ArticleAttendance ballooned to over 1,100 guests, making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind in see more
19th Annual VIATEC Awards shine spotlight on Greater Victoria’s #1 industry
VICTORIA, BC (June 15, 2019) – Last night at the Royal Theatre, the VIATEC Awards celebrated the innovation and excellence of individuals and technology companies responsible for making Victoria the fastest growing technology region in British Columbia. 49 finalists were honoured, with 15 recipients receiving newly designed astronaut trophies (designed by local artist Russell Papp), at the elaborate show. Attendance ballooned to over 1,100 guests, making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the nation, and VIATEC’s most attended - ever.
Erin Skillen took the reigns for the second year in a row as host for the production, bringing the perfect balance of humour, intelligence and attitude. With a theme of “There’s no place like home”, the night featured local variety show acts from Passion
and Performance Arts Inc, Atomic Vaudeville and a powerful finale accompanied by the resident awards band, in what has become an annual tradition... flying inflatable Killer Whales. The stage was brought to life by immersive video projections from VJ Photon featuring seven flown screens featuring video projection mapping along with four laser banks and five giant disco balls all supported by the incredible stage crew of the Royal Theatre. Everyone continued the celebration at the After Party with local eight piece band The New Groovement.
“It is our honour to produce a show that brings together and entertains our tech community and we relish the opportunity to highlight and celebrate some of our top performing companies and executives,” said Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “Each year gets more elaborate and we cannot say enough about our local arts community and what they bring to make this event the unique and anticipated festivity it is has become.”
Technology Company of the Year (30+ employees):
(Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)
Technology Company of the Year (11-29 employees):
(Sponsored by: Lazaridis Institute)
Scale-Up of the Year:
(Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)
Start-Up of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Bambora)
Product of the Year:
(Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Financial Services)
Innovative Excellence - Software or Service:
(Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)
Innovative Excellence - Hardware:
(Sponsored by: Wesley Clover)
Leader of the Year:
(Sponsored by: AbeBooks)
Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks
Emerging Leader of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Roy Group)
Stephanie Thiel, SaaSquatch
Team of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Royal Roads University)
Employer of the Year:
(Sponsored by: The VIATEC Foundation)
NAMED RECIPIENTS (No finalists):
The Colin Lennox Award for Technology
(Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)
Erin Athene, Mint CRO
VIATEC Members of the Year:
(Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)
Sang Kiet-Ly, KPMG
(Sponsored by: City of Victoria)
Angel of the Year:
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 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. www.viatec.ca, www.forttectoria.ca
ArticleThe Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) has accepted 54 companies to land globally this summer. see more
Source: Canadian Digital Media Network
Cuboh and VitaminLab Accepted into CDMN Soft landing Program 2019
The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) has accepted 54 companies to land globally this summer, as a part of their Soft Landing program including Victoria-based Cuboh and VitaminLab.
The program helps mature startups and small to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) from across Canada to grow their businesses through new revenues or investments in foreign markets.
Program participants receive access to office space for up to three months in their desired destination, plus up to $4,000 CAD to cover travel and accommodation expenses.
Companies landing in the spring/summer 2019 cohort are:
Alchemy; ArtVenture; Athlete Era Technologies; Axle Plastic Inc.; Betterez; Beyond Media Digital Inc.; Bialogics Analytics Inc.; BioRender.io; Bodiometer; Boss Insights; CHAR Technologies Ltd.; CoEng Advisors; Cuboh; Drop Mobility; eTreat Medical Diagnostics Inc.; Forward Water Technologies; FREDsense Technologies Corp.; Harbr Inc.; Hex Management Inc.; HITCH Tech Inc.; HostedBizz Inc.; Incuvers; Knockri; Launchfire; Matagora Inc.; Merq Inc.; Nimbus Tutoring Inc.; OVA; Pantonium Inc.; PomeGran Networks Inc.; Predikat; ProNavigator; Proskida; PUG Interactive Productions Inc.; Rank Software; ReWatt Power Inc.; ScreenScape Networks; ServicePath Inc.; SmartTones Inc.; Spare Labs Inc.; StandardFusion; Swift Medical Inc.; TDL Systems Inc.; The Growcer Inc.; The Learning Bar; The Raw Office; ThisFish Inc; TournamentCaddie Inc.; TRAINFO; Trip Ninja; VitaminLab; VivaVax Inc.; Wolf and Grizzly; Yuma Foods.
The selected companies will be landing in 70 cities across 21 countries globally.
About The Canadian Digital Media Network
The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), is a network of 29 regional innovation hubs across Canada, all focused on supporting Canada’s digital entrepreneurs. Designated a federal Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research, CDMN is dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in the digital economy. Follow @CDMN on Twitter, join the Canadian Digital Media Network Group on LinkedIn and like the CanadianDigitalMediaNetwork Page on Facebook.
ArticleAs always, the night was filled with irreverence and a touch of pandemonium. see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Andrew Duffy
More than 1,100 people gathered in the Royal Theatre Friday night to celebrate the brightest lights of the high-tech industry.
The 19th annual Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council awards handed out 15 trophies in what was the largest awards show yet. As always, the night was filled with irreverence and a touch of pandemonium — complete with flying inflatable whales — while the spotlight hit some of the best stories in the industry.
“It is our honour to produce a show that brings together and entertains our tech community and we relish the opportunity to highlight and celebrate some of our top performing companies and executives,” said VIATEC chief executive Dan Gunn.
“Each year gets more elaborate and we cannot say enough about our local arts community and what they bring to make this event the unique and anticipated festivity it is has become.”
Erin Athene was named this year’s winner of the Victoria tech sector's highest award, the Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion. Athene has been a tireless servant to the community having worn several hats including starting the local Ladies Learning Code chapter and serving as a mentor in VIATEC’s accelerator program.
Other winners were Women’s Equity Lab as Angel of the Year; Sang Kiet-Ly of KPMG as Member of the Year; and RingPartner, named Community Champion.
• Tech Company of the Year (30+ employees): Benevity
• Tech Company of the Year (11-29 employees): RingPartner
• Scale-Up of the Year: Tutela
• Start-Up of the Year: Cuboh
• Product of the Year: Limbic Media
• Innovative Excellence, Software or Service: DreamCraft Attractions
• Innovative Excellence, Hardware: RioT Technology Corp.
• Leader of the Year: Anita Pawluk, RaceRocks
• Emerging Leader of the Year: Stephanie Thiel, SaaSquatch
• Team of the Year: Encepta
• Employer of the Year: FreshWorks Studio
ArticleRound 2.5 and Round 3 ventures announced! see more
Source: New Ventures BC
New Ventures BC 2019 - Cuboh, Open Oceans Robotics and Locelle move to next rounds
Congratulations to Cuboh for advancing straight to Round 3 and Open Oceans Robotics and Locelle for moving to Round 2.5 of the New Ventures BC 2019 competition!
The results are in! Our esteemed panel of 64 judges have evaluated the Round 2 submissions. This year was extremely competitive, leaving us with 16 ventures moving directly into Round 3, and 27 ventures pitching in Round 2.5. All scores were analyzed and normalized by Octothorpe software.
Congratulations to all!
Top 16 advancing directly to Round 3 (in alphabetical order)
- Beatdapp, Vancouver
- Cuboh, Victoria
- Farm-Trace, Vancouver
- GT Water Machines, Victoria
- Kranked Bikes, Gibsons
- Lumen5, Vancouver
- Open Oceans Robotics, Victoria
- www.plugzio.com, Coquitlam
- Qase, Vancouver
- Singular Software, Surrey
- SpayVac, North Saanich
- Spectrum, Vancouver
- Spexi Geospatial, Delta
- StoryTap, Coquitlam
- VRSQUARE, Vancouver
- WeVu, Vancouver
Round 2.5 (in alphabetical order)
- Acacia Power Solutions, Coquitlam
- Advertaze, Vancouver
- BiKube, Vancouver
- Biointeractive Technologies, Vancouver
- Brave Technology Coop, Vancouver
- c3d, West Vancouver
- Caera Therapy, Vancouver
- CityHack Corporation, Vancouver
- Flexchanger Technologies
- Flowlink Environmental, Richmond
- GoodNet.io, Vancouver
- Just Practice, Vancouver
- Koonkie, Vancouver
- LincEdge, Vancouver
- Locelle Digital, North Saanich
- Manage Petro, North Vancouver
- NiceJob, Vancouver
- Persistence AI, Vancouver
- QiiQ Healthcare, Vancouver
- Quantify, Vancouver
- REITIUM Blockchain Technologies, Vancouver
- ShapeMeasure, Vancouver
- SparkLink, Kamloops
- Speakbox, Vancouver
- Vancouver Computer Vision, Vancouver
- WeDoLaundry, Vancouver
- WeWell, North Vancouver
The top 16 companies advance directly to Round 3. The remaining 27 teams will enter Round 2.5, where they will pitch for a chance to advance. The top nine ventures from this pitch day will join Round 3, creating our Top 25!
Round 2.5 pitches happen June 14. Our final Round 3 ventures will be announced on June 17.
Good luck to all of the teams!
Article196 BC tech companies are moving on to Round 2 of the NVBC competition. see more
Source: New Ventures BC
196 BC tech companies are moving on to Round 2 of the NVBC competition.
Local Victoria companies including Cuboh, LetHub, Live It, Locelle and Orpheus Key are in the running.
The 2019 New Ventures BC Competition presented by Innovate BC has officially begun! This year they received a record breaking number of applications by the competition deadline on April 10th, over 200 in fact! 196 BC tech companies are moving on to Round 2 of the competition.
Victoria entries included:
Locelle Digital Inc.
HRG Infrastructure Monitoring Inc.
orpheuskey Research and Development Inc.
VIZVA AGROTECH LTD
BoatKey Enterprises Inc.
Open Ocean Robotics
Anvy Technologies Inc.
Build A Better Earth Movement
GT Water Machines Inc.
What's next for the competitors?
The 196 ventures will attend educational seminars and on May 6 the companies will submit a venture plan and pitch. Stay tuned for more info!
Tessa Bousfield posted an articleIncludes Cuboh who is one of the newest members to join VIATEC's Venture Acceleration Program! see more
The judges’ scores are in! Meet the eight companies moving on from Round 2.5 to join Round 3, following successful pitches before a jury. Congratulations to the companies that are moving on.
Moving on to Round 3 (in alphabetical order)
- Advanced Intelligent Systems Inc.
- Go99 Operations
- Pisano Technologies
- Volta Air Technology Inc.
These companies will join the top 18 that had previously advanced directly into Round 3, including Cuboh who is one of the newest members to join VIATEC's Venture Acceleration Program!
Additional Round 3 Competitors (in alphabetical order)
- AntEater Analytics
- CRM GeoTomography Technologies
- Cyberdontics Inc.
- Distill Analytics
- Embrace Orthopaedics Inc.
- HeadCheck Health Inc.
- iComply Investor Services Inc.
- PROtect. Smart Personal Safety
- Skaha Remote Sensing
- Voltific Technology Inc.
In the next stage of the competition, ventures will be paired with a mentor team and create a condensed business plan.