We’re so thankful for our volunteers

Without our 200+ volunteer mentors and jurors, none of this would be possible. We thank them for their time and commitment to early-stage tech companies.

Mentorship volunteer program

Over 100 business experts mentor 25 competitor teams in Round 3 and 25 serve on mentor panels.

How do our mentors help? Team mentors answer questions, provide focus, examine the business plan, brainstorm possible partnerships, evaluate milestones, provide relevant contacts, evaluate presentations and advise on incorporation and intellectual property rights.

Panel mentors watch business pitches, offer feedback, answer questions and evaluate presentations.

Meet our mentors.

Volunteer jury

Our judges are thoughtful, impartial, and have a wide-range of tech background and knowledge, and generally hold deep expertise in one area.

Round 2 jurors evaluate hundreds of initial submissions, providing valuable written feedback and scores which help us narrow the field to our top 40 ventures.

Round 3 and 4 jurors watch and score pitches from our Top 25 Competitors, providing us with our Top 10 finalists. After the field has been narrowed, they watch and score our final Top 10 pitches. Through scoring, voting, and consensus, they name all top prize winners in the competition.

Our jurors comprise venture capitalists, past New Ventures BC prize winners, top tech CEOs, and leaders in higher education.

Want to volunteer? Here’s what we’re looking for.

To become a judge or a mentor: we’re looking for successful technology entrepreneurs, corporate financiers, industry experts and academic professionals.

The preferred qualifications are:

  • Previous experience as a technology-based entrepreneur who has raised equity financing from arms-length investors;
  • Corporate finance experience – either investing in or raising investment for early-stage technology ventures;
  • Deep domain experience (10+ years) relevant to a NVBC participant company e.g. sales and marketing for technology products, or product development expertise for a specific technology area.

Interested in volunteering? Contact us if you think your skills could benefit our competitors.