Clean tech is the theme of the fifth annual Yukon Innovation Prize competition

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Whitehorse – The 2019 Yukon Innovation Prize (YIP) competition offers Yukoners a chance at $70,000 for ideas that improve sustainability by using clean technologies.

“Clean tech can be a broad range of products and services, from recycling to renewables,” said Lauren Manekin Beille, Manager of Northern Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Yukon College. “This prize is meant to invigorate and support our Yukon innovators in bringing forth those ideas that can shape the future of sustainability in the Yukon and help lessen our impact on the environment.”

Suitable projects would include any innovation that would reduce negative environmental impacts, such as ideas relating to recycling, renewable energy, information technology, green transportation, greywater, food waste, and more.

The YIP was created through a partnership between Cold Climate Innovation (CCI) at Yukon College and Government of Yukon’s department of Economic Development.

In total $100,000 will be awarded to winning ideas. Applicants first compete for one of four $10,000 prizes which is used to further develop their ideas. The four finalists then submit their refined plans to compete for the grand prize of $60,000 in additional funding to bring their innovation to commercialization.

“The Yukon Innovation Prize attracts forward-thinking submissions from talented Yukoners every year, and I know that 2019 will be no exception,” said Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai. “This year’s Clean Tech theme is both relevant and timely. I encourage all Yukon innovators with an economically viable idea to apply. The Government of Yukon is proud to support the Yukon Innovation Prize as part of our commitment to balancing economic diversification with environmental stewardship.”

Each year the YIP addresses a different theme to support innovators in different sectors. Find a full list of past winners here.

Applicants must address the economic viability of their idea as well as the benefits it can bring to Yukon and its communities.

The 2019 contest runs until midnight on Sunday, March 3rd. It is open to any Yukon-based resident, business, or organization. The four finalists will be selected by Monday, March 25th.

For more information visit yukoncollege.yk.ca/innovation/yukon-innovation-prize.

For further information, please contact:

Sara Thompson

Program Enhancement Officer
Cold Climate Innovation
Yukon Research Centre
867.456.8628
smthompson@yukoncollege.yk.ca

Lauren Beille

Manager, Northern Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Community, Innovation and Development
867.333.5708
lmbeille@yukoncollege.yk.ca

Michael Vernon

Communications Coordinator
College and External Relations
867.668.8786
mvernon@yukoncollege.yk.ca