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Discovery Foundation presents: BLAST MASTERMIND INTENSIVE 2017 Nov 3rd & 4th

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Discovery Foundation presents: BLAST MASTERMIND INTENSIVE 2017 Nov 3rd & 4th

12 select women leaders from across BC

5 curated experts in leadership, wellness, business growth and financial strategy

2 day Mastermind Intensive weekend retreat designed to empower and propel you and your business to accomplish a 4-month goal in 2 days because of the accelerated format and expertise in the room.

Does this sound like EXACTLY what your team needs? For more information, click here.

Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program offers a four-week program for up to 16 entrepreneurs

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Are you an entrepreneur looking to sharpen your pitch and prepare yourself for $1M+ in investment capital? The next installment of the Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program offers a four-week program for up to 16 entrepreneurs. Click here to apply.

From September 8 through September 25, a combination of workshops, seminars, mentor-driven education and peer support will test an entrepreneur’s investor readiness. Successful applicants will leave this program better prepared for the fundraising process, and in a stronger position to access deal flow events in Vancouver and elsewhere.

The program culminates on September 26th with the Vancouver Tech Showcase, a highly curated deal flow event of featuring deep dive investor engagements. Standout entrepreneurs who impress the selection committee comprising representatives from Vancouver’s top venture capital firms will have the opportunity to make pitches to groups of Vancouver’s top investors and engage them in Q&A rounds.

The Capital Mentorship Program kicks off with the Strategic Fundraising 101 panel on August 16th.

Key topics covered in this intensive workshop include:

  • Goals of fundraising
  • Why investors invest
  • Ideal/strategic investors
  • The funding sales process
  • Getting to know your numbers
  • Pitching
  • Due Diligence & Getting to a Close

Who should attend on August 16th?

This session is designed for CEOs and founders of growth-oriented startups in a variety of technology sectors—including VR/AR, VFX, cleantech and disruptive solutions—across Metro Vancouver. These companies have already launched their product or service, raised a seed round or two, and are ready for the next stage of their growth; they are poised to seek additional external sources of funding, and looking to raise capital in the next 6 months (i.e. working on a new iteration of their original investment strategy). To register and for more information:


3 Canadian companies chosen to participate in Discovery Foundation’s RevUp Program

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Three Canadian tech companies are confirmed to participate in Discovery Foundation’s RevUp Program this spring/summer. This eight-month program is delivered through Wavefront’s Vancouver headquarters and is designed for companies in a high-growth stage. The participating companies will receive coaching on how to build sustainable revenue, develop customer acquisition models and attain operational efficiency.

To read about the companies, click here. 



June 20th – ACETECH presents a Discovery Foundation Growth Essentials Program: Topgrading

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The single most important driver of organization performance is human capital or talent. The ability to hire and promote the best people at every level is what distinguishes premier companies, large or small, from mediocre companies. The company with better talent is bound to win. The trouble is most companies don’t have superior talent because they are poor at picking it and they use superficial hiring methods that enable participants to control and hide what they do not want to share about themselves.

Topgrading, developed by Bradford Smart, is the leading methodology world-wide for attracting, hiring and retaining top talent. It is a highly structured approach designed to ensure that only the highest performers are hired. Topgrading is the practice of creating the highest quality workforce by ensuring that talent acquisition and talent management processes focus on identifying, hiring, promoting, and retaining high performers, or “A players.”

Topgrading methods are revolutionary in infusing hiring with honesty, thoroughness and verifiability in candidate information producing a hiring success rate of 75 – 90%. That simple fact will dramatically change the organizational culture and raise the performance bar for everyone.

For more information and to register, click here.


Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The Vancouver Economic Commission is pleased to partner with Spring, New Ventures BC and Highline BETA to deliver the Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program and Vancouver Technology Showcase. The Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program is designed to help early-stage, for-profit entrepreneurs become more strategic in raising capital critical to accelerating their ventures. Running from April 25th through to the end of May, the program is a series of impactful events featuring panels, workshops, pitch training, investor–company matching and networking opportunities.

This program will most benefit CEOs and founders of growth-oriented technology and impact economy companies in Metro Vancouver who have already launched a product or service. Their companies generate revenue and are ready to seek external sources of funding to accelerate growth; they are planning their investment strategy and are looking at a timeline of raising capital in the next six months.

The Capital Mentorship Program kicks off with a sold-out ‘Strategic Fundraising 101’ workshop, which functions as a prelude to the main stage of the program, Mastermind: Capital. Beginning today, the VEC invites Vancouver-based tech entrepreneurs to apply to this stage—an entrepreneur-only, hands-on and cohort-based series of workshops delivered by Spring and complimented by special guests aimed at accelerating founders’ efforts to raise capital.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program: Strategic Fundraising 101 April 25th, 2017

Friday, April 21st, 2017

When? April 25th, 2017

Where? CodeCore Bootcamp, 142 West Hastings Street, V6B 1G8, Vancouver, BC, Canada

What? Delivered by the Vancouver Economic Commission as Part 1 of the Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program, learn how to be strategic in your investment-seeking methods!

Equip yourself with the tools and knowledge to align with strategic investors, raise capital, and grow your business. Keith Ippel, Co-Founder and Partner, Spring Activator, has mentored countless startups through capital raising, with $4M raised in 2015. Now he’ll teach you how to be strategic in your investment-seeking methods.

Click here for more information and to attend. Use promo code: DISCOVERY-101 for free entry!


Discovery Foundation announces 2017 Technology Education Program Agents

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

TEP Agents are industry organizations or educational institutions experienced in offering educational programs to technology entrepreneurs.  Discovery Foundation looks for Agents that can teach technology entrepreneurs the business skills and practices essential to grow world-scale BC-based businesses. Agents and programs are selected in a yearly competition by the Foundation to help deliver its educational mandate.

Programs include professional development workshops, individual mentoring by CEOs, discussion forums, commercialization courses, business clinics and similar educational activities.  The purpose is to help tech entrepreneurs increase revenues, expand into new markets, negotiate deals, assess opportunities and accelerate growth resulting in jobs for BC.

The Foundation hires “Agents” to provide business education programs for technology entrepreneurs on its behalf.  Selected in an annual competition, these programs have proven successful in helping the growth of technology firms.  TEP funds are used to dramatically reduce the cost of the training programs for individuals. To see the 2017 Agents and Programs, please click here.

Discovery Foundation’s Mentoring and Catalyst Program presents Dec 12th Scaling Up: Growing Multi-Million Dollar Companies in Vancouver

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Hosted by Venture Connection in partnership with the 
Beedie School of Business

The focus moves away from startup to scale up as we host a panel of high profile Canadian entrepreneurs. Panelists include Shannon Susko (Serial entrepreneur and author of the Metronome Effect), Jason Lindstrom (Bucket List), Greg Malpass (Traction on Demand), and more! This panel will be moderated by Sarah Lubik – one of Canada’s 10 federal innovation leaders and Director of Entrepreneurship at SFU.

For more information and to attend, click here.

TEP 2017 Call for Applications: Deadline December 12th 5pm

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Discovery Foundation is now accepting applications for TEP 2017 from industry organizations, educational institutions, or similar who are experienced in offering educational programs to technology entrepreneurs.

Discovery Foundation is seeking partner Agents that can teach technology entrepreneurs the business skills and practices essential to grow world-scale BC-based businesses.

Application deadline is December 12th, 2016 at 5pm.

For application guidelines and form, please contact Christina Schroeder at

Discovery Foundation and ECUAD: Living Labs present ABD3 Speaker Series: 2016

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Hear the stories of seven entrepreneurs, designers and tech pioneers who’ve put together wildly successful startups, worked with top companies, and developed new and incredible products and business models. This series of guest lectures brings together a phenomenal breadth of experience in entrepreneurship practices, with a focus on the creative sector. For more info and to see the weekly speakers, click here.

Room 390
Wednesdays, 9:30 am

These lectures are free; a limited number of seats are open to current students, industry practitioners and alumni. ABD3 is produced in partnership with the Discovery Foundation.

ADB3 (Art, Design, Business) is a program that engages experts in business, technology, interaction design, industrial design, and materials-based research in order to transfer knowledge to emerging entrepreneurs who demonstrate the desire and capability to establish technology companies in BC, particularly in the connected devices space between hardware and software. Students at Emily Carr are highly entrepreneurial and possess the creative vision and cross-disciplinary problem-solving skills that will place them at the vanguard in a world of business and culture that is fully situated within a technology-based paradigm. Various programs at Emily Carr exist to support the development of these technology-based companies and products. ADB3 augments the activities of these existing programs, bringing business and commercialization experts into bi-weekly studio visits and guest lectures in order to build networks, provide opportunities for professional development, and support business learning.