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Spring Founder’s Mastermind

The Facilitated Peer Roundtables at Spring are aimed to accelerate the launch and growth of early-stage startups.

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Health & Technology District Surrey

The Health and Technology District is focused on providing real life solutions that improve the quality of life for real people, bringing advances in healthcare out of research labs and into the hands of healthcare providers and patients – delivering quality results and impact for all.

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Spring Funding Workshop

A five-hour workshop designed to provide the training, tools, and knowledge to ensure that founders can raise the right money at the right time for their companies.

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Innoweave

Innoweave helps community organisations learn about assessing, implementing and understanding impacts

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Founder Institute

Through a challenging and rigorous curriculum, the Founder Institute provides early-stage and aspiring entrepreneurs with the structure, training, mentor support, and global network needed to start an enduring company.

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Foresight

Cleantech startup accelerator fostering the growth of small and medium size businesses (SMEs) in the development and commercialization of viable technology solutions to create and produce energy more efficiently and responsibly.

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District Ventures

We connect early-stage entrepreneurs in the food & beverage and health & wellness sectors with a network of peers, investors and business support. Their six-month program is designed to take companies to the next level.

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YBI (Youth Business International)

YBI is a global network of independent non-profit initiatives that helps young people to start and grow their own business and create employment. YBI members assist under-served young entrepreneurs with a combination of training, access to capital, mentoring and other business development services.

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ECO Canada

ECO Canada are building Canada’s environmental workforce, providing information on environmental news, jobs and resources.

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Innovate Calgary

Innovate Calgary, a technology-transfer and business-incubation centre for the University of Calgary, guides research and innovation-driven enterprises to market and the next stages of business growth.

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Techstars

A global accelerator ecosystem, investing in tech startups through a $100,000 convertible loan and accompanying 90-day acceleration program

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Youth Social Innovation

YSI is an impact investing fund that supports young entrepreneurs and their impactful ventures.

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Centre for Social Innovation

CSI is catalysing social innovation in Toronto and globally, through co-working space and a community, and is currently home to over 1000 non-profits.

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Eudaimonia

Eudaimonia is a seed stage investor and advisory firm that works with scalable impact- businesses and provides financial support as well as mentorship, executive team creation & coaching, strategy development, operational guidance and support through successive rounds of financing.

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BCIC

BC Innovation Council (BCIC) encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. They accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs.

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Good Company Ventures

Good Company Ventures is an accelerator designed for social entrepreneurs. Throughout the 12-week program entrepreneurs are guided through a series of expert and instructor panels, tactical workshops, peer-to-peer critique, and one-on-one coaching, culminating in an investor pitch event.

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The Next Big Thing

Hands-on training, coaching, and professional services to accelerate youth entrepreneurs aged 17-25.

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The Next Founders

Next Founders is a program that accelerates the growth of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to capital, and unparalleled founder development.

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The Sorenson Impact Center

SGII can provide early and growth stage businesses with comprehensive investment and value add due diligence. They seek long term partnerships in a variety of industries.

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BuySmart Network

The BuySmart Network is a central hub for people in business, government and non-profit organizations who are interested in learning and collaborating to advance sustainable purchasing and supply chain transformation. The Network offers Learning Events to help your business make more sustainable purchasing decisions.

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The Watershed

A comfortable, creative and affordable work space that houses a diverse community with a variety of backgrounds and abilities.

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SpaceStation

A purpose-built, managed workspace with 3 private workspaces, coworking space, with shared amenities.

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Victoria Makerspace

A member-operated shared space where people come together and collaborate while sharing tools, resources and knowledge.

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Island Roots Market Cooperative

Island Roots Market Co-operative is a registered Community Services (Not-for-Profit) Co-operative supporting local food.

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VIATeC

Connecting people, knowledge, and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector,

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Groundswell

Groundswell is a training network for people starting alternatives-to-business together, and recreating the economy based on values of community and social impact.

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Small Scale Food Processors Association

A support organization for small and medium enterprises in the food processing industry by providing leadership, education, marketing, networking and advocacy to foster success in a competitive global market.

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Acetech

BC’s only not for profit organization formed by CEOs for CEOs of companies innovating with technology. ACETECH helps CEO’s lead better, grow faster and feel empowered by offering a growth strategy program; transformative event experiences; and a trusted peer group for ongoing support.

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Women in Communication and Technology

Mentorship & education for female entrepreneurs in tech in Canada.

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Forum for Women Entrepreneurs

Mentorship & networking for female entrepreneurs.

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Endeavor

Mentorship for CEOs of companies globally – mostly developing nations.

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Start-Up Nanaimo

Startup Nanaimo is a place for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs alike to gather, learn from each other and get access to invaluable resources, and programming.

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Ashoka

To support social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers, in a team of teams model that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society. Ashoka believes that anyone can learn and apply the critical skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership and changemaking to be successful in the modern world.

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BC Tech Association

Provides opportunities for the tech industry to collaborate, learn, and grow together and serves as a platform to grow the tech ecosystem, building programs and initiatives that uphold the core values: Be of Service, Succeed Together, Pay it Forward.

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Canadian Association of Family Enterprise

The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise is a member driven National Association that is passionately committed to assisting families in business and building their pivotal contribution to the economy of Canada.

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Mentor Capital Network

Invests expertise in social entrepreneurs, connecting a global web of experts with visionary, early stage entrepreneurs who are developing mission-driven market solutions to address the world’s biggest social, economic, and environmental problems.

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Venture Acceleration Program: Kast

The Venture Acceleration Program delivers a structured approach to growing a company using the Venture Growth Model with ongoing, coaching and workshops with experienced Executives in Residence (EIRs).

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Venture Acceleration Program: Accelerate Tectoria

VAP is a ‘paid-for’ structured venture development service designed to guide, coach and grow ambitious early-stage technology entrepreneurs. It is delivered by a team of Executives in Residence (EIRs) and supported by a province-wide network of mentors.

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Nanaimo Economic Development

Nanaimo Economic Development provides advice on business start-up, growth, and relocation. This supports local business retention and expansion, and assists new businesses to establish in the area.

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Canada Business Network

Resource for starting and running a business in Canada.

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Guide to Financing for Social Enterprise

Resources supporting social enterprises in Canada through expanding market opportunities, promoting and demonstrating the impact, create a supportive regulatory framework, enhancing enterprise skills, ensuring access to capital and investment and animating networks and engagement.

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Trade Commissioner’s Office

Government of Canada Trade Commissioners Office.

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Centre4Growth

Centre4Growth operates with the main goal of helping your company grow revenue faster with the help of mentorship and global connections.

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Accelerate Okanagan

Accelerate Okanagan’s programs help startups and early stage technology companies accelerate their growth and maximize their opportunity by pairing them with a lead Executive in Residence to help guide and coach you through the program. Funding is available through their Fast Track program.

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Foresight

With a focus on cleantech, Foresight’s VAP helps early-stage entrepreneurs in BC grow their companies through ongoing coaching, mentors, and networking opportunities.

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Victory Square

A venture builder that builds start-ups in the web, mobile, gaming and film spaces, with a special focus on funding socially responsible companies, international start-ups and female founders.

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Venture Acceleration Program: The Venture Labs

The VentureLabs BC Venture Acceleration Program‚ a structured venture growth program led by leading technology entrepreneurs‚ is based on a defined methodology and set of best practices for growing technology companies.

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Venture Acceleration Program: New Ventures BC

Get support from seasoned mentors, insights from peer learning and education in essential startup principles to move your early-stage venture forward.

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Venture Acceleration Program: Kamloops Innovation

The Venture Acceleration Program delivers a structured approach to growing a company using the Venture Growth Model with ongoing, coaching and workshops with experienced Executives in Residence (EIRs).

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Vancity’s New Business Toolkit

A number of online tools and resources to help you advance a social enterprise or social purpose real estate initiative.

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Vancity Are You Ready to Start a Business?

This presentation is designed to help you learn about the business landscape in B.C.; review what influences lasting success; discover if you’re ready to weather the risks to reap the potential rewards.

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Vancity Growing Your Values-Based Business

With our values-based partners, we’ve put together some recommendations, tips and resources to help you grow your business in our local economy.

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Vancity’s basic business planning form

A form and accompanying guide to help you think through the elements of a good business plan. Providing resources including links, a sales forecast and a cash-flow forecast tutorial.

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Vancity’s basic guide to business planning

Compiled by Vancity’s microfinance team, this guide offers information to provide a general overview of what Vancity’s microfinance team looks for in business plans that they receive.

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Vancity Ten Things a Lender Looks for in a Business Plan

Is your plan on the right track? Lenders are most likely to approve financing when your plan: Defines potential risks; Highlights your managerial skills; Includes clear financial projections.

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Vancity Business Tips for Entrepreneurs

Vancity sees hundreds of business plans each year from new and aspiring entrepreneurs and have narrowed five areas in the business plan that entrepreneurs may skimp on research or not spend enough time on. This business plan series shares tips on each of these five areas to help you and your business succeed. Apply the tips in this series and join us at our free small business workshops to help you create a great plan.

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Vancity Getting Inside a Lender’s Head

A four-part Vancity video series for entrepreneurs who are considering seking a small buisness loan.

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Vancity Each One, Grow One

Business skills for smart start-ups. If you’re a new entrepreneur, Vancity’s Each One, Grow One seminars will give you the information and tools you need to help make your young business flourish.

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Venture Acceleration Program: Bveda

VAP is a paid structured venture development service designed to guide, coach and grow ambitious entrepreneurs. It is delivered by a team of Executives in Residence (EIRs) and supported by a province-wide network of mentors.

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Spring

A global start up school for entrepreneurs who want to do better business. From the idea stage, to launching, growing and raising capital, Spring supports entrepreneurs on their journey.

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Wavefront

Wavefront is a world leader in wireless acceleration bringing all the components critical to an emerging wireless company‚ success together to ensure your best outcome faster.

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Innovation Island

Innovation Island is a regional driver for accelerating business success through scientific innovation and technology and supports technology-based companies to grow and succeed

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Radius SFU

Radius offers a selection of Acceleration Programs for impact focused individuals.

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Sauder S3i – Innovation hub

The accelerator program brings together early stage social ventures with BC’s social innovators, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, faculty, alumni, and students. It provides, a co-working space, workshops, knowledge capital from the Sauder S3i Research Centre, coaching, mentorship, and peer learning.

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Entrepreneurship@UBC

E@UBC offers both e@UBC Accelerator and e@UBC Accelerator for Genomics and Life Sciences. Both are for UBC students only and equip participants the skills and tools needed to increase their chances of success.

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Innovation Central

Resource for tech startups in Northern BC providing programs and events.

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Canadian Business Network

Government guide with resources and information to help Canadians get their businesses going and growing.

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BC Business

Guides to starting and maintaining a business in BC.

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