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William G. Davis Innovation Fund

As minister of education from 1962 to 1971, the Hon. William G. Davis was a visionary who played a vital role in creating Ontario’s college system. To honour his legacy and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s colleges, we are proud to announce the new William G. Davis Innovation Fund.

This fund supports innovative thinking and initiatives from aspiring visionaries, artists, humanitarians or entrepreneurs who want to leverage their college education to start something amazing.

The following 83 applications have been received from graduates and current students of Ontario’s 24 colleges and are now open for voting by the public. You may vote for as many proposals as you wish, but only once per proposal. The voting results will be part of the criteria used by a panel of judges selected by Colleges Ontario to determine the finalists. Complete judging criteria are available in the official Rules and Regulations document.

The first-place winner will receive $15,000 to help fund the initiative. The person who finishes second will receive $5,000.

Contest Timeline (2017)

  • June 1 – July 31
    Preliminary online voting round.
  • August 15
    Finalists announced.
  • August 16 – November 5
    Final voting online and at our campus tour.
  • November 10
    Winners announced.

A3S: Aerial Smart Survey Solutions

Idea by: Jawad Umar Khan Khattak
School Attended: Niagara College

A3S: Aerial Smart Survey Solutions can provide the right inspection services to get the job done right. A3S can offer a wide range of services to customers to create the best solution for their unique set of needs from a wide range of industries....

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Motify

Idea by: Shauna-Kay Jones
School Attended: Sheridan College

Motify, which stands for Motivate and Simplify, is a virtual assistant intended to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum throughout their life. Motify is a modular application that changes and adapts as users learn and grow. Each module is...

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A novel design of an intelligent sensor based stick for blind and deaf- “Eyes for Blind & Ears for Deaf”.

Idea by: gaurav sareen
School Attended: Lambton College

Among all the disabilities, blindness & deafness are the most common disabilities across the world. An integral stick has successfully been developed which will help visually impaired and deaf people.
Stick will detect any kind of...

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Dash MD

Idea by: Kaye Mao
School Attended: Sheridan College

Dash MD is a mobile patient experience platform delivered to patients at the point of care, in the hospital. We provide patients with the tools and resources they need to help themselves manage their care and successfully transition back into their...

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Change the World – Change your Behaviour

Idea by: Marina Borges de Souza
School Attended: Seneca College

During the winter semester of 2017, I was a member of Seneca’s textile diversion team. Together with our professor, Sabine Weber we developed a social marketing campaign for students to raise awareness about textile waste and to change how they...

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Beaut

Idea by: Kim ng
School Attended: Seneca College

Beaut is an app that helps to promote local beauty professionals by providing them a platform to showcase their portfolios. In turn, making it easier for clients to find a reliable beauty professional which includes hairstylists, makeup artists,...

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DSW Cooperative

Idea by: Lisa Murray
School Attended: Algonquin College

We are a group of five Developmental Services Worker professionals who are joining forces to build a worker-owned cooperative that provides high-quality, person-directed support to community members who have developmental disabilities. Every...

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Living Your Dreams In Advance

Idea by: Lydia Adunola
School Attended: Loyalist College

An online talk show aimed at encouraging young people in Belleville to live their dreams. Young and aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to learn from the experiences and challenges shared by successful young people that will be featured on the...

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Chance Coffee

Idea by: Ryan Nantais
School Attended: St. Clair College

Chance Coffee is a micro roaster with a focus on sourcing some of the most unique coffees from around the world and roasting them in such a way that highlights each coffee’s natural characteristics and flavours.

Chance Coffee is...

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Idea by: Emma Nicholls
School Attended: Durham College

Sean Sutcliffe, a Durham College student, took his life in May 2015 because of mental illness. His story has the power to help thousands of people going through a similar struggle get the help they need.
We created a documentary we'd...

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Young Women in Business

Idea by: Ming Smith
School Attended: Sheridan College

Young Women in Business is a project that focuses on fun and interactive workshops, with the intention of bringing awareness to the various roles of women in business. The workshops are meant to encourage and engage young girls, as well as bring...

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Unearthed Café

Idea by: Rachael Martin
School Attended: Algonquin College

Unearthed Cafe will be a small cafe strategically located in the Wellington-Hintonburg community of Ottawa. This business model aims to “rescue” the reduced priced items from grocery stores and turn them into fresh, healthy, and affordable...

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All natural baby food supplements

Idea by: Shera Anastasia Bingham
School Attended: Centennial College

As a baby develops they need a lot of important supplements or medication to help with there immune system, instead of buying over the counter medication why not give them something natural? I would like to create baby foods that could help with...

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Helpr Community

Idea by: Elicia Durtnall
School Attended: Humber College

Helpr community creates a streamlined volunteering experience that benefits both the student and the surrounding community. Helprs cross channel platform will improve schools efficiency and the students outlook on community prosperity.
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Virtual Reality Therapy For Chronic Anxiety & PTSD

Idea by: Leah van der Heide
School Attended: Mohawk College

The focus of this project is to create an Immersive Virtual Reality application that will allow those who suffer from Chronic Anxiety & PTSD a safe space; where they can learn to self soothe, develop coping skills and foster a sense of...

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RoadBlock BREAKERS

Idea by: Feven Yemane
School Attended: Seneca College

RoadBlock BREAKERS- Free mobile augmented reality game. Designed to help improve mental health, and create a safe space for those suffering a mental health illness. “Roadblock” symbolic to the stigmas those face as a result of mental illness...

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My Backyard

Idea by: Simone Souza Santos
School Attended: St. Lawrence College

My Backyard project is a local and small urban farm. It is a way to produce tasty, organic, affordable, and healthy food closer to where people live. It is a home-based business with expansion possibilities for the future to a market where food...

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Mohawk 3D Printing Group – Medical Phantom Project

Idea by: Lauren Craig Stephen
School Attended: Mohawk College

Our ambitious goal is to design a 3D printer capable of producing viable medical phantoms, that is, artificial body parts or models that can be used for medical testing.

Medical phantoms are used to practice complex surgical...

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IT Hunters

Idea by: Leonardo Moura
School Attended: Lambton College

IT Hunters has emerged as a project for our web designer class at Lambton College Mississauga and we have a prototype online www.ithunters.ca. The idea is, one website to help companies and professionals find each other combined profile, preferences...

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Help from Harm: The App to Help Victims Find Help

Idea by: Alicia (Kate) Clayton
School Attended: Algonquin College

Far too many people are victimized by crime, but a large portion of those never receive the help they need, and are often unsure what services are available. Many people do not access services because they believe that they have to be reported to...

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Project L.I.F.E

Idea by: Hamlet Shahmirzaeian
School Attended: Sheridan College

Enactus is a global non-profit organization comprised of student, academic, and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurship to develop and execute projects to tackle social, environmental, and economic issues.
At...

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Tejo – A makeup artist at your fingertips

Idea by: Lakshmy Subramoniam
School Attended: George Brown College

Tejo is an online makeup recommendation tool that can inform customers of the right cosmetic products to purchase based off a selfie. It will initially be a web application (eventually phone-based app) that can detect a user's skin-tone and...

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My St. Catharines

Idea by: Kevin Unger
School Attended: Niagara College

This project is all about community building, and subsequently seeing the city of St. Catharines thrive through growth in the local economy. This project is meant to showcase the city as it is and as it aims to be: an entirely inclusive community of...

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ASD Community – Autism Tool Kit

Idea by: Paul Boyko
School Attended: Niagara College

One in sixty eight children are currently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There are no known cures for ASD, however, there are many strategies and tools which are used to help individuals with ASD thrive in their daily lives. Many...

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FOOD SECURITY WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS, LOW-INCOME, AND HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS

Idea by: Merissa Reed
School Attended: Algonquin College

My idea is to start a series of workshops geared towards cooking inexpensive, healthy and filling meals based off of commonly donated or inexpensive ingredients. I believe that food security is important and it is increasingly more common that...

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Kawartha Adventure Agency: You Adventure. We Film.

Idea by: Zoey Ross
School Attended: Conestoga College

In the Acropolis, on the streets of Venice, or beside Niagara Falls – everywhere you go someone is trying to capture the experience for themselves or their family. Now you can leave it us.
We want to give the moment of wonder back to...

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Senior City

Idea by: Brenda Goodreau
School Attended: St. Clair College

We want to start something amazing! I guess you can call us community builders, who with our various educational studies were sparked to do something great. Each of us decided in our hearts to cheerfully give of our time, talents, skills and money...

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Spontaneousity

Idea by: David Robson
School Attended: Fanshawe College


Spontaneousity is a community marketplace where businesses can seamlessly list their unique excursions, and people can discover and book these excursions instantly within the app, around the world, all from their mobile phone or tablet....

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Brockville Community Garden Proposal

Idea by: Siggy Leslie
School Attended: St. Lawrence College

Brockville, Ontario community members have barriers to obtaining healthy foods such as: the lack of adequate access to healthy and affordable foods. As part of the social determinants of health, food security is the ability to have access to...

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Solving Senior Care Costs

Idea by: Tarek Rahim
School Attended: Conestoga College

Mirsee Robotics is developing solutions to improve access to care. We’re creating a robotic avatar that allows caregivers to remotely enter a client’s environment, navigate the space in 3D, and interact with people/objects using touch feedback....

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Paperwork Hero

Idea by: Ashton Joanne Koch
School Attended: Conestoga College

Paperwork Hero (PH) is software designed in order to alleviate pressures of completing government regulated paperwork, allow for them to increase productivity, ensure peace of mind when conducting paperwork and make sure they are ready for...

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Empowering First Nations with Green Power

Idea by: William J. Ransom
School Attended: Seneca College

The anishinaabe people are revered as “keepers of mother earth”; so why not lead by example? My vision is to start a trend of green power to remote areas, starting with first nation reserves. Green power will be collected by using a...

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Oko Social

Idea by: Andriy Strebkov
School Attended: Conestoga College

Oko is a mobile app which allows our users to find interesting people in their communities and meet with them very quickly by planning an event together. Our app eliminates the fear of meeting new people first time, returns the feeling of community...

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Education to Job

Idea by: Hamid Nafeh Boustan
School Attended: Seneca College

This is an application which is finding available job opportunities in the market, related to each college or university’s program. The application helps students and graduates to find their own desire job as fast as possible.

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Future Friendly Food

Idea by: Steven Bourne
School Attended: Seneca College

Farms of the Future - Ripple Farms brings the Farm to the city, using aquaponics tethered to vertical growing technology to increase capacity of highly nutritious produce and fish in a fraction of the space. The Ripple Systems are semi-portable,...

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Tandempark Volunteer Community

Idea by: William (Liam) Peter Squires
School Attended: Georgian College

Tandempark is engaging and empowering the volunteer sector to help make the world a better place. It’s a digital platform built around a powerful volunteer management tool that helps nonprofit organizations build strong and vibrant communities....

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ON A LEASH APP

Idea by: Danielle Sawinsky
School Attended: Humber College

With busy lives, sometimes pet owners also feel like they are on a leash. On a leash is a software application that allows pet owners to request a dog walker on a whim, via the ON A LEASH APP. The platform connects pet owners with local people who...

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Al’s&Ane’s

Idea by: Mathias Alan Boles
School Attended: Niagara College

Imagine a world where bigotry against LGBTQ’s is destroyed in a generation or two, where bullying those people ceases, where judgement is caste aside, where negative opinions are replaced with positive ones.
Al's&Ane's is a...

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Student in touch with the market

Idea by: Lidianny Xavier Santiago Botto
School Attended: George Brown College

The idea is create one software which different departments from a company can share their schedule available to receive technical visit from students. This schedule will appear to all colleges registered and each teacher will be able to decide...

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Tiny House TO

Idea by: Stanley Tam
School Attended: Seneca College

This is to build affordable housing for all, not only lower income families, but for students too, this is so they can have a chance to own a house in Toronto where housing prices are ridiculously high. This will allow people to travel more and to...

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Farm for Lightning Harvesting

Idea by: Madhu Palakkada Madhavan
School Attended: Lambton College

A single lightning bolt have 5 billion joules of energy. During 2005 2.9 million flashes occurred in Canada itself.Here we are converting the electrical energy of lightning to fully heat energy. Just by joules heat law.Here we are using concept of...

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Growing Georgian

Idea by: Avery Konda
School Attended: Georgian College

Growing Georgian is a food procurement initiative that looks to assist students with sustainable and nutritious food alternatives, while promoting conscious consumption, ethical growing practices, and the resurgence of the local food economy.

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Venture Media

Idea by: Matthew Fotheringham
School Attended: Mohawk College

My goal for this project is to start an organization that is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of wild spaces as well as raise awareness for endangered species. The way I plan do this is through story telling via documentary style short...

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Indigi Rides

Idea by: Angela Lavallee
School Attended: Durham College

Here at Indigi Rides we go to First Nation communities all across Ontario in search of the best ride that they have built or purchased.

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Mohawk #1 Education and #1 in Caring for Our Community

Idea by: Sarah Muirhead
School Attended: Mohawk College

I'd like to use $15,000.00 to fund a clean up project for the Hamilton region. I want to PAY strictly STUDENTS from Mohawk to clean our community. It provides students with income and money for tuition and basic necessities and improves our...

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Biometric and diabetic screening assessments

Idea by: Kari Oravkin
School Attended: Niagara College

Create an organization that will educate individuals about their full health status including risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. In addition, also teach individuals different ways they can promote wellness in their own lives and to take...

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StudyInc

Idea by: Tomisin Bisiriyu-Salam (Tomisin Salam)
School Attended: Georgian College

StudyInc is working on solving the problem of making education accessible to low-income and busy adults around the world. Our solution is designed to help adults who are hindered by finances, medical conditions, or work and family obligations. ...

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Vision on Wheels (V.O.N)

Idea by: Angelita Stewart
School Attended: Seneca College

Vision on Wheels is an innovative idea that targets clients with disabilities and special needs bringing the eye doctor to them! V.O.N plans to hire a team of Optician's and Optometrist to bring vision care to those patients who have a hard...

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GetWyred, Inc.

Idea by: Avery Konda
School Attended: Georgian College

GetWyred is a social discovery app that will act as a social city guide for new events in your area. The app will suggest locations and events that you and your friends would love most with photos and videos shared in real time. The current mission...

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Balling to Break Barriers

Idea by: Ashley Solmes
School Attended: Loyalist College

Balling to Break Barriers is an annual 3 on 3 basketball fundraiser that was first held in May of 2016. It is our hope that we can expand Balling to Break Barriers into a local program that provides youth with a safe place to talk about mental...

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Manitoulin Hemp Company

Idea by: David T. Callejas
School Attended: Cambrian College

Hello everyone, my name is David Callejas. I am a Canadian from Sudbury, Ontario. I am a graduate of both Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Sudbury Ontario's, Cambrian College. I own a large section of farm land on...

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FR8 Living Solutions

Idea by: Greg Nakonecznyj
School Attended: Fanshawe College

FR8 Living Solutions is the builder of net-zero modular housing with the goal of drastically cutting the cost to build and produce quality homes while increasing sustainability and quality of living in the built environment. FR8 utilizes 3...

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SCKY Foundation

Idea by: Gloria Nzibu
School Attended: Seneca College

An organization focusing on promoting Congolese and Canadian values, history, and privileges to the Congolese Diaspora Youth within an international platform.

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Shattered Sketches Outreach

Idea by: Sam Grant
School Attended: St. Clair College

Shattered Sketches is an organization that would benefit the Windsor Essex-County Community by offering resources, to families and individuals who find themselves in a rough patch during their lives, for placement services and agencies (such as the...

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Passive Solar Greenhouse and Urban Agriculture Social Enterprise

Idea by: Ryan
School Attended: Durham College

Building on two developing social enterprises (City of Greens and GrowR Schools) this project will continue to develop a Fully Integrated Passive Solar Greenhouse design that can meet the needs of a number of organizations looking to grow their own...

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Smart Home System

Idea by: Dandan Liu
School Attended: Georgian College

Smart Home is an APP. It contains a couple of things, for example can teach your home a few new tricks and make life a little bit easier. Automatic folding clothes with steam ironing function.

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Jr. Financial Planning Camp

Idea by: Amabelle Valenzuela
School Attended: George Brown College

To provide high school students Grade 9-12 exposure on how to be a Financial Planner by training them in a Summer Camp the basic structure of Financial Planning and then matching them to be mentored by actual Financial Planners working in the 6...

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Be informed

Idea by: Rochelle Punit
School Attended: Sheridan College

A summary of my idea is I would like to have a designated private room that is student run where other students can come and talk about any sexual health topic and they do not need to feel afraid. This room will also serve as a cool down room or a...

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Anti-Nausea Pillow

Idea by: Sheryl Beauchamp
School Attended: St. Lawrence College

The anti-nausea pillow provides head stabilization to reduce nausea in patients using analgesia. Analgesia contributes to a mismatch in the ocular- vestibular reflex; when the head moves the eyes lag behind and this causes nausea. By slowing down...

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African fashion consulting agency

Idea by: Bryan Chuinkam
School Attended: Algonquin College

An online African fashion consulting agency guiding emerging African designers on how to get their items on the global market is what the African fashion industry is in need of. This would be in the form of online lectures covering topics from...

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GHOSTAG – Visual Messages Attached to Objects and Locations

Idea by: Jarek Kucharczyk
School Attended: George Brown College

Mobile service for business to use with any device with a camera. Allows a user to attach data (messages, status feeds, sensor data, etc.) to objects and locations. The data is geotagged and visible as a screen overlay on top of the real objects....

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ShipDeal app

Idea by: Kristina Smirnova
School Attended: George Brown College

“ShipDeal” is a mobile application that helps users find people who travel around the world. Meanwhile the app itself is to only let people find each other and connect, this feature might be extremely useful in some cases:
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GBMap

Idea by: Ziyi Zhao
School Attended: George Brown College

Are you a student,is this your first time in school? Alone? And don't know where is the classroom, when you already 10 mins late?
Are you a parent, trying so hard to find out the best environment for your children?
Are you a...

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Crisis/Shelter/Food support open hrs 1 in every town

Idea by: Chelsea Cuzner
School Attended: St. Clair College

I think we should have at least one emergency Shelter/community center in every town. 24 hour open to persons or families in crisis. This would create many jobs. Starting in Wallaceburg, Dresden, Tillbury, Chatham-Kent areas. Start with healing the...

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Animal Yoga

Idea by: Porscha Hewitt
School Attended: Mohawk College

The idea of animal yoga is incorporating animals into a yoga class. The class would run as a normal yoga class with the addition of cats, dogs and other domestic animals being in the studio. The animals are not considered props or to be used in the...

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Alovia Accessories

Idea by: Maggie Spizzirri
School Attended: Lambton College

Alovia Accessories will be a passionate fair trade and ethical fashion accessories company that shares in a desire to make a difference for dogs and cats world wide. Through each purchase, Alovia will help provide life­saving supplies and surgeries...

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Digital Artwork- Audio Canvas

Idea by: Afiya K Edwards
School Attended: George Brown College

A digital piece of art that can be activated by smartphone with barcode that can activate a still artscape scene to become active visually and or to play music or nature sounds. for example a beach scene becomes activated so that the waves of the...

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UNEMPLOYED to EMPLOYED | Impacting Communities With Businesses

Idea by: Kushi Kaur
School Attended: Humber College

When I invented KleanCase my aim was to manufacture within Canada and help uplift communities stricken with unemployment. As a student, I know firsthand how hard it is to find a job. My hope is to help leverage skills such as sewing from communities...

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Macrotec Biomedical

Idea by: Noah Crowley
School Attended: St. Clair College

2 Stream Biomedical Engineering firm.
1) Biomedical device repair
Our team of Biomedical Engineering Technologists are licensed and trained in servicing, preventative maintenance and repair of all medical devices.
2) Research...

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User to user adjustable grab bar

Idea by: Brett C Lyons
School Attended: Loyalist College

Our adjustable grab bar will allow the user to adjust the height of the grip surface to meet their specific needs. The easy to use hand crank requires limited strength and dexterity as our main target market are the physically challenged.

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Build Your Event – Free online event planning

Idea by: Sam Burke
School Attended: Algonquin College

Event planners are way too expensive for the average business, but planning events is necessary for local businesses to promote their products/services and raise awareness in their city. In order to support local businesses, I am launching a...

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Weekend and Holiday Childcare

Idea by: ESTHER ADHOBANDRO
School Attended: La Cité

The chief purpose of this daycare service is to promote the child’s overall harmonious development (physical, cognitive and socio-emotional) and to offer extracurricular activities in French for children aged from 5 to 12 years old in a welcoming...

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Universal Multiple Deck Trailer

Idea by: Branden Robert Liedtke
School Attended: Canadore College

My Innovative idea is a Universal Trailer Frame with Multiple Decks. This trailer design gives the user the options and benefits of owning multiple trailers by utilizing only one frame. The concept is, by using a sub-frame above the main support...

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T-Shirt Vest

Idea by: Aaron Chughtai
School Attended: Mohawk College

This idea came to me, last year when the launch of Pokemon Go came out. It is a T-Shirt Vest with Pockets durable to handle the weight of power banks i.e (portable chargers). This will of course have who ever plays that are on any of the three teams...

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GamerLink

Idea by: Ryan Figueiredo
School Attended: Fanshawe College

GamerLink is a mobile application that allows gamers to quickly find compatible players, for all the most popular games and platforms. Positioning to become the central location for everything gaming and esports related.

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The Shop Broom

Idea by: James Richard Rocks
School Attended: Canadore College

My idea is a standard looking work shop push broom with re engineered bristles. With a standard broom you will often find that things like hairs or metal shaving get stuck in the taller bristles. My design eliminates that by using 5 banks of...

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Drone Training Incubator

Idea by: Eric Bergman
School Attended: Humber College

Our idea is to create a world class training school for advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(U.A.V.) studies to graduate Aerial Vehicle operators with skills for specialized commercial jobs throughout North America and worldwide.

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Developmental Services Worker (DSW) Microenterprise Consultant

Idea by: Yolanda Murray
School Attended: Loyalist College

The human soul searches for meaning and purposeful endeavor. The individual with developmental disabilities also joins in this quest. The desire can be locked within - either in a state of keen awareness or in a roaming, inexpressible search. The...

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GradBuddy.ca

Idea by: Sazzad Mahmud
School Attended: Fleming College

Gradbuddy will utilize technology and algorithms to help students plan their graduation better and to reduce dropout rates. We provide advises and reminders in student’s personal devices as push notifications. Our target is to minimize research...

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RSS Realtor Swipe Solutions

Idea by: Joseph Mohammed
School Attended: Loyalist College

Think Tinder; swipe left if not interested, swipe right if you are. Same idea for RSS. My app will be updated hourly providing people with the newest real estate on the market with everything needed (pricing, location). Users will then swipe left if...

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Canadore Caring Communities

Idea by: robin chokomolin
School Attended: Canadore College

Canadore Caring Communities is a volunteer based student leadership initiative that empowers students and promotes community engagement. This initiative will help students discover their full potential while they work on projects inspired by their...

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Generation of electrical energy with Halobacter salinarum in a bacterial mixture

Idea by: Othniel Idohou
School Attended: Centennial College

Production of clean energy by microbial growth to power nano devices

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