Enter the Ingenious+ Youth Innovation Challenge!

Are you passionate about generating solutions to Community, Canadian, and Global challenges?

Ingenious+ gives youth in Canada aged 14 to 18 the opportunity to innovate for good, and to share strategies for improving our world. Innovation is about doing something better to make an impact.

This includes improving upon a product, service, process, or creating something new that solves a problem or makes the world a better place. Tell us what you hope to solve or improve in your community or beyond, and you could receive financial support, learning opportunities and mentorship from leading Canadian innovators!

What are the awards?

Stage One

  • Youths ages 14 to 18 years can apply to Ingenious+ to receive a $1,000 Regional Award as well as learning opportunities to grow their innovations.

Stage Two

  • $1,000 Regional Award recipients from stage one will have an opportunity to participate in the national competition.
  • Up to 13 Young Innovators have the opportunity to be named a National Finalist in their region and receive an additional $1,000.  
  • One $10,000 cash award plus mentorship and learning opportunities will be awarded in the each of the five categories:
    • Community and Civic Engagement
    • Climate Change and the Environment
    • Equity and Inclusion
    • Health and Well-being
    • Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • National award recipients will be celebrated during Canadian Innovation Week, May 13th to 17th, 2024.

Key dates

  • Applications accepted October 17th 2023 to March 10th 2024

Eligibility criteria

You can submit as an individual or as a team.

To be eligible to enter, you must:

  • Have parental or legal guardian permission to participate.
  • You and your team members must be 14 to 18 years old:
    • having reached your 14th birthday and not yet reached your 19th birthday at time of entry.
  • Your innovation project must be led and created by youth living in Canada.