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Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Discovery Foundation is now accepting applications for TEP 2019 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 21st, 2018 at 5pm.

For application guidelines and form, please contact Christina Schroeder at

Discovery Foundation Aspire to Tech Workshops presented by the BC Tech Association: Nov 24th and Dec 1st

Friday, November 16th, 2018

In partnership with BC Tech Association, the Discovery Foundation Aspire to Tech workshops will introduce women to a number of in-demand careers in tech while connecting them with accessible, actionable pathways and resources to land their first gig.

The workshops, led by local experts will explore the step-by-step process of finding your first career in technology (which is not limited to just programming!)

Each workshop will begin with a panel discussion of some of the overarching themes of the tech industry in BC, with tips and insights for women and underrepresented groups. Following the panel, attendees will get an overview of some of the most in-demand positions in tech, including:

Nov. 24th

Community Management
Digital Marketing
Talent Acquisition
Communications & PR
Customer Success
Event Marketing

Dec. 1st

Software Development (Back End)
Software Development (Front End)
Product Management
UX/UI Design

After hearing about each of these fields, attendees will split off for a small-group Q&A on what it’s really like to work in technology, exactly what steps are needed to get there, and where to go to find training and more information. Participants will be provided with a one-page career description so can leave feeling clear and ready for next steps.

This event is intended for those who are trying to break into their first position in the tech industry, if you are already working in tech, please consider attending other events that are meant for established professionals.

Click here to register.

Discovery Foundation’s BLAST Program introduces: Flip The Switch 2018, a Mastermind Intensive Weekend for Women in Tech! Nov 30th – Dec 2nd

Friday, November 16th, 2018

PurposeFive is excited to present, with the support of Discovery Foundation, FLIP THE SWITCH 2018!

Flip the Switch is an “un-conference” conference; This is a mastermind run by and for experts.

30 female leaders have a rare opportunity to work ON your business instead of IN your business for 3 strategic days of incredible creation.

Accomplish a Key 4-month Goal in One Weekend because of the collective wisdom in the room.

Rejuvenate – Strategize – Connect  with the ecosystem of powerful women (and men) gathered in this paradise island retreat to support you.

30 Women Leaders – 3 days – 7 experts

For more information and to register, click here.

Coming up: Discovery Foundation’s Speed Mentoring Program in Collaboration with WCT on Nov 27th

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Speed Mentoring

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?

Join the 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, explore how having a mentor could support you and your career, and gather a range of new perspectives on a challenge you are currently facing.

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

When: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm

Where: Microsoft | 725 Granville St., 7th Floor, Rooms: MPR 706, 707. Vancouver, BC  V7Y 1G5

Cost: Free

Light snacks and refreshments included.

The theme for this event is 2019 goal setting. Bring your career goals for 2019 and let our wise team of mentors help you map out how to reach them. Register now to be a mentee!

Want to become a mentor instead? Email us at with a little about yourself.


Friday, November 2nd, 2018




Ever have that feeling that you’re ‘under fire’ when presenting or pitching? This workshop will have you ready to face the ‘Firing Squad’ of investors, directors, and beyond… and show them that You’ve Got This!

  • Two day Workshop –
    • November 22 & 23, 2018 – 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Where: Blakes – 595 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
  • Cost: $25*  ~~~~~ The value of the sessions for this workshop is over $1500/person. Big THANKS to Discovery Foundation & Blakes, for their sponsorship in helping to cover costs for our Founders!
  • Includes: All meals, and workshop materials. (See Agenda below)

This event is INVITE ONLY, with limited tickets available for female founders and co-founders of companies in the STEM disciplines.

If you are interested in attending this event, or know someone that should attend, please email us at, and we’ll connect with you promptly.



8:30AM     Meet the OWLS and Welcome
9:00AM     The Secret Language of Business


10:30AM   Financials Tell a Story – What yours say and how to change the conversation

11:45AM    LUNCH – Understanding Non-dilutive Financing Options

1:00 PM    Expert Panel Discussion: 3 Keys to Inspiring Confidence and Building Credibility in the Boardroom


2:30PM     Courage: Responding to questions under fire
3:30PM     Courage Building – Live Coaching Session


8:30AM     Expert Debate: Are Budgets Biased?
9:30AM     Interactive Sessions: Identifying Bias in YOUR Boardroom


10:45AM    Expert Panel Discussion Tackling the Hardest Questions about Debt, Equity, Cashflow & Risk


1:30PM     Pitch ‘n’ Present: She’s Got This!
4:00PM    Networking Reception


Steph Sharp has been a finance, negotiation, and strategy expert for over 30 years. She has recently launched F*NANCE – a program for leaders who think finance is a four-letter word. F*NANCE makes the numbers enlightening, empowering, and intuitive, using behaviour-driven tools to transform your business. Ms Sharp has been developing these tools for 15 years, training hundreds of small business leaders and entrepreneurs around the world along the way and creating agile leaders who can manage today’s complexity and chaos.

 If you’re a female founder & want to attend… CONTACT WOMEN TECH FOUNDERS here.

But act quickly, tickets are going fast!

A DISCOVERY FOUNDATION GROWTH ESSENTIAL PROGRAM: Growth Driver – successful route to market strategy Part 2 November 28th

Friday, October 26th, 2018

The next workshop in the Discovery Foundation Growth Essential Program:  Growth Driver: Successful routes to market strategy – PART 2 in partnership with ACETECH is being presented by Bruce Stuart on November 28th, 2018.

You know that your growth in 2019 will require improvements and investments in your firm’s thinking about Routes to Market strategy. You know that any part of a business that consumes 20-50% of all expenses and 1.5-3.5X as much money as is spent on R&D must be taken seriously! You know that the earlier a tech company starts thinking seriously about solving their routes to market problems, the better the job they do. Like many things, the earlier you start working on the problem the earlier you solve it. And you know that startups benefit immensely from early attention to routes to market strategy as it helps them frame the form of product, service or technology they need to create in order to have a shot at commercial success.

You also know that in many emerging and mature tech companies it currently takes more time to research, develop and execute a new or re designed routes to market strategy then it takes to create the product, service or technology that they wish to take to market. You also know, if you have watched the videos, that Channelcorp know what they are talking about.

Click here for more information and to register!


A Discovery Foundation Growth Essential Program: The 6 Levels of Leadership: How to improve your culture and team accountability

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Victoria! The next Discovery Foundation Growth Essential Program workshop facilitated by ACETECH and presented by Roberto Erario is scheduled for November 6th!

Learn how to leverage a simple, yet powerful framework to elevate leadership at all levels in your organization and achieve more alignment, engagement and performance. We will go through a step-by-step process that will allow you to discover and address some of the blind spots that are affecting productivity and harmony in your company.

Often, the struggles (and opportunities) that come from leading a team stems from a lack of integration and alignment between six key levels. In this workshop, Roberto will show how to create more “flow” in a company and what to do to reach a higher level of team performance, engagement and profitability. He will also show some real case scenarios of how the critical interactions between these six levels did ultimately made, broke the success of a team, or of an entire company.

Click here to learn more and to register.

MASTERMIND CAPITAL: WOMEN IN TECH! Part of the Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program

Friday, October 19th, 2018


Applications are Open!!!

Gender parity in decision-making leadership roles isn’t about politics — it is smart business. Vancouver performs comparatively well in terms of diversity in our tech sector: we have a higher-than-average percentage of immigrant-founded startups and companies. However, we still have much work to do. This cohort aims to create an inclusive environment to support female founders and entrepreneurs on their journey to raising capital.

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, October 28, 11:59 PM

Location: Vancouver Economic Commission (1500-401 W Georgia Street.)

Program Dates:

  • Funding Fundamentals: November 6, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Pitch and Telling your Story with Impact: November 13, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Due Diligence: November 20, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Getting to a Close: November 27, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Apply here.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s Living Labs launches the Discovery Foundation Mentorship Program featuring Entrepreneur-in-Residence Ian Ball

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

As part of the Discovery Foundation Mentorship Program,  Living Labs is launching the first-ever Discovery Foundation Entrepreneur in Residence at Emily Carr. This innovative new program will provide dedicated support for ECU students as they create, refine and launch the next generation of technology-driven businesses, products, projects, platforms or initiatives. For more information, click here.

A Discovery Foundation Growth Essential Program: Growth Driver: Successful routes to market strategy – PART 1 October 23rd, 2018

Monday, September 17th, 2018

The next workshop in the Discovery Foundation Growth Essential Program:  Growth Driver: Successful routes to market strategy – PART 1 in partnership with ACETECH is being presented by Bruce Stuart on October 23rd, 2018.

The process of finding and developing routes to market for products, services or technologies (the offering) is expensive and time consuming.  In fact most emerging and mature tech companies spend more per year on finding, developing and managing routes to market then they spend annually on R&D. To learn more and to register for the workshop, click here.