About The ASPIRE Challenge
Find an opportunity for innovation in your community, and think of a solution.
Whether it’s using technology to transform old-school social programs, or giving children in remote areas better access to books, or speeding up the lunch line – if you’re a 2nd year post-secondary student we want to see how you think.
Step 1: Register & Apply
Think of an innovative solution, discuss with an employer, then register and submit your application & resume. You are now a Challenger.Application Requirements
Step 2: Feedback
We will give you personalized feedback on both your application and resume. Great advice guaranteed for every Challenger!
Step 3: Presentation
Shortlisted Challengers will move to the next round and get the opportunity to present to employers via videoconference. Feedback guaranteed!
Step 4: Innovation and Industry Insights Weekend
For the winners! Challenge finalists will win an amazing weekend in Toronto which includes design thinking workshops, shark tanks, student networking, and hanging out with employers in a chill environment with great food.
Step 5: Internship
It doesn’t end there! Students attending the weekend have the opportunity to score a PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIP with one of Canada’s leading Financial Services organizations! Gotta love those odds.
Registration is closed
Student Resources for Success
The ASPIRE Challenge is an annual innovation competition for 2nd year students. It involves students creating an idea for innovation in their community. It is also an opportunity for applicants to get their resume in front of employers. The following resume and idea development resources are available to student applicants of The ASPIRE Challenge, and can be used by all students wanting to strengthen their resume or business ideas. Check them out!
Resume Writing: Getting Your Brain Into It
Yes, you’ll get individualized feedback on your resume when you submit it, but why waste a great opportunity with a substandard resume? Send in the best version you can and the feedback you get will help take your resume to the next level. Watch this video for tips from an expert, and a former Challenger, on how to get your mind into the process of creating a resume.
Preparing to Meet with Your Idea Mentor
So you’ve got this great idea, but how do you know it will be successful? A key step in the application process for The ASPIRE Challenge is to connect with what we call an “Idea Mentor” – a business person or subject matter expert who can help to validate and strengthen your innovative solution. Watch this video for tips on how to successfully identify and engage with an Idea Mentor.
Read more about The ASPIRE Challenge Frequently Asked Questions
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