InnovateBC is a Crown agency that helps innovators in B.C. access funding, launch their ideas, and connect with the experts they need to build great companies.
Innovate BC connects innovators — large and small — with provincial government funding, tools, resources and support. They are in business to serve and celebrate innovation in B.C., helping industries grow, while ensuring people throughout the province benefit from our thriving tech sector.
Their scope of responsibility is to:
Deliver programs to help technology start-ups grow and create jobs in B.C.
Offer a spectrum of business development and partnership opportunities responsive to industry needs
Support B.C. entrepreneurs and companies at all stages of growth, offering tools, resources and expert guidance
Build the capacity of B.C. companies to access global markets and attract new investment
Curate and facilitate strong relationships between industry and B.C. public post-secondary institutions
Provide policy and program advice to government to foster innovation and commercialization of B.C. technologies
Work with regional partners to ensure the benefits of technology and innovation are felt around the province
Along with the provincial government, Innovate BC hosts the #BCTECHSummit – an annual event to promote the best and brightest innovators developing emerging technologies in British Columbia and beyond.
Responsibility for Innovate BC lies within the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. The ministry manages government services that help support and maintain the strong and diverse economy that British Columbians need for long-term prosperity. It’s the ministry’s mandate to grow B.C.’s technology sector, champion innovation, nurture small businesses, support economic development throughout the province, and promote B.C. internationally as a preferred place to invest and do business. Innovate BC’s work supports the ministry in achieving its mandate.