The BC Tech Association announced the launch of BCTech4Startups, a free membership program for startups that provides a suite of dedicated support services to help them scale-up. The program launches with the support of these five BC tech anchor companies: Absolute Software, Amazon, Electronic Arts, SAP Canada and TELUS.
The program’s services are focused on key startups needs, including educational resources, networking, valuable brand visibility, peer-to-peer learning, mentor connections, expert advice, job boards and more.
There are 11,000 tech companies in BC and only 2% of them achieve scaleup success. Indeed, BC is well-known for its strength in creating startups and struggles in scaling them.
“While it has been tremendous to cheer on the ‘unicorn’ levels of success that some of the 2% are now achieving, we believe we can do far better,” according to a statement from BC Tech. “At BC Tech we want to see many more BC tech companies realize their full potential.”
BCTech4Startups was created to help local tech companies achieve this success.
“Every big company – including Electronic Arts – was once a startup, founded by entrepreneurs out to change the world,” said Dan Box, Vice President of Strategy at EA SPORTS. “At EA we are excited about the potential of BC’s tech ecosystem and believe that startups play a critical role in driving innovation and growth.”