Recipient announced for Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design Challenge One

London-based Go Fog It, founded by Diana House and Melissa McInerney, was announced as the recipient of the first Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design Challenge.

Go Fog It, which offers disinfectant fogging to make spaces safer, has two main components to helping southwestern Ontario recover from COVID-19. The first one is safety and health, with a goal to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The second is helping open up the economy and supporting business owners with their disinfecting challenges so they are able to focus on their business.

The successful recipient was chosen from over 100 applicants and will receive $20,000 of seed funding and a personalized suite of business advisory, financial coaching and community impact services presented by Libro Credit Union, Pillar Nonprofit Network and TechAlliance.

This women-led, environmentally friendly startup will use the seed funding to hire operations staff, purchase equipment and continue to scale quickly. Advisors from Libro, Pillar and TechAlliance will provide expertise on connecting with new networks and leveraging available resources in order to effectively combat the issue at hand. In times of crisis, innovation can’t wait.

“Winning the Design Challenge has meant the world to us. Over the past few months, we have poured blood, sweat and tears into Go Fog It.” said Diana House, President, Go Fog It. “ But we didn’t do it alone. It takes a team of brilliant people with different skill sets, mentors, advisors and early believers.”

“We really think that navigating the post-COVID-19 economy is going to be a huge challenge. As experts in what we do, we are confident that we can provide a cost-effective and accessible solution to residents and businesses on a global scale.”

Read the full announcement here.

Recipient announced for Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design Challenge One

London-based Go Fog It, founded by Diana House and Melissa McInerney, was announced as the recipient of the first Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design Challenge.

Go Fog It, which offers disinfectant fogging to make spaces safer, has two main components to helping southwestern Ontario recover from COVID-19. The first one is safety and health, with a goal to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The second is helping open up the economy and supporting business owners with their disinfecting challenges so they are able to focus on their business.

The successful recipient was chosen from over 100 applicants and will receive $20,000 of seed funding and a personalized suite of business advisory, financial coaching and community impact services presented by Libro Credit Union, Pillar Nonprofit Network and TechAlliance.

This women-led, environmentally friendly startup will use the seed funding to hire operations staff, purchase equipment and continue to scale quickly. Advisors from Libro, Pillar and TechAlliance will provide expertise on connecting with new networks and leveraging available resources in order to effectively combat the issue at hand. In times of crisis, innovation can’t wait.

“Winning the Design Challenge has meant the world to us. Over the past few months, we have poured blood, sweat and tears into Go Fog It.” said Diana House, President, Go Fog It. “ But we didn’t do it alone. It takes a team of brilliant people with different skill sets, mentors, advisors and early believers.”

“We really think that navigating the post-COVID-19 economy is going to be a huge challenge. As experts in what we do, we are confident that we can provide a cost-effective and accessible solution to residents and businesses on a global scale.”

Read the full announcement here.

Communities everywhere have felt the impact of COVID-19 — Southwestern Ontario among them. Comprised of diverse talent, innovators, entrepreneurs, and industry experts, we know that disrupted times invite innovative solutions.

That’s why Libro Credit Union, Pillar Nonprofit Network and TechAlliance have partnered on the Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design Challenges, to accelerate and scale select “Made in Southwestern Ontario” products, services and solutions with a $20,000 financial investment and a suite of personalized support services ready to make a meaningful impact.

To ensure timely mobilization and solution delivery, each challenge period will run for ten days. Three days to plan. Three days to apply. Three days to evaluate submissions. On the final day, we’ll announce the successful applicant and deploy support.

Challenge #1: “Recovery” will focus on responding to immediate health or social issues related to COVID-19 — starts April 27

Challenge #2: “Rebuilding” aims to support economic recovery and community prosperity within Southwestern Ontario

Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design Challenges are an open call from London to Windsor and Waterloo, and are co-presented by Communitech and WEtech Alliance, for agile and inclusive innovation designed with diverse perspectives in mind.

Innovative and technology-enabled solutions that put people at the centre of their design open the door to new, inclusive and disruptive approaches to economic recovery and community prosperity.

Applicants are encouraged to design with empathy for those most affected by COVID-19, and be mindful of diverse perspectives as they create their solutions. We also encourage applications from grass-roots initiatives, individuals or teams of people who are engaged in startup or scaling enterprises and nonprofits.

Be part of the recovery and rebuild. Southwestern Ontario is ready for your solutions.

Read the full Design Challenge announcement here.

Investment-2

Financial investment of $20,000

Coaching-2

Coaching to accelerate and scale

Networks-2

Access to partner networks

The Challenges

The submission period for Challenge One has ended.

Want to know when Challenge Two goes live? Sign up and we’ll let you know!

Challenge One Timeline

Challenge One Launched

April 27, 2020

Open for Applications

April 30, 2020

Application Deadline

May 2, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Review of Applications

May 3, 2020

Recipient Announced

May 6, 2020

Challenge Two Timeline

Challenge Two Launched

Coming Soon

Open for Applications

Coming Soon

Application Deadline

Coming Soon

Review of Applications

Coming Soon

Recipient Announced

Coming Soon

Challenge Criteria

Human-Centred Innovation

A process that starts with the people you are designing for and ends with solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs

Regional Impact

The innovation should be able to convincingly show regional impact while remedying immediate health and social issues of COVID-19

Viability & Design

The outcomes must align with economic and community prosperity through technology-enabled social impact

Equity & Inclusion

In creating the innovation the applicant should have an openness to new, inclusive and disruptive approaches

Design Scalability

The design must have true potential for a final project, product, service or solution that is viable, profitable, scalable, and able to create jobs

Questions?

How do I apply?

We invite interested parties to submit their online applications starting Thursday, April 30, 2020. The last day for submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

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.

Who is eligible to participate?

Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design Challenge is open to everyone – individuals or teams, organically mobilized or from existing organizations, or startups or growing companies. Designs can be in all stages of development from idea to in-market. Applicants must live or work in Southwestern Ontario, in Windsor, Chatham-Kent, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, or Essex, Middlesex, Lambton, Elgin, Huron, Oxford, Perth, Haldimand, and Norfolk Counties.

Staff, Owner Representatives and Board of Directors members of TechAlliance, Pillar Nonprofit Network, Libro Credit Union, WEtech Alliance and Communitech and immediate family members living in the same house are not eligible to enter in the contest. Immediate family members include: spouse, child, parent, stepchild, stepparent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, father- in- law, mother–in–law and any other relative permanently residing in the employee’s household.

Does the design idea need to be a new innovation?

Not at all. This design challenge is open to all enterprises and companies including those already engaged in startup, scaling or enterprise operations who are providing an approach, solution or service that addresses the immediate health and social impacts of COVID19.

Can a single applicant submit multiple applications?

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

What are the terms and conditions of financial award?

The terms and conditions on the use of the financial award and timeline of use will be negotiated between the award recipient and Libro Credit Union. 

Only one applicant will be selected as the successful candidate of the challenge and will receive an award valued at $20,000 CAD. The successful applicant will develop their entry throughout May and June 2020 with support from Libro Credit Union, TechAlliance and Pillar Nonprofit Network. The successful applicant and the challenge partners will agree upon a suitable start date for advisory services and coaching following the announcement.

Are there any restrictions around the selected design concept continuing, expanding or commercialized after the completion of the challenge?

Quite the opposite! The Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design 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 product, service, approach or solution that is viable, scalable and impactful.

Who owns the ideas submitted to the Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design Challenge?

All concepts contributed to the Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design 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, all the applicant’s sole property.

What happens after the award recipient is announced on day 10 of the challenge?

Now is when you roll up our sleeves! The successful applicant of the challenge will be granted the financial investment of $20,000 CAD. Additionally, the successful applicant will work directly with coaches at the partnering organizations tailored to the specific needs associated with the innovation. This could include business model canvassing, access to product viability labs, marketing and communications guidance, connection to other collaborators, etc. Throughout that development period, the successful applicant will be expected to contribute to storytelling by the partners, activated to draw focus to regional social innovation.

What if I have additional questions?

Given the large community response, and in fairness to all applicants, we are not providing guidance beyond our published information. The application, when launched on Thursday April, 30, will provide further details, and we encourage you to review the Questions section on this page