As TEC’s 2015 VenturePrize business plan competition comes to its finale April 29 in Edmonton’s  Shaw Conference Centre, TEC Edmonton and, more importantly, its clients, have been much in the news.

Global Edmonton has been celebrating entrepreneurism in our city with its Game Changers series, a monthly show hosted and produced by Early Morning News co-host Shaye Ganam.

The latest Game Changers featured TEC VenturePrize 2013 finalist LoginRadius. Global showed how two former students with a great business idea – replacing hard-to-remember website passwords with simple log-ins using social media accounts – have grown the concept (with much business assistance from TEC Edmonton) into a major company with hundreds of thousands of clients, dozens of employees at corporate and operational headquarters in Edmonton and in India, and the determination to grow LoginRadius into a billion-dollar company.

Last month, Game Changers championed Localize Your Food and its founder Meghan Dear,  showing how Meghan’s desire to know more about the origins of the food she was buying at the grocery store has resulted in an information system hundreds of grocery stores and their customers are now using.  Localize was the 2014 VenturePrize Fast Growth competition winner.

The Edmonton Journal has been most supportive of entrepreneurs and small business through its  innovative weekly news section and website Capital Ideas.  As the TEC VenturePrize competition also assists all entrants in developing business plans as well as compete, Capital Ideas posed the question: What have you learned from putting together a business plan?

The result was an overwhelming vindication of the entrepreneurial training focus of VenturePrize, as all the published comments urged inexperienced entrepreneurs, before they did anything else, to put together a business plan.

The Edmonton Journal has also been having fun by presenting and sponsoring the TEC VenturePrize/Edmonton Journal People’s Choice Award. The general public are encouraged to visit the People’s Choice voting website and register their vote for one of the current finalists – educational learning tool Alieo Games, Pogo Car-Share and wearable tech startup  Sensassure. Last year, over 1,100 voters selected the VenturePrize Fast Growth competition winner Localize Your Food.  Pretty good way to get a buzz going for your company in the cybersphere!

Finally, the University of Alberta daily news bulletin, as part of the University’s Because We Dared theme, published an inspirational story entitled Start Up a Revolution, about how TEC Edmonton is helping transform U of A research and innovation into tangible economic activity in Edmonton by helping the “inventive sparks … catch fire in the business community … The transformation has been stunning.”

If you or your organization would like to learn more about TEC Edmonton and its many services as a not-for-profit innovative business accelerator, please visit our TEC Edmonton website .

News outlets – on and offline – are encouraged to contact TEC Edmonton Communications Coordinator Erik Einsiedel at erik.einsiedel@tecedmonton.com or 780-248-5886.

To order tickets for the 2015 VenturePrize Awards Celebration, April 19 at 5 p.m. in Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre  ($85 including dinner, 8 for $595) go to www.ventureprize.com