15th March 2011

Checking In On The Centre4Growth

centre4growthCo-founder of  recently closed Vancouver game studio Propaganda Howard Donaldson has officially joined the team over at the Centre4Growth. An initiative of the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), the Centre4Growth is a one-stop resource of complimentary services and programs designed to help BC technology entrepreneurs grow their companies. With access to support services including Education, Business Intelligence, Business Connect and the CEOs in Residence, opportunities abound for those looking to nurture their ventures into successful, viable corporations.

Mr. Donaldson joins the CEO-in-Residence team comprised of Neil McDonnell, Peter Payne and Bill Tam in Vancouver, with Rob Bennett, who is based in Victoria. Mr. Bennett is also the Business Coach for Victoria tech group VIATeC and also co-chair of the VIATeC Grow Op panel.

Interested parties are welcome to apply to the CEOs-in-Residence program, all you need to do is fill in the application, share your concerns and challenges, and the organization will respond usually within 5 business days.

Update: This Forum is at capacity for applications. The Centre4Growth is also presenting the Xcelerate Forum on March 30th. Fifteen companies will be invited to participate in this day-long seminar which will feature two mini-events:

Give Your Pitch – Deliver your 5-minute pitch to a panel of veteran panelists and hear their unabashed comments and recommendations.

Get Coaching – Choose from 15 private coaching sessions led by subject matter experts

as well as a full slate of sessions including:

Identifying the Marketing Opportunity
Planning and Execution
Raising Money
Alternative sources of Capital
Building Talent for Growth
Employment Contracts
First deals & partnerships
Managing IP and Patents
Corporate Structure
Structuring Licensing
Market Intelligence
Secrets of SR&ED
Customer Development
Building Sales
Lead Generation & Marketing

You could also spend 30 minutes with a panelist. Simply wow an Xcelerate Panelist and get an invitation for a private 30-minute meeting. Panelists for the forum include David Bookbinder (Managing Partner with Tandem Expansion Fund), Bill Bryant (Venture Partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson) and Amos Michelson (Former CEO of Creo). There is a limit of four people from any one company – tickets are $300.00 each. Apply now to attend – only those companies who are chosen will be charged for tickets.

The Centre4Growth initiative is supported by the Federal and Provincial Governments through the British Columbia Ministry of Sciences and Universities, National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), Western Economic Diversification Fund, the Discovery Foundation as well as with the support of industry partners Acetech, Active Network, Clark Wilson LLP, Custom House, Fasken Martineau, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission.

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