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The Power Up Program

The Power Up Program was designed to help students and early-stage entrepreneurs in the Clean Energy Zone develop a deeper understanding of global challenges and real-life issues facing the industry. Through wrap around business and energy sector support and knowledge, this program provides young entrepreneurs with the leadership experience, business savvy and business communication skills they need to build their innovative businesses, or transition between university and the job market.

Program open for Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) students only. Funding of up to $6,000 is available.

The Power Up Program at a Glance

Skills Development

• Workshops and 1:1 coaching led by industry and faculty experts

• Mentorship

• Pitch training


• Networking opportunities

• Market intelligence

• State-of-the-art research labs

• Dedicated workspace

Power Up Program Timeline 2022

February: Public Launch

Applications open to students.

April: Inagural Cohort Selected

High potential students are invited to join the Power Up Program

May: Programming Start

Phase 1: Ideation

Students solidify their idea with guidance from the faculty and experts in the field.

Phase 2: Prototype and Business Plan

Students establish a business plan for their venture and/or create a prototype of their idea with access to labs and workspaces in the CEZ.

Phase 3: Pitch/Presentation

Students learn how to present their startup idea to potential investors.

August: Public Pitch Event

Students present their ideas to sponsor, key industry leaders and investors. 



Programming will both be in-person and virtual. In-person programming is dependent on local public health and Toronto Metropolitan University guidelines. In-person programming will happen at the Centre for Urban Innovation, 44 Gerrard St E, Toronto. 


Gold Sponsor

"The Alectra GRE&T Centre is proud to partner with Ryerson University's [TMU] Clean Energy Zone to support and promote energy leaders of the future. We look forward to actively contributing to innovation in clean energy technologies that will help support Canada's transition to a low-carbon economy." 

Neetika Sathe,
Vice President, Green Energy and Technology (GRE&T) Centre


Toronto Metropolitan University is committed to providing an accessible learning environment. Please contact us if we need to make any accessibility accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this program.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact:

Dr. Bala Venkatesh
Director, Clean Energy Zone
Toronto Metropolitan University