Written by laura on February 15th, 2013
We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Generator Challenge 3.0 Competition.
Congratulations to BeanEvo, Dragonfly Instruments, Emberlight Technologies, MedVoxel, Optigo Networks Inc., PHEMI Health Systems Inc., Precision Nanosystems Inc., and Spokal.
We are looking forward to a hard-working, collaborative and successful year.
For more details regarding these companies and the Generator Challenge, please click here.
Written by Mark on November 22nd, 2012
Generator Challenge competition has started (www.generatorchallenge.com)
Written by Mark on April 5th, 2012
Awesense Wireless, Mavi Innovations, Nanocritical, Nova Bio-Rubber Green Technologies, Shailah Interactive, SterileCare, viDA Therapeutics and Views IQ are up and running.
Written by Mark on May 30th, 2011
All eight companies in The Generator have provided Q1 reports and it is looking great! Most are hiring more people and meeting the expectations set out in their business plans. Discovery’s challenge will be finding them space for their expansion!
Written by Mark on December 21st, 2010
Find out who won the inaugural competition for free space in Discovery Parks Vancouver’s Generator Competition
Written by Mark on October 27th, 2010
Discovery Parks has launched the competition for free office and cubicle space in Discovery Parks Vancouver. Go to www.generatorchallenge.com for details and submission requirements. Or phone me, Mark Betteridge, at 604-861-4623. Good luck
Written by admin on June 17th, 2010
A big congratulations is in order for Discovery Parks tenant SOLEGEAR Bioplastics Inc.
After four years in the R&D phase, SOLEGEAR Bioplastics is ready to market its clean tech plastic.
The product, named POLYSOLE®, is a 100% natural bioplastic made for use in the automotive, electronics, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries. The clean twist: this corn-based, plastic innovation is non-toxic and is biodegradable once disposed.
The company, located in the Gerald McGavin Building, owned and operated by Discovery Parks at UBC, plans to raise $3 million to fund its sales and marketing efforts.
Find out more about SOLEGEAR Bioplastics at http://www.solegear.ca/.
Written by admin on May 26th, 2010
Research parks and commercialization centres provide a real alternative for start-ups with high growth potential. They have benefits and drawbacks, and depending on your needs, they may or may not be the answer for your start-up.
- Graduated rent payments
- Fully-equipped workstations (telephones, internet and furniture)
- Wet labs
- Dry labs
- Shared meeting rooms
- Cold rooms
- No equity surrendering
- No strings attached
- No accounting services
- No access to legal counselling
- No special access to industry mentors
- No access to a line-of-credit
Again the itemized drawbacks pale in comparison to the benefits – or do they? If your organization is housed in a research park, how have you gained access to services provided by the accelerators?
The answer is complex and very personal. However, both options offer welcoming environments that want to see technology innovators succeed in the knowledge-based economy.
What solutions has your start-up found to this housing question? Where did you decide to grow your business: an accelerator, a traditional research park or neither?