Cleantech and physical sciences practice

The mission of the MaRS cleantech and physical sciences practice is to advise and build globally competitive cleantech companies.

Our globally top-ranked practice is made up of established entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We offer value to new entrepreneurs by providing business advice, mentorship, educational events, market intelligence and seed capital, as well as by connecting emerging companies with potential partners, customers, investors and talent to help them grow their business.

We’re developing partnerships in Canada and around the world, identifying financing opportunities, and creating events and publications that will help Ontario entrepreneurs in the cleantech and advanced materials sector succeed. Our discovery pipeline and collaborative model serve both the investment community and private industry.

The focus of the cleantech practice is on innovative solutions in the fields of:

  • Energy (storage, generation, efficiency, data, grid automation)
  • Water
  • Air and environment
  • Advanced materials and manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture

SYLLETA INC is a Toronto based company developing cost-effective and eco-friendly solutions for the marine industry. Our mission is the help aquaculturists grow fish in a healthy environment and help reduce fuel costs in the marine transportation industry in a cost-effective way.

Ways MaRS has provided value:

  • Business development mentorship
  • Fund raising advice
  • Market Intelligence
  • Providing a platform to pitch to potential investors and venture capitalists

Hydrostor’s distinctive patented storage solution utilizes adiabatic underwater compressed air as a means to store bulk electricity for long durations and at one of the lowest prices in the industry. The system is 100% environmentally friendly and offers the ability to supply affordable 100% green energy 24/7.
Ways MaRS has provided value:

  • MaRS provided competitive market intelligence
  • Support with grant funding
  • Financial support for attendance/exhibitions at conferences
  • Embedded executive grant program
  • Advisors to refine pitch and business model
  • Marketing support through brochures and videos, networking at events
  • MaRS hosted Angel events that we presented at
  • MaRS Cleantech Fund

MMB Networks Inc has developed RapidConnect, a fully automated wireless communications platform for both the smart-energy and home-automation markets. The technology allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to rapidly add smart-grid or home-automation connectivity — compatible with a wide variety of platforms — to their new and existing products.

Ways MaRS has provided value:

  • MaRS has been instrumental in supporting the growth of MMB from the three-person startup that first engaged with MaRS, to the 20+ person and still growing firm today with millions in revenue.
  • Through MaRS, we have had access to advisors with specific and invaluable experience, both through their public programs like Entrepreneurship 101, as well as their dedication to put us in the room with exactly the right advisors and experts for our needs — whether at MaRS or elsewhere.
  • MaRS’ connections in the investment and banking communities helped us raise the funding and ongoing financing we needed to grow and manage our business
  • Having a concentration of cutting-edge clean tech companies in the MaRS ecosystem has helped us link up with other like-minded companies for joint opportunities
  • As a startup, every day there’s new questions to answer and challenges to solve. Working with MaRS, we always know they can connect us to the expertise and experience we need to work through them.

MaRS Cleantech Fund LP

MaRS Cleantech Fund LP is a new model of collaboration between MaRS and the private sector. The privately backed fund will focus on early-stage cleantech companies in the MaRS cleantech practice and is providing around $1 million as an initial investment, with possible follow-on funding.

Advanced Energy Centre

The Advanced Energy Centre brings together government, cleantech leaders, regulators, utilities, the academic community and the private sector to expand Ontario’s role in the $38 trillion global energy industry. Together we are working to support domestic innovation in energy storage, efficiency, data, grid automation and new forms of generation, and to build globally competitive and export-driven businesses.

Our team:

Jon Dogterom—Practice Lead

Jane Kearns—Advisor

Tom Rand—Advisor

Tony Redpath—Advisor

Murray McCaig—Advisor

Harvey Coleman—Advisor

Lance Laking — Advisor

Jennifer Stoneburgh — Associate






How we can help you

  • Business planning
  • Sales and marketing
  • Financing and funding strategy
  • Human resources
  • Financial management, accounting, tax
  • Legal and intellectual property
  • Product development and marketing
  • Operations and manufacturing
  • Customer relationship management
  • Strategic partnerships

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By the numbers

To see a snapshot of the cleantech and physical sciences practice, including capital raised and new jobs created by our ventures, as well as client revenue, check out this infographic:

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