You are either a:

  • Tech company or tech focused non-profit hiring for a business or tech role (same as before) or a
  • Business or non-profit hiring for a tech role (new!)

You must also be able to provide entrepreneurial and skills training to the student.

Your student:

  • Is not an accredited co-op student (internships, work placements and non-accredited co-ops at private schools are acceptable, please contact us to confirm)
  • Is taking on a business or technical role
  • Is currently enrolled at an accredited post secondary institution in BC or is taking one semester off (ie: summer)
  • Any level of post-secondary (certificate, undergrad, master level, phd post-doc, etc.) is accepted.
  • Hiring from a private school? Check if it’s accredited

You agree to

  • Offer entrepreneurial and business training to the student, including 3 hours of work time for your student to complete online Market Validation Training (we provide this to your student as a free, online course)
  • Match grant funding 100% in cash or as a combination of cash and up to 25% in kind
  • Complete surveys and comply with the terms of the funding

If approved you can receive

  • Up to $5000 towards your student’s payroll, per term (grant amount is based on your student’s total salary)
  • Up to two grants per year (running May – April), worth a total of $10,000
  • Funds are paid out at the end of the term, after providing paystubs, a final survey, and proof of completion of online Market Validation training

Innovate BC Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) grant

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Grants available for May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021.
  • Approvals are currently being waitlisted, subject to available funding.

COVID-19 update: Program staff are evaluating grants remotely and are processing as usual.

If your company is facing hardship due to COVID-19 and can’t meet certain eligibility requirements, please email us. We will provide exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

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Thank you to Innovate BC and the Province of BC for funding the Innovate BC Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) Program.

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