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Important Dates

2022 Next Seed Fund Round

Fall Round - September

Fall Round Opens - Accepting Accelerator Nominations

September 6

Accelerators Nominations Deadline

September 15

Candidates Applications Deadline

September 29

Invitations to Present Communicated to Candidates

Week of October 17

Presentations in Front of Jury

Week of October 24

Funding Announcements

December 2022/January 2023

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

At SDTC, we believe in building a strong Canadian innovation ecosystem. We partner with incubators and accelerators across Canada in communities, big and small. Encourage your accelerator to become our next partner simply by emailing seedfund@sdtc.ca. We are looking forward to setting up an introductory call and to expanding our innovation network.

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.

At SDTC, we believe in building a strong Canadian innovation ecosystem. We partner with incubators and accelerators across Canada in communities, big and small. 

Encourage your accelerator to become our next partner simply by emailing seedfund@sdtc.ca. We are looking forward to setting up an introductory call and to expanding our innovation network

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.