Contribute to London’s Recovery and Renewal

As London continues to respond to the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, we recognize that rebuilding and revitalizing our community will necessitate an equally unprecedented response.

That’s where innovators step in. 

The London Innovation Challenge aims to accelerate and scale select London-developed solutions. Three winners in each challenge will receive a $20,000 investment, customized business advisory services, and a suite of other benefits from TechAlliance. The goal is to address the recovery and renewal areas of focus identified by the London community  Investing in People, Driving Prosperity and Fostering Community.   

Focused on diversity, driving prosperity, and inclusivity within London, novel solutions of any stage of development are welcome. Whether it’s a new innovation, one that’s being scaled, or something that is operational within the community, all ideas will be noticed.   

Applicants are encouraged to be thorough, thoughtful, and creative with their solution to the challenge topic. Be part of the next step towards a resilient and robust London economy. Our city is ready for your solutions and we are excited to embark on this discovery of ideas.

The London Innovation Challenge is seeking London innovators to develop a sustainable technology solution to address the following community challenge:  

Strengthen Business Health: To support small businesses, including culture and tourism-based operators focusing on safe post-pandemic environments and marketing excellence – allowing these businesses to adapt to changing consumer behaviors to advance the prosperity of London’s economy. 


Solutions must meet the following criteria:

London Impact – Ensure the innovation will demonstrate a measurable impact in London, ON.  

Financial Investment – Detail how the $20,000 investment will be beneficial to the solution and will maximize the effectiveness of the idea. 

Innovation Scalability – Describe how the innovation has a continued opportunity to scale, create jobs, serve more people, or be profitable as a viable solution.  

Sustainability – Ensure the innovation is financially, environmentally, and ethically sustainable. 

We invite interested parties to submit their online applications below starting
Monday, November 22, 2021.

The deadline for submissions is
5:00 pm EST on
Friday, December 3, 2021.

Locorum is a business rewards platform for local merchants. Their goal is to expand locally, foster entrepreneurship at every level, and reach more business owners in London that can benefit from barriers to market entry. 

Zersent facilitates inclusive and equitable hiring practices in any organization. The software highlights and removes cultural insensitivities, biases, and misused language from job postings to ensure inclusivity remains at the forefront of the talent acquisition process.

Caring Support is a dedicated healthcare employment platform transforming the hiring process in the industry. By going directly to the source – post secondary healthcare education programs, they are reimagining the healthcare hiring process

The London Innovation Challenge is seeking London innovators to develop a sustainable technology solution to address the following community challenge:  

Reimagine Systems for People: To ensure businesses support underemployed Londoners by engaging in equitable hiring, investments in people, and focusing on inclusivity to drive sustainable growth in London.


Solutions must meet the following criteria:

London Impact – Ensure the innovation will demonstrate a measurable impact in London, ON.  

Financial Investment – Detail how the $20,000 investment will be beneficial to the solution and will maximize the effectiveness of the idea. 

Innovation Scalability – Describe how the innovation has a continued opportunity to scale, create jobs, serve more people, or be profitable as a viable solution.  

Sustainability – Ensure the innovation is financially, environmentally, and ethically sustainable. 

We invite interested parties to submit their online applications below starting Monday, October 18, 2021.

The deadline for submissions is
5:00 pm EST on
Friday, October 29, 2021.

“TechAlliance’s London Innovation Challenge clearly demonstrates how recovery and transformation through innovation can happen here in London. This challenge will strengthen the areas of focus identified by our community within the London Community Recovery Network Framework.“  

Ed Holder
Mayor, City of London

Questions?

We invite interested parties to submit their online applications for
Challenge 2: Strengthen Business Health up until Friday, December 3, 2021. Review the criteria, determine if your idea is a fit, and submit your application online. All submissions will be in English. Paper entries will not be accepted.

The London Innovation Challenge, is open to any Londoner who has an innovative solution which meets the challenge of Strengthening Business Health and is ready to implement and report on their success by February 15, 2022. We encourage applications from individuals or teams of people who are engaged in startup ventures, or scaling businesses, grassroots initiatives and non-profit organizations.

Yes. A single applicant can apply to both challenges more than once to develop different projects.  However, only one project will be selected. Multiple applications may not be submitted for the same project. 

Recipients will be subject to TechAlliance’s Terms & Conditions.  Additionally, the Terms & Conditions on the use of the funding will be set in a Funding Agreement between the successful Challenge recipients and TechAlliance. Challenge winners will implement and report on the success of their solutions by February 15, 2022.  

Three winners will be announced per challenge, and each will receive $20,000 CAD. The successful recipients will implement their solution before February 15, 2022 with support from TechAlliance. The successful recipients will agree upon suitable dates for advisory services and coaching following the announcement. 

Absolutely not! The London Innovation Challenge is shaped to accelerate the project through the innovation continuum of inspiration, ideation and implementation or the business stages of idea, discovery, validation, efficiency, scale, to a final solution that is viable, scalable and impactful for London Ontario. 

All concepts contributed to the London Innovation Challenge, belong to the applicant who created and submitted them. All work, data, material, documents, software, idea, know-how, expression, etc., in whole or in part, created by the winning applicant pursuant to a business plan where applicable, are the applicant’s sole property.  

The successful recipients of the Challenge will be granted the financial investment of $20,000 CAD. Additionally, the successful applicant will work directly with growth coaches at TechAlliance tailored to the specific needs associated with the innovation.  This could include business model canvassing, access to market intelligence, marketing and communications guidance, connection to other collaborators, etc. Throughout that development period, the successful Challenge recipients will actively engage in storytelling (media, events, social media) by TechAlliance and the City of London, to draw focus to innovative and technology-enabled solutions that contribute to London’s recovery and renewal. 

Given the large community response, and in fairness to all applicants, we cannot provide additional guidance beyond published information. The application questions available here, provide further details and we encourage you to review the Questions section on this page. 

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