How We Help

Grow your revenue faster.

While our cohort programs have set application periods each year, we also offer many year-round services. From one-on-one meetings with our Executives-in-Residence, to accessing our Expert Network, to weekly Grub in The Hub lunch n' learns, there's always something happening to help you keep your business moving forward.

To get involved in our Growth Programs, email programs@wearebctech.com.

Discovery Foundation Executives-in-Residence Program

Get the guidance you need from those who have seen it all.

The backbone of our program is the mentorship and customized expert advice that entrepreneurs receive from our Executives-in-Residence (EIRs) - a seasoned group of people who have started and sold their own companies and have functional and sector-based knowledge to help you grow. Having seen and done it all, our EIRs understand success, but they also understand failure - and who better to help growing tech companies avoid pitfalls than those who have traveled that road before?

Engagements can be as simple as dropping in during our open office hours, or coming in to pitch at an EIR roundtable and earn a dedicated EIR who can engage deeply with your business. For Scale-stage companies, our EIRs get even more involved, committing up to a few full days of engagement per month. 

If you are ready for growth, email a pitch deck to programs@wearebctech.com.

Our EIRs are also available during Open Office Hours to offer strategic advice on a specific problem. These meetings are 30-60min in length and held at The Hub. To check availability and book a meeting, click here.

To learn more about our EIRs, check out their profiles:
Clay Braziller

Clay Braziller, Executive-in-Residence
President, Braziller and Associates Inc.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An architect and a dad.

What are your three biggest career highlights?
1. Leading a government relations program for the inclusion of implantable pain and tremor control devices (deep brain stimulation, baclofen pumps) on the Medical Services Plans across Canada, then meeting the people whose lives were changed by receiving the devices.
2. Working with the Neil Square Society to remove the barriers that stop people with disabilities from living independent lives and becoming active members of the workplace and our society.
3. Founding the Power Technology Alliance, which led to BC's first sustainable energy call, and the creation of the Community Energy Fund.

Who do you look up to? Why?
My friend Paul Shore; he chases his dreams no matter how frightening and out of reach they appear.

What is the most meaningful lesson you have learned?
There is nothing as important in life as your family and friends.       

Paul Casey

Paul Casey, Executive-in-Residence
Director, Business Development, QHR Technologies

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A hockey player.

What are your three biggest career highlights?
1. Getting my Master’s degree in Biology and later my MBA.
2. Managing the relationship between two companies and leading the project team that started from scratch to develop and get FDA approval for a rapid detection infectious disease test in 18 months.
3. Engineering an end to an industry-wide price war and emerging with the highest priced offering that retained the largest customers. However, it should also be noted that armed with my new MBA and my understanding of game theory, I was also responsible for inadvertently starting the price war.    

What is the most meaningful lesson you have learned?
When you get really busy and are pursuing many opportunities, identify the top 2-3 opportunities and make sure that every day you have advanced those opportunities before moving onto any others.

Michael Henson

Michael Henson, Executive-in-Residence
Entrepreneur

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A scientist.

What are your three biggest career highlights?
1. Having the opportunity to work with Clayton, Dylan and Neil (not in that order).
2. Building a highly successful property development company and still continuing with my passion for tech startups.
3. Creating, running and selling multiple tech startups.

What is the most meaningful lesson you have learned?
Learning how to build intelligent machines. Required figuring out life first.

What is the most unusual thing on your desk?
A stuffed platypus.

James Hursthouse

James Hursthouse, Executive-in-Residence
Digital Media and Technology Consultant

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Happy and excited to be getting out of bed every day (not necessarily every morning).

What are your three biggest career highlights?
1. Growing Roadhouse to 180 people.
2. Selling my Japanese company.
3. Touring with Iron Maiden and launching the Legacy of the Beast mobile game.

What is the most meaningful lesson you have learned?
Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel.

List several things on your bucket list.
1. Appalachian Trail.
2. One month Zen retreat in Japan.

Neil McDonnell

Neil McDonnell, Executive-in-Residence

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Unemployed.

What is the most meaningful lesson you have learned?
Make a decision and be prepared to change it if it is the wrong decision. Indecision is a killer.

What is the most recent book you've read?
Born to Run.

Who do you look up to? Why?
My wife. She gets angry if I don't.

Mike Scott

Mike Scott, Executive-in-Residence
Advisor

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut.

What are your biggest career highlights?
1. Growing Goepel McDermid (Canadian investment firm) and selling it to Raymond James (a US investment bank).
2. Growing Nexterra Systems Corp. from a local cleantech start-up to multi-million dollar international sales.

What is the most meaningful lesson you have learned?
Keep it simple, even when it's complicated.

What is the most unusual thing on your desk?
A sculpture of a Mobius Loop.

Bill Tam

Bill Tam, Executive-in-Residence
CEO, BC Tech Association

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional baseball player.

What are your three biggest career highlights?
1. Taking a small startup company (MetroNet) public in 1998 and then being part of the merger with AT&T a year and a half later.
2. Doing startups within larger (deep-pocketed) corporates to launch awesome new products like broadband internet, voice over IP services, e-commerce and video streaming.
3. Launching the BC Tech Innovation Hub and helping to coalesce the community around a new platform to grow awesome companies in Vancouver and BC

Who do you look up to? Why?
Angela Merkel. For doing the right thing no matter how hard or unpopular.

How do you take your coffee?
Often.        

Grub in The Hub

Learning over lunch.

Designed for busy tech entrepreneurs, our free, lunch-hour Grub in The Hub  program offers bite-sized (pun intended!) information on topics ranging from sales and marketing to 'selecting the right benefits program for your growing team'.

To find upcoming Grub in The Hub events, check out our Events Calendar.

BC Tech Innovation Hub

Built by the tech community, for the tech community.

The BC Tech Innovation Hub is a 26,000 square foot acceleration space dedicated to helping tech companies grow. The Hub is designed for second-stage companies and features resources, experts, workshops and programs like HyperGrowth that are geared to growing revenue and scaling to bigger outcomes, faster.

The Hub platform also enables the community to connect, collaborate, learn from one another, and give back. By providing entrepreneurs with easily accessible support, programming, and amenities, we help assure that they never lose sight of what matters most: Succeeding Together and Paying it Forward.

To learn more about The Hub, including event rentals and tenancy, click here.

Microsoft BizSpark

Supporting your startup while it grows.

Microsoft BizSpark provides startups with a support package that includes all Microsoft development and test software, including Azure, Windows, and Office 365 – for three years, free of charge. Additional perks include access to hundreds of free training classes, technical content, and four break-fix phone support incidents to help you on your journey.

Your startup qualifies if it is less than five years old, is privately held, and earns less than $1M annually. At the end of your three years, you keep all the software you've downloaded – at no cost.

To learn more about Microsoft BizSpark, click here.

BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative

Hire a student and take advantage of the BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative.

The BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative is designed to help companies hire students and create jobs in entrepreneurial environments. BCIC will provide qualifying companies with an ISI Voucher covering 50% of a students’ salary (up to a maximum of $7,500), with the remainder being matched by the company.

The program enables students to gain valuable and practical skills through employment with a BC-based technology company, while giving these companies access to young talent at an affordable price.

To learn more about the program, click here.

CDMN Passport Program

Gain access to free temporary work space.

The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) Passport program offers qualified companies free temporary workspace at any participating hub. The Passport program is open to Canadian startups and SMEs that are clients of a participating CDMN hub and can clearly define the purpose of their Passport visit.

Accepted companies gain short-term use of a physical location and business amenities free of charge. This generally includes co-working space and access to standard business services like telephone, internet, meeting spaces and printer/copiers. 

For more information on the CDMN Passport Program, and to fill out an application form, click here

CDMN Soft Landing

Experience global opportunities for growth.

The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) Soft Landing Program offers qualified, mature startups and small- and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) exposure to business opportunities around the world. Companies can utilize this program to open new markets, close international sales, secure investment and connect with new partners abroad. Successful candidates will receive up to $4,000 Cdn in reimbursable expenses to help offset travel and accommodation costs. Companies landing at a co-working space, accelerator or incubator will also have the costs associated with workspace covered for up to three months. Both the location and the specific landing facility are determined by the company based on their business needs and market pull.

Applications open several times a year, and when they do you can follow them on our Business Opportunities page.

To learn more about the CDMN Soft Landing Program, click here.