During his GROW Conference interview Pascal Spothelfer, President and CEO of the BC Technology Industry Association, hinted at new BCTIA initiative that will provide services to tech entrepreneurs.
Today he made it official.
The BCTIA has launched their new Venture Services initiative entitled Centre4Growth (C4G). The core of the Centre4Growth initiative is a one-on-one coaching program provided by seasoned CEOs in Residence.
Centre4Growth services are available to all entrepreneurs across the province and regardless of sector. Vancouver will serve as the network hub with CEOs in Residence physically located in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.
Most of the services are delivered at no cost and include executive education, International business linkages through trade missions, access to virtual resources through the Centre4Growth website, and affordable access to market research.
“BC is a great source for innovation, and we’ve always produced great technology here”, stated Mike Satterfield, Partner of Vancouver-based venture capital firm Yaletown Venture Partners, “However, we need programs like the Centre4Growth to ensure that we’re developing the business expertise required for our companies to maximize their opportunity in the marketplace,” Satterfield added.
“As a technology entrepreneur that has struggled to create a successful tech business in BC, I really see the benefit to entrepreneurs and managers that the Centre4Growth will deliver”, stated Jeff Booth, President and CEO of online building products wholesaler BuildDirect. “C4G will save managers and entrepreneurs a lot of time, money and heartache by learning from the successes of others in the community,” Booth added.
The Centre4Growth is funded by $1.2 Million from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.