175 companies have been chosen for round two of the New Ventures BC competition, representing a record number of applicants for the competition. Prize money totalling $335,000 is at stake for the final 3 new ventures. The field will be whittled down quickly as only 30 companies will move on to round three, and only 10 companies to round four. An unsurprising sign of the times, many of the competitors are pitching alternative energy or ecological sustainability ideas. If one of them make it to the final 3, they will qualify for an additional $20,000 of the BC Hydro Sustainability Prize. For the full list of companies that made the cut, visit the NVBC Blog.