Seven Canadian climate entrepreneurs will be going into 2016 with a significant financial lift from a new grant program being offered by Shell Canada in collaboration with Canadian Geographic.
CALGARY, Dec. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The Quest Climate Grant awarded seven young entrepreneurs leading six initiatives with $50,000 per project to recognize their efforts to lead climate change-oriented businesses. The recipients, ages 18-35, were identified based on their unique business and/or product concept and their commitment to working on promising climate change innovations – be it energy efficiency and savings, behavioural or social change, or clean energy initiatives.
Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada President and Country Chair said: "The kinds of innovations needed to address climate change come in many different forms. These exceptional young entrepreneurs show us how there are many ways to tackle what can seem like a daunting, global challenge. Together, as Canadians, our collective actions can make a difference. The Quest Climate Grant has been launched to recognize these efforts."
There will be further opportunity for youth-led climate change-oriented startups to receive financial support in 2016. Shell Canada, Canadian Geographic and MaRS Discovery District selected the 2015 recipients to represent the types of inspiring projects eligible to receive funding through The Quest Climate Grant when the program is officially rolled out in 2016.
Helping young entrepreneurs bring climate change innovations to life builds on Shell's efforts to advance low-carbon technologies. The grant program follows the recent launch of Shell's Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Alberta last month, which will capture and store more than one million tonnes of CO2 from Shell's oil sands operations – equivalent to the emissions of about 250,000 cars.
"Working with Shell Canada to offer The Quest Climate Grant is truly a natural fit for us," said John Geiger, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Geographic. "Our content is focused on uncovering and celebrating inspiring people and places in Canada, and these young entrepreneurs are just that — inspiring. We look forward to expanding The Quest Climate Grant in 2016 and being witness to the continued innovation of young Canadians committed to developing sustainable solutions"
"On the heels of the historic agreement at COP21 in Paris, we see enormous opportunities for Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators tackling climate change," said Jane Kearns, Senior Advisor, MaRS Cleantech. "The six winning ideas demonstrate that Canada is well positioned to take a leading role in climate innovation."
The Quest: Climate Grant recipients for 2015:
The Quest Climate Grant is expanding in 2016 and will offer more funding opportunities to budding climate entrepreneurs with a passion for sustainable solutions.
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For further information: For more information about The Quest Climate Grant: www.shell.ca/thequest; For media inquiries: Shell Canada: [email protected]; Canadian Geographic: Deb Chapman, [email protected]