Jack Rosen Memorial Award for Environmental Innovation

Deadline to apply is October 11th!

Think outside the box for your chance to win $3,000!

Do you have an innovative idea for a product, process, program or service to prevent, mitigate or solve an environmental problem?

Tell us about your unique solution by applying at the link below. If you’re one of the top entries, you’ll be invited to ‘pitch’ your idea in a Dragon’s Den style competition for a chance to walk away with the $3,000 grand prize.

Jack Rosen


    Students may enter individually or in teams of up to five. All groups must include at least one full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Environment. One entry per student or team.

    Apply for the Jack Rosen Memorial Award!


    • One Grand Prize award of $3,000.

    • Honourable Mention award of $1000 may be awarded based on merit. 


    • Friday, October 11, 2019 by 11:59 pm    
      Complete the Jack Rosen Memorial Award application form. Be sure your answers are thorough and concise to demonstrate that you have fully researched and thought through your idea. Should more than 10 entries be received, the judges will use this information to narrow the field.
    • Friday, October 18, 2019
      Top 8-10 finalists will be notified and asked to prepare a three minute ‘pitch’. Additional visual support such as posters, video, PowerPoint and/or models or prototypes are encouraged.
    • Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm
      Submit your draft pitches
    • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 4:30 pm in STP 164
      For those who were selected to pitch at the final, attend the "Crafting and Delivering Your Pitch" workshop and learn how to create a pitch that will knock the judges socks off.
    • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm
      Submit your digital support materials.
    • Monday, November 11, 2019 from 5:00 pm
      Deadline to Register for the finale of the Jack Rosen Memorial Award. Come and support your fellow entrepreneurs.
    • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 5:00 pm in NH 3407
      Jack Rosen Pitch Competition.

    Evaluation criteria

    The pre-judging selection committee and final judging panel will evaluate entries based on the following five criteria:

    1. Innovation – How unique or creative is the solution?

    2. Effectiveness – How well would it solve the identified problem?
    3. Commercialisation - Could it be applied globally; implemented and managed easily?
    4. Cost-Effectiveness – Has the cost/benefit ratio or cost recovery been considered?
    5. Presentation - Did you clearly articulate your idea?

    Past winners