PROJECT ZERO

2021 INCUBATOR

Through the Project Zero Incubator, new business ideas and early start-ups that look to operate within the circular economy will have the opportunity to create their business plans, learn business operation fundamentals and entrepreneurial skills, connect with mentors, and develop a pitch for their business idea.

The incubator program will run from April to November 2021. Sessions will take place virtually, roughly every three weeks. During the eight month program, ventures will receive support to launch their business and contribute to a greener economy. The program is free for all successful applicants.

Here is a sample of business categories that could be a good fit for our program: 

  • Upcycling waste materials into new products

  • Products designed with a closed loop and/or waste-free cycle

  • Renewable energy

  • Clean technology that reduces energy or waste 

  • Repair economy

  • Sharing economy 

  • Product as a service models (leasing to reduce waste and extend life of products) 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The top applicants will be invited to participate in the eight month incubator program. Applicants will be notified in late January about their application status. Applications must be received by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2020. If you have any questions or are unsure if your business model would be a good fit for the program, we encourage you to reach out to projectzero@synergyfoundation.ca to inquire ahead of time.

SESSIONS

To allow our program to reach more entrepreneurs across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland the program sessions will be hosted virtually. Sessions will typically take place every three weeks and will run for a full afternoon. Those accepted into the program will be provided with a schedule in advance to allow you to adjust your schedule as needed.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Entrepreneur is based on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands or the Lower Mainland

  • Entrepreneur is planning to develop organization in one of these regions 

  • Entrepreneur's business is at concept stage or  has made under $500,000 in revenue 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Applications open: October 6, 2020

  • Applications close: January 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm 

  • Program time frame: April to November 2021

APPLICATION

Interested in being part of the Project Zero Incubator? Download the application form here:

Required documents:

  • Application form 

  • Resume 

Optional documents: 

  • reference letters

  • prototype designs/images 

  • market research 

  • other relevant documentation 

Submisson checklist

  1. Download and complete the Project Zero Incubator Application 

  2. Update resume 

  3. Prepare any additional documents to support your venture idea (optional)

Once your application form, resume, and any additional documentation are complete please submit application to projectzero@synergyfoundation.ca with the subject heading "Project Zero Incubator Application 2021." Applications must be received by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

QUESTIONS

Please email projectzero@synergyfoundation.ca​

Contact

Synergy Sustainability Institute

300-569 Johnson Street 

Victoria, BC V8W 1M2

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