One woman entrepreneur will take home the $1-million grand prize.

About this event

In 2018, MaRS and Natural Resources Canada announced the Women in Cleantech Challenge, a three-year national competition that provided six entrepreneurs with unprecedented levels of support, and connected them to some of the top government laboratories, investors, and corporations in the world.

Join us on November 30 when we announce the winner of the Challenge who will be awarded the $1-million grand prize.

Hosted by Global News anchor Farah Nasser, the Women in Cleantech Challenge Finale will feature short documentaries on each of the finalists, followed by a panel discussion. The event will conclude with the winning entrepreneur receiving a $1-million grand prize.


Nov. 30, 2021

12:00–1:00 p.m.

Live broadcast

This event will also stream as part of MaRS Climate Impact.

Moderated by Farah Nasser, Global News


  • Corporate partners working in cleantech
  • Investors
  • Policymakers
  • Women innovators interested in commercializing their technologies
  • Startups
  • General public


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Evelyn Allen, co-founder and CEO, Evercloak

Based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Evercloak produces ultra-thin nanofilms that dramatically reduce the energy required for commercial and residential air conditioning.

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Julie Angus, co-founder and CEO, Open Ocean Robotics

Victoria’s Open Ocean Robotics builds solar-powered autonomous boats that collect real-time ocean data on emissions, oil spills, noise pollution and other risks.

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Nivatha Balendra, founder and CEO, Dispersa

Headquartered in Montreal, Dispersa creates biosurfactant-based products that are 100-percent naturally sourced, biodegradable and eco-friendly.

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Amanda Hall, CEO, Summit Nanotech

Calgary-based Summit Nanotech is developing a green lithium-ion extraction process to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels.

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Alexandra Tavasoli, CEO and CTO, Solistra

Solistra, operating out of downtown Toronto, produces solar-driven chemical reactors that recycle CO2 into commodity chemicals traditionally sourced from fossil fuels.

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Luna Yu, CEO, Genecis

Toronto-based Genecis converts food waste into biodegradable plastics and other high-value materials.