When it comes to developing a new business, Bruce Hardy feels there is a misconception. “A lot of people think that the hardest part is coming up with a good idea,” he says. “That’s the easiest part. It’s everything that comes after that involves the hard work.”
Bruce, from the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), was one of several industry experts presenting at the Kootenay Commercialization Boot Camps that took place in Castlegar and Cranbrook in March. These seminars are part of a regional outreach initiative supported by the BCIT Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP), which included partnered events in Courtenay, Terrace, Fort St. John, and Prince George.
BCIT worked with agencies based in each region to provide a series of one-day workshops offering support and assistance for entrepreneurs and small business developers across British Columbia with a goal of helping them take their business or product from idea stage to the marketplace.
While there are dedicated staff and support networks throughout the province, often entrepreneurs in smaller, more remote areas cannot access resources as easily as their counterparts in more populated areas of the Lower Mainland. Recognizing this challenge, BCIT partners with various agencies throughout the province in order to bring resources, support and knowledge transfer to these communities.
Topics covered in the Commercialization Boot Camps include an overview of the commercialization process, marketing research, intellectual property, funding, and other available sources of support and assistance.
Learn more about BCIT’s Regional Commercialization Boot Camps, and look for additional events again in the late spring or summer.