The 2023 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards will be broadcast live from Federation Hall in Waterloo, ON. Join us virtually on May 18 at 6 p.m. ET as we honour five emerging entrepreneurs who are using their groundbreaking research to fuel innovation and create meaningful change in Canada.
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To learn more about the expert judges who adjudicated the awards, read our news release.
Mitacs is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible event for all attendees. English and French captions will be available throughout the event.
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Awarded to an applicant with an outstanding start-up or business idea that is feasible and sustainable.
Awarded to an applicant whose start-up has a positive impact on the environment or addresses a challenge related to climate change.
Awarded to an applicant whose start-up works to address or solve social, cultural, or humanitarian issues.
Awarded to an applicant whose start-up demonstrates the potential to scale to international markets or have a global impact.
Awarded to an applicant whose start-up demonstrates the potential to significantly improve an industry, process, or mindset.
Participants in one or more of the following Mitacs programs as a college, undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral student, or postdoctoral researcher:
The company must have commercialized its product or service, or be in the pre-commercialization stage, and must also meet the following criteria:
The applicant must be a founder or member of the senior leadership team (e.g., Chief Technology Officer, etc.) of the company for which they are applying.
Applications are judged based on the extent to which they demonstrate:
A panel of expert judges reviews the applications to determine the winners. Successful applicants will be notified by April 10, 2023.
When is the deadline to apply?
Sunday, March 5, 2023, at 12 a.m. ET
How are the winners determined?
A panel of expert judges reviews the applications to determine the winners.
When will I find out if I won?
Successful applicants will be notified by April 10, 2023.
When are the winners announced?
Winners are announced at a Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards ceremony on May 18, 2023.
Why is Mitacs doing this?
Supporting Mitacs program participants in their entrepreneurial journey is important to us. By helping them succeed, we strengthen Canada’s economy and improve the lives of Canadians.
What if I need help?
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I applied in a previous year. Can I apply again?
Yes, previous applicants are eligible and highly encouraged to apply again. Only previous winners are ineligible to apply using the same business for which they won. Previous winners can apply again with a new business.
Can I apply for more than one category?
Yes, you can apply for up to two categories.
I don’t have a connection to Mitacs, can I still apply?
No, you need to have participated in one or more of the following Mitacs programs: Accelerate, Elevate, Globalink, Mitacs Entrepreneur International, Business Strategy Internship, or completed at least two Training (formerly Step) courses.
My start-up is not related to my Mitacs research, am I still eligible to apply?
If your Mitacs experience helped or inspired you to become an entrepreneur, you can still apply.
I missed the deadline. Can I still submit?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept late submissions. As soon as the deadline passes, we immediately organize applications and send them to the judges. This is an annual event, and we encourage any applicants who miss the deadline to save their submission for the following year. There are no restrictions around the date of participation/completion of the Mitacs project to be eligible.