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May 19th, 2024
Ignite Innovation: Empowering BC Startups with InnovateBC

As excited as we are for our upcoming flagship event, Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) from May 31-June 7 this year, we’re honored to highlight one of our diamond sponsors without whom, this would not have been possible: InnovateBC. As a diamond sponsor of VSW, InnovateBC is not just a supporter but a catalyst for our rapidly growing ecosystem.

At the heart of InnovateBC's mission is the Ignite program, a groundbreaking initiative that fuels BC-based research and development projects in natural resources, engineering, and applied sciences. With applications now open, Ignite offers up to $300,000 in funding, empowering entrepreneurs and researchers to turn their groundbreaking ideas into reality. Whether it's revolutionizing sustainable energy solutions, pioneering advancements in engineering, or driving innovation in applied sciences, Ignite is a launchpad for transformative projects that push the boundaries of possibility.

Applications are open for the Ignite program, which awards up to $300,000 to fund BC-based research and development projects in natural resources, engineering and applied sciences!

But funding is just one piece of the puzzle. Understanding the intricate (and somewhat daunting) landscape of capital and business opportunities is crucial for startups to thrive.


This is where InnovateBC's Capital Compass tool comes into play. Providing a dynamic view of BC’s capital and business landscape, Capital Compass equips entrepreneurs with the insights they need to navigate the complexities of funding and growth. From identifying potential investors to accessing support networks, Capital Compass empowers startups to pave their own path and find success in BC's dynamic business ecosystem.

InnovateBC's commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship doesn't stop there. Through a myriad of programs, resources, and partnerships, InnovateBC continues to nurture a culture of innovation that propels BC's startup community forward. From mentorship programs to collaborative initiatives, InnovateBC is a driving force behind the province's reputation as a hotbed for innovation and entrepreneurship. Check out all their programs here.

As Vancouver Startup Week approaches, we’re thrilled to celebrate all our visionaries, disruptors, and the trailblazers shaping the future of BC's tech landscape. And at the heart of this celebration, we recognize and applaud the invaluable contributions of InnovateBC, a steady champion of innovation, creativity, and progress.

Ticket reminder! As we gear up for Vancouver Startup Week, it's time to secure your spot at this unparalleled gathering of innovators, investors, and industry leaders. And guess what? InnovateBC will be hosting three exciting events during the week, so we can't wait to see you there! Don't miss out on the opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired. Purchase your ticket now and be part of the excitement!

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