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The program has two phases:

Phase 1 - Seed program

Duration: 3 months

Phase 2 - Maturation program

Duration: 12 months

Nomination and Submission

Download the Project Plan template

Selection Commitee

The Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, and Associate Dean, Academic Programs, will appoint a judging panel composed of seasoned multidisciplinary, academic and industry experts to select the winning projects.

Evaluation Criteria

The submitted dossiers will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Innovation potential
  • Feasibility
  • Market and competition knowledge
  • Business and financial model
  • Team fit and qualifications
  • Growth potential


  • All students currently enrolled in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science are eligible to apply.  
  • Teams that proceed to phase 2 must have at least one member who is a current Gina Cody School student.
  • Multi-disciplinary teams with complementary skills and backgrounds are strongly encouraged.
  • Diverse teams that include members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.  
  • Faculty members, staff members and external parties may serve as advisors to teams, but are not entitled to use monies from the Gina Cody School Student Innovation Fund.
  • Teams that are recipients of other sources of funding for their innovation (e.g., research grants or contracts) are not eligible.

Ready to apply?

Submission deadline: June 3, 2022

Notifications: June 24, 2022

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Innovation Fund

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