BCIC Weekly Events & Opportunities – March 31, 2016

Published on Monday, April 04, 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.
BCIC is launching its new website!
  •  We’re launching an updated website on Friday. As many of you might know, a new website means new bugs and errors.
  • If you encounter any issues on the BCIC website, please contact Natalie Serafini
Check out these BCIC-sponsored events!
1.     Last chance to apply for Metabridge 2016 | April 1
  • Propel your company forward by connecting with venture capitalists, corporate executives and leading entrepreneurs at Metabridge 2016. 
  • This highly competitive process is designed for the best and brightest late seed or early Series A startups from across Canada. 
  • Apply now to be selected as a Top 15 Canadian startup.
  •  Learn more and apply.
2.     *NEW* Register for Interzone for only $95 | April 11 – 12
  •  Interzone will explore how the future will change through discussions on enterprise technology with imagineers and thought leaders.
  • Attend Interzone for only $95 when you “pay with a post” on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. 
  •  Register for Interzone for $95 now. 
3.     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.
4.     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. 
Upcoming Events
5.     *NEW* Discount for Victoria Fundica Roadshow | Deadline: April 6
  • Fundica is travelling across Canada for the 2016 Fundica Roadshow, searching for the best startups working on an innovative solution. The best pitch will receive a trip to pitch to investors in the Valley and three months of office space in San Francisco.
  • Attend the Victoria roadshow at VIATEC on April 13, from 8:35 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • The deadline to apply to pitch is April 6. 
  •  Get 50% off the Victoria roadshow with code FRSYYJ
  •  Learn more and register. 
6.     *NEW* Discount for Vancouver Fundica Roadshow | Deadline: April 6
  • Attend the Vancouver roadshow at Small Business BC on April 15, from 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • The deadline to apply to pitch is April 6. 
  • Get 50% off the Vancouver roadshow with code FRSYVR
  • Learn more and register. 
7.     *NEW* CATAPULT presents: Scaling UP | April 7
  • CATAPULT invites you for a no holds barred discussion about managing teams and dealing with accelerating growth. 
  • Panelists include representatives from Foodee, Latergramme, Perked! and Precision Nanosystems.
  •  Learn more and register. 
8.     McCarthy Spotlight Speaking Event on Talent Attraction and Retention | April 7
  • Presented by LifeSciences BC, McCarthy Spotlight Series on Talent Attraction and Retention focuses on workforce strategies which lead to successful hiring practices. 
  • Attend to learn best practice from those who are on the journey of company growth, development and building a culture of passion and dedication.
  •  Learn more and register
9.     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. 
10.  *NEW* Discount for Building Exponential Organizations with Salim Ismail | April 15
  • breakfast keynote featuring Salim Ismail, founding executive director of Singularity University. 
  • Ismail will cover major breakthroughs occurring in a series of accelerating technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech, sensors, neuroscience, medicine and energy.
  • 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. 
11.  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. 
12.   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.
More Opportunities 
13.  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.
14.  The Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) now open for applications
  • The objective of WINN is to assist SMEs in commercializing new technology-based products, processes and services.
  • Online applications are now being accepted from March 14 to April 13.
  • Learn more and apply.
15.  Join the Make Possible mentorship platform
  • Developed by SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology), Make Possible is a free mentoring platform aimed to advance women in science and technology careers.
  • Their mission is to help women connect, collaborate and lead through a dedicated mentoring network in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). 
  •  Learn more and join.
Coworking Bizcamp | April 4 | Kelowna
Techshow 2016 Kelowna | April 12 | Kelowna
Startup Finance – Vancouver | April 13 | Burnaby
WordCamp Vernon | April 30 | Vernon
See the BCIC events page for complete event listings.