In September 2019, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre embarked on a 6 month Cleantech Cluster Initiative for the province of British Columbia. The result is a recommendation for a new CORE Cleantech Cluster organization and a series of programs, unique to British Columbia, taking inspiration from our regional strengths, core competencies and competitive advantages in the industry.
The global cleantech industry is on a growth trajectory (with an estimated market of 2.5 trillion USD by 2022), and CleanBC has set the stage for BC to lead Canada as a global leader in this developing industry. However, if we are to meet CleanBC goals and capitalize on this significant economic opportunity, the pace of technology development, commercialization and industry adoption must accelerate.
What’s missing in British Columbia is a model for collaboration for clean technology stakeholders that accelerates the major institutional, industrial and technological change that is required to achieve both climate goals and shared economic prosperity in the long-term, across the entire province. This type of activity happens best when a “cluster” of interconnected businesses both cooperates and competes – often referred to as “co-opetition”.