Corporate Innovation Program

No industry or company can be complacent in this age of rapid and disruptive change. Technology, evolving labour demographics and consumer behaviours are motivating companies of all sizes to adapt to the exciting opportunities emerging in our world today. It’s no surprise, then, that CEOs the world over have innovation, Millennial engagement, and future proofing as strategic imperatives to protect jobs and grow shareholder value.

Program Details

1. Innovation space
Stationed at the nexus of the technology community in the BC Tech Innovation Hub at 887 Great Northern Way, innovation partners will have 250 sq. feet of private office space and access to a large shared space where collaboration, learning, and serendipity occur. The space embeds partner innovation teams in the community and insulates them from the organizational pressures of the enterprise, providing space to develop the mindset of experimentation and continuous learning required for leadership in the rapidly changing world of innovation.

2. Learning modules
Tech startups are innovative and agile by design. Through the BC Tech Corporate Innovation program, your team will master the startup mindset, frameworks and methodologies. From a range of learning modules - including design thinking, lean methodology, OKRs and Sprinting – you’ll choose those that are most relevant to your business, and learn from tech leaders we bring in to coach you.

3. Collisions
With a shared collaboration space in the BC Tech Innovation Hub, scheduled encounters with tech sector leaders, and proximity to other sector stakeholders (government, research, post-secondary, accelerators, etc.), your team will mix its experience and learning in planned and unstructured collisions with innovative professionals from across the BC tech ecosystem. Our program includes tours of local tech company offices, fireside chats with startup CEOs, hackathons, talent events, and introductions to tech companies around the world that are innovating in your industry. Knowledge is shared, solutions are discovered, and new ideas emerge. Our program isn’t just about learning. It’s about creating serendipity and fostering the strategic partnerships that will drive your company’s innovation forward.

4. Institutionalizing support
Too often innovative thinking in the enterprise gets siloed or succumbs to dissenters. BC Tech’s Corporate Innovation program provides partners with support in change management, communications and training to ensure long-term, organization-wide business transformation. The inspiration, collisions, and modules in our program are only half the journey. The Corporate Innovation program ensures you’re ready to bring your new knowledge back to the company, entrench the learning, and inspire excitement across the enterprise.

The best partners are those that want to innovate to become industry leaders (or feel the imminent threat of disruption), and understand the ROI in participating in a multi-year partnership to transform their businesses. The Annual Strategic Partnership program includes:

  • -250 sq. feet of private office space in the nexus of our Innovation Hub;
  • -500 sq. feet of collaboration space for exclusive use by the Annual Strategic partners;
  • -10 innovative learning modules (max. 12 participants);
  • -20+ ecosystem collisions (max. 12 participants);
  • -10 hours/month of program coaching and support;
  • -40 hours of institutionalizing support;
  • -Optional three seat(s) at the Strategic Partner Executive roundtable – where Executives meet on a regular basis to share challenges, learning, and inspirations through this program

There will never be a ‘Mission Accomplished’ sign when it comes to innovation. It’s a continuous journey of experimentation and development which your company must turn into a core competency. Mastery takes time and commitment. Partners that choose to make a three-year commitment to the program – a timeframe option typically offered and recommended by other leading corporate innovation programs – will ensure that their teams and enterprises learn and transform effectively.

In year one, partners will learn the language of innovation and the landscape of the BC tech sector, apply learnings to new product prototyping, and build meaningful relationships in the startup community. This is Horizon One.

In year two, innovative and agile thinking will be integrated into your company’s broader strategy. New, innovative products can be expected to arise, and a culture of innovation will start to diffuse throughout the entire organization. This is Horizon Two.

In year three and onward, the organization will entrench innovation and agility in its culture, with repeatable processes that produce disruption and protect from it. This is Horizon Three.

Download our Annual Strategic Partnership information sheet HERE.

This is the ideal program for organizations that either want to learn how to develop and launch their own in-house innovation team, or wish to test drive the Corporate Innovation program before committing to the annual strategic partnership. The three-month Beta program includes:

  • -30 hours of meeting and collaboration space rental in our Innovation Hub;
  • -3 innovative learning modules (max. 5 participants);
  • -6 ecosystem collisions (max. 5 participants);
  • -10 hours/month of program coaching and support;
  • -10 hours of institutionalizing support

By the end of this program, corporate partners will have a strong grasp of the immense changes occurring in technology and how those will influence their businesses. Partners will watch and learn how forward-thinking organizations operate, and will be equipped to communicate a sense of urgency around innovation to their broader organization.

Download our three-month Beta program information sheet HERE.

This program is suited to organizations eager to dip their toes in the innovation ecosystem. While confident about their business’ near-term horizon, participating executives are nonetheless keen to gain insights on innovative methodologies and the practices of leading tech sector companies.

The three-week MVP program includes:

  • 5 hours of meeting and collaboration space rental in our Innovation Hub;
  • 3 innovative learning modules (max. 5 participants);
  • 3 ecosystem collisions (max. 5 participants);
  • A pitch of an innovative idea developed during the program;
  • 4 hours of institutionalizing support

In this program, participants will witness and learn about the innovation occurring in the BC tech sector, apply design thinking and lean canvas methodologies to a product pitch, and be in a better position to gauge the strategic value of a future corporate innovation partnership.

Download our three-week MVP information sheet HERE.

FAQ

Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions. 

Yes. If innovation is a strategic imperative for your organization, we would love to speak to you about how our programs can complement or lead your efforts.

Please contact Rocky Ozaki, VP Community – rozaki@wearebctech.com

The CI program was soft launched in the Spring of 2017 with one annual strategic partner; BCAA (British Columbia Automobile Association). BCAA has been instrumental in the refinement of the programs that are now available today.

We are limiting the annual strategic partners to seven (7) at any given time. The three (3) month BETA and three (3) week MVP will intake up to three (3) companies per cohort.

The annual partnerships can start at point of the year. Our three (3) month beta are offered twice per year starting in March and November, and our three (3) week MVP run four times per year in February, April, June and October.

Contact Us

Joining our innovation community is a commitment and responsibility. We carefully screen all potential partners for fit with the broader BC tech ecosystem.

For further information, pricing, or to enroll in a Corporate Innovation program, please contact Rocky Ozak, Vice-President Community at: rozaki@wearebctech.com.

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