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Sprint to Innovate: The Innovation Challenge

September 12, 2022

Brought to you by Red River College Polytechnic, Tech Manitoba, and Faculty of Science-UM

Sprint to Innovate brings together post-secondary students from varied disciplines such as technology, business, entrepreneurship, and more. Manitoba students, and invited international partner institutions, will learn about innovation while collaborating in a fun and exciting challenge to build a minimum viable prototype in two days.

We are pleased to announce that our next Sprint to Innovate: The Innovation Challenge presented by Access Credit Union is the weekend of January 27 to 29, 2023! This year we will be starting the event with a Networking session on Thursday, January 26.

We invite all companies to review our sponsorship and mentorship opportunities, and to consider submitting a business challenge; and for post-secondary students to consider participating.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 26 to Sunday, January 29, 2023

Networking EventThursday, January 26, 20234:00 PM – 6:00 PMRRC Polytech – Agora Manitou a bi Bii daziigae
Kick-Off/TrainingFriday, January 27, 20231:00 PM – 4:00 PMVirtual
Challenge Work BeginsFriday, January 27, 2023EveningVirtual
Challenge Work ContinuesSaturday, January 28, 2023Day-longVirtual
Challenge Work ContinuesSunday, January 29, 2023 MorningRRC Polytech – Manitou a bi Bii daziigae Campus
Final PresentationSunday, January 29, 20231:00 PM – 5:00 PMRRC Polytech – Roundhouse – Manitou a bi Bii daziigae

HOW THE EVENT WORKS

Teams of 4 to 6 students will choose from available business challenges provided by industry. Students will then work together with support from mentors to create a solution, including developing a prototype to be presented to judges on the final day.

A prototype is a simple experimental model of the proposed product used to learn from. Prototypes range from low-fidelity (paper-based) prototypes that are used to explain concepts all the way to high-fidelity prototypes that have functional elements with more detail.  Teams may consist of technology and business students.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

As an Organization

  1. Sponsor the event.
  2. Volunteer your time as a mentor.
  3. Provide us with a Business Challenge that your organization has.

As a Student

Students from any Manitoba post-secondary student may participate in a team at Sprint to Innovate.

Challenge Statements

CHALLENGE #1 Campus Safety

How might we create and deliver Campus and bus safety training for post-secondary students, and a system for reminders to help these practices become habit. – Dan Saltel, Red River College Polytechnic

CHALLENGE #2 Fintech Startup, Access Credit Union

Open banking is set to change financial services in Canada. Design a fintech (financial technology)start-up company that leverages open banking principles and design a new innovative payment or financial service for a Manitoba Credit Union System. – Access Credit Union

Check back for more exciting challenges!

Sponsorship

Thank you to our Title sponsor Access Credit Union, Support sponsor BHER, and Event sponsors City of Winnipeg, Riipen, InvisionEdge, and Integrationworx.

EVENT SPONSORSHIP – $1000

We are looking for sponsors to provide $1000 towards prize money to the winning teams.

Your $1,000 sponsorship would earn you:

·Recognition throughout the event

·Recognition on event materials

·Social media recognition

·The opportunity to be a mentor to a team throughout the weekend.

Email Cristy at ckubara@rrc.ca for more information

Be A Mentor

Our Sprint to Innovate mentorship team will specialize in the following areas to provide well-rounded support to the student teams throughout the weekend.

·Help the team establish and foster a positive team environment

·Provide ideation tips and tricks

·Advise on prototype development

·Advise on pitch preparation

·Review final pitch presentation and provide advice

Email Cristy at ckubara@rrc.ca for more information

Provide a Business Challenge

Student teams will be provided with a list of business challenges that they will have a choice between to work on.  This is where you come in!  We are asking a few different companies to provide a general business challenge and students would create a solution. 

Do you have a general business challenge that our student teams can help solve? 

Email Cristy at ckubara@rrc.ca for more information

Student Information

Do you want to learn how to be innovative, and win some money?
Sprint to Innovate is about learning innovation, being innovative, building deeper relationships, problem-solving and developing solutions to real business challenges. Whether you win, or not, you will have the skills to innovate, problem-solve, and work as a team.

How the event works
Teams of 4 to 6 students will choose from a variety of business challenges provided by industry. Students and mentors will then work together on a solution, including developing a prototype to be presented to judges on the final day. A prototype is a simple experimental model of the proposed product used to learn from. Prototypes range from low-fidelity (paper-based) prototypes that are used to explain concepts all the way to high-fidelity prototypes that have functional elements with more detail. Teams may consist of technology and business students.

As part of the weekend festivities, student groups will attend various workshop sessions. Facilitators will be leading workshops on Innovation, requirement gathering skills, mind mapping, the design sprint, and to help them get started thinking innovatively.  The workshops will be integrated within the challenge and throughout the weekend.

What to expect

  • To attend the orientation, networking, and kick-off training sessions
  • Work on a real business challenge
  • Meeting with a client regarding the challenge
  • Business mentorship
  • Teamwork experience
  • Sunday pitch presentations to judges, participants, and mentors

Sprint to Innovate Competition Guidelines

Prize Money

We will have first, second, and third place winners.  Prize money to be announced.

Do you want to learn more?

Join one of our virtual information sessions to learn more about this exciting challenge.  If you would like to meet other students interested in participating join us at one of our meet-and-greet sessions.

Student Meet-UpTuesday, November 812:00 PM – 12:50 PMIn-Person – RRC Polytechnic
Prairie Lights – NDC
CANCELLED
Student Meet-UpTuesday, November 1512:00 PM – 12:50 PMIn-Person – University of Manitoba
Student Meet-UpWednesday, November 2312:00 PM – 12:50 PMVirtual
Register to Attend

Register A Team

Students may register a team of 4 to 6 students.