William G. Davis Innovation Fund

  • In honour of the Ontario colleges’ 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017, an exciting initiative is in the works that will reward Ontario college students and alumni with cash prizes for their creative pitches.

    The new William G. Davis Innovation Fund is a province-wide contest that encourages college students and alumni to pitch creative projects and initiatives that will compete for cash prizes.

    The fund has been named after former premier William G. Davis, who served as Ontario’s education minister from 1962 to 1971 and brought in the legislation that established the college system. The fund has been named in his honour as a tribute to the bold and creative thinking that revolutionized post-secondary education in Ontario.

    In addition to honouring the success of the Ontario college system over the last 50 years, the new fund aims to promote the innovative ideas being developed at colleges such as Lambton College.

    All Lambton College graduates and current full-time students are eligible to enter and we encourage you to do so.

    Applications can be made in the categories of entrepreneurialism, health and welfare, arts and culture, or community benefit.

    The first-place winner will receive $15,000 to help fund their project and the second-place entry will receive $5,000.

    Proposals are currently being accepted online and the contest will remain open until May 1, 2017.

    Successful entries must be achievable, sustainable, measurable, original, and link back to your college experience. A shortlist of the top applications will be publicized in August and the winners will be announced in November.

    For a detailed timeline, voting, full contest rules and regulations, go to amazing50.ca/innovationfund.

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