Graham Truax is the executive in residence with Innovation Island. Photo supplied.

Local Tech Talk and Workshop Series support businesses and innovators

The myriad of smartphone apps or cloud-services that run aspects of technology for many offices, retail businesses, shop floors or even family farms is becoming ever more pervasive.

If you are a builder, user, reseller or advocate in the tech sector, you are part of this exciting ecosystem. The upcoming Tech Talk and ReThink Series will explore the not so secret “code” to harnessing industry best practices that will help you and your business grow.

The series will kick off on Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at North Island College’s Stan Hagen Theatre. Graham Truax, executive in residence with Innovation Island, will present with the support of the Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS). This open talk and discussion will delve into how the last 20-plus years of tech development will be dwarfed by what’s coming in the next five or 10 and explore how the Comox Valley can better position itself and benefit.

“Over the past few years, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work closely with many successful tech startups throughout our region,” said Truax. “However, when it comes to our workshop series I’m equally excited with how [many] dozens more of ‘non-tech’ entrepreneurs are applying tech-based principles to their businesses and projects.”

“Technology touches everything and it moves extremely fast – with or without any of us,” he continued. “This ReThink Series provides a vehicle for businesses to harness information and help integrate it into their own day-to-day activities and longer-term planning objectives.”

The service agreement between Innovation Island and CVEDS includes hosting annual events of this nature to support Comox Valley businesses’ ability to hire employees, rent shop or office space, and create a sustainable economic base from which they can progress.

Local decision makers and influencers are encouraged to attend the free kick-off Tech Talk on Oct. 18 to provide input and ideas into how to support tech innovation at the business, regional and provincial level, and to register for one or all of the ReThink Series sessions. The session start Oct. 19 and run until February 2018.

Topics include:

“Refresh Your MVP” and “Customer Discovery”

“Funding Sources”

“Challenge Your SWOT”

“Pivot or Persevere”

“The Relationship Business”

“Team Building”

“The Pros & Cons of Bootstrapping”

“Startup 101: Crash Course”

“Are You Ready to Scale”

“How to Pitch & Present”.

To register online or FMI about this and other Business Counts Workshop events hosted by CVEDS, visit

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