Specialized technical support for cleantech SMEs in Southern Ontario

What is the Advance-On Program?

Sustainable Chemistry & Advanced Materials

GreenCentre Canada’s Advance-ON Program provides unique, high-value services to start-ups and SMEs in the sustainable chemistry and advanced materials sectors, driving their early-stage innovations to market faster so their businesses can raise the investment they need to scale and grow. The successful applicants to this competitive program will receive a project with access to GreenCentre’s full suite of services at no cost.

Commercializing cleantech innovations remains challenging owing to limited access to the specialized resources required for technology development and validation. The pandemic has intensified this challenge, impacting SMEs by limiting the support and resources they so desperately need. Advance-ON provides critical technical services to drive the recovery and growth of cleantech SMEs in southern Ontario, accelerating their time to market, unlocking investment, and creating jobs.


Advance-ON is available to cleantech SMEs and start-ups, located in southern Ontario, actively developing sustainable chemistry and materials-related products or processes. 

New start-ups incorporated on or after January 1, 2020 are also encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Program finalists will be chosen based on application strength, project impact on the applicant’s company, projected environmental impact and job growth potential. Selected finalists will be invited to present their technology and business case by video conference to a panel of experts. 

This program is now closed. Thank you to all of our applicants! 

Required information includes: 

  • Company description
  • Technology description, including strength and potential technology disruptiveness
  • GreenCentre services requested
  • Overview of current management team
  • Current financial status of Company, including total investment raised to date
  • Intellectual property position
  • Projected environmental benefits of core technology
  • Summary investor presentation (including business plan overview) must be included with application

Advance-ON Client Experience

GreenCentre Canada accepted 34 cleantech start-up companies into our Advance-ON program funded by FedDev Ontario. Congratulations to all!


GreenCentre deploys its resources, expertise, and network of relationships to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of early stage chemistry and materials technologies.  The organization employs a team of highly trained chemists, chemical engineers, and technologists working in specialized laboratory facilities in Kingston (main site) and Mississauga, Ontario.  Program activities leverage GreenCentre’s capabilities to serve clients at various technology development stages. For more information on GreenCentre capabilities, click here


Specialized technical assistance for cleantech start-ups seeking to validate and develop their product or process.  Services include, but are not limited to:

Property Policy

All intellectual property developed in the program will be owned by the Applicant.  GreenCentre will make no claim on any intellectual property developed during program activities.  GreenCentre staff will assist in the transfer of any information required for the filing of Applicant patents in a timely manner.

Who Can Apply?

Southern Ontario Cleantech SMEs and start-ups developing sustainable chemistry and advanced materials technologies.

Get in Touch

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:
Tim Clark, Business Operations Manager