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Highlights from the #BCTech Summit

Colin Schmidt
Created: March 23, 2017

Here are a few highlights

100,000+ Families in BC are fed by High Tech companies

  • More than Oil, Gas, and Mining combined
  • 9000 Companies
  • Salaries are 70% higher than other industries

Canada has the 2nd largest entrepreneur ecosystem in the world

  • But not enough of those companies scale up

Just 1 Data Point: Over 2000 startups in Canada are using Microsoft BizSpark

  • IBM is starting a similar program now, that includes Watson

86% of CEOs in all industries believe that going digital is their #1 priority

Startup in Residence Pilot

  • BC Government will start a companies that operates inside the government to build new solutions that they need themselves, then release those companies into the public to commercialize it

Washington – BC, Cascadia Corridor

  • Commitment from both WA & BC to make it easier for people and companies to work cross-border

BC Innovation Network to connect California

  • A well known professor from UBC is heading up a delegation that will make it easier for BC companies to network with companies in Silicon Valley

High Tech immigration visas will have a guaranteed two week processing time by June 2017

  • A new idea that is gaining traction: Get a PHD in Canada, get your citizenship with it

BCBid Resources just launched

  • Huge resource to help understand the BCBid system, as well as what is not in the BCBid system

Comment on this post if you would like me to point you in the right direction for more information on any of the above.


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