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  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The AGM held on September 27th saw highly qualified candidates and a great recap on a successful yea see more

    VIATEC’s 2018-19 Board of Directors elected

    The AGM held on September 27th saw highly qualified candidates and a great recap on a successful year at VIATEC

    VICTORIA, BC (September 28, 2018) - The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday evening at Fort Tectoria with 49 in attendance. There were 14 candidates for the 7 seats available on the board.

    VIATEC thanks everyone who ran and congratulates those who were newly elected and re-elected.

    The 2017-2018 VIATEC Board of Directors are:

    1. Jim Balcom, Redlen Technologies Inc (returning)

    2. Robert Bowness, BC Pension Corp (returning)

    3. Robert Cooper, PlusROI Online Marketing Inc (returning)

    4. Scott Dewis, RaceRocks 3D Inc (re-elected)

    5. Christina Gerow, Workday (returning)

    6. Bobbi Leach, RevenueWire Inc. (returning)

    7. Justin Love, Limbic Media (returning)

    8. Owen Matthews, Wesley Clover (re-elected)

    9. Masoud Nassaji, DoubleJump (returning)

    10. Ashton Scordo, BCI Private Equity (newly elected)

    11. Erin Skillen, FamilySparks (newly elected)

    12. Brad Williams, Flytographer (newly elected)

    13. Mike Williams (newly elected)

    14. Justin Young, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (newly elected)
       

    The following positions were also assigned and voted for by the board:

    • Bobbi Leach, Board Chair

    • Brad Williams, Vice Chair

    • Rasool Rayani, Past Chair (ex-officio)

    • Robert Bowness, Chair of the Finance Committee

    • Owen Matthews, Chair of the Governance Committee

    • Chair of the Foundation Committee to be announced
       

    “We are honoured that so many members put their names forward to serve on the board,” said Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “It was not easy for our members to choose but they did a great job electing a board that closely reflects the broader membership and the VIATEC team is looking forward to working with them.”

    Full bios of each board member can be found here.

    Photos from the event can be found here.


    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Dan Gunn, CEO
    VIATEC
    250-882-2820
    dgunn@viatec.ca

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Attendance ballooned to over 1000 guests making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind... see more

    17th Annual VIATEC Awards prove 
    Greater Victoria’s #1 industry not slowing down

    VICTORIA, BC (June 18, 2018) – Last Friday 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. A record breaking total of 54 finalists were honoured, with 16 recipients receiving new robot trophies (designed by Russell Papp), at the elaborate show. Attendance ballooned to over 1000 guests making it one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the nation.

    Known for going over the top in the crowded pantheon of business award galas, Erin Skillen took the reigns as host for this year’s production. Billed as an “Art Deco Cabaret”, the night featured five variety show acts from Atomic Vaudeville and a powerful finale accompanied by "the Choir and the Chorus" and, in what has become an annual tradition, flying inflatable Killer Whales. A stunning set designed and built by local artist “Jimbo” Insell and Studio Robazzo framed the stage and was brought to life by immersive video projections from Hololabs and reactive lighting by Limbic Media. The resident “Vecima Ritz” live band brought the audience to their feet, and everyone continued the celebration at the After Party with local talents Rara Avis and Distant Grand.

    “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.”

    To see the finalists for the following categories, click here.

    WINNERS: 

    Technology Company of the Year
    (50+ employees)

    Sponsored by Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

     

    Technology Company of the Year
    (11-49 employees)

    Sponsored by University of Victoria

     

    Emerging Technology Company of the Year
    Sponsored by KPMG LLP

     

    Startup 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

    Delta-X Research
     

    Innovative Excellence - Hardware
    Sponsored by BDC

     

    Team of the Year
    Sponsored by Royal Roads University

     

    Employer of the Year
    Sponsored by Engaged HR

     

    Leader of the Year
    Sponsored by Corporate Recruiters

     

    Emerging Leader of the Year
    Sponsored by Roy Group

    NAMED RECIPIENTS (No finalists):

    Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
    Sponsored by Reed Pope LLP

    • Mia Maki
       

    Angel of the Year
    Sponsored by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP,
    and Presented by Capital Investment Network

    • Hannes Blum

    VIATEC Member of the Year
    Sponsored by Cox Taylor Lawyers

    • Jim Hayhurst & Ian Chisholm

     

    Community Champion
    Sponsored by the City of Victoria

    For full profiles on all the finalists, photos and more, please visit www.viatecawards.com

    Media Contact:

    Dan Gunn
    CEO, VIATEC
    250-882-2820
    dgunn@viatec.ca

     

    About VIATEC

    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

     

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    Application Deadline to apply: Thursday, November 15th at 11:59 pm CST see more

    Showcase your emerging technology product or service at 2019 SXSW Pitch

     Application Deadline to apply: Thursday, November 15th at 11:59 pm CST.

     

    Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders by participating in the 2019 SXSW Pitch (Formerly Accelerator).

    This event takes place on March 9th and 10th as a part of the SXSW Festival, during which you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW Interactive has to offer. The deadline to register is Thursday, November 15that 11:59 pm CST., a few months away, so visit

    https://www.sxsw.com/apply-to-participate/sxsw-pitch/

    Application Fee
    SXSW Pitch Application Fee $220 

    Of the 453 companies who participated in SXSW Pitch between 2009 and 2018, over 71% received funding, with combined funding in excess of almost $5.43 billion (does not include undisclosed grants, angel and seed funding). Of these 453 companies, 16% have been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon. Some of our prestigious alums you may know include Klout, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Siri, Foodspotting, and Tango.

    Launch date eligibility requirements:

    ·      The company’s product or service must have launched no earlier than March 9, 2017;

    ·      The company’s product or service must not launch after June 9, 2019;

    ·      Each company may only enter one product or service to SXSWPitch;

    ·      A company that enters more than one product or service will not be eligible to participate in SXSWPitch;

    ·      Founders of the company applying must retain some portion of ownership in the company;

    ·      Each applicant is only eligible to present in one of the SXSW family of startup events (SXSW Pitch, SXSW Pitch Release It, SXSW Pitch Launchedu). In contrast, if you have applied for one of these events (other than SXSW Pitch), and were not accepted to participate, then please feel free to apply to SXSW Pitch.

    ·      The Company must not have raised over ten (10) Million Dollars in funding from combined funding sources; and

    ·      The product or service must fall into one of the SXSW Pitch categories.

     

    Applicants must be within one of the ten categories: 

    Artificial Intelligence 

    Augmented & Virtual Reality

    Blockchain 

    Enterprise & Smart Data

    Entertainment & Content

    Health & Wearable

    Hyper-Connected Communities

    Social & Culture

    Sports & Performance Data

    Transportation & Delivery

     

    We SXSW announce the Judges before the event? 

    Past Judges Include: Tim Draper of DFJ, John Sculley of Apple/Pepsi, Robert F. Smith of Vista Equity Partners, Constantijn van Oranje of Startup Delta, Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Kay Koplovitz of Springboard Growth Capital/USA Network Co-Founder, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Cyan Banister of Founders Fund, Werner Vogels of Amazon, Shervin Pishevar of Sherpa Capital, Christine Herron of Intel Capital, Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Bob Metcalfe of 3Com/Ethernet Co-Founder, and Laurie Segall of CNN to name a few…

     

    Where can I get more Information? 

    Visit the SXSW Pitch website athttps://www.sxsw.com/apply-to-participate/sxsw-pitch/

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    August 30th deadline! see more

    Seattle Angel Conference accepting company applications

    (Deadline: Aug 30)

    The Seattle Angel Conference, slated for November 14, 2018, is currently accepting applications for participating companies. The deadline is looming on August 30, 2018.

    The Seattle Angel Conference is a program for companies and new investors to engage in Angel Investing. We will gather 20-40 Angel Investors and raise a fund of $150+K . Our goal is to look at companies that are at or near first revenue, who would find an Angel Investment valuable.

    We do a review of all the companies and provide feedback. The application deadline for companies is August 30th. Over the 12 weeks from the first week in September until the final event on the 14th of November, the investors will engage with some of the companies, selecting companies until they select a final winner at the final event.

    The calendar looks something like:

    • Aug 30 - Deadline for companies
    • Sept 4 - SAC XIV First meeting/review (Investors Only)
    • Sep 11 - SAC XIV Select 24 Quarter-Finalists (Investors Only)
    • Sep 18 - SAC XIV 3-minute pitch night #1 (investors and Quarter-finalists)
    • Sep 19 - SAC XIV 3-minute pitch night #2 (investors and Quarter-finalists)
    • Sep 25 - SAC XIV Select 12 Semi-Finalists (Investors Only)
    • Oct 2 - SAC XIV 10 minute pitch night #1 (Investors and Semi-finalists)
    • Oct 3 - SAC XIV 10 Minute pitch night #2 (Investors and Semi-finalists)
    • Oct 9 - SAC XIV Select 6 Finalists (Investors Only)
    • Oct 16 - SAC XIV Due Diligence (Investors + Founders) (Group work)
    • Oct 23 - SAC XIV Due Diligence (Investors Only)
    • Oct 30 - SAC XIV Due Diligence (Investors Only)
    • Nov 6 - SAC XIV Due Diligence (Investors Only)
    • Nov 13 - SAC XIV Mixer (Investors and finalists)
    • Nov 14 - SAC XIV Final Event (public) 12:30 to 6:30

    All of the events will be held at Microsoft Building 99.

    You can read more about the project at http://seattleangelconference.com.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    In addition to purchasing a company application ticket to the final event, you will need to complete a profile on Gust.com, and submit it to the Angel Conference (https://gust.com/organizations/seattle-angel-conference) before Sept 4th.

    Additional details here: http://www.seattleangelconference.com/p/entrepreneur_14.html.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    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.

  • VIATEC posted an article
    Submissions for challenges are now open for Victoria's first ever Health Hackathon see more

    The Victoria Health Hackathon – Call for Challenges!

     

    The first ever health and regenerative medicine themed Hackathon will take place in Victoria September 28-30, 2018. Health Hackathons are focused events that bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. This event is being held with support from the Centre of Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria, the B.C. Regenerative Medicine Initiative, Starfish Medical, and Island Health.

    Call for Challenges: The Hackathon’s organizers are seeking a diverse array of health related challenges that can be addressed by groups of hackers in a one month time period as part of our Hackathon! These challenges can be addressed through a variety of engineering disciplines, including biomedical, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. See below for the event timeline. Preference will be given to projects with strong in-kind support through either mentorship or donation of supplies or resources. The challenges should be no longer than 750 words in length.

    Please email Stephanie Willerth (willerth@uvic.ca) with your potential challenges for consideration with subject line “Health Hackathon Challenge” and you will be notified by mid-August if yours has been selected for the competition. Those wishing to serve as judges or mentors are invited to provide their interest via email as well.

    Deadline for submissions: July 31st, 2018.

    Dates / Format:

    Summer: Hackers, mentors, and judges will be recruited to participate

    September 7: Kick-off, to be held at the University of Victoria, where the challenges will be presented to the hackers, enabling them to create teams. The teams will have until the hacking weekend to think about their approach to challenges. During this period, we will have a team of mentors who will answer questions about the challenges during that time.

    September 28-30: The Hackathon itself will take place at Fort Tectoria, with the solutions being judged on Sunday, and an awards ceremony to follow.

    November 2: A status update on the hacks has been tentatively scheduled during the University of Victoria’s Biomedical Engineering Day on November 2nd, 2018.

    Register: Registration for the Hackathon will open in July

    Questions?

    Still puzzled about what a Hackathon is?  Check out the following links to similar events for inspiration!

    Questions can be directed to Stephanie Willerth (willerth@uvic.ca

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Booths will be open 1-4pm with about 350 students visiting with more than 40 industry hosts on Feb 8 see more

    Connect With Top Talent: Royal Roads launches fifth annual Career Development Conference

    Victoria, BC – Employers can connect with Royal Roads University’s experienced and innovative students at the university’s fifth annual Career Development Conference Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.  The conference welcomes employers to join the university and its students for an interactive event where both students and employers can make new industry connections and glean business insights.  

    The conference features guest speakers, human resources and industry panels and student-employer networking booths. Booths will be open from 1 to 4 p.m., with about 350 students visiting with more than 40 industry booth hosts.

    There is no cost to host a networking booth or attending any of the day’s sessions and activities.

    Find out more or reserve your booth now by e-mailing careerservices@royalroads.ca.

    Royal Roads University, a public university established in 1995, offers a progressive model of post-secondary education, delivering applied and professional programs. The university offers a blended learning experience combining online and on-campus instruction, as well as full time intensive on-campus instruction for undergraduate and graduate degrees, a doctoral degree, certificates and diplomas. It also offers progressive, professional continuing studies programs.

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    Conference Contact:
    Natasha Dilay, Manager, Career Learning and Development
    P 250-217-1862
    Natasha.1dilay@royalroads.ca

    For media queries, contact:
    Cindy MacDougall, Communications Officer
    P 250-391-2600 x 4021
    cindy.macdougall@royalroads.ca

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Victoria yoga music and technology start up YogiTunes is partnering with Victoria Yoga Conference see more

    Victoria based music startup YogiTunes partners with Victoria Yoga Conference

    Victoria yoga music and technology start up YogiTunes is partnering with the 5th annual Victoria Yoga Conference, which takes place on the weekend of February 10th-13th, 2017 at the University of Victoria.

    YogiTunes will be showcasing performances from local DJ’s and artists as well as providing yoga playlists from the extensive YogiTunes catalogue. CEO Alex King Harris, who also performs as Rara Avis sees a natural synergy between yoga and music, which is borne out in the large number of yoga classes that now feature music. The Capital Region of Victoria is now home to more than 50 yoga studios and the Victoria Yoga Conference draws 600+ attendees with over 60 classes, live music and over 30 vendors and educators in the Wellness Market Place.  The Conference begins with an internationally known keynote speaker, Danielle LaPorte on Friday night, followed by two full days of workshops for everyone from beginners to yoga teachers and concludes on BC's Family Day with family centered yoga and workshops by donation.  The conference features west coast teachers and performers. 

    www.yogi-tunes.com 

    www.VictoriaYogaConference.com

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    58 finalists were selected from the 189 nominations and a total of 15 awards were presented. see more

    The 15th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards saw over 800 guests and 15 award winners

    Victoria, BC (June 25, 2016) – Last night, the Victoria Conference Centre’s Carson Hall transformed into an extravagant, gritty carnival to celebrate 15 winners of the coveted “Freddy” (robot trophy) at the 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards Show.

    The sold-out event saw 802 attendees, a new record, pack the room the gala event known across the province for its recognition of innovation and excellence in Victoria’s advanced technology sector.

    58 finalists were selected from the 189 nominations and a total of 15 awards were presented.

    “It’s great to see how the tech sector has taken hold in our region and it is our honour to recognize the people, products and companies that are reshaping our community,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. Like the tech sector, our once little event has grown into a significant production and we truly appreciate how much our members and guests enjoy the night.”

    The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in British Columbia. They also provide well-deserved recognition for some of Victoria's most innovative firms and a great opportunity for the local technology community to gather and celebrate each other's successes.

    Known for going over the top in the crowded pantheon of business award galas, the VIATEC Technology Awards ceremony is noted for actually entertaining the 800 plus technology community members, investors, government decision-makers, academics and media who attend.

    This year’s theme was “Gritty Carnival” which symbolized the growing creativity and strength of Victoria’s technology sector. A live band with a guest appearance from Shaun Verreault of Wide Mouth Mason, performers from Island Circus Space including a trapeze artist overhead, interactive decor and guest costumes rounded out the entire evening.

     

    The winners of the 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards are:
     

    Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees)

    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

     

    Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees)

    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

     

    Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees)

    (Sponsored by: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

     

    Emerging Technology Company of the Year

    (Sponsored by: KPMG LLP)

     

    Startup of the Year

    (Sponsored by: University of Victoria)

     

    Product of the Year

    (Sponsored by: RBC Commercial Services)

     

    Innovative Excellence - Software or Service

    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

     

    Innovative Excellence - Hardware

    (Sponsored by: Grant Thornton LLP)

     

    Executive of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Corporate Recruiters)

     

    Employee(s) of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)

     

    Team of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Thompson Cooper LLP)

     

    Employer of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Megson FitzPatrick)

     

    Creative Excellence

    (Sponsored by: AbeBooks.com)

     

    The Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

    (Sponsored by: Reed Pope LLP)

     

    VIATEC Member of the Year

    (Sponsored by: Cox Taylor LLP)


    Media Contact:

    Dan Gunn
    CEO, VIATEC
    250-882-2820
    dgunn@viatec.ca

     

    About VIATEC

    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. www.viatec.ca, www.forttectoria.ca


    Thank you to the 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards Sponsors!