A Program for Indigenous Innovators
You are a private or social business, organization or Indigenous group and you have designed a product or products to meet the needs of your community? You may be eligible for the Indigenous Innovation Initiative, a program that has just been launched.
Presented by Grand Challenges Canada, the Indigenous Innovation Initiative is a pan-Canadian project in partnership with Women and Gender Equality Canada that aims to advance gender equality through social entrepreneurship and innovation. It also aims to fill the resource gap and contribute to building the capacity of Indigenous innovators.
Applications from all sectors and industries will be considered (health, social, arts and fashion, technology, science, commerce, industry, food security, hospitality and tourism, education, justice, environment, clean energy, etc.). In addition, the projects submitted must be based on Indigenous culture, knowledge and lifestyles, while taking into account gender equality. Priority for funding will be given to Aboriginal women and innovators from diverse LGBTQ2S gender identities.
How to Apply
This is a two-stage process, beginning with a call for letters of interest in mid-May 2020. Thereafter, the ideas with the highest ranking in the Letter of Interest phase will be eligible for a full application in July 2020. Decisions on the acceptance of projects are expected to be made in late September or early October 2020. Projects may apply for seed funding of between $100,000 and $250,000 to develop and test their bold ideas.
Interested Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs can submit their projects until June 9, 2020. For more details, we invite you to visit the Indigenous Innovation Initiative website.
For more information about women entrepreneurship, we invite you to visit the women entrepreneurship section of our blog.