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Services

One-on-one consultation services

Summit Centre staff are available for individual one-on-one appointments, as the first touch point for any student or alumni interested in exploring entrepreneurship. Sign up for a 30-minute appointment and get guided through the appropriate programs and services available. Contact Laura Barreca or Tanja De Ridder.

Makerspace staff are available for one-on-one and group consultations to support entrepreneurs interested in product development. Contact Scott Watts.

Faculty support is available for Entrepreneurship learning resources, business intelligence, and market research databases. Contact Jeff Verbeem.

Mentorship and networking

Student Association Mentorship Program is designed to give entrepreneurial students and alumni an opportunity to connect with and learn from experienced entrepreneurs. Mentees will meet with their mentors on a regular basis to ask questions, gain insight, and get support to meet their business goals.

MatchBoard is a digital platform that enables BCIT students from different disciplines to connect with one another and form strong, interprofessional teams. Students with business ideas can find the talent that’s missing from their teams. Meanwhile, students looking to build their portfolios get access to real-world opportunities to showcase their abilities outside of the classroom.

3D printing, media production, graphic design, and production services

MediaWorks is a makerspace production facility offering drop-in help to all students, faculty, and staff across BCIT. Support and consultation is available for 3D printing, virtual reality development, audio/visual production, graphic design, large format printing, podcasting, presentation design, and more. Contact Scott Watts.

MAKE+ is a group of multidisciplinary research staff focused on product and process development, evaluation, applied research projects, and education. At MAKE+ we can take your ideas to the next level. We are highly skilled in the areas of evaluation, ergonomic assessments, health, consumer, and industrial technology development, automation and electronics.

Using Amazon Alexa in healthcare: How a BCIT Computing student’s app is changing nursing classrooms

Computer Systems Technology (CST) student Michelle Wan has recently received national attention for her Amazon Alexa app. The app brings voice assistance to a health care setting, and was developed after BCIT Nursing faculty proposed the interdisciplinary innovation.

Learn more about Michelle's App

Writing support

The Writing Centre offers free one-to-one writing support services to all BCIT students. Peer tutors can help you develop your writing skills in business, technical, and scientific reports.  Contact Learning Commons.

Research and information services­­­­

A wide range of services are available to support the development of lifelong learning and digital literacy for entrepreneurs. Expert staff are available to provide one-on-one consultation and workshops; and specialized collections, databases, research guides, and learning resources are available to support industry and market research, funding, business planning, and entrepreneurial skills development. Contact the BCIT Library.

Industry partnerships and research opportunities

The Applied Research Liaison Office (ARLO) provides a wide range of support services and guidance to BCIT faculty, researchers, students, and industry partners. ARLO helps facilitate solutions to industry challenges, creates beneficial partnerships and practical learning opportunities for students, assists BCIT faculty and researchers with their research programs, and supports commercially relevant new technology products and applications.  Contact Applied Research .

Contests and competitions

BCIT’s Student Innovation Challenge is an annual contest aimed at providing support, encouragement and funding to BCIT students who have“bright ideas”. Since its founding, the Student Innovation Challenge has inspired interesting and innovative students and projects.

Clubs

  • Enactus (Entrepreneurial Action Us) BCIT is a group of students who are part of the larger Enactus non-profit association. These students collaborate with faculty and community mentors, use entrepreneurial actions and sustainable business practices, and improve the Metro Vancouver community.
  • Business Management Association Club
  • BCIT Marketing Association
  • BCIT JDC West Team