Published via BCIC
British Columbia’s clean technology sector received a boost today with the launch of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, a program designed to help advance B.C.’s growing cleantech industry. Foresight will guide early-stage cleantech innovators to success using proven business models and support from the B.C. provincial government, the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and the private sector.
The cleantech sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the province, and British Columbia is home to one of the largest industry clusters in Canada and North America. In a 2011 study, KPMG found 202 cleantech organizations operating in the province with total estimated revenue of $2.5 billion dollars. This growth also translated into job creation, with over 8,000 estimated employees in the cleantech sector earning an average of $72,000 a year.
“The cleantech sector is proving to be an important contributor to job creation in B.C.’s economy,” said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson. “The development of a strong cleantech industry is a part of the BC Jobs Plan, and BCIC’s support of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre is a key way we can grow and build exciting opportunities for B.C.-based companies."