SCI Climate Futures

A pioneering initiative at the intersection of health, equity, and climate justice to identify sustainable and accessible cooling technologies that safeguard the well-being of individuals who are vulnerable to extreme heat.

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Program Description

In 2023, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute launched SCI Climate Futures in response to the ongoing BC heatwave crises.

The first phase of SCI Climate Futures was a rapid response program for British Columbians brought by BC Hydro. The program provided free cooling devices to individuals with disabilities, such as an SCI and multiple sclerosis that impair the body’s thermoregulatory systems, making them vulnerable to the negative and possibly fatal effects of extreme heat.

The second phase of SCI Climate Futures aims to identify and accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies that provide sustainable and accessible cooling solutions for the built environment. For this second phase, we are excited to announce the launch of “AccessCool: Innovations for a Climate-Ready Future” – a pitch competition where the most promising innovators will present to a panel of industry experts, clinicians, and end-users. The pitch competition would have two streams:

  • Innovative Portable Technologies: Innovative cooling technologies that are portable and can provide rapid cooling anywhere.
  • Innovative Novel Technologies for the Built Environment: Infrastructure Solutions or non-portable products for the built environment.

Download the program one-pager

Key Dates

Application open: October 12, 2023
Deadline to apply: December 12, 2023
Applicant Interviews: December 2023 – January 2024 
Announcement of Demo Day Finalists:  January 19, 2024
Date of Demo Day Event (Hybrid): February 23, 2024 (The winners will be announced during the event)

What We Are Looking for?

Companies with products and/or technologies focused on sustainable cooling solutions. Companies interested in exploring new market segments that target people with SCI and other disabilities. Entrepreneurs committed to making a positive impact through innovation. Join us in our mission to address the cooling needs of individuals with SCI and other disabilities to create a more inclusive and sustainable future.

Want to apply and looking to get more information? Please reach out to us and we will be happy to connect.

Application Process

All applications will need to be submitted via the Simple Survey link. Should you have any questions regarding our application, please email

Application review and selection process:

Your application will be reviewed by an expert panel, which includes: individuals with lived SCI experience, the Praxis research team, seasoned health-tech and climate-tech commercialization experts, and building engineers.

If your application is selected as part of our shortlist—we will schedule a one-hour interview with our panel of experts.  

Following the interview, you will be informed by January 19, 2024, whether you have been selected as one of the finalists to present at the Demo Day event. 

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