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The Power Up Program

Power Up: A Launchpad for Clean Energy Changemakers

The Power Up Program is a summer internship that supports students and early-stage entrepreneurs in the Clean Energy Zone (CEZ). Student interns receive placements at CEZ startups and provide an opportunity to learn about core aspects of entrepreneurship such as ideation, minimum viable product, financing and more. Student entrepreneur participants receive guidance in developing a minimum viable product and gain valuable business and energy sector support. This paid program equips young innovators with leadership experience, business savvy, and communication skills to succeed in the clean energy industry through a structured program. The Power Up Program welcomes Toronto Metropolitan University students with clean-energy ideas or a passion for clean energy to apply.

Why Power Up?

Real-World Experience: Gain hands-on experience in the field of clean energy innovation and apply your skills to practical projects.

Industry Exposure: Connect with CEZ companies and work directly on projects that shape the future of clean energy.

Structured Programming: Access entrepreneurial training resources to help you work on your innovative project and feel prepared for your journey into entrepreneurship.

Professional Development: Enhance your communication, problem-solving, and project management skills, setting the foundation for a successful career in clean energy.

How it Works

March: Submit an Application

  • Open to all TMU students with a passion for clean energy.

April: Cohort Selection & Orientation

  • Our team will review applications and reach out for interviews.

May - August: Dynamic Learning Experience

  • Engage in structured learning experience, covering key topics such as customer discovery, business model development, pitching, and more.
  • Get paired with a CEZ company to work on a project.

Beyond August: Networking and Future Opportunities

  • Receive ongoing support from CEZ.
  • Connect with a growing community of alumni and industry mentors.
  • Full-time student enrolled at Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Able to attend in-person events in Toronto, ON
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with the relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

International students are eligible and encouraged to apply.

We offer free access to our co-working office and workspace, equipped with wi-fi, and coffee & tea in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Programming will be in-person at the Centre for Urban Innovation, 44 Gerrard St E, Toronto.

2023 Partner

City of Toronto

The Power Up Program 2023 is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Toronto Business Incubation and Commercialization (BIC) Grant Program.

2022 Sponsors

Alectra GRE&T Centre  (external link, opens in new window) 

Gold Sponsor

"The Alectra GRE&T Centre is proud to partner with Toronto Metropolitan 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:

Eleonora Achiluzzi
Project Manager, Clean Energy Zone
Toronto Metropolitan University