BC Tech’s Corporate Innovation program gives your team the tools, the experience, and the network to navigate your enterprise’s innovation journey. We sit at the centre of the innovation and tech ecosystem, connected to the most exciting tech leaders, startups, and professional service providers in the province. With deep knowledge of the best and boldest technology-related business models and techniques for adoption, recruitment, and change management, BC Tech is the ideal innovation partner. Current trend insights, rapid use case identification, and effective technology deployment and change management make the difference between those companies that lead their industries and those that lag and witness the gradual decline of shareholder value.
The Corporate Innovation program’s mission is to future-proof your business by instilling an enduring innovation mindset in your culture. By creating a culture of innovation, employing innovative operational frameworks and methodologies, and connecting deeply with industry experts in the BC Tech ecosystem, you will be able to see, understand, and adjust to the perpetual onslaught of emerging tech, defend your competitive advantage and protect your shareholders’ value. The fruits of this mindset may even be new and innovative products and processes that make you the disruptor. The BC Tech Association offers two Corporate Innovation (CI) programs, each with a different level of exposure to the program’s four main components.
Stationed at the nexus of the technology community in the BC Tech Innovation Hub at 887 Great Northern Way, innovation partners will have 200 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.