Awards

2018 Prizes

The Avmor Prize for Social Responsibility

Established in 2003 through the generosity of Mr. Avrum Morrow for an outstanding undergraduate student, or group of students, who focus(es) their efforts on social responsibility. Awarded to (a) winning team(s), composed of students, of the McGill Dobson Cup Start-UP Competition or similar McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship initiatives. Awarded by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

Amount: $2550


Murdoch Family Initiative Award

Established by Neil Murdoch (BCom‘81) and Gisele Murdoch to help support undergraduate students in the Desautels Faculty of Management to take the initiative to gain practical experience during their studies and to encourage students to be creative and entrepreneurial. The award will be for a student, in good academic standing, who has demonstrated entrepreneurial talent and initiative and is involved in an entrepreneurial venture. Students apply through the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. Preference for the award will be given to students entering U2 or U3. Students will apply for the award by submitting business plans to the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. The award will be given to the student whose plan is judged worthy of support as determined by the Director of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. It is understood that the process and method for selection is currently the McGill Dobson Cup Start-UP competition, which already has a committee of independent judges.

Amount: $6000


Peter Johnson Start-Up Prize

Established in 2013 in honour of Peter Johnson, Cert Management ‘76, to recognize his long-standing commitment and support to entrepreneurial studies at McGill University. Awarded to (a) winning team(s), composed of students, of the McGill Dobson Cup Start-UP Competition or similar McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship initiatives. Awarded by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. A total of $5,000, which can be given to one team or split between two or more deserving teams.

Amount: $5000


Dobson Cup Grit Prize

Established in 2014 by Samer Bekai‐Saab, BEng 1993, MBA 1996, to encourage students to pursue entrepreneurial interests. Awarded to (a) team(s) composed of students who have participated in the final round of the McGill Dobson Cup Start‐UP Competition or similar McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship competition with a preference to a team of students who have demonstrated outstanding dedication towards establishing their business venture. Awarded by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.

Amount: $5,000 which can be given to one team or split between two or more deserving teams


Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize

Convergent Innovation fosters individual behavior change and societal transformation by instilling social and environmental objectives of agriculture, food product development, nutrition, and health into business models, while improving economic viability of efforts focused on social benefit. Established in 2016 under a partnership between the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE), the Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize is offered to support a venture, in the areas of agriculture, food and agribusiness, that clearly intertwines technological innovation, social innovation, and institutional innovation to simultaneously derive measurable economic and social benefit(s). In 2018, Trussbridge joins FAES and MCCHE in awarding the prize. The winning team would need to be interdisciplinary, with at least one member from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) holding a substantial role in the team. The prize will be awarded to a team in the McGill Dobson Cup.

Amount: $5,000


Tocqueville Challenge

Established by Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville in 2013, the Tocqueville Challenge reflects the mission of the Tocqueville Foundation to foster community engagement while strengthening youth service, building capacity in citizen society organizations, and promoting entrepreneurial social innovation.  Encouraging partnerships and multi-stakeholder alliances, the objectives of the Tocqueville Challenge are to harness the desire for purposeful engagement of the millennial generation and to inspire a passion to explore innovative solutions to help resolve social problems left unaddressed by the public and private sectors. The Tocqueville Foundation invites student teams to Paris each May to present their innovative solutions for resolving today's social problems following the principles of "civil society" as promoted by Alexis de Tocqueville.

Amount: Travel expenses ($8,850) from Montreal to Paris for the team representing McGill University to compete in the Tocqueville Challenge in mid-May 2018.


The McGill EngInE Prize

Established in 2017 in the Faculty of Engineering, the McGill EngInE Prize is offered by the McGill Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship hub (the McGill EngInE) to support a venture competing in the final round in the Innovation-Driven Enterprise track of the McGill Dobson Cup competition.

Amount: $5,000

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