At Foresight, we’ve got a lot on the go. Acceleration programs for hundreds of cleantech ventures each year. Industry Challenges that match innovators and industry. Sector-specific initiatives like waterNEXT. And a lot of events!

So how do we decide which projects to pursue? We’ve adopted a Theory of Change, a methodology for planning, participation, and evaluation. By defining long-term goals and mapping backwards, we can devote our resources to the highest potential projects.

You already know what we do, but we wanted to share the why in our Theory of Change. Here’s an overview.

A Clear Goal

There’s an urgent need to address climate change and position Canada as a global leader by accelerating the development, adoption, and scale of market-driven cleantech innovation. Foresight sees this as a path to achieve global net-zero emissions targets and Canada’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with the added benefit of creating high paying Canadian cleantech jobs.

To meet this goal, we will:

  • Support industry in removing barriers to adoption and embracing circularity
  • Lead acceleration programs for innovators
  • Increase entrepreneurship within academia and support skill development of the needed next generation of cleantech workers
  • Attract investment in cleantech by building a network of engaged investors 
  • Remove barriers to collaboration amongst industry, SME, academia, government, investors (Helix-5)
  • Support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive green transition 

Success assumes two important factors: aligned commitment from our Helix-5 stakeholders (innovators, industry, investors, government, and academia) and competitive cleantech innovations suitable to scale internationally.

A Clear Direction: Cleantech Forward

Foresight will support the cleantech ecosystem by:

  • Providing world class accelerator programming for SMEs
  • Ensuring sectoral alignment and initiatives 
  • Facilitating commercial partnerships and pilot access
  • Leading industry-support innovation challenges
  • Building investor networks

We hope you’ll join us in this critical quest! Find out more about becoming a Partner, and join our Community of Innovators.

Written By:

Karen Speirs

Karen Speirs is a communications specialist with experience in journalism, public relations, and corporate communications. Her passion is storytelling; Karen has authored several books and has provided writing services for a broad range of private and public sector organizations. Her most recent role was leading external communications for Best Buy Canada. The BC tech industry figures prominently in Karen’s work experience, including Communications roles with Innovate BC and the Digital Technology Supercluster.

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