The ASPIRE Challenge

Innovation starts with a simple problem and someone saying to themselves, “there has to be a better way.” We’re looking for those problem solvers and creative thinkers - students like you! This is why we created The ASPIRE Challenge, so we can find you, and you can get to know us.

Check out last year’s Innovation & Industry Insights Weekend!

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Please note: The ASPIRE Challenge is currently on hold, given ongoing physical distancing requirements and the uncertainty caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up here to join the ASPIRE community and stay up-to-date on all of our exciting ASPIRE initiatives!

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

*Please note: The ASPIRE Challenge weekend event takes place in the Greater Toronto Area. All 2nd year, post-secondary students are welcome to attend – however, each individual participant is responsible for their own travel arrangements and related expenses.

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!

Video Resources

Resume Writing: Getting Your Brain Into It

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