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BDC creates $135 million venture fund for clean technology startups

18 companies, including CarbonCure, Bit Stew and Ranovus receive funding in first round of investments


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President and founder of Halifax-based CarbonCure Technologies Inc., Robert Niven, explains the technology used to make their concrete blocks to Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter PHOTO: CNW Group/InNovaCorp

CarbonCure was among the 18 companies to receive funding. President and founder of Halifax-based, Robert Niven, seen here with former Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter. PHOTO: CNW Group/InNovaCorp

TORONTO—The Business Development Bank of Canada is launching a $135 million fund that will invest in entrepreneurial startup companies in the energy and clean technology sector.

BDC Capital—the federal Crown corporation’s investment arm—anticipates investing the money over several years into between 15 and 20 Canadian firms that demonstrate global potential.

The new Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology fund, or ICE Venture Fund II,is a follow-on to the original ICE Venture Fund, which invested in 18 firms.

“Our goal is to intensify our support for innovative Canadian entrepreneurs who are leading the way in the transition to a low-carbon economy,” says Jerome Nycz, BDC Capital’s executive vice-president.

Among the companies that have received investments from ICE Venture Fund I are: D-Wave Systems, which is involved in quantum computing, and CarbonCure, which retrofits concrete plants with technology that recycles waste carbon dioxide. Bit Stew, Ranovus and GaN Systems were also among the 18 firms to earn investment.


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