Capital Mission

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    NACO will hold its Regional Summit in Victoria in February of 2018 as a direct result. see more

    Capital Mission Nets Big Results

    VICTORIA, BC (April 21, 2017) – The City of Victoria’s 2017 Capital Mission has already started producing significant returns on investment for the region’s technology sector.

    The Capital Mission is an opportunity for angel and venture capital investors with an interest in early stage innovative technology companies to visit Victoria. The event was held in February for the second consecutive year hosted by the City of Victoria, VIATEC and the Capital Investment Network (CIN).

    As a direct result of the mission, the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) will hold its Regional Summit in Victoria in February of 2018. The Summit is expected to attract 100 Angel investors and NACO members to the city exposing those investors to Victoria’s thriving and dynamic tech industry.

    “It is thrilling to see that in only two years our Capital Mission has attracted national and international attention”, said Mayor Helps. “We look forward to a large mission next year with the 100 investors at the NACO Summit kicking it off.”

    "Through our accelerator and building on three decades of developing strong investor relations and awareness of Victoria’s tech sector, VIATEC was well positioned to expose hundreds of startups applying to the program with investors from far and wide,” noted Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC.  “In recent years VIATEC, now 552 members strong, has benefitted greatly from the added support of our city.  We are pleased that these efforts have culminated in a vital organization like NACO recognizing the vibrancy and potential of our region," added Gunn.

    NACO is excited to join the Capital Mission in Victoria with the 2018 Western Regional Angel Summit.  “This is an opportunity to continue our work to improve access to risk capital for early-stage Canadian companies.  At the Summit, Angel investors meet face-to-face to share experiences and best practices,” says Yuri Navarro, NACO’s CEO.  “Those conversations lead to meaningful connections that are imperative for building community and fueling the local and regional startup economies.”

    "Angel investing is increasingly common and more accessible through education and connecting investors,” said Peter Elkins, Co-Founder of CIN.  “Adding NACO as a partner for Capital Mission 2018 is an honour for Victoria."

    Invitees for the 2017 Capital Mission experienced first-hand the city’s highly sought after quality of life, including how easy it is to travel to and from Victoria, the vibrancy of our innovative business community and the depth of our local deal flow. This year was fully subscribed once again, and 100% of attendees said they would refer the mission to someone in their network.

    For more information on the Capital Mission visit

    For More Information:

    Rebecca Penz
    Citizen Engagement Advisor
    City of Victoria
    Office: 250.361.0263
    Mobile: 250.661.0085

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    Discover Tectoria is the Island's BIGGEST Tech Expo and it’s taking over the Crystal Garden 02/24 see more

    Discover Tectoria to show off local tech with one-day expo

    VIATEC puts their FREE tech expo on at the Crystal Garden Feb 24, 2017 from 11am to 6pm

    Victoria, BC (February 22, 2017) - Discover Tectoria is the Island's BIGGEST Tech Expo and it’s taking over the Crystal Garden from 11am to 6pm on February 24th with tech companies, gadgets, inventions, drones and more. The expo, organized by VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council), will feature a:


    • Main floor Tradeshow
      (local tech companies demonstrating products, hiring staff, or co-ops)

    • Video Game Lounge
      (local companies allow you to test drive their inventions)

    • WorkBC Startup Alley
      (get a sneak peek at the future of Tectoria)

    • UVic Research District
      (see some amazing projects post-secondary students have put together)

    • Innovation Theatre, sponsored by BMO & Royal Roads University
      (a line-up of great panel discussions and a Keynote Address from Jesse Brown of CANADALAND)

    • Benevity Combustion Chamber
      (Science Venture demos for the kids!)

    • PLUS: Robot battles, flying drones, a Victoria Beer Week lounge and a WildPlay Element Parks prize package

    VIATEC is taking full advantage of the tri-district Pro-D Day scheduled on the same day and is encouraging parents to bring their kids to enjoy a full day of exploration. Post secondary exams will also be wrapped up, so it’s a great event for students to make connections.

    Youth get a glimpse into a future working in tech, post-secondary students and job seekers get to meet potential employers, local and visiting investors can check out some up-and-coming businesses, and tech companies get to showcase their products and services to over 3500 attendees.

    “We created this event to showcase the innovation taking place right here in Victoria,” explains Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “Discover Tectoria gives our local tech companies a platform where they can be seen and heard by investors, media, job seekers and youth. There’s no better way to inspire our future tech workers than filling a space with over 3500 people, robot battles, drones, creative minds and limitless imaginations.”

    Simultaneously, VIATEC, the City of Victoria and the Capital Investment Network are hosting the Capital Mission II for a contingent of visiting angel and VC investors from February 22 to 24. Invitees will experience first-hand the city’s highly sought after quality of life, including how easy it is to travel to and from Victoria, the vibrancy of our innovative business community and the depth of our local deal flow. It all kicks off tonight at Fort Tectoria with the Welcome Night. The trip will finish with a visit to Discover Tectoria.

    Media are encouraged to attend Discover Tectoria and also get in on multiple tech story ideas for the future. The event is the ideal place for media outlets to capture the vibrancy and diversity of the local tech scene all in one room. Please contact VIATEC below if you would like to attend and if you need help arranging interviews or photo-ops.

    For the full Program and Exhibitor Map, click here.

    [2016 Video Recap]
    [2016 Photo Gallery]



    Dan Gunn


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    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria's biggest industry).

    We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we recently acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs.


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    Join three days of investor events including investor education sessions, a pitch breakfast... see more

    Capital Mission II seeking investors!

    Last year's mission was a success, so your second mission has arrived... 

    INVESTORS: Join three days (Feb 22-24) of investor events including investor education sessions, a pitch breakfast at the Crystal Garden prior to Discover Tectoria, and many networking opportunities. Forge new relationships, exchange ideas, deal flow and information with invited investors from the US and Canada. Strengthen ties with the local investment community. Learn about and invest in great early stage companies. CM2 culminates with Discover Tectoria, VIATEC's one-day exposition of more than 70 Greater Victoria technology firms and research organizations. Click "TICKETS" here to check out and register for some or all of the mission events. SPACES ARE LIMITED. *FOR ACCREDITED INVESTORS