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New Ventures Competition

New Ventures Competition

$300,000 in prizes will be won this year from B.C. Innovation Council’s (BCIC) New Ventures Competition, are you ready for the challenge?

The competition starts its 13th year this week and is open to any B.C. resident or business that is technology focused in the following areas: digital media, internet, information technology, life science, social enterprise, and agritech.

Prizes available:

  • BCIC First prize – $100,000
  • BCIC Second Prize – $55,000
  • BCIC Third Prize – $35,000
  • BC Bioenergy Network Prize – $20,000
  • Vancity Social Venture Prize – $15,000
  • BCIC Resource Industry Prize $20,000
  • Wavefront Wireless Prize Package
  • Plug and Play Prize (value $15,000)

While those are some very tempting prizes, New Ventures isn’t just about the reward, it’s the result. Throughout the competition companies are invited to seminars and workshops that develop their business and teach them different business skills to grow a healthy business in the long term. Firms that have competed in New Ventures reported in a survey that over 800 jobs and $51 million have been created through their success.

2012’s winner was MediaCore and CEO Stuart Bowness had this to say about their experience in the competition: “we can’t recommend enough that companies who are starting out grab on to the opportunity New Ventures provides to help navigate a competitive industry.”

Scott Foubister of Vocaba, a business that has residence at the Kamloops Innovation Centre, has taken part in the New Ventures competition: “New Ventures BC taught me to ask the hard questions about my business sooner rather than later, and it gave me the support I needed to start answering them.”

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