Startup Business Survival for the 2nd Wave – Government Programs Available

Special thanks to David Gregory of Gregory, Yick and Associates Chartered Professional Accountants for their concise updates on the supports available to businesses during this second wave of the pandemic. VentureLabs is pleased to share his recent advice. Here are the various additional support programs that startups should be aware of: 1.       Extended and Expanded Canadian…

Corporate Documents Every Startup Needs

As an entrepreneur, there will likely come a point when you want to take that next step for your startup and incorporate. At the same time, running your business demands most of your attention. While it can be easy to sweep the paperwork under the rug, laying a strong legal foundation is essential for scaling…

BC-Based Peer-to-Peer Social Health App Keeps Outpatients Healthy at Home and Connected to Community During COVID-19

Curatio enables a seamless pivot to online support for outpatients pre and post surgery in response to the pandemic For Barbara in Okanagan Falls, a big priority when it came to her joint replacement surgery was learning how to manage her pain without solely relying on medications. She was also looking for ways to deal…

SFU VentureLabs taps into P.P.E. produced by client company, Flextrapower

SFU VentureLabs client, Flextrapower (formerly Bonbouton), was founded to develop the world’s first smart insole system to help detect inflammation and prevent diabetic amputations. However, when the pandemic struck, founder Linh Le felt the need to respond directly to the crisis.  Flextrapower was born from the research that Le did while studying for his Ph.D.…

Women in business leading COVID-19 pandemic projects

Several female-led B.C. businesses are at the forefront of tackling challenges created by COVID-19, including SFU VentureLabs company, Curatio Networks Inc. Read this feature on SFU VentureLabs company, Curatio Networks Inc., originally published in Business in Vancouver. Careteam Technologies Inc. is leading a project that aims to deliver remote monitoring and virtual care to help…

Is COVID-19 ready for RoboMop?

With a line of janitorial robots already commercialized and scrubbing floors three years ago, SFU VentureLabs company, A&K Robotics Inc. had turned its intention to developing a disinfecting prototype robot. Read this feature on VentureLabs company, A&K Robotics, originally published in Business in Vancouver. “The problem was back in 2017, nobody wanted to pay for…

What to Consider When Outsourcing to Remote Teams

Is outsourcing to remote teams a good choice for startups? Through the COVID-19 pandemic, the ways in which we live and work are constantly evolving. Over the last six months, we have seen significant acceptance of remote workers and remote teams. Our typical methods for working together may no longer be possible with the pandemic…

Fusion Genomics: Using Next-Generation Sequencing for Early Virus Detection

In late December, the first high-quality genome map of SARS-CoV-2 became available, and it was this availability that jumpstarted global efforts to effectively diagnose and treat the virus. Now imagine if you could obtain this genome map for any infectious disease for every patient without waiting weeks or months and costing no more than current…

Short Term Business Survival Strategies and Government Initiatives

The Global fight against the Coronavirus has created a sudden and severe economic shock which is only beginning to make its way through the economy. There will be more economic impacts to follow.   Thank you to David Gregory, CPA, of Gregory, Yick & Associates for this insightful article. (Original article – March 24th. Latest Update May 20th.)…

Using sound data to identify COVID-19 with Bio Conscious’ Endobits

Last year, Bio Conscious released Endobits, an innovative remote patient monitoring system for physicians that automatically prioritizes high-risk patients and allows for remote consults. Endobits is a companion to Bio Conscious’ flagship diabetes management platform Diabits, which predicts an individual’s blood sugar levels up to an hour in advance. Now Bio Conscious is working on…