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WIC finalists expand their network beyond Canada

May was an unusually busy time for the Women In Cleantech cohort. Earlier in the month, our six finalists attended the Industry Growth Forum, an annual gathering in Denver hosted by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a close partner to MaRS. Considered one of the better networking events in North America for cleantech, the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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We need more women leaders in cleantech. Let’s change that

By Jane Kearns, Senior Advisor, MaRS Cleantech It’s well known that women are under-represented in the innovation economy. In fact, a recent report found that only 5% of Canadian technology companies have a solo female founder or CEO, and only 13% of companies have one female co-founder. In our experience here at MaRS, such representation […]

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