Clean Tech Entrepreneur Resources
Find resources to help you establish your new clean tech business.
The City of Surrey assists local entrepreneurs and startups in the clean tech sector with key tasks such as:
- raising your business capital
- connecting you with business expertise
- mentoring to commercialize your products
- creating or testing your prototype
Business Mentoring and Finance Resources
Find support financing your idea, growing your business, or commercializing your products through these services and programs:
Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre is Western Canada’s first clean technology accelerator and fosters the growth of small and medium size businesses in the development and commercialization of viable technology solutions to create and produce energy more efficiently and responsibly.
This federal program provides innovation and funding services customized to your needs. These include advisory services, funding support, networking opportunities, and youth employment programs.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Sustainable Development Technology Canada funds Canadian clean tech projects and coach the companies that lead them as their move their ground-breaking technologies to market.
Prototyping and Testing Resources
Design and refine your product idea, and identify companies to manufacture your components or products using the following programs and resources:
Simon Fraser University’s 4D LABS offers access to cutting edge analytical and fabrication equipment in one place as a one-stop-shop institute for materials research. They have a Fabrication and Prototyping Facility, as well as Materials and Device Testing Facility.
Find access to a network of other clean tech energy innovators by joining an Energy Cooperative. A community energy cooperative is a co-operative business or social enterprise, owned and governed by its members, which provides renewable energy and/or energy efficiency services.
Simon Fraser University Surrey Mechatronics integrates mechanical, electronic, software and computer engineering to develop advanced electromechanical products and systems for a wide range of industrial applications. Examples of research in clean tech include air-cooled fuel systems for fuel cells and piezoelectric actuators for hydrogen fuel injectors. Mechatronics faculty and students partner with companies, including Ballard Power Systems and Westport Innovation, to develop next generation technology.
Mitacs connects companies with more than 50 research-based universities throughout Canada via graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business-defined research challenges. Receive expertise to improve or refine your existing product design; for example, improving airfoils for contra-rotating wind turbines.
College and university faculty members receive assistance in the early stages of technology validation and market connection through the Idea to Innovation program. This program accelerates the pre-competitive development of promising technology and promotes its transfer to Canadian companies.
Powertech Labs is a BC Hydro clean energy subsidiary that specializes in clean energy consulting, testing, and integrated power solutions. One of the largest testing and research labs in North America, Powertech is home to a broad range of scientists, engineers, and technical specialists from around the world.
The Prototype Development Program facilitates the development and commercialization of early stage inventions with scarce resources by providing the management and funding necessary to validate and realize the commercial potential of the technology. The PDP is available to researchers at UBC, and its Affiliated Teaching Hospitals.