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Accelerate the Growth of Your Cleantech Venture

Our accelerator programs support cleantech ventures from the idea stage to launch to scale up. As part of a cohort, you’ll learn from your peers, mentors, and highly experienced Executives in Resident (EIRs) who lend valuable “been there, done that” expertise.

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Our Programs

No matter what stage your company is at, our Accelerator programs can help you launch and scale your cleantech venture.

 

 

Kickstart

Validate your cleantech business idea and ensure problem-solution fit to ensure you are targeting the best potential customers. Kickstart will provide you with training and support to help you build a strong foundation for your business and position you for success.

  • 8-week course for cleantech startups culminates with Problem-Solution final presentations

Launch

Get set up for success. Develop a minimum viable product, conduct customer discovery, and perfect your pitch. Our Launch program will match you with an experienced coach who will help accelerate your path to market.

  • 6-week course for emerging ventures followed by Demo Day pitch sessions

Deliver

Learn to develop a Technology Development Roadmap that creates a strong foundation for business growth. Deliver is the only training program specifically for cleantech CTOs and engineering teams, supported by highly experienced technical Executive in Residence.

  • 6-week course typically follows completion of Launch

Earth Tech

Go in-depth over six months to validate your business model and technology, acquire customers and raise funding. Working alongside committed advisors and a cohort of promising cleantech startups, you’ll gain initial market traction while preparing your startup for the growth and opportunities ahead.

  • 6-month program with tailored support to help you validate your business model, commercialize your technology, and approach customers, funders, and investors

Grow

Scale your business with customized support that helps you develop your leadership team, access global markets, and raise capital. Grow provides customized support that will help you overcome challenges and seize opportunities.

  • Ongoing learning and support tailored to your venture’s needs

CXO Growth

Develop C-suite leadership skills through targeted programs that combine roundtable learning sessions and peer-to-peer support. Three program streams – CEO, Executive (CFO and COO), and CTO – provide valuable learning for your leadership team. Foresight’s CXO Growth Program with support from Fasken.

  • Monthly meetings alternate between guest speakers and peer roundtable discussions

Canada’s Cleantech Scale-up Program

The next generation of cleantech ventures need a different type of support. While many accelerator programs help startups launch their businesses, Canada’s Cleantech Scale-up Program will prepare ventures for the next stage, providing customized support that enables them to grow rapidly and successfully seize opportunities, positioning them as leaders on the global stage.

  • Focused on enabling the creation of 25 problem-driven climate ventures valued at $1 billion by 2030.

Workshops

With programs like Investor Readiness and Pilot, Foresight-led workshops help cleantech ventures navigate a faster path to market and staying a step ahead of the competition requires ongoing growth and learning. Our extended learning programs deliver fresh, up-to-date content and insights about what you need to know to succeed in today’s volatile business climate.

  • Investor Readiness prepares companies for investment and growth
  • Pilot is ideal for cleantech ventures actively looking to secure pilot projects

NEXT Sectors

Discover how sector-specific support and training can accelerate your venture’s growth.

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agriNEXT

Leading the growth of Canada’s agritech and agrifood industries, including regenerative agriculture, reducing water use, expanding automation and AI, and reducing pesticides and pollutants.

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bioNEXT

Leveraging the strengths of Canada’s natural resources to explore biomaterials, biofuels, and other biological resources to provide products, processes, and services that align with a sustainable economic system.

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buildNEXT

Exploring how to use renewable building materials, green construction practices and products, and other principles of sustainability in the built environment that align with a forward-looking economic system.

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carbonNEXT

Supporting CCUS strategies needed to help Canada meet net-zero emissions goals, including carbon sequestration, creating new products with carbon, and the decarbonization of steel, pulp mills, cement, and oil and gas.

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energyNEXT

An innovation network of excellence organized on a platform with key energy players across the globe to share best practices, and help transition to a clean economy.

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waterNEXT

Canada’s water technology network, connecting stakeholders from across the water innovation ecosystem to accelerate the commercialization and adoption of technologies for the world’s most pressing water challenges.

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Application Process

No matter what stage you’re at, we’re ready to help grow your business. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Complete the application form
  2. A Foresight Program Manager will setup a 30 minute introductory call  
  3. If you are a good fit for our program*, you will meet with a Program Manager and 2-3 EIRS for an intake panel
  4. After a successful intake panel, we will match you with a Foresight program best suited for your company’s maturity and TRL level

*Our programs are best suited to Canadian for profit, cleantech, scalable businesses with a clear environmental benefit. 

Intake Frequency

We accept applications on an ongoing basis for all our programs. Kickstart, Launch, and Deliver each run three times per year, Earth Tech runs once per year, and Grow can be joined anytime and runs year-round. Pre and post program mentoring is also available.

  • Kickstart – Fall (Sep – Nov), Winter (Jan – Mar), Spring (May – June)
  • Launch & Deliver* – Fall (Sep – Dec), Winter (Jan – Apr), Spring (Apr – July)
  • Earth Tech – January to June
  • Grow – Ongoing, clients can begin at anytime

*Designed to be taken one after the other – approximately 6 weeks each

Kickstart

$100/month for 2 months

Launch & Deliver

$200/month for 3 months

Launch Residency

$200/month recurring

Grow

$500/month recurring

Accelerate from Anywhere

Through our partnership with SI Canada, Accelerate from Anywhere programs are available to cleantech entrepreneurs across Canada, including with a focus on serving more women and BIPOC cleantech founders. Read more.