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Women in Cleantech Challenge

Have a cleantech idea? Apply for our million dollar challenge!

Only 5% of tech companies in Canada are founded by women. Let's change that!


Who are we looking for?


You are a woman with a cleantech idea

You are looking to build a business

You've got your eye on the prize

Pitch us your cleantech idea and win $1 million!


What you get if you win

Five Winners

Spend the next 2.5 years with $800,000 support to develop your cleantech venture, including:

  • $115,000 a year for living expenses and travel
  • $300,000 worth of expert advice and support from the MaRS Discovery District
  • $250,000 in value for federal labs to work closely with you to test your idea and move it toward commercialization

One Grand Prize Winner


If you win, you will receive $1 million to advance and grow your business

Challenge Details

To apply you must be

  • A woman
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • The main innovator/individual leading the project

Key dates

  • Deadline to apply: July 13, 2018
  • Grand Prize Winner announced: March 2021


  • Five Winners will receive $115,000 a year for 2.5 years for living and travel expenses
  • One Grand Prize Winner will receive $1 million to continue building her business

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