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About Esch

Since 2013, the Norman Esch Awards have promoted a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within Ryerson University’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS). In support of the Awards, the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) continues to expand and fortify its ecosystem of academic, and incubation programs to nurture students from the initial idea phase through to commercialization.

The awards provide FEAS students with the learning opportunity and resources to make an impact, and potentially commercialize their projects through their own start-up. Through a series of stages, the awards enable students to develop new and innovative ideas for products, inventions and technologies that are relevant to the Canadian economy.

The Esch Awards would not be possible if it was not for the generous donation made by the Norman Esch Foundation and the 37 volunteer experts who review each and every student application.  Each student application is reviewed by three independent reviewers to which they provide feedback and a funding decision to.

To ensure the Norman Esch Awards provide innovative and invaluable financial and mentorship support for students, the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) has developed an ecosystem of academic, incubation and acceleration programs to nurture students from the initial idea phase through to commercialization. Through this experience, the Norman Esch Awards change the lives of many of our students and enhance the greater community at Ryerson University. 

Since 2013, Esch winners have raised $15.6 million, reported more than $2.14 million in revenue, and employed 67 paid individuals in 2019. 

For more information about the Esch Awards – please check out our Esch Governance document, external link

For a full list of our 37 volunteer reviewers, please click here.