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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.

If you are a graduate or full-time current student of one of Ontario’s 24 colleges with an idea that you feel might transform your community or beyond, we encourage you to apply to the William G. Davis Innovation Fund. Applications can be made in the categories of Entrepreneurialism, Health and Welfare, Arts and Culture or Community Benefit.

Shortlisted applications will be shared online, promoted on social media and voted on by the public. The voting results will be part of the criteria used by a panel of judges selected by Colleges Ontario to determine the final winners.

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)

  • March 1
    Online registration begins.
  • March 1 – May 30
    Submissions accepted.
  • 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.
Please click here to download the full rules, regulations and timeline details.

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Submissions will be accepted starting March 1, 2017, and will be available for voting on June 1. Sign up here to receive an email reminder.

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