This year the Discovery Foundation has set aside funds for programs and events that are of smaller scope, shorter duration, or are one-off events. These will be considered outside of the Technology Education Program competition with no fixed date for application.


If you have a new and innovative idea or are organizing a special event that fits our mission, please consider applying for this funding. Programs and events that receive matching funds from government sources will be a priority. Use the same application procedure and criteria for these applications. For further information, contact Christina Schroeder at 604-734-7275 ext. 0 or email


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!



Radius SFU: Discovery Foundation Inclusive Pipeline Catalyst program

As an agent of the Discovery Foundation, RADIUS will help to fulfill the mandate of the DF TEP through collaborating with the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) to hire four recent student graduates from FNTC's tech programs. Interns will work closely with early stage social enterprises on projects that support the venture's business and social goals, including web development, user interface/design, and online marketing. The internships will take place in the 2019/20 fiscal year between May to August 2019. The $15,000 of funding held in trust from the 2017 service contract for the “Discovery Foundation Inclusive Pipeline Catalyst Program” will specifically support the salaries of  the four FNTC students and the salary of RADIUS' student intern coordinator. RADIUS will provide training to ventures and staff to help create a supportive, culturally safe environment for students. 



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!




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!



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. Stay tuned for more info.