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VIATEC's Rob Bennett Among Esteemed Recipients of UVic Alumni Honors

VIATEC's Rob Bennett Among Esteemed Recipients of UVic Alumni Honors

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UVic Alumni Make Waves in Technology: 2024 Awards Announce Leaders

The University of Victoria's 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards has recognized VIATEC's Rob Bennett with a prestigious Presidents' Alumni Award, highlighting his significant contributions to the local tech community. Bennett's achievements include spearheading the Venture Acceleration Program at VIATEC, which supports early-stage tech companies, many of which are UVic graduates. This initiative has significantly impacted the sector, supporting over 300 ventures, attracting more than $150 million in investment, and creating over 1,250 high-tech jobs. Bennett's leadership and commitment to fostering collaboration and community have been instrumental in the program's success, benefiting not only the participants but also the broader community by facilitating support, mentorship, and empowerment.

Other notable winners with ties to the tech community include Susan Blanchet of Origen Air, Scott Beatty of Marine Labs, and Jayesh Vekariya of Joni. These individuals have also made substantial contributions to the industry, demonstrating the depth of UVic's impact on the local tech ecosystem.

Bennett's dedication extends beyond his professional achievements. His role as a bridge between VIATEC and UVic's Innovation Centre has seen him devote countless hours as a judge, panelist, advisor, and guest speaker, supporting students and faculty alike. His efforts have been described as both humbling and inspiring, showcasing a commitment that extends well beyond his professional duties to genuinely support the future of innovation and leadership.

The recognition of these distinguished alumni underscores the University of Victoria's role in nurturing talent that significantly impacts the local and broader communities, especially within the tech sector. Their achievements reflect the university's commitment to excellence, innovation, and community engagement, making them deserving recipients of the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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