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 6 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 6 technologies from 6 universities: Western University, McMaster University, the University of Windsor, the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph, and Wilfrid Laurier University. Descriptions of the 2021/22 technologies will be posted in the Fall.

Proteus Innovation Competition Virtual Launch

The launch event will introduce you to the competition, key dates and deadlines and have a presentation about each technology. You will then have the option to move into breakout rooms where you can talk to each innovator about their technology so you can choose the best one for you and your team.

Time: 4: 00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Date: November 10, 2021

Location: Virtual Platform

2021/22 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 10, 2022
Sign up for competition here.

2. Business Plan Workshop

January 20, 2022
(4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Zoom Webinar

3. Pitch Workshop

March 3, 2022
(4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Zoom Webinar

4. Pitch Finale

team winning holds 5k check

March 31, 2022
(4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
Zoom Webinar

2021/2022 Competition Partners


ProteusIC was founded in 2015 by: