ready to rocket - First Light Technologies


Victoria, BC – Rocket Builders today released its sixteenth annual “Ready to Rocket” lists and First Light Technologies is proud to have been recognized in the Cleantech category for the third consecutive year.

“We identify companies that have proven their technology and are positioned well for growth,” said Dave Thomas, Senior Partner of Rocket Builders. “Our analysis of market trends led to our selection of First Light Technologies as a Ready to Rocket Clean Tech company.”

The “Ready to Rocket” lists provide accurate predictions of private companies that will likely experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year. This year the lists cover 4 different technology sectors:

  •      Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  •      Cleantech (CT)
  •      Life Science (LS)
  •      Digital Health (DH)

The compiled lists profile British Columbia technology companies that are best positioned to capitalize on the technology sector trends that will lead them to faster growth than their peers. Rocket Builders also released results from its 2017 lists, with strong revenue growth across all sectors. As is typical with this list, companies profiled tend to attract investment, partnerships and even get acquired.

The “Ready to Rocket” lists are the only predictive lists of its kind in North America, requiring many months of sector and company analysis. The 2018 Lists feature 76 “Ready to Rocket” technology growth companies and 104 “Emerging Rocket” early stage startups.

“Over the 16 years of the program, the B.C. technology sector has steadily grown each year, and presents a growing challenge to select and identify the most likely to succeed for our Ready to Rocket lists.” said Geoffrey Hansen, Managing Partner at Rocket Builders. “In recent years, a startup economy has blossomed yielding a rich field of companies for our consideration, with over 450 companies reviewed to make our selections of 180 winners. Our Emerging Rocket lists enables us to profile those earlier stage companies that are well positioned for investment.”

2017 Cleantech Results

The 2017 Ready to Rocket list for Cleantech performed extremely well. The majority of companies on the list had in excess of 50% growth, and the lists together created over 250 jobs in 2017. The 2018 Ready to Rocket list for Cleantech features 19 companies, while the Emerging Rocket list features 21 companies.

According to Dave Thomas, Senior Partner at Rocket Builders, “The Cleantech sector in B.C. continues to see growth and diversity with noteworthy examples in LED lighting and Water technologies.”

About First Light

First Light Technologies designs and manufactures self-contained, commercial grade solar lighting products. Our mission is to help organizations and communities create better outdoor spaces by providing reliable and cost-effective light.

About the Rocket Recognition Program

The Rocket Recognition Program features two branded lists of companies. The “Ready to Rocket” list profiles information technology companies with the greatest potential for revenue growth in the coming year. The “Emerging Rockets” list profiles technology companies from multiple technology sectors with great potential for investment and market breakthroughs in the coming year. Both lists are predictive of future success making them unique in approach and unique in value for our business audience. “Ready to Rocket” and “Emerging Rockets: are trademarks of Rocket Builders, a respected management consulting firm servicing the technology industry.

About Rocket Builders

Rocket Builders is a management consulting firm providing sales and marketing services. With a focus on helping technology companies to grow and prosper, Rocket Builders has a proven track record of success with its clients. Since 2000, we have been engaged in market research, market planning, business development initiatives, strategic selling, and product launches for over 350 organizations.

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