TriCelerate Launches Competition in Tri-Cities as BC Tech Sector Continues to Boom

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TriCelerate Launches Competition in Tri-Cities as BC Tech Sector Continues to Boom

Tri Cities business people, educators, students, local MLA Linda Reimer, and Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services joined TriCelerate to launch the “Pitch Your Idea” contest today at Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, BC, Canada.

“The competition is in line with our vision to continue to develop a strong ecosystem of startup entrepreneurs in the TriCities”, states Jason Leo Carvalho, Co-Founder of “ is open to all British Columbians including students grade 10 and up. Our mission is to impact the economic development of the Tri‐Cities by accelerating the growth of entrepreneurs through leveraging the community's' resources. brings together entrepreneurs, students, and researchers in the Tri‐Cities community and outside to act on their talent, ideas and energy to launch tomorrow's leading firms.”

The launch featured a demonstration of how typical business pitches work. Four groups of students from School District 43’s Innovation Hub Secondary School presented their ideas to a group of judges comprised of Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk, COO of Captherm, Philipp Fuhrmann, Vice President of Finger Food Studios, Michael Smith, General Manager of Torq Systems, a division of Traction On Demand, Aaron Zuccolin, Business Development Manager of Futurepreneur, Mina Haghighi, Founder of Life Three Sixty Financial Group, Desiree Dupuis and Program Manager of, Chin Hing Chang.

Said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk, “ ‘Pitch Your Idea’ events provide the skills and experience students need to develop their ideas into marketable products. Experience is a crucial aspect of preparing students for the future – B.C.’s Tech Strategy recognizes this with investments in coding, updated curriculum and work experience initiatives that will prepare students for the marketplace.”

Patricia Gartland, Superintendent of Schools who was instrumental in networking TriCelerate with the Secondary said, “This "Pitch Your Idea" event provides the motivation, inspiration and support that will allow our young inventors to transform their dreams into realities.I wish to congratulate and thank Tricelerate and the Ministry of Advanced Education for promoting youth entrepreneurship in School District 43 and its communities."

MLA Linda Reimer who was Guest MC to the event stated, “I commend TriCelerate for working with local businesses and the Coquitlam School District to support youth in thinking creatively and engaging in entrepreneurship. By pitching their innovative ideas, it makes for a business-oriented and fun environment.”

Video Applications are being accepted starting Jan 25 till Feb 25, 2016. Within 30 days the finalists will be named and will be asked to pitch to 100+ individuals in front of a panel of experts. Winners will receive cash prizes and in kind services to help them take their ideas from pitch-to-reality.

For more information about Tricelerate, or the Pitch Your Idea competition please go to

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