Innovation at heart
to lead the change

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Cooperathon, what & why?

Cooperathon it’s the platform for the creation of impact entrepreneurs and 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.

The 7th edition of Cooperathon: Innovation at heart to lead the change

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. Participate and lead the change!

Cooperathon’s 6-week training program includes:

  • Workshops led by renowned experts and, moreover, with multiple educational resources in the entrepreneurial field.​
  • Leveraging scientific and technological innovations for the success of ambitious entrepreneurs.
  • Support from a network of exceptional mentors, from multiple provinces of Canada, and subject-matter experts from different industries.
  • A Pitch Competition in front of a jury made up of renown ecosystem players from the best incubators and accelerators in Canada.

All across

Canada

Prizes

in cash & support

Socio-economic

challenges

1 goal:

social impact

Aspiring entrepreneur or Startup in development?

In order to benefit from custom accompaniment and training and to compete between teams of the same level, two team categories:

Alpha

It’s a team of aspiring entrepreneurs with or without an idea but not working prototype at the time of registration for the competition.

Advantages

• Mentoring by industry professionals
• Group & private meetings with challenge partners
• Structured training journey to launch a startup

Beta

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

Advantages

• Dedicated experts​
• Group & private meetings with challenge partners
• “A la carte” journey according to needs
• Personalized follow-up (concierge) by the Foundry / Montreal NewTech​ teams

Why participate in Cooperathon ?

  • Integrate a network of professionals, mentors & experts
  • Become a social and economic changemaker
  • Understand how Data and possibly Artificial Intelligence could be used in your project when you may not have even considered it!
  • Access to a wider network of contacts
  • Prizes in cash and accompaniment

Plus de 100 000 $ en prix & bourses pour les équipes gagnantes !

Bourses
Chaque partenaire de défi remet une bourse au gagnant de son défi. Pour les défis Collision et Inspiration, une enveloppe budgétaire allant jusqu’à 10 000 $ est dédiée à des services pour continuer le développement du projet de l’équipe gagnante du défi.

Prix
Le Coopérathon et ces partenaires stratégiques s’unissent pour remettre 7 prix uniques :

Grand prix
Coopérathon
Alpha

15 000 $

Grand prix
Coopérathon
bêta

25 000 $

prix
Ontario-Atlantique-ouest ca

5 000 $

prix
Diversité & inclusion

5 000 $

Prix
Engagement
Équipe

2 500 $

prix
impact
du public

2 500 $

Prix
Engagement
Mentor/expert

Reconnaissance

5 000 $

5 000 $

2 500 $

2 500 $

Reconnaissance

Global, the collaboration platform of Cooperathon

Our true platform of open and social innovation where, throughout Cooperathon, you will be able to access training, mentors, the calendar of activities as well as exchange with other participants and teams… In short, you are just one click away from the whole community!

Registration & mixology

Several activities will take place before the beginning of the training journey on October 2, to allow you to better prepare your project, create or complete your team and, of course, allow us to answer all your questions!

The mixology is an essential step that will allow project leaders to present their idea in order to attract the best talent to their team. In turn, the talents will have the opportunity to show their interests and skills in order to find a project that matches their values and expertise.

Please note that teams must be formed before the competition begins on October 2.

July
14

Unveiling & opening of registration

September
8 & 21

Mixology #1 & #2

September
23

Opening of team formation in Global

September
29

Kick-off & Mixology #3

September
30

Meeting with project leaders

The Alpha journey

A 3-sprint training journey for aspiring entrepreneurs. The goal of the Alpha journey is to create, as a team, a conceptual or functional prototype.

The journey ends with a weekend dedicated to developing the prototype based on the problem identified and the solution proposed by the team. At the end of this weekend, the teams will submit their prototype presentation.

Following the evaluation of the prototypes, the winning teams will be announced.
These teams will pitch to a jury on December 1st.

October
4 & 5

Sprint 1 : Understand & Design

October
12

Sprint 2 : Prototyping

October
15 & 16

Sprint 3: Teamwork weekend & finalization of the prototype

October
17

Deadline for submission of the prototype presentation

October
20

Announcement of the Alpha journey winning teams

Between October 21
& November 16

Additional training module and follow-up with a mentor once a week

December
1st

Pitch for the Cooperathon Grand Prizes & Gala

The Beta journey

Composed of 3 tailored meetings, this short dedicated journey will allow developing startups to shape and fine-tune their existing solution, in order to tackle a challenge proposed by our Open Innovation partners with the highest possible impact.

Startups will have a unique opportunity to be able to create a maximum of momentum around their solution, in a short period of time, thanks to personalized coaching and quality time offered by seasoned experts: a truly unique experience!

October
20

Beginning of the Beta journey

October 26,
November 2 & 10

Personalized meetings with mentors & experts

November
10

Announcement of the Beta journey winning startups

December
1st

Pitch for the Cooperathon Grand Prizes & Gala

The gala evening

It’s time to make room for the awarding of prizes to the Alpha teams and Beta startups that have distinguished themselves through their work, commitment and progress made during the weeks of training and personalized coaching. This recognition takes the form of a Gala on December 1st where the winners of the Cooperathon 2022 Grand Prizes will be announced.

December
1st

Awarding of prizes to Alpha & Beta winners

Open Innovation Challenges based on 2 wide themes:
Health of the Planet & Health of Humans.

Participants of the 2022 edition of Cooperathon are encourage to find innovative solutions to challenges proposed by our open innovation partners.

Innovating by using Data to improve human health

Data enhancement is the concept by which value is generated through the optimal use of data in the pursuit of a given goal. This concept can encompass many elements, including governance, ethics, security, quality, predictive analytics, business intelligence, etc.

Challenge proposed by

Respond to current & future climate change challenges

Microsoft, firmly believes that technology has a positive impact on society, is looking for ideas and solutions to take advantage of artificial intelligence to improve climate projections and waste reuse.

Challenge proposed by

Moving towards a more resilient & sustainable agriculture

Imagine and design a clean and innovative agri-food technology or system to increase the resilience and robustness of the Quebec plant sector (horticulture, field crops, mushrooms, etc.). The proposed solutions will have to integrate artificial intelligence and/or genomic solutions.

Challenge proposed by

Achieve the Net Zero supply chain goal

In the context of Desjardins’ 2040 goal of achieving Net Zero Emissions in its financing and investment activities as well as in its extended operations, what is the best solution for decarbonizing the supply chain?

Challenge proposed by

Open Innovation Challenges Partners

Desjardins

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