Vancouver, BC, February 22, 2012--(T-Net)--Five months of competition will come to an end Thursday evening as the winners of the 2nd annual BCIC-New Ventures Competition: Regional are announced and awarded $60,000 in cash prizes at a ceremony in Kelowna, BC. The 19 finalists, whittled down from 55 entrants in November 2011 include:
ChatterBlock - Victoria
Ducharme Landscapes Inc. - Kelowna
Global Endeavours Ltd. - Creston
KeepMii - Kelowna
Mazza Innovation Ltd. - Penticton
MediaCore - Victoria
Net Shift Media Inc. - Kamloops
Pixton Comics Inc. - Parksville
Simple Engine Media - Kelowna
Sirr Excavator Hands Inc. - Kelowna
SoKap - Okanagan Falls
TanMan Sun Control Products Ltd - West Kelowna
Trajectory Design Automation Corp. - Kelowna
UnityJDBC - Kelowna
Vocaba Inc. - Kamloops
Votari - Kamloops
Waterpac - Trail
Wifarer Inc. - Victoria
WTFast - Kelowna
BCIC - New Ventures Competition: Regional prizes include:
$30,000 BCIC First Prize
$20,000 BCIC Second Prize
$10,000 BCIC Third Prize
The winners are selected by the competition's expert panel of judges, who base their decision on which company has the most potential for success.
Accelerate Okanagan will also name the companies selected into the entrepreneurship@AO program, presented in partnership with BCIC. entrepreneurship@AO is a 12 month program designed to support and nurture early-stage tech companies from concept to market entry. Following the announcement, selected companies will be invited to move into shared office space at AO's Innovation Centres in Kelowna or Penticton and receive one-year free enrolment in their Venture Acceleration Program.
New Ventures and entrepreneurship@AO announcements:
The BCIC-New Ventures Competition: Regional is a five-month competition addresses the special interests of BC's early-stage technology companies and supports BC's growing technology sector. The regional competition is open to any BC person, resident or business located outside of Metro Vancouver with a technology-focused idea that has not yet secured significant financing from external investors. For more information, visit www.newventuresbc.com or Twitter.
entrepreneurship@AO, presented in partnership with BCIC, is a 12 month program designed to support and nurture early-stage technology companies from product concept to market entry. entrepreneurship@AO is open to all provincial, national and international start-up ventures. Successful applicants will receive one-year free enrolment in Accelerate Okanagan's Venture Acceleration Program and free access to shared office space at the organization's Innovation Centres in Kelowna or Penticton. For more information, click here.
The BC Innovation Council develops entrepreneurial talent and commercializes technology. BCIC focuses on competitively positioning British Columbia in today's global knowledge economy in order to provide significant employment opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians. BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia. For more information visit www.bcic.ca or Twitter.
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BCIC encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. We accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs.