Climate Change Fund

The Waterloo Climate Institute partnered with Waterloo’s Concept to offer the Climate Change Fund to award student teams funding for business ideas aimed at solving climate change problems. 

Students can apply for the fund and pitch their project idea to a panel of judges, who select the winners. Winners are provided a financial prize as well as access to a network of business coaches and expert mentors that support the growth of their idea.

Please check back for details on when the next Climate Change Fund will be announced. 

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This fund is designed to help students go beyond their initial ideas and work towards creating sustainable startups with a global impact.

John Dick, interim director of Concept


  • You’re currently a University of Waterloo undergraduate, graduate or postdoc student
  • You have an idea or concept that is directly addressing an issue related to climate change
  • You and your idea/team haven’t received $50K or more in funding (e.g. from grants, Velocity Fund Pitch Competition)

Past winners

To date, the Climate Change Fund has awarded prizes to three student teams: UbiAir, a real-time, crowdsourced, IoT-based air quality monitoring ecosystem using IoT sensors for air pollution surveillance; Innowind, an Airborne Wind Power System to provide electricity to rural homeowners and remote communities around Canada; and, Neutrify a program to empower consumers in making sustainable and low carbon food purchasing decisions.

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