Call for Applications: David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge

David McFadden

David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge

Honouring past OCE Board Chair David McFadden, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge invites university and college students from across Ontario to address challenges facing the energy sector.

Up to 10 finalists will be selected to pitch their idea at OCE’s ‘Discovery’ trade show and conference on April 27-28, 2015.

The winner, to be announced on April 28, 2015 at Discovery, receives $25,000 to assist in advancing the winning business concept.

About the Challenge:

The theme for this year’s Energy Entrepreneur Challenge is “Meeting the Energy Challenge of Remote Communities”.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world live in remote communities with no access to electricity or electricity that is intermittent, unreliable and often at an unaffordable price. Affordable electricity is vital to enhancing the quality of life and economic prospects of the residents of remote communities. This year’s challenge is to develop sustainable electricity generation technology and/or distribution systems that will rapidly meet the needs of remote communities and be easy to install and maintain. The approach should be usable in both remote communities in Canada and those in other parts of the world.

How to Apply:

To enter, the applicant must complete a three-minute pitch video and upload to YouTube. An entry form must be completed and sent to Binny Arora at no later than February 3, 2015. Videos will not be eligible for the award without the submission of a completed entry form.

For more information on the challenge and David McFadden’s vision, please visit their website.

Should you have any questions about this program, please contact Binny Arora, Program Manager at

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