Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions

Welcome to the BC Tech Association (“BC TECH”, “we”, “us” or “our”) portal, located at https://wearebctech.com/accelerators/scaleup-accelerator-ip/ (the “Portal”). Please read all of the terms, conditions, and notices hereunder (the “Terms”) carefully before using the Portal.

The Portal is offered to you by BC TECH on the condition that you accept the Terms without modification.  Your use of the Portal constitutes your agreement to all the Terms.

Except to the extent otherwise set forth herein, the Terms do not provide you with a license to or any other rights to any products or services of BC TECH.
BC TECH reserves the right to change the Terms under which the Portal is offered. You are responsible for regularly reviewing the Terms to ensure your continuing compliance with the Terms.  Your use of the Portal after such changes have been posted will constitute your agreement to the modified Terms.

Ability to Enter into the Terms

In order to enter into the Terms, you must have reached the legal age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and must be fully able and competent to enter into, abide by and comply with the terms and conditions set forth herein. If you accept the Terms, you represent that you have the capacity to be bound by them.

Permitted Use

BC TECH grants you a limited, revocable and non-exclusive license to access and make personal use of the Portal, but not to download (other than page caching) or modify it, or any portion of it, except with express written consent of BC TECH. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of the Portal or its contents.

The following activities are also specifically prohibited:

  • any collection and use of any materials made available on the Portal;
  • any derivative use of the Portal or its contents; and
  • any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools.

No part of the Portal may be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without our express written consent.

You are granted a limited, revocable, and non-exclusive right to create a hyperlink to the main page of the Portal as long as the link does not portray BC TECH, the BC Tech IP Accelerator program, its partners, collaborators, affiliates, or their products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive manner. You may not use any BC TECH logo or the BC Tech IP Accelerator logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link without our express written consent.

User Conduct

You must not use the Portal in any way that causes, or is likely to cause, the Portal or access to it to be interrupted, damaged or impaired in any way. You understand that you are responsible for all electronic communications and content sent from your computer to us and you must use the Portal for lawful purposes only.  Certain features of the Portal may allow you to forward material via email or social media to addressees and/or social media accounts specified by you. By using such features, you represent, warrant and confirm to BC TECH that you have the consent of all recipients to send such communications.

If you submit, post or upload content through the Portal, you will ensure the content is not illegal, obscene, abusive, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties, or objectionable and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of “spam”. Harassment in any manner or form on the Portal, including via e-mail, chat or social media or by obscene or abusive language is strictly forbidden. Impersonation of others, including a BC TECH employee, host, or representative, or other members or visitors on the Portal is prohibited.

You must not upload to, distribute, or otherwise publish through the Portal any content which is libellous, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable, or which may constitute or encourage a criminal offence, violate the rights of any party or otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law. You may not upload commercial content on the Portal or use the Portal to solicit others to join or become members of any other commercial online service or other organization.

BC Tech IP Accelerator

The Portal may provide information about the BC Tech IP Accelerator program (the “Program”) and allow you to enter the Program.  You acknowledge and agree that your participation in the Program shall be subject to your acceptance of the applicable program guidelines, available at https://wearebctech.com/accelerators/scaleup-accelerator-ip/ (the “Program Guidelines”), and by applying to the Program you thereby accept and agree to be bound by the Program Guidelines, in addition to these Terms.   Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Program Guidelines may set out terms with respect to eligibility for participation in the Program and the ownership, licensing and confidentiality rights with respect to materials and information submitted by you in connection with the Program.

Intellectual Property

The Portal and its entire contents, features and functionality (including, but not limited to, all information, software, text, displays, images, photographs, video and audio, and other content, and the design, selection and arrangement thereof), are owned by BC TECH, its licensors or other providers of such material and are protected by Canadian, United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.  BC TECH’s society name, the terms “BC TECH” and “New Ventures British Columbia”, “BC Tech IP Accelerator”, the BC TECH logo, the BC Tech IP Accelerator logo, and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans are trademarks of BC TECH or its affiliates or licensors. You must not use such marks without the prior written permission of BC TECH. All other names, brands and marks are used for identification purposes only and are the trademarks of their respective owners.  All of the aforesaid rights are retained by BC TECH and its affiliates or licensors.

User Submissions

When using the Portal to communicate, transmit, or submit information in connection with the BC Tech IP Accelerator program, especially regarding your startup or company:

  1. Confidentiality: BC TECH acknowledges that some submissions related to the BC Tech IP Accelerator program may contain sensitive information. While we strive to maintain the confidentiality of such submissions, you understand and accept that by submitting such information to the Portal, it may be accessed by BC TECH staff, mentors, and any other affiliated entities involved in the program’s evaluation or mentoring process. Any other remarks, feedback, or suggestions regarding the Portal’s functionality, not directly related to proprietary startup information, are deemed non-confidential.
  2. Use of Submission: By participating in the BC Tech IP Accelerator program, you grant BC TECH a limited license to review, analyze, and use your submissions for the purposes of the program, which includes but is not limited to assessment, mentorship, and competition evaluation. BC TECH retains the right to utilize your submission internally for program improvement, data analysis, and similar non-commercial activities without needing further consent. Any broader commercial use outside the scope of the program will be pursued only with prior notification.
  3. No Liability for Business Ideas: While BC TECH is committed to confidentiality, we cannot be held liable for similarities between your submissions and any future BC TECH operations, products, or services, unless there’s a breach of this agreement or an intentional misconduct by BC TECH.
  4. Compliance and Responsibility: All submissions must adhere to the content standards specified in the Terms. You affirm that you own or control rights to your submission and have the authority to grant BC TECH the rights outlined here. Your submissions must comply with the Terms, and you pledge to indemnify BC TECH against any breach of this warranty. You retain full responsibility for your content’s legality, reliability, and accuracy. While BC TECH may provide a platform, the opinions and content you submit reflect your views, not BC TECH’s.
  5. BC TECH’s Limited Liability: BC TECH isn’t accountable to third parties for the accuracy or content of materials you post. Always ensure your submissions are accurate and do not infringe upon third-party rights.

Consequences of Breach and Termination

BC TECH is dedicated to maintaining the integrity and security of the Portal for all its users. Any violation of our permitted use guidelines, user content provisions, or the infringement of intellectual property rights, whether those rights belong to BC TECH, its affiliates, partners, or third parties, will be met with swift action.

In the event of any breach of these terms:

  1. BC TECH reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to immediately suspend, terminate, or restrict your access to the Portal without prior notice.
  2. BC TECH may block, prevent, or disqualify any entity or individual from on-going or future use of the Portal.
  3. Additionally, BC TECH retains the right to pursue legal action against any party that fails to comply with our terms or infringes upon rights protected under these terms.

BC TECH may also, without any breach, at any time and without notice, and in its sole discretion without any cost, charge, or liability, terminate, withdraw, or suspend your use of the Portal or any portion thereof.

We implore all users to adhere strictly to our guidelines to ensure a productive and respectful environment.

Personal Information Submitted Through the Site

Your submission of personal information to us is governed by our privacy policy, available at https://newventuresbc.smapply.ca/res/p/terms-and-conditions. The Terms incorporate by reference the terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy.

Third-Party Links

The Portal may contain hyperlinks to Websites which are not maintained by BC TECH. Hyperlinks to other Websites are provided as a convenience. Use of the hyperlinks and access to such Websites are entirely at your own risk. BC TECH is not responsible for the contents of such Websites and shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any damages or loss arising from access to such Websites. These hyperlinks do not and should not be taken as implying an endorsement or approval of any kind of the content or reliability of those Websites or the activities of the people, organizations and/or businesses responsible for such Websites.


No Warranties or Representations: The Portal, along with its materials, information, services, and content, including, without limitation, text graphics, program information and links, is provided “as is” without warranties or representations of any kind, whether express, implied, statutory, or otherwise.

Exclusion of Warranties: To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, BC TECH expressly disclaims:

  • Warranties or conditions of satisfactory quality, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, and non-infringement, whether express or implied.
  • Warranties against interference with the quiet enjoyment of the Portal.
  • Warranties against the presence of malicious code or computer viruses.
  • Warranties arising from the course of dealing or course of performance.
  • Any representation or warranty that the Portal will operate uninterrupted, be error-free, or that any errors or defects will be corrected, or the Portal or the servers hosting it are free from viruses, malicious code, or other potentially harmful components.
  • Warranties or representations concerning the correctness, accuracy, completeness, adequacy, usefulness, timeliness, or reliability of the Portal’s materials or information.

Geographical Limitations: BC TECH provides the Portal for use primarily within Canada. It makes no representations that the Portal’s content is appropriate or accessible from other locations. Accessing the Portal from territories where its content may be illegal is prohibited. Individuals accessing the Portal from outside Canada do so at their own risk and are responsible for compliance with local laws. BC TECH may, at its discretion, limit the Portal’s availability to any person, area, or jurisdiction.

Data Security and Third-Party Platforms: While BC TECH takes reasonable precautions to safeguard the information and data provided through the Portal, no method of transmission or electronic storage is 100% secure. BC TECH cannot guarantee the absolute security of the information users provide or that the information will not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by a breach of any of our safeguards. Users acknowledge that BC TECH utilizes third-party platforms, including but not limited to Survey Monkey Apply, for certain functionalities of the Portal. BC TECH is not responsible for the data protection strategies or breaches of these third-party platforms. It is recommended that users review the terms and privacy policies of third-party platforms used in connection with the Portal.

Limitation of Liability

General Exclusion: To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall BC TECH nor its affiliates, including their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and suppliers, be liable for any of the following, regardless of whether the alleged liability is based on contract, negligence, tort, strict liability, or any other theory:

  • Any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages,
  • Loss of profits, goodwill, or anticipated savings,
  • Any damages whatsoever, even if BC TECH or its affiliates have been previously advised of the possibility of such damages,
  • Any claim, damage, or loss arising from or related to the use, inability to use, or performance of the services, products, or materials available from the Portal.

Reliance on Portal Content: Users agree that BC TECH and its affiliates, including their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and suppliers, will not be held liable for any claim, damage, or loss, whether direct or indirect, resulting from or related to the use of or reliance on any content or information contained in or available on the Portal.


You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless BC TECH and its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors and suppliers from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable legal fees, resulting from any violation of the Terms, any breach of your representations or warranties, or any activity related to your conduct (including negligent or wrongful conduct), or any content or materials provided by you.

Applicable Laws

The Terms and your use of the Portal shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein, without regards to the conflicts of laws provisions.  You irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of British Columbia with respect to any claim, proceeding or action relating to or otherwise arising out of the Terms or the Portal, provided that BC TECH may seek and obtain injunctive relief in any jurisdiction.


Waiver: The waiver of any provision of the Terms shall not be considered a waiver of any other provision or of BC TECH’s right to require strict observance of each of the terms herein.

Severability: The terms and conditions of the Terms shall be deemed severable.  In the event that any provision of the Terms is determined to be unenforceable or invalid, such provision shall nonetheless be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law and such determination shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other remaining provisions.

Assignment and Enurement: BC TECH may assign its rights and obligations under the Terms.  The Terms will enure to the benefit of BC TECH’s successors, assigns and licensees.