2017: A Year in Review
2017 was an exciting year at the BC Innovation Council. We helped hundreds of BC companies create connections at our events, launched exciting new ventures and fuelled market-driven innovation throughout the province. Check out our highlight reel below:
- #BCTECH Summit
- We hosted the largest tech event in Western Canada, with 5,500+ attendees and 200+ speakers! Join us May 14-16 as we push the boundaries of innovation at the 2018 #BCTECH Summit.
- BCIC Ignite Awards
- Over the past year, we awarded $1.6 million to seven groundbreaking research projects through the BCIC Ignite Program. To date, the total amount awarded by this program is $3.4 million.
- Find out how you can apply for the next round of funding. Letters of Intent are due January 22, 2018.
- BC Growth Opportunities Tour
- We introduced SMEs to business opportunities in cities across the province, creating 1000+ connections over two tours.
- Check out challenges that were presented during #BCGO Fall 2017.
- BCIC-New Ventures Competition
- Partnered with New Ventures BC to award over $300,000 in cash and prizes to BC’s top startups.
- Check out New Venture BC’s Direct Economic Impact Study to find out how the competition is contributing to BC’s economy.
- B.C. Tech Co-op Grants Program
- Celebrated three years of supporting companies and co-op students with hiring grants.
- Learn more about how you could get $10,800 per year for hiring a co-op student!
- IoT Discovery Day
- Partnered with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) to solve industry challenges with BC innovation.
- Agritech Innovation Challenge
- Awarded $80,000 to four winners from our 2016 Agritech Innovation Challenge.
- Venture Acceleration Program
- Coached more than 300 ventures to drive economic development and job creation in BC.
Thank you for all your support throughout 2017. We look forward to collaborating with you again in 2018!