Our Impact – and we’re only getting started

It all started back in September 2018

The Centre for Social Innovation originally opened Climate Ventures as a coworking space for climate entrepreneurs in Toronto, and with a cleantech fellowship and an accelerator program for social enterprises aiming to reduce GHG emissions.

Fast forward a few years and acceleration has become our core practice, running online programs to support founders across the country with the training, mentorship, advisory services, and connections they need to bring their solutions to market.

We measure our impact by our contribution to their impact – by the money and jobs they contribute to the economy, by the dent they make in the climate or water challenges they’re addressing, and by how they grow as entrepreneurs and teams.

138 accelerated early-stage ventures. 443 jobs supported during our programs. $35.5 M earned and raised during our programs. $100M+ earned and raised by our ventures. $65M+ earned and raised by our cleantech ventures. $30M+ earned and raised by our Earth Tech ventures.

Watch what our ventures and advisors say about our programs

Building an inclusive, national acceleration ramp

Last summer, Climate Ventures became a joint initiative of CSI and Foresight Canada. Our first joint program, Accelerate from Anywhere (AfA), embodies our mission to build a more effective, connected and inclusive climate entrepreneurship ecosystem. AfA includes a climate solutions stream and a cleantech stream, and offers six programs – from ideation stage to commercialization – available to entrepreneurs anywhere in Canada with an internet connection.

Since launching in July of 2021, AfA has managed 200+ applications, resulting in 115 participants in AfA programs, including 29 who have now participated in more than one AfA program, with 40% of all founders identifying as women, and 40% of all founders identifying as BIPOC – a metric we strive to continue to improve. Entrepreneurs can apply now!

Accelerate from Anywhere's acceleration ramp starts with IE101, and diverts into a cleantech stream and a climate solutions stream.

Looking ahead…

We’re working hard to grow our impact and develop new programs across our four key pillars:

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Accelerate

ACCELERATE

We’re building a progressive acceleration ramp that supports Canada’s cleantech ventures alongside our ecosystem partners.

 

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Connect

CONNECT

We want to connect cleantech entrepreneurs to a growing global ecosystem of talent and opportunity.

 

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Scale

SCALE

We want to ensure ventures have the support they need to solve the hardest scaleup challenges and tackle the biggest scaleup opportunities.

 

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Fund

FUND

We’ll leverage capital networks across the global ecosystem and position Canadian ventures for fundraising success.

 

Solving industry innovation challenges

While we’re supporting cleantech entrepreneurs developing solutions, we know these solutions only create impact if they’re adopted and scaled. That’s why Foresight Canada, in partnership with Climate Ventures, has launched Cleantech Forward, a suite of innovation challenges to help companies identify and pilot technology solutions to meet their sustainability goals. We’re looking to connect with companies to discuss whether running an innovation challenge could be right for you. Learn more and connect with us.