4th Annual Mayor’s Innovation Challenge

February 9, 2021

Kingston’s post-secondary students: share your innovative ideas to improve the City of Kingston at the fourth annual Mayor’s Innovation Challenge.  You could win entry into the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI 2021) to build a venture around your idea – or bursaries to use toward your university or college program.

“With all the challenges we’re facing as a community as a result of the pandemic, it’s never been more important to explore new ideas and approaches to help support our recovery and ensure we build back in efficient and innovative ways,” says Mayor Paterson. “That’s why I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the 4th annual Mayor’s Innovation Challenge. Each year, this event is a highlight, and once again I’m excited to hear innovative ideas from our students!”

How to participate

This year, the Mayor’s Innovative Challenge student showcase will take place online in March. All those interested in participating must:

  • Attend an online (Zoom) workshop from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 or from 12 to 1 p.m. on Feb. 24. Find out more and register now at: www.CityofKingston.ca/MIC.
  • Prepare a 2-3-minute video proposal that presents:
    • an innovative project that could be implemented in the city and contributes to the quality of life of residents, or
    • a proposal that leverages emerging technologies or develops new innovations to enhance the delivery of municipal services.

Proponents of shortlisted proposals will be invited to present their ideas in a virtual (Zoom), live-streamed event to a panel of leaders with expertise in municipal government, entrepreneurship, and innovation. 

This year’s pitch competition will take place online on March 26 following municipal innovation week (March 22 to 25), which will feature lunch-time presentations highlighting innovation in the municipal sphere.

About the prizes

Prizes are being offered in two streams:

  • Winners of the Dunin-Deshpande Smart Kingston Stream will receive admission to the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) incubator program. This prize includes a $7,000 stipend for up to three co-founders, up to $4,000 seed capital to build a venture around the winning idea, and full participation in the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI 2021) program  – including the opportunity to pitch again in August for a grand prize of $30,000. Learn more about the QICSI program
  • Winners of the Public Sector Innovation Stream will be awarded bursaries to use toward their university or college programs. A total of $8,000 is available in bursaries for the students who excel in the student showcase. Funding for this prize is being provided by Bell Canada.