Important dates

The first round intake has been completed. Timing of a potential second intake has not been determined.

Overview

GreenSTEM is an entrepreneurial pilot program for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Masters and Ph.D. graduates. The 2-year program enables entrepreneurship and provides a two-year commercialization runway for “hard technology” companies involved in science-based innovation that:

  • is expensive
  • has a lengthy development process
  • is more challenging to commercialize than conventional goods or software

The program will support a cohort of entrepreneurially-inclined, technically-skilled participants across the province who are working on technologies with emissions reduction potential. GreenSTEM participants, or fellows, will be hosted by one of Alberta’s research universities:

  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary, or
  • University of Lethbridge

The GreenSTEM pilot is part of the Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework (CCITF) suite of programs. The CCITF was developed to achieve the goals of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan through innovation and technology.

For more information on the program, including evaluation criteria, program parameters and timelines, please refer to the GreenSTEM program guide and the GreenSTEM FAQs.

Funding

The program will support up to 20 eligible innovators through access to:

  • annual fellowship stipends ($55,000 plus benefits or $82,500 to be split between the two fellows when applying as a team of two)
  • up to $65,000 in annual seed funding to cover technology and business development expenses
  • technology-focused entrepreneurship programming
  • technical and business mentorship
  • networking opportunities with investors, venture capital organizations, service providers, and potential industry partners

Additional information on funding is outlined in the program guide.

Cost

There is no cost to apply.

Eligibility

GreenSTEM applicants can be individuals or teams of 2 individuals, both of whom must meet the GreenSTEM eligibility requirements.

To participate in GreenSTEM, applicants must be:

  • a graduate of an advanced technical STEM degree program (Masters/Ph.D.) within the last 5 years
  • the primary technology innovator(s) of an emissions-focused, science-based business/product concept
  • a resident of Alberta with the legal right to work in Canada throughout the term of the program
  • able to demonstrate access or reasonable steps toward the legal right to commercialize the underlying intellectual property
  • willing to commit to the Fellowship as their full-time job
    • applicants will not be able to attend full or part-time educational training or maintain monetary-based affiliations with established companies during participation
  • prepared to relocate to Edmonton, Calgary or Lethbridge for the duration of the program and willing to travel within Alberta for quarterly events and meetings
  • prepared and able to incorporate their venture in Alberta or Canada once accepted into the cohort
  • committed to maintaining business operations in Alberta for 3 years following conclusion of the program

How to apply

The GreenSTEM application process is a competitive call for proposals. Applicants are required to complete and submit their Expressions of Interest through the online application portal accessible through this page during each intake.

Selection of successful applicants will begin once the intake has closed.

Step 1. Read the guide

GreenSTEM program guide

Step 2. Create a user account and log in through the online application portal

Intake closed: Expressions of Interest are not being accepted at this time.

Timing of a potential second intake has not been determined. To create a user account or log in, access the online application portal.

Step 3. Submit your application

Please be sure you have completed the entire Expression of Interest form before submitting. The application requires an overview of the technology, the proposed project and intended outcomes, emission reduction potential, intellectual property, and the project team.

Step 4. Complete an interview

Selected applicants will progress to an interview stage.

Step 5. Submit a full project proposal

If the interview is successful, selected applicants will receive a full project proposal template to complete a high-level project plan that will outline:

  • business-oriented milestones
  • business and technical activities
  • budget and performance metrics, including GHG emissions reduction potential

Calculations for GHG emissions reduction potential will be validated by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

Step 6. Participate in a final pitch and networking event

The event will serve as a final opportunity for applicants to make their case to be selected for GreenSTEM by providing a brief pitch. Applicants will also have the opportunity to meet and network with industry stakeholders and potential investors. More details on the format will be shared by program staff in advance of the pitch event.

After you apply

Selection of successful applicants will begin once the intake has closed. Selection decisions will be made based on a multi-stage evaluation process considering a range of evaluation criteria related to the applicant’s capabilities and the technology concept, and the proposed project.

The GreenSTEM evaluation committee will be comprised of up to 7 experts throughout different stages of the evaluation process, representing the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, Alberta Innovates, industry and the business community. The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism will provide secretariat support. Technical advisors may be consulted, when required. All representatives will be subject to the terms of a non-disclosure agreement.

Successful applicants

The first cohort's pitch event was held on December 10, 2018. Nine projects were chosen to take part in the fellowship pilot program to help build the clean technology sector in Alberta.

The successful applicants include:

  • Beatriz Molero Sanchez and Paul Addo
  • Kurtis Broda and Chris Robson
  • Roger Mah
  • Gem Shoute
  • Mina Zarabian
  • Vallen Rezazadeh
  • Shahrukh Shamim
  • Aseem Pandley
  • Nicolas Olmedo and James Yuen

Meet the GreenSTEM Fellows (PDF, 212 KB) and learn more about their projects.

Reporting

Throughout the term of the program, GreenSTEM Fellows will be required to provide reporting at quarterly cohort meetings and to the program leads at the institution where their fellowship is based.

More information on reporting requirements can be found in the program guide.

Contact

To connect with the GreenSTEM program:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Jessica Ambler, Senior Advisor, Emerging Technology
Email: jessica.ambler@gov.ab.ca

Jeff Bell, Senior Sector Lead, Renewable Technologies
Email: jeff.bell@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Technology Partnerships and Investments branch
Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
6th Floor Phipps-McKinnon Building
10020 101A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3G2