GreenCentre Canada Launches New Program to Counter Climate Change
GreenCentre Canada is excited to announce the InnovationHouse Chemistry Countering Climate Change Competition (IHC4 Competition).
Through the IHC4 Competition GreenCentre will accept applications from innovators and entrepreneurs developing technologies that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Finalists will be invited to present their technology, business case, and potential project in a lively and interactive competitive style to a panel of experts. They will be competing for the opportunity to access GreenCentre’s services and expertise to complete a development project, at no cost to the client. This initiative provides GreenCentre with yet another avenue to continue supporting small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to develop, de-risk, and scale up chemistry and materials-based innovations that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and counter climate change.
“GreenCentre Canada is well-positioned and committed to battle climate change, enabling entrepreneurs to become low-carbon technology leaders in the country and around the globe” said Pete Pigott, Executive Director. “GreenCentre is proving to be a leader in combating climate change through Innovation.”
The integral role of chemistry in today’s economy means that chemistry innovations will be critical in the battle against climate change. However, reducing greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing economic prosperity and social well-being is not a trivial exercise. To be effective, these innovations and advancements should ideally:
- Reduce the amount of energy required to use a product
- Reduce the amount of energy used in an industrial process or facility
- Reduce the number or amounts of required inputs or waste outputs generated during production
- Enable the technical application and economic commercialization of a related innovation
- Enable changes to business models or processes that eliminate or reduce transport requirements
GreenCentre is uniquely positioned to deploy its resources, network of relationships, and expertise to advance new innovative technologies to meet these goals. It will aggressively accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and support Cleantech innovation and job creation. In so doing, GreenCentre will advance an innovation-driven, knowledge-based economy that leverages entrepreneurial spirit, technological skills and expertise, and provides a strong and reliable career path for Canadian scientists and science-based entrepreneurs.
The IHC4 Competition Guidelines, Criteria, Application and Deadlines are available through GreenCentre’s InnovationHouse, www.gccinnovationhouse.com.