TEP Programs

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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.


2016 Programs

The Discovery Foundation hired 10 Agents to deliver its programs in 2016. Each of the Agents and their programs are listed here:



To obtain aggressive rates of growth, CEOs must establish a process to systematically look at all critical aspects of the company’s strategy, weed out low ROI activities, and optimize the use of resources on a continuous basis by implementing a solid internal rhythym that continues to bear no matter where the business takes them. ACETECH’s Growth Strategy Program™ provides a framework and a step-by step process to help CEOs and their executive teams find and implement a rhythm for growth; focus the team on what matters most to impact revenue; and bring the clarity, accountability and alignment needed to accelerate growth. The ACETECH Growth Strategy Program™ was designed and is delivered by CEOs who have built successful companies using these best practices. There is no shortage of books, blogs and videos that can teach people how to build a successful technology company, the issue is implementing the knowledge that is learned and developing a solid internal rhythm that continues to beat no matter where the business takes you. Stay tuned for more details on these programs delivered in partnership with the Discovery Foundation in 2016.

  1. Discovery Foundation’s 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal (3HAG)
  2. Discovery Foundation’s Topgrading: The Interview
  3. Discovery Foundation’s One Page Strategic Plan (General)
  4. Discovery Foundation’s TBA


BCTIA Centre4Growth has one primary focus – to help you grow revenue faster.


Entrepreneurs of startup and mid-size companies from across the technology spectrum benefit from active engagement with seasoned mentors, focusing on revenue growth, executing on customer and revenue expansion plans, and providing access to global experts and connections.

The Discovery Foundation Entrepreneur Growth Program directly supports the delivery of the following core services:

Mentoring and Coaching.

Provided by our Executives-In-Residence (EIR) and Subject Matter Coaches, and help drive real business growth.

Executive Workshops and Bootcamps.

Workshops deliver practical instruction on everything from creating a business plan to sales and marketing techniques, and negotiating and accessing venture capital.  Bootcamps ensure startup companies have a strong foundation on which to build their company.

Business Services.

Access to professional services in key areas, such as finance, legal, insurance, and human resources are critical to early-stage companies.

Investment & Sales Connections.

Brokered introductions to investors, strategic partners, and new customers.

Global Reach.

Facilitated introductions to multi-national enterprises seeking investment, strategic partnership opportunities.       @bctia

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

EmilyCarr University

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.

Kootenay Association of Science and Technology - HERE

Demand-driven subject matter mentorship for rural tech companies: Discovery Foundation’s HERE Expert Partner program successfully launched in 2015 with 1 to 1 expertise in legal, accounting, engineering, leadership, online marketing & 3D Printing. 2016 will add technical writing, sales and HR!  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 for details.

LifeSciences BC

LSBC presents Discovery Foundation TEP 2016 “How-To” Pitch for Capital Investment. We will be inviting experts to provide interested companies with the resources to craft and/or refine their pitches and presentations to investors, including; what are investors looking for from life sciences companies, what are the elements of a great pitch and how to tailor a professional pitch. Member companies are welcome to join this event on a first come first serve basis.LifeSciences BC

The “How-To” day will be broken down into sessions to cover:

  • What are investors looking for in the life sciences?
  • What are investors looking for in life sciences companies?
  • What are the sources of capital available to life sciences companies?
  • What are the elements that make a great pitch?
  • Break-out sessions where companies can work on their pitches and presentations with experts circulating.

Advisors: TBD

Please click here for details.

Student Biotechnology Network (SBN)

SBN-logo-expDiscovery 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.

SFU Venture Connection

SFU Venture Connection presents Discovery Foundation Mentoring & Catalyst Program (DF MCP) – a series of blended speaker events leveraging successful, high-profile science and technology entrepreneurs to share their lessons for growth and provide expert mentoring to SFU student, alumni, faculty/student and community ventures from idea stage through to later stage growth. This will be coupled with on-going one on one entrepreneurial mentoring for student/alumni/faculty/community ventures to continue the lessons and energy catalyzed by the events. Click here for more information.

University of the Fraser Valley - The Entrepreneurship and Process Innovation/Incubation Centre (EPIIC)

Get support to change your business idea into reality

Budding entrepreneurs looking to turn their brainstorms into reality can now access a new resource at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

The Entrepreneurship and Process Innovation/Incubation Centre (EPIIC) has partnered with Discovery Foundation to provide funding and expertise to Fraser Valley residents in search of consultation and resources to take their business from vision to reality.

UFV and EPIIC welcome business proposals from all interested individuals and organizations residing in the Fraser Valley including current and former UFV students, young entrepreneurs, and small to medium size businesses. For more information and to RSVP for our next info session, click here.



Discovery Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Training Series

Are you……?

  • The founder/CEO of a technology company?
  • At start-up/early stage and looking to get to the next level?
  • Wanting to grow but struggling in the market?
  • Looking for guidance and mentorship from proven CEOs?

Discovery Foundation and VIATeC have partnered to provide the following two streams of entrepreneurial training…

Click here for more information.


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.