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Alliances/Partners

The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. We accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs.With our partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development in BC. BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.
 
Innovation Island is thrilled to announce Lawson Lundell LLP as its exclusive legal partner. 

Lawson Lundell has one of the leading business law practices in Canada, with extensive experience in all aspects of Canadian corporate and industrial activity, including disruptive and world class technologies. Our technology group acts extensively for investors, entrepreneurs and technology companies from inception, through financing, growth and exit. Lawson Lundell has been ranked the #1 regional law firm in Canada by Chambers Canada, the #1 regional law firm in BC, Alberta and the North by Canadian Lawyer magazine since 2010 and our lawyers have received national and international recognition in numerous legal directories and publications, including: Chambers Global, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Canada and Who’s Who Legal.

In their role as an Innovation Island Partner, Lawson Lundell will provide legal services and support to high growth technology companies and entrepreneurs by hosting events and delivering workshops and Legal Clinics to Innovation Island’s program clients throughout the Central Vancouver Island region while providing key links to expertise in their networks.
The Venture Acceleration Program is offered by partners across the province who form the BC Acceleration Network. As a client of the Venture Acceleration Program, you have access to a network of resources across BC. No matter what your business, there’s probably another company or an EIR  who has valuable information to share. Partners in the BC Acceleration Network deliver BCIC’s Venture Acceleration Program. Their mission: to drive economic development and job creation in British Columbia by supporting entrepreneurs and tech companies.
NRC-IRAP helps innovative small and medium-sized Canadian businesses grow through innovation. Delivered by a network of over 210 professionals located in more than 100 communities across Canada, NRC-IRAP supports the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in innovative or technology-driven activities. The Program provides a suite of advisory services, networking and linkages, and non-repayable financial assistance to SMEs. These services are adapted to the SMEs’ industrial, socio-economic and geographic make-up in order to provide a customized response to their development needs.  
Innovation Island values its partnership with Comox Valley Economic Development and their committment to assisting us with building a vibrant technology community in the Comox Valley. In their role as a Partner with the Comox Valley Economic Development, Innovation Island will deliver a suite of programs and services to support innovative entrepreneurs looking to grow and scale.
Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) was created by the Government of BC in 2006, through the North Island- Coast Development Initiative Trust Act, to support economic development initiatives on central and northern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. ICET funds community-driven economic development initiatives in targeted sectors to spark new and sustainable regional economic growth and diversification. These key sectors include: forestry, transportation, tourism, mining, small business, energy, agriculture and aquaculture, and economic development.
Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea? Are you looking for the financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your great business idea to life?
Futurpreneur is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing our nation’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character, not collateral, when providing youth aged 18-39 with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses.