2018 Annual Giving Campaign

The Tech Collective’s Annual Campaign is an opportunity for BC companies to collectively bring STEM education to underrepresented groups in our community and addressing social issues affecting our communities. We are partnering with Technovation; an organization that empowers girls to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. They are the largest technology entrepreneurship program in the world for girls ages 10-18. With SFU as the official local Technovation partner, they engaged 20 groups of girls last year, and our hope is to double that to 40, with your involvement.


When you join the annual campaign, you are committing to:
  • Providing 6 mentors from your company (3 mentors per group of girls)
  • Choosing a local public school close to your business (SFU & Technovation Student Ambassador can assist). Schools will play a role in selecting two teams of girls
  • Meeting regularly with the teams and occasionally provide a space for them to work
  • Attending the pitch event in May 2018
  • Donating to the Campaign through Chimp (tax receipt given) for collective donation.
    • Contribution amounts vary depending on size of organization: 1-10 employees give $500 / 11-50 give $1k / 50+ give $1.5k
    • 90% of the funds will be directed through the school board to your partner school for technology-related items or programs and 10% will be directed to SFU and Technovation to support the local pitch competition

Mentor Roles

  • Assist a team of girls with ideation, technology, entrepreneurship, and pitching
  • Each group of 3 mentors collectively contribute 2-4 hours/week towards the project
  • Mentors have a mix of professional skillsets (such as Developer, Project Manager and Marketing) and are committed to supporting a team of girls
    • Min. one mentor must have technical knowledge to assist in app development
  • Commit to the 12-week guided Curriculum from January-April 2018
  • Can be male or female

Technovation Participants

  • Technovation participants are girls ages 10-18 years old (grades 4-12)
    • Junior Teams: 10-15 years old
    • Senior Teams: 15-18 years old
  • Up to five girls per team (minimum three) from a local public school
  • Teams will work on their project approximately 4-6 hours each week under teacher, parent and mentor guidance
  • Teams must come up with a problem to solve in their community by using technology
  • Teams will develop a complete working mobile app prototype using Appinventor
  • They must develop a business plan & pitch presentation video

Important Dates

  • Oct 19 2017 – Tech Collective launch
  • Oct 23 2017 – Technovation Annual Campaign registration opens
  • Nov 23 2017 – Grub in the Hub: All about the Tech Collective. the Technovation campaign, and how to build meaningful and strategic community programs
  • Dec 8 2017 – Deadline to find partner school and two groups of girls (Technovation Ambassadors can assist in engaging schools)
  • Jan 2018 – 12-week curriculum begins
  • Jan-Apr 2018 – Various Appinventor, Ideation and User interface workshops at SFU
  • Apr 25 2018 – Submission Deadline
  • Early May 2018 – Local Pitch Competition
  • August 2018 – World Pitch Competition Silicon Valley
To join the Tech Collective Annual Campaign, register at www.thetechcollective.ca