B.C. Fast Pilot

B.C. Fast Pilot

Up to $200,000 to pilot or demo your product for potential customers.

About the program

B.C. Fast Pilot

The B.C. Fast Pilot program provides up to $200,000 for regional SMEs to design, build and operate a pilot plant or small demonstration of their technology in real-world conditions. The program allows B.C. technology companies to demonstrate the impact of their product, measure the value of their solution, and encourage customer adoption. 

Program eligibility

  • Be a B.C.-based business. 
  • Have less than 500 employees on payroll. 
  • Have developed a prototype and are ready to demonstrate the technology at a customer site. 
  • Have an early adopter or potential customer identified. 
  • Secure an IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA) and; 
  • Meet NRC-IRAP’s eligibility criteria for financial support. 

Focus area

Priority areas include but are not limited to 

  1. Regional B.C. SMEs and pilot implementations/sites in B.C., especially outside the Lower Mainland. 
  2. Pilot initiatives in the cleantech sector defined as processes, products, or services that reduce negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities. 
  3. Pilot initiatives related to emergency management and involving Indigenous communities or organizations. 

Key dates:

  • Expression of Interest deadline: June 10, 2020
  • Successful applicants invited to Full Proposal: July, 2020

What are the funding priority areas?

  • Regional B.C. SMEs and pilot implementations/sites in B.C., especially outside the Lower Mainland. 
  • Pilot initiatives in the cleantech sector defined as processes, products, or services that reduce negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities. 
  • Pilot initiatives related to emergency management and involving Indigenous communities or organizations 

What are some examples of supportable projects?

  • Design and construction of pilot rig 
  • Site preparation 
  • Pilot plant commissioning, testing mechanical systems 
  • Operation of pilot plant 
  • Testing for stability, reliability, durability, component degradation 
  • Validation of product features and performance 
  • Generating data to design a large scale/commercial installation 
  • Preparing reports and documentation 
  • Training of end user on the technology 
  • Data collection and recording 

What can the funds go towards?

B.C. Fast funding can support SME technical salaries, contractor fees, capital costs, travel and other necessary costs incurred during the Project implementation 

How will project success be measures?

Baseline data will be collected as part of the application process. Projects will be expected to report on critical metrics & KPIs after the pilot to assess success. Examples include:  

  • Whether the pilot implementation resulted in a purchase agreement 
  • Key benefits to customer/adopter 
  • Jobs created 
  • New investments and revenues created for B.C. SMEs 

Are non-profits eligible? 

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be an incorporated, for-profit company in B.C. with the objective to grow and generate profits. 

Does my innovation need to be IP-protected to be eligible?

While having an IP-protected innovation is beneficial, it is not a requirement of this program. 

Are businesses outside of B.C. eligible?

No, applicants must be registered and operating within B.C. at the time of application in order to be eligible.  

What are the anticipated project timelines?

Successful applicants will be invited to submit their Full Proposals in July 2020, and we expect pilot projects to begin by Summer 2020. The project should start and the majority of project work be completed by Mar 31, 2021. 

What happens if COVID-19 affects the ability to implement the pilot?

Applicants will have the opportunity to share any anticipated delays due to COVID-19 on their Expression of Interest forms.  

Can ideas be pre-vetted before applying?

Applicants should connect with an IRAP ITA as a first point of contact to determine if their innovation is a fit for the B.C. Fast Pilot program.  

Will last year’s successful applicants be eligible for this year’s consideration?

Yes, if there is a new application, new market, and/or new value defined. Repeat applicants should avoid submitting the same product or the same customer, and there should not be repetition of the activity in the same area. 

Are projects outside the priority areas likely to be considered?

This is a competitive process and applications are evaluated against the strength of other applicants. The ability to address one or several priority areas is preferred; however, strong cases that fall outside of these project areas will also be considered. 

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