$250,000 in cash and prizes to the top new startups in BC.

Applications closed April 7th. Join us at our upcoming online events - open to all.


COVID-19 response: competition running as usual

All submissions are being reviewed virtually, as per usual. Events, including Startup Sprint, our annual educational series, are moving online.

COVID-19 response and competition event updates.


  • BC residents, teams or businesses
  • Innovative technology product or services
  • Any type of tech
  • Raised less than $1,000,000 of non-grant funding from any source
  • Less than 5 years old
  • Incorporation not required
  • Pay $200 entry fee

Not sure if you qualify? Check the rules or contact us.

Competition Timeline

Have what it takes to compete for over $250,000 in cash and prizes? 6 months, 4 rounds of competition. 150 competitors, 1 grand prize winner.

April 7, 11 pm

Round 1 deadline

The Idea

Submit your registration and describe your business idea. All eligible participants move on to Round 2.

May 4, 7pm

Round 2 deadline

Feasibility Test

Submit a 5-page response to questions about your business idea.

  • 15 companies move on to Round 3
  • 25 additional companies will pitch their way into the final 10 spots in Round 3.

June 23

Round 2.5

Pitch Day

  • 25 companies pitch to get into round 3.

June 25th

Round 3

Round 3 Top 25 announced

July 29, 7pm

Round 3 deadline

Condensed Venture Plan

Companies will be paired with a mentor team to expand their idea into an 8 page condensed venture plan.

September 17 & 18

Round 4 pitches

Top 10 pitches finale

Top 10 finalists make an in-person pitch to the jury for a chance to win $250,000 in cash in prizes.

October 1

Winners revealed

Winners announced at Awards Ceremony

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 response: Competition events, including our education series, have moved online.

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$250,000 in cash and prizes

Each year, we give away prize packages for our top three finalists, plus sector-specific industry prizes. They’re all announced and awarded live at the Awards Ceremony.



Innovate BC first-prize package


Innovate BC second-prize package


Innovate BC third-prize package


Innovate BC Top Regional Start-up prize

  • $20,000 cash from Innovate BC, awarded to the top placing venture located outside of Metro Vancouver.


Innovate BC People's Choice Award

  • $10,000 cash from Innovate BC, awarded to venture who receives the most amount of votes.
  • People’s Choice Award voting will open in September 2020.


BC Tech Association Growth Programs Prize Package

  • Complimentary access to for the winning CEO to two Tech Connect events, hosted by the BC Tech Association
  • $6,000 credit towards Venture Programs

$8000 in-kind

Top 10 Perks

Advance to the top 10 and unlock:

  • 50% discount on Spring‘s Investor Readiness Program.
  • Complimentary attendance to one VANTEC workshop.
  • Two CEOs will win complimentary attendance to the prestigious ACETECH Whister Summit 2021.

$250,000 in cash and prizes to the top new startups in BC.

Applications closed April 7th. Join us at our upcoming online events - open to all.