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Helping Small and Medium Businesses Go Low Carbon 2018

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Jun 12, 2018 12:00 EDT - Jul 11, 2018 06:00 EDT
1st review
CoLab members create proposals

Jul 11, 2018 06:00 EDT - Jul 11, 2018 06:00 EDT
Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Jul 11, 2018 06:00 EDT - Aug 3, 2018 06:00 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Aug 3, 2018 06:00 EDT - Aug 27, 2018 02:00 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Aug 27, 2018 02:00 EDT - Sep 10, 2018 12:00 EDT
Winners are awarded

Sep 10, 2018 12:00 EDT
What initiatives, products, services or tools can help Ontario’s small and medium-sized businesses thrive while reducing their emissions?

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), employing 1-499 people, are the core of the economy in the Province of Ontario, Canada, and will be critical to the low-carbon economy of the future. However, SMEs face many barriers to taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, such as the cost of inputs – particularly electricity, unpredictable revenue streams, tight margins, time pressures, and capacity gaps.


Tailored solutions and strategies are needed to better assist Ontario’s SMEs in the transition to a low-carbon economy. This contest seeks to solicit a broad range of possible solutions to help SMEs reduce their direct and indirect GHG emissions while helping them thrive (e.g., by growing, increasing profitability, improving employee retention, etc.). 

*Note: Due to recent political events, Province of Ontario’s cap & trade program was ended— the proceeds of which went to funding these kinds of emissions reduction programs. As a result, the Centre for Social Innovation will likely no longer be able to provide financial support to the winners, but putting a spotlight on these solutions and supporting them in other ways has become all the more important. The winning solutions will be promoted and celebrated widely, and receive free one-year memberships at Climate Ventures, the Centre for Social Innovation’s climate solutions incubator in Toronto.

5 Proposals
Jul 30, 2018
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Pitstop predicts vehicle emissions failures by analyzing connected car data with proprietary machine learning algorithms.
Aug 2, 2018
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Creating an intelligent building retrofit platform to optimize efficiency and decrease energy consumption for any commercial buildings.
Aug 2, 2018
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Before they were SMEs they were ambitious start-ups. We will develop the resources to help start-ups grow into a low carbon SME
Jul 10, 2018
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EcoBusiness Network’s Impact Initiative will provide carbon reduction support for small- and medium-sized businesses in Durham Region.
Jul 10, 2018
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Equip Ontario cities and their businesses to understand their emissions by sector, size and emission source to achieve reductions & savings.