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Introducing Discovery Foundation’s Speed Mentoring Program in Collaboration with WCT, a free event series which starts June 19th!

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Most people would agree that everyone can benefit from having a mentor and that mentoring can have a great impact on your career. But, what makes a great mentor and how do you go about finding one?

Introducing Discovery Foundation’s Speed Mentoring Program in Collaboration with WCT, a free event series which seeks to break down barriers by providing informal mentoring opportunities open to all women, trans, and non-binary folk working in communications and technology.

A Speed Mentoring event consists of a series of short, round-table discussions facilitated by one volunteer mentor and up to four mentees, creating opportunities to:

  • Form new connections with both mentors and mentees from a diverse set of backgrounds

  • Explore how having a mentor could support you and your career

  • Gather a range of new perspectives on a challenge you are currently facing

  • Share your wisdom and experience by being a mentor yourself.

You’ll also have a chance to win a wine tasting at Township 7 for you and 9 friends!

To register, click here. 

A DISCOVERY FOUNDATION GROWTH ESSENTIAL PROGRAM May 31st – Transformation Math – the Cash Flow Dynamics of Cloud, SaaS and XSP delivered by ACETECH

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Expenses Lead Revenues; Investments Lead Returns
Forecasting and then financing the growth of a born in the cloud business is a difficult thing to do. The transformation from a legacy, transaction centric business model to a cloud/SaaS or XSP centric recurring revenue business model is also very tough. In this session, Bruce R Stuart, partner in Vancouver-based Channelcorp will help you and your team examine the cash flow dynamics of cloud, SaaS and XSP transformations.

The session will be presented in six conversations:

Every picture tells a story: the shape of cash
The players: the big 6 drivers
The questions: an interactive case study
The answer
The impact on valuation
Churn and customer retention: the silent killers
About Channelcorp
A 30 year veteran of the global tech industry Bruce Stuart and Partner Margaret Stuart have worked with many organizations including Adobe, Autodesk, HPE, HP, VMware, IBM, Cisco, SAP, Xerox and others as they and their partners have made the transformation to a recurring revenue future.

This session should be attended by CEOs, CFOs, key Route to Market executives and Board Members or advisors to tech companies that are considering or are in the process of transformation to a recurring revenue model.

Click here to register!

Discovery Foundation and Women’s Enterprise Centre launch the Discovery Foundation’s EM3 (Entrepreneurial Mindset Mastery & Mentoring) Program

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Discovery Foundation and Women’s Enterprise Centre are excited to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for BC women entrepreneurs in tech, called Discovery Foundation’s EM3 (Entrepreneurial Mindset Mastery & Mentoring) Program.

If you’re a woman business owner who operates in the tech sector, uses technology as a significant part of your business, or creates innovative products, services or processes, we want to help you grow your venture!

The EM3 program is based on WEC’s peer mentoring format, which is proven to create success. It brings women together for six mentoring sessions, led by an experienced female tech entrepreneur.

The program will help you:

  • Access a peer network of like-minded female founders
  • Get insights from an experienced woman mentor
  • Develop the mindset of a forward-thinking entrepreneur
  • Give your business a solid foundation for growth

Learn more about the program here.

THE DISCOVERY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ITS 2018 RESEARCH AWARD RECIPIENTS

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, February 27, 2018: The Discovery Foundation, committed to the development and sustainability of the science and technology sector in BC, today announced the recipients of its inaugural Research Awards Program. $60,000 in total will be awarded to 3 agents. 

“For the first time, this year we are offering research awards valued at $20,000″ says Dr. David Harper, Discovery Foundation CEO. “Funding is available in two areas of research: greentech/cleantech and how to best promote diversity and inclusiveness in the BC tech sector. I am delighted to announce partnerships with Ocean Wise®, the Vancouver Economic Commission, and Women in Tech World. Collectively, we are confident these research programs will lead to a cleaner, greener, and more inclusive province.”

Ocean Wise® 

“Plastics are deeply embedded in our way of life but the pace and scale at which they are entering our oceans is alarming” says Dr. Peter Ross, vice president of research at Ocean Wise and executive director of the Coastal Ocean Research Institute. “We are pleased to partner with Discovery Foundation to initiate a Discovery Ocean Prize which will support research aimed at reducing plastic pollution in the ocean through innovative material design, novel recycling concepts, and new approaches to manufacturing and transport of goods. Look for a broader announcement in the coming months.”

Ocean Wise® is a not-for-profit organization whose vision is a world in which oceans are healthy and flourishing. Explore with us at www.ocean.org.

Vancouver Economic Commission

The Vancouver Economic Commission plans to explore the question “What is the market transformation potential of the B.C. Energy Step Code and the Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Bylaw?”  to better understand the pending impact on BC’s Green Tech Ecosystem.

The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) works to position Vancouver as a global leader for innovative, creative and sustainable business. www.vancouvereconomic.com

Women in Tech World

Driving WinTech: A Study of Women in Tech in British Columbia (BC) is to conduct community-based research on the experiences of women in the BC technology sector, in order to provide regional recommendations and actionable steps to address gaps in gender inclusivity and diversity province wide. The intent of the BC community-based research study is to better understand the challenges, barriers, and successes experienced by women in the technology sector in BC, at both a local and provincial level.

Women in Tech World is a grassroots organization dedicated to creating opportunities, connections + actionable steps to elevate women in tech. www.womenintechworld.com

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Since 2010, the Discovery Foundation has provided approximately $3-million to foster science and technology in BC.  Beginning this year, the foundation is also funding research in the greentech/cleantech sector and supporting an investigation of how to best promote diversity and inclusiveness in the BC tech sector. Also new this year are post-secondary scholarships, awarded by our partners at BCIT and SFU, that reward students who show great promise, have financial need, and are from an under-represented group in BC tech. The Discovery Foundation Diversity Scholarships will help these students complete their technology, business, and entrepreneurship programs so they can contribute to employment and economic development in BC.

About the Discovery Foundation

A registered charity, the Discovery Foundation has been an enabler of the science and technology sector in BC since its formation in 1979. Its principal activity is the delivery of the Technology Education Program via agents that provide education and guidance to entrepreneurs in BC. The foundation also provides funds for research and scholarship.

The Discovery Foundation currently receives all funding through the independent and self-sustaining organization, Discovery Parks Investments Ltd.

The Discovery Foundation announces the winners of the 2018 Technology Education Programs competition

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, February 19, 2018: The Discovery Foundation, committed to the development and sustainability of the science and technology sector in BC, today announced the winners of their annual competition for Technology Education Programs. $300,000 in total will be awarded to 12 agents in three funding categories.

“I was overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of the applications this year, which have more than doubled since 2017”, says Dr. David Harper, Discovery Foundation CEO. “This year we challenged agents to propose programing that prioritized diversity and inclusiveness, and the response was impressive. I am confident that the agents we were able to fund will play a significant role in growing the tech sector and forwarding BC’s competitive advantage. I am proud to announce that all of our programming now prioritizes under-represented groups in tech, in particular women and First Nations. Of the 12 programs funded, five are exclusively for women and two are for First Nations entrepreneurs.”

The three award categories and winners are listed below. Please see our website, http://www.discoveryfoundation.ca for more details on the programs.

Major Programs ($50,000) have a significant impact of the BC tech sector by providing mentorship to new and growing companies.

ACETECH: Discovery Foundation Leadership Development Program

SFU’s Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection: Discovery Foundation Tech4Impact Program

Women’s Enterprise Centre: Discovery Foundation’s EM3 (Entrepreneurial Mindset Mastery & Mentoring) Program

Continuing Programs ($20,000) provides funding to existing smaller scale initiatives.

Emily Carr Living Labs: Discovery Foundation’s Mentorship Program

Indigenext: Discovery Foundation’s Before Vancouver Program

Junior Achievement BC: Discovery Foundation’s JA Success Skills Program

PurposeFive: Discovery Foundation’s Women Leaders in Tech BLAST  (Business Leadership, Acceleration Strategies, Technology) Program

Vancouver Economic Commission: Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program

Wavefront: Discovery Foundation’s Vertical RevUP Program

New Programs ($10,000) are specifically directed towards improving diversity in the B.C. technology sector.

New Ventures BC: Discovery Foundation Startup Connector Program

Women in Communications and Technology, BC: Discovery Foundation’s Speed Mentoring Program

Women Tech Founders: Discovery Foundation’s Women Tech Founders

 

Since 2010, the Discovery Foundation has provided approximately $3-million to foster science and technology in BC.  Beginning this year, the foundation is also funding research in the greentech/cleantech sector and supporting an investigation of how to best promote diversity and inclusiveness in the BC tech sector. Also new this year are post-secondary scholarships, awarded by our partners at BCIT and SFU, that reward students who show great promise, have financial need, and are from an under-represented group in BC tech. The Discovery Foundation Diversity Scholarships will help these students complete their technology, business, and entrepreneurship programs so they can contribute to employment and economic development in BC.

About the Discovery Foundation

A registered charity, the Discovery Foundation has been an enabler of the science and technology sector in BC since its formation in 1979. Its principal activity is the delivery of the Technology Education Program via agents that provide education and guidance to entrepreneurs in BC. The foundation also provides funds for research and scholarship.

The Discovery Foundation currently receives all funding through the independent and self-sustaining organization, Discovery Parks Investments Ltd.

 

TEP 2018 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: DEADLINE DECEMBER 15TH 5PM

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Discovery Foundation is now accepting applications for TEP 2018 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 15th, 2017 at 5pm.

For application guidelines and form, please contact Christina Schroeder at info@discoveryfoundation.ca

Discovery Foundation’s ADB3 Series delivered by ECUAD Living Labs

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Discovery Foundation’s Art, Design, Business Speaker Series

Hear the stories of six 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.

Room B4130, 520 East 1st Ave. (new campus!)
Mondays at 4:30 pm – All Welcome!

These lectures are free; a limited number of seats are open to current students, industry practitioners and alumni. ADB3 is produced in partnership with the Discovery Foundation through the Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship.

Click here to see dates and topics.

ACETECH AND DISCOVERY FOUNDATION PRESENT: DISCOVERY FOUNDATION GROWTH ESSENTIAL PROGRAM: Leadership Effectiveness: The Trust Equation and Peer Coaching December 5th, 2017

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Listening Skills, Open-Mindedness, Curiosity and Self-Awareness

The innovation process involves considerable risk both for the organization and employees participating in the process. Challenging the status quo and existing assumptions can create backlash – creative ideas require more expansive, progressive thinking and are inherently more risky than incremental improvements.

In an innovative organization, on the other hand, atypical ideas are embraced and the people who propose them championed and recognized as creative thinkers. They know that they can take risks and that they will be rewarded for doing so, and that if the project does not succeed, they will not be reprimanded. Rather, they will be expected to drop the project quickly, share what they have learned and take on a new project.

Their secret? Trust.

Session Outcomes:

  • Develop a nuanced understanding of trust
  • Explore their own trust-building behaviors
  • Increase personal awareness around their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn how to help foster greater innovation and performance overall through encouraging safe debate and critical feedback, encouraging new perspectives and championing radical ideas and team members
  • Understand the fundamentals of peer-coaching – with the aim of participants holding one another accountable to the Trust Commitment each makes

This half-day session will be delivered by THNK School of Creative Leadership. 

Click here for more information and to register.

Discovery Foundation’s Venture Ready Workshop Series Oct 19th – Nov 16th

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Launch your business.
Grow your network.
Discover alternative career-paths.

The SBN and the Discovery Foundation have organized a free workshops series featuring the fundamentals of starting and building a new venture in the life sciences. Aimed primarily at budding entrepreneurs, life sciences researchers and those looking to explore alternative career paths, the workshops build awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and resources available to those looking to start their own business.

Upon its completion, participants should be able to recognize the fundamental features of the entrepreneurial mindset, and be armed with the confidence to pursue opportunities either as own ventures or part of a bigger corporation.

What’s in it for me?

  • Provide a basic understanding needed to start and grow a business
  • Provide networking opportunities with like-minded peers in the life sciences community
  • Excellent mentorship opportunities with course instructors
  • An opportunity to develop your business planning skills

The course is free of charge and attendance is recorded at the beginning of each lecture. SBN members get priority into the venture ready program! You can purchase membership here. Attendance at all four workshops is required to obtain a Venture Ready certificate of completion and access to an informational interview with a SBN mentor coordinated by the director of mentorship. Click here for more information and to register.

 

Discovery Foundation GROWTH ESSENTIAL PROGRAM: One Page Strategic Plan Oct 5th delivered by ACETECH

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The Most Effective Way to Plan and Get Plans Executed

The One-Page Strategic Plan is a proven framework for management teams to integrate a disciplined approach to strategic thinking and execution planning. This simple yet powerful tool allows companies to edit their vision and strategy down to a single, action-oriented page.

In just one day, you and your leadership team can take your business on the road to growth with the Rockefeller Habits 2.0 tools and strategies. Over 20,000 executives have attended this workshop and experienced results.

Session Outcomes:

  • Focus on the four decisions, in growing your business, that you must get right or risk leaving significant revenues, profits, and time on the table: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash
  • Build a shared conviction and greater commitment to the strategy. Having a plan is imperative, but it’s also important that those executing it are in agreement and committed to making it happen
  • Walk away with a solid start on the Gazelles’ signature One-Page Strategic Plan providing a roadmap for alignment among your leadership team members along with time-tested and proven principles for growth that you can start implementing right away

To register, click here.