Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Awards for Capstone Design

Funded by The Esch Foundation


Student teams enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering’s fourth-year Capstone Design Project.  The awards are open to student teams from all departments within the Faculty of Engineering. 


Six team awards of $10,000 each.  The award funds will be divided equally among the winning team members.

Application deadline

January 20, 2023

Application and selection process

  • Interested students should submit a one-page application to the Director of the Conrad Business Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre by the deadline.
  • Selection will be based on developing an outstanding design project and accompanying business plan which is completed using a template provided by the Conrad Centre.
  • UW will select the recipient team at the end of the project. 
  • The timing for the selection of the winning team is normally following the departmental project symposium held in mid-March.
  • The selection of the winning team will be determined by a panel of judges including a faculty member from the Conrad Centre, and two faculty members from other departments in the Faculty of Engineering.
  • As appropriate, the selection process and decision will be coordinated with other similar awards and competitions.

Past Recipients

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022

About The Esch Foundation and Norman Esch

The Esch Foundation was established in November 2004 by Norman Esch to support the development of students receiving training in the interdisciplinary applications of engineering sciences.  After serving with the navy during the Second World War, Esch became  involved with lithography.  In 1950, he invested his total savings of $5,000 and started his own company.  The founder of Graphic Litho-Plate, the owner of Roto-tone Gravure and many other related companies, he was a highly-regarded business leader and a driving force behind the printing industry in Toronto. Esch died on August 25, 2010 at Sunnybrook Hospital at the age of 92.