2022 Entrepreneur Awards: Call for applications now open

Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs transforming Canada through unbounded innovation

Vancouver, B.C. – Mitacs is now accepting applications for the 2022 Entrepreneur Awards being held June 2 in Montréal, Québec. The awards celebrate the creativity of past and present Mitacs program participants who have turned their research into an innovative business or business idea.  

Held since 2015, the Entrepreneur Awards are an opportunity for Mitacs to celebrate entrepreneurial advancements that are having a meaningful impact on Canadian innovation. Past winners are spearheading revolutionary businesses that have developed technology that can automatically identify harmful algae in water, create biodegradable and disposable intravaginal prosthetics for women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP), or decrease the pollution caused by marine shipping, and much more.  

Depending on the award category, nominated entrepreneurs and businesses are judged on feasibility and sustainability, global impact, their work on addressing social, cultural, or humanitarian issues, or how they are making a positive impact on the environment and tackling challenges related to climate change.  

Successful winners will receive $5,000 towards their start-up, national marketing and media promotion, and an invitation to the Entrepreneur Awards ceremony to be broadcast nationwide. In addition, they will also be featured in Mitacs impact stories as well as given the opportunity for potential speaking engagements. 

Apply today for a chance to showcase your business to innovation leaders from across Canada, inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, and gain access to a network of entrepreneurs that can help build connections, fuel success, and inspire the long-term growth of your business:  


Dr. John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs 

“Mitacs is extremely proud of the remarkable accomplishments achieved by our network of talented entrepreneurs, and it is our pleasure to celebrate them once again this year at the Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards. We are thrilled that our continued investment in talent as well as research and development, is helping to boost both Canada’s economy and our country’s position on the global innovation stage.” 

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade 

“Entrepreneurs are at the center of Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Their innovative responses to the challenges of these last 2 years has been nothing short of incredible. Mitacs’s commitment to supporting young people by giving them opportunities to gain experience in innovation and entrepreneurship will play an important role in ensuring Canada’s successful economic recovery and future growth.” 

Ulrich Legrand, Co-Founder and CTO, Electro Carbon 

“It was a great honour to have Electro Carbon rewarded with the Mitacs Environmental Entrepreneur Award,” he says. “This award helped us to gain visibility in our attempt to fight climate change with innovation. We will gladly collaborate with Mitacs for our next steps of development.” 

Maxim Bergeron, CEO, Glacies Technologies 

“From the early stages of our start-up, winning this award opened many doors for us by providing extensive media coverage and helping to establish our presence within the market.  If you want to kickstart your business, apply for the Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards today! It will ignite many new opportunities.” 

Azadeh Dastmalchi, CEO, VitalTracer  

“This award also reinforced to me that it is possible to turn research into a business and Mitacs helped facilitate this journey for us. I encourage Mitacs alumni that have started a business to apply this year as there are many benefits to winning. As a result of winning this award, my business received substantial media coverage which helped raise awareness for my company and attract investors” 

For any questions, please contact entrepreneur@mitacs.ca 

About Mitacs: 

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions. 
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon.