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  • Genecis CEO lays waste to wasteful practices

    Luna Yu has never doubted her shot at the Women in Cleantech Challenge crown. Working as she does every day from her labs at the Banting and Best Centre in downtown Toronto, Luna plays an active role in advancing Canada’s sustainable industries. “When I heard about the challenge, I knew my company was a perfect […]

    December 10, 2018

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  • Undergrad scientist wants to master entrepreneurship

    Nivatha Balendra has already achieved more than most people do in a lifetime. A proud Montrealais, Nivatha has discovered and named her own bacteria, received the World Economic Forum Prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and started a non-profit that mentors young scientists. And she’s just 22 years old. “It’s surreal,” she […]

    November 2, 2018

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  • Cleantech entrepreneur sees an ocean of opportunity

    Victoria, BC-based Julie Angus understands the ocean better than most people – its beauty, power and environmental importance. In 2006, Angus became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean with her partner on a 156-day, 10,000-kilometre odyssey from Portugal to Costa Rica. “Being on the open ocean in all of its states is […]

    October 4, 2018

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  • Women in Cleantech Challenge juror Margaret Atwood on the importance of women entrepreneurs

    We sat down with legendary Canadian author and entrepreneur Margaret Atwood during her visit to MaRS to hear her thoughts on the importance of women’s voices in the cleantech space.

    September 20, 2018

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  • Women in Cleantech Challenge selects six finalists at live pitch session

    TORONTO, September 18, 2018 — Six women have been selected to compete for a $1-million grand prize in the finals of a national competition to find Canada’s most promising female cleantech entrepreneur. The six finalists in the Women in Cleantech Challenge were selected at a live pitch competition at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto on […]

    September 19, 2018

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  • Women in Cleantech Challenge selects 10 innovative semifinalists

    By Elicia Maine and Janie C. Béïque After a lengthy summer selection process, the review committee for the Women in Cleantech Challenge has picked 10 inspiring women to compete in the competition’s semifinal round, being held on Sept. 18 at MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto. They are a diverse group of women, representing a […]

    September 11, 2018

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  • Women in Cleantech Challenge announces 10 semifinalists

    TORONTO, September 5, 2018 — MaRS and Natural Resources Canada are pleased to announce the 10 semifinalists for the Women in Cleantech Challenge. On September 18, these 10 cleantech entrepreneurs will pitch their innovations to a panel of judges and five finalists will be selected to participate in an intensive 30-month accelerator program and compete […]

    September 4, 2018

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  • Applications to Women in Cleantech Challenge exceed expectations

    After a two-month national call for applications, we’re excited to announce that a total of 147 women have applied to participate in Canada’s inaugural Women in Cleantech Challenge, a unique collaboration between MaRS Discovery District (MaRS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). This is the first of five prize-based challenges NRCan expects to launch this year […]

    July 23, 2018

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  • Wanted: More women in cleantech

    To solve the world’s climate and environmental challenges, we need more than just good ideas. Women working in cleantech can put forward their ideas for a chance at $1 million in funding, commercialization, and years of mentorship. Learn more about the Women in Cleantech Challenge here.

    June 20, 2018

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  • Where are all the female cleantech entrepreneurs?

    Note: This article originally appeared in The Globe and Mail. It is often said, but bears repeating, that women are significantly underrepresented in the innovation economy, with one recent report finding that only 5 per cent of Canadian technology companies have a solo female founder or chief executive. Such representation is similar – and arguably […]

    June 19, 2018

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