BCIC Regional Innovations Opportunity Tour
Collaborating with non-traditional vendors – think start-ups, game studios, and entrepreneurs – is critical to our content innovation initiatives. While our current efforts have been focused on Vancouver based non-traditional vendors, we’ve always been keenly aware that this province’s tech talent expands well beyond Vancouver. So when asked by the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) to take part in their Regional Innovations Opportunity (RIO) Tour, we jumped at the opportunity.
The RIO Tour gave companies like BCLC the opportunity to present business and innovation challenges to companies across the province. In total, RIO stopped in 7 cities: Prince George, Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Terrace, and Castlegar.
One of the cool things about the tour is that BCIC facilitated any follow-up B2B meetings coming out of the presentations. So, when BCIC’s #BCTECH summit came around a few weeks following the final RIO presentation, B2B meetings we are setup and ready to go onsite, at the conference.
In total, Content Innovation presented at 6 of the 7 cities on the tour. Unfortunately, due to wondrously wicked winter weather, “Cancelgar” claimed another victim and our Juliette didn’t have the opportunity to present to the good people of Castelgar.
In Kamloops, where BCLC’s main office is located, a few extra BCLC folks were able to attend, and proved a real pleasure to get to meet them and discuss how innovation manifests in so many different ways depending on the obstacles and obligations different projects and workgroups face.
Nevertheless, our presentation was well received throughout the province, eliciting the “I had no idea BCLC was serious about innovation response” we hear wherever we go. In fact, we made numerous new connections, and had a packed schedule of B2B meetings at the #BCTECH Summit. We are excited to see where these new connections lead, and even more excited by the tremendous pool of talent we witnessed throughout the province.