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Clean Tech Entrepreneur Resources

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The City of Surrey supports local entrepreneurs and startups commercializing new technology. As part of our ENERGYShift initiative to take action on Surrey’s energy future, we're connecting clean tech businesses with information and resources to encourage growth in this emerging sector.

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

Industry and government partners, together with the British Columbia Technology Industry Association and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, have developed leading online directories that identify resources available to entrepreneurs. These online directories contain resources on:

  • business mentorship programs;
  • accelerators and incubators;
  • funding sources (angel, venture capital and grants);
  • market and industry research;
  • industry events; and
  • government partners and programs.

Centre 4 Growth

The Centre 4 Growth, an initiative of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), addresses barriers to growth in BC’s advanced technology sector.

As an entrepreneur, you have access to an online Knowledge Centre, hands-on workshops, and a Director of Business Intelligence to assist in the growth of your company.

Commercialization BC

Created by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Commercialization BC connects to service providers who can supply your business with things like research and development, new product design, prototype development, funding and investment, business consulting, and advisory services.

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.

Community Energy Cooperatives

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.

Commercialization Assistance Program

Small to medium-sized enterprises in BC receive free assessments, advice and sector-specific knowledge from the BCIT Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP). CAP also facilitates access to BCIT's technical expertise and resources or referrals to other BC industry support organizations.

Qualified companies can also receive financial assistance to support business planning and product development through the BCIT CAP Commercialization Fund.

Cleantech-focused companies can leverage BCIT’s resources specifically within the Centre for Energy Education and Research (CEER) and the Group for Advanced Information Technology (GAIT). Here, projects are currently active in the area of Smart Grid, Renewable Energy, Environmental Issues, and Materials science.

Find prototype and testing services through the Product and Process Applied Research Team (PART) at BCIT. PART specializes in applied research and product development in the areas of cleantech, health, consumer and industrial technology.

Prototype Development Program

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.

Mechatronics Systems Engineering

SFU 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 cleantech 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.

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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

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.


Wavefront improves speed-to-market and delivery of mobile applications and devices by providing emerging companies with a suite of training, mobile industry advisory services, incubation office space and testing resources. Wavefront is a not-for-profit national centre of excellence for wireless commercialization accelerating the growth and success of wireless companies in Canada.