VentureLabs partners include University, Government and Industry partners who we collaborate with in supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and business acceleration.


The National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). NRC IRAP’s Mission is to stimulate innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada and our Vision is to be a leader in supporting the development of new technologies and their successful commercialization in a global context. For over 60 years, the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has been stimulating wealth creation for Canada through technological innovation. This is accomplished by providing technology assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises at all stages of the innovation process, to build their innovation capacity. NRC-IRAP helps small and medium-sized enterprises understand the technology issues and opportunities and provides linkages to the best expertise in Canada


NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence


MITACS supports national innovation by coordinating collaborative industry-university research projects with human capital development at their core. Since 1999, Mitacs has been promoting academic-industrial R&D while supporting the development of future innovation leaders. Mitacs has developed a proactive and successful approach to supporting innovation, both directly through collaborative R&D and indirectly through long-term development of skilled human capital. In particular, Mitacs, helps companies identify their innovation needs and matches them with academic expertise; fosters cutting edge research tied to commercial outcomes, builds international research networks, creating innovation leaders in Canada and abroad, and, provides professional and entrepreneurship skills training for graduate students, so they have the tools to meet emerging innovation needs


The British Columbia Institute of Technology has produced more than 146,000 career-ready graduates since 1964. With a mission to build pathways for career success in the global marketplace through teaching excellence and applied education and research, BCIT is integral to the social, economic, and environmental prosperity of British Columbia. BCIT offers a different path of learning, one that leads to career success, including more than 400 full-time, part-time and distance education programs in business and media, computing and information technology, engineering, applied and natural sciences, health sciences, trades, vocational and apprenticeship.


Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada’s top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries. SFU supports the development and growth of BC’s technology and startup company ecosystem through innovation, knowledge mobilization, incubation and acceleration programs and services


The University of Victoria (UVic), one of Canada’s leading universities, is a rich and supportive learning community that is commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2012-13. Widely recognized for excellence in research and creativity, inspired teaching and civic engagement, UVic provides innovative programs and real-life learning experiences in a diverse and welcoming West Coast environment. The university has become an international leader in fields including oceans and climate, society and health, global change and sustainability, Indigenous and cultural studies, matter and energy, and genomics and proteomics. Serving more than 20,000 students from around the world, UVic is consistently ranked one of Canada’s top research universities by Re-search InfoSource. UVic supports innovation, knowledge mobilization, entrepreneurship and business incubation through programs and services such as the Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization department and the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE)

Innovate BC

Innovate BC (formally the BC Innovation Council or BCIC) is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia, Canada, which funds entrepreneurial support programs in the province.

Innovate BC focuses on the support of technology startups and entrepreneurs through programs, sponsorship and competitions that facilitate technology commercialization. Innovate BC is the province’s primary agency company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development through technology and innovation.

Emily Carr

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Design. Emily Carr’s vision is to be a worldwide centre of excellence in art, design and media education and research. Emily Carr University of Art + Design formerly known as the Vancouver School of Art, was established in 1925.


VANTEC is a group of angel investors who want to support promising BC-based entrepreneurs in technology ventures with angel investment, advice and connections. Since 1999 they have been hosting monthly angel investment meetings where 8-12 early stage companies present their business and investment opportunity to an audience of angel investors. VANTEC is often the first investor community where startups pitch.

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