CSI Network News: We’re recruiting for Earth Tech 2022 🌎



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The world is waking up to the urgency of the climate crisis and it’s about time. We need all hands on deck to implement existing solutions as well as spur and support the innovations that don’t yet exist.

That’s why, two years ago, we launched Earth Tech: our six-month accelerator for early-stage cleantech startups or nonprofits working on climate and water solutions anywhere in Canada. 

We’re recruiting now for our 2022 cohort – learn more and apply, or spread the word!

The Climate Ventures team, as part of CSI and Foresight Canada, supports Earth Tech ventures with one-to-one coaching with our experienced network of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and advisors, customized workshops, connections, access to investors and more. 

While participating in Earth Tech, 33 early-stage ventures have achieved a combined: $7.8 million earned and raised, 142 jobs supported, 68 pilots run, and 176 partnerships established.

Heading into our third year, we’re proud that our cohorts have consistently noted the high quality of Earth Tech’s coaching, training, and our focus on achieving and measuring environmental impact. 

Testimonial from ALT TEX, a 2021 Earth Tech-accelerated venture: “As an impact startup, at the end of the day, your mission is to make the world a better place. Through its incredible community and mentors, Earth Tech brings that mission into sharp focus and makes you continuously renew that dedication towards impact.”

We’re searching for 20 promising ventures working on climate or water tech for our 2022 cohort. Learn more and apply, or spread the word! 

We’re also hosting an info session on October 26 for interested applicants where you’ll hear from CSI and Foresight Canada staff about all Accelerate from Anywhere programs. RSVP here!

Stories from
the Network

Flash Forest Is in a Race to Scale up Its Business and Save the Planet
Canadian Business wrote a feature on Earth Tech-accelerated venture Flash Forest, and the urgent need to support early-stage cleantech ventures as they scale and grow their business.

Bruized announced as one of Earth’s Own 2021 Plant Projects
As part of Plant Project’s Class of 2021, Bruized Founder (and former CSI DECA) Monique Chan will receive a grant of up to $25,000, volunteer support, product donations, mentorship, training, and networking opportunities within the Earth’s Own plant-based community. 

CSI Connects

Accelerate from Anywhere: Info Session

Accelerate from Anywhere Info Session
Tuesday, October 26, 1:00 PM ET
Accelerate from Anywhere’s first-of-its-kind “acceleration ramp” builds the capacity of cleantech ventures across Canada. Join us to learn more about AfA programs, ask questions, and meet the AfA team!

Lunch and Learn: Rethink Giving
Tuesday, October 12, 12:30 – 1:30 PM ET
Learn about a unique platform that empowers individual donors to support the causes they care about, and non-profits and charities to reach new audiences. Join this Lunch and Learn with CSI Member Infaque! CSI Members get in free, and we ask non-members to pay what they can.

Henry G20: A Conversation with Director Christine Brubaker

Henry G20: A Conversation with Director Christine Brubaker
Thursday, October 14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
CSI Spadina’s laneway is one of the AR sites of Henry G20, a story about protest, civil liberties, and conflict on the streets of Toronto. Join us as we speak with Director Christine Brubaker about the play, its inspiration, and the experience of working to create and debut a theatre show in this time of COVID.

[Members Only] Pop-up Laneway & Ground Floor Community Coworking
Wednesdays, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Every Wednesday, we turn our CSI Spadina Laneway into a pop-up coworking space. It’s a chance to connect with other members and explore, redesign, and brainstorm how we can rebuild our community rituals and spaces together. 


Want to get your events on our events calendar? Find out what membership could look like for you!

Top Ten Compliance Issues For Canadian Registered Charities: The 2021 Edition

Top Ten Compliance Issues For Canadian Registered Charities: The 2021 Edition
Wednesday, October 13, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Tired of parsing legal-ese when trying to figure out what your charity needs to do to comply with the CRA? Join this webinar hosted by CSI Member Sustainability Network to learn about compliance issues and get resources.

Borderline Personality Disorder and Stigma: Life Beyond the Label

BDP and Stigma: Life Beyond the Label
Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 PM ET
If you or a loved one are living with borderline personality disorder, this webinar from CSI Member Ashley Boca Mindfulness Foundation will cover strategies for addressing and responding to stigma when it arises.

Policy Matters: Food Security and Sovereignty

Policy Matters: Food Security and Sovereignty
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET
Hear from sector experts and advocates on the contemporary landscape of food security and sovereignty within and outside of Canada in this event from CSI Member Ontario Council for International Cooperation.


Job Board

Want to post your opportunities to our job board? Find out what membership could look like for you!

Environmental Technician | Watersheds Canada
Deadline: October 22
Help this Earth Tech-accelerated venture develop and implement a climate change mitigation and sustainable shoreline planning project!

Communications Coordinator | Sustainability Network
Deadline: October 22, EOD
Help build the capacity of the environmental nonprofit community across Canada, by organizing and promoting a series of workshops, and more.

Marketing Manager | TechSoup Canada, a project of CSI
Deadline extended: October 31
We’re still looking for an experienced marketer to help drive new member acquisition, member retention and conversion!

National Channel Manager | EAIGLE
Deadline: Rolling
EAIGLE was part of our inaugural Earth Tech cohort, and now they are one of the fastest-growing AI companies in Canada. They’re looking for someone to build and execute a plan to grow channel sales across Canada and the US.

Social Media Coordinator (Volunteer) | Springbay Studio
Deadline: Rolling
As this Earth Tech-accelerated venture grows, they are looking for volunteers to support their marketing efforts via social media.


Go For It

TEDxToronto Speaker Nominations are now open! Deadline: October 11

Are you a Black food entrepreneur with an idea for developing a food product or scaling your existing product to the next level? Apply to WOSEN program alumni Foodpreneur Lab for access to industry experts and guidance. Deadline: October 22

As Seen At CSI

Inwit poster on telephone pole in the Annex neighbourhood

Have you seen Inwit‘s zero waste food app posters around town? Co-founders Adrianna Couto and Erika Reyes met at CSI, and now they are running an internationally-recognized social enterprise.

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