO Bank of Montreal first-prize winner Metalogix

Where are they now? 2008 first-prize winner Saltworks goes to market