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 #17 Vancouver Entrepreneur:
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When we are looking at new innovation in startups sometimes it’s tough to understand what made entrepreneurs develop that product or service. I’ve been talking to medical entrepreneurs and all of them expressed a need for them to do something for the common good. Often they don’t consider the financial rewards as hard as that may sound. On the other hand… LungPacer, CuePath and Ziva were all New Ventures BC Awards winners. Let’s look at a couple.
1) LungPacerMedical Inc. is developing a novel therapeutic solution for preserving or restoring the integrity and strength of the diaphragm muscle in critically ill patients who require mechanical ventilation. The proprietary Lungpacer system is designed to activate the diaphragm using a temporary, minimally invasive, transvascular nerve stimulation approach that is expected to save many lives, improve surviving patient outcomes and greatly reduce hospital care costs.
2) CuePath Innovation’s smart, disposable medication packaging and mobile system enables families and caregivers to remotely track medication intake of elderly patients throughout the day.
3) Ziva Dynamics is transforming human interaction in virtual spaces—from gaming to film to surgery simulation. ZIVA VFX has been enabling groundbreaking advancements in the creation of virtual anatomical beings for some of the summer’s leading blockbuster films. Founded in anatomy and physics, Ziva’s technology allows character to behave in a realistic and physically correct manner.Its’ system for surgeons to virtually do complex operations is groundbreaking. Access to gaming figure creation for other gaming companies is certainly a money maker for them.
4) MeKeeper ,developed a Vancouver Doctor, Eric Cadesky and others, is an application that provides users with immediate, accurate and secure access to their most important personal medical information: conditions; medications; allergies; immunizations; lab results; insurance providers and health practitioners.
5) As a person-centered e-health management tool, MeKeeper enables individual ownership of quantifiable health information without the noise of unnecessary data found in other applications. It’s free on iTunes but you should keep an eye on in the next few months.
6) Prollster for Education
Prollster is a “social learning” platform designed for lifelong learners. By fostering active engagement and “soft skills” such as teamwork and collaboration, they make learning better for students and instructors, enabling their customers to deliver higher quality learning at a lower cost.
It allows for engagement, rewards, interaction and Prollster connects to the most popular Learning Management Systems (“LMS”) and Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) platforms. There is a free trial on the website.
Sticking with education, last years New Ventures Frist Prize of $100,000 (First Prize Package & Rocket Builders GotoMarket Prize) was Edvisor. In 2014, international students spent $78 billion studying abroad at language schools, high-schools, universities and colleges. To recruit these students, schools marketed their programs in an ad-hoc, low-tech way, through education agencies located in the student’s home country.
7) Edvisor built an online software platform that connects language schools directly with education agencies, making the process of studying abroad a one-stop-shop to view courses, prices, student history and manage business operations.
This Week In Events:
1) RBC The Franchising Business Event – Tuesday, October 11, 2016
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: 36th Floor, 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Join RBC for a panel discussion that will include: How to find your ideal business. What you need to prepare for when buying a Franchise. Tips on writing a business plan. Hear firsthand testimonial from a Franchise owner.
2) Tax Sense for your Business – Seminar
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live webinar.
Learning Objectives: Discuss the differences a sole proprietor, partnership and corporation can provide to you.
Understand what defines taxable income, allowable deductions, subcontractors versus employees, payroll traps and tax requirements.
Learn about tax issues that apply to you and how your financial statements and information are viewed by others.
3) UP Conference: A conference for Solopreneuers
Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC
Date/Time: October 13th 2016 | 8:00am
A day to work on your solo business, connect with peers and share experiences and wisdom with those who have celebrated successes and experienced failures.
Level up your business development game, gear up your business operations, and shut up inefficiencies and bad habits that are getting in your way.
Industry leaders and self-employed peers are gearing up to help you take your business to the next level. Step up operational efficiencies and grow your business while building a network of solopreneurs.
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
Today we are with Terry McBride who is the current CEO of YYoga and one of the three founding members of the Nettwerk Music Group, which includes Nettwerk Productions (independent record label), Nettwerk Management (artist and producer management), Nettwerk One