Important dates

Intake status: Closed – Expressions of Interest will be accepted from 8:30 am (MST) on February 24 to 8:30 am (MST) on March 23, 2020.

Ministry responsible: Economic Development, Trade and Tourism

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 “deep 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

Please note: For the purposes of the GreenSTEM pilot program, “deep technology” is characterized by tangible, science-based innovation with hardware component(s).

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

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

  • annual fellowship stipends ($60,000 including benefits for an individual or $90,000 for teams of 2)
  • up to $71,000 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 founders, 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*

*Failure to comply with this eligibility criterion may result in requirement of the fellow to repay the GreenSTEM funding, dependent on continued operations of the company and pending review by the Program Administrator.

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.

The next intake for expressions of interest will run from February 24, 2020, to March 23, 2020, for a tentative June 2020 Cohort start date.

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

Expressions of Interest will be accepted when intake re-opens at 8:30 am (MST) on February 24 until 8:30 am (MST) on March 23, 2020.

A link to the online application portal is made available here during active intakes.

When logging into the online application portal for the first time, applicants will be prompted to create a My Alberta Digital ID (MADI) user account with a secure login name and password. Once the account has been created, applicants will gain access to the online application portal, which hosts live application forms and templates available for submission.

Individuals who have successfully submitted an application can access their application profile through their user account.

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. Incomplete applications will not be considered after the application portal has closed at 8:30 am (MST) on March 23, 2020.

Step 4. Complete an interview

Selected applicants will progress to the interview stage.

Step 5. Submit a full project proposal

If the interview is successful, selected applicants will receive a full project proposal template to further 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, 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 January 2019 cohort's pitch event was held on December 10, 2018. Nine projects were chosen to take part in the first round of the fellowship pilot program to help build the clean technology sector in Alberta.

The successful applicants for the January 2019 cohort include:

Meet the January 2019 GreenSTEM Fellows (PDF, 250 KB) and learn more about their projects.

Reporting

Throughout the term of the program, GreenSTEM Fellows will be required to report on outcomes and planning each quarter, as well as provide feedback on the pilot. Receipt of GreenSTEM funding is not guaranteed by acceptance into the program, but is based on evaluation of general attitude, willingness to participate, and technical/business performance of participating fellows by program administrators over the course of the program.

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 Clean 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