$300,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC

Competition opens for entries March 13, 2018. Join us for the kickoff event on April 11.

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Eligibility

  • BC residents, teams or businesses
  • Innovative technology product or services
  • Any type of tech
  • Raised less than $1,000,000 in financing
  • Less than 5 years old
  • Incorporation not required
  • Pay $200 entry fee

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

6 months, 4 rounds of competition. 150 competitors, 1 grand prize winner.

Have what it takes to compete for over $300,000 in cash and prizes?

Submissions open March 13 → April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

11 pm // Round 1 deadline

The Idea

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

May 7

6pm // Round 2 & 2.5 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 be paired with mentors and pitch their way into Round 3.

July 31

6pm // Round 3 deadline

Condensed Venture Plan

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

Sept. 6-7

Round 4

Top 10 pitches finale

Top 10 finalists make an in-person pitch to the jury.

Sept. 24

Winners announced at Awards Ceremony

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Over $300,000 in cash and prizes

Resources, health sciences, 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.

 

$110,000+

BCIC first-prize package

$60,000

BCIC second-prize package

$35,000

BCIC third-prize package

$22,000

BC Resource industry prize package

  • $20,000 cash from BCIC, 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.
  • 12-month access to the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Program ($2,400 value)

$16,000

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.
  • Full scholarship to a Spring accelerator program
  •  (value up to $3000)

$10,000

City Innovation prize

  • $10,000 cash from the Vancouver Economic Commission, for the top performing venture with a primary market or potential primary market of city departments and/or agencies.

$10,000

BCIC Top Regional Start-up prize

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

$25,000

Plug and Play Tech Center prize

$11,000

In-kind International Scale-up prize package

$10,000

In-kind CDRD Life Sciences prize

$10,000 of business consulting services from CDRD’s commercialization
division. Awarded to the top-placing life science company.

$8,000

Wavefront Wireless in-kind prize package

$8,000

BC Tech Association prize package

NVBC will select a winner for the BC Tech Association Program prize package, which includes:

  • 6 month of coaching, legal and mentoring services
  • 6 months of office space – 2 dedicated desks at The Hub, meeting room access, internet and amenities

$300,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC

Competition opens for entries March 13, 2018. Join us for the kickoff event on April 11.