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 the University of Guelph.

2022/23 Technologies


Diagnostic Marker for Diabetic Retinopathy


Method for Vitamin D Screening

wearable tech

Stretchable and Wearable Composite Electrodes

dna icon

DNA aptamer biosensors for lactate detection

aluminum alloy

High Strength, High Conductivity Aluminum Alloy

2022/23 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
(4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
Zoom Webinar

2022/2023 Competition Partners


2022/2023 Competition Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

gowling logo
gowling logo

Bronze Sponsors

Explore IP
life science ontario

ProteusIC was founded in 2015 by: