When BC tech companies hire post-secondary students using our Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) grant, there are benefits on both sides. Students gain invaluable real-world experience, and companies inject fresh talent and perspective into their business.
ChatterBlock Inc. utilized the ISI grant, which is administered by our partners at New Ventures BC, to hire development and marketing talent to expand into new markets. The Victoria startup was founded in 2011 when two dads realized how difficult it was to find local activities and classes for their kids. With this insight, they developed a platform that gives parents access to local camps and classes, kid-friendly events, business directories, and parent-to-parent connection tools all in one place.
As a growing startup, now in 27 cities across Canada and the US, ChatterBlock saw value in hiring a BC post-secondary student and utilized Innovate BC’s ISI program to reduce the cost. In addition to helping the company scale their business, the students learned about markets, opportunities, and the potential of starting a company.
“ISI has helped us hire top developer and marketing junior talent, and engage them in our entrepreneurial venture,” said ChatterBlock. “Entrepreneurialism isn't for everyone, but this program is a great way to help expose young talented people to new venture approaches and opportunities.”
Tech companies, startups, and non-profit tech organizations are eligible for up to $10,000 in annual funding for their student’s payroll. Applications are now open, and retroactive grants are available.