Create a STIR with your BC tech!



After the success of last year’s BC Startup in Residence (STIR) Pilot Program, the BC Government has announced a second round of projects! Five BC tech companies will get to participate in a 16-week residency and gain insight into doing business with the government. Learn more on our blog.





Our Ignite program provides awards of up to $300,000 to help commercialize innovations in the applied science and natural resource sectors. Submit your Letter of Intent by July 23.

BC Smart Communities Pilot Program
The Smart Communities program awards up to $40,000 to projects that will use technology to address community challenges. Apply by July 13.

Translink Open Innovation Call
Translink has launched an Open Innovation Call to look for innovative ideas that will improve mobility within Metro Vancouver. Apply by July 16.

To learn about more funding and industry opportunities, visit our website






Learn how we’re nurturing the growth of talent in the BC tech sector through the BC Tech Co-op Grant & Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) programs

Thanks to the extension of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), BC tech companies will be able to access international talent more easily. 

Top-performing Victoria-based companies and executives were recognized at the 17th annual VIATEC Awards on June 18. Check out the full list of winners and finalists.

How can you build diversity into your company’s workforce? Here’s a great local example of inclusive hiring, courtesy of the Presidents Group

What do you do when you’re tired of eating low-quality fast food? Invent a pizza-making robot, of course.

Recommended by: Jamil A. Karim, Marketing & Communications Manager





#WomenRAISE Community Showcase | Vancouver | July 9
The RAISE Collective is celebrating their 100-day #WomenRAISE challenge to unlock $1M in capital for seven female-led companies. 

BC Startup in Residence (STIR) – Proponent’s Meeting | Victoria/Online | July 10
This session will provide companies interested in participating in this year’s STIR Program with an overview of the program and an opportunity to ask questions.

Industry Pitch Night: Gaming, Gambling, Blockchain & Crypto | Vancouver | July 10
Present your pitch in front of industry experts and a live audience, and you could get the chance to pitch at a VANTEC Angel Network Meeting. 

Launch Talk Panel: A Guide to Seed Fundraising | Vancouver | July 10
Learn tips and tricks for raising seed capital from an expert panel of founders and CEOs. 

Traction Conf 2018 | Vancouver | August 8-9
Hear from founders and leaders at Google, Reddit, Github, Grammarly, Bumble and more. Save $350 off your ticket by using our partner link!  

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Did you miss Brent Bushnell and Premier John Horgan’s talks at the #BCTECH Summit? Here’s a quick recap for you, courtesy of our friends at Drawing Change.


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