Resources & Competitions

*This resource page is updated every week on Thursdays with new opportunities to check out*

Programs & Accelerators

  • Pear Launchpad (in Palo Alto) – Accepting Applications Why You Should Care: For entrepreneurs wanting to learn the foundations of a sustainable, category-defining company, while working in dedicated office space in Palo Alto. Over the course of 10 weeks, the course will help you lay the foundations of your company, and extend networks into the broader community.  The Pear Launchpad culminates in a Demo Day –  check out TechCrunch’s coverage of the 2016 Demo Day here. Apply by March 24. 
  • BC Tech Association – HyperGrowth 3.0 Why You Should Care: HyperGrowth is a free program that invests in fearless entrepreneurs who are building extraordinary companies. For six months, the cohort of companies are immersed in an intensive residency program that assists them in building comprehensive sales, marketing, and financial strategies by connecting them with world-class advisors and CEOs from Vancouver’s leading tech companies. Apply by March 31
  • Summer 2017 e@UBC Lean Launch Pad Why You Should Care: e@UBC’s Lean Launch Pad Accelerator program is a 5-week program that will guide participants to validate their venture’s business model. For dates and detailed info, click here and apply by April 9.
  • BC Startup-In-Residence Program Why You Should Care: 16 week summer residency for the BC government and participating companies for work alongside together in piloting technologies. Apply by April 11.

PR & Marketing

  • Submit Your Innovation Story to UBC! Why You Should Care: Ventures can get the chance to showcase their story on – as simple as filling out this form here.

Prizes & Competitions

  • New Ventures BC Why You Should Care: Over $300,000 in cash and prizes will be given to the most promising tech ventures. The competition contains four elimination rounds, running from April – September. Apply by April 12.


  • Mitacs - UBC startups can apply for national research funding  Why You Should Care: This new program from Mitacs Canada can allow student-founded companies to receive funding for collaborative projects with university researchers.
  • BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative Funding  Why You Should Care: Five BCIC ISI grants available for e@UBC ventures. The grants are for ventures that will be hiring personnel and interns to complete projects by April 2017.
  • Microsoft BizSpark program for software startups  Why You Should Care: BizSpark offers all Microsoft development and test software to startups for free (eg. SQL Server, Azure) – worth over $11,000 CAD. e@UBC ventures have the opportunity to be considered for the Bizspark Plus program ($120,000 CAD Azure credits) and training. For more information, please email Preeth Kumar here. 
  • Joule Innovation Grant Program Why You Should Care: As a Canadian Medical Ass ociation (CMA) company, Jouleprovides physicians with valuable products and services to help them perform at their best. Through the Joule Innovation program, CMA members have access to $150,000 in flexible funding to invest in their venture. Apply by May 1.