NEW! Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency Program
In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Innovate BC is pleased to offer the Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program to support small-medium sized businesses, in any sector, enter or expand in the digital economy. The program will be available in six regions throughout the province.
Become a VIATEC Member and you can have everything we offer below in an instant...
VIATEC Venture Program
Start-Up Visa (SUV) Program
Regional and Sector Promotion
Member Special Offers
Networking & Connections
Finding the right skilled talent is key to the success of any company and we're dedicated to helping our members achieve this as efficiently as possible. This is a challenge around the world but we have a few tricks up our sleeve. Victoria is beautiful after all and if we can help spread the word about our amazing lifestyle AND the myriad of quality jobs waiting to be filled, we can help each of our members stay focused on innovating and growing instead of searching for people.
We do this by offering you:
- A quality Job Board (and discounted prices for members)
- Job post exposure for 60 days in our weekly e-Bulletin
- The Human Resource Practice and Compensation Study (contact email@example.com for the latest copy)
- The SomethingAboutVictoria.ca information website and video to share with interested out-of-town candidates
- Student outreach through local co-op, career and science fairs
- (with the occassional spotlight in cities like Austin and San Francisco)
- Meeting with hundreds of newcomers and potential relocaters to tell them about our community, our sector and member companies that might hire them
- Pitching and promoting our story to writers, reporters and media outlets around the world
- Access to a 100% wage subsidy of up to $17K and training of up to $4K through Innovate BC with the Digital Skills for Youth Program
- Recruitment-related member special offers
- Publication of recruitment-related resources, such as our breakdown of 15 Employment-Related Funding Opportunities for Tech Employers in Greater Victoria
If you'd like more information on recruitment or have feedback, please contact Eve.
When our members are really focused on a particular topic or practice, VIATEC is happy to work with them:
- Business Coaching Service
- VIATEC Venture Program
- Executive in Residence Program
- The Venture Acceleration Program
VIATEC offers a free Business Coaching Service to support regional innovators, business owners and entrepreneurs in knowledge-based industries via GoToMeetings, email and telephone. You're the perfect candidate if you need assistance with:
- Discussing alternatives and options
- Identifying your primary need and your next steps
- Business start-up and growth
- Developing or updating your business plan
- Information about programs, sources of funding and services for research and development
- Identifying the gains and risks of exporting and linking to export markets
- Assistance with human resource issues, and/or
- Partnering with other businesses within the region.
For more information or to meet with a Business Coach, please contact Rob Bennett.
This program is designed to deliver a continuum of business programs and related services to help technology entrepreneurs and SME’s move from innovation to commercialization. Components are designed to feed into and support each other. The Venture Acceleration Program assists company founders with finding qualified mentors (Innovate BC Mentor Program), then with strategizing to solve business challenges (Executives in Residence and Booster Program), with finding funding, then with exchanging best practices with peers (Roundtables).
The Venture Program is delivered through our downtown location and is called the VIATEC Accelerator Program.
The VIATEC EIR Program is made up entirely of entrepreneurs who have significant experience building technology companies in Victoria (Our in-house savants). VIATEC members have the opportunity to present their current business challenges and receive advice from savvy tech veterans who help them to overcome a variety of business challenges.
Companies can present to a panel to seek a wide range of advice from securing investment to opening new markets or expanding product lines.
Emerging tech companies are encouraged to apply.
THE VENTURE ACCELERATION PROGRAM, an initiative of Innovate BC
The Venture Acceleration Program helps technology companies accelerate the process of defining a proven business model for sustained profitability, and to help them effectively grow their business. The Venture Acceleration Program 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.
Executives In Residence
An EIR takes every client through a well-defined intake process, reviews their individual needs and matches them with appropriate support and expertise. Day to day support and coaching, together with ongoing reviews ensure progress is continually maintained.
Clients have access to a wide range of proven entrepreneurs and specialists with technology industry backgrounds and specific expertise dealing with the varied issues confronting start-up and high growth companies. Clients also have access to regular Business Clinics where our professional partners provide guidance in the areas of Finance, Legal, Human Resources, Marketing, etc.
Clients have access to workshops, seminars and other structured educational programs that provide knowledge, facilitate learning and share information to enhance their entrepreneurial skills and business critical expertise.
The Program provides clients with the critical connections, supportive network and collaboration opportunities that they require. Connections include access to potential investors, partners, sales opportunities and employees – provincially, nationally and internationally.
This program is supported in part by the Innovate BC, and the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).
VIATEC’s Accelerator Program has been designated as an eligible program for Canada's Start-up Visa (SUV) Program. This program is specifically for one or more founders or key employees that are interested in building their head office in Victoria, British Columbia by relocating here and participating in the program. This program IS NOT for people simply looking to immigrate to Canada, or for companies looking to setup a division in Victoria. If you are interested in building your company in Victoria, BC, please follow the 2-step application process for access to the program:
Step 1. Entrepreneurs must complete the Online Market Validation Training Program (MVT). The Online MVT is curriculum that has been designed to ensure that start-up entrepreneurs have developed their go-to-market strategy based on customer validation. To enroll, complete your application to the Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) on our website here.
Step 2. Part of completing the Online MVT program is creating a slidedeck called your Company Playbook that you can submit for review. Our program team will review the Playbook, and we may end up having a short meeting with you to discuss elements of the Playbook. When that process has been completed successfully, we will invite you to apply to the VAP using the SUV application. This application will ask for some additional information and will ensure mutual expectations are established with each other for participation in the Start-Up Visa program.
Ready to Go? Start with your Online MVT here.
“Why should I join a Roundtable?”
VIATEC’s roundtables provide members with a great opportunity to meet, network, and exchange ideas, information and expertise with peers in a focused environment. Regular attendance is expected to create a group of recognizable and reliable contacts able to share challenges and lessons learned.
Roundtables are also a great way to get the dirt on what other local companies are up to, a convenient source of professional development, and a solid excuse for arriving to work a few minutes late.
“How do I join a RoundTable?”
Browse the various active roundtables listed here to see which group(s) catch your fancy. If you are qualified (see 'Who') and part of a VIATEC member company, please send a brief professional bio (3-4 sentences) to Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will forward your bio to the Chair of the group for consideration.
Be sure to specify which roundtable(s) you are interested in joining!
In the same way that New York is referred to as “The Big Apple”, Victoria has come to be known as “Tectoria”. Tectoria is a brand name, created by VIATEC to emphasize the significance of the technology industry in this city.
Technology is Victoria's #1 industry with a $4.06 Billion Annual Revenue, a $5.22 Billion Economic Impact and over 16,775 employees across 995 high-tech companies - and growing!
Combine Technology + Community + Victoria, and the result is… Tectoria!
The original purpose of the Tectoria brand was to help the local population become aware of just how big tech in Victoria really is. The end goal, and what we’re already well on the way to achieving, is to make Technology and Victoria synonymous.
And that’s Tectoria.
There are three key points about VIATEC that help explain our decision to put together an Investor Summit in Victoria:
- We love helping our members make valuable connections to people, knowledge and resources
- We have earned a reputation for throwing mind-altering events
- We have fun!
Experience Tectoria could be described as a gathering of local entrepreneurs with international investors, though-shapers and advisors - but it is really that and so much more! Our goal in bringing international investors to Victoria, and in our general outreach efforts, is to introduce people to the amazing things happening in the Victoria tech scene, and the overall awesomeness of this city in general. Once people have a taste of what Victoria has to offer, they can’t help but come back for more!
One of the key challenges many member companies face is recruiting top talent to this little island in Canada, and keeping it here. The more Victoria has to offer to employees (and perhaps more importantly, their families), the easier it becomes to attract talent.
VIATEC’s goal in partnering with a wide variety of events (related to music, food, education, employment and more) is to help Victoria become a bustling hub of fun activity, and to spread the word about all the great things that are going on.
Examples of some of these events are:
Having an accurate and current understanding of the size, scope and impact of Greater Victoria’s advanced technology sector helps us further promote “Tectoria”, and better understand members’ needs.
VIATEC has commissioned and supported a variety of impact studies, both industry-specific, and sector wide.
Please contact email@example.com for your copy of the:
- 2014 Economic Impact Study
- 2014 Human Resource Practice and Compensation Study
- Greater Victoria Video Game Industry Economic Impact Assessment
- 2018 HR and Compensation Study
- 2018 Economic Impact Study
The VIATEC's website is the #1 source of information on the local tech community. This site engages all members of the community, keeping them well informed on news, events and available jobs in the tech sector. This, and the detailed Business Profiles for members help provide up to date information.
A big part of getting the word out about "Tectoria" is getting the tech industry great exposure in media (print, online and radio). We want the world to know all the great things happening in this city, and we want Victoria to be known for more than just tea and flowers...
VIATEC does this by:
- Serving as a spokesperson for the industry
- Assisting media in finding local experts to interview
- (One of those experts could be you!)
- Suggesting stories for coverage
- Sending press releases on your behalf
- (Available by request)
- Writing blogs on Tectoria.ca and AlwaysChecktheBside.com to
- bring a spotlight to our city's entrepreneurial spirit
- Making A LOT of noise at our events so they're tough to ignore.
What can you do to help? Keep innovating and succeeding! We'd love to brag about you and help your business thrive in order to grow the technology sector even bigger.
Samples of Industry News:
- Victoria’s tech industry blooms with new jobs
- New tea party honours Victoria tech's best
- Techie celebrates Champion role
- Victoria's high-tech sector valued at $3 billion
One of the many benefits of being a VIATEC member is taking advantage of exclusive discounts from other VIATEC member companies. Get the VIP treatment around town and make all your friends jealous (We're working on a flashy gold card you can whip out for extra satisfaction).
If you have an exclusive offer you'd like to add to the list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the top reasons companies join VIATEC is to network and develop connections. Throughout the year, many opportunities are provided including:
- Tectoria Social Club
- VIATEC Members' Christmas Party
- VIATEC Technology Awards
- Experience Tectoria
- Fort Tectoria sponsored events
- (Game Jams, Art Shows, Fundraisers and more)
In addition to networking events, VIATEC strives to give back to the community. By hosting the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge annually with proceeds benefiting the Mustard Seed Food Bank, VIATEC and its members continue to be top contributors every year.
VIATEC started their Accelerator Program in 2012 and it was so successful, we decided to BUY a building to provide added event, meeting and office space to better support Victora's thriving community of innovators and entrepreneurs!
Fort Tectoria opened in September of 2014 and provides the following:
- Private offices
- Open work stations
- The Shaw Conference Room
- Lunch room
- The Tilted Rocket Lounge
- Ground Control Cafe
- The fastest (and free) fibre-optic WiFi downtown!
Members recieve discounts on meeting and event space, workstations and private offices! Please visit FortTectoria.ca for more info.