January AG-Tech Venture Acceleration Program Workshop Announced

free-eventAVAP WORKSHOP & ORIENTATION – JANUARY 13, 2016

SRCTec | MISSION, BC

 

On January 13, 2016 at SRCTec in Mission we are hosting our quarterly AVAP Workshop. This event is FREE and gives local agri-tech businesses and AVAP ventures a chance to learn more about the core business basics from a panel of presenters. This event starts at 12:00pm and runs until 5:00pm . To register for this event please complete the form below.

 

Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech, located in Mission, BC is the Valley’s first and only technology hub generating a variety of services, membership, events and funded programs for tech entrepreneurs, companies and students to take advantage of. Last year SRCTec obtained the Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program, a program which provides training, mentorship, access to capital and networking for individuals and companies who have the next big tech idea in agriculture. With close to 20 ventures successfully graduated from this program, SRCTec definitely hit a gap in the agri-tech industry where its needed.

 

The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech will play an increasingly important role in helping to diversify our economy and provide rewarding and fulfilling career opportunities right here in our own community“, said Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson.

 

 

THE OUTLINE

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Set Up of Prototypes & Expo Room

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Registration & Welcome

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Accounting Business Setup with Ann Harper of Ann Harper Inc. Chartered Accountant

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Legal Structure Setup with Ally Bharmal from Fasken Martineau

2:30pm – 2:45pm

Break in Expo

2:45pm – 3:00pm

NRC IRAP with Jamie Johnson

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Marketing with Abigail Shakespeare with Shake It Up Solutions

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Reception

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Orientation with Peter Briscoe our Executive in Residence for Perspective Clients Only

 

Registration Form

 

 

Venture Spotlight – Jeff Krahn of Mission, BC

Jeff KrahnJEFF KRAHN of CEA Innovations Corp. recently graduated from the Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program (AVAP) through the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec). Acting as the newest agri-tech and technology hub for the Fraser Valley, SRCTec hosts this program to help those with the next big idea in agriculture. Through training, mentorship, offering access to capital and networking opportunities, the Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program which is funded through the Ministry of Agriculture and the BC Innovation Council has given close to 25 new “ventures” an opportunity to succeed in the agri-tech business world.

Here’s an insight into Jeff’s experience with with the Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program.

What made you interested in the Agri-Tech Venture Accelerator Program?

As designers and engineers we have the technical background to design and build a wide range of automated systems. The Agri-Tech Venture Accelerator Program has provided us with tools, guidelines and methodologies to take our ideas from the prototype development phase and begin the process of taking our technology from the research lab and built it into a basis for a sustainable business.

 

Can you explain to us it is what you do?

We have designed and built a soft robotic gripper that is designed to grasp and hold an object and apply less force to the object than what a human can. The gripper is inherently gentle and can handle a wide range of delicate objects such as tomatoes, apples etc. We are currently developing a robotic system to handle the packaging of fruits and vegetables primarily in a greenhouse setting. Our long-term goal is to automate harvesting as well.

How did you hear about the Agri-Tech Venture Accelerator Program?

I originally heard of SRCTec when it was featured in a local newspaper article earlier this year. However, it was Shawn Halter who ultimately put us in contact with Mike Manion.

When you went through the training what part of it did you find the most beneficial?

All of the information has been beneficial in one way or another. Of particular interest to us was the methodology to finding a customer who has the need for our technology along with the background behind setting system pricing.

How did you find the one-on-one mentoring? What kind of information did you pull from it?

Peter Briscoe SRCTec’s Executive in Residence has been very helpful in guiding us along the steps we need to take in order to build a potential customer base and in ensuring we focus on the steps we need to take in order to ensure we meet our business goals

Have you taken advantage of any of our networking opportunities? If so were they beneficial?

As a recent graduate of the program, I have not yet had the chance to take advantage of the networking opportunities that SRCTec has to offer. We do however plan to exhibit at SRCTec’s Agri-Tech Trade Show +Mixer at the Ramada in Abbotsford on October 21, 2015.

For more information on the Agri-Tech Venture Accelerator Program please visit www.srctec.org/avap

 

 

It’s Coming! The First Annual Agri-Tech Trade Show + Mixer

Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech, located in Mission, BC is the Valley’s first and only technology hub generating a variety of services, membership, events and funded programs for tech entrepreneurs, companies and students to take advantage of. Last year SRCTec obtained the Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program, a program which provides training, mentorship, access to capital and networking for individuals and companies who have the next big tech idea in agriculture. With close to 20 ventures successfully graduated from this program, SRCTec definitely hit a gap in the agri-tech industry where its needed.

“The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech will play an increasingly important role in helping to diversify our economy and provide rewarding and fulfilling career opportunities right here in our own community”, said Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson.

 

On October 21, 2015 at the Ramada Conference Centre in Abbotsford, SRCTec is hosting the First Annual Agri-Tech Trade Show + Mixer. This event is FREE and gives local agri-tech businesses and AVAP ventures a chance to showcase the newest tech innovations in the agri-tech industry. This event starts at 2:00pm and runs until 5:00pm and gives you a chance to walk the expo, attend keynote speaker presentations on this years biggest topics in agriculture and mingle with attendees at our networking mixer. To register for this event please contact Athena Green at 604-615-4619 or by email at agreen@srctec.org.

 

 

 

 

SRCTec Welcomes a New Kind of Innovation for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

MISSION – Technology based non-profit and tech hub of the valley Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech has welcomed their newest member to their facility in Mission, British Columbia. WiseBOX Solutions Inc., and their team of brilliant innovators and product development specialists have made Mission their new base camp. 

WiseBOX Solutions Inc. is a powerful, yet simple to use business software suite designed for small to mid-sized companies looking for a single system to manage inventory, billing, customer relationship management, and achieve business process automation across all of the business functions needed. WiseBOX Solutions Inc. will help businesses get organized, increase productivity and will help in making the critical steps to grow and scale business.

 

WiseBOX Solutions Inc. will streamline workflow and make it more cost-efficient to operate a business, gain a better snapshot of operations and opens up the time to coordinate activities and serve customers.

 

Quotes:

 

“Working with SRCTec has been a great experience.   Being able to set up shop and get our business going with the help and advice from professionals who have already built companies, and are currently building companies is priceless. It has put us on the right track towards success and we are excited for our future.”

 

WiseBOX Solutions Inc. Business Development Manager, Jesse Maxon

 

Quick Facts:

  • Established in 2012, Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tec (SRCTec) is a not-for-

profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors.

  • SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford and Chilliwack).
  • As a consortium, SRCTec understands the necessary infrastructure and programs required within the Region, in order to create jobs, foster innovation and drive skilled training.
  • SRCTec is committed to the technology-led Economic and Educational development of the region.
  • BC’s technology sector is the third largest contributor to the province’s economy, making up to 7.6% of our gross domestic product and producing $23.2 billion in annual revenue and, $31 billion in exports.

 

Learn More:

 

Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech: www.srctec.org

WiseBOX Solutions Inc.: www.mywisebox.com

 

Contact:

 

Athena Green

SRCTec, Marketing/Program Coordinator

agreen@srctec.org

 

Download the official NEWS RELEASE here.

604-615-4619

SRCTec Hosts New Program to Fund Tech Employers

SRCTec is proud to announce their newest addition to technology based funding through the BC Innovation Council.  The BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative (BCIC-ISI) is designed to cultivate future technology entrepreneurs and innovators with the ultimate goal of creating quality, high-paying jobs for the BC economy. BCIC-ISI is focused on fulfilling regional industry needs while preparing students to start companies, in addition to filling jobs.

Are you a BC-based technology company that needs to access top talent and skilled workers, train future employees, resource for a project that will move your company forward, or have the opportunity to showcase industry problems to future solution providers? SRCTec will pair you up with an eligible student in exchange for BCIC-ISI vouchers valued at $2,500-$7,500 (average $5,000), which must be matched in-kind and/or in-cash by a company contribution.

Post-secondary students from across BC with business, technical, innovation and entrepreneurial training, skills are invited to expand on their  experience to meet the needs of the technology sector. The program focuses on exposing students to regional industry needs and challenges, while providing students with the skills required to run a successful business.

Company Eligibility:

  • Must be a BC-based technology company and participating in the program partner’s services or programs.
  • Is eligible to receive two vouchers per year.
  • Must provide a 1:1 matching contribution to the voucher funds (in-kind and/or in-cash).
  • Must provide adequate training (business, technical and innovation and entrepreneurial) to meet the program objectives.
  • Must provide a project to the student. Company projects offered to students must be related to business, technical and innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities, and cannot be general administrative duties.

Student Eligibility :

  • Must be a post-secondary student currently enrolled at a BC post-secondary institution.
  • Is required to complete the ‘Virtual Market Validation Training’ offered through New Ventures BC, and companies must ensure this is completed.
  • Is eligible for two vouchers per year.
  • Can be a co-op student if the co-op position is not funded by any other co-op subsidization program.
  • Must be employed a reasonable number of hours per week (approximately 25 hours) at a fair market value for a highly skilled student; in accordance with regional and industry differences factoring in local wages, types and lengths of projects.

 

Funding is limited so apply online today or contact SRCTec for more information.

SRCTec Press Release BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative

 

 

Technology Sector Growing in Downtown Mission, November 17th, 2014

Mission, B.C. – Investments made by the District of Mission are paying off as tech jobs start to move into downtown Mission.

Over 30 high paying tech jobs are moving to downtown Mission with the signing of two new lease agreements for the District-owned building, located at 7337 Welton Street.

i-Open Technologies Inc. is moving to downtown Mission, and brings 33 jobs to the District.

i-Open Technologies Inc. builds industry specific applications with a focus on spatial applications, asset management solutions and data integration services.

The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) has signed a separate lease for space at the same building, and will be providing industry-specific technology programs focused on innovation and incubation, research, and technology commercialization. The goal is to develop a local technology hub in Mission.

SRCTec is a non-profit society founded in 2006 with the intent to actively attract technology companies and promote skilled tech training and education to the Fraser Valley.

“Bringing both a successful technology company and a group with a regional focus to downtown Mission is the result of many years of focused work and will be a great benefit to the District. This will be a catalyst to support downtown revitalization and encourage further investment in our community.” says Stacey Crawford, Economic Development Officer for the District of Mission.

The technology sector is the third largest contributor to BC’s economic activity, and over the past five years its growth has outpaced the average growth of the BC economy. It is one of the 8 key sectors in the BC Jobs Plan as well as a spotlight sector for our region and the District of Mission.

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About iOpen Technologies http://www.i-opentech.com/

i-Open Technologies Inc. delivers spatially enabled industry specific custom applications, and is supported by a well-established and proven professional services practice. Focusing on Spatial Applications and Data Integration as the core implementation models, i-Open delivers solutions to various Industry groups and government sector organizations.

About SRCTec http://www.srctec.org/

The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors. SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and higher education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford and Chilliwack). As a consortium, SRCTec understands the necessary infrastructure and programs required within the Region in order to create jobs, foster innovation and drive skills training.

For further information, please contact:

Stacey Crawford

Economic Development Officer

604-820-3789

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Our New Mission – ACETECH Holds its First Ever Meeting in Mission, September 15

ACETECH, the training organization for CEOs of technology, life sciences, and innovative companies,
has announced that Mission will be the location for its September “Speaker Series” meeting. Hosted by
SRCTec (Sumas Regional Consortium for Technology), and sponsored by the BC Innovation Council and
the District of Mission, this event marks another milestone to position Mission as a technological hub in
the Fraser Valley.

SRCTec is opening a technical centre of excellence in downtown Mission later this fall – a move that has
interested two high tech companies to re-locate here, with more to follow. The Consortium has
partnered with the city to leverage Mission’s ongoing downtown revitalization program, its low cost of
doing business and high quality yet affordable lifestyle to go after the thriving high tech sector. SRCTec’s
planned Venture Acceleration Program to aid incubator and start-up high tech companies will be an
essential first step.

“These targeted early adapters will pave the way to brand this community as a tech start-up centre,”
explains SRCTec Chair Ray Szabada. “They will bring high paying jobs and will have a substantial positive
impact on this community and local economy. And the fact that an organization with the prestige of
ACETECH has also chosen Mission is just icing on the cake!”

The ACETECH meeting will feature author Shannon Susko as presenter. Shannon’s book “The
Metronome Effect” draws on the wisdom of some of the best business minds of our time, as well as the
author’s own experiences as a serial entrepreneur, to create a methodology that delivers a practical
process to grow business profits. With more than twenty years of experience building and leading high-
growth technology companies, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2000, and was
awarded the Sarah Kirke Award for Canada’s Leading Women Entrepreneurs in 2006. Shannon currently
serves as a corporate director, as well as a leadership coach helping CEOs and top executives in a variety
of industries keep their companies on the path to growth and predictable profit.

SRCTec Makes Commitment to Mission

City Owned Building Will Accommodate Up To 30 High Tech Jobs in Mission’s Downtown

The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech has officially announced that it is opening its first Technical Centre of Excellence (TCE) in Mission later this fall. SRCTec Chair Ray Szabada has signed a memorandum of understanding with the District to lease a portion of the city owned building behind the post office. The facility will accommodate and provide services to start-up high tech companies.

In addition to the twelve start-up companies that have already expressed interest in the program, two well-established high tech firms have enquired about taking space in the building as anchor tenants. “I am confident that we can fill the space available to us quickly,” Szabada says.  “And this will fundamentally change the local economy. The TCE will attract high tech companies to locate in Mission, and will brand this community as a technology hub. This is excellent news for the city’s downtown revitalization initiative and for local businesses in general.”

Mission Economic Development Officer Stacey Crawford agrees. “This is the culmination of several years of work in partnership with SRCTec,” he notes. “It brings together education, innovation, and business with a technology sector focus and will generate new jobs in the knowledge based economy.”

Szabada praises Mission for its forward and innovative thinking. “Technology is a perfect fit for this community,” he says. “Mission Council and staff have been extremely supportive, and have helped to make this TCE project a reality.

The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors. SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and higher education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford and Chilliwack). As a consortium, SRCTec understands the necessary infrastructure and programs required within the Region in order to create jobs, foster innovation and drive skills training.