SPONSORS & PARTNERS
Committed and trusted advisors
ACETECH sponsors contribute not only funding but a wealth of experience and professional expertise that is sought out by CEOs. These sponsors are leaders in the community and trusted advisors connected by the common goal of supporting business growth.
McMillan’s legal professionals use years of experience, specialized skills, industry knowledge and invaluable contacts in the investment, regulatory and technology communities to assist clients. Whether your marketplace is local, national or international, our team can address your specific needs. Our professionals go beyond simply knowing the relevant legal principles. We combine our knowledge of these principles with a unique understanding of our clients’ businesses, industries and technologies to safeguard them from the unpredictability and constant change inherent in the technology sector. With commitments to excellence, service and value, and a willingness to listen and learn, McMillan is dedicated to helping our clients achieve their business and personal goals.
At BDO, we believe that delivering exceptional client service is the foundation of our being a trusted advisor. With more than 100 offices from Vancouver to St. John’s, our 3,000 empowered professionals are committed to providing clients with practical advice and insight, tailored to their industry, unique priorities and ambitions. Through clear and open conversations, and with a focus on delivering value for money, we strive to exceed the expectations of our more than 50,000 business clients.
At BMO we bring clarity to customers’ financial decisions. And since money is personal, we also bring a human touch to everything we do. Established in 1817 as Canada’s first bank, BMO has been serving customers in British Columbia since 1887 when the first Bank of Montreal branch in the province opened in Vancouver. BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions throughout Canada and the United States. We’re people first, bankers second and above all, we’re here to help.
We are the market leaders in structuring and achieving local and global real estate goals for technology companies. Exclusively representing Technology Tenants, we act as your outsourced, real estate department facilitating all your requirements in: relocations, lease renewals, expansions, design builds, acquisitions, dispositions, multi-market assignments and consulting. With the combined experience gained over 39 years and more than 1,100 successful assignments, Blair Quinn and Kevin Nelson manage, create and execute on opportunities for our clients. Having developed a proven and unique Tenant centered approach, we have successfully completed more than 17,500,000 square feet of assignments on behalf of our clients.
For more than a quarter century, Corporate Recruiters has been connecting entrepreneurial technology companies with the best talent, from C-level executives and their management teams to the key contributors who support them. Whether recruiting a CEO to take the helm or working with them to acquire world-class talent, we know the challenges and opportunities that come with the territory. Corporate Recruiters tight focus translates into timely and relevant knowledge on candidate availability, compensation trends, product commercialization, capitalization, and government policies that affect our technology business climate. This insight enables us to provide both clients and candidates more than just a good fit.
Espresso Capital is a leading provider of venture debt to Canadian technology companies. Our mission is to enable founders to control their destiny. Since 2009, Espresso has advanced over $200 million to over 225 companies, providing them with fast, fairly-priced and flexible growth capital facilities ranging from $250k-$5M+.
We specialize in innovative subordinated debt and mezzanine financing solutions for mid-market businesses, across all industries, in Western Canada and Ontario. We work with you, and your stakeholders, to understand your business and financing needs – we’re passionate about helping dynamic businesses achieve their goals as they expand, acquire or transition.
First West Capital was formed in October 2010 due to a significant need for alternative lending solutions for privately-held, mid-market businesses, and operates through FWCU Capital Corp., a subsidiary of First West Credit Union. Having the support and strength of one of the largest credit unions in B.C. allows us to be highly responsive and provide deal certainty.
Today, First West Capital has offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, and serves the mid-market across Western Canada and Ontario.
Graphically Speaking is a full-service Vancouver web design company with expertise in website design, mobile design, mobile apps, SharePoint Intranets, Magento ecommerce, Drupal & WordPress websites, SEO & Internet marketing and, well… Everything for the Web.
Data is now well-recognised as a valuable asset, and often the basis of competitive advantage. For many enterprises, this value remains untapped. Companies struggle to fully leverage it due to the spread of data across numerous systems, the complexity of the tools available and lack of the required expertise.
Keboola offers a cloud-based data engineering platform aimed at reduction of those barriers. Whether the case is internal analytics or data-as-a-product offering, time to value is key. The platforms eliminates 80% of the data environment complexities and our consultants and partners help companies avoid repeating the mistakes of others.
KPMG LLP is the Canadian member firm of KPMG, a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 144 countries and have more than 104,000 professionals working in member firms around the world.
Metronome Growth Systems is a cloud based business platform that empowers your team to reach their full potential through accountability and unparalleled visibility into your organization. Drive growth using structured strategic planning based on priorities, metrics and meeting rhythms. Learn more at http://metronomegrowthsystems.com.
The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) accelerates the commercialization of technology in the priority sectors of the BC Jobs Plan, through the support of startups and the development of entrepreneurs. Together with its partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote startup growth and speed to market, resulting in jobs, revenue and economic development. BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.
To help close the gap between educational institutions and BC’s technology sector, Discovery Foundation’s recently launched Technology Education Program helps educators prepare students and entrepreneurs for the new marketplace reality. Discovery Foundation has engaged industry and commercialization leaders BCTIA, Wavefront, ACETECH, SFU Time Centre, and BCIT for the Discovery Foundation Technology Education Program. Programs such as ACETECH’s Discovery Foundation Market Entry Program for technology entrepreneurs and the Vancouver Greentech Exchange’s The French GreenTech Connexion help connect students and entrepreneurs with the skills needed for commercialization.
Programs like these help innovators move their inventions from the bench to the marketplace with input from research experts and major players in the technology industry. It’s a dynamic partnership