Start-up Prizes and Competitions

Macdonald Innovation & Entrepreneurship Start-up Prize

The Macdonald Innovation and Entrepreneurship Start-up Prize provides seed funding to students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences developing a new product or service. Early-stage start-ups as well as more advanced start-ups are invited to apply.

PRIZE VALUE: Up to $5,000

STATUS: 2019 CLOSED

Application Guidelines 2019Application Form, Sections 1-3  |  Application Form, Section 4


Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize 

Convergent Innovation fosters behaviour change and societal transformation by instilling social and environmental objectives of agriculture, food product development, nutrition, and health into business models, while improving economic viability of efforts focused on social benefit. A partnership between the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES), the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) and Trussbridge Investments, the Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize is offered to support 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 health benefit(s). The prize may be awarded to a team participating in the McGill Dobson Cup Start‐Up Competition.

PRIZE VALUE: $5,000


McGill Dobson Cup Start-up Competition

The Dobson Cup Start-up Competition is McGill's premier entrepreneurship competition that enables budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive valuable advising and a chance to win start-up capital for their venture. Seasoned professionals provide feedback and mentorship to each team in order to help develop their ideas and successfully realize their start-up goals.

COMPETITION VALUE: Over $100,000 in cash and prizes


Grit Prize

Established in 2014 by Samer Bekai‐Saab (BEng 1993, MBA 1996, McGill University), the Grit Prize is to help encourage students to pursue entrepreneurial interests. Awarded to a team composed of students who have participated in the final round of the McGill Dobson Cup Start‐up Competition (or similar Dobson Centre competition), with a preference to a team (or teams) of students who have demonstrated outstanding dedication towards establishing their business venture. Awarded by the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.

PRIZE VALUE: $5,000 (can be given to one team or split between two or more deserving teams)


For more information, contact:

Eduardo Ganem Cuenca, Director
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Email | 514-398-8779