Communities everywhere have felt the impact of COVID-19 — Southwestern Ontario among them. Along with crisis comes creativity, and we are seeing countless acts of selflessness, resourcefulness and resilience in our communities across Southwestern Ontario.
That’s why Libro Credit Union, Pillar Nonprofit Network and TechAlliance have partnered on the Recovery & Rebuilding the Region Design Challenges, to accelerate and scale select “Made in Southwestern Ontario” products, services and solutions with a $20,000 financial investment and a suite of personalized support services ready to make a meaningful impact.
Challenge #1: Develop a solution that responds to an immediate health or social issue related to COVID-19.
Challenge #2: Develop a solution that supports the economic recovery and community prosperity of Southwestern Ontario.
The Design Challenges will inspire and amplify response and rebuilding efforts by sharing stories from across the region and providing resources to one innovation. To ensure timely mobilization and solution delivery, each challenge period will run for ten days. Three days to plan. Three days to apply. Three days to evaluate submissions. On the final day, we’ll announce the successful applicant and deploy support.
We know that now more than ever we need to find solutions that address our most pressing challenges and focus on those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Applicants are encouraged to design with empathy for those most affected by COVID-19, and be mindful of diverse perspectives as they create their solutions. We also encourage applications from grass-roots initiatives, individuals or teams of people who are engaged in startup or scaling enterprises and nonprofits.