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. Twenty-two finalists from across Canada have been selected through a rigorous competitive process, and came together on January 14 to pitch their clean energy technology or solution. Winners will be selected in the coming weeks.
Launched at CEM10/MI-4, on May 27, 2019, this program aims to support Canadian entrepreneurs and firms to advance clean energy technologies which could significantly reduce global GHG emissions in the following areas:
Collaboration and partnerships
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 and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), 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.
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.
Clean Growth Collaboration Community
NRCan’s exciting online community that fosters collaboration amongst stakeholders within the innovation spectrum and helps them find the support they need to be successful. Join Now!
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