Earth Tech 2020: Announcing the new, impact-driven cohort of 16 cleantech ventures

Recent bush fires, floods, and heatwaves around the globe have underlined the importance of fighting climate change. The question is not if, but how. And while individual and collective actions will be essential to curbing our carbon emissions, they’re only part of the puzzle. To build a vibrant low-carbon economy, we’ll need new and better tech that supports the needs of a growing population while preserving the environment.

This need for improved green technology is why we at Bullfrog Power are sponsoring Earth Tech, an accelerator by the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)’s Climate Ventures, with education and coaching provided by the Social Innovation Institute. This tech accelerator is for nonprofits and startups with the potential to make positive, significant impacts on communities and ecosystems across Canada. We’re thrilled to announce the 2020 Earth Tech cohort, which is divided into freshwater and climate streams.

These participants will work closely with Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and advisors from Bullfrog Power and fellow partners RBC Foundation, Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB), and WWF-Canada to accelerate their climate change and freshwater solutions. They’ll also have access to workspace, workshops, networking and investment opportunities, and marketing tools to help amplify their message.

“Technology is a tool that, when deployed carefully, respectfully and with purpose, can help address many of the environmental challenges that we face,” said CSI’s Director of Programs Barnabe Geis. “Technology can improve on existing solutions or be a part of new innovations to help give rise to the Next Economy, one that is regenerative, equitable and prosperous for all.” 

“Technology is a tool that, when deployed carefully, respectfully and with purpose, can help address many of the environmental challenges that we face.”

Barnabe Geis, Director of Programs at CSI

Sponsoring community-based environmental initiatives has always been a crucial part of Bullfrog’s identity. With Earth Tech, we’re excited to support cutting-edge, scalable initiatives with the potential to help all Canadians by fighting climate change and protecting our freshwater sources. These ventures range from sustainable showers to tree-planting drones and geothermal heating and cooling systems, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish.

You can learn more about Earth Tech and the ventures here.

Keep an eye on Bullfrog’s blog for the latest news about these cleantech innovators, and click here to read our profile of Kevin Jakiela, co-founder of Just Vertical. We chatted about how Kevin’s time in the Canadian Arctic inspired him to make furniture that feeds you, and how he’s growing everything from edible orchids to lemongrass that tastes like Froot Loops.