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Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness

B.C. startups’ ideas and expertise to improve government services


Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness

B.C. startups’ ideas and expertise to improve government services

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Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
250 889-1121
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Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
250 889-1121


Startup in Residence companies and projects

PROJECT 1 - Making it easier for citizens, academics and B.C. companies to support complex resource management decisions with detailed geospatial data

Company: Arkit

About: Established in 2011, Arkit is a Vancouver-based software provider on a mission to change how people work, communicate and share through the use of mapping technology. For many companies, managing field projects with information scattered across spreadsheets and complex systems is a challenge. Arkit solves this by combining field project management and collaboration into an intuitive, map-based software that everyone can access, contribute to and share.

Challenge statement: The Natural Resource Transformation Secretariat is looking for a way to allow spatial datasets containing detailed resource management information to be geographically viewed, queried and reported.

Product vision statement: For stewardship staff and the public who need to quickly and efficiently understand land use objectives for a defined geographic area.

PROJECT 2 - Helping school districts access and analyze information more easily

Company: Big Bang Analytics Inc. (BBA)

About: BBA was launched in Victoria in January 2017, with a single goal: help owners of big data not only access their data, but help them use it to make better-informed business decisions. All three principals look forward to growing their business based on the STIR project and offering solutions across multiple markets based on business intelligence needs. 

Challenge statement: The Ministry of Education is looking for a way to provide secure data to school districts throughout B.C. as a report or raw data extract, with capacity to both extract and undertake analysis within the tool.

Product vision statement: For school district administrators who need to understand trends and patterns that impact educational outcomes.

PROJECT 3 – Teaming up to deliver digital literacy training to public servants in an interactive and memorable way

Company: Design + Environment (DE) and AppScoop

About: The BC STIR Digital Literacy Platform is a collaborative partnership for DE and App-Scoop. DE is the project and design lead and App-Scoop is the development lead.

DE is a design and environmental consultancy and technology company on a mission to “solve problems using design and environmental science” on projects ranging from environmental analysis for climate-change adaptation through to integrated cross-media design for a science centre. DE has its headquarters in Vancouver and has offices in Montreal and Vienna.

App-Scoop is a Vancouver-based development and consulting firm focused on delivering polished mobile and web solutions. The team includes highly experienced and specialized software developers who have successfully delivered complex projects ranging from startup ideas to enterprise software.

Challenge statement: Natural resource-sector ministries are seeking a creative solution to help establish a common understanding of “digital literacy". The new solution would deliver a multi-media platform to create an interactive end-user experience, enabling users to self-select their curriculum and track learning outcomes on a variety of topics such as Agile and UCX.

Product vision statement: For B.C. public servants who want to understand how to apply emerging digital concepts to improve services for citizens.

PROJECT 4 – Creating a tool to help social workers match children in care with the best available housing options in real time

Company: Latero Labs Inc.

About: Latero Labs is an app/web development firm focused on creating robust technology platforms. It provides technical strategy and implementation for complex business problems. Its focus is on building software based on principles of user-centred design, high adaptability and easy maintenance.

Challenge statement: The Ministry of Children and Family Development is looking for a way to provide resource workers with real-time availability of contracted residential resources, such as beds and associated services, to ensure that when children and youth need to be in the care of the ministry, they are matched quickly and efficiently with the most appropriate resource available to meet their needs.

Product vision statement: The Placement Mapper is for social workers and service providers who need to find a safe, contracted residential home for children in care.

PROJECT 5 – Creating a tool that intuitively tracks all government services and guide internal decision-making on how to best deliver them

Company: Purpose Five

About: Purpose Five is a Victoria-based technology startup that builds innovative software, superior websites and digital marketing campaigns to accelerate online revenue growth and capture user engagement. It is committed to gender balance and promoting women to lead roles on its executive and technical teams, and is passionate about building technology that communicates well to a diverse world, using its expertise in accessibility, behavioural design and inclusive design.

Challenge statement: As a part of the work to develop a personalized digital service strategy, the Government Digital Experience Division is looking for a technology solution to provide reliable data on what services exist, how they are accessed, how they interrelate, who runs them, who they are for and how much they are used.

Product vision statement: For service providers and program owners who need to better understand the services in order to improve service outcomes for citizens. The management tool will track data from all government services, and present that information in an accessible manner that will help inform decisions on how to best deliver government programs.

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