$250,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC

Apply now!



  • 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.

Applications now open.

April 10, 11 pm

Round 1 deadline

The Idea

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

May 6, 6pm

Round 2 deadline

Feasibility Test

Submit a 6-page response to questions about your business idea.

  • 25 companies move on to Round 3
  • 15 additional companies will pitch their way into Round 3.

July 29, 6pm

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 5 & 6

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.

September 2019

Winners revealed

Winners announced at Awards Ceremony


Apply to the 2019 New Ventures BC Competition, presented by Innovate BC.

Apply to the 2019 New Ventures BC Competition.

See all past winners

$250,000 in cash and prizes

Resources, social ventures, and more! 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


BC Resource industry prize package

  • $20,000 cash from Innovate BC, awarded to the most promising venture working to commercialize a technology for application in Mining, Forestry, Agrifoods, Oceans, Oil and Gas, Energy, and/or Cleantech sectors.
  • 3-month program credit from any Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Program.


Vancity Social Venture prize package

  • $15,000 cash from Vancity, awarded to the top performing for-profit venture that has as part of its purpose a strong social or environmental mission and creates shared value to the local community and society at large in addition to economic profits.


Innovate BC Top Regional Start-up prize

  • $10,000 cash from Innovate BC, awarded to the top placing venture located outside of Metro Vancouver.


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

$3000 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 in 2019/2020.
  • Complimentary attendance to one ACETECH Growth Strategy Program workshop and one ACETECH CEO Speaker Series event.

$250,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC

Apply now!