Good advice and consistent mentorship can make all the difference when building a company. Talking to someone who has been there, done that, and seen it all can help you build robust business processes, provide valuable insights, and avoid costly mistakes. To help local tech companies succeed we’ve revamped our Discovery Foundation Executive-In-Residence (EIR) program. Our stellar group of active and veteran executive advisors know what it’s like to build, manage, develop, and sell tech companies. With their expert guidance, companies looking for help with investment, sales, marketing, team dynamics, and product development will be able to fill the gaps that are preventing them from growing. The Discovery Foundation EIR program is free for BC Tech member companies that are making an annual revenue of over 250K or more. Those joining the program will be asked to make a quarter-long commitment to meet their advisor bi-weekly to work through goals set in their initial meeting. Companies from across the province will have access to this incredible program as meetings with mentors can be set up via Google Hangouts. Many former participants of the Discovery Foundation EIR program have found success through the help of their advisors. As one of the first companies to join a growth program in 2010, Finger Food has grown from five employees to over 100, opened four offices around the world, and has grown its revenue to over $15 million annually. Here’s what Ryan Peterson, CEO of Finger Food Studio had to say about the program and his advisors: “BC Tech provided us with two different mentors, Howard Donaldson and Rory Holland—both have been instrumental to our growth.” He added, “Our advisors have been incredible sounding boards to bounce ideas off of and have helped us to work through all of the issues that we’ve encountered in trying to grow our team.” Are you interested in working with an Discovery Foundation Executive-in-Residence? Here’s how to apply to the program: 1. Complete the “Intake Form” & basic business “Level Set” 2. Once approved, attend the “Intake Session” where you will pitch to all of the EIRs for five minutes. This will be followed up by a ten minute question period. For more information about the program, check out our Discovery Foundation EIR page.