Innovation Challenge

Innovation Challenge

 

 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021  - Information Session. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - Close of Expressions of Interest

August, 2021 - All applicants notified, with selected (short-listed) applicants asked to do a presentation.

Calling all tech start-ups, researchers, entrepreneurs, and students! We are looking for your innovative solutions to solve Saskatchewan challenges.

The Innovation Challenge is a program that harnesses the ideas and expertise of start-up technology companies to rapidly solve public sector challenges and create enhanced citizen experiences.

Saskatchewan is building partnerships with technology companies based on their skills and ideas, not their size or experience selling to government. 

How does it work?

We want the province’s best and brightest to propose their innovative solutions to the following challenge:

Innovation Challenge

“How can technology be used by the construction industry to identify hazards and reduce injuries?”

Background:

Innovation Saskatchewan has partnered with the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) on this workplace safety focused Innovation Challenge.

The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to the health and safety of workplaces with the goal being Mission: Zero - zero injuries, zero fatalities and zero suffering. Hazard assessment and recognition is the most important step in preventing injuries and keeping workers safe on the construction site. It is also an area where technology can play a significant role.

The SCSA provides safety training and advice to the provincial construction industry serving almost 10,000 member companies. This is a great opportunity for Saskatchewan innovators to develop a technology in collaboration with the SCSA and its members. 

How can I participate?

If you are based in Saskatchewan and have an idea for solving this challenge using existing or new technology, you are invited to submit an expression of interest. Submissions will be evaluated by an internal committee who will select a shortlist of candidates. These shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal and to pitch their solution in front of a group of key stakeholders. The committee will select a challenge winner who will begin working with the SCSA in the summer of 2021.

How are Expressions of Interest (EOI) evaluated?

Your expression of interest will be evaluated on three primary criteria:

1) How well does the solution address the problem?
2) Is the solution technically feasible?
3) Does the team have the capacity to develop the solution?

What does the winner receive?

The winner will be awarded a 16-week residency period to develop their solution. You will benefit through:

  • A $10,000 grant;
  • The full rights to commercialize the solution and sell into the growing technology market;
  • The opportunity to work with the SCSA and their stakeholders; and,
  • A greater understanding of working with and selling to independent associations.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact:

Andrew Wahba

306-533-9692

andrew.wahba@innovationsask.ca