Canada's minister of natural resources, Joe Oliver, has launched the Clean Technology Accelerator program in California.
Developed and managed by the Canadian Consulate General in San Francisco, the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program aims to provide qualified Canadian technology companies with access to unique resources and contacts to help them grow on a global scale.
‘Today's launch of the Clean Technology Accelerator demonstrates the Harper government's commitment to invest in Canadian small businesses and jobs,’ Oliver says. ‘The opportunity to partner strategically with Silicon Valley firms will help to showcase Canadian clean technology companies and provide access to customers and partners in California and other global markets.’
The CTA program is located in San Jose's Environmental Business Cluster, a cleantech business incubator that specializes in providing commercialization support and facilities for emerging clean energy and environmental technology companies.
Program participants will receive office space provided free of charge by the Government of Canada Trade Commissioner Service for up to three months; introductions to experienced mentors and advisors; access to industry leaders and talents; participation in regular investor events; and resources from the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley.