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Where top cleantech investors gather

The Government of Canada, led by Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, and Export Development Canada are sponsoring a delegation of 20 companies to attend the 18th annual Cleantech Forum, to be held January 27 to 29 in San Francisco. The over-arching theme at this year’s Forum is “Chaos of the 2020s: Urgent Actions, Unusual Strategies and Unexpected Allies,”  within which a number of key areas of innovation will be explored, including autonomous transportation, advanced recycling, food waste, smart buildings and supply chain efficiency, to name a few.

As with past years, the Forum will also officially mark the release of the latest Global Cleantech 100, a list of 2020’s most promising and innovative technologies worldwide. We invite your company to apply to become part of this high-profile mission, building on Canada’s strong presence at the previous three Forums. This is an opportunity to get tailored support and elevate your company’s profile in front of a high-impact audience of investors, customers and strategic partners. Last year alone, Canadian delegates collectively held more than 300 one-on-one meetings during a three-day period.


Who should apply?

Please note that applications must be submitted through the online form below and are due by the end of day on Friday, October 11, at which time the form will be disabled. Companies selected to become part of the delegation will be notified by e-mail the week of October 21.

We are looking for a mix of cleantech ventures from across the country that reflect Canada’s sector strengths and can contribute to the themes of this year’s Forum. Priority will be given to “growth” stage ventures that have a market-ready or near-market-ready product and are seeking Series A or higher investment, and to companies that are in commercialization and looking for growth capital.

What you get

  • Complimentary event registration.
  • Up to 50% reimbursement on travel costs (flight and hotel).
  • Pre-event coaching by MaRS Cleantech advisors.
  • Support setting up investor/customer meet-ups.
  • VIP access to the conference’s speed dating session.
  • An invitation to the popular Canada Night networking event.
  • Inclusion in delegation Investor’s Guide.
  • Potential to participate as a speaker on conference panels.
  • Enhanced profile as part of a highly visible Canadian delegation.

(Note: Greater consideration will be given to companies that did not participate in last year’s delegation, though nothing precludes such companies from applying.)

Canadian companies that apply but are not selected can still receive many benefits if they choose to attend the Forum. These include discounted registration (TBD), access to a Canada-designated meeting room, and on-the-ground support from Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service in San Francisco and staff from Export Development Canada. All Canadian cleantech ventures that attend the Forum are also invited to a Canadian networking reception during the Forum. Information regarding these benefits/events will be provided to all applicants shortly after the conclusion of this open call.

The details

Date: January 27-29, 2020
Location: Park Central Hotel San Francisco, 50 Third Street.

For more information on the agenda and venue details, visit the Cleantech Forum website.

Apply by October 11

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