With ‘ambition’ being the theme of these 29th annual awards, BC Tech has bolstered its Company of the Year: Startup category to include an additional pitch competition on September 22nd. This will be a live community event with participants making their case in front of a panel of judges.
“We all know that startups embark on their journey with that strong desire to change the world and tackle big problems,” notes BC Tech’s Vice President of Marketing, Erika Borgerson.
“We are excited to bring those stories to life and showcase what is possible when you think big and go for it. BC Tech is very proud of this award. It’s more important than ever before.”
The Startup award, sponsored by Microsoft, will be announced at the TIAs gala and the winner will receive a $10-thousand cheque to help accelerate growth.
Borgerson says this will acknowledge an early-stage technology company that has brought something novel and impactful to the market, that is generating revenue, attracting team members and creating significant buzz in BC’s tech ecosystem.
“We are excited to bring those stories to life and showcase what is possible when you think big and go for it. This is open to small, revenue-positive companies that are selling a technology related service, solution, product or platform. We want to hear about the inspiration for launching their company, what they have achieved to date and the future ambitions of their founders.”
The path to victory starts with the announcement of finalists in all categories, including Startup, on June 16th. The ten Startup finalists will then be narrowed down to three and they will be part of that live pitch event in the fall.
The application deadline for all TIA categories has been extended to the end of the day, on May 13th. Details and the application form can be found at: Company of the Year: Startup.
As the largest member-led technology non-profit in British Columbia, BC Tech is helping turn startups into scaleups. It’s part of the work to support members to grow and diversify their talent pool, acquire new customers, access capital and accelerate their growth journey.