Applications for the 2022 Incubator Program have now closed.
The Project Zero Incubator provides early-stage business ideas and organizations from across BC with access to coaching, workshops, and resources to help them get established. The incubator program is specifically catered to entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profits that seek to support a circular future that has a lower impact on our planet. Business ideas that would be a good fit for this program include:
Upcycling waste materials into new products
Products designed with a closed loop and/or waste-free cycle
Clean technology that reduces energy or waste
Product as a service model (leasing to reduce waste and extend life of products)
This program is designed for people with a great circular idea, early-stage start-ups and established businesses /non-profits with a new idea for a product or service. Through the incubator, successful applicants of the program will:
Develop a business plan
Learn about business operation fundamentals and entrepreneurial skills
Connect with mentors and coaches
Develop a business pitch
Connect with innovative business leaders and industry experts
Come together with like-minded entrepreneurs going through the same process
Through the financial support of our Strategic Partner, Vancity Credit Union, this incubator is free to all successful applicants. This eight-month, virtual program runs from April to December each year. To be eligible for this program you must be:
Based in BC
Planning to develop your organization in BC
Business/non-profit/product/service is in concept stage or has made under $500,000 in revenue
Project Zero is committed to equity and respect for all people in all of our work. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of our society both in our workplace and in our programs. The Project Zero Incubator is proud to be an equal opportunity program.
"Project Zero provided the foundation of our businesses connection to the community and amplified our voice dramatically. In the age of greenwashing, Project Zero was immensely valuable social proof that our intent and practices are true to a commitment to environmental stewardship and building a greener community. Which is especially difficult as you start up. When we started in Project Zero, we had 10 retailers willing to sample BinBreeze. Today BinBreeze is sold in over 500 retailers across Canada. It's because of people who believe in us and speak for us! Thank you Project Zero! "
2019 Incubator participant
PROJECT ZERO CIRCULAR ECONOMY LOAN FUND
In partnership with:
Financing can be difficult to get in the early stages of starting a business, especially for small businesses with out-of-the-box ideas like those needed for the circular economy. For this reason, the Project Zero Circular Economy Loan Fund was created to support entrepreneurs taking part in Synergy Foundation's Project Zero Incubator Program. Community Micro Lending, Synergy Foundation and a group of essential investors have created this fund to provide entrepreneurs with access to funding during the start up days of their venture.
The loan fund was established in 2020 and is accessible to the entrepreneurs while they are actively completing the incubator. Expenses that are eligible for funding include such things as equipment, skill development, product prototyping, website and e-commerce development, and business registration fees.
To learn more about the fund and how you can contribute, head to the Community Micro Lending website:
Through the Project Zero Incubator program, entrepreneurs will be exposed to a wide variety of funding opportunities to help finance their circular solutions. There are many unique financing options for each business and we want to ensure that the ventures in our program are aware of what is available. To ensure this happens, we host an entire session on financing and funding opportunities with presentations from organizations such as Futurpreneur, Vancity Credit Union, Community Futures BC, Community Micro Lending, and Angel Investor networks. Entrepreneurs are also provided with a database of funding sources after the session.
Would you like your organization to be featured in our Project Zero circular funding & financing opportunities session? Reach out to us today!