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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

MASTERMIND CAPITAL: WOMEN IN TECH

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.

The next Discovery Foundation’s Speed Mentoring Program in Collaboration with WCT is September 18th!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Speed Mentoring – Taking the Lead

Register Now

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 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!

When: Tuesday, September 18

Time: 5pm – 8pm

Where: Hootsuite, 5 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, V5T 1R6

Cost: Free

Light snacks and refreshments included.

The theme for this event is Taking the Lead. Participants are encouraged to share a challenge they are currently facing and for which they are seeking guidance and support. Register now to be a mentee!

The Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program kicks off with the Insider’s Guide to Raising a Round!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

The Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program facilitated by the Vancouver Economic Commission is designed to help entrepreneurs become more strategic in raising the capital critical to accelerating their ventures. This program is for CEOs and founders of growth-oriented tech companies who have already launched their productor service. Generally, they should be generating revenue, ready to seek external sources of funding and looking to raise a minimum of $1M in capital in the next six months.

On August 21st, the first MasterMind Capital Cohort begins with a three-hour deep dive and workshop into the capital raising process and the preparations required. Then over the following three weeks, Spring – along with select partners – will facilitate two-hour sessions with inter-session support to work through investor profiles and funnels, pitch preparation, due diligence preparation, and negotiation skills. No more than 16 companies will be selected.

Fastrack Your Fundraise in 2018: Introductory Session

If you are interested in applying for the Capital Mentorship program, we encourage you to attend Insider’s Guide to Raising a Round: Tips From the Other Side, a panel session led by Sana Kapadia on how to align with strategic investors, raise capital, and grow your business. This session happens August 7, before applications open for the Capital Mentorship Program. Register here.

MasterMind Capital Streams

Due to popular demand, we have partnered with Spring to bring Vancouver and BC three MasterMind Capital programs this fall and winter, each with a different focus:

MasterMind Capital: VR/AR

Program Dates: August 21 – September 14

With over 200 entities in the industry, Vancouver’s visual and spatial computing expertise — the result of a 40-year legacy in film & TV, 35-years of leadership in animation and VFX, and over 20 years of games design — is drawing smart companies, talent and capital. The VR/AR industry is rapidly expanding. This cohort will be tailored for founders and companies in the extended, virtual, augmented, and mixed realities space across BC.

Applications Open on August 7

 

MasterMind Capital: Health & Life Sciences

Program Dates: September 24 – October 19

Vancouver and BC is home to a robust health and life sciences sector. Well-resourced research universities and leaders in the field provide a strong incubation infrastructure for biotech, medtech and other life sciences startups requiring the deep support necessary to start up. This Mastermind cohort will serve companies working on commercialized projects and technologies looking to meaningfully enhance human health and wellness.

Applications Open on September 3

 

MasterMind Capital: Women in Tech

Program Dates: October 29 – November 23

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.

Applications Open on October 8

 

All Applications will be reviewed by Spring and the VEC.

 

What’s Next? About our Investment Showcases

Following MasterMind Capital, the top-performing startups will be strongly positioned for the opportunity to be featured at one of multiple investment showcases. Our Investment Showcases highlight Vancouver’s emerging momentum and high-potential companies to an audience of Canadian and US investors. Each startup participating in an Investment Showcase will be rigorously vetted by an independent Selection Committee comprised of key Vancouver investors and investment firms whose portfolios feature sectors and interests relevant to each showcase theme.

In a departure from the usual showcase format, successful startups field questions from groups of investors in deep dive sessions. This deal flow format encourages investor engagement and facilitates discussion. Learn more about showcases from previous years and read more about one of the resulting success stories.

  • VR/AR Investment Showcase (September 20) – [Applications Not Yet Open]
  • Health & Life Sciences Investment Showcase (TBC)
  • Women in Tech Investment Showcase (TBC)

Discovery Foundation and New Ventures BC launch the Discovery Foundation Start-Up Connector Program:

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Get connected to what your start-up needs

With the support of the Discovery Foundation, New Ventures BC is launching a Start-up Connector Program. This is a pilot program and will be free to accepted ventures.

  • Do you need introductions to the right investors?
  • Are looking to land your first big customer?
  • Need a second look at your financing strategy and pitch?
  • Have you built a solid venture but need to find relevant advisers?

Who is eligible to apply?

This program will first be offered to ventures that have placed in the top 25 of the 2018 BCIC-New Ventures Competition. Any additional available spaces will be offered to ventures with the following qualifications:

 A venture with the intent to build an economically viable, for-profit business in B.C.
 An early stage technology venture commercializing intellectual property
 Ventures that have a product and some early customer traction
 Investor-ready ventures, looking to raise financing

How long is the program? How much involvement does it require?

This program will involve an estimated 6 meetings over 3 months between September 1 to November 30 2018. However, as this is a pilot program, this estimate may change based on each venture’s needs.

Workload will depend on the objectives set by the venture and Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR)

How does the program work?

Accepted ventures will work one-on-one with NVBC’s EiR.

Meeting 1: NVBC’S EIR meets with the CEO for a personalized assessment session. The CEO tells the EiR their critical strategic needs. Based on the assessment meeting, they determine criteria on what/who the CEO needs to execute faster. This may include pitch critique, grant writing tips, fundraising timelines, staffing/expertise requirements, and more.
Meeting 2: EiR reviews available programs that could address the CEO’s needs and makes recommendations on what to apply for and how to write a winning application. The EiR starts to look at making warm introductions to subject-matter experts and/or potential investors the CEO is seeking.

Meetings 3, 4, 5, 6:  The CEO and EiR have 2-4 follow-up meetings to debrief on outcomes and additional needs.

For more information and to register, click here. 

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!