Startup Networks in British Columbia

If you are starting a tech business in Canada’s British Columbia, you’ll want to visit the BC Innovation Council’s For Entrepreneurs page to discover all the business tools, acceleration networks and funding sources for your future billion dollar company! Here are the important links to know:

1. Startup Acceleration Programs

2. Co-working Spaces

3. The Concierge Portal 
4. Mentors
5. Events
6. Startup Funding Sources

7. Programming Courses

8. Small Business Resources

  • Small Business BC – A comprehensive online business resource centre for British Columbians.
  • The BC Chamber of Commerce is a network of BC businesses mandated to provide access to resources and drive business advocacy on behalf of members.
  • Business – Province of British Columbia – A collection of valuable resources for business owners and investors at various stages in their endeavours.
  • Community Futures’s 34 offices deliver a variety of services ranging from strategic economic planning, technical and advisory services to businesses, loans to small and medium- sized businesses, self-employment assistance programs, and services targeted to youth and entrepreneurs with disabilities.
  • BC Bid helps you access BC public sector bid opportunities.
  • Statistics Canada offers statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic and general activities of Canada.
  • Trade and Invest British Columbia offers assistance to export-ready firms in British Columbia through local support through a network of trade and investment offices around the world.
  • OneStop Business Registry – business registration services.
  • Creative BC is the main point of access for business support to strengthen BC’s motion picture, interactive digital, music and publishing sectors.
  • Aboriginal BEST is a free training series that helps to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of people, communities, and organizations.
  • Aboriginal Business Canada
 – Aboriginal entrepreneurs with a viable business opportunity may qualify to receive assistance with business planning, startup, or expansion and marketing.

9. Research Centres

9. Online Resources

2. Business resources all tech entrepreneurs should use

59HEntrepreneurship is a learned technique akin to any scientific study.  The tested and proven rules of startup business-making can drastically optimise the probability of success. The following is a collection of startup business resources compiled by Vancouver’s venture capital firm, VersionOne.

Some of the most influential posts by investors and entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem are inspired by Tom Eisenmann lists (2011, 2012, 2013):

Starting Up

Business Models and Metrics

Growth

Funding Strategy

Pitching

Challenges

Tools for Entrepeneurs

1. Coding is the Writing of the 21s t Century

Like the printing press revolutionised human communication in the 15th century, so has technology, making programming the core competency of the 21st century. Why is coding important?
  • We have heard it be said time and time again; there will develop two kinds of people – those who tell computers what to do, and those who are told by computers what to do.
  • As the collection of traditional jobs are transmuting into a digital age workforce, every single sector will be need programmers.
  • When our lives are surrounded by machines, not understanding even the basics of how they operate leaves one vulnerable as a small class of tech literate people swoop up the highest salaries and create the underlying digital narrative that leads the world.
  • Programming allows one to create virtually anything, thereby creating real value and tangible solutions by one’s ingenuity and dedication.
  • Not every founder of a startup needs to be a programmer. In fact, often successful startups have one technical and one non- technical co-founder to succeed. But knowing even only the basics will add a tremendous advantage to any business one is developing.

Governments all around the world are recognising the urgency of supporting digital and code literacy for young people. A surprising strategy by some has been to offer learn-to-code vouchers and scholarships to the homeless/disadvantaged and those showing success receive internships at partner companies. Code is everywhere. By learning it, you can participate the real global conversation and develop any solution you deem valuable for a better future.

Here are some examples of how governments collaborate with industry to teach their citizens to code:
There are also numerous specific coding initiatives for those with higher barriers to entry into the world of technology.
But nothing beats the excellent free learn to code courses online. Anyone, including you, can learn to code for free by visiting :
The truth is, anybody can learn to code. It’s not some arcane science requiring an expensive college degree. It’s a skill that can be taught in as little as five months to anybody with the desire to learn. And, like reading and writing, we need to see programming as a civil right. Everybody should share equally in the opportunity to benefit from the digital economy.

Innovative ways the world fosters entrepreneurship (10 Part Series)

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A structural framework of idea commercialization has the power to transform today’s innovators into dependable employers, the engine of a healthy economy, faster than before. In the following blog-series, we will investigate the validated strategies that publicly responsible entities use to foster the commercialization of new ideas, particularly in technology.
Some of these policy tools are created to attract, reward and develop technology talent. Others aim to incentivise investment into research & development. The more recent strategies focus on strengthening access to new markets and collaboration with traditional industries. We cover the importance of:
  • Digital literacy
  • Business acumen
  • Global Networks
  • Access to talent
  • Access to funding
  • Government Procurement
  • Removal of barriers to entry
  • Solution-based collaboration platforms
  • Encouragement of scientific excellence
  • Engaging corporations to support startups

At the centre of a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem..

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… we discover a culture that embraces risk and absorbs innovative ideas. Governments nor corporations can artificially construct a dynamic business symbiosis – however, they are absolutely crucial for creating the invisible infrastructure that accelerates the commercialisation of young ideas. Among many other things, they can create the frameworks of collaboration, incentivize capital formation, address clear market failures, and enable public spaces where knowledge spillovers and serendipity can occur….thus enhancing the overall probability of new business formation. This blog sets out to discover how today’s governments and businesses help startups grow into thriving organisations that solve today’s most urgent problems.