Entrepreneurship & Startups

The City of Abbotsford fosters entrepreneurship and start-ups in our community. We believe that innovation and entrepreneurship advances our local economy, and its benefits reach across the province. Developing a new business takes motivation, talent, hard work, research and planning. The CAED team helps with all those key ingredients, no matter the type of business. As you explore your business goals, use our expertise to build a business plan. We’re in the heart of Abbotsford’s City Hall and we’re ready to help you to all the way to success.

Creating an entrepreneurship culture requires support and resources. Starting your venture in Abbotsford offers many strategic benefits. The first is that we are friendly, helpful and do all we can to ensure your success. Our real estate is affordable. Our transportation systems are convenient. We have a solid connectivity infrastructure, with the Abbotsford International Airport, proximity to the US border, and highway access to Metro Vancouver and beyond.

Abbotsford is rich in resources for entrepreneurs and start-ups:

Business Development Bank of Canadabdc.ca
BDC is the only Canadian bank dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. Their mission is to help businesses grow and succeed through flexible financing, business consulting and venture capital.

As Canada’s business development bank, they work with entrepreneurs in all industries and stages of development, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

National non-profit organization that helps young entrepreneurs (18-39). They offer mentoring, financing and support from a wide network of volunteers.

Start Up Canadastartupcan.ca
Entrepreneurs working with entrepreneurs to support success.

BC Innovation Councilbcic.ca
Works to help BC’s technology entrepreneurs.

BC Venture Accelerator Programbcacceleration.ca
Part of the BC Innovation Council, this program assists BC technology start-ups.

Community Futures South Frasersouthfraser.com
Offers a self-employment program, community economic development and start-up loans.

SRC Tecsrctec.org
Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a coalition of local government, industry partners and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the Region.

For all those ambitious self-starters who have already picked up the phone, we look forward to your call at 604.864.5586 or complete our online form.