• Tessa Bousfield posted an article
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    Just 10 companies are still in the running for top prizes in this year’s New Ventures BC Competition, presented by Innovate BC, and Victoria's own Cuboh and Open Ocean Robotics have made the cut! Winners will be announced at the Awards on September 19th.

    Out of the 196 companies, 20% were from outside Metro Vancouver (3 in North Van, 9 in Thompson/OK, 4 in Kootenays, 22 on Vancouver Island). Out of the top 25 ventures, 5 were regional, although all on Vancouver Island - Kranked in Gibsons and 4 in Victoria: Cuboh, GT Water Machines, SpayVac, and Open Ocean Robotics.

    The top 10 ventures are pitching this week, and 3 are regional - Kranked, Cuboh, and Open Ocean Robotics. Also, while SpayVac did not make the top 10, they finished just outside and nearly made it in!

    The $2500 People's Choice Award voting is on now: https://www.newventuresbc.com/pca/

    2019 New Ventures BC Competition Top 10 Finalists:

    In alphabetical order

    Congratulations to all finalists!

    After receiving the judging scores, the New Ventures Competition BC Competition, presented by Innovate BC uses Octothorpe Software for judging analysis. See details here.

    Next Steps:
    In the fourth and final round, each team will pitch to a judging panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors.

    The judges:

    • Natalie Dakers, CEO, Accel-Rx Health Accelerator
    • Andy Edelmeir, Braemar West Capital
    • Bruce Schmidt, Angel Investor
    • David Shore, Co-founder Moj.io Inc.
    • Geoff Catherwood, BDC
    • Jim Fletcher, Angel Investor
    •  Julien Sellgren, Angel Investor and past NVBC winner (Metalogix 2002)
    • Maria Pacella, PenderFund Capital Management
    • Meredith Powell, Venture Partner, Voyager Capital

    Want to see who wins $250,000 in cash and prizes? Be sure to register for the 19th Annual Competition Awardshappening on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Imperial in Vancouver. Tickets are $5 for BC tech startups, but are limited – be sure to register early.

    This event is a part of Vancouver Startup Week for the fifth year in a row.


  • LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. posted an article
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    LlamaZOO Wins $10,000 Top Regional Startup Award in BCIC New Ventures Competition


    BCIC New Ventures Competition Awards Ceremony, Vancouver, BC - September 26, 2016 - ​LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. ("LlamaZOO") was named the Top Regional Startup winner in the 2016 BCIC New Ventures Competition. This award is accompanied by a $10,000 cash prize, and recognizes LlamaZOO as the top placing venture located outside Metro Vancouver in New Ventures BC’s annual province-wide business competition for early stage tech companies.


    “We have made several tremendous advancements over the past few months, both with EasyAnatomy specifically, and overall as a company. Winning this award is greatly appreciated recognition for our progress as a business, and for our team’s huge effort over the summer.” said LlamaZOO’s co-founder and CEO Charles Lavigne.  


    This year’s BCIC New Ventures Competition began with over 165 entrants. The field was then narrowed down to a final 10 companies over three rounds of pitch presentations and consolidated business plan submissions. Previous winners of the competition have gone on to experience exponential growth and be acquired by multi-million dollar companies, and include MediaCore (acquired by Workday), GenoLogics (acquired by Illumina), and Vonigo.


    “Charles and I made a conscious decision to build this company in Victoria, and we have received fantastic support from the local community all along the way.” said Kevin Oke, co-founder and Vice President of Sales. “We’re very happy to help shine some light on the amazing tech ecosystem Victoria has to offer.”


    The Top Regional Startup award comes on the heels of LlamaZOO's invitation to China to attend the inaugural meeting of the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA), and the launch of its subscription-based software application for the veterinary education market - EasyAnatomy. EasyAnatomy has found significant early traction, with customers including major institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, home of the oldest medical school in North America, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the oldest schools of its kind in Canada, along with individual veterinary students from over 30 schools across five continents.



    About LlamaZOO

    LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. is an early-stage software company focused on developing EdTech software that delivers interactive 3D content while incorporating learning techniques guided by cognitive neuroscience. The company was founded by video game industry veterans Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke. In just over a year the pair have gone from meeting in a coffee shop over an idea, to developing a prototype and partnering with leading international universities, raising $500,000 in private equity funding, growing the company to 14 full-time staff, and being selected by Microsoft as a "first wave" developer for Hololens.


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