The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship also offers awards and scholarships for students.
- The Avmor Prize for Social Responsibility
- Murdoch Family Initiative Award
- The McGill Engine Prize
- Food Convergence Innovation Prize
- The Steven Pal Family Award
See below for a detailed description of each prize.
Winning teams across all tracks in the McGill Dobson Cup are awarded over $200,000 in prizes. The competition embodies experiential learning at its best and provides students with invaluable feedback, mentorship and networking opportunities. While prize money is great, no matter what the outcome, you will benefit from helpful recommendations to help grow and advance your business ideas. In addition, you will meet other like-minded entrepreneurs at McGill and develop your personal and professional skills.
Health Sciences Enterprise, Innovation or Technology Driven Enterprise, Environmental Enterprise, and Social Impact Enterprise Tracks powered by National Bank:
- 1st Place in each Track - $20,000
- 2nd Place in each Track - $12,000
- 3rd Place in each Track - $8,000
Amount: $160,000 awarded in total across all 4 Tracks by National Bank
Mastercard Foundation-Dobson Startup Awards
Established under the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill University the MCF-Dobson Startup Awards supports ventures competing in the Social Impact track of the McGill Dobson Cup. The awards will be offered to viable, sustainable, and scalable social ventures and community projects that create economic opportunities for others.
Valued at a total of $17,000, this award will be given to two deserving teams competing in this year’s startup competition, who demonstrate innovative ideas in the areas of social entrepreneurship. The award will be divided as follows:
- 1st Place MCF-Dobson - $10,000
- 2nd Place MCF-Dobson - $7,000
Established by Neil Murdoch (BCom‘81) and Gisele Murdoch to help support undergraduate students in the Desautels Faculty of Management to take the initiative to gain practical experience during their studies and to encourage students to be creative and entrepreneurial. The award will be for a student, in good academic standing, who has demonstrated entrepreneurial talent and initiative and is involved in an entrepreneurial venture. Students apply through the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. Preference for the award will be given to students entering U2 or U3. Students will apply for the award by submitting business plans to the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. The award will be given to the student whose plan is judged worthy of support as determined by the Director of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. It is understood that the process and method for selection is currently the McGill Dobson Cup Startup competition, which already has a committee of independent judges.
Established in 2017 in the Faculty of Engineering, the McGill EngInE Prize, funded by our generous donors, the late Jim Brodeur and his wife Barbara Brodeur, is offered by the McGill Engine Centre to support a technologically-based venture competing in the final round of the McGill Dobson Cup competition. To be eligible for the McGill Engine Prize in the McGill Dobson Cup, at least one team member must be a current full-time student or professor at McGill’s Faculty of Engineering and the venture must be technologically-based.
Established in 2003 through the generosity of Mr. Avrum Morrow for an outstanding undergraduate student, or group of students, who focus(es) their efforts on social responsibility. Awarded to (a) winning team(s), composed of students, of the McGill Dobson Cup Start-UP Competition or similar McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship initiatives. Awarded by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.
Food Convergence Innovation Prize (To be confirmed)
Convergent Innovation fosters lasting individual behaviour change and societal transformation for wellness and resilience for the individual, organisation and society. It is a human-centered, data-driven approach for instilling social and environmental objectives of agriculture, food product development, nutrition, and health into innovation pipelines and business models, while improving economic viability of efforts and organizations focused on social benefit.
Established in 2016, this prize recognizes the partnership between the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE), and presented by Enzyme . The Food Convergent Innovation Prize supports a venture, in the areas of agriculture, food and agribusiness, that clearly intertwines technological innovation, social innovation, and institutional innovation to simultaneously derive measurable economic and social benefit(s).
Prize Criteria: Startups competing for this prize are interdisciplinary, with at least one member from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) holding a key position within the team.
The Steven Pal Family Award
Established in 2020 by Steven Pal, BSc 1979, MBA 1981, to encourage students enrolled in the Desautels Faculty of Management’s Dobson Cup Program to be creative and entrepreneurial. The Award will be for an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated entrepreneurial talent and initiative, and is involved in an entrepreneurial venture. Students apply through the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship.