BCIC Weekly Events & Opportunities – April 7, 2016

Published on Thursday, April 07, 2016



BCIC Ignite now open for applications

  • BCIC has launched BCIC Ignite, which will provide funding to accelerate commercialization of new technologies and innovations within natural resources and applied sciences in BC. Up to $300,000 can be awarded to commercializable projects that address a significant problem faced by the industry.
  • Apply by May 2 with your Letter of Intent for the Spring 2016 program.



Check out these BCIC-sponsored events!

1.    New Ventures Competition and Seminars | Deadline: April 14

  • The BCIC-New Ventures Competition is back for its 16th year and will be awarding over $300,000 in cash and prizes to the best tech startups in BC.
  • The competition offers the opportunity to expand your business idea, meet like-minded entrepreneurs and grow your tech company.
  • Deadline to apply is April 14.
  • Learn more and apply.


2.     2016 BCIC-New Ventures Education Series

  • Not taking part in the New Ventures Competition? Sign up for a 9-week education series featuring 12 seminars and workshops, presented by New Ventures BC.
  • Use promo code NVBC2016 for a complimentary pass to attend the entire series.
  • Learn more and register.


3.     *NEW* ‘SHOMI’ The Money | April 26

  • Presented by the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, this event will focus on the evolution of business models for the deployment of digital entertainment.
  • BCIC has a limited number of free passes. Contact Eunice Leung to apply.
  • Learn more and register.



4.     *NEW* Agri Investment Forum | May 10 – 12, Toronto

  • Agri-tech companies: this is your opportunity to connect with industry ideas, investors and influencers.
  • BCIC has a limited number of free tickets to attend and take part in a BC agri-tech exhibits. Contact Eunice Leung to apply.
  • Learn more.



Upcoming Events

 5.     TechBrew | April 14

  • Presented by BCTIA, TechBrew will bring together the coolest new technologies, cutting-edge innovators and influential decision makers.
  • Finalists of the 2016 Technology Impact Awards will also be announced at this TechBrew.
  • Learn more and register.



6.     Discount for Building Exponential Organizations with Salim Ismail | April 15

  • breakfast keynote featuring Salim Ismail, founding executive director of Singularity University, will cover major breakthroughs occurring in a series of accelerating technologies.
  • BCIC has a limited number of discount passes available. Attend the breakfast keynote for only $95 (down from $150). Attend the full conference for $695 (down from $995). Contact Kyal Irvine for passes.


7.     *NEW* Showcase your company to Salim Ismail | April 15

  • Calling for all entrepreneurs in Vancouver working on disruptive technologies, apply for an opportunity to showcase your company to Salim Ismail, executive director of Singularity University.
  • Singularity University is a benefit corporation that helps organizations understand cutting-edge technologies to positively impact billions of people.
  • Apply by April 15 to Leah Costello.


8.     *NEW* Super Early Bird tickets available for the 2016 Technology Impact Awards | Deadline: April 14

  • The Technology Impact Awards will celebrate the success of our industry and the companies, people and innovation that continue to put British Columbia on the map.
  • Super Early Bird tickets will be available until April 14. 
  •  Learn more and register.


9.     *NEW* Transforming AgTech Conference: Digital Technology & Agriculture | April 21

  • Presented by the Silicon Valley Forum, learn about some of the hottest topics in the agriculture industry today, including Big Data, Connected Farm, Precision Agriculture and more.
  • Receive 25% off conference tickets with code AGTECH25. 
  • Learn more and register.


10.  Startup Kamloops | April 21

  • Celebrate the launch of Startup Kamloops, a grassroots network of tools, resources and community organizations supporting entrepreneurship in Kamloops.
  • Connect with community organizations that are supporting entrepreneurs, find out what resources are available to you and get involved with upcoming events and workshops in your Startup Community.
  • Learn more and register.



11.   LifeSciences BC’s 18th Annual LifeSciences BC Awards | April 21

  • Presented by FARRIS, the 18th Annual LifeSciences BC Awards is an opportunity for the life sciences community to celebrate their work together with this year’s theme, Local Catalyst | Global Connectivity.
  • The event is almost sold out! Purchase your tickets before April 15 to attend.
  • Learn more and register.


12.  *NEW* Aboriginal Business Match West | May 9 – 11

  • The Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) connects Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal decision makers to create opportunities for business.
  • BCIC has a 10% discount for all partners. Click “I am a BC Innovation Council (BCIC) Partner” when registering.
  • Learn more and register.


13.  *NEW* The New York Venture Summit | July 20 & 21

  • Presented by youngStartup Ventures, the New York Venture Summit is the premier industry gathering connecting top innovators to an exclusive audience of venture capitalists.
  • Early Bird tickets are now available for 50% off regular ticket price.
  • Learn more and register.


More Opportunities

 14.  *NEW* Innovation Central Society is looking for a new Executive Assistant | Deadline: April 15

  • Innovation Central Society (ICS) helps startups and developing entrepreneurs accelerate technology commercialization by connecting to networks, advisors and resources.
  • The executive assistant will provide assistance to the executive director, perform communication tasks and participate in ICS events.
  • Learn more and apply.


15.  The XPRIZE Visioneers challenge | Deadline: April 15

  • This challenge lets you design the next Grand Challenge for XPRIZE, setting the direction to inspire the world’s top innovators.
  • As a Visioneer, you will have access to some of the greatest inventors, innovators and social entrepreneurs in the world.
  • Learn more and apply.





Make the Leap – 3-Step Action Plan to Unleash the Entrepreneur in You | April 12 | Vancouver

Techshow 2016 Kelowna | April 12 | Kelowna

Startup Finance – Vancouver | April 13 | Burnaby

The Canadian Internet Marketing Conference | April 14 | Squamish

Beyond Volume, Variety and Velocity in Big Data | April 20 | Vancouver

WordCamp Vernon | April 30 | Vernon


See the BCIC events page for complete event listings