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New Support for Surrey Technology Companies

December 07, 2012

Surrey – Surrey technology entrepreneurs now have access to new resources to help their company grow and thrive. The City has partnered with the BC Technology Industry Association and SFU Surrey to launch a Centre4Growth acceleration program, which provides entrepreneurs with access to seasoned coaches, resources, workshops, business clinics, and more.

“Providing this type of relevant, practical support to entrepreneurs can bridge the gap between having a great idea and growing a profitable, job generating company,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “Entrepreneurs play an important role in creating local jobs for the future and helping build a resilient economy – I’m excited to have BCTIA’s Centre4Growth as a partner in supporting their success. I’m also proud to say that SFU Surrey is a partner in this initiative, which will complement their existing entrepreneurship programming.”

“Through Surrey’s Economic Investment Action Plan, the City is supporting a variety of initiatives that will attract innovation and new investment, as well as support the expansion of existing businesses,” says Councillor Marvin Hunt, Chair of the Investment and Innovation Committee. He adds the plan includes the creation of a clean energy hub to attract clean technology companies to Surrey, and develop incubator areas for research, development and product commercialization.

The BCTIA Centre4Growth was launched in Vancouver in 2010 and has proven to be a successful delivery model in the growth and acceleration of BC technology companies. To date, almost 300 companies have received coaching from its CEO-in-Residence program, with client companies collectively growing their employment by 15 per cent (237 net new jobs), their revenue by 76 per cent ($32 million), and their investment by 24 per cent ($25 million).

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor