Important Dates
2021 Seed Fund Rounds
Winter Round - January; Spring Round - April; Fall Round - September
Winter Round Opens - Accepting Accelerators NominationsJan. 18, 2021
Accelerators Nominations DeadlineJan. 23, 2021
Candidates Applications DeadlineFeb. 3, 2021
Invitations to Present Communicated to CandidatesWeek of March 1, 2021
Presentations in Front of Jury Week of March 8, 2021
Funding Announcements Early April 2021

Seed Fund: Getting good ideas off the ground

From coast to coast, Canadian entrepreneurs with sustainable solutions are waiting for the chance to advance their game-changing innovations. The Seed Fund supports entrepreneurs with big ideas achieve extraordinary things.

Our seed fund partnerships support technologies across all sectors. Learn more about our Seed Fund companies.

Seed Fund Partner Accelerators

We are actively looking to partner with incubators and accelerators in every region of Canada to support and strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship where it happens. Interested in working with us? Email info@sdtc.ca to set up an introductory call.

How it works

The Seed Fund supports promising early-stage Canadian entrepreneurs with one-time grants of $50,000 to $100,000 for innovative technological projects with environmental benefits.

We partner with a select group of approved Canadian accelerators and other entrepreneurial service organization across Canada to identify the entrepreneurs who will become tomorrow’s cleantech leaders.

Potential applicants must be nominated by one of our accelerator partners.

Think you may be a match?

If so, contact your Local Accelerator and check out our Application Guide.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be nominated by one of our partner accelerators and be a Canadian-owned company operating in Canada .
  • Have an idea that brings technology to bear on a significant environmental problem and an entrepreneurial team with the skills to take that idea to the next level.
  • Be past the R&D stage and looking to take first steps towards figuring out how to commercialize your idea.

  • Be able to describe how your idea will demonstrate quantifiable environmental benefits (i.e., GHG reduction, clean air, soil, or water, etc.).
  • Have raised at least twice the amount of requested funding through private equity sources, not including monies from friends and family.

Think you may be a match?

If so, contact your Local Accelerator and check out our Application Guide.

FAQ

Can I apply to SDTC Seed Fund directly?

No, application will only be accepted through an SDTC-approved accelerator partner. We recognize the support provided by accelerators is critical to a company’s growth (e.g., mentorship, financial management, business plan, marketing).

What type of companies/technologies are you looking for?

The Seed Fund seeks to support companies developing sustainable technologies in focus areas including but not limited to foodwaterenergy and communities.

Can you introduce me to a participating accelerator?

You can find complete list of partner accelerators. Don’t see your accelerator on the list? Encourage them to apply to SDTC to be a partner.

How can my accelerator be a part of the Seed Fund?

We are always broadening the circle of accelerators who are included in Seed Fund application rounds. We are looking forward to quickly onboarding more accelerators throughout the year. If you are an accelerator and would like to be a partner, please contact us at info@sdtc.ca

How long is the process?

With the initial vetting and due diligence is done by accelerators, the funding process is fast and streamlined. From the time of application to successful applicants receiving funds is less than eight weeks. This program has immediate impact, getting capital to where it’s needed, quickly.