Program support for Clean Tech. March 2012 BCTIA-C4G
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  • The British Columbia Technology Industry Association launched the Centre4Growth in September 2010. The cornerstone is the CEO-in-Residence program which is experienced Tech CEOs from various sectors are matched with early stage companies; early stage is defined as concept to $5M/annual revenue. We also host small workshops on requested topics such as Intellectual Property or SR&ED tax credits among others. We have an e-library on our web-site of about 800 resources such as open source documents and ‘How-To” videos and slides. Finally, we help companies begin to navigate the many support resources available to them.
  • NRC-IRAP also has a number of programs. You engage them by calling them up and they will assign you an Industrial Technology Advisor (or ITA) who is the best available fit for your organization. They will give you some good advice, and NRC can perform patent searches and conduct some market research for you. They can also provide some financial assistance for selected projects based on matching funding from the company.Mitacs is an academic oriented group. The industrial partner can specifically define a problem and ask for a proposal to solve the problem. These are typically a 4 month internship project for a new PhD. Mitacs provides $7500, and the company provides $7500. $10000 go to the intern and $5000 to the project. Multiple interns can be engaged serial internships.
  • Centre4Growth is an business accelerator with a technology focus. We do not require you to be a member of BCTIA. We do not charge rent, you can have free desk space with a phone and internet for a few days per month, you may use for free any of our board rooms for meetings, receive free advice from the CEO-in-Residence program, we have free, one-on-one business clinics with Lawyers, Accountants, Marketing experts, Foreign exchange experts. We also run very small, hands-on workshops, maximum 15 attendees, on whatever topic is asked for. What do we want in return? We do ask you to fill out an application form, and sign a waiver. We are interested in helping companies find appropriate funding (investment, grants, loans) and increase or maintain employment levels.


  • 1. BC TechnologyIndustry AssociationSupport for early-stage BC Clean Tech companies March 2012
  • 2. Program’s Market Product Comm. Fundamental Technology Development Entry & Applied & Market Research and Demonstration Market Research Development (Pilot to Full Scale) Volume NSERC SRED IRAP MITACS MITACS SDTC FUND CICP ICE FUND BCBN NG BIOFUELS BCTIA CENTRE4GROWTH 2
  • 3. Program’s Overview NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) - Matching eligible academic (lead) with eligible company - Life Sciences, IT, EEEM (cleantech) -$25K -$1M (collaborative R&D contribution/matches 2:1) (Direct costs) Pamela Giberson (604) 666-8814 SRED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development) - Federal tax incentive -gives claimants cash refunds and/or tax credits for their expenditures on eligible R&D work done in Canada. (35% up to the first $3 million in refund) Thomas Hu 3
  • 4. Program’s Overview NRC – IRAP (National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program) - Advisory services and $ for contractor or employee salary - Focused on new product of process; tied to specific problem - Financial contribution up to $1M max to SMEs Wei Ning (604) 294-9059 Mitacs - Mitacs Accelerate a graduate and post-doctoral internship program - Funds applied industry + academic research projects, - focus on all economic sectors connecting industry with university researchers (all disciplines) Laurence Meadows (778) 878 0130
  • 5. Program’s Overview SDTC FUND (Sustainable Development Technology Canada) - Pre-commercial development and demonstration projects - Fund consortia (partnering along the value chain) - Non-dilutive financing ($300K - $14M) Paul Austin (604) 844-2857 ICE (Innovative Clean Energy Fund) - Early stage support for alternative/clean energy in BC - Focused on pre-commercial or new technologies to BC - Non-dilutive financing (approx. $1M) Liz Wouters (250) 387 2883 5
  • 6. Program’s Overview CICP - The Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program: -Contracts to entrepreneurs with pre-commercial innovations. -Testing & feedback on the performance of your goods or services. -Information on how to do business with the Government of Canada. Scarlett Chan, CPPB Phone: (604) 775-9382 Fax: (604) 775-7395 Email: (Search “CICP”) 6
  • 7. Program’s Overview BC BIOENERGY NETWORK Early stage support for alternative/clean energy in BC - Invests in capital and technology development as well as capacity building in BC - Support offered in the form of loans and grants Michael Weedon (604) 891-1257 NEXT GENERATION BIOFUELS FUND - First of kind large-scale demonstration for liquid biofuels refinery -Up to $200M (repayable upon reaching free cash flow) Paul Austin (604) 844-2857 7
  • 8. BCTIA CENTRE4GROWTH-Entrepreneur accelerator program –helps tech entrepreneurs increase revenues,expand into new markets, negotiate deals, assess opportunities and accelerategrowth.- Most services and support offered as complimentary or cost recovery Peter Payne (604) 602-5266
  • 9. Peter Payne, PhD(604) 9