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UBC plays key role in BC tech economy


Business Model Canvas – Interactive Case Study


UBC Startup Weekend – Learn, Network, Startup. All in 54 hours. #SWUBC


e@UBC Venture Case Studies

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BCTIA Startup Resources Available to e@UBC Ventures


e@UBC Hosts Thank You Showcase to Graham Lee


e@UBC’s Pharmaceutical Target Product Profile Workshop


e@UBC Venture Case Study: Tangoo

Sauder Entrepreneur Speaker Series: Andrei Pop, Founder of Human API & UBC alumnus


e@UBC Venture Case Study: Acuva


Applications Open for the e@UBC Accelerator Program


e@UBC Ventures Make NVBC’s Top 10


e@UBC Venture Case Study: Arbutus Medical

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e@UBC Startups Thrive with Easy Access to Tech Community, Mentorship and Professional Services

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Nanozen Seed Fund Announcement


e@UBC Has Moved!


e@UBC Venture Case Studies: DRIVE


Congrats to e@UBC Accelerator Graduates

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e@UBC Venture Case Studies: Sensible Building Science

A series of case studies highlighting exciting ventures on their way to success.

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e@UBC Venture Case Studies: The Screw Cutter Project

A series of case studies highlighting exciting ventures on their way to success.

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e@UBC Venture Case Studies: Tait Labs

A series of case studies highlighting exciting ventures on their way to success.


Lawson Lundell Joins entrepreneurship@UBC’s Open Office Program

e@UBC new venture teams benefit from complimentary expert legal consultations.


Congrats to e@UBC Accelerator Graduates!

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e@UBC Entrepreneur-in-Residence Joins UBC Startup, Nanozen

Mentoring sessions with Andy Talbot

Next Open Office July 9th!

An opportunity for individuals from the UBC community to meet one-on-one with an established entrepreneur.


Accepting Applications for May-June Lean LaunchPad!

Apply by May 13th for the last Lean LaunchPad before summer break


The e@UBC Student Network is Hiring for 2015/2016!


Don’t Miss e@UBC’s Upcoming Events


Congrats to the Teams Graduating from the Genomics & Life Sciences Accelerator


e@UBC Student Network: Speed Dating with a CEO

This event connects experienced CEO's with UBC students to inspire budding entrepreneurs in every faculty and helps students learn more about the entrepreneurship courses available at UBC.


Genome BC Joins Open Office Experts


entrepreneurship@UBC Expands Potential for Commercialization in Life Sciences


Welcome Back to e@UBC

e@UBC Open Office Insights

BCTIA and e@UBC Develop Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for British Columbia’s Technology Sector

e@UBC Key Milestones


e@UBC Open House Event Featured in Sing Tao Daily

entrepreneurship@UBC Seed Fund Advances University Startups Success

Charitable contributions from BCIC, UBC alumni and others help UBC startups bridge their journey toward additional outside investment.


entrepreneurship@UBC Open House

entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC) celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) with a showcase of its companies, mentors, milestones and more.


Congratulations Graduates of Lean LaunchPad Accelerator Program!

Announcing Partnership with Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad

e@UBC partners with YELL to accelerate entrepreneurial education in BC high schools.

10 Ventures to Demo at Nov 21 Open House

e@UBC emerging ventures that are demoing at our Open House event on Nov 21.


Startup Weekend at UBC – Social Ventures Edition

The e@UBC Student Network is organizing Startup Weekend at UBC, challenging Vancouverites to develop ideas that will have a measurable impact on major social challenges facing our community.

Social entrepreneurs at work in the Sauder School of Business’s Coast Capital Saving Innovation Hub. Photo: Brian Howell

Major New Grant to Fuel Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UBC

See how entrepreneurship@UBC is taking students from idea to social venture startup.


Private: Meet the Open Office Mentors


Spotlight Series: Fund Your Startup with Genome BC!


Grow Beyond Your Borders!


A Few Spots Left in Entrepreneurship 101 Course

Mentoring sessions with Andy Talbot

Open Doors for Your Venture!

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Spotlight Series: John Mullins, PhD and Best-Selling Author

Speaker Series at UBC: John Mullins, PhD and Best-selling Auther


Aspect Biosystems Financed by e@UBC Seed Fund!

Lean Launch Pad graduates getting mentored by Peter Briscoe in their last session

Congratulations Accelerator Graduates!

Congratulations to the teams graduating from the Lean LaunchPad Accelerator!

Lean LaunchPad based workshop for UBC teams in the Customer Discovery Stage

Spring Accelerator Under Way!

Congratulations to the set of teams currently completing our Spring Accelerator.


Startup Weekend Success!

Thanks to all the teams, speakers, coaches and judges who came together to make this the largest Startup Weekend yet.

Lean LaunchPad based workshop for UBC teams in the Customer Discovery Stage

Taking Applications for Spring Accelerator

An intensive multi-week program for emerging ventures.


Startup Weekend at UBC Mar 14-16

Inviting students, graduates and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate!


Vancouver Sun Article

See Feb 10th article by Derrick Penner called "e@UBC spins ideas of researchers and students into real-world".

Aspect Biosystems, which creates 3D biological tissues to advance drug discovery, is one of more than 100 ventures in the e@UBC program. Photo: Jeff Vinnick.

New Funding, Strategy, Put UBC in Vanguard of B.C. Innovation


Broad Range of New Ventures Enter Latest Accelerator

Congratulations to the following 10 new venture teams who are now taking part in the Accelerator program.


2014 Winter Accelerator Program

An intensive 8-week program for emerging ventures.


Global Venture Labs Competition Call for Entries

Global Venture Labs Investment Competition invites UBC entries by Feb 21, 2014.


Congratulations Accepted Teams!

Welcome to the latest cohort of emerging ventures accepted into the Accelerator Program.


e101 Entrepreneurship Course in High Demand

Sauder school of business has recently added additional sections for next term's Entrepreneurship 101.


BC Business Article Highlights Entrepreneurship

e@UBC featured among BC programs encouraging start-ups.


Entrepreneurship an Increasing Focus for UBC

Pascal Spothelfer describes business opportunity and an emerging “entrepreneurial ecosystem”.


Dean Aims to Make Vancouver ‘Centre of Entrepreneurism’

University of B.C. Sauder School of Business Dean Robert Helsley was interviewed in Malcolm Parry's Vancouver Sun article about how he "looks to spark both startups and new ideas to shape city's future".

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e@UBC Student Network Speaker Series

Learn about entrepreneurship and network with UBC alumni entrepreneurs.


Autumn e@UBC Accelerator Program

An intensive 8-week program focused on customer identification, engagement, and business model optimization.


Sauder and e@UBC Launch New Venture Creation Course

Joint entrepreneurship course with UBC's Sauder School of Business.

UBC President Stephen Toope addressed the Vancouver Board of Trade on Sept. 11. Photo: Kim Stallknecht

UBC Announces Strategy to Help Boost Economic Impact of Innovation in BC

Stephen Toope announces new strategy for innovation.

Venture News

Latest News from e@UBC Venture Companies


UBC Entrepreneurs Develop Learning Algorithms In Healthcare


The Alinker® Launches Indiegogo Campaign in North America


More PhDs are leaving academia to launch their own businesses


Vancouver women creates ‘walking-bicycle’ to improve lives of those with mobility challenges


Acuva Technologies Inc. Closes $850,000 Oversubscribed Seed Round, Appoints Board


Challenge to Change | MBA’s innovation reduces the impact of concussions in sport


Vancouver’s VendChat enters crowded field of Craigslist competitors


The UBC Entrepreneurs Behind A Tech Startup Using iPhones To Assess Athlete’s Concussion

Precision Nanosytems

Nanomedicine startup targets genetic solution to diseases


Play music, chat and stay warm on a mountain with YodelUP


UBC, SFU researchers behind technology that can assess, reduce head trauma


Vancouver Sun: Self-propelled particles deliver clotting drugs in spite of heavy blood flow

Logo@4x + endchat + Sell.Buy.Simple

UBC Start-up, Vendchat, Launches an alternative to Craigslist and e-Bay


Vancity Buzz: Love looks better on paper – JustGreet


Arbutus Interview – Jobs in Science Podcast


SeamlessMD Raises $1.1 Million to Transform Patient Care in Surgery

Precision Nanosytems

UBC nanomedicine device to fight big diseases in tiny arenas with $13m investment

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BC Business: Start-up Ecoation Revolutionizes Agriculture With its Crop Sense Technology

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Shnarped Launches New ‘Instagram for Sports’ Platform at Hashtag Sports Fest

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Naked Snacks Raises 120% on Kickstarter in 2 Weeks


Globe and Mail: Pocket concierge customizes the dining experience


Aspect Biosystems recognized as BC & North Regional Winner of the 2015 Startup Canada Award for Innovation

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UBC-Affiliated Company Joins First Cohort of New Singularity Accelerator in California


Fierce Medical Devices: Precision NanoSystems Raises $13.4M in Series A Financing

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UBC Startup, Naked Snacks, Launches Kickstarter Campaign


UBC-affiliated Startups Chosen to Present at Banff Venture Forum


Recon Instruments back at their UBC launch pad to celebrate buyout from Intel


BC Business: A better Yelp? Tangoo’s different approach to dining


T-Net News: 3D Bioprinting Technology Company Aspect Biosystems Closes Seed Round Funding

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Eagle Energy Vapor Launches IndieGoGo Campaign


Vancouver Sun: Vancouver entrepreneur mines tech solutions for struggling industry


SparkBlocks Launches Kickstarter Campaign: Raises $18,000 in 24 hours


The Verge: Intel Acquires Wearable Display Company Recon Instruments

Intel has announced that it acquired Recon Instruments


T-Net News: MineSense Technologies Closes Multi-Million Dollar Series B Financing

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Globe and Mail: Local caterers key to success for ‘naked’ snack startup


e@UBC Accelerator Graduate Featured on Global BC News

B.C. surgical expertise makes a difference in Uganda


Tangoo Launches New Version of App With Help From Vikram Vij

Tangoo announces new partnership and app release


TechVibes: UBC Incubated Coho Data Raises $30 Million Series C Round

Coho Data closes Series C financing


UBC Venture Series: Expen Solutions


UBC Startups Named in NextBC’s Top 25


UBC Venture Series: PreciDent

A new series highlighting ventures being created at UBC

Eagle Energy Vapor

Vancouver entrepreneur’s new caffeine vaporizers aimed at 18-to-25 age group


e@UBC Lean LaunchPad Alumni Arbutus Medical Sends Aid to Nepal

UBC social venture, Arbutus Medical, is sending surgical aid to Nepal


UBC Venture Series: Spectre Flow Solutions

A new series highlighting ventures being created at UBC


UBC Venture Series: Intueri

A new series highlighting ventures being created at UBC


Financial Post: The real reason social startups fail and how business schools are coming to the rescue


UBC Venture Series: StreamLine

A new series highlighting ventures being created at UBC.


Generation Empowered: UBC Social Entrepreneur Lighting Up Rural Tanzania

UBC-affiliated social venture Jamii Power: lighting nations, one village at a time


UBC Venture Series: Reveal

A new series highlighting ventures being created at UBC


UBC Venture Series: Asimov Technologies

This is the second in a series of posts designed to share the incredible work UBC is doing to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, using upcoming UBC Ventures as prime examples.


UBC Venture Series: ChimeTime


With Help From Partner, UBC Startup Brings Ventilated Door to Market

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Human API Raises $6.6M for Healthcare Infrastructure

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UBC-Affiliated Nanozen Presenting at Canadian Innovation Showcase

Fixing Bones With a Household Drill

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Neurio Announces $1.5 Million in Funding


It’s Alive! The 3D Printing of Living Tissues


DOCTO Launches Indiegogo Campaign

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Real-time Wearable Particle Sensors Will Save Lives


Developing a New Drug Testing Process


Printing Organs and Tissues

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Surgical Drill Cover Receives Government Funding


Terramera PlantScience Acquires Company

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Recon Instruments Shows Police Officer Tool at Conference

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Tasktop Closes Series A Funding

Tasktop has bootstrapped for 7 years, now closing $11M Series A!


WIRED Article Features Terramera Product

June 6th article in WIRED features Terramera's Rag in a Bag Protocol.


West Coast Surgical on Global News

UBC students sterile surgical equipment for use in developing countries


UBC Companies Advance to Round 3 of New Ventures Competition

Aspect Biosystems was among several UBC companies who made it into the top 15 companies in the BCIC New Ventures Competition.

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Shnarped Builds Awareness and Verified Players

Congrats Shnarped on NBA pitch and hitting 1,300 verified players


BitLit Closes Funding Round

BitLit, founded by UBC graduates is an Ebook bundling start-up.


Congratulations D-Wave and FusionPipe at NextBC Awards

Congratulations D-Wave Systems who won silver and FusionPipe Software who won "audience favourite".


Vancouver Sun Features Phone Oximeter

Small sensor developed by UBC scientists transforms smartphone into life-saving medical device


UBC Ventures Discuss Entrepreneurship

Province article explores "startup savvy from young entrepreneurs", including interview with UBC's Shnarped.

Lisa Gieg and Emily Hicks receive the 2014 Nicol Entrepreneurial Award in Ottawa on behalf of Team FREDsense Technologies.

FREDsense Technologies Wins 4th Prize This Year


Recon Instruments “How We Got Started”

Recently released video describes early days getting started at UBC...

Phone Oximeter app and sensor work together to gather and interpret data.
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LGT Medical Smartphone App Reads Blood Oxygen Levels

LionsGate Technologies Announces $2 million in private and public investor funding.

L-R: Stuart, Mok, Yan and Hamilton (missing:Obrien), placed 3rd at BMC Canada

New Venture Design Students Win Big at National Competitions

Undergrad students in New Venture Design have taken home $15,000 in prizes at recent entrepreneurship competitions for innovative products they designed in class.

Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce talking to the MySkillBase Co-Founders (right to left Ryan Booth, Jake Ford (standing) and Justin Goodhew.
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MySkillBase Pitch to US Secretary of Commerce

UBC team, now residing in Silicon Valley, pitch to Penny Pritzker, the US Secretary of Commerce.


UBC Ventures Ready to Rocket

Congratulations UBC affiliated companies who made this year's "Ready to Rocket" list of companies with greatest potential for growth.


UBC Company Sold Again

Flipboard Acquires Zite from CNN


Article Features Terramera Biosciences and SemiosBIO

Business In Vancouver Article cites BC companies on the leading edge of developing natural pesticides.


UBC Startups Earn Investment Offers

Congratulations to Real World Analytics and to MySkillBase.


Neurio Raises 280% of Crowdfunding Goal

Home intelligence company focusses on making any home a self learning home.


Annelies Tjebbes Speaks Nov 27

Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) Meets on Nov 27 from 12:00 to 1:30 at UBC Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre


Ostara Wins “Green 15″ Award

UBC spin-off company, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies wins award at the 2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards


Tait Laboratories Interviewed by Startup Canada

Dr. Andrew Tait, graduate of e@UBC Genomics Accelerator, interviewed about his success so far.

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Shnarped on Dragons’ Den

Shnarped gains nationwide television exposure and deal involving all 5 Dragons.


Vancouver’s Curatio Wins $100,000 for Mobile Healthcare App

Co-founder, Alireza Davoodi, graduated from UBC last year.


MTT Innovation Wins 3 Angel Investor Awards

MTT Wins "Best Pre-Revenue Company", "Most Promising Startup to Go Public" and "Best Company Likely to Be Acquired"


Boreal Genomics Secures $18 Million Series C Financing

Expanding operations in life science research...


Energy Aware Launches Neurio on Kickstarter

Neurio, is a revolutionary home intelligence product.


New Ventures Design Alumni in Finals of Engadget Awards

Vote now for Andy Tsai and Reflex Nutrisurface, alumni from New Ventures Design.

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Recon Instruments Secures Investment from Intel Capital

Relationship accelerates heads-up display maker’s trajectory in wearable computing.

Upcoming Events

Aug 31

A Conversation with Arjan Stephens of Nature’s Path

Jun 15

Ten PR Steps to Capture Media & Investor Attention

Lunch and Learn Session

Open Office

Register to make a mentor appointment...

Community News

Become a Visioneer and Design the next XPRIZE Competition

BCIC Weekly Events & Opportunities – April 7, 2016

Propelling Social Ventures – Register now!

BCIC Weekly Events & Opportunities – March 31, 2016

BCIC’s Seminar Series – Assessing the Opportunity with Ralph Turfus

New BCIC program offers research funding – May 2nd Deadline

BCIC Weekly Events & Opportunities – March 17, 2016

BCIC-New Ventures Competition

BC Technology Scholarship

BCIC Weekly Events & Opportunities – March 10, 2016

SBN Workshops and Events

Hello Tomorrow Challenge: For early stage science & tech startups

Turning Invention into Innovation: Strategies for Scientist-Entrepreneurs

Apply for the Interface Health X Challenge

BCIC Weekly Events & Opportunities – February 18, 2016

UBC Clean Energy Engineering Co-op Industry Night, WED Feb 10 at 6pm, UBC Robson Square


Innovation & Tech Trends for 2016

Medical Device Development and Trends

TechBrew: The Ultimate Tech Mega-Mixer – January 28th

The Discovery Parks Generator Competition

#BCTECH Summit – January 18-19, 2016

Lessons on Empowering Social Entrepreneurship

2015 Small Business Information Expo

Techvibes: Amazon and Hootsuite Headline Tech Fest Vancouver at The Commodore

UBC-Affiliated Startups Win Spots in The Next Big Thing (TNBT) for 2015

BC Tech Summit

Energy New Venture Competition 2016

Techstars Seattle Recruitment Lunch and Learn

Apply to Cansbridge Fellowship for an International Intership

BCTIA’s Biotech Licensing 101 – Grub in the Hub

BCIC and IBM Invite You to Get Hands-on With Watson

Startup Open House Vancouver – October 29th

Register for BCTIA’s TechBrew Event This October 8th

Apply for CleanTech Funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Graduate Tech Entrepreneurship Course Now Accepting Applications

Graduate Student Entrepreneurship Workshop: Discovering the Entrepreneur Within

BCTIA Offers Free Startup Resources for UBC Entrepreneurs

BCTIA offers a suite of resources for free to e@UBC ventures.

Vancouver Sun: BCIC New Ventures Awards kick off Vancouver Startup Week

Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Dr. Simon Pimstone, Sept 28th

Hear from UBC Alumnus & Co-founder of the Social Stock Exchange

Register for The Next 36 National Campus Tour at UBC

Coast Capital Savings iHub is Calling for Applications

e@UBC Ventures Make NVBC’s Top 10

Register Now for ProtoHack’s Main Event in August

UBC-affiliated Seamless MD makes Top 10

Disruptive Innovation in Genomics Competition

Apply for the Interface Health X Challenge

TechVibes: Intel to Acquire Recon Instruments: Rumour

Minister Finlay Announces Investment in Clean Technology Projects in British Columbia

What is HyperGrowth?

BCTIA’s Unplugged: War Stories From the Valley

Global News: YELL program encourages young entrepreneurs to shine

LifeSciences BC Hosting Speaking Event on Medical Devices

Metabridge Top 15 is Accepting Applications

metabridge is bringing 15 of Canada's top startups together with Global Technology Leaders from Silicon Valley with their upcoming event in Kelowna, BC

LifeSciences BC Hosting Investment Workshop in May

LifeSciences BC will be hosting a two part entrepreneurship event for any startups on May 13th and May 21st

Entrepreneurship & The Silicon Valley: A Talk from a Leading Innovator

Register For BCIC-New Ventures Competition

Student Club eProjects Hosting Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

2015 BCIC-New Ventures Competition & Seminar Series

‘Girls Raising’ Innovation Challenge 2015

Canadian Global Impact Competition

Canada’s Business Model Competition

Arbutus Medical Invited to New Social Accelerator

G.e@UBC Celebrates Entrepreneurship with Pecha Kucha Style Showcase Event

TechBrew: BCTIA’s Networking Event

Ho Ho @ The Hub

Apply to the OneStart Competition for a Chance at $150k

Register for Pacific Venture Capital Competition

Supporting Innovative Businesses in British Columbia

Tech Fest Recruiting Event Nov 18

Enactus UBC Entrepreneurship Event

What Does Intellectual Property Mean for You?

Foodie for Thought

Apply to the Global Student Entrepreneur Award!

Demonstrate Technology with Vancouver City

UBC Entrepreneur Talks About Next 36 Success

Pacific Northwest Investor Showcase Opportunity

Deadline Approaching for Western Innovation Initiative

A Few Spots Left in Entrepreneurship 101 Course

Sauder’s Orphaned Technology Event

UBC Companies Take Top Spots at BCIC New Ventures Competition

Energy Sector Competition in Calgary!

Kickstart Social Event Sept 18th

Icebreaker/Social: The Epic Social Viral Crowdsourced Ninja Kickstart Social Event 2.0, co-hosted with eProjects - September 18th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm in Kaiser 2020 and 2030.

UBC Business Week

Sept 8-11, 2014 from 11am-2pm by Henry Angus Building

The Next 36 at UBC Vancouver Campus

UBC Companies Make Big Splash in Top 10

Apply to the 2015 Cohort of The Next 36

UBC’s Bitlit Named in metabridge’s Top 15

IP Strategy Workshop June 4

NextBC Predicts 25 Companies to Influence Future

UBC Companies Among the Innovators to be Showcased on May 15.

BCIC Seminar Series

Attend any of the 10-week seminar and networking series, open to those interested in growing their technology start-up business.

Call for Applications to Plug and Play Pitch Event

Deadline is May 15th.

2014 Student Startup Challenge

Aspiring student entrepreneurs are invited to submit a one minute video pitch of their idea to by May 23rd.

Apr 30 “Introduction to BitCoin”

An introduction to eCurrency, including history, trading, wallet overview and security, regulations, protocols and projections.

BCTIA Announces Technology Impact Award Finalists

UBC's FusionPipe nominated for most promising startup at upcoming BC TIA Technology Impact Awards.

Wavefront’s “Startup Picture Day” is May 21

On Wed May 21, visit Wavefront offices for $75 photo session to capture professional headshot photos.

LES “IP & Licensing” Offered April 28th

Register for this one day overview of the basics of intellectual property (IP) and licensing. Students can register for $35, including breakfast, lunch and networking reception.

Apply to Plug and Play Startup Showdown

Deadline to apply is May 15th!

BCIC New Ventures Competition: Submissions Open

Call for submissions due Apr 16, 2014.

Pacific Venture Capital Conference

e@UBC looks forward to this week's sold out Pacific Venture Capital Conference, organized by students of the Sauder School of Business.

Dean Aims to Make Vancouver ‘Centre of Entrepreneurism’

University of B.C. Sauder School of Business Dean Robert Helsley was interviewed in Malcolm Parry's Vancouver Sun article about how he "looks to spark both startups and new ideas to shape city's future".

Congratulations Enterprize Canada Winners

Winning teams were all UBC startups: Santé West, Kinuvu, and Kurb’d.

Real World Analytics Wins Startup Weekend

Accelerator Program graduates, Real World Analytics, win the UBC Startup Weekend.

CODE Hackathon Contest Begins Feb 28

The Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) is a 48-hour nationwide hackathon where innovators compete to build the best open data app.

Finalists Prepare to Present at Enterprize Canada 2014

Competition offers Canadian undergraduate entrepreneurs one-on-one mentoring and potential of up to $100,000 seed financing.

Socially Focused Start-ups Enter Innovation Hub

Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery is one of five Vancouver social ventures – start-ups focusing on making social and environmental change while building a viable business – selected to receive financial support, communal workspace, expert mentorship and student interns at Sauder’s Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub.

Global Venture Labs Competition Call for Entries

Global Venture Labs Investment Competition invites UBC entries by Feb 21, 2014.

SAP Innovation Competitions

SAP welcomes student submissions for several upcoming crowdsourcing contests...

RBC Innovation Challenge

Student submissions due Nov 25!

Apply to the 2014 Cohort of The Next 36

Launch of the program for Canada’s most promising young entrepreneurs.