• Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Startups that are selected to pitch will get their business in front of a panel of VCs and more. see more

    VIATEC and the Capital Investment Network are happy to partner up with Fundica as they travel across Canada for the 2016 Fundica Roadshow. In each of the 10 cities they travel to, Fundica is searching for the best startups working on an innovative solution. On April 13 the roadshow makes a stop at Fort Tectoria. You can sign up to either pitch (deadline is April 6), network or attend RoadTalks. 

    Startups that are selected to pitch will get their business in front of a panel of VCs, Angels, banks and government organizations. The winner gets a life-changing trip to San Francisco to pitch to Valley investors, funding for their business and more.

    If you're not ready to pitch yet, you can still register for inspirational RoadTalks led by expert guests to learn how to take your business to the next level. This is a great opportunity to make great connections and engage with your startup community.

    Register to pitch now: - DEADLINE IS APRIL 6th!
    Attend RoadTalks: 
    Keep up with @fundica on the #FUNDICAROADSHOW at

  • VIATEC Accelerator company, Craftt, closes strategic partnership with ContainerWorld. see more

    Victoria, BC - December 14th, 2015 - Craft Technology Services Corporation (Craftt) is excited to announce a recent partnership with ContainerWorld Forwarding Services Inc., a leading logistics provider to the alcoholic beverage industry.

    ContainerWorld has made an equity investment in Craftt. The two parties have also entered into a consulting agreement in which Craftt’s web knowledge and expertise will aid ContainerWorld in improving the software and services they offer to their clients.

    “This is an ideal partnership for us and for ContainerWorld. Our services complement each other really well. ContainerWorld is the industry leader in logistics and Craftt is the easiest way for a brewery to manage their inventory and orders.” says Ryan Stratton, founder of Craftt.

    “Together, we can provide a full-service platform for breweries to manage their business all the way from manufacturing through to the product being delivered to their customers.”

    Craftt’s brewery management software is designed specifically to help craft breweries stop keg loss and get better insight and control over their inventory. With powerful reporting features, breweries can significantly reduce the time they spend on creating regulatory reports to send to the relevant governing bodies. The recent investment will go towards growing the development team, among other things, to further improve Craftt’s software.

    “We want to make Craftt the go-to platform for breweries, helping them manage their inventory, and their business, efficiently.” Stratton goes on to say. “Through this strategic partnership, we will be able to ensure craft brewers make the most of their time by simplifying these often complex aspects of the job.”

    Unlike spreadsheets or expensive, bloated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Craftt’s software makes it easy for every brewery employee to quickly access and manage their inventory and assets in real time through any smart device. Understanding current inventory and capacity levels allows breweries to make better decisions when it comes to production, customer orders, and distribution, and allows them to have a comprehensive overview of what resources are available in the brewery at any given time.

    Partnering with ContainerWorld will provide Craftt’s clients with additional benefits, giving them direct access to one of the best logistics and distribution companies in the beverage industry today.


    About Craftt

    Craftt is a Victoria, BC startup and part of the VIATEC Accelerator program. They build innovative tools and services to modernize and simplify the way beverage companies manage their business.


    About ContainerWorld

    ContainerWorld is a multi-faceted company based in British Columbia. They provide clients with worldwide door-to-door logistics services, including inventory management, freight forwarding, warehousing, and distribution.


    Media contact

    Ryan Stratton
    CEO, Craft Technology Services Corporation


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    LlamaZOO has raised $500,000 in private equity funding. see more

    (Victoria, BC, November 30, 2015) LlamaZOO Interactive Inc., an early stage technology company that develops edtech software for post­secondary institutions and students is pleased to announce it has raised $500,000 in private equity funding.

    "LlamaZOO Interactive will use this equity funding to continue to develop and refine our EasyAnatomy edtech platform," said Charles Lavigne, LlamaZOO director and co­founder. "This investment and vote of confidence will also allow LlamaZOO to hire additional designers and developers to continue to build our product."

    The $500,000 private equity investment comes after LlamoZOO won a VIATEC Startup of the Year Award in June 2015 and received a $50,000 prize as a 2015 recipient of the Spin Master Innovation Fund in September.

    LlamaZOO Interactive was co­founded in 2014 by game industry veterans Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke, and was quickly accepted in the VIATEC Accelerator program that fosters successful technology startups in Victoria, BC.

    "EasyAnatomy uses medical information from MRI and CT scans to create detailed 3D models of animal anatomy. Students no longer have to dissect animals to learn about them, and instructors are provided with a powerful new teaching tool," said Lavigne. "LlamaZOO Interactive's EasyAnatomy platform saves universities and colleges money while providing students and teachers with truly innovative learning tools that can be accessed from any device."

    EasyAnatomy improves learning and teaching by using sophisticated 3D visualization technologies to explain abstract spatial concepts while borrowing strategies from cognitive neuroscience to update course materials in real time. The educational technology platform also provides educators with deep analytics that provide powerful insights into how students are performing and progressing.

    "Educators can use EasyAnatomy to create narrated interactive virtual tours of animal anatomy for their students," said Oke. "Students can study animal anatomy online, anywhere and at anytime. EasyAnatomy also analyzes student performance to create individualized quizzes so that studying is more efficient."

    LlamaZOO Interactive will use this latest round of equity funding to hire new staff, acquire new imagery and work with more than 700 students and design partners around the world to continue to test and refine EasyAnatomy.

    About EasyAnatonomy

    EasyAnatomy harnesses the power of modern 3D technologies to give veterinary students a new way of interacting with, and learning animal anatomy. This powerful edtech platform combines HD graphics with expertly written course material, integrating everything into an interactive, mobile, social application designed to improve how veterinary students learn.

    About LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.

    LlamaZOO Interactive is an award­winning technology company founded by mobile and video game industry veterans. They lead a team of web, print and digital media experts who combine their expertise in user experience and design to create powerful interactive educational technologies that can be accessed by students anytime, anywhere.

    Media Contact:
    Charles Lavigne
    Director, LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.
    Phone: 1­778­996­4202


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Up to $10K per project, for eligible SMEs, to access 4D LABS facilities and equipment. see more

    4D LABS, an applications- and science-driven research institute at Simon Fraser University, is pleased to announce JumpStart II,  a follow-up to their highly successful JumpStart program. During the program, 4D LABS, in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) will provide up to $10K per project, for eligible SMEs, to access 4D LABS facilities and equipment.

    The funding is in place for this fiscal year. For details and further inquiries, please contact Nathanael Sieb at


    About 4D LABS

    4D LABS offers access to multiple facilities housing state-of-the-art equipment for academic, industrial and government researchers. They focus on accelerating the Design, Development, Demonstration and Delivery of advanced functional materials and nanoscale devices. Their goal-oriented environment fosters intellectual freedom and creativity—critical for breakthrough research.


  • VIATEC posted an article
    Support for BC companies to attend the Mobile Games Forum in Seattle taking place October 20-21,2015 see more

    The Government of British Columbia, Creative BC and the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, are proud to announce the support for BC companies to attend the Mobile Games Forum in Seattle taking place October 20-21,2015

    The Mobile Games Forum attracts top speakers and attendees from global mobile companies. This event will provide a great opportunity for BC companies to connect with potential clients and showcase their games. 

    The following program elements are available to BC companies attending the Mobile Games Forum:

    • Great B2B meeting opportunities; speaker and panel sessions including Next Level Indie Forum; and networking parties
    • Want to demo your game at the event? Leverage the Canada Booth to showcase your product at MGF
    • Heavily discounted passes for only $99 (regularly $599)
    • Travel support to BC companies may be possible through the Creative BC’s Passport to Markets program. The program is not intended to cover all costs but it assists with transportation, accommodation, registration, and marketing material costs. 

    Interested candidates can reply by email to