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:Download this episode (right click and save)
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 percent 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 stating the 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.
1) On August 26th, Accelerator Okanagan is throwing a summer block party bringing together technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and supporters of the Okanagan tech community.Tacos, beer, wine and cider provided by The Flask Social House (FSH), PLUS non-stop fun activities that include bocce ball, caricatures, and an inflatable jousting arena! Considering the tech hub Kelowna has become this will be fun.
2) Leadsology: The Science Of Being In Demand – Online WebinarThu Aug 184:00 PMIman Aghay (Founder), and Margarette Asis (Assistant Organizer)Learn how to cascade your brand throughout your market place for maximum consistency and effectivenessBasically, it’s effective marketing and you can use it to know, in advance, the likely success of almost all of your marketing effortshttp://www.meetup.com/the-vancouver-business-network/events/233328831/
3)Drive sales by Communicating Better with the Opposite Sex, with Sandy ChernoffTuesday, August 23, 20166:00 PM to 9:15 PMG&F Financial Group105-4191 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC (map)4191 Hastings Street is in north Burnaby. The closest intersection is Hastings and Carleton and the closest landmark is the famous Anton’s Pasta Bar. There is lots of free parking and access by bus is easy. Learn from Sandy Chernoff how to communicate more effectively with the opposite sex by appropriately adjusting your communication style to suit the man or woman with whom you are speaking. Highlighting the benefits and shortcomings of gender communication differences and acquire the necessary tools and strategies to deal more effectively with those differences.