Tech heavyweights invite solutions from Nelson locals

IBM and other innovative companies will be in town on September 29

IBM and other innovative companies will be in Nelson on September 29 as part of the B.C. Growth Opportunities Tour (#BCGO).

Aimed at accelerating B.C. business growth, the tour takes businesses looking for tech solutions across the province to interact with local innovators and solution providers.

Following the successful initial tour, Schneider Electric, Streamline Transportation Tech, BCLC, and IBM Canada are returning to #BCGO this fall along with over 27 companies. These companies will be presenting their business challenges to an audience of local innovators who have the opportunity to offer their solutions.

#BCGO Fall 2017 will span six cities across seven weeks. Nelson’s event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Best Western.

“IBM’s partnership with BC Innovation Council helps us fuel innovation that matters to BC business,” said John Longbottom, IBM Canada’s executive for the public sector in British Columbia. “#BCGO is another initiative that does this.

“The level of expertise and collaborative initiative that stems from these tours helps drive the growth of business and industry around the province.”

The tour expects to build on its past success where over 600 business connections were made. Six cross sector deals have closed while another 31 are in discussions. Sibola Mountain Falling and Databox connected at the previous #BCGO in Prince George. They are now working on multiple projects together.

“BCGO is what our province needs to ignite our regional economies. Understanding and solving a market pain (challenge) provides a real business opportunity for the solution provider and potentially allows access to national and global markets,” says Carl Anderson, President and CEO of the BC Innovation Council. “This tour builds ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirt. It’s no surprise how many meaningful connections have been made and market driven solutions produced.”

Registrations can be made at bcic.ca/events/bc-growth-opportunities/.

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