News, venture profiles and big ideas from the Climate Ventures community
CV Member UnWrapIt featured in the Toronto Star!
Experiential gift-giving app UnWrapIt hopes to shift people away from carbon-intensive consumerism and towards meaningful experiences.
CV members in the Globe and Mail and CBC
Two Climate Ventures members, Genecis and Good Investing, in the Globe and Mail and CBC!
Our Climate Ventures members are offering real climate solutions
A recent Globe and Mail editorial put forward an interesting thesis: While our political leaders have largely signed on to the existence of climate change, there is now a rampant denial of climate solutions. This means that the municipal, provincial, and federal leadership we need to see on this issue is not where it needs […]
Our children’s climate crossroads
Two paths meet before us: the one we are on with all that the science says about it – for our planet, its biosphere, our health, and our wealth – and one towards a more flourishing future.
Climate Ventures space now open!
Climate Ventures – a cross-sector incubator for climate entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders – is now open at CSI Spadina (192 Spadina, Suite 216), offering coworking, community, and programs. Learn more, book a tour, or join us at climateventures.org. Much of the world is waking up to the reality and urgency of climate change after a summer that included an […]
Announcing winners of the Helping Small and Medium Businesses Go Low Carbon competition
Climate Smart and Pitstop Connect declared winners of the Centre for Social Innovation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Climate CoLab competition (Toronto) Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) make up 98.2% of businesses in Canada, and emit as much climate change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year as Canada’s combined transportation sector, including every […]
New contest launches to find and pilot solutions that help Ontario small & medium businesses save money and cut pollution
Note: The new Ontario government has ended the cap-and-trade system, the proceeds of which funded GHG emissions-reduction programs such as this one. As a result, we will no longer be able to provide financial support to the winners. We’ll focus on putting a spotlight on these solutions and supporting them in other ways, a task that has […]
CSI launches cleantech fellowship for Ontario entrepreneurs to tap into $2.5 trillion market
The 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index ranked Canada’s cleantech sector fourth in the world. To help build on this success, CSI is launching a fellowship that will support entrepreneurs working to scale enterprises in this market expected to be worth $2.5 trillion by 2022. Part accelerator and part fellowship, the program is accepting applications until […]
Nine CSI members making the Earth a little greener
This Earth Day, we’re highlighting the work of nine CSI members who are putting the planet first. Canopy The world’s ancient and endangered forests are being logged at an alarming rate, putting species, communities and our climate at risk. Canopy works with the forest industry’s biggest customers and their suppliers to develop business solutions that […]
Fish grown in shipping containers, low-carbon fashion, and more!
The Centre for Social Innovation holds a demo night for graduates of its accelerator program (TORONTO) Last year, with the support of the Government of Ontario, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) launched an accelerator program called Agents of Change: Climate Solutions. The selected startups are Ontario-based startups building the low-carbon economy of the future. […]
Updates from our Climate Solutions accelerator
Last year, 20 early-stage enterprises joined our first cohort for Agents of Change: Climate Solutions. Over one year they have been supported with business and impact model coaching, impact measurement, peer circles, advisors, workspace, and membership at CSI. They have made incredible progress: securing investments, growing their revenues, hiring new staff, winning awards, and most […]