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CanadaCleantech announces ‘CONNECT’, a pan-Canadian network dedicated to supporting cleantech entrepreneurs across the country

Vancouver, BC, March 15th, 2018 – CanadaCleantech is pleased to announce « CONNECT », an initiative to support the clean technology sector by creating a pan-Canadian network dedicated to supporting cleantech entrepreneurs across the country, regardless of the province in which they are located. CONNECT is leveraging regional best practices at the national level, facilitating access for entrepreneurs to the right users, advisors, partners and investors.

There are numerous programs to support Canadian innovators, yet the impact of these resources is often limited by the “regional silos” of the parent organizations. This limits entrepreneurs’ ability to access the right resources at the right time. The CONNECT initiative aims to increase collaboration and harness synergies between cleantech accelerators and industry organizations across Canada. The founding members of CONNECT are Foresight (Vancouver, BC), BC Cleantech CEO Alliance (Vancouver, BC), Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (Calgary, AB), MaRS (Toronto, ON), Ecofuel Accelerator (Montréal, QC), Écotech Québec (Montréal, QC), Creative Destruction Labs (Rockies, Atlantic), Innovacorp (Halifax, NS) and CanadaCleantech (national).

”With this new national network, we want to leverage expertise and best practices in all regions and better connect start-ups with valuable resources and with established firms seeking innovative solutions” said Michael Dennis, interim Chair of CONNECT.

“CONNECT will bring new business opportunities for entrepreneurs who will benefit from enhanced access to market, capital and talent through a series of targeted activities” said Denis Leclerc, Chair of CanadaCleantech.

Market-pull industry challenges for cleantech innovators, speed-dating events for entrepreneurs with adopters and investors, access to business intelligence analysis and mentor training are among planned activities presented during the launching event at GLOBE FORUM 2018.

For more information about CONNECT: www.canadacleantechalliance.ca/connect

About CanadaCleantech

Founded in 2016 as a non-profit organization, CanadaCleantech leverages provincial and territorial strengths to help cleantech companies scale-up globally. Aside from its four co- founders, CanadaCleantech extends to 200+ cleantech CEOs and numerous Provincial and Territorial organizations. Recognized as the national voice of the cleantech sector, CanadaCleantech’s activities focus on providing entrepreneurs greater access to Canadian and international markets, capital, resources and talent.

NEIA is a member of CanadaCleantech.

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