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The Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards

Do you have a new, innovative idea for a product, invention or technology, but lack the funds to make it a reality? The Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards provide financial assistance to current engineering and architectural science students with the purpose of enabling new, innovative ideas for products, inventions and technologies that are relevant to the Canadian economy now and in the future. 

The next intake will be available Fall 2021!

Award Selection

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Stage 1: Interaction Award ($5,000)

    The Stage 1 Esch Award supports students in the initial ideation stages. Applicants should conduct research to demonstrate that the idea does not already exist in the marketplace, and address the issues identied in the selection criteria. 

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Stage 2: Development Award ($8,000)

    The Stage 2 Esch Award supports students who have completed formal market research which substantiates that there is market demand for their product or service. This award will help successful applicants develop business plans or alpha/beta prototypes. Applicants should have considered the steps required to develop their ideas into businesses, and be able to address the issues identified in the selection criteria.

 

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Stage 3: Market Readiness Award (up to $25,000)

    The Stage 3 Esch Award supports students who have completed formal business plans and/or alpha or beta prototypes. This award will help successful applicants conduct market readiness assessments, obtain legal advice, complete technology transfer agreements, etc. Applicants should be in a position to demonstrate that their idea has commercial potential and be able to address the issues identified in the selection criteria.