BC Innovation Council Joins Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network

Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Engineering.

In Seattle today, something special is being brought to life.

Nearly 50 organizations from across British Columbia, Washington and Oregon – including the BC Innovation Council – convened at Cambia Grove to establish the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network (CVAN). This cross-border partnership of incubators, accelerators, universities, investors and industry associations hopes to nurture a spirit of creativity and collaboration by bringing all these organizations together to create a stronger innovation ecosystem.

Initially, the consortium will focus on developing the Life Sciences, Information Technology and CleanTech sectors, but plans to include other sectors in the future.

Speaking at the kickoff event, the Honourable Bruce Ralston, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, said that the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network will allow all participants the chance to “develop our local talent and innovation bases, as well as encourage our technology innovators to exchange information that will help drive the development of new and emerging technologies to change the world.”

As part of this partnership, BCIC will be hosting the next CVAN Executive Committee Meeting in Vancouver on May 14, in conjunction with the first day of the 2018 #BCTECH Summit.

Learn more about the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network >>

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