Join the entrepreneurial community at UWaterloo and dedicate your skills, innovative ideas, and passions to help solve the massive problems generated by COVID-19.

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As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to make an impact on global systems such as healthcare, technology, education, and international security, the need for solutions is rising with each day. Whether you are a peacebuilder, entrepreneur, or simply a concerned student, your ideas are needed! Through participating in virtual workshops and connecting with innovation coaches, you will have the opportunity to develop your idea and pitch at the Pandemic Challenge Fund to win $3K.

Challenge and Workshop Details

After registering for the Challenge, you will have access to the Pandemic Challenge Slack channel, Concept's virtual workshops, and one-on-one meetings with innovation coaches such as Centre for Peace Advancement Director Paul Heidebrecht! By the end of the Challenge, you will have the opportunity to apply to pitch at both the Pandemic Challenge Fund and the Concept $5K Pitch Competition.

Key Challenge Dates

May 22 - Registration closes

June 22 - Pandemic Challenge applications open

July 13 - Pandemic Challenge applications close

July 20 - Finalists notified

July 28 - Video submission due

August 4 - Winners announced

Concept Workshop Dates

May 20 - Intro Session: What's Your Problem?

May 21 - Drop-in Questions with Concept

May 21 - Reframing Problems as Innovation Opportunities

May 27 - Intro Session: Building Your Business During a Pandemic

June 10 - Intro Session: Validation Exploration

June 16 - Working Session: Researching Your Solution

June 24 - Intro Session: Pitch to Win