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.

 

2018 Programs

The Discovery Foundation partnered with 12 Agents to deliver its programs in 2018. Each of the Agents and their programs are listed here:

ACETECH

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’s Leadership Development Program is 6 full-day workshops; 4 in Vancouver and 2 in 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. More details to come!

www.acetechbc.ca

SFU's Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection

Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection presents the Discovery Foundation Tech4Impact Program – a blended program of speaker series, embedded mentors and workshops/hackathons aiming to support and accelerate the development of innovation skills in every student, paving the way to entrepreneurship. More details to come!

http://www.sfu.ca

Women's Enterprise Centre

Women’s Enterprise Centre is the leading business resource for existing and aspiring BC women entrepreneurs. They provide business loans up to $150K, business skills training, personalized business advicementoring, practical business resources and a supportive community to help women business owners gain the skills, mindset, financing and networks they need to realize their business potential.

The Discovery Foundation’s EM3 (Entrepreneurial Mindset Mastery & Mentoring) Program is a mentoring program for women who own technology businesses that have been operating for 1-5 years. Women’s Enterprise Centre has been conducting a version of this Program successfully since 2007 and will enhance it with proven leadership mentoring and mastermind methods. This Program will be offered in Victoria, Kelowna and throughout Greater Vancouver. More details to come! Click here to apply!

www.womensenterprise.ca

Living Labs, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Living Labs, ECUAD supports creative projects, social venture and entrepreneurship driven by art and design. They build projects and partnership models that use art and design as a mechanism for innovation and community building.

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. A new addition this year is the Mentor-in-Residence who will actively work with entrepreneurial designers during the program. More details to come!

www.research.ecuad.ca/livinglabs/

Indigenext

Indigenext is an indigenous business accelerator that helps connect the vision of growth and community balance with opportunities, partners, mentors, and investors. They are a team of storytellers and technologists involved in business and social impact. They recognize the value of being seen and heard, information and story can transform lives and communities.  The combine long term vision with near term actions to create measurable results.

The Discovery Foundation’s Before Vancouver Program is a technology training program which will train indigenous students to create a Virtual Reality experience of their traditional villages. This was a very successful program in the San Francisco Bay area a few years ago and will be operated in conjunction with the Native Education College in Vancouver. More details to come!

www.indigenext.com

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 Discovery Foundation JA Success Skills Program provides grade 9 and 10 students with the opportunity to learn the soft skills that will complement their digital literacy skills and provide them with a more robust skillset necessary to succeed in the workforce of the future. This program will be offered as a capstone experience to students who attend the hugely successful JABC TechWorks. This will be their first program aimed at high school students, a target group recommended to them by their advisory committees, to spark an interest in entrepreneurship in technology at an early age, especially girls. More details to come!

www.jabc.com

PurposeFive

PurposeFive works with purpose-driven organizations to help them scale successfully and accelerate their online revenue growth. As a social enterprise, Purpose Five is committed to gender balance and promoting women to lead roles on our executive and technical teams. They are inspired by partnering with and supporting organizations doing good in the world.

The Discovery Foundation’s Women Leaders in Tech ‘BLAST (Business Leadership and Strategic Technology)’ Program is a continuation from their successful work on our behalf in 2017 with further discovery interviews and events such as the Mastermind Intensive Workshop that didn’t come to fruition in 2017 and more webinars/events. This program is located on Vancouver Island. More details to come!

www.purposefive.com

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.

Discovery Foundation’s Capital Mentorship Program continues from 2017 and aims to address access to capital issues for tech entrepreneurs, improve investor readiness and understand the capital raising process and engage directly with investors. More details to come!

www.vancouvereconomic.com

Wavefront

Wavefront delivers programs and resources to help startups get to market faster and stronger.They help SMEs scale for sustainability and reach global markets, enabling them to accelerate their commercial impact.

The Discovery Foundation’s Vertical RevUP Program is a continuation from 2017; a 6-month (rolling) acceleration program designed to help tech companies with scaling and rapid growth issues through classroom learning, subject matter experts and dedicated mentorship.  This year, there will be more focus on vertical-specific industry experts. More details to come!

www.wavefront.ca

New Ventures BC

New Ventures BC runs the annual BCIC-New Ventures Competition, the largest and longest-running tech competition in BC, awarding $300,000 in cash and prizes to early-stage startups. They also offer a mentored, online Venture Acceleration Program focused on customer discovery and Market Validation Training.

The Discovery Foundation Start-up Connector Program will connect top-tier start-ups with the network and investment leads they need to raise capital and accelerate. 50% of seats in this program will be reserved for women CEOs. More details to come!

www.newventuresbc.com

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. More details to come!

www.wct-fct.com

Women Tech Founders

The Discovery Foundation’s Women Tech Founders Leadership Series will be full day, in-depth educational seminars targeting specific obstacles Women tech founders experience. More details to come!