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The Island's New Tech Incubator

SquareOne supports entrepreneurs with educational programming, affordable work space, business and technical services, collaborative learning, and access to complimentary skills, mentors, investors and industry partners eager to help build Nanaimo regional companies.

Venture Acceleration Program

The Venture Acceleration Program helps startup and early stage technology companies accelerate the process of defining a proven business model for sustained profitability, and to help them effectively grow their business.

Have a Bright Idea?

Let Innovation Island help you through the process of turning your ideas into results with our Innovation Continuum.

Creating a community

When you join Innovation Island you secure your place in the technological culture on Vancouver Island. Best of all, registration is FREE.
Events: Lunch & Learn | Port Alberni
LUNCH & LEARN    
Funding Sources for Tech Startups

Thursday, June 4, 2015 | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce | 2533 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni

There are many funding and support programs that can help startup entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses.   

Bring your lunch, take a seat and learn something new! 

Register here
Events: Coffee & Learn | Ucluelet
COFFEE & LEARN       
Funding Sources for Tech Startups

Friday, June 5, 2015 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Location TBA | Ucluelet   

There are many funding and support programs that can help startup entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses.      

Grab a coffee, take a seat and learn something new!

Register here
Events: Lunch & Learn | Tofino
LUNCH & LEARN     
Funding Sources for Tech Startups

Friday, June 5, 2015 | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location TBA | Tofino  

There are many funding and support programs that can help startup entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses.    

Bring your lunch, take a seat and learn something new!

Register here
Events: Perfecting Your Business Pitch
BCIC-New Ventures Seminar         
Perfecting Your Business Pitch

DATE CHANGE

Thursday, June 16, 2015 | 11:30am – 2:00pm
SquareOne | 38 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo
$15 per person | includes a light lunch  

In this seminar, you will learn what it takes to perfect your business pitch and go over many of the tools you need to build substance and tune your pitch for your audience. Learn what investors want to hear, and which pitfalls to avoid when telling your company's story.          

Register here
Events: Module 1 | Refresh Your Minimum Viable Product
RETHINK. REWIND. REBOOT. 

Module 1: Refresh Your Minimum Viable Product
Level-up your Business Model and tweak your Positioning Statement

Click on the City link to register

Friday, May 29, 2015 Port Alberni 

Monday, June 1, 2015 Comox Valley

Monday, September 21, 2015 Ucluelet
Events: Module 2 | Customer Development Methodology
RETHINK. REWIND. REBOOT.  

Module 2: Customer Development Methodology
Identify new markets, buyer types, value propositions and understand the rules of TALC (technology adoption lifecycle)

Click on the City link to register

Friday, May 29, 2015 Port Alberni

Monday, June 15, 2015 Nanaimo

Friday, June 19, 2015 Comox Valley

Monday, September 21, 2015 Ucluelet
Events: Module 3 | Challenge Your SWOT
RETHINK. REWIND. REBOOT.  

Module 3: Challenge Your SWOT
Learn from, embrace or usurp the competitive landscape   

Click on the City link to register 

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Port Alberni 

Monday, September 14, 2015 Nanaimo

Friday, September 18, 2015 Comox Valley

Monday, October 19, 2015 Tofino
Events: Module 4 | Pivot or Persevere
RETHINK. REWIND. REBOOT.  

Module 4: Pivot or Persevere
The fine art of enduring and the hard thing about hard things

Click on the City link to register  

Thursday, June 18, 2015 | Port Alberni       

Monday, October 5, 2015 Nanaimo

Friday, October 16, 2015 Comox Valley

Monday, October 19, 2015 Tofino


Events: Module 5 | Team Building
RETHINK. REWIND. REBOOT.  

Module 5: Team Building
Strategic partnering, joint ventures and creative collaborations

Click on the City link to register   

Thursday, June 22, 2015 | Port Alberni       

Friday, November 13, 2015 Comox Valley

Monday, November 16, 2015 Nanaimo

Friday, November 27, 2015 Ucluelet
Events: Module 6 | Pros & Cons of Bootstrapping
RETHINK. REWIND. REBOOT.  

Module 6: The Pros & Cons of Bootstrapping 
Evaluate various financing instruments and leverage the crowd 

Click on the City link to register  

Monday, June 22, 2015 Port Alberni   

Friday, January 8, 2016 Comox Valley

Monday, January 11, 2016 Nanaimo 

Friday, November 27, 2015 Ucluelet
Events: Module 7 | Are You Ready to Scale?
RETHINK. REWIND. REBOOT.  

Module 7: Are You Ready to Scale?
Set SMART goals and build a solid corporate foundation for next-stage growth  

Click on the City link to register   

Monday, June 29, 2015 Port Alberni    

Friday, January 22, 2016 Tofino

Friday, February 12, 2016 Comox Valley

Monday, February 15, 2016 Nanaimo
Events: Module 8 | Future-Proofing
RETHINK. REWIND. REBOOT.  

Module 8: Future-Proofing 
The new rules of technology entrepreneurship and challenge / opportunity of exponential times
      
Click on the City link to register     

Monday, June 29, 2015 Port Alberni        

Friday, January 22, 2016 Tofino

Friday, March 4, 2016 Comox Valley

Monday, March 7, 2016 Nanaimo
As the regional voice for technology entrepreneurship, Innovation Island's goal is simple: support entrepreneurs to start and grow technology companies by providing them with programs and resources they need to succeed. 

Click here to view our Regional Impact infographic
(as at April 1, 2015)