Victoria Launch Party Fires Up on Feb.3
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 email@example.com for more information on this.
This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop-ins to the event will donate $5 to local Science Fairs.
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