Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize Competition!

The Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize Competition is an annual pitch competition that offers prize funding to student-led ideas, projects, or startups. The competition offers prizes to recognize, reward, and accelerate U of T’s most innovative sustainability ideas.

Contestants submit ideas for market-based products or social innovation solutions. Selected individuals and/or teams compete by showcasing their project in a pitch competition before a panel of judges. Three winning teams receive first, second, and third place prizes. The 2020 prize amounts were $10,000; $7,500; and $5,000 for winners to further develop their ideas. All other pitch competition participants received additional prizes of $1,000 each to engage with their projects and apply again next year!


Who is eligible to compete?

How can I apply?

Please email the completed application form, including the completed Executive Summary that follows to before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Note that prize money is intended to be used for idea development and will be disbursed to winners based on the submission of a plan for how monies will be used to accelerate the idea. Please direct all questions regarding the Innovation Prize or application process to

What is the criteria for judging?

At both the entry and competition day stages, the panel of judges will be looking for the ideas that include the following:

Apply now for your chance to win prize money to take your sustainability idea, project, or startup to the next level!

2020-2021 Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 U of T Sustainability Innovation Prize winners: ALT TEX, Hope Pet Food, Polaris AI, Yayra-Si Youth Foundation, IOBO and Fyyne. Click here to learn more about the winners.