By Renée Francoeur
July 20, 2016 – Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is changing the way it does business. Effective immediately, SDTC says it’s discontinuing regularly scheduled calls for applications in favour of a continuous intake model—applicants will now be able to submit their initial request for funding at any time via www.sdtc.ca.
Additionally, SDTC says it has revamped the funding application process, introducing a “shorter, more interactive process” for prospective fundees which includes a presentation via video conference that provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to pitch their cleantech development and demonstration projects.
“Since SDTC was created 15 years ago, the fast moving cleantech ecosystem has changed drastically. We feel that this is a great time for our organization to focus on what is best for entrepreneurs—these changes are being made with them in mind,” said Leah Lawrence, SDTC president and CEO.
The changes to the funding model will allow applicants to find out sooner if they will be invited to proceed to the next phase, which includes an in-depth proposal by the applicant and site visits from SDTC experts. The organization also said a final funding decision by the SDTC board of directors will also increase from two to three times annually.
SDTC is a foundation created by the Government of Canada to support “innovative and entrepreneurial” clean technology projects.