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Innovate BC Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) Grant Program | New Ventures BC


$10,000 a year


The Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) offers up to $10,000 a year to hire a student to fill a business or tech role. The program connects undergrad and graduate students with an opportunity to bring their skills to a technology company looking for help or to a non-tech company looking to expand their innovation footprint. This program is delivered by our partner New Ventures BC.

Eligible Applicants


  • Tech company or tech focused non-profit hiring for a business or tech role (same as before)
  • Business or non-profit hiring for a tech role (new!)
  • You must also be able to provide entrepreneurial and skills training to the student.


  • Is not an accredited co-op student (internships, work placements and non-accredited co-ops at private schools are acceptable, please contact us to confirm)
  • Is taking on a business or technical role
  • Is currently enrolled at an accredited post secondary institution in BC or is taking one semester off (ie: summer)
  • Any level of post-secondary (certificate, undergrad, master level, phd post-doc, etc.) is accepted.

Eligible Expenses

If approved you can receive:

  • Up to $5000 towards your student’s payroll, per term (grant amount is based on your student’s total salary)
  • Up to two grants per year (running May – April), worth a total of $10,000
  • Funds are paid out at the end of the term, after providing paystubs, a final survey, and proof of completion of online Market Validation training

Deadline Date

  Due to high demand, the ISI Grant program is currently closed for new applications. Our waitlist is also full. We will re-open in future should funding become available. We will provide an update in October, 2020.


Contact Name: New Ventures BC

Phone Number: 604 602-5202


Industry: Employment, Location: British Colombia ,
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