Innovator Skills Initiative

Innovator Skills Initiative

About the program

Innovator Skills Initiative

Looking to hire a student who isn’t in a co-op program? The Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) offers up to $10,000 a year to hire a business or tech student. The program connects undergrad and graduate students with an opportunity to bring their skills to a technology company looking for help. This program is delivered by our partner New Ventures BC.

Program eligibility

You are:

  • A BC-based technology or start-up company.
  • A non-profit tech organization in BC.
  • Hiring a post-secondary student from an accredited institution in BC.

Your student:

  • Is not a co-op student.
  • Will be hired for a business or technical role.
  • Is enrolled at an accredited post secondary institution in BC.

You agree to:

  • Offer entrepreneurial and business training to the student.
  • Match grant funding in cash or a combination of cash and up to 25% in kind.
  • Complete required surveys and comply with the terms of the funding.

Can the BCIC ISI grants be stacked with other funding?

Yes, other sources of funding can be used as the cash match, so long as the total amount of grants does not exceed the student’s salary, and the funding is allocated for the student’s salary.

Are international students eligible?

Yes, international students are eligible if they are currently enrolled at an accredited post-secondary institution in BC and will be working in BC.

If a student is hired on a contract, rather than as an employee, is the placement still eligible for a grant?

Yes. Any employment that meets legal standards and is compliant with the BC Employment Standards Act is accepted.

What if the student is a recent graduate and not a current BC student, are they still eligible?

The student must be currently enrolled in a BC post-secondary institution.

Can students be enrolled at a private post-secondary?

Yes, as long as the post-secondary institution is accredited under the governing bodies of BC. If you are in doubt, please check with New Ventures BC for confirmation.

Looking for more information?

Get in touch with New Ventures BC.

Visit New Ventures BC's website