2022 DISRUPT IT IS POSTPONED!
We look forward to hosting an in person event
again in the future!
Disrupt It - a fun, interactive event working with like-minded individuals to generate ideas and turn them into a business! This years theme is business solutions to get to net zero!
The event kicks off with opening remarks and introductions. After that, individuals can pitch their ideas, and cross functional teams are then formed in order to develop the idea and validate a business model. Throughout the event there are mentors and workshops to help you with the process. It concludes with teams presenting their final pitch to a panel of judges and competing for the grand prize!
Over $5000 in CASH prizes!
Defining The Theme
To the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, “getting to “net zero” emissions in Canada means shifting towards technologies and energy systems that do not produce greenhouse gas emissions while offsetting any remaining emissions by removing them from the atmosphere and storing them permanently.”
To achieve net zero, Canada has joined over 120 countries in committing to be net-zero emissions by 2050, including all other G7 nations and as part of Canada’s plan, the Government of Canada has launched the $8 billion Net-Zero Accelerator Fund to help large emitters reduce their emissions.
Solve/move closer to net zero - webhosting energy issues – Green web hosting
Solve/move closer to net zero - the disposable issue – Reusable Products (clothing/packaging)
E-Waste recycling optimization solutions
Transportation issues – Innovations in carpooling/flight travel/electric vehicles etc
HVAC (heating/cooling) systems solutions – optimization of energy consumption
Bioeconomy products: Fertilizer/Paint/Green Chemicals/Carbon Fibers/ etc)
Net Zero Business Ideas Examples
Q: Do I need to come with a team?
A: No. You will self-form teams on Friday evening based on what idea you choose to work on.
Q: Is there an age requirement?
A: The event is targeted to those in high school and older.
Q: Do I need to participate in all workshops?
A: Yes. It is expected that participants are there in all workshops to learn the content
Q: What if I don't have an idea to pitch?
A: That is okay! You can choose which team you want to join based on the other ideas that are pitched.
Q: Can I come with a team?
A: Yes you can.
Q: I don't know anything about starting a business, does this matter?
A; No, teams are formed around the ideas and within the team there is a wide variety of skill sets needed to build on the idea. On top of that there is mentors and coaches on hand all weekend to help.
Kendall Williams, Executive Director, Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre