Spring is about activating growth, breaking out, movement upward and forward: big step changes, actions, and decisions that can and should happen at every stage. It’s all about getting unstuck. We roll up our sleeves to work right alongside founding teams, increasing the probability of success for entrepreneurs.
We know that combining profit and social impact can lead to success in the most fulfilling and complete sense of the word. We partner with purpose-driven, for-profit startups and empower them to create positive change. We believe in 360 degree superior returns. That is, superior returns for not only investors and customers, but also for employees, supply chain vendors, the community, the environment, and beyond. When all stakeholders are treated with respect, everyone thrives.
The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) works to strengthen the city’s economic future by supporting existing businesses, attracting foreign investment and promoting international trade. The VEC positions Vancouver as a globally recognised city for innovative, creative and sustainable business.
The VEC is on the ground helping startups grow, access capital, attract talent and leverage the city’s accelerator programs. Throughout Startup Week and Startup Weekend, the VEC wants to facilitate entrepreneurial exchange in Vancouver’s growing start-up community and promote Vancouver as a hotbed for talent, capital and innovation.
Small Business B.C
Small Business BC is British Columbia’s premiere resource centre for knowledge-based business products and services.
Our core activities are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. Through our ongoing operations and private sector partnerships, we’re able to offer additional products and services to the small business community.
Small Business BC’s innovative approach and programs have been recognized by several national and international awards, solidifying our reputation as an exceptional business resource.
BCIC encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. We accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs.
With our partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development in BC.
Providing opportunities in BC and beyond
BCIC programs provide technology entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and expert guidance they need to build successful companies.
Through valuable partnerships and the support of key industry events, BCIC creates opportunities for BC technology companies to grow their businesses beyond Canada’s borders.
We also help raise awareness of our province as a world-class destination for international companies to work and invest.
BC Jobs Plan
Technology is one of the 8 key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan. BCIC’s role in developing technology entrepreneurs and accelerating the commercialization of technology is important because technology supports the other sectors through product and service innovations, job creation and economic development.
The sectors in which BC has a competitive advantage and that hold most promise for job creation include: Agrifoods, Natural Gas, International Education, Tourism,Technology, Transportation, Mining and Forestry.
BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.