For UBC entrepreneurs developing solutions to the climate emergency.

The Climate Venture Studio is for UBC researchers, scientists and founders working on scientific or technological innovations, or disruptions that tackle a widespread climate issue. 

entrepreneurship@UBC has a proven track record of developing climate based ventures into game changing solutions. We work with innovators, faculties and leaders across the university and provincial landscape to propel innovative solutions into the world that have economic, social and environmental impact. 

The Studio supports the development of climate solutions in areas including coasts & oceans; energy; mining & minerals; industrial processes; food, agriculture & land use; resilient communities; fresh water; health & education; biodiversity & habitat; bridges & infrastructure; engineered carbon sinks; transportation; and other interdisciplinary initiatives.

Studio Overview

The studio works with ventures to identify climate market opportunities, nurture high-potential climate solutions emerging from UBC research and help entrepreneurs build impactful ventures. 

Ventures in our community can join The Climate Venture Studio to leverage entrepreneurship@UBC’s expertise in developing climate-focused ventures. This studio is designed to layer on additional Entrepreneurs in Residence, industry leaders and experts in our community to help drive climate ideas to impact. 

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This studio is led by Dr. Shannon Bard, an Entrepreneur in Residence and accomplished innovator and environmental advocate who spearheads acutely focused climate solutions programming.


How to engage

Entrepreneurs, ventures, mentors and champions, who are part of our community are eligible to join the Climate Venture Studio; a separate application is not required.

To learn more about the ventures part of entrepreneurship@UBC and the Climate Venture Studio, visit our portfolio.


Interested in learning more?

Get in touch with Entrepreneur in Residence and Climate Venture Studio Lead, Dr. Shannon Bard.



Featured Ventures


Arca Climate

This venture took home a USD $1 million XPRIZE Award for Carbon Removal, a Foresight50 award, and an SDTC Seed Fund grant.

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This venture has won the Earthshot Prize, and Dr. Kevin Kung, the CTO of Takachar was awarded the Environmental Entrepreneur award at the Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards.

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One of the 21 Cleantech companies in Canada chosen to receive Seed Funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

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Chosen as a Top Four finalist for the #2022TIAs Company of the Year – Startup Award.

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Advanced directly to Round 3 for the 23rd annual New Ventures BC contest (NVBC), presented by Innovate BC.

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Awarded $3 million in expansionary funding from the Government of Canada, part of a substantial investment in clean technology companies.

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Part of the 25 recipients to receive a Sustainable Development Technology Canada Seed Funding of $2.5 million.

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Viridis Research

Placed second at the 2022 SheBoot Pitch Competition in Ottawa, receiving $100,000 in investment and won the Fall 2021 Impact Investor Challenge by Spring Activator.

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Community Collaborators

Advisory Council

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Adria Fradley

Executive Director, Clean Growth Branch, Climate Action Secretariat, Government of British Columbia

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We are located across UBC Point Grey and Robson Square Campus. Learn more about our locations

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey and Robson Square campuses are situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

About us

entrepreneurship@UBC propels UBC innovations out into the world through venture creation, providing UBC students, faculty members and staff with the resources, networks, and funding they need to succeed.

We are a part of Innovation UBC in the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) portfolio

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