Frequently Asked Questions


What is Proteus?

Proteus is an innovation competition that takes several close-to-commercialization technologies and challenges the public to assist in defining a viable path to commercialization.

Who can participate?

Proteus is open to anyone in the community over the age of 18 with an interest in developing their business skills, creating new networks, and competing to win up to $5,000. With the hope of bringing people from different backgrounds together, we encourage everyone to signup, make a team, and participate in this exciting competition.

How do I sign up my team?

To sign up for the Proteus Innovation Competition, click on the register link in the top right corner and it will take you to the registration page. Registration opens after the launch event.

What are the maximum / minimum members to create a team?

A team can consist of 1 person or multiple individuals. We recommend no more than 10 members.

Can I join multiple teams?

No. Each participant may only join one team.

What if I don’t have a team?

If you don’t have a team and want to join one, sign up on the registration page indicating that you would like to join a team and we will assist with team formation.

Where can I find more details about what’s happening throughout the competition?

As details are finalized, you will be able to click on the workshop/event within the schedule tab and it will take you to the corresponding information.

Can a team work on more than one technology?

No. Each team must focus on one technology. A team will not be allowed to make multiple submissions.

Where and when do we submit our abstract and commercialization plan?

Please see the competition outline page for submission details.

Submission Requirements?

Word limits, formatting, and length for each submission are included on the competition outline page.

When is the last day to sign up?

The last possible day to sign up will be on the abstract submission due date.

Do I have to attend all the workshops and events?

The only mandatory event will be the Pitch competition for competitors who pass the abstract and business plan stages. Even though the workshops are optional, they are highly recommended as they will provide valuable insight into what is expected from participants.

On what criteria will my team’s submission be scored?

Abstract and business plan submissions will be ranked according to the average score given by a Review Committee consisting of members from the Partner Organizations. Final pitches will be scored by a panel of three judges from industry. Detailed criteria can be found in the competition outline.

In the event that my team wins, what happens with the tech?

Prize winners will also have the opportunity to be involved in the further commercialization of the technology including a possible spin off company.

What are the rules and regulations?

To view the rules and regulations, click here.

If you have any other questions, email us at proteusic@uwo.ca.