2014-15 VenturePrize Registration Will Open Soon!
The Annual TEC VenturePrize Business Plan Competition offering $180,000 in prizes!
$180,000 prize package shared between Fast Growth and TELUS ICT competition categories
$30,000 prize package for Students
You have a business idea, but don’t necessarily have the business training to launch your company. The more you brainstorm about transforming your vision into a venture, the more questions you have. What are the legal issues with creating a company? Where is the financing going to come from? Am I targeting the right market? Find out by participating in the TEC VenturePrize business plan competition.
"Thanks to the global media coverage we received from TEC VenturePrize, the publicity led to many investment and partnership leads, including a local investor who invested after hearing about Aquila in the press. The investment helped us hire three new staff. TEC VenturePrize has proven invaluable to us -- the prize package granted us important capital funding while the in-kind services allowed us to work with ACAMP to redesign our optics system. In addition, the feedback from the evaluators and judging panel was most helpful. We're proud to have been a part of TEC VenturePrize."
~David Alton, President and CEO, Aquila Diagnostic Systems Inc.
- Business Plan Competition - participants compete for over $180,000 in combined prizes for the Fast Growth and NEW VenturePrize TELUS ICT competition - all submitted plans will receive a professional feedback report.
- Submission Deadline: February 25, 2015 by 4:00 p.m.
- Seminar Series - participants have access to TEC Edmonton's Business Basics For Innovators (BBFI) and Innovate Calgary's VenturePrize Toolkit.
- Mentorship, connecting entreprenuers with business experts. Those registered for TEC VenturePrize are qualified to access the assistance of this skilled group of TEC VenturePrize mentor volunteers. A great opportunity to obtain help and advice as you develop your business plan.
- The annual VenturePrize Awards event will take place in May 2015 in Hall D, Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton.
UPDATE for VenturePrize TELUS ICT Competition!
TEC Edmonton is pleased to welcome TELUS for a second year as a corporate sponsor and to announce an exciting change to the VenturePrize TELUS Information and Communications Technology (ICT) competition.
Update: This new ICT stream introduced last year will now offer one grand prize of $30,000 cash to an Alberta based entrepreneur looking to build/grow their ICT-focused venture, with the support of one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies.
TEC Edmonton and TELUS invite all new and future entrepreneurs in the ICT space to participate!
Upcoming VenturePrize Seminars
For the next scheduled BBFI seminars, see our webpage http://www.tecedmonton.com/esd for more session dates.
Starting a business takes more than a great idea – success hinges on a strong plan of action. The Business Basics For Innovators (BBFI) seminars provide the tools you will need to assess your business concept and planning strategies to give your plan an edge.
For more information and to register contact Shelley McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For participants in southern Alberta, they can access the Toolkit series offered by Innovate Calgary. For further information on this offering and dates, visit www.innovatecalgary.com
The 2014 VenturePrize Award Recipients Were:
GRAND PRIZE WINNER & Edmonton Journal People's Choice Award Recipient
Localize Services Ltd. – Edmonton
Localize Ltd. (also known as Localize Your Food) is an Edmonton-based company that has created a grocery shelf labelling service enabling shoppers to quickly learn where products come from and other information, allowing grocers to easily embark on local or regional food campaigns.
Watch Localize's Video
Belgravia Tech Inc. (BTI) – Edmonton
University of Alberta spin-off company Belgravia Tech Inc. introduces an alternative method of manufacturing medical isotopes.
Watch BTI's Video
Tactalis – Calgary
Developers of tactile tablet computer systems that help the visual impaired explore, create and share images and digital media they cannot see.
Watch Tactalis' Video
TELUS ICT Finalists
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
MyMenu – Edmonton
An app developed by University of Alberta students that customizes restaurant menus to the needs of diet-specific individuals - knowing in advance their particular dietary requirements can be handled by the restaurant.
ItsDateNight.com – Calgary
A Calgary guide to real-time nightlife and entertainment, making it easier to create interesting date nights.
Zayfti – Edmonton
A practical, mobile system to streamline the many safety procedures and forms on any work site.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Alieo Games – University of Alberta
An educational games developer encouraging students to use a wide range of words in their writing.
Smart Count Health – University of Alberta
A point-of-care diagnostic of hematological diseases.
Livi Design – University of Alberta
Livi Design's Casetop product, creating an interface between laptop computers and smartphones to increase work productivity.
What makes TEC VenturePrize so successful is our partners and sponsors. To become a supporter or a sponsor contact Kendel.Ferrier@tecedmonton.com