Victoria Launch Party Fires Up on Feb.3

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January 17, 2011

Victoria, B.C. - The Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC), is putting on Victoria’s very first launch party on Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 5pm to 8pm at the Bard & Banker Scottish Pub.

Sponsored by Gowlings, the Victoria Launch Party is an evening of innovation, drinks and appetizers. "Our goal is to continue to bring the tech community together and to mingle the established successful executives with the leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow," comments Dan Gunn, Executive Director of VIATeC.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with Victoria Tech Executives and discover some of Victoria's most promising up-and-coming tech companies, including six of the finalists from the New Ventures BC Regional Competition.

The New Ventures BC Regional Competition includes a unique mix of business education, networking and mentoring. This year’s regional competition attracted more than 40 applications from technology startups across British Columbia. The top 20 finalists include businesses in the life sciences, cleantech, sustainability, new media and high technology sectors. Nine of the top 20 finalists are from Greater Victoria. For more information about the competition click here.

Six of these start-ups will be spread throughout the Bard & Banker where five anonymous judges will be amongst the crowd, announcing winners at the end of the night. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate by filling out a “People’s Choice Award” ballot with two categories: Coolest Concept, and Most Likely to Succeed.

"In 2009, VIATeC launched the VIATeC Grow Op advisory program, the C-Harmony mentoring program and partnered with UVic's IDC to launch the Greater Victoria Angel Network to help match start-ups with investors," explains Gunn. "Dozens upon dozens of companies are now utilizing these services and we have never been more in tune with Victoria's start-up activity. Seeing so many high potential companies, we figured it was time to help tell their story and introduce them to a wider audience. One of the ways we will do that is through Launch Party networking events. Victoria has a thriving, vibrant tech community and we hope this event will help even more people discover the opportunities and the people within it."

VIATeC is also calling all companies who have recently launched a new product, opened a new office, added a key executive to their team, or are about to. VIATeC would like to help these companies spread the word at the Victoria Launch Party. Contact for more information on this.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required to Drop-ins to the event will donate $5 to local Science Fairs.

Presenters include:

ChatterBlock provides a trusted Internet social network for families, community, and businesses to connect, coordinate, and enter the family dialog.
Reef Safe Fish is developing closed-loop, waste-recycling technologies for aquaculture. This technology recycles waste and produces food for the fish on site. is a data driven recipe web site for dietary restrictions due to food allergies and sensitivities. The site was conceived as a result of personal experience and the frustration with the lack of existing resources for people with highly restricted diets.
Smart Menu is an interactive online restaurant ordering and communication system. Restaurants can easily customize the Smart Menu application online, and customers can use the Internet or a smart phone app to order their food before they get to the restaurant, or at the restaurant, with or without their server. Smart Menu gets orders to the kitchen faster and more accurately, reduces customer wait times, increases table turnover and economizes on server time, while enabling restaurants to get to know their customers better through social networking links.
A22 Rent-a-Bike will install unmanned bike stations across the city of Victoria. Users pay to use a bike for a certain amount of time and can replace the bike at any station.
Hydra Cat Performance System aims to beat the BC mandate to reduce emissions on marine vessels, transport trucks, and company fleets by 2012. A recent emission test on Kamloop's 2004 F250 Ford showed they eliminated the Hydrocarbons to zero, carbon monoxide to zero and the NOX to zero. They will also be launching the award winning Hydra Cat Digital Control System in April 2011.


Media Contact
Tessa Cogman, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, VIATeC
(250) 483-3210

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