• Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Early Deadline: October 4 ($100 fee). Final Deadline Period: October 5 – November 15 ($220 fee) see more

    SXSW Pitch 2019's deadline approaching

    SXSW Pitch (formerly Accelerator) returns for its eleventh year to showcase some of the global startup ecosystem most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge technology! This event provides an outlet for companies to present the latest ideas to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the Venture Capitalist/Angel community.

    Early Deadline: October 4 ($100 fee)

    Final Deadline Period: October 5 – November 15 ($220 fee)

    To Apply:

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    10 startups will pitch to take home a $500,000 equity investment award powered by Panache Ventures. see more

    Fundica Roadshow Announces Finalists Pitching for $500,000 Equity Investment

    On July 12, the Fundica Roadshow will host a grand finale, where 10 startups will pitch to take home a $500,000 equity investment award powered by Panache Ventures.

    Taking place at Bonsecours Market in Montreal, the Fundica Roadshow finale will also feature several keynote speakers including Theresa Laurico, the founder of SociaLIGHT conference; Damien Steel, a managing partner at OMERS Ventures; and Eric Migicovsky, a partner at Y Combinator.

    Since April, Fundica has hosted pitch events in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. The finalists from each city that will pitch at the finale include:

    • InVivo AI, which is using AI to streamline the development of new drugs.
    • ProcedureFlow, which is developing a platform to help turn companies’ processes and expert information into management tools.
    • Semeon, which enables brands to extract customer intelligence from public sources such as social media, blogs, and news sites.
    • ChatterHigh (FROM VICTORIA!), which has developed a platform that provides teachers with web-based features such a classroom dashboard to track, monitor, and assess student participation and progress, and students with a mobile game to help them explore higher education options.
    • Lumen5, which has developed an AI-powered video creation platform that turns blog posts into engaging videos.
    • ViewsIQ, which has developed an end-to-end digital pathology solution that allows users to scan, store, and share their slides.
    • Cybeats, which has developed a solution to protect enterprise and critical infrastructure IoT devices from cybersecurity threats.
    • GoMaterials, which aims to connect landscape contractors and vendors to simplify the purchasing process.
    • FleetRover, which has developed a fleet tracking intelligence platform that gives businesses the ability to take orders on route, track hours of service, and view GPS and speed events for drivers.
    • Pitstop, which has developed a predictive maintenance platform for the automotive industry.
    • FZ Engineering, which enables OEMs to integrate 3D printed metal and polymer components into their supply chains by improving the surface roughness and dimensional precision of printed parts using innovative post-processing systems.

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    Gives 16 Canadian AI companies the chance to pitch for a portion of $1,000,000 in funding. see more


    Elevater Pitch Gives Canada's AI Startups a Chance to Earn $1,000,000 in Funding This September

    levate has announced a partnership with Publicis.Sapient and Next AI to bring a new pitch competition to the Toronto-based technology festival this September.

    Named ElevateR Pitch: AI Edition, the competition will give 16 Canadian AI companies the chance to pitch for a portion of $1,000,000 in funding on the Elevate Main Stage during the 4-day festival. ScaleUP Ventures and Espresso Capital will provide the funding for the competition, so the finalist startups should expect a blend of venture capital and venture debt.

    “This is an important event for the tech industry in Canada,” said Alyssa Altman, President, Publicis.Sapient. “Our tech and innovation ecosystem is on the leading edge, and we need to keep and attract talent in Canada. As leaders in the tech and AI arena, we have a responsibility and the opportunity to elevate our industry and accelerate our growth in the global marketplace.”

    To qualify, startups must be working in AI or an adjacent industry, have less than $10 million in revenue or funding, and be incorporated in Canada. The 16 finalists selected to pitch onstage will be judged by a panel of investors, celebrities, and media personalities.

    “Canada’s most promising AI companies will be discovered on the Elevate Main Stage,” said Razor Suleman, CEO and co-founder of Elevate. “We’re bringing the whole country together for a truly Made-in-Canada competition.”

    Interested startups are required to submit a 3-minute video pitch to earn a spot on the Main Stage, and can find the application page here. The deadline to apply is July 31.

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    WildVision Edutainment Inc and Envision Designs & Development are proud to introduce FOLLOW THE POD! see more

    VICTORIA BC - Viatec Members WildVision Edutainment Inc and Envision Designs & Development are proud to introduce Follow The Pod  to the City of Victoria.

    FOLLOW THE POD will bring whale-sized replica play-pieces to Centennial Square, showcasing members of the locally endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population. Follow The Pod will honour the memory of deceased Southern Residents, as well as celebrate the lives of those who continue to prevail, despite constant threats to their survival.

    With only 78 members left alive, Southern Residents will only get the protection they need if all Canadians work together to raise awareness and reduce threats. Follow The Pod will bring to light the importance of conservation through the power of edutainment!

    Please visit for ongoing updates and further information.


    Congratulations to the winners!

    Grab your binoculars! A pod of life-sized orca replicas will be popping-up in Centennial Square this summer. 

    Selected from 33 submissions, ranging from design concepts from a local secondary school to as far afield as Indonesia, Mexico and Poland, the jury selected ‘Follow the Pod’ as the overall winner of the Pop Up @ the Square Design Competition. The ‘Follow the Pod’ play structure aims to raise awareness of the threatened Southern Resident Killer Whale population by allowing visitors to play and interact with the life-sized sculptures. 


    The winning design was submitted by a Vancouver Island-based team led by WildVision Edutainment Inc. and Envision Designs and Development. The winning team will receive a $5,000 award, and up to $50,000 for the design, construction and installation. ‘Follow the Pod’ will be installed in Centennial Square in early July. 

    Complete List of Winning Submissions:

    • Overall Winner:‘Follow the Pod’ (WildVision Edutainment and Envision Designs and Development) #13
    • People’s Choice Award Winner ($1,000 cash prize): ‘Game Plan’ (Waymark Architecture) #32
    • Honourable Mention:‘Under the table and dreaming’ (Cascadia Architects Inc.) #9
    • Honourable Mention:‘Spindle Whorl Playscape’ (Yiwen Ruan and Bo Lu) #24


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    About the Design Competition

    In early 2017 urban designers, industrial designers, architects, landscape architects, contemporary artists and creative types were invited to apply to create a playful pop-up installation for kids of all ages in Centennial Square, in the heart of Victoria’s vibrant downtown.

    Location: Centennial Square is located downtown next to Victoria’s City Hall, at Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue.

    Jury Details: A panel of qualified jurors judged submissions based on the following criteria: play value, relationship to events, local context, robustness, feasibility.


    About Centennial Square

    Centennial Square is located in Downtown Victoria. The Square is bordered by Victoria’s heritage City Hall, the offices of the Capital Regional District and the MacPherson Playhouse Theatre. It is directly adjacent to Victoria’s Chinatown district, the oldest Chinatown in Canada.

    Centennial Square is one of the City’s most popular outdoor event and festival venues. On average, there are programmed activities in the Square 130 days each year, ranging from food truck festivals and dance classes to outdoor markets and concert performances. Creating the opportunity for daily play and vibrancy while allowing the Square to continue to function as a primary outdoor event venue is a key objective of this design competition.

    The City is coordinating a renewal of Centennial Square through a master plan. This long term planning exercise will begin in 2017, and guide future renovations to the Square.

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    The Victoria team was one of only three from Canada at the competition. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Greater Victoria students honoured in U.S. for robotics

    A team of Greater Victoria high school students has jousted with iron giants and come away with top marks, after a global robotics competition in Texas last week.

    The team, called 3491-FIX IT, comprised of students Guy Stoppi and Alec Krawciw of Mount Douglas Secondary, Helen Leslie from Victoria High, Aila Simpson from the Pacific School of Inquiry and Innovation and Benjamin Dam, a home-schooled student, won the First Tech Challenge competition’s Inspire Award, the highest honour available to recognize excellence in robot design and teamwork.

    Simpson was singled out for a Dean’s List Award at the First Tech Challenge robotics contest, the first time a Canadian student has been selected.

    “It was fantastic, amazing, phenomenal,” said team coach Christine Nicholls. “From our point of view, we are a small team in a small region and to come out ahead of the big teams with big corporate money behind them is amazing.”

    Nicholls said there were about 7,000 teams vying to land one of 128 spots at the tournament in Houston. The Victoria team was one of only three from Canada at the competition.

    “All of the credit goes to the students,” she said, noting they were over the moon when they won. “They were absolutely stunned.”

    And they all now have a taste of creating, designing and engineering a machine, which is the idea behind the First program and competition.

    First is a not-for-profit organization designed to inspire young people to look at a future in science and high-tech.

    The First Tech Challenge, which challenges teams to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge, brought together 1,200 international students to pit their engineering and design skills against each other.

    “First is all about getting kids interested in careers in science and technology,” said Nicholls. She noted First has had success on that front with its studies showing one in every three young women who take part go on to engineering studies, and most of the students involved go on to university.

    Eric Jordan, chief executive of gaming company Codename Entertainment and one of the team’s sponsors, said this kind of competition can only bode well for the tech sector. “Robots are cool. They are a great way to get high school students excited about careers in tech,” Jordan said. “The industry currently forecasts that by 2021 there will be an unmet job demand of 30,500 and this program is one of the ways in which we will address this unmet need.”

    Nicholls said the Inspire Award came down to the team’s overall excellence as it placed highly in all judged categories ranging from aesthetics, innovative design, engineering through to community outreach. But the robot, called Fermion, also had to perform. “At the start of every match the robot has to fit inside an 18”x18”x18” box and once the match starts it can open out,” she said, noting it then has to pick up a series of balls on a course, shoot them, and pick up a large yoga ball and balance it on a metre-high stand.

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    Over 100 young people ages 14-18 years old will be competing on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 9-5 see more

    FIRST® Students Compete in BC Championship

    Victoria, BC – Feb. 14, 2017- Very few athletes will ever compete in a Super Bowl but what sport can every student in British Columbia go Pro in? The sport of science, technology, engineering and math. Over 100 young people ages 14-18 years old will be competing on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the FIRST Tech Challenge Championship at the University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2. Twelve FIRST Tech Challenge teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Washington State, and Romania will play in this season's “Velocity Vortex” game.

    These students will be exercising their mind, working as teams, problem solving (all workforce skills) as their primary resource to find their spark for competition today with a possible career pathway for tomorrow. “These kids have gotten involved with a FIRST team for different reasons. Maybe it was to socialize or maybe it was because they already had an interest in STEM. Whatever the reason in addition to the robot building and programming skills, they are learning workforce development skills such as troubleshooting; collaboration; communication skills to help each of them go Pro”, Christine Nicholls, FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner for British Columbia.

    Starting in September, teams have designed, built and programmed a robot to complete in game challenges like shooting particles into a vortex. One team will earn a spot at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in Houston, TX from April 19-22, 2017.

    Opening ceremonies will be at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. The best time to watch robot games is between 1:30-4:00 p.m. in ELW, Faculty of Engineering building at the University of Victoria. Admission is free and the public are welcome. For more information contact Christine Nicholls at or 778-587-7554.

    About FIRST
    FIRST in a nonprofit organization that ignites youthful minds through education, hard work, mentorship and healthy competition. Students in FIRST, from kindergarten through high school, participate in exciting, Mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society. More information about FIRST is available at: or