Lead the change. (Re)boot together.

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(Re)boot together.

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Cooperathon: what and why?

Cooperathon is the largest Open Innovation challenge in Canada. Our mission is to connect citizens, communities, entrepreneurs, researchers, academics & large institutions to develop, together, a socially responsible future.

Cooperathon is the largest Open Innovation competition in Canada – open to all ideas.

New to Cooperathon ?
Watch these videos to learn more.

+ 15 M


PEOPLE
joined on social media

+ 6,000


PARTICIPANTS
citizens & experts
from all fields

+ 100


PARTNER
ORGANIZATIONS

+ 550


MENTORS &
VOLUNTEERS

+ 550


INSPIRING
STORIES

The 6th edition of Coopérathon
Lead the change – (Re)boot together!

When your idea generates a global social impact, it means that you take part in a more human and sustainable prosperity, that is to say a shared prosperity. This is our ambition this year: Lead the change, (re)boot together!

Cooperathon is a 6-weeks initiative that includes:

  • a very rich training program, with workshops led by renowned experts and, moreover, with multiple educational resources in the entrepreneurial field.​
  • support from a network of exceptional mentors, from multiple provinces of Canada, and subject-matter experts from different industries.​
  • the Pitch Competition in front of a jury made up of renown ecosystem players from the best incubators and accelerators in Canada.

Again this year, more than $100,000 in prizes and grants to be won!

All across

au Canada

+ $100,000

in prizes

8 socio-economic

challenges

1 goal:

Social impact

Lead the change!

Transform your ideas into impactful innovations!

2 Team Profiles

For the 2021 edition, we have reviewed the type of teams. This distinction will allow teams to benefit from custom accompaniment and training and notably to compete against teams of the same level.

It is a team in the making with an idea but not working prototype at the time of registration for the competition.

Alpha

It is a team in the making with an idea but not working prototype at the time of registration for the competition.

Bêta

It is a startup in development, composed of at least 2 people, with a working prototype at the time of registration for the competition.

It is a startup in development, composed of at least 2 people, with a working prototype at the time of registration for the competition.

3 kinds of challenges

Alpha and Beta teams will have the opportunity to answer one of the three types of challenges we have redefined for this edition:

Inspiration

Challenge proposed by an industry leader organization that wants to encourage ALPHA teams to solve a real and pressing issue in the industry.

Collision

Challenge proposed by an industry leader organization that wants to encourage the ALPHA and BETA teams to solve a real and pressing issue in the industry. The partner undertakes to follow the winning team of the Challenge for a period of 3 months afterwards the end of the Cooperathon. ​

Collaboration

Challenge proposed by an industry leader organization that wants to encourage BETA teams to solve a real and pressing issue in the industry. The partner undertakes to follow the winning team of the Challenge for a period of 5 months after the end of the Coopérathon.

More than $100,000 in prizes & grants for the winning teams!

Open Innovation Grants
Each Challenge Partner offers a grant to the winner of their Open Innovation Challenge.​
Furthermore, for the Collision and Inspiration Challenges, a supplementary in-kind grant is offered to support the winning teams of these challenges to develop their solutions in the period after the Cooperathon.​

Cooperathon Prizes
Cooperathon and its strategic partners are offering 7 prizes:

Cooperathon
Grand prize
Alpha

$15,000

Cooperathon
Grand prize
Beta

$25,000

Ontario-Atlantic-west ca
Prize

$5,000

Diversity & inclusion
Prize

$5,000

Team
Engagement
Prize

$2,500

Audience
impact
Prize

$2,500

Mentor/expert
Engagement
Prize

Recognition

$5,000

$5,000

$2,500

$2,500

Recognition

Global will be at the heart of the 2021 edition

Global is our platform for Open and Social Innovation platform. A truly dedicated digital space, where you will be able to access training, calendar of activities, mentors and more! In short, you are just one click away from the whole community!

Launched last year, the platform is offering now even more: let’s meet up on Global !

Watch the cooperathon.global video teaser
Collaboration Zones
Forums
Watch the cooperathon.global video teaser
Personal Page
Training Modules

Discover now some features of the Global platform. Watch the videos we have prepared for you.

(Version en français disponible bientôt)

Lead the change!

Transform your ideas into impactful innovations!

4 weeks of training & accompaniment
2 weeks of competition
Endless possibilities

A 100% virtual training and dedicated support in four stages (Sprints) where participants engage in a 4-week (part-time) marathon composed of training and teamwork on Saturdays, as well as specialized workshops in the evenings during the week: dozens of hours of training worth more than $5,000.​
A 2-week competition follows, where teams present their project to Open Innovation challenge partners, ecosystem experts and sometimes even to the public!​

Ligne de temps de la compétition

  • 2021 EDITION UNVEILING

    WEDNESDAY 20 MAI

  • KICK-OFF WEEK: UNITE

    WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20

    Kick-off of Cooperathon with team building activities for those looking for talent or co-founders to develop their ideas as well as the introduction to the mentors that will guide you all along your journey.

     

    KICK-OFF WEEK: UNITE

  • SPRINT 1: UNDERSTAND

     

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

    Sprint 1: dedicated to deepening your understanding of the problem and starting the ideation phase in order to find the solution that has the most impact.

  • SPRINT 2: DESIGN

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

    Sprint 2: Design stage to build the business model and design sustainable solutions with maximum social impact.

     

    SPRINT 2: DESIGN

  • SPRINT 3: BUILD

     

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8

    Deadline to register for the competition
    (11:59 PM EST)

    Sprint for shaping solutions through prototype development that demonstrates the viability of your ideas in concrete terms

  • SPRINT 4: CONVINCE

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16

    The last sprint! Now is the time to prepare your pitch and submit your project for the semi-finals…

     

    SPRINT 4: CONVINCE

  • PROJECTS SUBMISSIONS

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29 AT NOON

  • CHALLENGES SEMI-FINALS

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6

    It’s time to convince the Jury with your efforts. You will have little time to get their attention. It’s show time: impress them!

    CHALLENGES SEMI-FINALS

  • PRIZES & GRANTS FINAL

     

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13 & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14

    It’s the culmination of one great journey. The tension is palpable. Who will be crowned the winner of the 2021 Cooperathon Grand Prize?

The Roles

Team Cooperathon

A team of passionate experts dedicated to guiding you in your Cooperathon journey at all times. They will help you to get the most of the resources and opportunities available to you.

Open Innovation Challenges Partners

They constitute the cornerstone of Cooperathon because their industry challenges make possible to mobilize the community around challenges allowing local projects to have global societal impacts.

Strategic Partners

They provide key support throughout the year to promote the Coopérathon across Canada, recruit the best candidates and co-organize activities. “Alone we go fast, together we go far”: Our partners propel Cooperathon to go further!​

Mentors & Experts

More than 150 mentors and subject-matter experts from across Canada offer feedback, guidance and advice to teams during the Cooperathon, whether in dedicated or group sessions. A kind reminder to our participants: mentors do not offer training sessions.

Workshop facilitators

Cooperathon offers a 4-weeks training program with foundation or expert workshops, founders stories and experience sharing! Furthermore, you’ll have access to our online entrepreneurship educational ressources.

Lead the change!

Transform your ideas into impactful innovations!

Une expérience marquante

Depuis 2016, des dizaines d’histoires à succès ont vu le jour. En attendant de vous compter parmi nos anciens de 2020, nous vous invitons à découvrir le livret des anciens.

Without our partners and sponsors, there would be no Cooperathon .
We are looking for industry leaders who share our passion, values and vision
to make the 2021 edition the most impactful yet.

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Lead the change!

Transform your ideas into impactful innovations!

We connect passion and talent, communities and academics. Together we develop a socially responsible future.

“Cooperathon” is a Trademark of the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec.

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We connect passion and talent, communities and academics. Together we develop a socially responsible future.

“Cooperathon” is a Trademark of the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec.

Cooperathon @ FacebookCooperathon @ InstagramCooperathon @ TwitterCooperathon @ YouTubeCooperathon @ Linkedin