Proteus Innovation Competition

Creating viable commercialization strategies for
novel technologies.

About the Competition

The Proteus Innovation Competition is an intense four-month competition that will challenge individuals to create a viable commercialization strategy for 1 of 5 promising technologies, in hopes of winning a cash prize of up to $5,000!

This three part competition allows contestants to hone their business skills, work with a variety of experienced advisors, and accelerate the commercialization process of discoveries coming out of Ontario’s institutions.

We have selected 5 technologies from 5 universities: Western University, McMaster University, the University of Windsor, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University

Proteus Innovation Competition Launch

2023/24 Competition Events

Once you have assembled your team and selected your technology, register for the competition and submit your abstract.

1. Competition Registration

Team up and do your abstract!
Deadline: January 12, 2024
Sign up for competition here.

2. Business Plan Workshop

January 17, 2024
(4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Zoom Webinar

3. Pitch Workshop

February 29, 2024
(4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Zoom Webinar

4. Pitch Finale

team winning holds 5k check

March 27, 2024
(4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
Zoom Webinar

2023/24 Technologies


Water-Tight Composite Membranes


Beyond Silence: App-based Peer Support for Healthcare Workers

wearable tech

Bacteria-Responsive Drug Release Platform for Food Packaging

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A Wearable Multisensor Patch for Breathing Pattern Recognition

aluminum alloy

Virtual Reality – Mental Health Crisis Response Training

Our Competition Partners for 2023-2024

Participating Universities

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Our Sponsors

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ProteusIC was founded in 2015 by: