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Feb 16, 2016 Launching British Columbia's New Tech Strategy

More than 3,600 people from across BC and beyond took part in the inaugural #BCTECH Summit in Vancouver from January 18th to 19th.
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Feb 15, 2016 Wowing TED Guests with BC’s medical technology

Vancouver, BC – BC tech stars were on display at the Innovative Medical Technology Showcase for TED Conference guests hosted by the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and LifeSciences
In the News
Feb 08, 2016 Lab to Expand Innovation in Our Region

The Castlegar Source Local entrepreneurs, students, academics and makers will be able to work with innovative materials, test out original products and get help bringing unique ideas and products
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Jan 25, 2016 Accelerating Tech Growth: Behind the scenes, agencies are sparking the rise of technology innovators

Jim Bentein | New Technology Magazine The $6-million annual budget for B.C.’s program aimed at diversifying its economy away from a reliance on resource development is about equal to what it would cost to buy two or three
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Jan 08, 2016 Inaugural BC Tech Summit bringing the biggest names in local tech to Vancouver

Jill Slattery | Vancity Buzz The BC Tech Summit, an initiative of the BC Government and the BC Innovation Council, will be presenting some of the biggest and boldest ideas in
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Jan 06, 2016 Inaugural #BCTECH Summit attracts world-renowned, thought-provoking speakers

VICTORIA – With less than two weeks to go and tickets 95% sold out, world-renowned keynote speakers will reinforce technology's increasing economic and social impact to
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Dec 30, 2015 How B.C. Businesses Can Innovate And Grow Throughout 2016

Nikolas Badminton | Huffington Post BC It seems like every business has an innovative product or service, or are adopting innovation mindsets to help level up to survive and thrive in a world where margins are getting thinner and customers
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Dec 21, 2015 Four Business Grants Tech Companies Can Apply for Right Now

If you’re an entrepreneur, you overcome many hurdles every day to ensure your company’s success. While the issues an owner faces while managing their firm can be extremely diverse, according to a recent report titled A
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Dec 16, 2015 #BCTECH Summit, Jan 18-19 at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Inside Vancouver Tech sector entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders are invited to grow their businesses by being part of the conversation at B.C.’s first #BCTECH Summit, taking place Jan. 18 – 19, 2016,
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Dec 09, 2015 Christy Clark, B.C. Premier, Announces $100-Million Fund To Boost Tech Sector

HuffPost British Columbia VANCOUVER — Budding technology entrepreneurs are getting access to cash to fuel their startup companies as British Columbia launches a strategy aimed at creating jobs. Premier Christy Clark has
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Dec 09, 2015 BC unveils details of $100-million fund for flourishing tech sector

Kyle Peterson | The Examiner Post A $100-million fund to boost B.C.'s tech sector was announced by Premier Christy Clark this morning. Budding technology entrepreneurs are getting access to cash to fuel their startup companies
In the News
Dec 09, 2015 Tech sector turbo charged

Castanet Budding technology entrepreneurs are getting access to cash to fuel their startup companies as British Columbia launches a strategy aimed at creating jobs. Premier Christy Clark has announced a $100-million venture capital
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Dec 09, 2015 BC Government Announces $100 Million VC Fund to Build Province's Tech Sector

Techvibes The Province of British Columbia announced today that is creating a $100-million venture capital fund. The fund builds the foundation for a comprehensive technology strategy aimed at stimulating growth in the fast-moving
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Dec 09, 2015 Education Ministry expands ‘Shoulder Tappers’ program to Northern students

Dwight Ford | EnergyCity.ca A program focusing on skilled trades’ careers, with its roots in local area school districts is being expanded from just three to 15 school jurisdictions across Northern
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Nov 27, 2015 BCIC's first-ever B.C. Tech Summit ‘not just all about downtown Vancouver’

Tyler Orton | Business in Vancouver Greg Caws wants to be clear — B.C.’s tech sector is “not just all about downtown Vancouver.” So when the B.C. Innovation Council (BCIC) launches its first-ever B.C.
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Nov 24, 2015 Build your Business at the #BCTECH Summit

BC tech companies looking for investment have a unique opportunity to connect with investors at the invitation-only Venture Capital Presentations at the #BCTECH Summit 2016. Investor-ready
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Nov 24, 2015 Explore Tech’s Potential at #BCTECH Summit 2016

The #BCTECH Summit is coming to Vancouver, January 18–19. The event will explore how technology is transforming our economy—and our lives. The Summit is for anyone interested in tech, with the goal to help BC businesses create connections
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Nov 24, 2015 BC Tech Roundhouse Radio

BCIC's Managing Director for the BC Acceleration Network was recently interviewed on Roundhouse Radio. Along with Picatic Jayesh Parmar of Picatic, they discussed BC's technology sector, and the upcoming #BCTECH
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Nov 16, 2015 #BCTECH Summit coming to Vancouver January 18 and 19

Jessica Galang | BetaKit The BC Tech Summit is calling for entrepreneurs, investors, industry buyers, and government officials to enjoy its showcase highlighting
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Nov 09, 2015 BC Tech Summit Set to Reshape BC Business

Backbone Magazine BC Tech Summit will likely be the biggest and most enlightening tech conference British Columbia has ever experienced. The two-day Summit to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre is a collaborative
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Oct 27, 2015 Generating entrepreneurial success

Dr. Lincoln Smith | Thomson Rivers University The past year has flown by for the founders ofHummingbird Drones, and the company’s founders are overwhelmed by their success. Chief
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Oct 21, 2015 BCIC, IBM Invite Developers to Learn About Watson

Rob Lewis | Techvibes The BC Innovation Council is hosting an IBM
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Sep 24, 2015 BCIC and New Ventures Announce Tech Awards-Winners

Ashley Sparrow | Vancouver Magazine New Ventures BC and the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) kicked-off Vancouver Startup Week on Monday (Sep. 21) by awarding over $300,000
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Sep 22, 2015 BCIC Announces Winners of BC's Biggest Tech Startup Competition

Techvibes Newsdesk | TechVibes This evening the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and New Ventures BC announced the 2015 winners of the biggest technology startup competition for B.C.’s emerging innovators. The $100K First Prize
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Sep 22, 2015 Vancouver Startup Week: Edvisor takes $100,000 prize in BCIC-New Ventures Competition

Stephen Hui | The Georgia Straight More than $300,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded to innovative B.C. technology companies to kick off this year'sVancouver Startup Week. The
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Sep 22, 2015 Edvisor, Ziva Dynamics & Change Heroes Top BCIC-New Ventures Competition

Jessica Galang | BetaKit New Ventures BC and the BC Innovation Council (BCIC)
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Sep 22, 2015 Education platform, Oscar winner take top prizes at BCIC-New Ventures startup competition

Tyler Orton | Business In Vancouver Nicolas Miller has been to a lot of schools. And he figures attending classes in Canada, Austria, Switzerland and Algeria has helped him understand the needs of different people and organizations
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Sep 22, 2015 BCIC New Ventures Awards kick off Vancouver Startup Week

Gillian Shaw | The Vancouver Sun A British Columbia startup that has created software to help agents around the world recruit international students took the top $100,000 prize in tech awards announced Monday. Edvisor
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Sep 10, 2015 Vancouver is Now Startup City

Jenni Elliott | Vancouver Magazine Did you know 15,000 new jobs are forecasted for Vancouver’s tech sector over the next five years? Add that to the 75,000 Vancouverites currently working in technology and we’re cooking with
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Aug 09, 2015 The Inventors: B.C. stays on cutting edge thanks to these dreamer entrepreneurs

Paul Luke and Glen Schaefer | The Province People who invent things risk being infected with one of the most stubborn diseases known to the modern world, says innovation expert Marc Smith. It’s called inventoritis. Smith
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Jun 22, 2015 Amrik Virk: B.C.'s tech sector is a success story worth sharing

Amrik Virk | The Georgia Straight British Columbians have a tendency to roll up their sleeves and get things done—but sometimes we forget it's OK to be proud of our accomplishments.
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Jun 19, 2015 B.C. tech sector’s growth continues, report shows

A new BC Stats report released today shows British Columbia’s technology sector continues to thrive and make significant contributions to the provincial economy. In 2013, B.C. surpassed milestones with increased revenues, exports and international
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Jun 18, 2015 Tech Companies Can Apply for BC Tech Co-op Grant to Hire Students

Startups and small technology companies in BC can now access talent at an affordable cost through the BC Tech Co-op Grants Program. With
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Jun 16, 2015 Cloudhead in Coombs leading the virtual reality world

BC Local News | John Harding  There was no way I was going to step over the edge of that cliff. Neither was the Minister
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Jun 08, 2015 SFU alumni emerge as winners in BCTIA Technology Impact Awards

Simon Fraser University News | Marianne Meadahl Simon Fraser University alumni were among those whose companies made it to the winners’ list at the 2015BCTIA Technology
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May 27, 2015 SFU co-op students, young innovators to benefit from BCIC Tech Works

SFU News Simon Fraser University’s co-operative education students and young entrepreneurs will be among those to benefit from provincial government funding that will enhance students’ workplace skills and help them explore
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May 26, 2015 15 Companies Advance to Third Round of BCIC New Ventures Competition

Tech Vibes NewsDesk Over the past three weeks a panel of 54 jury members have been reviewing applications submitted by 123 companies entered in theBCIC New Ventures
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May 26, 2015 $6 Million Provided for Provincial Tech Sector

Nanaimo Business News The Government of B.C. is providing $6 million, through the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), to support the growth and success of the province’s active
Media Releases
May 25, 2015 Province supports job training in the technology sector

Image via Flickr VICTORIA - The Government of B.C. is providing $6 million, through the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), to support
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Apr 28, 2015 Premier announces funding to help high school students slide into tech sector jobs

Targeted funding of $250,000 was announced today by Premier Christy Clark to help students at five public post-secondary institutions in Kelowna, Victoria and Vancouver develop coding-related skills for occupations that are in demand by the tech sector. “British
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Apr 23, 2015 Surrey is leading the clean technology revolution

Surrey Leader | Steph Troughton  Clean technology may not yet be widely recognized, but the municipality of Surrey is already embracing the concept. That's according to Foresight
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Apr 10, 2015 John Geddes: A story behind the cover story

Maclean's | John Geddes overing federal politics, certain phrases have lost rhetorical impact on me: “create jobs,” “raise middle-class incomes,” “boost competitiveness.” Yet I sympathize with the
In the News
Apr 09, 2015 In Conversation With Commander Chris Hadfield

BetaKit | John Gray A debt of gratitude is owed to the BC Innovation Council (particularly Director of Communications Lindsay Chan). In preparing for the feature story about
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Apr 07, 2015 SFU Surrey cultivating market-ready technology

Business in Vancouver | Patrick Blennerhassett The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists estimates that 50% of Canadians do not take their prescription
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Mar 31, 2015 High-growth companies debate allure of Vancouver

Business In Vancouver | Tyler Orton  Vancouver – the weather is mild, the mountains are beautiful, and it keeps landing on global top-10 lists. Then again, it’s Vancouver – a relatively small outpost on
In the News
Mar 28, 2015 Startups to battle for $300,000 in prizes at BCIC-New Ventures competition

Business In Vancouver | Tyler Orton  With new tech startups sprouting up in B.C.’s vibrant tech community on weekly basis, Angie Schick there’s one sure-fire way to gain credibility: win the BCIC-New Ventures competition.  Now
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Mar 28, 2015 Minister of technology speaking at Prince George conference

Prince George Citizen | Frank Peebles  The community of new businesses, tech-based companies, and startup entrepreneurs is invited to meet one of the provincial officials most responsible for fostering those ventures. Amrik
In the News
Mar 18, 2015 BC Innovation Council Organizing Business Competition

Nanaimo Business News Are you in the early stages of operating your technology-based business? Could you use a funding injection to help kick start your venture to the next level? Then consider participating in the British Columbia Innovation
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Mar 18, 2015 Igniting Innovation: Entrepreneurs Talk Business Revolution at the BC Tech Forum

VANCOUVER, BC – On Friday March 20th, more than 300 members of BC’s business community will unite at the first ever BC Tech Forum: Leapfrogging Innovation to Business Revolution presented by the BC Innovation Council (BCIC)
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Mar 17, 2015 Entrepreneurs Vie for a Shot at Major Winnings in Largest BC Startup Competition

TechVibes | Rob Lewis  The annual British Columbia Innovation Council-New Ventures Competition is challenging BC’s top emerging tech entrepreneurs to bring their big ideas to the table. In hopes of transforming early
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Mar 17, 2015 Vancouver’s tech and creative industries dazzle TEDsters

Tuesday March 17th, 2015 VANCOUVER, BC – The BC Innovation Council, in partnership with Creative BC and Wavefront, had the pleasure of hosting TED Conference guests on two separate tours Monday as a precursor to TED
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Mar 17, 2015 Entrepreneurs Vie for a Shot at Major Winnings in Largest BC Startup Competition

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA- Catapulting into its 15
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Mar 16, 2015 Shining the Spotlight on BC Innovation: Talking with Chris Hadfield, BCIC's Greg Caws, & Greg Malpass

BetaKit | John Gray The Vancouver Board of Trade and the BC Innovation Council  are
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Mar 02, 2015 Eight VentureLabs firms make ‘Ready to Rocket’ lists

Simon Fraser University News Simon Fraser University VentureLabs® companies PHEMI
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Feb 23, 2015 Growing the Economy

Government of BC - Speech From the Throne With our fiscal house in order, we have the foundation we need to grow our diverse
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Feb 19, 2015 VIATeC's New Home a Turning Point for Victoria Tech Sector

Nevin Thompson | Tech Vibes After a stellar year in 2014, Victoria's booming tech sector shows no signs of slowing down. A
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Feb 13, 2015 Vancouver Entrepreneurs: MyBestHelper

Casey Era | VanCity Buzz
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Feb 08, 2015 New funding, strategy, put UBC in vanguard of B.C. innovation

UBC News With a boost of $200,000 from the BC Innovation Council and a comprehensive new campus strategy, UBC is
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Feb 06, 2015 Leapfrogging Innovation to Business Revolution with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Techvibes NewsDesk BC’s thriving tech sector employs 84,000 people at more than 9,000 tech companies, yet there is still a considerable
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Feb 04, 2015 Vancouver tech startups take aim at autism, diabetes, and bone surgeries

Stephen Hui | Georgia Straight A collaboration of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Emily
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Jan 29, 2015 Technology City Vancouver in the spotlight on Fairchild TV

Fairchild TV The Canadian Cantonese broadcasting service Fairchild
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Jan 27, 2015 New agri-food tech accelerator in Mission

MISSION - Technology and agri-food entrepreneurs in the Fraser Valley will now benefit from $844,000 in provincial funding for a new agriculture- and technology-focused program, delivered by the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec). The new
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Jan 26, 2015 Amrik Virk: Opening the doors to digital literacy

The Province If you are a job seeker with an understanding of coding – even the basics
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Jan 23, 2015 HTML 500: Vancouver’s free coding camp attracts 2,000-plus on waitlist, combines with tech job fair

Gillian Shaw | Vancouver Sun VANCOUVER — Coding is the new black. At
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Nov 25, 2014 Opinion: Entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in B.C. tech industry

Greg Caws | Vancouver Sun British Columbia is at the edge of tremendous economic growth, powered
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Nov 20, 2014 BCIC chooses BCcampus to build a virtual accelerator program for aspiring entrepreneurs

BCcampus and BCIC are working together to strengthen BCIC’s network of talent, partners, and resources throughout the province, guiding technology entrepreneurs and innovators from start-up to success by way of a comprehensive virtual accelerator
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Nov 18, 2014 Women exit tech sector as mentors fail to materialize

More than half of female MBA-holders working in technology firms leave the industry because of male-dominated business culture, a new report reveals For the first few years after Nicole Reader founded her own tech company in 2008, she always
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Nov 18, 2014 Slack’s B.C. connection poised to raise Vancouver’s tech profile

San Francisco-based company now valued at more than $1 billion, while its Vancouver-based CEO aims to ramp up hiring at Yaletown office   The latest brainchild of Vancouver-born Flickr co-founder
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Nov 04, 2014 B.C. tech sector leading positive business charge

The explosion of tech startups since the 2010 Winter Olympics could outfit local angel investors with deep pockets – something long missing from B.C.  Back when email was in its infancy in the mid-1980s, Jim Fletcher was part of an investment
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Oct 15, 2014 Guess who’s turning 10? BCIC marks a decade of service

VANCOUVER – This month marks the BC Innovation Council’s 10 year anniversary as a Crown agency. The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) is dedicated to strengthening B.C.’s technology ecosystem and creating jobs through the growth
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Sep 26, 2014 Ignite the North sparks innovation

A new program has been launched to foster and encourage innovation in the North – for the North. With a focus on youth, Ignite the North hopes to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs by initiating conversations on innovation and collaboration.
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Sep 25, 2014 Challenges, opportunities of big data start off President’s Lecture Series

Stimulating research at the heart of community lecture series starting Sept. 30 September 25, 2014   Contact:
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Sep 24, 2014 UBC biotech startup aims to print living human organs

A group of UBC researchers is striving to bring printed organs out of the science fiction and into the everyday. Co-founded by UBC electrical engineering professor Konrad Walus and several graduate students, Aspect Biosystems is a biotechonology company
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Sep 23, 2014 Vancouver’s DarkVision Technologies wins $100,000 in the BCIC-New Ventures Competition

The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) recently expanded its Acceleration Program into Northwest B.C. and today the good news keeps on coming. BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and New Ventures BC announced the 2014 winners of its start-up competition. This is
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Sep 23, 2014 DarkVision Technologies scores $100,000 prize at BCIC-New Ventures competition

Super vision and artificial skin tissue seem like features one would find on superheroes or cyborgs. But they’re also the technologies developed by two of the winners at the annual BCIC-New Ventures competition,
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Sep 23, 2014 Oil & Gas Tech Startup Wins Top Prize in 2014 BCIC-New Ventures Competition

BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and New Ventures BC announced yesterday the 2014 winners of the biggest
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Sep 23, 2014 Oil & Gas Well Imaging Technology Start-Up DarkVision Snags Top Prize in 2014 BCIC-New Ventures Competition

Nearly $300k awarded to B.C.’s sharpest technology entrepreneurs VANCOUVER, BC (September 23, 2014) – BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and New Ventures BC announced yesterday the 2014 winners of the biggest technology
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Sep 22, 2014 B.C. tech competition winners announced

Andrew Wilkinson, B.C.’s minister of technology, innovation and citizens’ services, presented the awards. Photograph
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Sep 22, 2014 Oil and gas well imaging start-up wins $100,000 prize

3D bioprinting, oil well imaging and a content management app take home prizes at B.C. startup
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Sep 19, 2014 Vancouver startup promises to print organs

Aspect Biosystems has found a unique use of 3D printers: human cells When a heart transplant is your only chance for survival, much is left up to fate. But imagine hearts could be made, not simply moved between bodies, with
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Sep 16, 2014 SFU launches interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation concentration

A new interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation concentration offered by Simon Fraser University and its partners teaches undergraduate
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Sep 12, 2014 Made-in-Vancouver web series tackles challenges women face in tech industry

As operations manager at the B.C. Innovation Council (BCIC), Tarah Ferguson would hit various tech events and trade shows featuring the industry’s most lauded talent. “I met so many interesting people, but they were pre-dominantly
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Sep 12, 2014 Nanaimo company to make its final pitch

Input Logic, one of Nanaimo's growing number of high-tech companies, is among the top 10 finalists out of more than 200 nominations in the B.C. Innovation Council's 2014 New Ventures Competition. Company spokesman Shawn Adrian said that after six months
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Sep 10, 2014 BCIC expands its Venture Acceleration Program into Northwest B.C.

The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) is a province-wide acceleration program that gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to expand their business, learn the tools needed to succeed, and seek mentorship from seasoned professionals.
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Sep 10, 2014 New Venture Acceleration Program in Smithers for tech start-ups

SMITHERS - While in Smithers, the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson visited with local technology company Hy-Tech Drilling and welcomed Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association as the newest partner to offer
In the News
Sep 09, 2014 "Technology Acceleration Centre" Opened In Smithers

BC's Minister of Technology was in Smithers Tuesday, to celebrate the opening of what's called "a technology acceleration centre". Andrew Wilkinson was joined
Media Releases
Sep 09, 2014 BC Venture Acceleration Program rolls into Northwest B.C.

BCIC welcomes the Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association to the BC Acceleration Network Smithers, British Columbia – It’s an excellent time to be
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Sep 03, 2014 BCIC New Ventures Competition announces its top ten finalists

The ten finalists for BCIC’s New Ventures Competition have been announced. The BCIC-New Ventures Competition has been held every year for 13 years in Vancouver, and this year
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Aug 29, 2014 UBC technology startup Aspect Biosystems nabs second place and $55,000 in BC new ventures competition

Aspect Biosystems Ltd, a UBC team developing a novel bioprinting system for the fabrication of 3D biological tissues, has been awarded second place in the BCIC-New Ventures Competition. Aspect beat out 140 other companies, winning $55,000 and the runner-up title.
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Aug 20, 2014 Vancouver student entrepreneurs learn new ways to launch ventures

A SMALL POP-UP shop on the edge of Chinatown seems like an unusual location for a postsecondary business-education class. But here at 434 Columbia Street between Pender and Hastings on a Sunday afternoon, Emily Carr University of Art +
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Aug 11, 2014 B.C. centre of digital world during SIGGRAPH this week

VANCOUVER - This week, British Columbia takes centre stage to demonstrate the province’s growing strength in technology and digital arts during SIGGRAPH 2014, the world’s foremost computer graphics and art conference held at the Vancouver Convention
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Aug 01, 2014 Premier announces $6 million for cutting-edge innovation centre

Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson were joined by local technology entrepreneurs today to announce that the Province has made a commitment to invest up to $6 million toward the development
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Jul 21, 2014 Comment: B.C.’s technology sector needs more women

B.C.’s technology sector is thriving and is full of opportunities for people with a wide range of skills. Technology continues to dominate much of our daily lives and B.C. is definitely doing its part to contribute to this growing sector. Yet despite
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Jul 10, 2014 Tech talk

via Nanaimo News Bulletin  Andrew Wilkinson, minister of technology, innovation and citizen’s services, left, discusses communication and control technology used in submersibles with Greg Caws, B.C. Innovation
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Jun 10, 2014 B.C. Technology Impact Awards 2014

via BC Business  More than 1,000 guests attended the 11th annual B.C. Technology Impact Awards to celebrate the companies, people and innovation that continue to put B.C. on the map as an exciting place to grow
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May 27, 2014 Emily Carr partnership bridges business and design

via Business in Vancouver In anticipation of the opening of a new campus in 2017,
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May 02, 2014 BCIC named Government Organization of the Year by Startup Canada

May 2, 2014 BRITISH COLUMBIA - This week, Startup Canada announced the winners of the first ever Startup Canada Awards. Right across the country, individuals, organizations and institutions that are shaping Canada’s entrepreneurial
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Mar 20, 2014 BC tech wows TED

March 20, 2014 BC tech wows TED HootSuite opens doors for BC tech showcase Vancouver, BC - TED guests were given a glimpse of innovation
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Mar 17, 2014 New agreements to accelerate growth of B.C. tech startups

BOSTON - Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Consulate General in Boston today to establish a formal working relationship and ensure that the Canadian Technology Accelerator ([email protected]) is fully
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Mar 06, 2014 Entrepreneurial Dreams Put to the Test in Hopes of Winning Big in 2014

Entrepreneurial Dreams Put to the Test in Hopes of Winning Big in 2014 Over $300k up for grabs in BCIC-New Ventures Provincial Competition BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Feb 12, 2014 BCIC supports [email protected]’s mentorship program

[email protected] ([email protected]) recently launched its newly improved mentorship program with the backing of BCIC. The 8-week program, designed to take startups from an idea to a validated business model,
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Feb 07, 2014 New funding, strategy, put UBC in vanguard of B.C. innovation

MEDIA RELEASE | February 7, 2014 New funding, strategy, put UBC in vanguard of B.C. innovation With a boost of $200,000 from the BC Innovation Council and a comprehensive new campus strategy, UBC is taking steps to make it an
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Feb 05, 2014 BCIC announces new Board appointments

Media Release | February 5, 2014 BRITISH COLUMBIA - The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) today announced two recent appointments to its Board of Directors and thanks to three departing Board members. Derek Lew has
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Jan 29, 2014 Vancouver Startup Phemi Plans to Bring Much-needed Innovation to Healthcare Space

"Earlier this month Deloitte predicted that technology will reduce patient wait times and decrease the cost of health care by shifting the focus from prevention to early intervention. Last month at the Data Effect conference in Vancouver a startup named
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Jan 21, 2014 VentureLabs client Semios wins Verizon prize

Kudos to Semios, a Venture Acceleration Program client with partner VentureLabs, on winning the $285,000 Verizon
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Jan 16, 2014 Stepping into the virtual action in Qualicum Beach

Congrats to CloudHead Games, a client in the Venture Acceleration Program with partner Innovation Island, on the launch of their
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Jan 03, 2014 Molescope takes dermatology digital

MetaOptima is a Venture Acceleration Program client with partner Wavefront in Vancouver. The company also won a $40,000 prize in the 2013 BCIC-New Ventures BC competition. Their product, Molescope, links a tiny microscope with smartphones so people can monitor
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Dec 12, 2013 Buy now, pay-later gift cards come to Canada

Kiind, a recent client in the BC Venture Acceleration Program through partner VIATeC in Victoria is
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Dec 12, 2013 Canadian startup Flytographer connects vacationers with picture-perfect moments

Flytographer, a client in the BC Venture Acceleration Program with partner VIATeC, is creating
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Dec 12, 2013 Vancouver's Phemi, SAP developing medical big data system

Phemi, a BC Venture Acceleration Program client with partner VentureLabs in Vancouver, has announced
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Nov 27, 2013 New tech startup accelerator launched

Post-secondary institutes in Vancouver and Victoria have partnered to create a new startup business accelerator. Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the BC Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art + Design have launched
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Nov 26, 2013 VentureLabs® supports technology innovation

November 26, 2013 Simon Fraser University and its partners are launching
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Nov 12, 2013 BC Small Businesses Highly Value Mentors but Lack Awareness of Available Mentor Programs, Study Reveals

New MentorshipBC online resource helps connect small businesses with mentors  November 12th,
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Nov 07, 2013 Mentorship is key to Canada's thriving economy

Startup Canada has been asking Canadian entrepreneurs what tools are most valuable when launching a new venture. The answer is mentorship. Business mentorship is effective because "mentors are given the opportunity to share their business knowledge,
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Nov 01, 2013 New Online Mentorship Resource Meets the Needs of BC Small Businesses

MentorshipBC launches resource to audience of small business owners at Prince George event supported by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Prince
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Oct 21, 2013 Return to Island life: tech entrepreneurs are choosing Nanaimo

The Nanaimo community is dedicated to making the region a better place to work and live by creating businesses and attracting business skills to the Island. Tech entrepreneurs are returning to the region for a quality life-work balance.
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Oct 21, 2013 Nanaimo Bulletin on the Venture Acceleration Program

New technology entrepreneurs learn through coaching by ‘executives in residence’ – entrepreneurs with years of business experience- to speed up the commercialization of their products and ideas. “Entrepreneurs who have techno-smarts,
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Oct 07, 2013 B.C. Innovation Council welcomes Greg Caws as CEO

Greg Caws, founder of Enquisite Software, will take over from John Jacobson, who was appointed deputy minister with the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. “Greg is a strong leader who has successfully built technology
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Oct 07, 2013 Venture Acceleration Program's Curatio Wins in Silicon Valley

Curatio, a mobile health company enrolled in the Wavefront Venture Acceleration Program, was recently announced as the winner of the Global Novartis Health 2.0 Competition in Silicon Valley. Curatio's mobile application, ThaliMe, a tracking tool for
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Oct 01, 2013 BCIC announces new President and CEO

Media Release | October 1, 2013 BRITISH COLUMBIA - The Board of Directors of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) today announced the appointment of Greg Caws as the organization's new President and CEO. "We are pleased to have a seasoned technology
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Sep 26, 2013 Cloud-based business management System Vonigo wins 2013 BCIC New Ventures Competition

BC tech ventures awarded $300,000 in prizes in annual business competition BRITISH COLUMBIA (September 25, 2013) – The winners of the 13th annual BCIC-New Ventures Competition were announced today in Vancouver. From this year’s
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Sep 12, 2013 Program promotes innovation

From the Kelowna Daily Courier: "In its first year, a new program by the BC Innovation Council has supported the growth of 143 startups across the province, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services Andrew Wilkinson announced in Kelowna
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Sep 11, 2013 Venture Acceleration Program generates jobs, revenue, investment

Venture Acceleration Program helps BC startups generate 396 jobs, $4.4 m in revenue and $25+ m in investment Media Release | September 11, 2013 BRITISH COLUMBIA – The BC Venture Acceleration Program, a structured venture
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Sep 09, 2013 High-tech helpers boasts first success story

Open Gaming Solutions, a participant in the BC Venture Acceleration Program through partner Kamloops Innovation Centre, marks a significant milestone. Read the
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Sep 04, 2013 Cashing in with content

Crowd Content is a Victoria-based startup that is taking part in the BC Venture Acceleration Program through partner VIATeC. Crowd Content is a business-to-business service that helps companies improve
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Aug 27, 2013 Kiind takes aim at corporate rewards market

Kiind, a participant in the BC Venture Acceleration Program through delivery partner Accelerate Tectoria, only makes you pay for gift cards when you use them. The Victoria startup is gaining attention across North America, including an
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Aug 27, 2013 Federal money boosts Kamloops-based tech service

Truvian Labs, a participant in the BC Venture Acceleration Program through delivery partner Kamloops Innovation Centre, recently received a federal grant to support the company's growth. Read the
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Aug 27, 2013 Okanagan Tech Co, Get in the Loop: Second Market and Website in Belgium

Get in the Loop, a Kelowna startup that is taking part in the BC Venture Acceleration Program through Accelerate Okanagan, is expanding in Europe. Get the details in this Backbone
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Aug 12, 2013 Father and son help clients cash in on video content

The founders of Edukaans, a participant in the BC Venture Acceleration Program through partner Accelerate Okanagan, are featured in the "Starting Out" section of the Globe and Mail. Ruben Ugarte and his father explain how they created their all-in-one video
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Aug 12, 2013 Tech Acceleration Program Launches in North Central BC and Kootenays

Entrepreneurs in northern B.C. and the Kootenays get a boost as the BCIC announced the expansion of its tech sector accelerator. Read the
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Aug 02, 2013 KRIC names new executive director

Posted: August 1, 2013 on e-know.ca, East Kootenay News Online Weekly The Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC) is pleased to announce the succession of Larry Sparks as KRIC’s Executive Director by current Program Manager, Sheelagh England. Sheelagh
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Aug 02, 2013 KAST to offer BC Venture Acceleration Program

BCIC today welcomed the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) as a partner offering the BC Venture Acceleration Program. KAST in Rossland and the Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC) in Cranbrook are both joining a provincewide network
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Jul 31, 2013 Tech hopefuls pitch minister

"Some of Prince George's best tech entrepreneurs got to audition for provincial funding and mentorship Tuesday. The Innovation Central Society (ICS) brought out about a dozen prescreened technology-based businesses to meet with provincial officials,
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Jul 30, 2013 BC Venture Acceleration Program launches in East Kootenays

BC Venture Acceleration Program launches in East Kootenays Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council offers support to tech startups and entrepreneurs through BCIC’s province-wide initiative Cranbrook,
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Jul 30, 2013 BC Venture Acceleration Program launches in North Central BC

BC Venture Acceleration Program launches in North Central BC Innovation Central Society offers support to tech startups and entrepreneurs through BCIC’s province-wide initiative Prince
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Jul 30, 2013 BC Venture Acceleration Program launches in West Kootenay-Boundary Region

BC Venture Acceleration Program launches in West Kootenay-Boundary Region Kootenay Association for Science and Technology offers support to tech startups and entrepreneurs through BCIC’s province-wide initiative Rossland,
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Jul 17, 2013 Local startups make pitch for provincial investment

BCIC partner Innovation Central Society offers the BC Venture Acceleration Program in Prince George. A recent pitch session by local startups was featured in a
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Jul 17, 2013 Go big on your small business

John Semineiro, a successful tech entrepreneur and Enterpreneur in Residence (EIR) with BCIC partner VentureLabs, shares his thoughts about the importance of competitive advantage in this
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Jun 18, 2013 Paulin Laberge appointed CEO of iCompass Technologies

Media Release | June 18, 2013 BRITISH COLUMBIA - Following the announcement of iCompass President and CEO Todd Stone as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure last week, the company has announced the appointment of Paulin Laberge as CEO. Paulin
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Apr 03, 2013 High-tech firms share knowledge at Kamloops Innovation Centre

Kamloops Innovation Centre | Kamloops Daily News Entering its third year of existence, Kamloops Innovation Centre is home to established firms and fresh-faced start-ups... KIC opened early in 2011 as a way to encourage high-tech
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Mar 20, 2013 $1 Million Boosts Accelerate Okanagan

From Accelerate Okanagan Kelowna, BC – A $1 million investment by the Province of British Columbia, through the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) was announced by Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association today. The
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Mar 05, 2013 Game Changing Cash & Prizes up for Grabs for Tech Startups with Launch of 2013 BCIC-New Ventures Competition

BRITISH COLUMBIA – More than $300,000 in prizes are waiting to be scooped up by emerging companies in BC’s technology space through the annual BCIC-New Ventures Competition, which kicks off this week. Now in its 13th year, the competition
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Jan 29, 2013 New program aims to help entrepreneurs

Technology entrepreneurs in Nanaimo now have the opportunity to tap into the expertise of trained professionals in their fields after the launch of a new program last week by the Innovation Island Technology Association. The IITA, formerly known as the
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Jan 23, 2013 BCIC Welcomes Innovation Island Technology Association to the BCIC Acceleration Network

Partnership brings the Venture Acceleration Program to innovators inMid and Northern Vancouver Island   Nanaimo, British Columbia – BCIC is pleased
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Jan 17, 2013 Dragon's Den-like B.C. tech contest taps local talent - Firm's desalination process making a splash

A unique contest for tech startups in B.C. is getting credit for fostering innovation and catalyzing some major success stories. The BCIC New Ventures Competition runs annually from April to September, giving entrants a chance to move through stages
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Aug 03, 2012 Trio of Island firms make Venture Cut - $235,000 up for grabs in competition - Victoria Times Colonist

Three Vancouver Island companies have made it through to the to the third round of the 12th annual BC Innovation Council New Ventures Competition. Victoria firsm MEdiaCore adn BackyardBC, and Parksville-based Pixton Comics have all made it to the next round