Important dates

Intake closed: Expressions of Interest are no longer being accepted. The next intake will be held in May 2019 for a September Cohort start-date.

Overview

GreenSTEM is an emissions-focused 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 addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GreenSTEM participants, or fellows, will be hosted by one of Alberta’s research universities:

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

GreenSTEM 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 guidelines  and the GreenSTEM FAQs.

Funding

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

  • annual fellowship stipends ($55,000 plus benefits)
  • 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 guidelines.

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 one of the GreenSTEM centres in 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 guidelines

GreenSTEM program guidelines

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

Intake closed: Expressions of Interest are no longer being accepted. The next intake will be held in May 2019 for a September Cohort start-date

Step 3. Submit your application

Intake closed: Expressions of Interest are no longer being accepted. The next intake will be held in May 2019 for a September Cohort start-date.

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 and Trade.

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.

The GreenSTEM evaluation committee will be comprised of 7 experts representing the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, Alberta Innovates, industry and the business community. The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade will provide secretariat support. Technical advisors may be consulted, when required.

Successful applicants will be contacted by the GreenSTEM project team on or before December 21, 2018. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by the GreenSTEM project team within 2 weeks of the end of the application evaluation stage.

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 guidelines.

Contact

To connect with the GreenSTEM program:

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

Jessica Ambler, Sector Development Officer, Emerging Technology Industries Unit
Email: jessica.ambler@gov.ab.ca

Jane Humberstone, Director, Technology Industry Partnerships, Emerging Technology Industries Unit
Email: jane.humberstone@gov.ab.ca

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