Technology & Innovation Sector
Comox Valley Economic Development established a Memorandum of Understanding in early 2015 with Innovation Island Technology Association to support the expansion of Comox Valley based tech and innovation businesses through the provision of business development services, resources and workshops.
Background on Innovation Island Technology Association
IITA supports technology-based companies to accelerate their growth and plays a vital role in building the technology ecosystem in the mid and northern Vancouver Island region. As the leading voice for technology entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, our goal is simple: support entrepreneurs to start and grow successful technology companies. Provide them with the resources, connections and opportunities they need to accelerate their growth.
Innovation Island delivers exceptional programming with regional and provincial impact. Through the delivery of quality programs by a talented team, Innovation Island has assisted tech entrepreneurs to increase revenue, create jobs, expand into new markets, negotiate investment, assess opportunities and accelerate their growth. Visit their website.
Venture Acceleration Program
The Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) at Innovation Island is a BC Acceleration Network initiative supported by the BC Innovation Council. The program is designed to assist start-up and early-stage companies with accelerating their growth and maximizing their opportunity. Since launching the program in 2013, Innovation Island has supported companies to secure over $13.6M of private investment capital and Government grants; generate $12.6M in new revenue; and create 158 new tech jobs to the regional economy. Read more and apply here.
Find a Workspace
As all digital nomads know, home is where you hang your hat, but finding a friendly place to crack open the laptop can be a bit more difficult. Sure, cafés can work in a pinch, and we have plenty of great ones, but sometime you need other options. Here is a list of local spots with decent wifi and a friendly environment for your mobile office.
- Creator Space (Courtenay)
Worker-friendly cafes and restaurants:
- Carderos (Courtenay)
- Mudsharks (Courtenay)
- The Bayside Cafe (Courtenay – has reservable meeting area)
- Whitespot (Courtenay – has reservable meeting area)
- Rhodos Coffee and Bistro (Courtenay)
- Milano Coffee (Comox)
- Komox Grind (Comox)
- Starbucks (Courtenay)
Other spaces with wifi and/or LTE cell service: