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Foresight manages a number of technology specific challenges across multiple sectors of the cleantech industry.
Here’s a list of our challenges that are currently open for application:

Industry Sector Name/Description Downloadables/Applications
RoboticsAutonomous Forklift ChallengeApplications now closed
Smart cities, agrifood and smart materialsEcocity World Summit ChallengeFor more information, contact us.

Industry Sector


Smart cities, agrifood and smart materials


Applications now closed

For more information, contact us.

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How it Works

Foresight’s unique Challenge processes are a proven method to identify and rapidly prototype technological solutions. While the timelines and scope varies according to individual project needs, the overall process has four phases and proceeds as follows:

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Defining the problem

Dialogues will be hosted to identify pressing industry challenges that need advanced technology innovations, and to thoroughly define the problem with a broad group of industry and clean tech innovators and thought leaders. Challenge is announced, and applications received.

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Innovation Sprint

Potential solutions developed

Finalists will receive funding support to develop a prototype within specified time range. Mentorship and business support will be provided by Foresight to help accelerate an idea from concept to prototype and from seed to first funding.

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Field Testing

Solution viability tested

The industry sponsor will select at least one prototype for field testing.

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Release to market

Foresight will provide project management oversight, an Executive-in-Residence, lab and office space, and business support to help the company move towards commercialization.


“One of our challenges led to a potential reduction of GHG emissions in the oil sands by 500,000 tonnes annually.”

- Matt McCulloch P.Eng | Director Greenhouse Gas Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance

“As a small company, it can be really hard to get in the door with industry and investors … this program has been a huge door opener for us, and a fantastic opportunity to partner with larger companies.”

- Michael Sams, CEO, AMS Energy

“Foresight helped with key introductions to investors and people ... Having the right introductions at the right time is critical”

- Sam Grill, Intl. Material Recovery

“Foresight helped us articulate our challenges and identify solutions in a structured and collaborative way, leading to concrete successes.”

- Matt McCulloch P.Eng | Director, Greenhouse Gas Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance