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Important Dates

2021 Next Seed Fund Round

Fall Round - September

Fall Round Opens - Accepting Accelerators Nominations

Aug. 30

Accelerators Nominations Deadline

Sept. 9

Candidates Applications Deadline

Sept. 22

Invitations to Present Communicated to Candidates

Week of October 18

Presentations in Front of Jury

Week of October 25

Funding Announcements

Early December

Seed Fund: Getting good ideas off the ground

From coast to coast, Canadian entrepreneurs with sustainable solutions are waiting for the chance to advance their game-changing innovations. The Seed Fund supports entrepreneurs with big ideas to achieve extraordinary things.

Our seed fund partnerships support technologies across all sectors. Learn more about all SDTC portfolio companies.

 

Seed Fund Partner Accelerators

We partner with incubators and accelerators in every region of Canada to support and strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship where it happens. Interested in working with us? Email info@sdtc.ca to set up an introductory call.

How it works

The Seed Fund supports promising early-stage Canadian entrepreneurs with one-time grants of $50,000 to $100,000 for innovative technological projects with environmental benefits.

We partner with a select group of approved Canadian accelerators and other entrepreneurial service organizations across Canada to identify the entrepreneurs who will become tomorrow’s cleantech leaders.

Potential applicants must be nominated by one of our accelerator partners.

Think you may be a match?

If so, contact your Local Accelerator and check out our Application Guide.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be nominated by one of our partner accelerators and be a Canadian-owned company operating in Canada .
  • Have an idea that brings technology to bear on a significant environmental problem and an entrepreneurial team with the skills to take that idea to the next level.
  • Be past the R&D stage and looking to take first steps towards figuring out how to commercialize your idea.

  • Be able to describe how your idea will demonstrate quantifiable environmental benefits (i.e., GHG reduction, clean air, soil, or water, etc.).
  • Have raised at least twice the amount of requested funding through private equity sources, not including monies from friends and family.

Think you may be a match?

If so, contact your Local Accelerator and check out our Application Guide.

FAQ

No, applications will only be accepted through an SDTC-approved accelerator partner. We recognize the support provided by accelerators is critical to a company’s growth (e.g., mentorship, financial management, business plan, marketing).

The Seed Fund seeks to support companies developing sustainable technologies in focus areas including but not limited to foodwaterenergy and communities.

You can find a complete list of partner accelerators. Don’t see your accelerator on the list? Encourage them to apply to SDTC to be a partner.

We are always broadening the circle of accelerators who are included in Seed Fund application rounds. We are looking forward to quickly onboarding more accelerators throughout the year. If you are an accelerator and would like to be a partner, please contact us at info@sdtc.ca

With the initial vetting and due diligence is done by accelerators, the funding process is fast and streamlined. From the time of application to successful applicants receiving funds is less than eight weeks. This program has immediate impact, getting capital to where it’s needed, quickly.