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Steve Naraine Early Innovation Prize

For students, one of the best indicators of future success is access to mentorship and support. However, an often cited barrier to pursuing self-driven projects is access to funding.

The Steve Naraine Early Innovation Prize aims to bridge that gap by providing a prize of $2,000 for one student to assist with expenses related to developing their startup idea within the SDZ. Applicants should demonstrate a passion to pursue their project and a willingness to share and collaborate with others in the SDZ.

Selection and Administration:

Select applicants will be shortlisted to a group of finalists based on their written business plans (to be submitted in their application form) and will be invited to make a 5-8 minute pitch presentation in front of a judging panel. The judges will collectively determine a prize winner based on criteria to be shared with shortlisted finalists.

  • Application dates: February 5th-March 31st
  • Shortlist announced: April 2nd
  • Pitch competition: April 8th
  • Current Faculty of Science student
  • Clear academic standing
  • Member of the SDZ in Spring/Summer 2020

Want to Apply?

Click the button below to access the application form and for further details.

Additional Information:

The Prize recipient will be required to provide a progress report to the Director of the Science Discovery Zone within 4 months of receiving the funds. In addition to the funding, the Prize recipient may have access to a technical and/or business mentor coordinated through the SDZ. Recipients may receive this Prize only once.