Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards
Deadline

April 17, 2017, 23:59 PT

Awards event

June 8, 2017, Toronto, ON

Are you starting a business?

We’re on the hunt for Mitacs program alumni who are developing careers as entrepreneurs.

A total of $25,000 (five prizes of $5,000 each) will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate sound business planning, entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to continued excellence in research and innovation. 

Entrepreneurs with businesses in any sector will be considered, including breakthrough technology, community or educational improvements, environmental solutions, and more. 

Award categories
Outstanding entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant with an outstanding business or business idea that is feasible and sustainable

Next 150 entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant whose start-up will positively impact the lives of Canadians for the next 150 years

Global impact entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant whose start-up demonstrates the potential to scale their business to international markets or have a global impact

Social entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant whose start-up works to address or solve social, cultural, or environmental issues

Change agent entrepreneur

Awarded to an applicant whose innovation demonstrates the potential to significantly affect an industry, process, mindset, or to create a culture-shift within an industry  

Who is eligible

To apply, you must have participated in one or more of the following Mitacs programs as an undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, or postdoctoral researcher:

You must also own and operate a Canadian-based company in any business sector or have contributed significantly to a company’s recent performance (e.g., as a member of the leadership team). For businesses that have not yet launched, you may submit a proposal for a company that is in development and that will be based in Canada.

Recipients will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Toronto on June 8, 2017, and invited to participate in marketing and media relations activities. Recipients outside of the Greater Toronto Area will be provided travel and accommodation to attend the event.  

How to apply

To be considered for a Mitacs Entrepreneur Award, your application must include all of the following:

  • A personal profile that details your entrepreneurial journey, your commitment to continued excellence in research and development, and how your participation in a Mitacs program played a role in your success (max. 750 words)
     
  • An applicant statement that explains why you should win a Mitacs entrepreneur award for the category(ies) to which you are applying (max. 500 words per category)
     
  • A business overview or proposal summarizing your product or service, market analysis, and projected milestones (max. 2000 words)

Please use the “Personal Profile and Business Overview” template provided. The same template can be repurposed for a business proposal. The deadline for all applications to be completed and submitted to the online form is Monday, April 17, 2017, 23:59 PT. Need help? Questions can be sent to entrepreneur[at]mitacs.ca. 

How you’ll be evaluated

Your application will be judged based on the extent to which it demonstrates:

  • Your commitment to continued excellence in research, development, and business innovation
     
  • The values and ideals of the award category(ies) to which you are applying
     
  • Soundness of business planning

Applications will be judged by an esteemed panel of experts from business and academia (individuals to be announced at a later date). Recipients will be notified approximately one month before the awards ceremony.

 

Start your application now

 

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lindsay Ringuette at lringuette[at]mitacs.ca or 647-478-5675.

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