VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2012) - The BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA), today announced plans to expand its successful Centre4Growth acceleration program to the District of Maple Ridge and the City of Surrey.
The BCTIA Centre4Growth, launched in Sept 2010, 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 (CIR) program, with client companies collectively growing their employment by 15% (237 net new jobs), their revenue by 76% ($32 million), and their investment by 24% ($25 million).
"Our vision has always been to have Centre4Growth services accessible to tech entrepreneurs across Greater Vancouver and British Columbia. Having the support of Maple Ridge and the City of Surrey as our first two Centre4Growth nodes is a great first step," said Bill Tam, BCTIA President and CEO.
Steady population growth in Maple Ridge and Surrey has resulted in a rapid increase in innovative companies in the area. Companies receiving capacity building support through Centre4Growth grow faster, strengthen the local economy, and support other industries throughout the region with locally developed innovative business solutions.
"The workplace of today is very different from that of our parents and grandparents. One of the biggest factors is technology and we're proud to have so many innovative technology companies here. This initiative aligns perfectly with our economic vision, by providing tech companies in every sector the resources, expertise, insight, strategic focus and support they need to grow and compete globally," said Mayor Ernie Daykin, District of Maple Ridge. "Together with our Invest North Fraser partners Mission and Pitt Meadows we are delighted to welcome Centre4Growth to our region. Our region was selected as a regional economic development pilot under the BC Jobs Plan, and a business innovation accelerator was a key opportunity identified for the region through the pilot process."
"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, City of Surrey. "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."
"In order to grow small companies into successful mid to large-sized companies, entrepreneurs need access to experienced people and resources," Tam observed, "not just in major cities, but in the regions where they live. Through the expansion of Centre4Growth, entrepreneurs in Maple Ridge and Surrey need look no further than their own back yard."
In addition to the Centre4Growth CEO-in-Residence program, entrepreneurs have access to GrowthWorkshops, private Business Clinics with subject matter experts, introductions to potential investors and customers, and an E-Library of 800+ resources and tools.
To learn how your technology company can receive Centre4Growth services, please join Mayor Ernie Daykin, Mayor Dianne Watts, and the BCTIA Centre4Growth team at the formal launch and information sessions, as detailed below.
October 30 - District of Maple Ridge Launch details:
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Randy Herman Safety Building - Hilton Haider Room, 11960 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge Registration Link: http://www.regonline.ca/C4GMapleRidge
December 7 - City of Surrey Launch details:
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Simon Fraser University - Surrey Campus, 250-13450 - 102 Ave, Surrey
Surrey Registration Link: http://www.regonline.ca/C4GSurrey
About the BCTIA and Centre4Growth
The BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) is a not-for-profit organization that supports technology companies in British Columbia. Our network spans across the province and includes technology and professional services companies of all sizes and from every sector. Centre4Growth (C4G) provides entrepreneurs access to seasoned coaches, extensive e-resources, GrowthWorkshops, Business Clinics, and more. If you want to take your technology company to the next level of success, or make your idea a reality, Centre4Growth can help. www.bctia.org www.centre4growth.com
About Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge is one of the fastest growing communities in Metro Vancouver. Forecast to double in population and jobs we have partnered with Mission and Pitt Meadows to form Invest North Fraser (INF) - an economic partnership focused on investment attraction in Advanced Technology, Education, and Tourism & Agriculture in all three communities. Primed for investment and ready to welcome you, contact us today to find out why locating here might just be the best move you'll ever make. www.investnorthfraser.com www.mapleridge.ca
About the City of Surrey
The City of Surrey is creating B.C.'s second metropolitan centre, and is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, with close to 500,000 people. Surrey has one of the lowest tax rates in Canada and has repeatedly been named the best place in British Columbia to invest. The City has experienced seven years of record-breaking construction, exceeding $7 billion in activity. Through its Economic Investment Action Plan and the Build Surrey Program, the City is implementing the largest capital investment program in Surrey's history. For more information on the economic development opportunities available, visit www.surrey.ca/invest.