Fund Benefits Tech Start-Ups
Published by Chris Bush
BC Local News
Allan Wiekenkamp, director of the Vancouver Island Venture Acceleration Fund, emerges from virtually another world as he hands back a set of virtual reality goggles and controls to Denny Unger, president and creative director of Qualicum Beach-based Cloudhead Games.
Wiekenkamp has just experienced The Gallery: Six Elements, an adventure in a virtual reality world.
The VIVA Fund, which focuses on Internet, information technology, software, media and environmental innovation companies, was set up to raise cash for start up firms like Cloudhead Games, one of three companies, including Nanaimo-based Input Logic and Solaris, manufacturer of SunPumps, a type of highly efficient solar panel, demonstrating at the VIVA Fund launch event hosted at the Grand Hotel last Tuesday.
“What we wanted to do today is demonstrate to everyone on the Island that technology companies – hi-tech startups – exist right now and these are companies garnering a lot of attention with Fortune 500 companies coming to see them on the Island,” Wiekenkamp said.
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