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Jun 29, 2015
Concierge Service is your guide to innovation

The Concierge Service helps startups access funding, make strategic connections and find relevant advisory services. Launched in 2013, this Government of Canada resource offers access to a vast array of advisory services, mentor networks, acceleration programs, funding sources, credits and tax refund arrangements that startups can leverage for growth.
Jun 26, 2015
Tech companies, apply for a BC Tech Co-op Grant to hire a student

Startups and small technology companies in BC can now access quality talent at an affordable cost through the BC Tech Co-op Grants Program.
Jun 25, 2015
Fuelling growth: a story of Neurio’s accelerated success

BC startup Neurio recently completed a four-month residency with the Canadian Technology Accelerator in the Silicon Valley. Their goal: accelerate the growth of their company, which manages connected devices in the home. Follow their journey in this new short documentary from the Trade Commissioner Service.
Jun 24, 2015
BC’s Tech Sector continues to grow and create jobs

BC’s high tech industry is thriving, recording growth in economic activity, the number of businesses and jobs, and export levels, according to a new provincial report.
Jun 23, 2015
The VIATeC Awards and beyond: the burgeoning tech scene in Victoria

This year’s theme, ‘Victoria’s NEW Tea Party’, will celebrate the evolution of Victoria from a sleeping ‘tea and garden’ town to the thriving urban hub it is today. Over 750 people will attend the 'Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland' themed tech festival full of music, creativity and art on June 26th. A handful of tickets may still be available.
Jun 19, 2015
Top 25 Companies Announced for BCIC-New Ventures Competition

Earlier this week, the 2015 BCIC New Ventures Competition Round 2.5 jury pitches took place. With 27 companies of the 2015 BCIC New Ventures Competition, ten have been invited to advance to Round 3 to join the Top 15.
Jun 17, 2015
BC Venture Acceleration Program entrepreneurs raise $89M in grants and equity investment

Lisa Fraser started her career as a technology CEO in her early 20s, when an industrial design university assignment led her to develop a wearable technology garment that enhances the quality of life for families dealing with autism.
Jun 16, 2015
Fatigue Science takes top honours at metabridge 2015

From June 11-12, 15 selected tech startups, which included Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) companies Control, Curatio, and Optigo Networks, pitched their companies to a panel of global tech figures at the 7th annual metabridge– a conference organized by VAP partner, Accelerate Okanagan.
Jun 15, 2015
Interface Health Launches 2015 IHX Challenge

After the launch of its digital health community and accelerator platform last month, Interface Health has now launched IHX – the Interface Health Excellence Challenge.
Jun 15, 2015
[email protected] entrepreneurs make surgery safer

A leading challenge for today’s medical community is access to quality surgical equipment in operating rooms, especially in the developing world.
Jun 10, 2015
metabridge 2015, a gateway to the Okanagan’s growing tech sector

BC’s most promising startups are packing their bags for the Okanagan Valley for Canada’s iconic 2-day startup retreat, metabridge this week, June 11-12 in Kelowna, BC. This is its 6th year running, and BCIC is once again a proud sponsor.
Jun 09, 2015
“Be a pirate” and other lessons from Design for Startups

Design for Startups introduces talented design students to the world of tech and business, while giving a boost to early stage companies in BC. An initiative by the Social + Interactive Media (SIM) Centre at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD) in partnership with BCIC and Highline, the program matches 5 top-tier design students with 5 promising early-stage startups. Student designers get real world experience, while tech startups get creative problem solvers who understand how to integrate design methods with Lean UX methodologies.
Jun 05, 2015
Optigo Networks named Most Promising Startup at 2015 TIAs

Congratulations to Vancouver startup Optigo Networks, winner of the Most Promising Startup Award at the 2015 Technology Impact Awards June 4th in Vancouver.
Jun 04, 2015
Canada's got talent, says Global Talent Competitiveness Index

Canada ranks fifth in the newly-released 2014 Global Talent Competitiveness Index. The ranking of 93 countries measures the ability to attract and incubate professional talent.
Jun 03, 2015
BC’s new crowdfunding legislation gives rise to Frontfundr

Canada’s newest crowdfunding platform, Frontfundr, was launched recently in Vancouver. Promising an open market connecting investors with “stringently screened companies”, Frontfundr oversees the investment process from pitch to purchase. The company’s launch follows the recent announcement that startups in BC can now raise capital through online crowdfunding.
Jun 03, 2015
Women angels are spurring the growth of women- led tech companies

Female entrepreneurs are discovering a new source of financial support: women angels. As the number of female angel investors grows, there are also more angel-backed women-led companies, according to a Forbes Magazine article by Geri Stengel. This “virtuous cycle” is a sea change, she argues.
Jun 01, 2015
Women in the BC Economy: ‘Catalyst for Growth’ takes the conversation province-wide

The Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) has toured the province this month, delivering ‘Catalyst for Growth: Women in the BC Economy’ (#econwomen) workshops in Kelowna, Victoria, Vancouver, Prince George and Prince Rupert.
Jun 01, 2015
Innovative Ideas in Northwestern BC Spotlighted

From worms to micro-hydro, this year’s Northwest Innovation Challenge 2015 featured 12 finalists who took away top awards for their clever ideas and concepts. The event, presented by the Skeena-Nass Centre for Innovation in Resource Economics (SNCIRE) and sponsored in part by the Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association and BCIC-New Ventures, was held in Terrace, BC, and distributed more than $8,000 in total cash prizes to finalists.
May 29, 2015
14th Annual VIATeC Technology Awards finalists announced

The Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) revealed its 2015 Awards finalists this month. The annual VIATeC Technology Awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies that have made Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in BC, as well as the educators, innovators and community champions who make it all possible.
May 27, 2015
Two tech leaders win at the 32nd YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

The YWCA Metro Vancouver celebrated the nationally acclaimed 32nd annual Women of Distinction Awards last night, honouring extraordinary women leaders in their respective fields of expertise across BC and Canada.
May 26, 2015
BCIC Tech Works initiative provides boost for tech talent in BC

The Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services announced the launch of BC’s brand new talent-building initiative, BCIC Tech Works, on May 23.
May 25, 2015
New Tech Works Program provides low risk, high return for Kamloops startup

Last year, Kamloops startup, Sewllkwe Tracking Solutions, participated in one of the first pilots for the BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) program. The co-op placement was so successful that Sewllkwe hired the student, Chad Fawcett from Thompson Rivers University (TRU).
May 25, 2015
2015 BCIC New Ventures - Round 2.5 and Round 3 Companies Announced

Congratulations to the 42 companies chosen to move forward in the 2015 BCIC New Ventures Competition!
May 22, 2015
Scale your Business Outside Canada With Wavefront’s Global Market Entry Program

Wavefront invites BC mobile technology companies to apply for the Global Market Entry Program. If you’re looking to overcome the challenges of scaling your business outside of Canada, this is a remarkable opportunity to accelerate your export market expansion efforts.
May 22, 2015
NextBC Awards celebrate tech innovation in BC

25 top tech companies showcased their technologies at the NextBC Awards at the Telus World of Science, and BCIC was once again a proud leading sponsor.
May 21, 2015
Startups, find key resources on BCIC’s ‘For Entrepreneurs’ page

BCIC has updated the For Entrepreneurs page to bring founders even more resources to start up a technology company in BC.
May 15, 2015
Vancouver students win at the world’s biggest science fair competition

Millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs for an opportunity to showcase their independent research at Intel ISEF Competition.
May 14, 2015
Rising Startups: OneFeather

With over 900,000 people in more than 630 governments and bands across Canada, how do leaders of First Nation communities maintain strong and engaged nations? The issue of losing solidity and unity within First Nation communities has been an underlying concern for decades. Although effective solutions aren’t easy to come by, a Victoria-based startup, OneFeather, believes they have a means to tackle the problem head-on and fuel higher levels of engagement for a nation’s citizens.
May 11, 2015
metabridge Top 15 Tech Startups Announced

The metabridge 2015 Top 15 Canadian Startups have been announced. With some of the most promising tech startup companies from across Canada listed, we are excited to see 8 out of the 15 finalists located here in BC!
May 08, 2015
BC tech startups in the news!

Skype and Facetime, beware! Perch’s always-on video messaging service has been adopted by hundreds of companies and individuals around the world. Why? Well, unlike services like Skype or Facetime, Perch doesn’t require a call — you can just walk up to it and start talking so it’s perfect for connecting with remote business partners or elderly parents and relatives. Read all about it in this week’s Vancouver Sun article.
May 07, 2015
This Saturday, learn to code with mum for Mother’s Day!

Ladies Learning Code is hosting Mother-Daughter Intro to HTML & CSS this Saturday! It will be held at Mobify’s offices in Vancouver 10AM - 4PM and is absolutely free to attend!
May 06, 2015
25 Finalists for NextBC2 Announced

DigiBC has just reveal the Top 25 finalists for NextBC 2015, taking place on May 21, 2015. These are the companies in British Columbia that are pushing the envelope with innovation, and being the leaders in their respective industries of technology, entertainment, startups, marketing, digital, business and culture.
May 01, 2015
2015 Technology Impact Awards finalists announced!

We send a huge congratulation to the 22 terrific companies up for nomination, including Venture Acceleration Program company Optigo Networks and Fusion Pipes Software who are both up for the ‘Most Promising Startup’ award.
Apr 30, 2015
Join Vancouver's Tech Community and Transform Your Career!

Check out the all-new, locally made and cutting-edge video "Break Something - Come to Vancouver to Transform Your Career."
Apr 28, 2015
Funding announced to support home-grown tech talent

Funding announced to support home-grown tech talent
Apr 27, 2015
metabridge is looking for the Top 15 Startups From Across Canada!

metabridge is back for its 7th year! The 1.5-day retreat invites the top-15 technology startups in Canada to this VIP networking event that will connect emerging technology companies with investors, mentors, advisors and strategic partners from the Silicon Valley and beyond!
Apr 24, 2015
Rising Startups: Starling Minds

Currently working with organizations such as the BC Teacher’s Federation and Pacific Blue Cross, Starling Minds is an online platform that provides organizations with a comprehensive mental health toolkit to supply employees affected by depression or anxiety with the resources to properly understand, learn about, track and slowly overcome their illness.
Apr 22, 2015
Round 2 Companies for 2015 BCIC-New Ventures BC Competition Announced!

Congratulations to the 134 companies that will be proceeding to the 2nd round of the 2015 BCIC-New Ventures Competition!
Apr 20, 2015
BC’s Cleantech sector gets huge boost!

Last week, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification joined BC tech and innovation leaders in Surrey to announce $2 million to support the creation and operation of a clean technology development facility called the Advanced Resource Clean Technology Innovation Centre (ARCTIC).
Apr 17, 2015
NextBC 2 Will Highlight 25 Innovative BC Tech Companies Changing the Way We Do Business!

This year's event will include companies from several sectors of BC's tech ecosystem with technology that will shape our future. The top 25 companies will showcase their technologies, and the companies with the most outstanding technology innovation will be presented with an award for top honours.
Apr 17, 2015
Win a Trip to Vancouver May 13-15 and Transform Your Career

To help connect Vancouver companies with top talent, the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), with the support of Microsoft Canada, has launched a Win a Trip to Vancouver contest to transform the career of an innovative and talented individual
Apr 10, 2015
Rising Startups: CommandWear

As the frontline for public safety of the most disastrous crises, first-responders are tasked with a mentally demanding and physically strenuous responsibility – trying to keep their community safe while placing their own well-being at risk.
Mar 27, 2015
Rising Startups: ConceptKicker

ConceptKicker transforms 2D character concept art into 3D printed figures, which are then sold to fans on a crowdfunding platform. The startup has developed a new and unique online marketplace for any user interested in 3D printing to get a taste of the cool concepts and ideas that this technology can create.
Mar 26, 2015
The Art of Marketing: Creating an Effective Brand For Your Startup!

A common mistake made by startup companies in the early stages of development is overlooking the importance of marketing and branding to their company image. A startup’s brand plays an incredibly important role to their internal solidarity, customer outreach and overall success. It’s what separates you from your competitors and is your chance to create an impression.
Mar 24, 2015
The BC Tech Forum - Leapfrogging Innovation to Business Revolution

“BC has a strong and vibrant tech sector - there are 9,010 tech companies in BC already! And we are taking this world-class industry to an even higher plateau,” said Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services as he set the tone for the first ever BC Tech Forum delivered in partnership by the Vancouver Board of Trade and BCIC.
Mar 19, 2015
Rising Startups: Latergramme

Latergramme, an Instagram scheduling system, has made major strides towards establishing their program as the option for Instagram management.
Mar 17, 2015
BCIC’s Tech Tours give TED guests new ideas worth sharing

The message is getting out! For the world’s greatest innovators, artists, musicians, writers, actors, programmers, game designers and change makers of all kind - Vancouver is the place to be! And TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is leading the way in bringing the world’s best ideas worth sharing to this beautiful city for three years in a row!
Mar 13, 2015
Startups, Connect With the Silicon Valley at The C100’s 48 Hours in the Valley

South of the border, the Canadian startup community in the Silicon Valley is developing quickly. We’ve seen more and more entrepreneurs from provinces across Canada connect themselves with the major tech hub, making the link between the Canadian and American tech industries stronger.
Mar 09, 2015
New 5 Part Series: Rising Startups in BC

Every year, British Columbia’s thriving startup ecosystem produces some of Canada’s leading and forefront technology. From well-established tech companies that strive to maintain leading edge innovation, to rising startups that could be the ‘next big thing’, our province’s tech sector continues to uphold the inventiveness and ingenuity that it has become known for.
Mar 06, 2015
BCDevExchange to Increase Collaboration Between Tech Entrepreneurs and BC’s Public Sector

What would happen if BC’s technology entrepreneurs could have a means to collaborate more closely with BC’s Public Sector? What kind of opportunities and benefits would spark for the BC technology industry? What services and resources would emerge for the public sector?
Mar 05, 2015
Leading Innovation in Solar Energy - Dr. Alireza Nojeh

How can we improve on the efficiency of solar energy and solar cells? Dr. Alireza Nojeh, associate professor of Electrical Engineering at UBC, may have found a solution.
Feb 27, 2015
These BC tech companies are Ready to Rocket in 2015!

Rocket Builders has released its 13th annual “Ready to Rocket” trio. Drawn from detailed sector and company analysis, the three lists provide accurate predictions of British Columbia’s private technology companies that will likely experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year.
Feb 27, 2015
Kickstart your Business: 2015 BCIC-New Ventures Competition is officially launched

One of North America’s largest technology competitions, the BCIC-New Ventures Competition is seeking emerging BC entrepreneurs who are ready to take their technology startup to new heights.
Feb 26, 2015
Congratulations to Canadian Financing Forum 2015 winners!

Last week, over thirty local technology companies pitched for the attention of top tier investors from across North America. Three pitch streams showcased some of today’s fastest growing startup technologies. And the winners are:
Feb 25, 2015
Join us at the ‘BC Tech Forum: Leapfrogging Innovation to Business Revolution’

Join us at the ‘BC Tech Forum: Leapfrogging Innovation to Business Revolution’
Feb 19, 2015
Meet the Startups - FusionPipe

How secure are your company’s passwords? Consider that it may be safer not to have generic log-ins at all. Imagine the convenience of password-less authentication!
Feb 18, 2015
Meet the Startups - CommandWear

CommandWear is a local Vancouver start-up founded in July 2013 and currently on trajectory to becoming a global leader in mobile and wearable technology solutions for the public safety and security market.
Feb 18, 2015
Meet the Startups - Optigo Networks

How smart is your building? This BC startup can probably make it a lot smarter! Optigo provides secure connectivity to the Internet of things (IoT) in commercial buildings. This is a huge market that is screaming for answers and new technologies to address the ‘wild wild west’ of connected devices.
Feb 17, 2015
Meet the Startups - Vandrico

SST Wireless is not the only company revolutionising the heavy industries with wearables! Vandrico Inc.’s Canary TM is the glue that connects ‘blue-collar’ workers to industrial IT systems in real time and improves their situational awareness.
Feb 17, 2015
Meet the Startups - WealthBar

Have you heard of Vancouver’s WealthBar yet? It was created by a family of wealth managers who wanted to do things a little differently, not only for the young, but for whomever wanted to manage their assets cheaper, easier and online.
Feb 16, 2015
Meet the Startups of CFF 2015 - WTFast

The Canadian Financing Forum 2015 is back in Vancouver on the 19th and 20th of February! Over the course of two days, the Pacific Rim Hotel will feature presentations from an impressive line-up of North America’s leading Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists.
Feb 16, 2015
Meet the Startups - SST Wireless

Over the past few years, Internet of Things technology has come to the forefront, even in non-tech industries like mining, natural resources and transit.
Feb 13, 2015
PROPEL 2015 showcases demand for emerging oil & gas technologies

The Oil and Gas industry is one of Canada’s most important sectors and has consistently ranked as a world leader in the exploration, production, and export of crude oil and natural gas. However, being placed amongst the best means that expectations are always high to continue to sustain the level of success our sector has been known for.
Feb 12, 2015
Finance your technology startup in 2015

Like with most things in life, starting a business requires money – a lot of it. Fortunately, it’s 2015 and support for startups and small businesses in BC has never been better!
Feb 04, 2015
Business Innovation Summit 2015: network and learn from Canada's top innovators

Hosted by the Conference Board of Canada, The Business Innovation Summit (BIS) will be bringing together hundreds of key players from Canada’s innovation eco-system—including startups, business leaders, accelerators, venture capitalists, academics, and government—to Toronto from April 28th to 29th, in order to harness the power of collaboration to further fuel the innovation and commercialization of new products and services.
Feb 02, 2015
BC Tech Forum: 'Leapfrogging Innovation to Business Revolution' - Featuring Chris Hadfield

BC’s thriving tech sector employs 84,000 people at more than 9,000 tech companies, yet there is still a considerable amount of room to expand and grow! In order to continue our quest of solidifying British Columbia as a landmark global technology centre, we must think bigger and better, and learn how to take that extra leap as industry leaders.
Jan 30, 2015
Startups, win free office space and mentorship through The Generator Competition

The Generator is 5,000 sqft of incubator office space available to high tech startup companies on a competitive basis. The initiative gives early-stage technology companies the opportunity to win 12 months of free work space at Discover Parks Vancouver - 887 Great Northern Way. In addition to the office space, companies will gain further support they need to thrive and grow by receiving access to mentors and programming provided by BCTIA and LifeSciences BC.
Jan 29, 2015
Enter the 2015 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award for a chance to win $100,000

Steer your business to success by entering the 2015 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award for a chance to win $100,000
Jan 28, 2015
New agri-food tech accelerator in the Fraser Valley to grow next crop of agri-entrepreneurs

British Columbia has a thriving agriculture industry. Some 20,000 BC farms produce more than 200 agriculture and agri-food commodities, according to Natural Resource Industries statistics.
Jan 23, 2015
Advancing code literacy in BC: start at HTML500 this Saturday!

The language of ones and zeroes is seeping into more aspects of our everyday life - from mobiles and wearable devices to medicine, banking, and even food systems. Technology is now all around us and when everything is tech, mastering its tools allows you to do almost anything! As the demand for technology grows, it’s easy to see the endless opportunities available for those who have mastered the language of code.
Jan 21, 2015
BC Clean Tech Companies to Watch for at Greater Vancouver's Clean Tech Expo on January 28th

The clean technology industry is Canada’s fastest growing sector, and has quickly developed into one of the most promising pieces of our country’s economy. In 2012, the industry grew by 9 percent, a growth rate which outstrips that of any other Canadian sector, and generated $11.3 billion in total revenue.
Jan 20, 2015
Attention Startups! Global Opportunities through CTA Available

Going global presents vast opportunities for Canadian entrepreneurs and their ventures, which is why the Canadian government is actively helping tech startups promote their products or services in new markets.
Jan 19, 2015
Startups, apply to pitch at SUBCULTURE, the Vancouver edition of INTERZONE - Deadline extended to January 21st!

In March 2015, Politik will present INTERZONE - a three day conference that has been called "The most important technology event in the history of Canada” and which is bringing Steve Wozniak, the CEOs of Citrix & ServiceNow and C-level executives from Twitter, Intel, GoDaddy, Paypal and Warner Music to "write the future of enterprise technology”.
Jan 13, 2015
Growth of the Okanagan Technology Sector – A Billion Dollar Industry

Last week, Accelerate Okanagan released their Economic Report for the Okanagan Technology Sector and announced that a total economic impact of over $1 Billion was recorded for the Okanagan Tech Industry for 2013.
Dec 22, 2014
BCIC Welcomes new Minister

Last week, it was announced that Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, who has served as the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services since June 2013, has moved over to the Ministry of Advanced Education to enhance the public value of our provinces’ world-class post-secondary institutions and further access to training and education opportunities for British Columbians.
Dec 18, 2014
BCIC Alumni Stories: Kathryn Loewen, Founder & CEO of Control

BCIC Alumni Stories: Kathryn Loewen, Founder & CEO of Control
Dec 11, 2014
BCIC Alumni Stories: Peter Luong, FusionPipe Founder & CTO

BCIC Alumni Stories: Peter Luong, FusionPipe Founder & CTO
Dec 08, 2014
BCIC Alumni Stories: Pook-Ping Yao, Optigo Networks co-founder & CEO

BCIC Alumni Stories: Pook-Ping Yao, Optigo Networks co-founder & CEO
Dec 05, 2014
Season’s Greetings from Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services

Season’s Greetings from Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
Dec 03, 2014
BCIC Alumni Stories: Mischa Steiner-Jovic of Awesense

BCIC Alumni Stories: Mischa Steiner-Jovic of Awesense
Nov 28, 2014
BCIC Alumni Stories: Paul Wong of Daiya Foods

BCIC Alumni Stories: Paul Wong of Daiya Foods
Nov 28, 2014
Vancouver startups, Control and Optigo Networks win at the Cascadia Summit!

Vancouver startup, Optigo Networks wins at the Cascadia Summit!
Nov 25, 2014
BCIC Alumni Stories: Ann Makosinski, Hollow Flashlight inventor

BCIC Alumni Stories: Ann Makosinski, Hollow Flashlight inventor
Nov 24, 2014
Cascadia wrapped up Startup Week Vancouver with a (tech) boom!

The Cascadia Summit, Vancouver’s new iconic technology event delivered on it’s promise – some of region’s most influential venture capitalists and stakeholders attended the sold-out Science World reception last Friday!
Nov 21, 2014
Congrats BC! Tech sector gets major injection of funding from Government

This morning at the brand new BCTIA Innovation Hub on Great Northern Way, Federal Minister of Industry, the Honourable James Moore announced where more than $35 million in CAIP funding will be allocated over the next five years.
Nov 20, 2014
Startups – let’s give back this Christmas!

The Downtown Eastside is becoming Vancouver’s ultimate innovation neighbourhood - a place where startups and entrepreneurs work crazy hours out of redesigned warehouses, host community events and frequent eclectic coffee shops -
Nov 19, 2014
Tech is for girls and women too

Too often, you will still see news articles and conference panels on the future of tech or what does a tech company CEO look like, and the presentations only tell one side of the story - the usual one: that tech is a space for boys and men.
Nov 18, 2014
Cascadia Summit to ‘showcase the best of the best’ at Startup Week Vancouver

It doesn’t make much sense to bring up venture capitalists from San Francisco — arguably the world’s most active centre for tech investors — any given week to check out 30 startups in Vancouver, according to Ray Walia.
Nov 14, 2014
The New Ventures BC Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) is now recruiting start-ups!

The New Ventures BC Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) is now recruiting start-ups!
Nov 14, 2014
What is the Most Important Character Trait for a Start-up Entrepreneur?

What is the Most Important Character Trait for a Start-up Entrepreneur?
Nov 13, 2014
Who will be crowned the 2014 SFU Entrepreneur of the Year?

Who will be crowned the 2014 SFU Entrepreneur of the Year?
Nov 13, 2014
BCIC Alumni Stories: Stephen Robinson of DarkVision Technologies

BCIC Alumni Stories: Stephen Robinson of DarkVision Technologies
Nov 04, 2014
New 6 Part Series: BCIC Alumni Stories

New 6 Part Series: BCIC Alumni Stories
Nov 03, 2014
BCTIA’s BC Technology Report Card 2014 maps industry’s HUGE potential

BCTIA, in collaboration with KPMG have released the British Columbia Technology Report Card 2014, profiling the health of BC’s technology sector.
Nov 03, 2014
When to Start Thinking about Pricing

When to Start Thinking about Pricing
Nov 03, 2014
Vancouver’s fastest growing companies want to hire YOU at the Techvibes Tech Fest

Vancouver’s fastest growing companies want to hire YOU at the Techvibes Tech Fest
Oct 30, 2014
Learn to code in Vancouver

“Coding is the new english”, someone recently said and we could not agree more. It has never been easier, more accessible or more crucial to learn basic coding skills.
Oct 27, 2014
Will Innovation Save Us?

'We live in a world where change isn’t just fast - it’s exponential', framed the context of this week’s ‘Will Innovation Save Us?’ symposium at SFU Public Square. Two of the greatest thinkers of our time - Ray Kurtzweil and Richard Florida, moderated by CBC's Amanda Lang, invited us to re-imagine how humanity will live in a new and increasingly complex world.
Oct 22, 2014
Five BC companies are in the CIX Top 20!

Five BC companies are in the CIX Top 20!
Oct 21, 2014
Canada's Energy Supply Chain Forum offers new solutions to productivity

Canada's Energy Supply Chain Forum offers new solutions to productivity
Oct 20, 2014
Attracting tech talent to BC: Insights from Accelerate Okanagan’s CEO Pilar Portela

It’s a pleasure for us to welcome Pilar Portela as the new CEO of Accelerate Okanagan! Before moving to Kelowna, Ms Portela managed a consortium of large global teams of software developers out of North and South America and, as a result, she brings with her invaluable insight on how to strengthen the technology ecosystem locally.
Oct 17, 2014
Improvising Entrepreneurship

The increasing interest in flexible methodologies such as lean startup is one indication that organizations need to consider alternatives when the rate of change exceeds the ability to plan for it.
Oct 17, 2014
What is Value Anyway? (Why Creating Customer Value is at the Heart of Building a Business)

What is Value Anyway? (Why Creating Customer Value is at the Heart of Building a Business)
Oct 17, 2014
Webinar Series: Business Opportunities in the Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Sectors in Pennsylvania

Webinar Series: Business Opportunities in the Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Sectors in Pennsylvania
Oct 16, 2014
10 Years of BCIC celebrated in style!

Last night, we celebrated BCIC’s 10 Year Anniversary with a small and intimate gathering of BCIC’s 100 closest partners, friends and colleagues in Downtown Vancouver where we acknowledged a decade of support to the BC technology community and the people who made it possible!
Oct 15, 2014
It’s BCIC’s 10 Year Anniversary!

This month marks BCIC’s 10 year Anniversary! Coincidentally, it is also an exciting time in history to be a technology entrepreneur - just look at the advantages and opportunities available to grow your business!
Oct 10, 2014
Three BC companies named to prestigious global cleantech list

Three BC companies named to prestigious global cleantech list
Oct 07, 2014
Share your story & define your path at the Beyond Pink Leadership Conference

Share your story & define your path at the Beyond Pink Leadership Conference
Oct 03, 2014
Why target market segments? (And how to segment)

Why target market segments? (And how to segment)
Oct 01, 2014
INTERFACE Summit dialogues: 9 tech trends for the future of health

Sanotron, Canada’s 1st digital health accelerator, hosted the INTERFACE Digital Health Summit 2014 in Vancouver this week. BCIC was a proud sponsor. The 2-day event brought together local and international experts to share resources, connections and ideas on the booming trends in global digital health.
Oct 01, 2014
Wavefront Accelerated Program with NRC-IRAP

Wavefront Accelerated Program with NRC-IRAP
Sep 30, 2014
Realize the Power and the Future of the Internet at the Digital Economy Congress

Realize the Power and the Future of the Internet at the Digital Economy Congress
Sep 30, 2014
Canada's Energy Supply Chain Imperative

Canada's Energy Supply Chain Imperative
Sep 29, 2014
Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 revealed!

Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 revealed!
Sep 23, 2014
BC Venture Acceleration Program participant, DarkVision Technologies, wins first prize at the 2014 BCIC-New Ventures BC Competition!

BC Venture Acceleration Program participant, DarkVision Technologies, wins first prize at the 2014 BCIC-New Ventures BC Competition!
Sep 23, 2014
Apply now to PITCH at Cascadia Summit Nov. 21

Apply now to PITCH at Cascadia Summit Nov. 21
Sep 22, 2014
Smart facts about BC's tech industry

Technology is becoming a pillar of prosperity in British Columbia – it advances our local talent, wealth and innovation and is already an important driver of our economy. This is BC tech at a glance:
Sep 16, 2014
Fort Tectoria heats up tech on the Island

Fort Tectoria heats up tech on the Island
Sep 15, 2014
Looking for Talent? Recruit a Team of Business Students

Startup hiring needs are drastically different from that of other companies and often require business generalists with the ability to adapt to rapid change and stay innovative. When outstanding business talent is essential to your success, if you have a burning project, why not let dedicated team of graduate students help you grow your company?
Sep 12, 2014
Discover The Future of Health at INTERFACE 2014

Discover The Future of Health at INTERFACE 2014
Sep 09, 2014
The BC Acceleration Network expands into Northwestern BC!

The BC Acceleration Network expands into Northwestern BC!
Sep 05, 2014
VEF presents: Pacific Northwest Angel Investors discuss BC and global Angels

VEF presents: Pacific Northwest Angel Investors discuss BC and global Angels
Sep 02, 2014
A Message from Minister Andrew Wilkinson

A Message from Minister Andrew Wilkinson
Aug 29, 2014
The Top 10 Finalists in the BCIC- New Ventures BC Competition are announced!

The Top 10 Finalists in the BCIC- New Ventures BC Competition are announced!
Aug 28, 2014
BCIC Startup Stories with Vandrico founders, Gonzalo Tudela & Kenny MacKenzie

BCIC Startup Stories with Vandrico founders, Gonzalo Tudela & Kenny MacKenzie
Aug 28, 2014
Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 6

Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 6
Aug 27, 2014
Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 5

Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 5
Aug 26, 2014
Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 4

Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 4
Aug 26, 2014
Inside the GROW Hackathon: How to build something valuable in 2 days

‘How can we make Whistler the smartest, most connected resort destination in the world?’ was the theme of Wavefront’s GROW Hackaton last week.
Aug 21, 2014
ACETECH CEO Speaker Series comes to the Fraser Valley!

ACETECH CEO Speaker Series comes to the Fraser Valley!
Aug 21, 2014
Have an innovative technology and need funding? Attend a session on Commercialization Funding to learn more about WINN!

Have an innovative technology and need funding? Attend a session on Commercialization Funding to learn more about WINN!
Aug 21, 2014
Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 3

Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 3
Aug 18, 2014
Visit the BC Startup Lounge, Talk with an Expert at GROW!

GROW is THE place to be for startups and developing entrepreneurs. BCIC is pleased to be a sponsor of GROW once again – this year in Whistler - where hundreds including Silicon Valley executives, angels and tech entrepreneurs will congregate for three days of building connections that really matter!
Aug 15, 2014
Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 1

Meet the Finalists of the 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition! Part 1
Aug 15, 2014
BCIC Startup Stories with Change Heroes founder, Taylor Conroy

BCIC Startup Stories with Change Heroes founder, Taylor Conroy
Aug 15, 2014
BC plugged in at SIGGRAPH 2014

BC plugged in at SIGGRAPH 2014
Aug 14, 2014
TELUS $10,000 Grand Prize for the Top Team at HACKATHON!

TELUS $10,000 Grand Prize for the Top Team at HACKATHON!
Aug 14, 2014
How to destroy the world (with Cebas Visual Technology)

In the film 2012, the entire world was destroyed; thousands of buildings blew up, crumbled and shattered into astonishing detail. Fortunately, no real skyscrapers were harmed in the making…
Aug 13, 2014
SIGGRAPH 2014 Presentation Schedule

SIGGRAPH 2014 Presentation Schedule
Aug 12, 2014
Come see the SIGGRAPH Exhibition for FREE!

SIGGRAPH 2014 is in Vancouver next week, bringing you the world’s best talent in computer graphics and interactive techniques! BCIC has secured free passes to the 3-day Exhibition so you can meet the industry’s greatest influencers and see their work!
Aug 12, 2014
I can't take my eyes off of you SIGGRAPH!

I can't take my eyes off of you SIGGRAPH! Find us at BOOTH #633
Aug 11, 2014
B.C. centre of digital world during SIGGRAPH this week

B.C. centre of digital world during SIGGRAPH this week
Aug 07, 2014
A Glimpse of What’s Happening at GROW

A Glimpse of What’s Happening at GROW
Aug 01, 2014
BCIC Startup Stories with GreenStep CEO and co-founder, Angela Nagy

BCIC Startup Stories with GreenStep CEO and co-founder, Angela Nagy
Jul 30, 2014
Minister Andrew Wilkinson Welcomes SIGGRAPH 2014

Minister Andrew Wilkinson Welcomes SIGGRAPH 2014
Jul 30, 2014
Why trade shows like SIGGRAPH are important to your business

Tradeshows bring you face-to-face with world’s greatest talent and companies and reveal cutting-edge projects not yet even available on the market. They are the most potent of industry gatherings and companies that go have a huge advantage over the rest.
Jul 28, 2014
Okanagan tech community gearing to break ground on new innovation centre

Okanagan tech community gearing to break ground on new innovation centre
Jul 24, 2014
GE’s GHG ecomagination Innovation Challenge invites YOU to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada’s oil sands

GE’s GHG ecomagination Innovation Challenge invites YOU to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada’s oil sands
Jul 22, 2014
Oh, the places you'll go …join us at the SIGGRAPH Exhibition

No need to visit England to see the latest animations by The Foundry, or California to learn more about Not Impossible Labs. Next month, Vancouver will host North America's largest, most comprehensive exhibition of products and services for computer graphics and interactive techniques at SIGGRAPH, August 10-14, 2014.
Jul 22, 2014
GROW Hackathon in Whistler Presented by Wavefront

GROW Hackathon in Whistler Presented by Wavefront
Jul 22, 2014
Canada’s Crème de la Crème of Tech at the CIX Top 20!

Canada’s Crème de la Crème of Tech at the CIX Top 20!
Jul 18, 2014
SquareOne Incubator Fosters the Growth of Startups in Nanaimo

SquareOne Incubator Fosters the Growth of Startups in Nanaimo
Jul 17, 2014
BCIC Startup Stories with BitLit founder, Peter Hudson

BCIC Startup Stories with BitLit co-founder, Peter Hudson
Jul 16, 2014
Experience Innovation at GROW

Experience Innovation at GROW
Jul 14, 2014
SIGGRAPH Vancouver 2014: Are you going?

BCIC is proud to be partnering with Creative BC and the Province to organize British Columbia’s presence at the SIGGRAPH Exhibition hall.
Jul 04, 2014
BCIC Startup Stories with Be Like Ada founder, Sandra Wear

BCIC Startup Stories with Be Like Ada founder, Sandra Wear
Jun 26, 2014
NEW 5 Part Series: BCIC Startup Stories, Starts Next Week!

NEW 5 Part Series: BCIC Startup Stories, Starts Next Week!
Jun 26, 2014
EiR Raghwa Gopal Recognized as Honorary Fellow by Okanagan College

EiR Raghwa Gopal Recognized as Honorary Fellow by Okanagan College
Jun 25, 2014
Government of Canada Awards Funding to Five BC Accelerators

Government of Canada Awards Funding to Five BC Accelerators
Jun 24, 2014
Andrew Wilkinson Discusses the BC VAP with Mentors at the EiR Summit

Andrew Wilkinson Discusses the BC VAP with Mentors at the EiR Summit
Jun 20, 2014
Creating Simply Better Teams Across All Your Networks with Nugg

Creating Simply Better Teams Across All Your Networks with Nugg
Jun 12, 2014
Spotlight on Young Entrepreneurs beginning June 26 at Launch Academy

Spotlight on Young Entrepreneurs beginning June 26 at Launch Academy
Jun 11, 2014
Tech Services Win Big at the 21st Annual Technology Impact Awards

Tech Services Win Big at the 21st Annual Technology Impact Awards
Jun 04, 2014
Accelerate Okanagan seeking new CEO

Accelerate Okanagan seeking new CEO
Jun 03, 2014
Five VAP Companies Nominated at the VIATeC Award

Five VAP Companies Nominated at the VIATeC Award
Jun 03, 2014
May 28, 2014
The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs at the Sauder Entrepreneurship Luncheon

The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs at the Sauder Entrepreneurship Luncheon
May 28, 2014
GROW Conference to take over Whistler August 20-22

2014 GROW Conference to take over Whistler August 20-22
May 26, 2014
BCIC Wants Your Input

BCIC Wants Your Input
May 22, 2014
Venture Acceleration Program graduate, FusionPipe, takes home Audience Choice Award at NextBC

Venture Acceleration Program graduate, FusionPipe, takes home Audience Choice Award at NextBC
May 15, 2014
Thanks Startup Canada! Cast your vote for national winners by May 23rd

Thanks Startup Canada! Cast your vote for national winners by May 23rd
May 13, 2014
Less than 2 days left to apply to pitch at Plug and Play Startup Showdown

Less than 2 days left to apply to pitch at Plug and Play Startup Showdown
May 06, 2014
New R&D efforts may shape the future of Vancouver’s hot property market

Over the past decade, Vancouver’s condo market has grown at twice the rate compared to all other property types. In 2013 the total number of condos in Vancouver reached 91,825, equaling a total value of over $50 billion. As rapid growth continues, it is becoming increasingly hard to maintain up-to-date property information. As assessment organizations struggle to keep up with data – enter 3D GIS mapping, a unique emerging technology in the real estate appraisal world.
May 06, 2014
metabridge Top 15 Startups unveiled

The ballots are in and the word on the street is - 15 of Canada’s most promising startups are packing their bags for metabridge!
May 05, 2014
Calling all student entrepreneurs!

Have a startup idea? Submit your 60-second pitch video to www.tellusyouridea.ca by May 23rd and win three months of office space at Launch Academy, mentorship, and a chance to win up to $5,000 cash!
May 01, 2014
BCIC named “Government Organization of the Year” by Startup Canada!

The BC winners of the Startup Canada Awards were announced yesterday! Moments after the list of winners hit the web, traffic to Startup Canada’s site was so heavy that for a few minutes, it almost crashed the servers!
Apr 29, 2014
Who is the cat’s pyjamas of BC tech? 2014 TIAs finalists revealed

That’s right, it’s that TIA time of year again. The annual 2014 Technology Impact Awards (TIA) company finalists have been announced!
Apr 29, 2014
BC’s incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces

Innovation Island, a delivery partner of the BC Venture Acceleration Program, and the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation are working on a hybrid 24-hour co-working space and technology incubator. Set to open its doors this year in July, SquareOne will help to bring together Nanaimo’s fragmented yet rapidly growing tech startup community.
Apr 28, 2014
2014 Wavefront Global Market Entry Program

Every year, Canadian Technology companies offer innovative solutions but face challenges when it comes to scaling their business internationally. One way to overcome this challenge effectively, is to apply for the Wavefront Global Market Entry Program, an extraordinary opportunity to connect with potential international partners and distributors.
Apr 28, 2014
Full list of BC’s Tech Accelerators + Nanaimo's new SquareOne

Innovation Island, a delivery partner of the BC Venture Acceleration Program, and the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation are working on a hybrid 24-hour co-working space and technology incubator. Set to open its doors this year in July, SquareOne will help to bring together Nanaimo’s fragmented yet rapidly growing tech startup community.
Apr 10, 2014
BC Venture Acceleration Program participant Lisa Fraser named to BC Business’ Top 30 under 30

Who says a university art project can’t become a sustainable business? For Lisa Fraser of Vancouver, this is exactly what happened. The 26 year old founder and creator of Snug Vest was named to BC’s Top 30 Under 30 by BC Business Magazine this month.
Apr 08, 2014
New NRC-IRAP Funding Program Announced

BIAP provides funding support to help companies’ access business and technical services needed to accelerate the commercialization of their innovative products and services.
Apr 03, 2014
Well done BC! 2013 high tech report hot off the presses

Good news for BC! The new "Profile of the British Columbia High Technology Sector: 2013 Edition" out today indicates that B.C.’s high tech sector had an excellent 2012 and shows no signs of cooling off.
Mar 31, 2014
New series Putting BC to Work starts today!

BCIC is looking forward to CKNW’s Putting BC To Work – a series beginning on CKNW AM980 March 31 through April 28.
Mar 31, 2014
Get your product to market faster with the Build in Canada Innovation Program

If you need to kick-start your business by getting your product out of the lab and into the market, the Canadian government can be the first to use, test and evaluate your innovation!
Mar 27, 2014
Western Diversification Program (WDP) to open Call for Proposals

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada. Its main program, the Western Diversification Program (WDP) is accepting Call for Proposals for prospective projects across all sectors May 1-30, 2014. It targets not-for-profit organizations that are eligible for funding under the WDP.
Mar 26, 2014
BCIT students keen to take on your tech project

Is your company currently working on a project in software development, proof-of-concept or R&D? Why not submit it to the BCIT’s Industry Sponsored Student Project (ISSP) program!
Mar 24, 2014
What is next in BC tech?

Which companies are leading BC tech into the future? Join us at NextBC to find out.
Mar 21, 2014
2014’s Ready to Rocket list has landed

Just like when Moses came down the mountain with the tablets (stone, not ipad), Rocket Builders 12th annual "Ready to Rocket" lists is out!
Mar 20, 2014
TED’s next chapter starts with BC tech

It’s TED week. For many, it’s THE week high- power investment deals are being made and cutting edge ideas are shared live with millions of people worldwide.
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
DevOne Sports takes home top spot in AO Jump:Start:Challenge!

Congratulations to DevOne Sports, winners of the 2014 Jump:Start:Challenge pitch competition!
Mar 07, 2014
Startup Week – 10 Days of Awesome

The second annual Startup Week Okanagan offers a unique convergence of music, education, art, entertainment, business and technology. With over 30 events over 10 days, fostering creative growth, community connections and showcasing the tremendous professional talent in the valley, Startup Week Okanagan 2014 is ten energy-fueled days of action!
Mar 06, 2014
Kickstart your business: Enter the 2014 BCIC-New Ventures Competition

The 2014 BCIC- New Ventures Competition is now open for applications until midnight April 16th.
Mar 04, 2014
The Art of Marketing: Think like a small Business (March 19th)

The Art of Marketing is back in Vancouver for the 4rd time on March 19th! The one-day conference brings together the some of the world’s most influential and well-known experts to help you navigate the fast changing landscape of business marketing. Save $50 on your ticket price when using ‘BCIC32’ as your promo code.
Mar 03, 2014
BCIC Board Member sells Coastal Contacts for $430 million

Congratulations to BCIC board member Roger Hardy for the sale of Coastal Contacts [L1] Inc. announced last Friday! The Vancouver based online retailer (popularly known as Clearly Contacts) has accepted a $430 million purchase offer from France’s Essilor International, the world’s largest maker of prescription eyewear.
Feb 26, 2014
Foresight partners with Okanagan College to strengthen clean-tech sector

Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, a delivery partner of the Venture Acceleration Program, and Okanagan College have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to help grow the clean tech industry in BC.
Feb 25, 2014
Apply for the 2014 Technology Impact Awards

The Technology Impact Awards recognize the people, products and companies that continue to make BC a leader in the global tech scene. There are 9 award categories ranging from pre-commercial technology to community engagement. Where does your company shine?
Feb 20, 2014
Accelerate Okanagan takes on metabridge

Accelerate Okanagan recently announced that it has joined forces with metabridge. The two brands will centralize resources and leverage each other’s influential networks, resulting in an unprecedented level of support to local tech startups.
Feb 20, 2014
Land office space in Silicon Valley

Apply now for the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) for a chance to go to the global hub for technology and entrepreneurship. Canadian-based companies with a strategic plan to leverage the Silicon Valley region for business development and strategic partnerships, customer acquisition or fundraising are invited to apply by Feb 28th.
Feb 19, 2014
Innovation Island’s Paris Gaudet a 2014 ‘Face to Watch’

Nanaimo News recently published a list of the biggest influencers in the Harbour city and the surrounding region. Congratulations to Innovation Island’s Executive Director, Paris Gaudet who has been recognized for her distinctive contribution to the region’s tech culture!
Feb 12, 2014
BCIC helps startups afford world-class events

The BC Innovation Council’s mission is to support startups and develop tech entrepreneurs. If you have a technology startup, our job is to help you succeed. It appears many startups across British Columbia are not aware of the broad BC support network currently available to help them commercialize their business idea. We help you not only through programs, but also through access to premium industry events.
Feb 07, 2014
Technology highlights this week: Crowdfunding, iWatch and Moon-pizza

New crowd-funding platform, Experiment, helps science and technology research projects get funding. Britain’s crowd funding industry is booming, these 14 companies are leading the way. Equity-based crowd-funding legislation is still taking shape in BC and Canada. Vancouver startup’s FundRazr CEO Daryl Hatton shares his take.
Feb 06, 2014
Tarah Talking Tech at the HTML500 [video]

BCIC's Tarah Ferguson brings you the inside scoop from Saturday's #HTML500 event. Word on the street is - "Coding is Sexy!"
Feb 03, 2014
HTML500 inspires a new wave of technology talent

BCIC was a proud sponsor of this Saturday’s Lighthouse Labs HTML500, the largest learn-to-code event in North America.
Jan 29, 2014
Lessons learned from the success of UrtheCast

Vancouver company is capturing video of the earth from the International Space Station
Jan 28, 2014
Stop Networking and Start Helping

Who hasn’t had the feeling that something is slightly off in today’s business networking culture? Networking is essential to the growth of your startup. It helps to build crucial connections. You never know who you might meet and how they can help your business. Yet, something is left vapid.
Jan 22, 2014
DigiBC leads the dialogue on the future of BC's Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

The BC Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (IDMTC) is subject to review by the BC Government this year with plans to be phased out in 2015. DigiBC is leading an open dialogue with relevant stakeholders to ensure the program continues and is improved to meet the growing needs of BC’s Video Game and Interactive Media Industry.
Jan 20, 2014
Dragon’s Den Auditions are Now Open!

Dragon’s Den 2014 auditions are underway! If 2014 is the year of your business, why not turn this into the perfect opportunity to pitch your hard work and vision to all of Canada?
Jan 18, 2014
Semios wins at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Semios, a member of the Venture Acceleration Program through partner Venture Labs, won a Verizon Powerful Answers Award for the value of $285,000 at CES this month.
Jan 17, 2014
How the Canadian Financing Forum can help your company

Start 2014 with the insights and connections that set the right tone for your company’s growth throughout the year. Here’s how the Canadian Financing Forum 2014 can help you build a better tech company:
Jan 17, 2014
The Economist examines the "entrepreneurial explosion" created by startups

Got startup? Most cities do. Is the dramatic growth in startups another dot-com bubble or a transformative movement? The Economist weighs in.
Jan 16, 2014
7 ways BC businesses can access research expertise at universities

Looking for the latest research expertise to help build your business? BC's research universities may be able to help.
Jan 16, 2014
Clean Capital: Partnerships for Canada's Clean Economy

Join clean tech influencers and innovators at this one-day conference in Vancouver January 30th
Jan 14, 2014
Funding for BC agri-foods startups

If you're looking to research, pilot or commercialize products for the agricultural sector, you should know about these two funding sources.
Jan 14, 2014
GROW returns to Vancouver January 30

Need a winter GROW fix? GROWtalks is a one-day conference in Vancouver focusing on web/mobile development and design.
Jan 13, 2014
What is the Internet of Things?

Maybe you’ve heard of “The Internet of Things”. But do you really understand it? BCIC has created this primer to help.
Jan 07, 2014
Learn to code for free on International Programmers Day

Today is January 7th, otherwise known as International Programmers Day. If you are an aspiring tech entrepreneur, today is the perfect day to step into your programming career. We have compiled a list of online places where you can learn to code. For free!
Jan 06, 2014
Startup PR Smarts: How to identify what is news

Capture the media's attention and you've gained a huge competitive advantage. Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction.
Dec 20, 2013
Funding and resources BC startups should know about

BC accelerators help the province create jobs, generate revenue and build successful tech entrepreneurs. Just look at the results for the Venture Acceleration Program or Launch Academy. No wonder the government is offering increasingly more support initiatives and funding opportunities for homegrown startups, as explained in this TechVibes article. If you are a founder, there are more resources available to you than you probably know.
Dec 20, 2013
Why Draper University is the school of heroes

Ever imagine what a school of heroes would look like?” Draper University, otherwise known as “The School of Heroes” is the creation of Tim Draper, a third generation venture capitalist whose grandfather managed portions of the Rockefeller fortune. It’s a one-of-a-kind training ground for incredible entrepreneurs, the Harvard for startups.
Dec 19, 2013
To grow regionally, Kirk Hamilton's startups do things differently (Part 2)

Most of Kirk’s startups support the resource and energy sectors in the north, offer B2B type incremental innovations and contribute a giant thriving industry.
Dec 17, 2013
"Be passionate about failure" and other tips from Change Heroes

Taylor Conroy, the founder of Change Heroes, shares his passion for philanthropy and entrepreneurship
Dec 16, 2013
GROWtalks is coming to Vancouver January 2014

Who can really wait another 8 months for the next GROW Conference? Good news, you don’t have to. Vancouver’s startup event of the year is back this January, in its charming Lite version GROWtalks, to inspire local entrepreneurs and keep enthusiasm going until August.
Dec 16, 2013
Does your market need innovation or costovation?

At BCIC, we're big fans of innovation. But sometimes "costovation" is the better route to take.
Dec 12, 2013
A new kiind of gift card

Kiind lets you send an e-gift card but you don't pay for it until it is used.
Dec 12, 2013
Free WiFi for Kelowna

The City of Kelowna and Shaw Cable have entered a 5-year agreement to bring free wireless internet to more than a dozen parks as well as businesses, city centres and buildings across Kelowna.
Dec 11, 2013
To grow regionally, Kirk Hamilton's startups do things differently (Part 1)

Kirk Hamilton is the Venture Acceleration Program’s “Executive in Residence” in the Kootenays through KIC and in Prince George’s through ICS. The companies he works with are scattered far and wide across the region, and often have limited access to resources, advisers, events, customers and all other things city startups take for granted.
Dec 11, 2013
How to get free publicity: tips for startups

Media coverage can be a great way to raise your company's profile. Here are a few ways to get started.
Dec 10, 2013
Early bird discount for Canadian Financing Forum

Save 15% on your pass to the Canadian Financing Forum, February 20-21 in Vancouver. Early bird deadline is December 20.
Dec 09, 2013
BCIC's Tarah's take on the TechFest

TechVibes Magazine hosted their sold-out event where Vancouver's tech CEOs pitched their company to future employees. Tarah Ferguson interviewed some of the largest influences in the Vancouver technology scene - Mayor Gregor Robertson, TechVibes's Rob Lewis, Plenty of Fish's Markus Frind and others!
Dec 02, 2013
Reality TV series The Hard Way seeks struggling Vancouver businesses

The Hard Way has opened applications for their new 2014 fall season show.
Dec 02, 2013
Samsung creates jobs in BC

Samsung has opened a new R&D centre Vancouver, it's first in Canada, thereby creating 60 new jobs in the technology sector. The Korean tech company joins the global technology giants Facebook and Amazon who recently also opened new offices in Vancouver.
Nov 29, 2013
From professional sport to tech startup

Mitch Carefoot shares how he made the transition from hockey players to entrepreneur with the BC Venture Acceleration Program
Nov 26, 2013
Incubators and their role in the "renaissance" of Canadian city-states

In the 21st century, the advent of the knowledge economy, essential value lies in thought leadership; the developement and exchange of powerful ideas that transcend borders. This writer believes, and many would agree, that we are witnessing how startup incubators are trasforming into the cultural and economic value centres of the future.
Nov 22, 2013
Why are companies choosing to establish a presence in Vancouver?

Vancouver Enterprise Forum: The Benefits, Challenges and Unique Aspects of Running a Technology Business in Vancouver
Nov 21, 2013
Infographic: Small Business is BIG in Canada

The Business Development Bank (DBC) has compiled an infographic that reveals how, perhaps contrary to general perception, small businesses make the backbone of Canada's economy.
Nov 20, 2013
How to sell your Ferrari: value proposition tips from John Diack

Building a successful company from ground zero teaches you a thing or two about market validation, which John gladly shares with us here. So while family and faith come first in his active and busy life, if you want to sell your Ferrari, he can show you how – but not the way you might think.
Nov 19, 2013
Angel's advice: Sell your vision, not your product

An angel investor shares tips about how startups can catch his attention
Nov 12, 2013
Mentors are highly valued but still a mystery, survey shows

MentorshipBC helps you connect with the right business mentors in your community.
Nov 12, 2013
Meet Canada's Hottest Innovative Companies in Toronto, Nov. 21

The Canadian Innovation Exchange will showcase the Top 20 most innovative companies
Nov 07, 2013
Fail fast and count your garbage trucks: startup success tips from David Christie

As an Executive-in-Residence (EiR) with the BC Venture Acceleration Program at Wavefront, David Christie helps technology startups grow fast and thrive. So it may be surprising that one of his primary pieces of advice is “fail fast”.
Nov 06, 2013
Final call for CareerConnect wage program

Hiring an IT person? You may be eligible for this wage subsidy.
Nov 04, 2013
Four reasons why some startups are leaving Silicon Valley

Some startup founders say the tech hyper-hub is valuable but can easily "kill your business".
Nov 04, 2013
Ready-to-Rocket 2013 report: Simple and focused businesses are more likely to succeed

Rocketbuilders recently published its “Ready-to-Rocket 2013”review; a company growth analysis report examining common characteristics of the most prevailing Technology companies from Cleantech and Life Sciences across BC.
Nov 01, 2013
New Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative offers up to $100 million to SMEs

Small- and medium-sized enterprises can apply for funding to help commercialize their products, processes and services.
Nov 01, 2013
Three Companies Join the AO Traction Program

GreenStep, Just Be Friends™ and Software Modelers recently joined the AO Traction Program.
Nov 01, 2013
Kootenay Business Retention and Expansion Report

179 of the Basin's manufacturing and technology businesses were surveyed on anumber of issues to better understand the economic impact of the sectors on the regional economy.
Oct 31, 2013
Hootsuite’s new accelerator 'The Next Big Thing' trains young entrepreneurs aged 17-22

A brand new Vancouver accelerator, developed by Hootsuite founder Ryan Holmes, offers a whole 'suite' of services for young aspiring entrepreneurs aged 17 to 22 to pursue and realize their ideas.
Oct 30, 2013
Opening doors for startups in the Okanagan

Raghwa Gopal has enjoyed success on many fronts, but when it comes to retirement, he has failed abysmally – twice! That’s good news for startup companies in the Okanagan who are guided by Raghwa’s advice.
Oct 28, 2013
Accelerate Okanagan welcomes Disney Interactive as their latest sponsor

The initiative to support the growing technology community in the Okanagan region arose from a shared vision around the future of the startup ecosystem
Oct 28, 2013
Get in the Loop Launches Fundraising Program

Get in the Loop, a member of the Venture Acceleration Program in Kelowna, has launched a fundraising campaign aimed at local community groups
Oct 28, 2013
Free government tendering service

Looking for bid opportunities with the federal government? You need to know about this website.
Oct 25, 2013
Report reveals the Tech sector is the largest employer in B.C.

"Technology companies have surpassed all resource-harvesting sectors - forestry, mining, and oil and gas combined - as the top employer of British Columbians, according to a new report done by KPMG for the B.C. Technology Industry Association."
Oct 24, 2013
4 questions to ask before you start your business

Ready to launch the next great BC business success story? Lance Schafer would advise you to stop and ask these 4 questions before you take another step forward.
Oct 23, 2013
Crowd Content creates unique product descriptions for your online store

Solving problems for the eCommerce industry, one thousand product descriptions at a time
Oct 22, 2013
Secrets for Success from Beth Loughney

Several startups in BC’s cleantech sector have a highly successful serial entrepreneur guiding their venture’s growth. Beth Loughney is an Executive in Residence (EIR) with the BC Venture Acceleration Program through partner Foresight Cleantech Accelerator. Here, she shares her insights about success.
Oct 22, 2013
Tarah talks "20 Years of Tech"

Last week, BCTIA celebrated ‘20 Years of Tech’ in style at TELUS Science World. Here, BCIC’s own Tarah Ferguson brings you some of the evening’s highlights.
Oct 21, 2013
How do you mentor 10,000 enterprising Canadians in one week?

Find out by finding #mentorscan on Twitter or following @Startup_Canada, @GEWCanada and @CYBFCanada
Oct 18, 2013
Snugvest CEO Lisa Fraser receives BC Creative Achievement Award

Participant in Venture Acceleration Program and BCIC Mentor Program recognized for her Snug Vest innovation.
Oct 18, 2013
Foresight welcomes 2 new clients to BC Venture Acceleration Program

Emergent Waste Solutions and Reforus are the latest companies to join Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre.
Oct 18, 2013
Input Logic talks tech culture

Shawn Adrian reflects on Minister Andrew Wilkinson's speech and the future of technology startups in the Nanaimo region
Oct 11, 2013
Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Launches in Vancouver

New BC Acceleration Network partner to foster clean energy, water, transportation and other technology growth in BC
Oct 09, 2013
Minister Andrew Wilkinson will speak at Interface 2013, October 10th

The Digital Health International Summit Interface 2013 is taking place in Vancouver October 9-11th. Minister Andrew Wilkinson has a longstanding background in medicine and will be speaking at the Summit.
Oct 07, 2013
Free seminars for entrepreneurs

In recognition of Small Business Month, Small Business BC is offering a range of free seminars and webinars for entrepreneurs
Oct 07, 2013
Survey reveals Canada needs more innovation & collaboration in cleantech

The results of a new Shell survey, "Future of Energy" conducted by Ipsos identifies key issues and challenges in meeting global energy needs.
Oct 07, 2013
4 Things Graham Truax taught me about entrepreneurship

Something magical is happening in Nanaimo. Local tech startups like Agog, Hinterland and Input Logic are busting headlines everywhere and it seems others are not far behind. Innovation Island is the region’s leading startup incubator and Graham Truax is THE person you ask for business advice. As ‘Executive in Residence’ (EIR), he navigates multiple companies through their startup phase in the BC Venture Acceleration Program.
Oct 04, 2013
Two Hat Security wins Vancity Social Venture Prize at NVBC

“This year’s finalists were the strongest and most promising set of companies we’ve seen over the 13-year history of the competition,” said Angie Schick, Program Manager, BCIC-New Ventures Competition.
Oct 03, 2013
Indie Gaming Industry emerges on North Vancouver Island

Hinterland Studios, Agog Labs and other game companies chose to work out of North Vancouver Island for a 'family-first' kind of life
Oct 03, 2013
Nanaimo's Input Logic wins in San Francisco

Nanaimo's tech startup Input Logic awarded 1st prize by MC Hammer
Oct 03, 2013
Business Excellence Awards recognize AO and GreenStep

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 26th annual Business Excellence awards in celebration of the outstanding success of local enterprises.
Oct 03, 2013
Oct 01, 2013
Growth forecast for BC's life sciences industry

Survey says...LifeSciences BC membership survey shows 69% of companies expect to grow in the next 2 years.
Oct 01, 2013
Vancouver's 20 Years of Tech Celebration!

Join BCTIA at TELUS World of Science on October 17th for a celebration you won't forget
Oct 01, 2013
Tarah talking Tech at NVBC

BCIC's event of the year brought to you by our Tarah Ferguson
Sep 30, 2013
Nominations are open for the '30 under 30' awards

Winners will be featured in the April 2014 issue of BCBusiness
Sep 30, 2013
BC's Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies 2013

Business in Vancouver recently released industry data for 2013
Sep 27, 2013
Emily Carr University of Art + Design and GrowLab become research partners

Five Emily Carr students will form a design research team at GrowLab’s headquarters with a focus on developing a new methodology for connecting design to startup companies.
Sep 25, 2013
Two cleantech ventures join the BC Venture Acceleration Program

Welcome Hydra-Energy and Terrella Energy Systems
Sep 25, 2013
Calling all digital health innovators!

Interface 2013 international digital health summit takes places in Vancouver, October 9-11
Sep 25, 2013
Don McCormick joins the Venture Acceleration Program

KAST and KRIC have recently hired their first local Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) to help guide, coach and mentor entrepreneurs and start-ups to successful wealth and job-generating futures.
Sep 25, 2013
Selling and Marketing SaaS/Cloud Applications into the Enterprise

Join Launch Academy for a presentation by cloud expert Jeff Kaplan in Vancouver October 3rd.
Sep 24, 2013
Beware demo days: Steve Blank

Lean Startup guru Steve Blank thinks startups should be focusing more on customer development...and less on demo days.
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 20, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Medinovel Inc.

Medical products focused on usability and cost-effectiveness.
Sep 20, 2013
A seminar series for entrepreneurs in the medtech community

The Medical Device Development Centre (MDDC) is offering an educational series for entrepreneurs in the medical device sector
Sep 19, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Scoop MAE Platform

A novel way for field workers and managers to capture and collaborate on issues in real time.
Sep 19, 2013
Google Glass event in Vancouver Sept. 24

Wondering how to take advantage of Google Glass' hardware and sensors? Join this Google Glass event in Vancouver.
Sep 18, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: SmartPager Systems Inc.

A one-stop healthcare communications platform.
Sep 17, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Vidigami Media Inc.

A community engagement platform for schools, students and their parents.
Sep 16, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: MetaOptima Technology Inc.

Molescope smartphone app tracks potentially cancerous skin lesions.
Sep 13, 2013
Take a Shine to Interface 2013 Digital Summit

Buy a pass to the Interface 2013 Digital Summit Oct 9-11 in Vancouver and get a free Shine physical activity monitor.
Sep 12, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Blackcomb Design Automation

Software tools for integrated circuit repairs increase return on investments.
Sep 11, 2013
Venture Acceleration Program issues Performance Report

The BC Venture Acceleration Program is helping to generate jobs, revenue and investment in BC, according to a new report from BCIC.
Sep 10, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Two Hat Security Research Corp

Two Hat Security protects children on-line with PottyMouth Chat Tools
Sep 10, 2013
Apply for 48 Hours in the Valley by September 20

48 Hours in the Valley introduces tech startups to influential Silicon Valley investors and influencers. Apply by September 20th.
Sep 09, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: AbCellera

Microfluidic technology to find effective treatments for cancer, auto-immune disorders and infections.
Sep 06, 2013
Call for proposals: Aerospace Technology Demonstration Program

The Government of Canada has issed a call for project proposals for its new Aerospace Technology Demonstration Program.
Sep 04, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Ecotagious Inc.

Smart meter data analytics that yield five times the conservation impact.
Sep 04, 2013
The (rapidly changing) Art of Marketing

Best practices in Marketing are being turned on their head with rapid changes brought on by social media. Are you keeping up?
Aug 30, 2013
Top 10 finalists named in BCIC-New Ventures BC competition

And then there were 10. Check out the Top 10 BC new ventures vying for $300,000 in prizes.
Aug 30, 2013
Launch Academy Pitch Day features BC startup success stories

Some of the most exciting BC startups were on display at Launch Academy's annual Pitch Day.
Aug 28, 2013
BCIC-New Ventures BC profile: Guardian Angels Electronics

Our profiles of the Top 25 in BC's top tech business-idea competition continues with a Vancouver startup's remote real-time mobile toddler alarm.
Aug 28, 2013
The Art of Marketing, September 17

Looking to top up your marketing mojo? This one-day conference in Vancouver offers an illuminating line-up of speakers.
Aug 23, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Codex

One of the Top 25 in the New Ventures BC competition is Codex, which offers software that helps engineers spend less time on documentation.
Aug 20, 2013
Getting a handle on cash flow

Cash flow is the most important financial management issue for more than one-third of Canadian small businesses.
Aug 19, 2013
Best ways to gain media attention

A media panel at Grow conference shared their advice on how to pitch your story. Their advice might surprise you.
Aug 19, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Vonigo

One of the Top 25 competitors in the BCIC New Ventures BC Competition, Vonigo helps on-site service companies manage their information.
Aug 13, 2013
Call for Top Innovators

The New England Venture Summit is looking for 50 Top Innovators. Deadline is Thursday, August 15th.
Aug 12, 2013
Edukaans lands Globe and Mail spotlight

Edukaans, a Venture Acceleration Program participant through partner Accelerate Okanagan, is featured in the "Starting Out" section of today's Globe and Mail.
Aug 12, 2013
The Art of Marketing

Top marketing thought leaders take the stage in Vancouver
Aug 12, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Illusense

Read about competition finalist Illusense and their technology that prevents leaks in oil pipelines.
Aug 02, 2013
Sheelagh England takes the helm at KRIC

BCIC welcomes Sheelagh England as Executive Director of the Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC), our partner that delivers the Venture Acceleration Program in the East Kootenays.
Aug 02, 2013
BCIC New Ventures BC profile: Kiind

The 25 competitors in Round 3 of the BCIC-New Ventures Competition are working on their Round 3 business overviews for submission on August 8th.
Aug 01, 2013
Change Heroes triumphs at Startup World Vancouver

Change Heroes took the top prize at the Startup World competition in Vancouver this week. Startup World is holding competitions in 20 cities; the winners of each regional competition will compete for the top prize at a showdown in the Silicon Valley.
Jul 31, 2013
Venture Acceleration Program expands across BC

The BC Venture Acceleration Program was officially launched in north central BC at an event in Prince George yesterday.
Jul 25, 2013
Five steps to a more successful mobile app deployment

Did you know that our of every 4 apps downloaded, 1 is downloaded just once, and 3 out of 4 apps are dumped by users after 10 or less opens?
Jul 25, 2013
Going local just got easy with Connectzing

Connectzing Media Inc, a member of the BC Venture Acceleration Program through partner Accelerate Okanagan, has launched connectzing.com, a website that connects people to their community.
Jul 19, 2013
Are you the next Innovator of the Year?

If you're a tech entrepreneur with a game-changing innovation that is gaining traction, you could be PwC's next Innovator of the Year.
Jul 18, 2013
Failure is a big part of success

Peter Cohan has a message for aspiring entrepreneurs: embrace failure.
Jul 18, 2013
Boulder Startup Week is a winner

In May 2013, Accelerate Okanagan, VIATeC and 6 Canadian tech startups (MediaCooler, Time.ly, Routezilla, Bananatag, Hustream & Sendwithus) headed down to Boulder, Colorado to take part in Boulder Startup Week.
Jul 08, 2013
Startup Smackdown at Grow 2013

BCIC is a proud partner of GROW Conference, August 14-16 in Vancouver. GROW is THE place to be for startups and developing entrepreneurs.
Jun 25, 2013
CareerConnect provides funding for tech companies to hire grads

Planning to hire a recent grad? You may be eligible for funding through CareerConnect. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 CareerConnect Program.
Jun 24, 2013
Victoria awards honour excellence in technology

Victoria entrepreneur Clayton Stark, who has mentored many tech startups since returning home from San Francisco, was recognized as a Technology Champion at the annual awards hosted by the Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) last week.
Jun 18, 2013
Nokia's BC downsizing spawns new technology startups

BCIC's Venture Acceleration Program is helping BC tech entrepreneurs succeed.