PROJECT ZERO
2022 INCUBATOR 

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. Idea categories 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

  • Renewable energy

  • Clean technology that reduces energy or waste 

  • Repair economy

  • Sharing economy 

  • 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.

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SESSIONS 

To allow our program to reach more entrepreneurs across BC, all incubator sessions will be hosted virtually. Sessions will typically take place every three weeks on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 5pm. Those accepted into the incubator will be provided with the schedule in advanced to allow time to adjust your schedule as needed.

During the incubator you will be developing your business plan. Assignments associated with your business plan will be assigned at the end of each session. All participants are expected to complete these assignments on their own time throughout the program. When December rolls around you’ll have a completed business plan ready to go!

application process + INFO SESSION

The top applicants will be invited to participate in the eight month incubator program. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 13, 2022. Applicants will be notified in late March about their application status.

If you have any questions or are unsure if your business concept would be a good fit for the program, we encourage you to attend our information session on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 12pm.

Additionally, you can send any questions about the incubator to projectzero@synergyfoundation.ca.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Applications open: Monday, January 10, 2022

  • Applications close: Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 11:59 pm

  • Applicant notification: Mid-to-late March 2022

  • Program timeframe: April to December 2022

APPLICATION

Download the Project Zero Incubator 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 2022.

 

Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

QUESTIONS

BUSINESS COACHING OPPORTUNITY 

The Project Zero team is currently seeking business professionals with direct experience launching a business, developing a business, and/or supporting other businesses to grow, to join our coaches roaster. If you would be interested in mentoring one or more of our incubator ventures throughout the 8 month program please reach out to projectzero@synergyfoundation.ca and tell us a bit about yourself and experience. This role entails:

  • Coach orientation in April

  • 30 minute coaching calls with your assigned venture(s) throughout May to December 

  •  Optional coach check ins & networking opportunities throughout the program