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break·through /ˈbrākˌTHro͞o/ : a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development.


NOTICE: This program is no longer accepting applications as of September 11, 2019. Thank you to all that applied. Please check back for updates on the program timeline and latest information


 Are you a Canadian entrepreneur or private company?

 Do you have a BREAKTHROUGH energy technology or solution that has the potential to significantly reduce global GHG emissions?

 Are you looking for investors?

 Have a solution in one of the following technology areas:

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This may be the opportunity for you!


Are you a Canadian Innovator with a BREAKTHROUGH energy solution that has game changing potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity, manufacturing, transportation and buildings sectors? Now’s your chance! Apply today for this unique opportunity to be a part of something big…. NRCan and Breakthrough Energy are joining forces to provide Up to 15 companies with funding to advance their technologies insights to grow their businesses and exposure to global investors who can help bring their technologies to market. Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada Because BIG challenges … require BREAKTHROUGH solutions. Find out more at

What is this opportunity?

Collaboration can increase the impact of clean energy investments and enhance the pace and scale of the adoption of clean energy technology. In partnership with Breakthrough Energy, this Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) led call for proposals will leverage financing and expertise to support the advancement of Canadian clean energy technologies that can significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Breaking news! New partnership with BDC.

Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). This partnership will enable BESC cohort projects to benefit from BDC’s 75 years of experience providing small and medium businesses at every stage of growth with advice. They have also committed a further investment of up to $10M for successful cohort companies.

What successful applicants will receive

As of August 7, 2019, this program will now make available a total initial investment of up to $40M for breakthrough energy technologies. It is also a unique opportunity for Canadian entrepreneurs and start-ups to access potential funding and valuable insight from private investors, like Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) and BDC. The successful cohort of companies will also have the opportunity to attend annual “pitch events”, where they can showcase their innovations to investors like BEV and BDC for the opportunity to be considered for additional private investment.

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Thank you to all who joined us for the “How to be a Successful Applicant” Webinar. We have made the recording of the session available for viewing here. We will be posting the FAQs from the webinar in the coming weeks.

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