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  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Among the semi-finalists are Victoria's own Barnacle Systems (BRNKL) and Locelle Digital Inc see more

    Barnacle Systems and Locelle make it to Small Business BC's Top 10 Best Concept List

    The Small Business BC Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC's entrepreneurs. These awards are a celebration of the contributions small business owners make to their local communities and to the global economy. It's free to enter and open to all new and existing small businesses in BC.

    The votes have been tallied and the Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the 2019 Small Business BC Awards have been announced. Among the semi-finalists are Victoria's own Barnacle Systems (BRNKL) and Locelle Digital Inc, both of which are in the Top 10 for Best Concept. See the Top 10s for each category right here.

    What's next:

    1. As a Top 10 finalist, they'll be given one month to provide the expert panel of judges a more detailed application outlining why they deserve to win the award. These applications will be assessed to narrow down competition to the Top 5 finalists.
    2. Come February 4th, the Top 5 in each category will be required to make a ten minute pitch explaining why their business trumps the other finalists in their category. If they can convince the judges that their business really is the best, then they’ll be selected as the winner.
    3. February 21st: Awards Gala! Each winner will be recognized with a cash prize in the amount of $1,500,  a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, business mentorship from the award sponsor and the opportunity for extensive media exposure.

    About Barnacle Systems:

    Barnacle Systems Inc. is a boat security and monitoring company based in Victoria. Founded in 2017, the team at Barnacle has developed an innovative new surveillance product for the marine industry called BRNKL.

    BRNKL is for boat owners who need to be able to check in on their vessel remotely from their smartphone, tablet, or computer. BRNKL is also for yacht monitoring and charter companies who need a simple dashboard outlining the health and status of all their boats.

    Like a ‘home security system for your boat’ users can see inside of their vessel(s) using an onboard camera while also monitoring critical alerts such as anchor drag, low batteries, loss of shore power and high-water.  Unlike standard marine electronics that provide monitoring while you’re on board, BRNKL has a built-in global cellular service. So, whether you’re at the dock, at home, or halfway around the world your boat is at your fingertips.

    About Locelle Digtial:

    Locelle is a next-generation women-only networking platform providing a safer and easier way to meet up with like-minded women (friends, mentors, business connections). Unlike Facebook, Bumble, Meetups, Slack and other platforms, we create real connections by finding nearby matches based on interests, location, activities and time using our proprietary technology. Our business model is B2B2C with users from SAP, Microsoft, IBM on the platform.

    Companies have challenges attracting and retaining women employees, especially in the current social environment, where movements like #metoo and #timesup bring about diversity and inclusion initiatives. Highly topical for the above challenge is social isolation, which affects millions of women around the world and have chronic long-term condition in terms of impact they have on health & well being. Since launching a month ago, Locelle has already made many meaningful connections for women in Victoria and Vancouver.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Victoria has been chosen to be on a list of the top 10 cities in the world see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Carla Wilson

    Victoria has been chosen to be on a list of the top 10 cities in the world, tucked between Vancouver and Salzburg, Austria, according to a new poll.

    Victoria came in seventh place in the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards survey. The magazine’s readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favourite cities outside the U.S.

    The recognition helps strengthen Victoria on the world tourism stage, something that the local hospitality sector has worked hard to attain for years.

    “This is a huge deal, though most people, including civic leaders, won’t grasp how important this is,” said Paul Nursey, Tourism Victoria CEO.

    This is what Condé Nast said about our city: “As a former British colony, Victoria retains stately mansions and picturesque gardens perfect for walking and gazing. Its mild climate and location on the southern end of Vancouver Island also make it an excellent location for outdoor activities: Take a kayak tour of Victoria Harbour, or walk a half mile over the sea on the Ogden Point Breakwater. For excellent traditional fish-and-chips on the docks, try the aptly named Red Fish Blue Fish.”

    Among Canadian hotels, Condé Nast readers put the Magnolia Hotel and Spa in second place, with the Fairmont Empress in seventh spot.

    TOP 10 CITIES

    1. Tokyo, Japan

    2. Kyoto, Japan

    3. Florence, Italy

    4. Lucerne, Switzerland

    5. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    6. Vancouver

    7. Victoria

    8. Salzburg, Austria

    9. Barcelona, Spain

    10. Vienna, Austria