The Halifax Partnership is launching a new construction technology accelerator under a partnership with the city of Guelph, Ontario and the Vancouver Economic Commission.
The National Construction and Demolition Circular Innovation Challenge, or COIL, will seek out startups with ideas to recover more construction waste materials for reuse, or for methods of recycling those materials more efficiently.
Applicants will need to work with two other partners of their choice, which can be other businesses, charities or universities. Entrants will receive up to $15,000 each to prototype their ideas, along with training and mentorship. There will also be a $75,000 grand prize to develop a pilot project.
Founded in 1995, the Vancouver Economic Commission is a municipal economic development agency focused specifically on the clean economy. Vancouver has emerged as a major player in the world of green business, with around 140 cleantech companies based in the city, according to the Commission.
An information session is scheduled for April 6 at 1:00 p.m. AST and applications are due April 21 at 9:00 p.m. Atlantic. Participants will develop prototypes from May to August, and the winning idea will be piloted starting in late summer or early fall.
More information and an application form can be found here.