Are you a cleantech entrepreneur or innovator working to address climate or water challenges?
Earth Tech is a six-month accelerator for early-stage startups and nonprofit social enterprises, working on climate or water technology solutions that will positively impact communities and ecosystems across Canada. We support you in advancing your tech and business, becoming financially sustainable, and creating meaningful impact.
Our 2020-2022 cohorts rated Earth Tech as “exceptional” and 100% of our ventures have reported receiving useful knowledge, training and connections.
Apply now for early intake! Please note applications are now being managed through Foresight Canada in partnership with SI Canada
“Earth Tech was a phenomenal program and extremely beneficial to our company at the stage we joined. There was excellent mentorship, connections with others in the industry, and an energy and drive shared among the other entrepreneurs. Earth Tech was an outstanding program and I would recommend it to any cleantech startup.”
What We Offer
During our climate programs, participating early-stage ventures have earned and raised $44.7 million while supporting 554 full-time jobs.
We offer our ventures extensive, tailored supports, including:
MENTORSHIP & ADVISING
Bi-weekly one-to-one time with top, seasoned Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for outcomes-based coaching, and office hours with dozens of expert advisors.
Quality, customized workshops on topics like financial modelling, pitching, and impact measurement; invites to lunch & learns, panels, talks, and more!
CONNECTIONS & PROFILE
Access to our network of networks, and connections to funding & other business opportunities; increased profile through our marketing and investor pitch events.
Regular cohort circles for peer-to-peer support and learning with like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators from across Canada.
Recruitment opens for Earth Tech 2023.
Selected applicants are invited to pitch online in November. Cohort is selected by early December.
The program kicks off in early January 2023 online, across Canada, and offers ongoing mentorship, learning, and peer support throughout the 6 months.
Earth Tech ends with a final Demo Night.
Earth Tech is open to early-stage startups and nonprofit social enterprises developing technologies that will help achieve any of the following climate and water outcomes:
Mitigating climate change
Strengthening resilience to its impacts
Increasing knowledge/awareness about climate change
Improving water quality
Increasing water-use efficiency
Protecting and/or remediating waterways
Increasing knowledge/awareness of protecting waterways or water management
At least two full-time equivalent people devoted to the venture
Able to commit to fully participating online during the six-month program, which includes attending online workshops and coaching sessions (approx. 4-6 hours/month during day time) and being responsive with our program staff in our Slack workspace
There are no costs to participate in Earth Tech!
We are committed to making sure our programs reflect Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) – see our IDEA policy here – and we strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in cleantech leadership, especially women and BIPOC-identifying leaders. Contact us if you have any questions.
Helen brings over twenty years leadership and management experience within small and large organizations across the private and public sectors. Her field is energy, her expertise is market entry strategies, and she's been lucky enough to support different kinds of companies, all over the world: private/public, large/small, highly regulated, startups and not-for-profit.
Rick is a serial entrepreneur and has provided management advice in environment, operations, and strategy across sectors around the world for over 30 years. He is CEO of LINCit – a not-for-profit assisting cleantech firms to scale-up rapidly through a unique hosting model and specialized strategies.
As Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Interaxon, Trevor Coleman co-created Muse: the brain sensing headband. Since 2017 he has been a Design Thinking consultant, early-stage startup advisor, and indie game developer. His main areas of expertise are value-proposition design, strategy, fundraising, and product management.
The RBC Foundation is focused on preparing youth for the future of work, protecting the environment, and helping emerging artists thrive. RBC Foundation is contributing funding and expertise to support Earth Tech and its participants.