BC Innovation Council launches national tour to connect startups with corporates


The BC Innovation Council has launched its second BC Growth Opportunities Tour, a tour across the province that invites large enterprises to interact with startups and innovators.

Some of the 27 companies participating this year include Schneider Electric, Streamline Transportation Tech, BCLC, and IBM Canada. The companies will present their business challenges to an audience of local innovators who have the opportunity to offer their solutions to solve the challenges.

“The BC Growth Opportunities tour offers BC’s best and brightest innovators the chance to meet and work with potential clients looking for unique made-in-BC technology solutions,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “It will help grow BC’s thriving technology sector by bringing major business opportunities to individual communities throughout the province.”

Last year, BCIC said that 600 connections were made. Six cross-sector deals have closed, while another 31 are in discussion.

“IBM’s partnership with BC Innovation Council helps us fuel innovation that matters to BC business,” said John Longbottom, IBM Canada’s executive for the public sector in British Columbia. “#BCGO is another initiative that does this. The level of expertise and collaborative initiative that stems from these tours helps drive the growth of business and industry around the province.”

The full list of cities include:

  • September 22nd – Prince George
  • September 29th – Nelson
  • October 13th – Victoria
  • October 20th – Surrey
  • October 27th – Kelowna
  • November 3rd – Kamloops
Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.

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