This is a national competition, all teams with innovative projects anywhere in Canada are welcome to apply. This competition requires a minimum of three student team members and is open to multidisciplinary teams; please note that at least one team member must be a current student registered at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
The application package will include a project proposal focusing on:
- Project description
- Competitive advantage
- Market size
- Impact (social and economic)
- Preliminary go-to-market plan
- Preliminary financial projections
Guidelines with word limits for each section will be provided. Selected teams will deliver a 10-minute pitch in addition to another 10-minutes Q&A on their innovations, and will need to submit the presentations three days prior to the pitch competition day. Any presentation platform is acceptable.
The winning team will be selected based on the following:
- Submitted proposal (to compete as one of the 20 teams)
- Pitch competition (10-minute presentations, five-minute Q&A)
The competition will launch online across the country and proposals will be collected. A committee will be formed according to the disciplines of the submitted proposals to review the applications. A scoring sheet will be created and shared with the committee. The top 20 teams with the highest score will move to phase II – a mentoring session and pitch competition. The pre-competition mentoring sessions are designed to support the proposal and help prepare the students for the pitch competition. Below is a summary of the steps taking place in the process:
- National call for proposals
- Workshop 1: Training on proposal requirements
- Proposal review
- Select and notify 20 national teams
- Workshop 2: Pitch delivery training
- Team mentoring sessions
- Pitch competition
- Virtual reception and winners announced
Application form: TELUS Innovation Challenge
Please submit ONE application per team. The main applicant will be the primary contact for your team.
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