Vancouver, CANADA – June 21, 2021. Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and Innovation Guelph today announced a partnership to encourage innovation and economic recovery by focusing on the acceleration and adoption of clean technologies.
This partnership builds on Foresight’s growing presence in Ontario, including a newly announced Climate Ventures partnership, and extends the reach and impact of Innovation Guelph in cleantech.
The two organizations have agreed to collaborate in several critical areas, including:
- SME acceleration: Foresight and Innovation Guelph will leverage the strength of their respective programming to support the growth of cleantech ventures
- Inter-provincial Cleantech Challenges: Building on Foresight’s successful Industry Challenge program, the partners will explore running sector-specific challenges that match industry with cleantech solutions.
- Cluster Strategy: The partners will explore a provincial cleantech cluster that would bring together key stakeholders, including ventures, associations, industry, investors and government.
- Cleantech events: Foresight and Innovation Guelph will promote and support each other’s webinars, workshops, and conferences and collaborate on category sector specific events.
“We have huge admiration for the Regional Innovation Centre network across Ontario, including Innovation Guelph’s support of agtech ventures and women entrepreneurs through their Rhyze Ventures and Rhyze Up! programs,” says Jeanertte Jackson, CEO of Foresight. “We share their commitment to help innovative enterprises start, grow, and thrive, and look forward to the synergies we’ll create by working together to accelerate cleantech across the country.”
“Partnerships allow us to expand our reach and the support we can provide to the entrepreneurs that contribute so impactfully to our economy,” said Anne Toner Fung, CEO, Innovation Guelph. “Amplifying events and workshops, while cooperating on SME acceleration in cleantech will be the focus of this partnership.”
About Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
Foresight is Canada’s cleantech ecosystem accelerator. Foresight supports the identification and validation of cleantech opportunities and the successful commercialization of solutions. We bring together industry, government, academia, investors, and innovators to address today’s most urgent climate issues and support a global transition to a green economy. Find out more at www.foresightcac.com and follow on Twitter @ForesightCAC.
About Innovation Guelph
Innovation Guelph is building prosperity for community well-being by providing mentorship and business support programs and services to help innovative enterprises start, grow and thrive. Innovation Guelph’s business acceleration programs are designed for high-potential start-ups, small- to medium-sized enterprises, cleantech and agritech, and women-led businesses across southern Ontario. The outcome is an innovation ecosystem that drives economic growth and supports environmental and economic sustainability while contributing to a circular economy. Innovation Guelph also serves as a one-stop point of access to business support programs and services across the province. Innovationguelph.ca
Elizabeth Thorsen, Foresight
Janet Wakutz, Innovation Guelph