21 Mar 2023 BC Tech & TELUS Launch an Accelerator Program for Indigenous-led Tech Companies
On March 15, BC Tech Association and TELUS launched a new dedicated stream of accelerator programming to support Indigenous-led technology companies.
“BC Tech is dedicated to accelerating the success of our members,” commented Jill Tipping, CEO of BC Tech. “We want membership of BC Tech to be accessible. In partnership with TELUS, we are pleased to launch a new accelerator stream for Indigenous-led tech companies including complimentary BC Tech membership and dedicated programming.”
This program aims to accelerate business success for Indigenous entrepreneurs in the technology space by providing them with access to mentorship, opportunities to strengthen their networks, and increased visibility. Some program highlights include a peer-to-peer Indigenous Leaders C-Council group, complimentary BC Tech membership and access to 1-on-1 advice from advisors.
“We’re excited about how this partnership will unlock new avenues for Indigenous-led entrepreneurs to realize their ambitions and grow their business,” said Shazia Zeb-Sobani, TELUS Vice-president of Customer Network Planning. “Advancing economic Reconciliation is a key pillar of TELUS’ Reconciliation commitments, and we are proud to collaborate with BC Tech to further support Indigenous participation in the technology industry.”
B.C. is home to the second largest number of Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, with more than 2,000 Indigenous-owned businesses located across the province.
BC Tech Board member Josh Nilson of East Side Games shared his thoughts on the value of building a business network as an Indigenous entrepreneur. “The one thing I wish I had earlier when we were starting out, is the opportunity to talk to other founders, C-level people to ask questions or have discussions. That’s the real value of BC Tech.”
To learn more about the program or to apply, please visit the BC Tech website.
To learn more about TELUS’ long-standing commitment to reconciliation and strengthening relationships with Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, visit telus.com/reconciliation.
About the BC Tech Association
BC Tech is a member-led technology non-profit dedicated to championing the role of innovation in BC’s economy and accelerating the success of BC tech companies. Through targeted programs and services BC Tech helps its members scaleup faster, with better access to talent, customers, markets, capital and advisors. BC Tech publishes data and research on BC’s tech sector and the role technology plays in building resiliency across every industrial sector in BC. Today, every company is a tech company. To learn more, visit wearebctech.com.