SOLUTIONS 2030 Challenge FAQ

Please see below some Frequently Asked Questions about the Solutions 2030 Challenge.

  1. WHAT IS ONTARIO’S SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE?
  2. WHY IS ONTARIO’S SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE FOCUSED ON GHG EMISSIONS FROM INDUSTRY? WHO DEFINED THE CHALLENGE STATEMENT?
  3. WHAT MOLECULES ARE INCLUDED IN THE DEFINITION OF GREENHOUSE GASES (GHG)?
  4. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE?
  5. THE ENTRY FORM ASKS FOR TEAMS. WHAT TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS COULD BE PART OF A TEAM? DO YOU NEED MORE THAN ONE ORGANIZATION TO FORM A TEAM?
  6. DO I NEED AN INDUSTRY PARTNER TO APPLY FOR THE CHALLENGE?
  7. WILL YOU ACCEPT ENTRIES FROM TEAMS WITH VERY EARLY STAGE TECHNOLOGIES?
  8. WILL YOU ACCEPT ENTRIES FROM TEAMS WITH MORE MATURE TECHNOLOGIES?
  9. WHAT TYPES OF TECHNOLOGIES ARE A GOOD FIT FOR THE CHALLENGE?
  10. CAN I ENTER THE CHALLENGE IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF CANADA?
  11. HOW DO I ENTER THE CHALLENGE?
  12. DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (POWERPOINT DOWNLOAD)?
  13. WHEN IS THE CHALLENGE OPEN UNTIL?
  14. WHERE DOES THE FUNDING FOR ONTARIO’S SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE COME FROM?
  15. THE CHALLENGE GUIDELINES INDICATE THAT YOU MUST PROVIDE MATCHING CASH TO LEVERAGE FUNDING. WHAT SOURCES OF CASH WOULD YOU CONSIDER?
  16. HOW DO I SET UP A BUSINESS IN ONTARIO?
  17. IF I AM A SELECTED APPLICANT, HOW DO I IMMIGRATE TO CANADA?
  18. IF I DO NOT APPLY FOR PHASE 1 OF ONTARIO’S SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE WILL THERE BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE AT PHASE 2?
  19. STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
  20. IS THERE A MEDIA CONTACT FOR THE SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE?

WHAT IS ONTARIO’S SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE?

Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge is a global initiative designed to accelerate the commercialization of game-changing technologies for reducing GHG emissions in Ontario by 2030. The challenge will support the development of next-generation ideas by providing funding for prototype development and technology demonstration and by connecting teams with potential future customers in Ontario.

Learn more about the Solutions 2030 Challenge

WHY IS ONTARIO’S SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE FOCUSED ON GHG EMISSIONS FROM INDUSTRY? WHO DEFINED THE CHALLENGE STATEMENT?

OCE’s TargetGHG Program, part of Ontario’s Green investment Fund, is focused on emissions reductions from industry.  The Challenge Statement was defined after extensive consultation with Ontario Industry in 2016.  For some additional insight into the strategic importance of this Challenge you can readthis blog post.

WHAT MOLECULES ARE INCLUDED IN THE DEFINITION OF GREENHOUSE GASES (GHG)?

For the purpose of the challenge greenhouse gas refers to: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride and nitrogen tri-fluoride.

All GHGs should be quantified and expressed as tonnes CO2 Equivalent (t/CO2eq).

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE?

Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge is open to any technology that addresses the needs of industry and manufacturers in Ontario and results in quantifiable GHG reductions in their value chain in Ontario. This challenge is a global call for entries and is open to teams worldwide. Teams must, however, commit to develop, demonstrate and commercialize their GHG reduction solutions in Ontario and must address Ontario’s GHG reduction targets beyond year 2030.

To learn more about team and technology eligibility, download the challenge guidelines.

THE ENTRY FORM ASKS FOR TEAMS. WHAT TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS COULD BE PART OF A TEAM? DO YOU NEED MORE THAN ONE ORGANIZATION TO FORM A TEAM?

Teams could be made up of academics, start-up companies, established companies, independent inventors or students. A team could be one individual or a collaboration between multiple individuals or organizations. Academics do not need to have an industry partner engaged to enter the Challenge.

DO I NEED AN INDUSTRY PARTNER TO APPLY FOR THE CHALLENGE?

No, you do not need to have an industry partner or customer engaged with the proposed project to enter Phase 1 of the Challenge. As part of the online entry you must identify a target sector in Ontario but you do not need to have a relationship or formal agreement with one of these organizations to proceed in the Challenge.

WILL YOU ACCEPT ENTRIES FROM TEAMS WITH VERY EARLY STAGE TECHNOLOGIES?

Yes, the Challenge is open to technologies at any stage of development as long as they are not currently widely deployed in the Ontario market by the target customers identified in the entry form. Early stage technologies and proof of concept projects are eligible for funding however teams will need to identify a target market for the technology in Ontario and the intention and capacity to commercialize the technology.

WILL YOU ACCEPT ENTRIES FROM TEAMS WITH MORE MATURE TECHNOLOGIES?

Yes, the Challenge is open to technologies at any stage of development as long as they are not currently widely deployed in the Ontario market by the target customers identified in the entry form. Preference will be given to entries that are transformative; therefore, the technology should be novel in its approach to greenhouse gas reduction, however, we will accept entries at any technology readiness level.

WHAT TYPES OF TECHNOLOGIES ARE A GOOD FIT FOR THE CHALLENGE?

Any entry that can show a rational methodology for its ability to help reduce industrial GHG emissions can apply.  Some technologies that are of particular interest to large industrial facilities include: alternate feedstocks for industrial processes or energy production, waste heat recovery and utilization, energy efficiency technologies for industrial customers, new production processes for materials or material substitutes, carbon capture and carbon utilization, renewable natural gas, waste reduction or reuse, clean hydrogen production.  However this list is not exhaustive and we encourage any team with a technology they think has substantial potential to meet the Challenge Statement to apply.  To learn more about eligibility and technology fit you can view our Program Webinar from July 2017.

CAN I ENTER THE CHALLENGE IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF CANADA?

Yes, the challenge is a global call and is open to applicants worldwide. Applicants must, however, commit to develop, demonstrate and commercialize their GHG solutions in Ontario and must address Ontario’s GHG reduction targets beyond year 2030.

HOW DO I ENTER THE CHALLENGE?

To compete in Phase 1 of the Solutions 2030 Challenge, applicants must register and submit an online entry package before September 22, 2017.

More information about applications

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE SUBMISSION TEMPLATE (POWERPOINT DOWNLOAD)?

Yes, you must provide this as part of a complete entry package.  The Solutions 2030 Challenge Submission Template (PowerPoint Download) is an important component of the application as it includes supplemental information such as photos, diagrams and tables that cannot be formatted to fir in the online form.

WHEN IS THE CHALLENGE OPEN UNTIL?

Phase 1 of the Solutions 2030 Challenge is open until September 22, 2017.

Other key dates for the challenge include:

  Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Launch

April 13, 2017

Winter 2018

Spring 2019

Entry Deadline  

September 22, 2017

Fall 2018

Spring 2020

Technology Pitches to Judging Panel

November 2017

Winter 2019

Summer 2020

Winners Announced

January 2018

Spring 2019

Fall 2020

WHERE DOES THE FUNDING FOR ONTARIO’S SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE COME FROM?

Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge is part of the TargetGHG program developed by Ontario Centres of Excellence and funded by the Ontario government’s Ontario Green Investment Fund.

Learn more about OCE’s TargetGHG program and funding

THE CHALLENGE GUIDELINES INDICATE THAT YOU MUST PROVIDE MATCHING CASH TO LEVERAGE FUNDING. WHAT SOURCES OF CASH WOULD YOU CONSIDER?

Matching cash could come from a variety of sources including: industry partner cash contributions, prize money or awards, funding from other government sources (as long as Canadian government funds and/or Canadian Provincial Government funds  do not exceed 75 per cent of the total project budget), funding from team members, funding from other investors.

Teams do not need to provide a source of matching funds to submit an online entry for Phase 1 but will be required to provide a funding plan if invited to submit a full application and pitch to the expert panel.

HOW DO I SET UP A BUSINESS IN ONTARIO?

For information on starting a business in Canada and applying for permitting, please visit the following:

IF I AM A SELECTED APPLICANT, HOW DO I IMMIGRATE TO CANADA?

For all enquiries about Canadian immigration please visit the Government of Canada’s Immigrate to Canada website

IF I DO NOT APPLY FOR PHASE 1 OF ONTARIO’S SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE WILL THERE BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE AT PHASE 2?

Entry for Phase 1 is now open until September 22nd.  A second open call at Phase 2 of the Challenge is not currently planned and will be dependent on the performance of the projects that proceed as part of Phase 1.  If you are interested in participating in the Challenge you are encouraged to submit an entry at Phase 1 to ensure that your technology will be evaluated for participation in the Challenge.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

For more information on the Solutions 2030 Challenge please contact:

Sarah Fairlie
Program Specialist, Solutions 2030 Challenge
Office: 416 861 1092 x 1083
Cell: 647 270 1098
e-mail: sarah.fairlie@oce-ontario.org

IS THERE A MEDIA CONTACT FOR THE SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE?

For all media requests please contact:

Andrew Robertson
Manager, Media Relations
416 861 1092 x 1092
e-mail: andrew.robertson@oce-ontario.org

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