The legendary Gary Bizzo from The Bizzo Management Group and Vancouverentrepreneur.ca provides you with The BC Weekly Business Report. On what’s going on in our Province. Every week we bring you all up to date with new ventures, investment opportunities, start ups, technology, business activities and who’s doing what when it comes highlighting local BC entrepreneurs. All this great weekly business news will inform or may even inspire you to get involved, contact, network or even expand or start your own business. Enjoy the show!
Episode #10 Vancouver Entrepreneur:
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1) The COMPASS STARTUP ECOSYSTEM REPORT 2015 announced the other day that Vancouver is ranked #18 in the world for startups. You just have to look around the papers to see them too, of course, silicon Valley came in first.
2) Tech analysis website Mattermark released a list of 10 Hardware Startups on the Rise earlier this month, 4 of which are from BC, which featured Vancouver’s Recon Instruments in third place.
3) Recon Jet is Recon’s primary product and its made by athletes for athletes. It’s eyeware, a Heads-Up Display technology primarily used in sports goggles and glasses with a tiny display in the right eyepiece that gives you your pace, distance run, plus a bunch more info. To avoid compromising your position while running, you can see this at a ‘flicker of the eye’. This is for the serious athlete for sure.
4) Online food ordering service Lazymeal came in fifth with average weekly traffic growth of 10 per cent. The company was founded in 2011 and services the greater Vancouver area with over 300 restaurant partners. Lazymeal is currently working to finalize its tablet technology, dubbed “lazytab,” which digitally streamlines all orders from the cloud to all its partner restaurants.
5) Coming in at No. 6 is the goal-setting and tracking software GoalsOnTrack, which was founded in 2008. The company has average weekly traffic growth of 11 per cent and in 2011 started working on mobile versions of its software.
6) Rounding out the B.C. companies on the Mattermark list is Medeo, the Vancouver-based company that provides secure video conferencing between B.C. medical patients and doctors. Launched in June, Medeo is open to beneficiaries of the provincial medical services plan and is available via computer or by iPhone or iPad.
7) A group of six UBC and SFU grads is putting its own spin on electric bikes with a new company called Shocke. The first model out of the garage was Spark, in 2015, followed by Ampere and Surge in February 2016–all funded on Kickstarter. With more than 600 bikes sold, the Delta-based company (comprising brothers Steven, Frank and Edward Lo, Hussein and Ebrahim Jafferjee, and Hasan Hamze) is increasing production to meet expected sales of 1,500 this year. So far sales have been online only, but by summer Shocke hopes to sell through local and U.S. dealers.
8) Vancouver-based digital payments startup Payfirma announced a new injection of cash Wednesday: $13 million in Series A financing. Perhaps more interesting than that, however, is CEO Michael Gokturk publicly statingthe company is considering going public in 2016, both in Toronto and New York. Many tech startups either remain private or become acquired.
9) It’s about time. Trippeo is building a next-generation business travel expense management app. The current solutions available are outdated, and yet have dominated the market for 15+ years. “There is space for newcomers,” says Adarsh Pallian, founder & CEO of Trippeo. Pallian believes that there is a growing need in the market for apps designed for the new generation of employees who favour simplicity, reliability and automation.
10) The next couple are supported by Startup Prince George, a part of Startup Canada with office across the country. Startup PG is a grassroots driven group in Prince George dedicated to creating more entrepreneurs and innovators in Northern, BC. are a group of volunteers that partner with organizations to organize and lead a number of events throughout the year that bring together entrepreneurs, developers, designers, creators, artists and changemakers in a fun and social way.
11) West Coast Canning is Canada’s first mobile canning company that provides craft breweries (cideries and wineries) in BC and Alberta with a full service packaging solution so they can focus on making great beer. They bring our customized canning line, labour, supplies and expertise to new and established breweries and provide a cost effective and convenient pay-as-you go service to can even short-run orders.
12) Understory got me with the name, I thought it was ladieswear. Understory is an arts and culture publication for Northern BC. Focusing on the life beneath the canopy, it will shed light on local events, creators and businesses. Their goal is to be by artists for artists, fostering a community where artwork can be showcased, discussed and shared.
This Week In Events:
1) “How to Have Wealth & Freedom Living the Laptop Lifestyle”
Unlimited Leads for Your Business – Online Webinar
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Daven Michaels, New York Times Best Selling Author, 30 year business veteran and CEO of one of the largest outsourcing and Virtual Assistant companies in the Philippines
3) How to navigate the regulatory maze to recruit and retain amazing employees
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
6:00 PM to 9:15 PM
G&F Financial Group
105-4191 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC (map)
Robin Turnill and Nooreen Kabani are the founders and principals of Exalt HR Consulting. They have a combined total of over 25 years of human resources, leadership and consulting experience in both the public and private sector.
Casey A. Miller, President of 6 ½ Consulting has 15+ years of business experience including roles of CEO, VP Business Development, and VP Strategy. And he is on a mission: to create thriving workplaces, relationships, and communities where people value
Doug Anderson, widely known as “DA” is the owner of DA Top Talent. Doug has helped over 500 hundred business owners over the past 35 years. His passion is to provide world-class business advisory services for entrepreneurs and business owners
Adam Steele at age 22, with no previous business experience, left his day job to chase the dream of business ownership. He started out by peddling Gmail address’ by the bundle. Today, he leads a team of 30+, remote team
Praveen Varshney has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory services firm, since 1991. He is a director or officer of various publicly traded companies including Mogo and Hempco Food
Arran Stephens was born in 1944 and was raised on Vancouver Island. His parents pioneered sustainable farming in the 1950’s and advised Arran to “leave the earth better than you found it.” After pursuing art and having several successful exhibitions
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