The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) and the District of Mission are working in partnership to attract tech-savvy businesses and entrepreneurs to Mission through the recently launched Tech Starts Here Campaign –which promotes our ideal location, major transportation corridors, lower cost of living and a life style that addresses work-life balance.
Key objectives for 2016 include:
- Reviewing options for high speed broadband connectivity within Mission.
- A proposal exploring funding possibilities for the Fraser Valley’s first Tech Park.
- Developing the educational platforms with UFV & Mission School Board.
The above objectives are strategically aligned with the provincial government’s three core pillars as outlined in the BC Tech Strategy: CAPITAL, TALENT, MARKETS.
Highlights of this strategy include $100 million toward expanding venture capital in BC, K-12 curriculum changes required for a career in technology, along with post-secondary support and encouraging commercialization through Venture Acceleration Programming. These associated tactics will help to ensure SRCTec is in a prime position for additional funding and partnership support in the years to come.
SRCTec is a not-for-profit organization governed by a group of technology executives who form the volunteer board of directors. The organization offers support and guidance to start-up technology entrepreneurs focusing on start-up assistance, business registration, technical support, education, research, commercialization, networking and mentorship. The goal is to establish the Fraser Valley as the technology start-up hub for BC, through attracting investment, establishing infrastructure, fostering innovation and offering hi-tech educational opportunities, subsequently leading to job creation and economic growth for the region.
In 2015, the program brought 27 new employees to Mission, saw the implementation of two Venture Acceleration Programs (VAPs) in Agrifood and Tech General (a category that includes gaming, aerospace and manufacturing technologies), saw the hosting of the first Fraser Valley Agri-Tech Trade Show, and the introduction of the BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative, a program that gives BC technology employers the funding to hire BC post-secondary students.
2016 got off to a flying start at the BC Tech Summit, where a Coding Camp was hosted for Grade 9 students at École Heritage Park Middle School.
Learn more at: tech.mission.ca