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BCIC Marks A Decade Of service

bcic [1]This month marks the BC Innovation Council [2]’s 10 year anniversary as a Crown agency. The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) is dedicated to strengthening B.C.’s technology ecosystem and creating jobs through the growth of start-ups. The organization provides support for programs, competitions and industry events and has delivered hands-on skills training and mentorship to hundreds of tech-minded entrepreneurs since opening its doors 10 years ago.

“The BC Innovation Council plays a vital role in growing and sustaining B.C.’s technology ecosystem,” stated Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson. “The outstanding work of the staff and board of directors, their collaborations with industry, and the significant contributions they make to a brighter future for British Columbia are all great reasons to celebrate this milestone. Congratulations to everyone at BCIC for 10 years of service.”

BCIC’s mission is to accelerate technology commercialization through its support of start-ups and developing entrepreneurs. The Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services works closely with BCIC to provide the funding and support required to achieve these goals.

“We couldn’t do what we do alone so I’d like to thank the Province of British Columbia, and our partners and stakeholders in B.C.’s technology community for sharing in our vision to make B.C. a great place to start and grow technology companies,” said BCIC president and CEO Greg Caws. “Technology touches virtually every aspect of our daily lives and is increasingly playing a role in the more traditional industries from agri-food, oil and gas to health. In the years to come, opportunities for the emerging generation of innovators are limitless and we look forward to connecting them to commercialization resources to help them succeed and grow our knowledge economy.”

BCIC formed in 2004 after a merging of the Advanced Science Institute BC and the Innovation and Science Council of British Columbia.

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Technology is one of the eight key sectors in the BC Jobs Plan [4] – the province’s strategy to grow the economy. B.C.’s technology sector is one of the top contributors to the provincial economy and represents extraordinary opportunity for industry, investors and job seekers.

“BCIC has been our lead partner since 2008,” added Program manager, New Ventures BC, Angie Schick. “Together, we have grown New Ventures BC into one of the largest venture competitions in North America, supporting over 1,800 technology start-ups with the tools and connections needed to build their business. We are delighted to be BCIC’s newest partner in the Venture Acceleration Program and look forward to helping even more B.C. companies accelerate from start-up to success.”

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#1 Comment By Tami Quiring (@VillageGamer) On Thursday October 16, 2014 @ 3:00 am

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