Technology Education Program (TEP)
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.
The Discovery Foundation hired 12 Agents to deliver its programs in 2017. Each of the Agents and their programs are listed here:
Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association
Discovery Foundation’s RevUp Program is a 6-month acceleration program designed to help tech companies with scaling and rapid growth issues. Individualized action plans, one-on-one mentoring and targeting leadership skills development are the hallmarks of the program. The structure, tailored approach of RevUp has proven to be vital in supporting leadership teams as they sustainably scale technology companies through periods of hyper growth opportunities. For more information, click here.
Accelerate Okanagan is also delivering the Discovery Foundation Startup Basics Indigenous Community Pilot Program which targets early idea state Indigenous entrepreneurs and aims to encourage and assist entrepreneurs to start the journey of building a tech enabled company. For more information, click here.
ACETECH is BC’s only not for profit organization formed by CEOs for CEOs of companies innovating with technology. We help CEO’s lead better, grow faster and feel empowered by offering a proven growth strategy program; transformative event experiences; and a trusted peer group for ongoing support.
The Discovery Foundation Growth Essentials Program provides a framework for profitable growth that includes practical tools and proven methods to help transform leadership and enhance company performance in four key areas: strategy, people, cash and execution.
BC Tech Association
The BC Tech Association is guided by the vision of making BC the best place to grow a tech company. They serve as a platform to grow the tech ecosystem, build programs and initiatives that uphold their core values: be of service, succeed together and pay it forward. The backbone of the Discovery Foundation Executives in Residence (EIR) Program is the mentorship and customized expert advice that entrepreneurs receive from their EIRs – a season group of people who have started and sold their own companies and have functional and sector-based knowledge to help companies grow. Engagements include open office hours, EIR roundtable pitches, and company-specific dedicated EIRs. For more information, check back soon!
The BC Tech Association is also delivering The Discovery Foundation BC Tech Diversity Program which brings awareness to and assists women, First Nations People and people with disabilities who wish to gain entrance into the technology sector. One component of this program is the BC Tech Equality Scholarship which supports the education of underrepresented groups in the community. Click here for more information about the Equality Scholarship.
Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection & Radius
Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection & Radius present the Discovery Foundation Inclusive Pipeline Catalyst Program (DF IPCP) – a series of blended programs promoting innovation and development of the tech and entrepreneurial sectors, including supporting inclusive innovation through support of women in entrepreneurship, growth and scaling of companies and support for First Nations technology entrepreneurship. Please check back for more details.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Emily Carr presents The Discovery Foundation’s ADB3 (Art, Design, Business) Program. ADB3 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. ADB3 brings business and commercialization experts into bi-weekly lectures and feedback sessions in order to build networks, provide opportunities for professional development, and support business learning. For more information, click here.
Innovation Central Society
Innovation Central Society supports technology entrepreneurs in starting and growing successful companies. They host events and run programs that focus on developing and supporting an innovative technology community in the northern interior of British Columbia. The Discovery Foundation’s Northern BC Tech Growth Program consists of two components, a CEO-level, peer-to-peer facilitated quarterly discussion forum and a series of five seminars. More information coming soon!
Kootenay Association of Science and Technology - HERE
Demand-driven subject matter mentorship for rural tech companies: Discovery Foundation’s HERE Expert Partner program features 1 to 1 expertise in legal, accounting, engineering, leadership, online marketing & 3D Printing. 2017 will bring a Startup Nelson Chapter launch and #Ladies Learning Code. To better support our entrepreneurial technology VAP program clients, KAST has partnered with carefully selected local service providers through the Discovery Foundation High Value Expertise in a Rural Environment (HERE) program.
Please visit http://kast.com/here/ for details.
The Discovery Foundation’s Women Leaders in Tech “BLAST (Business Leadership and Strategic Technology)” Program will train C-Level Women Leaders of BC’s revenue-generating tech companies to grow their leadership skills and tech exposure by (1) building a strong face-to-face and online community of mentors and, (2) a series of technical workshops on web technologies. Check back for more information and to learn about PurposeSocial, click here.
Student Biotechnology Network (SBN)
Discovery Foundation’s “Building Biotech – Challenges of New Entrepreneurs in Biotechnology” and Discovery Foundation’s “Venture Ready” Workshop Series is organized by the Student Biotechnology Network (SBN) and aims to inform life sciences students and early career professionals about the current state of the life sciences industry, and to give insight into emerging strategies companies are using to be successful in changing economic situations. Speakers will address where the life sciences industry currently is, and where the industry is likely to head in the future. This event will be held in conjunction with National Biotechnology Week.
Vancouver Economic Commission
Discovery Foundation’s Capital Mentorship Program aims to address access to capital issues for entrepreneurs. It includes three parts that help build the capacity of founders to improve investor readiness, understand the capital raising process and to engage directly with investors. These three parts include:
1. Strategic Fundraising – frank, open and intimate entrepreneur-only conversations about raising capital and the challenges of growing a technology company. April 25th 2017. Click here for more information and to sign up. Use promo code: DISCOVERY-101 for free entry!
2. Finance 101 – half day, in-class workshop delivering curriculum focused on the fundamentals of capital raising.
3. Fast Pitch – high energy, top-level training for entrepreneurs on delivering winning pitches, facilitated by leading investors and entrepreneurs.
For more info, click here.
The Discovery Foundation Mentorpreneurship Program harnesses the collective talent and experience held by a large and growing pool of entrepreneurs to benefit up and coming tech entrepreneurs. This Program is designed to support all tech entrepreneurs but the program will build specific experiments to find ways to support Indigenous tech entrepreneurs and women tech entrepreneurs through roundtable discussions and structured mentorship.
More details coming soon.
Discovery Foundation’s RevUp is being offered by Wavefront, following on the highly successful Venture Acceleration Program. Senior managers of tech companies will be able to get personalized help to overcome some of the common issues that hinder business growth: building scalable revenue and customer acquisition models, ensuring efficient operational processes and accessing capital opportunities. Individualized action plans, personal leadership coaching and targeted skill development are what make RevUp effective when it comes to addressing these needs. RevUp is all about helping senior managers master the best practices to grow their tech companies. Click here for more information.