Second Annual Hackathon Doubles in Size as Valley Tech Industry Continues to Grow

The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors. SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford and Chilliwack, the Township of Langley and the City of Maple Ridge).

CHILLIWACK – Thirty-two participants, exactly double last year, registered for the 2018 Hackathon, with all six competitive teams plus two non-competitive teams completing the process. The six competitive teams pitched and demoed their new tech companies to three judges: Raymond Szabada from SRCTec and i-Open Technologies; and Netty Tam and Brian Coombes from the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation.

The winning team, Gamma Games Interactive Inc., was awarded to Alex Terhart and Josh Zall. Alex and Josh built a 3D Space arcade game that focused on jumping right into the fun, combining modern 3D flight and graphics with game mechanics more akin to older arcade games such as space invaders.

An honorable mention was awarded to Team Tarsier, with Jill Shem Pagcaliwagan, Jess Peter Santos, Jess Luie Santos, Darnell Rosales, Jean Layton, Gabrielle Baul, and Jamela Erice. Team Tarsier created a product named Automated Academic Advisor, which helps students track their college and university graduation requirements and plan accordingly.

New for 2018, existing companies could join the fun. Last year’s winning team, now named Maplespace Inc. and host Cnawlece Incorporated both joined the marathon and launched new products during the final presentations. Maplespace launched a new 3D crossword puzzle game, while Cnawlece took the wraps off Fixpedient; a new system to help land developers underwrite their projects and list them in a marketplace for investors.

The event was organized by the http://Chilliwack.Tech community group, part of the Chilliwack Innovation Network. Supporters of this initiative included the University of the Fraser Valley’s Computing Student Association, SRCTec (Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech), Community Futures South Fraser, CEPCO (Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation), the Downtown Business Centre, and Cnawlece Incorporated.

Taking place at the Downtown Business Centre, participants started with a networking session late Friday afternoon to get to know each other, then received a one-hour education session that introduced using three common tools to validate new business ideas. Those who showed up with ideas but not a team gave a quick pitch to attract additional team members. Then all teams worked on both the business plan and the technology for 20 hours, iterating and “pivoting” as needed. Several teams changed up their plans significantly at least once during the event.

All teams received two mentorship sessions along the way. One session early Friday evening to help validate the ideas, and another Saturday morning to help ensure they would be ready for the pitches and demos. The mentors included Duane Storey from Lindell Media, Wim Kerkhoff from CraftyPenguins, Tim McAlpine from Currency Marketing, Dave Leger from Loop Energy Inc., Colin Schmidt from Cnawlece Incorporated, and Kalvin Morrow from Greenhouse Games.

The winning team is awarded $1750 towards bringing their product to market; sponsored by CEPCO, Community Futures South Fraser, SRCTec, and the Downtown Buisness Centre. They are also awarded six months of office space at the Downtown Business Centre.

Team lead, Alex Terhart of the winning team, before the final presentations and knowing his team had won, commented that “we learned so much more than we expected to! It was awesome.” The feedback from participants in general, judges, and sponsors once again clearly indicated that this annual event for Chilliwack is here to stay.

Raymond Szabada, CEO & Chairman SRCTec and 2018 Hackathon judge noted: “The Hackathon continues to attract young innovative talent, effectively stimulating the entrepreneurial spirit in the Valley. The Chilliwack.Tech community group did an excellent job organising and hosting the event and we look forward to what’s in store for the 2019 Hackathon.”

Any questions about this event, or the Chilliwack.Tech community in general, can be directed to Colin Schmidt at [email protected]

Pictures and public comments on the event can be found on Twitter at:

The City of Maple Ridge to host Code-a-thon and Innovation Day as part of the Innovation in Emerging Cities initiative.

MISSION – In October 2017, SRCTec introduced collaboration between Industry, Government and Education through the Fraser Valley’s first Tech Forum in Mission. As part of the Tech Starts Here initiative, the Forum served as the platform to discuss ways to support and leverage the tech sector for local economic and workforce development within this Region. Leveraging the local momentum and topics covered in the Fall Forum, The City of Maple Ridge has taken initiative and is hosting the Innovation Day on April 4th 2018, featuring panel discussions touching on key topics including “Fostering a Climate for Innovation in an Emerging City” and “Attracting, Developing & Retaining Talent”. The event will also include keynote speakers Dr. Salvador Ferreras (Provost & VP. Academic, Kwantlen Polytechnic University) and Steve Dotto (Dotto Tech), a long standing celebrity in the BC Tech circles.

In addition to the Innovation Day, as part of the Emerging Cities initiative, The City of Maple Ridge and Esri Canada are hosting an online code-a-thon open to secondary and post-secondary students in the lower mainland as well as business owners in Maple Ridge. The contest is looking for an innovative app, tool or more using the City of Maple Ridge’s open data portal and four winners will each be awarded a prize of $300.

Raymond Szabada, CEO & Chairman SRCTec, noted: “Events such as the Innovation Day are critical to the growing tech sector economy and the development of a local, skilled, technical workforce. Building the tech sector within this Region cannot be done by one organization, the collective efforts of all regional stakeholders is imperative. The SRCTec team fully sponsors Maple Ridge for taking the initiative to organize and host the spring event”


For more information on these exciting developments please click the following links:

Innovation Day

Innovation in Emerging Cities Code-a-thon

2017 Fraser Valley Regional Tech Forum

Tech Starts Here



Erik DiGuistini
Marketing & Communications Assistant
1.877.523.5543 ext 16
[email protected]

SRCTec launches Fraser Valley Tech Jobs to retain and attract tech talent in the Fraser Valley

The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors. SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford and Chilliwack, the Township of Langley and the City of Maple Ridge).


MISSION – The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec), as part of the Tech Starts Here initiative and in partnership with the District of Mission, has launched a new job board portal: The cost of living continues to rise in B.C. so as a result, more people are moving to the east Fraser Valley to save on residential expenses and cost of doing business. This job board is designed to continue to create a base of technical talent in the Region by increasing awareness, skilled tech training and creating local tech jobs. Fraser Valley Tech Jobs caters to both employers and employees. It is designed will bridge the gap between employers looking to hire and local tech talent looking to lose the commute.

Raymond Szabada, Chairman of the Board & CEO, SRCTec, noted: “Our new job board will allow local tech talent to connect with local employers and begin to facilitate attraction of outside talent. Fraser Valley Tech Jobs will allow employers and employees to realize and tap-in to the potential of the tech industry in the Fraser Valley. We’re excited to be a part of the evolution and growth of the Fraser Valley Tech industry; this is one of many projects SRCTec is introducing to the Region”

Stacey Crawford, Economic Development Officer, District of Mission added: “Over the past year, we have worked closely with SRCTec in the spirit of solution-oriented collaboration to address a challenge voiced by many Fraser Valley businesses: How do we attract and recruit technology talent to our region? Today, we are proud to introduce the first step in addressing this question with the launch of”


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Eleos Robotics enters contract to receive investment of $165,000


The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors. SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford, City of Chilliwack, District of Maple Ridge and the Township of Langley).


Mission, BC, June 21, 2017 – Eleos Robotics, one of SRCTec’s latest start-ups, has signed a contract to receive an investment of $165,000 and they have recently received their first $35,000 of this investment. Eleos Robotics designs, engineers and integrates advanced robotics and artificial intelligence technologies to “create high-tech solutions to low-tech problems.” Their vision is to one day see hundreds of thousands of acres of crops chemical free because of Culture Bot, the automated pest management system and “the future of pest management”.

For growers who need to lower their crop protection expenses, Culture Bot technology reduces labour and pesticide spraying costs significantly. Unlike integrated pest management, Culture Bot is fully automated and unlike pesticides, it’s 100% sustainable.

Learn more about Culture Bot here:

“We have a task force of engineers led by the founders: myself, Elisabeth Van Essen, and Emanuel Pop. We have been doing the technology planning and Ai research up to this point because of the lack of funds for robotics equipment” noted Yahoel Van Essen, co-founder of Eleos Robotics.

Eleos Robotics has experienced a seed round of funding from a prominent NBA player. They raised approximately $170,000, and most of that is going towards technology development and launch preparations. Having some cash of their own also makes them “less risky” for government funders, increasing their odds of getting a grant.

“The SRCTec team is very excited for the future of Eleos Robotics and we’re looking forward to continuing to help them grow their company. Start-ups like Eleos Robotics that have a unique idea, a clear vision and the drive to build a successful company are becoming increasingly common in the “Region” and it gives some insight into what the future holds for the tech sector in the Fraser Valley.” noted Raymond Szabada, CEO, SRCTec.



Erik DiGuistini
Marketing and Communications Assistant
[email protected]
(604) 768-6052

SRCTec at the China-Canada Economic & Trade Cooperation Conference

SRCTec CEO Raymond Szabada in partnership with the City of Mission, delivers presentation on Regional value propositions as related to the Tech Sector at

Guangzhou & Canada Strengthens Cooperation in the Technological Innovation Field
Release time : 2016-05-17

The Two-way Investment and Technological Innovation Sub-forum of China (Guangdong)-Canada (British Columbia) Economic and Trade Cooperation Exchange was held in Vancouver, Canada on the morning of May 9, 2016. The sub-forum was jointly held by Invest Guangzhou. The roundtable is the largest of the four sub-forums of the economic and trade cooperation exchange with the largest number of participants. Xiao Zhenyu, director-general of Guangzhou Municipal Commission of Commerce, introduced the advantages and prospects of Guangzhou as a city focus on entrepreneurship and innovation and a series of policies on supporting enterprise innovation. Canadian enterprises and Guangzhou Economic and Trade Cooperation Delegation exchanged views on the energy, e-commerce, energy conservation and environmental protection and the high and new technology and reached a batch of intent of cooperation.  More than 100 representatives, from the Government of British Columbia, Vancouver investment promotion agency, municipal government of the City of Mission, The Sumas Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) Canadian enterprises, and Guangzhou Economic and Trade Cooperation Delegation, attended the roundtable.


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SRCTec Announces New Venture Acceleration Program

Are you a gamer, software application company or high tech manufacturing firm? Join us on March 23, 2016 at the Best Western in Mission to lean more about the newest program addition to the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech – the Venture Acceleration Program.


How does our Venture Acceleration Program Work for You?


Our role in this program is to help fill the funnel of new tech companies and to help existing tech companies accelerate ideas by:

  • Stimulating entrepreneurial spirit in the tech industry, regionally
  • Assisting budding entrepreneurs to take their idea though to commercialization
  • Provide networking opportunities for all companies regardless of their size
  • Stimulate growth with four full days of training on Product Validation, Market Validation, Market Penetration and Market Expansion
  • Offering access to capital opportunities and other funding options in the tech sector
  • Continued post-training mentorship with SRCTec’s premier movers and shakers for the duration of the program (1 year)



1:00pm to 1:30pm >> Registration & Welcome
1:30pm to 1:45pm >> Critical Success Factors for Tech Entrepreneurs with CEO Ray Szabada
1:45pm to 2:30pm >> Legal Considerations in Starting a Business with Ally Bharmal from Fasken Martineau
2:30pm to 3:00pm >> NRC IRAP with Walter Wardrop
3:00pm to 3:30pm >> Networking
3:30pm to 4:00pm >> De Mystifying Your Banker with Shannon Baird of BDC
4:00pm to 4:30pm >> Advanced Accounting with Greg Buck of Key Accounting
4:30pm to 5:00pm >> Post Event Networking
5:00pm to 6:00pm >> Orientation with Peter Briscoe & Mike Manion


Workshop Registration Form

SRCTec’s Member MyGreen Space Receives $60,000 in Funding

My Green Space™ is a mobile application (app), which offers an end to end solution simplifying the process of growing fruits and vegetables in any space, and eliminating any need for research or journaling. Customers learn instantaneously with daily task notifications and tutorials. Built-in e-commerce simplifies the process of acquiring the correct supplies by recommending the products required for the user specific situation: time of year, location, sunlight, budget and available space. My Green Space™ functions on desktops, smartphones and tablets, allowing users to use the app while in their gardens.

My GreenSpace is on a mission to accelerate the transition to a sustainable food system.  Their Vision is a garden in every home. Food for every soul.
Michael Moll  is a community and technology obsessed social commerce visionary. Resilient sustainable communities is rooted in my DNA. Growing up in Kenya and coming to Canada on a full  leadership scholarship at UBC sauder school of business has given him an amazing experience.

Michael dreams of ways to use technology to transform human activities.  He has a keen eye for visual communication and product development and is obsessed with the power of co-creation.  Currently using his marketing prowess and startup experience to steer the vision for A digital garden planner and seed shop on a mission to make communities more sustainable and resilient.

Mike is a full time optimist who loves nothing more than living at the intersection between people and technology.


Congratulations on your success MyGreen Space! We are excited to watch you grow, no pun intended.

It’s Coming! The First Annual Agri-Tech Trade Show + Mixer

Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech, located in Mission, BC is the Valley’s first and only technology hub generating a variety of services, membership, events and funded programs for tech entrepreneurs, companies and students to take advantage of. Last year SRCTec obtained the Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program, a program which provides training, mentorship, access to capital and networking for individuals and companies who have the next big tech idea in agriculture. With close to 20 ventures successfully graduated from this program, SRCTec definitely hit a gap in the agri-tech industry where its needed.

“The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech will play an increasingly important role in helping to diversify our economy and provide rewarding and fulfilling career opportunities right here in our own community”, said Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson.


On October 21, 2015 at the Ramada Conference Centre in Abbotsford, SRCTec is hosting the First Annual Agri-Tech Trade Show + Mixer. This event is FREE and gives local agri-tech businesses and AVAP ventures a chance to showcase the newest tech innovations in the agri-tech industry. This event starts at 2:00pm and runs until 5:00pm and gives you a chance to walk the expo, attend keynote speaker presentations on this years biggest topics in agriculture and mingle with attendees at our networking mixer. To register for this event please contact Athena Green at 604-615-4619 or by email at [email protected]





SRCTec Welcomes a New Kind of Innovation for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

MISSION – Technology based non-profit and tech hub of the valley Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech has welcomed their newest member to their facility in Mission, British Columbia. WiseBOX Solutions Inc., and their team of brilliant innovators and product development specialists have made Mission their new base camp. 

WiseBOX Solutions Inc. is a powerful, yet simple to use business software suite designed for small to mid-sized companies looking for a single system to manage inventory, billing, customer relationship management, and achieve business process automation across all of the business functions needed. WiseBOX Solutions Inc. will help businesses get organized, increase productivity and will help in making the critical steps to grow and scale business.


WiseBOX Solutions Inc. will streamline workflow and make it more cost-efficient to operate a business, gain a better snapshot of operations and opens up the time to coordinate activities and serve customers.




“Working with SRCTec has been a great experience.   Being able to set up shop and get our business going with the help and advice from professionals who have already built companies, and are currently building companies is priceless. It has put us on the right track towards success and we are excited for our future.”


WiseBOX Solutions Inc. Business Development Manager, Jesse Maxon


Quick Facts:

  • Established in 2012, Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tec (SRCTec) is a not-for-

profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors.

  • SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford and Chilliwack).
  • As a consortium, SRCTec understands the necessary infrastructure and programs required within the Region, in order to create jobs, foster innovation and drive skilled training.
  • SRCTec is committed to the technology-led Economic and Educational development of the region.
  • BC’s technology sector is the third largest contributor to the province’s economy, making up to 7.6% of our gross domestic product and producing $23.2 billion in annual revenue and, $31 billion in exports.


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Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech:

WiseBOX Solutions Inc.:




Athena Green

SRCTec, Marketing/Program Coordinator

[email protected]


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SRCTec Hosts New Program to Fund Tech Employers

SRCTec is proud to announce their newest addition to technology based funding through the BC Innovation Council.  The BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative (BCIC-ISI) is designed to cultivate future technology entrepreneurs and innovators with the ultimate goal of creating quality, high-paying jobs for the BC economy. BCIC-ISI is focused on fulfilling regional industry needs while preparing students to start companies, in addition to filling jobs.

Are you a BC-based technology company that needs to access top talent and skilled workers, train future employees, resource for a project that will move your company forward, or have the opportunity to showcase industry problems to future solution providers? SRCTec will pair you up with an eligible student in exchange for BCIC-ISI vouchers valued at $2,500-$7,500 (average $5,000), which must be matched in-kind and/or in-cash by a company contribution.

Post-secondary students from across BC with business, technical, innovation and entrepreneurial training, skills are invited to expand on their  experience to meet the needs of the technology sector. The program focuses on exposing students to regional industry needs and challenges, while providing students with the skills required to run a successful business.

Company Eligibility:

  • Must be a BC-based technology company and participating in the program partner’s services or programs.
  • Is eligible to receive two vouchers per year.
  • Must provide a 1:1 matching contribution to the voucher funds (in-kind and/or in-cash).
  • Must provide adequate training (business, technical and innovation and entrepreneurial) to meet the program objectives.
  • Must provide a project to the student. Company projects offered to students must be related to business, technical and innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities, and cannot be general administrative duties.

Student Eligibility :

  • Must be a post-secondary student currently enrolled at a BC post-secondary institution.
  • Is required to complete the ‘Virtual Market Validation Training’ offered through New Ventures BC, and companies must ensure this is completed.
  • Is eligible for two vouchers per year.
  • Can be a co-op student if the co-op position is not funded by any other co-op subsidization program.
  • Must be employed a reasonable number of hours per week (approximately 25 hours) at a fair market value for a highly skilled student; in accordance with regional and industry differences factoring in local wages, types and lengths of projects.


Funding is limited so apply online today or contact SRCTec for more information.

SRCTec Press Release BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative