Resources

Ideation

Idea Valuation Template

Valuate your idea using this template and find out if your idea is worth your time, money and energy.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization Magazine – Octane

Find inspiring entrepreneurial stories on this online magazine.

Spring Wise

Find out what’s trending! Read articles on the latest innovative ideas across the world.

BCIT Library

Free online databases, articles & e-books that will help you get started.

Entrepreneurial Potential Self-Assessment – BDC

Self-assessment to evaluate your entrepreneur potential.

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Market Research & Statistics

BCIT Library Research Guide

Find global market information databases and analysis tools containing comprehensive data and reports across all industries, countries and consumers. You will also be able to get detailed information on Canadian consumer spending, activities and characteristics using some of the tools listed on this website.

BC Stats

Conduct market analysis based on industry trends provided by the BC government.

Canadian Companies Capabilities – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Analyze your competition by searching 60,000 businesses across Canada.

Financial Performance Data – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Estimate operating costs for a new business and compare your financial performance against industry averages.

Frasers

Use the directory of Canadian industrial products for trade related suppliers. Search by product name, company name, or brand name.

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Registration & Licensing

Canada Business Network

Identify your business structure: Sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or co-operative?

BC Registry

Everything you need to register your business in BC.

Government of Canada – Permits, licences and regulations

Get information about the permits, licences and regulations that apply to your business from a federal perspective.

WorkBC

Use this one stop shop of business resources from a BC government website.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Information on patenting, trademarks, copyright, industrial design.

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Funding

Vantec Angel Network

Participate in the monthly angel investment meetings hosted by Vantec. Hear 8-12 early stage companies present their business and investment opportunity to an audience of angel investors.

BC Innovation Council

Learn about many programs including financial support for you to start your business, offered by the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and other organizations.

British Columbia’s Aboriginal Small Business Resources

Discover resources that support small business start-ups. These services include skills training, advisory services, financing and loans, and mentorship.

Women’s Enterprise Centre

As a female entrepreneur, receive essential business services and resources, as well as referrals to many resources and other business service providers.

Futurpreneur

Young entrepreneurs between the age 18 to 39 are supported by Futurpreneur for financing, mentoring and support tools that fuel their entrepreneurial passions.

WorkBC: Canada-B.C. Job Grant

Assistance available for eligible employers to offset the cost of training up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year

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Space & Prototype Support

CMPNY– Burnaby and Coquitlam

Wavefront

Discovery Parks

BCTIA Innovation Hub

Venture Labs

Launch Academy

Spring Activator

Prototype Support

MAKE+ (BCIT Applied Research)

MAKE+ provides “engineering product development” leadership to industry, faculty and students at BCIT.

Wavefront

Creating an app or mobile friendly site?  Access device rentals and conduct website usability testing, mobile application testing and monitoring.

Vancouver Tool Library

Rent a variety of tools for your home repair, gardening, or bicycle maintenance-related business. They also offer affordable workshops on tool related skills and projects.

MakerLabs

Utilize MakerLabs, a 26,000 sq. foot makerspace in Vancouver that provides you with the tools, space, and skills to make almost anything.

Vancouver Hack Space

If you are a technology entrepreneur and want a physical space where people can gather to share ideas, equipment and opinions, visit VHS.

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Start-up Checklists

Starting Your Business Checklist

Recommended checklist from Small Business BC

Step-by-Step Registration Process

Recommended checklist from Small Business BC

How to Register for GST/ PST

Recommended checklist from Small Business BC

How to Research Your Market

Recommended checklist from Small Business BC

How to Create a Marketing Sales Plan

Recommended checklist from Small Business BC

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BCIT Entrepreneurship Network

A number of entrepreneurship-related programs and services are available through BCIT and the BCIT Student Association. View these here!

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