Pitch Competitions

MAP THE SYSTEM - Registeration Closes January 31, 2022

University of Oxford, Skoll School of Social Entrepreneurship

Map the System is a one-of-a-kind systems thinking competition, hosted by the University of Oxford's Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, that encourages students to think deeply about social and environmental issues that matter to them. Rather than jumping to quick-fix solutions, Map the System allows students to research problem domains, better preparing them to tackle the modern world's complex challenges.

Make meaningful global connections, Showcase your project and ideas, grow as an individual, Map out your future

Students and recent graduates from partner institutions can register to take part individually or as a team of up to 5 members. Teams will spend the next several months diving deep into a social or environmental topic they are passionate about and conduct a thorough systems analysis. Teams are required to produce a Written Systems Analysis, Visual Systems map(s) and a Bibliography by the submission deadline which is April 3, 2022. Teams will compete in a local campus final. Select teams will advance to the National and Global Map the System Finals.

Participant registration for Map the System 2022 closes on January 31, 2022.

More Information

Register Here By January 31, 2022

World's Challenge Challenge - June 2022

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World's Challenge Challenge SheCycle Holding Trophy

The winners of the 2019 University of Waterloo World's Challenge Challenge: Project SheCycle secured $30,000 for their venture at the 2019 Global World's Challenge Challenge pitch competition.

The World’s Challenge Challenge (WCC) at the University of Waterloo is a competition where teams of two to four students pick one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals) and propose a solution. Teams that have been selected will make a 5-7 minute presentation on their proposed solution. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. More information about the WCC at the University of Waterloo will be provided soon.

Each member of the winning team will win $1,000 and will move on to compete against other schools at the WCC Global Final held at Western University in London, Ontario in June 2022. The winning team of the International round will win $30,000, the second place team will win $15,000 and the 3rd place team will win $7,500. More information about this event can be found here (including the scoring rubric and resources).

More information coming soon.

Jack Rosen Memorial Award - February 2022

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Each year as a part of the Jack Rosen pitch competition, the Faculty of Environment students are invited to submit an idea (device, process, or method) that could solve, mitigate, or avoid an environmental problem. The 2022 Jack Rosen pitch competition will be held virtually on February 9, 2022, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.

Entrants are asked to identify an environmental problem and succinctly explain how their proposed solution will help by completing an online form. Finalists will pre-record a 3-minute pitch, create a PowerPoint presentation and attend a live Q & A session with a panel of esteemed judges for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $3,000 or an Honorable Mention of $1,000.

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.

Find out more here.

The Wege Prize - Applications Due November 1, 2021


Wege Prize is a yearly international student design competition that gives teams of five the chance to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries, use design thinking principles, and contend for $30,000 (USD) in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem-solving looks like.

The challenge: How can we create a circular economy? 


Solve Wicked Problems : A wicked problem is not evil, it is not a problem that implies evil but it rather implies a problem that is resistant to a solution 

For More Information

Apply Here by November 1, 2021

More information coming soon.

Concept (Imagined by Velocity) $5K – Applications Open January 23, 2022 and Close February 27, 2022


Concept is the on-campus initiative launched by Velocity. Students with innovative ideas are invited to pitch at the Concept Fund $5K Qualifiers, held each term. The top 10/40 teams are invited to pitch at the Velocity Fund Finals for their chance to win one of four $5,000 grants.
Concept also hosts personal development workshops, pitching workshops and networking sessions on campus.


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