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Are you an early-stage climate solutions company in Atlantic Canada looking to raise capital from impact investors?

Here’s an opportunity to do just that through the Atlantic Canada Cleantech Scale-up and Impact Investment Challenge

The Challenge provides a chance to earn a $100,000 investment to further develop your Cleantech company.

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Imaginal Ventures, a Halifax based company, Foresight CAC, Canada’s cleantech accelerator, a company with offices across Canada, and Spring Activator, a global incubator, accelerator and advisory firm are partnering to support the building of a thriving Cleantech ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

The inaugural Atlantic Canada Cleantech Scale-up and Impact Investment Challenge starts in April 2023 and runs until early December 2023.

Comprised of three distinct programs, our proven and innovative scale-up and impact investor challenge model builds a thriving ecosystem supporting both ventures and private capital entering the ecosystem.

The Challenge will recruit 10 climate solutions start-up entrepreneurs within Atlantic Canada, and at least 20 investors from the Atlantic Provinces and across Canada.

What you can expect from the Scale Up and Investment Challenge.

Over an exciting 8-month period, three distinct programs will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to overcome these challenges.

The Imaginal Scale-Up Program is a modern and innovative virtual 12-week program that supports founders and leaders to design, develop and then implement strategies that will create sustainable growth, uses evidence-based techniques that teach conscious decision-making, and builds a solid foundation to accelerate growth and impact.

Foresight’s Investment Readiness Program is grounded in their leading national program for Cleantech companies. The 4-week program is designed to prepare ventures for interfacing with investors.

Spring Activator’s Investor Challenge teaches impact investing and measurement to investors, including best practices around investing in uncertain times. The 11-week program includes due diligence, impact measurement, deal term negotiation and more.

Who Should Apply for the Challenge?

  • Early-stage Cleantech companies in Atlantic Canada looking to raise capital from impact investors.
  • Cleantech start-ups looking to access expertise to advance their growth.
  • Individuals passionate about making the world a better place and developing solutions to address climate change.

The deadline for applications is 17th March 2023

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Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Type of Company: (For profit)
  2. Impact (solution has significant measurable positive impact on the environment)
  3. Business Model (economically viable and market size is significant and attainable)
  4. Technology (software, high-tech equipment or innovative service that answers a real problem)
  5. Seed and early stage: (proof-of-concept completed, a prototype demonstration or evidence of initial commercial traction (Technical readiness level 3 to 6).

What is the cost?

Applying and participating in the venture cohort is free!

The timeline for the Challenge

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The application for the Challenge requires two sets of documents to be submitted.

  1. Your Pitch Deck
  2. A summary of additional relevant business information

A Pitch Deck template can be found below. This template provides you with guidance on the information that is expected in your presentation. Please either use this template to create a Pitch Deck or submit one that you already have created. If you choose to use the template below, ensure that is branded for your business. Note there is guidance on required information.

In addition to the Pitch Deck, please also provide us with the information pertaining to the questions found in the document AC Climate Solutions Scale-up & Impact Challenge Additional Information. This document can be downloaded and used in your submission.

We recommend that you submit both documents – the Pitch Deck and the Additional Information – at the same time.

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