BC Acceleration Network
BCIC designs, develops and implements the BC Venture Acceleration Program in conjunction with our delivery partners. Our partners have well established relationships with BCIC, and with the communities and stakeholders they serve. BCIC is committed to building and enhancing these partner relationships to support its strategic goals. Current BCAN partners are:
- Accelerate Okanagan
- Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association
- Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
- Innovation Boulevard
- Innovation Central Society
- Innovation Island
- Kamloops Innovation
- Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST)
- New Ventures BC
- Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Counci (VIATEC)
BCIC partners with BC post-secondary institutions in delivering strategies that:
- Encourage the development, application and commercialization of advanced or innovative technologies.
- Support entrepreneurship and the development of entrepreneurial talent.
- Facilitate partnerships between industry and academia to solve real world problems through direct and applied research.
BCIC currently works with the following academic institutions:
- British Columbia Institute of Technology
- Emily Carr University of Art + Design
- Simon Fraser University
- Thompson Rivers University
- The University of British Columbia
- University of Victoria
BCIC’s office is located in downtown Vancouver in close proximity to several key technology industry associations and other complementary organizations. Being located in such an environment allows BCIC to further collaborate on exciting opportunities. Industry partners include:
- BC Tech Association (BCTA)
- Digital Media and Wireless Association of BC (DigiBC)
- Futurpreneur Canada
- Genome BC
- HR Tech Group
- Launch Academy
- LifeSciences British Columbia (LSBC)
Beyond its rank as one of the most livable cities in the world, BC is also home to a thriving technology sector. BCIC supports entrepreneurial community groups with similar mandates to raise awareness of BC startups and entrepreneurs, while also linking BC companies to opportunities beyond Canada’s borders through valuable partnerships and events.
More about how BCIC encourages entrepreneurship.
- Northern Development Initiative Trust
- Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust
- Western Economic Diversification Canada