Energy Innovation Award

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Québec is in the midst of an energy transition.

It is with this in mind that InnovHQ is presenting the very first edition of the Hydro-Québec's Energy Innovation Award. This prize is designed to support small and medium businesses in Québec and spark innovation in the two sectors at the very heart of this revolution: energy efficiency and transportation electrification. This is your opportunity to make a real difference!

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Registration for the information session

Who can participate?

  • Are you a Québec-based SME or a start-up?
  • Do you employ fewer than 500 people?
  • Have you developed a transportation electrification or energy efficiency solution or technology that will soon be market ready?

Then you’ve got what it takes to participate!

The winners will benefit from personalized coaching focusing on commercialization and the search for funding

First place $50 000 in cash
Second place $25 000 in cash
Third place $10 000 in cash

How the award works

Starting in mid-December, participants will benefit from support provided in three key stages to refine their project.

Step 1 Demonstration of admissibility and feasibility March 01 to March 18, 2022

In this step, participants must read the rules and complete the entry form. Projects will be assessed based on feasibility.

The 40 or 50 most promising projects will be announced in early March 2022. Those that are selected will be invited to continue the process.

Step 2 Demonstration of viability April 18 to 29, 2022

In this step, participants must demonstrate the viability of their project. They will be invited to take part in webinars and other activities to help them consider a range of market aspects (opportunities, threats, profitability, etc.) and the best position for their product or service.

A total of 15 projects will be selected and move on to the final step. They will be announced by mid-April 2022.

Step 3 Demonstration of utility and impact May 23 to June 03, 2022

In this final step, participants will be asked to demonstrate the utility for and impact of their project. A webinar and other activities will be offered to help participants position their project with respect to its impact on the environment, the economy and society.

The winners will be announced in summer 2022.

Details to come.

Participant's experience

Throughout their journey, participants will be invited to take part in thematic activities (optional) to help them in the selection process and accelerate their innovative project concerning :

Marketing their solution
Demonstration of its impact
And many others!

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About InnovHQ

InnovHQ is a Hydro-Québec subsidiary whose mission is to accelerate the energy transition, support Hydro-Québec in its mission, stimulate innovation among stakeholders that have demonstrated their commitment in this area and create business opportunities.