Updated #BCTECH Strategy includes focus on STEM grads and encouraging US trade
At the second annual #BCTech Summit in Vancouver, BC Premier Christy Clark announced updates to its #BCTech Strategy.
First announced in January 2016, the #BCTech Strategy includes a $100 million VC fund for promising BC companies, currently being managed by Toronto-based Kensington Capital Partners.
“Evolving initiatives in the #BCTECH Strategy reflect our focus on enabling tech companies to grow and reach their full potential.”
During the announcement, Clark placed particular emphasis on fostering tech talent through education. The province wants to increase the number of tech grads by 1,000 per year by 2022. Post-secondary tech degree program co-op placements will also be doubled to over 1,400 students annually, and the Mitacs student research program will be expanded to over 800 internships annually.
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