Our graduates make news!
Read about how our grads have taken a bright idea and turned it into a thriving business.
Combining her experience and skills in running, motivation, and coaching with her desire to help girls form strong, confident opinions of themselves, Ashley founded Sole Girls.
“The BCIT Accelerated Venture program kept me accountable to writing my business plan successfully. It also gave me insight to different perspectives and types of businesses.”
Ashley Wiles, Founder, Sole Girls, BCIT Accelerated Venture program Alumni
Alumni who make IT happen!
Wendy Armbruster Bell, Snugabell™ Mom & Baby Gear
2009 PTCVD Alumni, Winner of the Parent Tested, Parent Approved Seal of Approval "Because Parents Know Best!"
2010 Dragons Den Finalist, 2010 Business Growth Award finalist
Mark Hemstock, Video Producer, Hemstock Films
2010 PTCVD Alumni, MTV Casting Call 2010 First Place Winner
“I really think the reason I won is because of those marketing classes & knowing really what the demographic watches”
Venture centre alumni updates
- Cory Weeds would like to be known as the guy who saved the Vancouver Jazz Scene
He is well on his way by launching The Cellar on West Broadway in Kitsilano. The Cellar is a Jazz Supper Club serving cuisine with a Creole and Cajun influence and features the finest Vancouver-based, Canadian and International Jazz Artists.
- Ultimate Outdoor Adventures has attracted a loyal and dedicated clientele
Jackie Slavenova is a champion of Bulgarian National Orienteering Team. When Jackie arrived in Canada she had the expertise and experience in Orienteering. However, she needed the skills that the Venture Program teaches in order to make her business a reality.
- Cocoa West Chocolatier opened its doors to the public in July 2002
Located in Artisan Square on Bowen Island, Cocoa West Chocolatier brings a fresh approach to chocolate making, crafting fine hand-made chocolates in the tradition of French and Belgian artisans. All chocolates are made using the finest natural ingredients, with no preservatives or artificial flavours. "Fresh chocolates at their very best."
- Metro Dogs is a doggie daycare and natural pet food store
Devon O'Rourke has always loved dogs, and now he gets to spend all day with them! After graduating from the Venture Program in 2000, Devon spent some time sourcing out a perfect location, and after some extensive renovations he opened Metro Dogs with his partner, Trish Picariello.
- Out of Chaos
She as been seen regularly on Citytv Breakfast Television, heard on CBC Radio, and featured in publications such as Chatelaine Magazine, National Post, and Reader's Digest. Linda Chu is an Organizing Consultant and the National President for Professional Organizers in Canada. As the founder of Out of Chaos, her clients span from home owners, to entrepreneurs, to executives.
- From tattered Sails to environmentally friendly products with a stylish appeal
Founded in 2004, Red Flag Design was born of a desire to create products that offered more than just function or style. Barnaby Killam got the idea to become a unique bag manufacturer while working...
- BEST Grad Brings a Human Element to Businesses with Digital Storytelling
This year Alice Mathieson was honored together with Sarah McLaughlin and Julie Aigner-Clark (founder - Baby Einstein) at the Forum of Women Entrepreneurs Gala Celebration, honoring women in the media and entertainment industry.
"We are storytellers. Let us help you bring a human element to your business by introducing your customers to the people behind your company."
- BEST grad's manufacturing business exceeds seven-figure sales mark
Marcel Newell entered the BCIT Entrepreneurial Skills Training (BEST) Program armed with a vision – to develop an innovative manufacturing company and fulfill his long-standing dream of self-employment. Now, after only two years in business, Marcel's company Avidworx is the most profitable venture ever founded by a BEST grad. This year marks his first to exceed a million dollars in sales
- Restaurant Success brings out the BEST in Chindi Varardarajulu
Starting a restaurant in Vancouver is a formidable challenge. The failure rate for new restaurants is very high and it takes someone with great business savvy to succeed in such a demanding industry. Chindi Varardarajulu is just such a person. Chindi’s new restaurant, Chutney Villa, is a South Indian restaurant located at...