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Applications for the Fall 2017 cohort now closed

Applications Closed

The Venture Acceleration Program (VAP), an initiative of BCIC, helps early-stage entrepreneurs launch and grow their companies faster and smarter. Wavefront delivers VAP in downtown Vancouver.

If you are outside of BC, click here to learn more about what’s available in your area.

Gastown Steam Clock, Vancouver, BC
Gastown Steam Clock, Vancouver, BC

Venture Acceleration Program is a 4-month program designed for companies that are in the early stages of business planning and launch, who typically exhibit the following characteristics:

• Wireless/mobile technology company

• Getting ready to launch OR recently in market

• Working prototype developed OR in development

• Looking for mentorship and education for starting your business

Participants have the option of extending their mentorship meetings on a monthly basis following the 4-month program.

Not located in BC? Click here to learn about our National Program

MENTORSHIP - Get guidance and expertise from accredited BCIC Executives in Residence and a supportive network of mentors
EXPERTISE - Expert access to a wide range of entrepreneurs and specialists, business clinics and professional partners
LEARNING - Learning opportunities through workshops, seminars and educational programs. Key benefits include: Lunch and learns and access to the Market Validation Training (MVT) course
NETWORK - Inside access to industry events and opportunities through our hyper-connected network of supporters, collaborators, potential investors and employees
FLEXIBLE WORKSPACE - Participate remotely or apply to be a resident in the Wavefront Accelerator Centre located in our downtown Vancouver offices
PROGRAM PERKS - Exclusive perks from our program partners such as Evo, Hubspot and Rogers

Key Dates:

Call for applications opens August 14
Application deadline September 28, 4 pm PST
Shortlisted candidates contacted September 29
Intake presentations (shortlisted candidates) October 4
Final cohort confirmed October 5
MVT Day 1 October 10
MVT Day 2 October 31
MVT Day 3 November 21


Brad Lowe Acceleration Award:

The Brad Lowe Acceleration Award offers free access to Wavefront’s Venture Acceleration Program and space in Wavefront’s co-working space for one year. Upon applying for the Venture Acceleration Program you will be automatically considered for the scholarship. Deadline to apply for the Fall 2017 cohort was September 28, 2017.

Applications Closed

The program guides and coaches early-stage companies through entrepreneur leadership and business model planning to build a structurally sound business.

We take a 3-pronged approach to startup acceleration:

ongoing mentorship

Ongoing Mentorship:

Each company is paired with an Executive-in-Residence (EIR) to provide customized strategic advisory.

Market Validation Training

Market Validation Training:

This intensive course brings entrepreneurs together to define their business opportunity, conduct customer discovery and development, and refine their business pitch.

View the course outline.

Community Resources:

VAP companies gain access to events, device rentals, networking opportunities, and more!