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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.


2019 Programs

The Discovery Foundation partnered with 10 Agents to deliver its programs in 2019. Each of the Agents and their programs are listed 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 is a series of 11 professional development workshops held in both Vancouver and Victoria. They use practical tools and proven methods to transform leaders and enhance company performance. ACETECH hopes this Program will become an industry standard for leadership development in BC. Click here for the next upcoming workshop.


The Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship, SFU

The Charles Chang Institute of Entrepreneurship, SFU presents the Discovery Foundation Tech 4 Impact and Inclusion Program – a blended program of speaker series, industry appropriate field trips, embedded mentors and workshops/hackathons aiming to support and accelerate the development of innovation skills in every student, paving the way to entrepreneurship.


Kids Code Jeunesse


Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) is a not for profit organization dedicated to empowering children and educators, with a particular focus on girls and children from disadvantaged groups, with the skills we all need to thrive in a technology driven society. By bringing digital learning experiences into the classroom and in communities, they teach Canadians how to be better thinkers and better creators in a digital world.

KCJ will be delivering Discovery Foundation’s Code Create Educate Program with a goal of reaching 4,000 BC students with coding workshops and 120 BC teachers with professional development to teach the aforementioned workshops. Stay tuned for more information!


Spring Activator Inc.

Spring uses business as a force for good to empower social impact leaders with the know-how, network and support needed to build a better business. Spring is pleased to introduce The Discovery Foundation Tech For Good Program which will bring training and support to communities that have been previously under-served in funding, training, and support. These communities hold significant opportunity to advance the technology innovation ecosystem in British Columbia. In this program, two under-served communities will be addressed: small ‘fly over’ communities, and the autism and learning disability community. Check back for more information.


Living Labs, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship is about fostering the movement of creative people into systems and situations where their work and ideas can have the most impact. Developed by Living Labs, the Centre has launched in 2018 to act as a hub for activities relating to entrepreneurship and enterprise at Emily Carr University with the aim of establishing a place where creatives can find community and knowledge, as well as a connection to the resources they need to launch their projects in the world– whether those are products, companies, events, curatorial initiatives, non-profit organizations or other initiatives. The Shumka Centre was awarded a three year grant from the Vancouver Foundation in 2018.

Living Labs + Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is pleased to present the 5th year of The Discovery Foundation’s Mentorship Program engages experts in business, tech, interaction design, industrial design, and materials-based research in order to transfer knowledge to emerging entrepreneurs particularly in the connected devices space between hardware and software. Check here for more details!


Junior Achievement BC

Junior Achievement BC prepares and inspires youth to succeed in a global economy through business education programs focused on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, giving them the skills and confidence they need to become leaders of tomorrow.

The Discovering Your Pitch Program is a capstone experience to teach youth the art of the elevator pitch and how to pitch to business investors. There will be a competition complete with judges, awards and scholarships!


Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST)

KAST has partnered with the Nelson Tech Club, to support barrier-free public hackerspace for people of all ages to learn, share and play using technology. Discovery Foundation’s Tech Time will be all-ages, inclusive programming offering introductory education in technology.

The goal of Tech Time is to more deeply promote, engage and inspire experiences in technology for members of our community so they can in turn mentor and share their knowledge with others and surrounding communities. It will also significantly impact their ability to access the wide variety of resources and tools that KAST and Nelson Tech Club offer such as circuitry, 3-D printing, LED technology, Arduino, robotics, design, autocad, digital design and more. Check back for more information!

Vancouver Economic Commission

Vancouver Economic Commission works to strengthen the city’s economic future by helping existing businesses, attracting new businesses, researching the business environment and making policy recommendations.

The Discovery Foundation Capital Mentorship Program continues from 2017 and 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. Click here for more information and to apply!


Women in Communications and Technology, BC Chapter

Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) is committed to advancing women in Canada by providing opportunities for members to remain relevant and connected through strong relationships and continuous learning. WCT is a national association uniquely focused on providing networking, mentoring and educational opportunities for women in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) industries. 

The Discovery Foundation’s Speed Mentoring Program in collaboration with WCT is a series of speed-mentoring sessions for women in technology. Click here to see the next event.


BC Tech Fund and the Centre for Digital Media of the Great Northern Way Trust

The purpose of the Trailblazrs project is to help close the significant gender gap which currently exists in the number of women-led technology companies that are successful in securing financing, and the number of women investors in venture capital and other areas of finance with actual investment decision-making power. This digital media interactive web-based resource aims to inspire women to become technology entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and will focus on presenting realistic and accessible role models to young women. Click here to see more!