Successful business launch for newcomer entrepreneurs
Gianna Benardi and Apostolos Dedas - Founders of Skicosmos

SKICOSMOS offers most advanced virtual ski simulator technology in Canada and is now available for any level, from beginners to professionals

About the company

Training facility offers virtual ski simulators that enable skiers and snowboarders to recreate and fully customize realistic slope conditions.

Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia

Industry: Athletic instruction, ski equipment and supplies

Entrepreneur challenge

The founders, who are ski instructors and natives of Greece, had invested in innovative ski simulator technology and were looking to set up a training facility and community hub in B.C. As newcomers, they were looking for guidance and financing to get their business off the ground.

BDC expertise

BDC offers a microsite in 8 languages, with articles and a glossary designed for newcomer entrepreneurs to help them become more familiar with the Canadian business environment. And with no credit history, they can also get a loan for up to $50,000 to start a company.


  • Positioned for growth with its ski simulator technology, financed by BDC
  • Learned Canadian HR regulations to rapidly recruit employees
  • Chose the right software solutions
  • Networked with local market of ski clubs and instructors

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