Useful Links and Resources

Starting a Business

Business Start-Up Assistant provides essential business start-up information from the federal and provincial governments.

OneStop Business Registry offers integrated business registration and business address change services based on the Business Number.

Small Business BC is a key resource centre for business information and services.

Corporate Registry creates and registers business and not-for-profit entities.

Technology Accelerators, Incubators, & Related Organizations

Accelerate Okanagan is the tech accelerator that provides the necessary tools, disciplines and structure required for success, in an innovative not-for-profit, zero-equity-stake model that works better, in a place where people live better.

entrepreneurship@ubc inspires entrepreneurial thinking to create innovative ventures

HIGHLINE is a Canadian based pre-seed vc that supports early stage technology companies that are working hard to bring the future to life.

Launch Academy provides early-stage entrepreneurs with world class startup education and mentorship in a collaborative environment.

VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector.

wavefront accelerates the Growth & Impact of Canadian Wireless Innovation.

Securities Regulation & Information

British Columbia Securities Commission is an independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating securities trading in B.C.

InvestRight is British Columbia Securities Commission's investor education program, providing information and tools to help B.C. investors avoid investment scams and make investment decisions that are appropriate for their individual needs.

Private and Early Stage Businesses provides information from the British Columbia Securities Commission on private and early stage businesses, and what businesses need to know to raise money.

Federal & Provincial Revenue Agencies

Canada Revenue Agency administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories.

Ministry of Finance - Revenue Division supports the prosperity of British Columbians through small business growth, effective tax administration and revenue management, and a responsible regulatory system.

Venture Capital Associations & Information

Angel Forum, founded in 1997, introduces emerging companies to private equity Angel Investors and Venture Capital funds.

Canadian Venture Capital Association represents Canada's venture capital and private equity industry.

Cleantech Group provides investors, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 1000 global corporations with the latest industry market intelligence through subscription-based research, global industry networking events, and world-class consulting services, by focusing entirely on innovation in clean technologies.

National Angel Capital Organization supports Angel investors as they foster the growth of the next generation of innovative Canadian companies.

Open Angel is an organization dedicated to connecting founders & funders.

Thomson Financial has built the most comprehensive database available on Canadian venture capital and private equity transactions.

Vancouver Angel Technology Network, VANTEC's objective is to introduce early stage investors and mentors to promising technology ventures, mainly in British Columbia.

VentureBeat is the leading source for news & perspective on tech innovation.

Industry Associations

ACETECH is a not-for-profit organization by CEOs for CEOs of operating companies innovating with technology who want to improve their performance.

BC Innovation Council develops entrepreneurial talent and commercializes technology through startup companies and partnerships between industry and academia.

BC Technology Industry Association is an industry-funded organization supporting the growth of British Columbia’s strong knowledge economy.

DigiBC represents the digital media and wireless sectors, including: mobile and wireless; video games; animation and special effects; social media; and interactive marketing industry sectors.

Genome British Columbia leads genomics innovation on Canada’s West Coast and facilitates the integration of genomics into society.

LifeSciences BC is a not-for-profit, non-government, industry association that supports and represents the life sciences community of British Columbia through leadership, facilitation of investment and partnering, advocacy, and promotion of our world-class science and industry.

Vancouver Enterprise Forum is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs.

Federal Government Agencies & Departments

Business Development Bank of Canada offers financing, consulting services and venture capital.

Industry Canada works with Canadians throughout the economy, and in all parts of the country, to improve conditions for investment, improve Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's share of global trade, and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

National Research Canada NRC-IRAP has a long history of providing excellent technical and business advisory services related to research and development, including strategic intelligence and customized solutions to fit your business needs.

Scientific Research & Experimental Development Program (SR&ED) is a federal tax incentive program, administered by the Canada Revenue Agency, that encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes, and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada is a not-for-profit foundation that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works to strengthen western business development, and community economic development.