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

2017 Competition now closed to entries. See who's in Round 3.

Round 3 finalists


  • 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 the $200 entry fee

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

The competition takes place over four rounds of elimination.

By round 4, only ten companies will remain in the running for over $300,000 in cash and prizes.

Submissions open March 14 → April 12 2017

April 12

11 pm // Round 1 deadline

The Idea

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

The 2017 Competition is now closed to entries. Please join us at our events throughout the year!

May 3

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.

Aug 2

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.

Sep 7-8

Round 4

Top 10 pitches finale

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

Sep 25

Winners announced at Awards Ceremony

Upcoming Competition Events

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Over $300,000 in cash and prizes

In addition to prize packages for our top three finalists, we are awarding numerous sector-specific industry prizes. Prizes are awarded at our annual Awards Ceremony.


BCIC first-prize package


BCIC second-prize package


BCIC third-prize package


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)


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 University program
  •  (value up to $3000)


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.


BCIC Top Regional Start-up prize

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


Plug and Play Tech Center prize


In-kind International Scale-up prize package


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.


Wavefront Wireless in-kind prize package


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

2017 Competition now closed to entries. See who's in Round 3.