Ryerson University’s The Accessibility Project Offers up to $25,000 in Funding

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This is an exciting opportunity!

The Accessibility Project is a community and grant program that offers funding opportunities up to $25,000 to champion entrepreneurial talent and innovative ideas that will support people with disabilities.

As aspects of our everyday lives continue to face disruption through new delivery modes and technology, this represents both an opportunity and challenge for people living with disabilities.

Vision

The Chang School is a champion for accessibility and technology. Through a collaboration between The Chang School, DMZ (North America’s leading business incubator), and Sandbox (a space offering free programs to upgrade creative, digital, and entrepreneurial skills) came The Accessibility Project.

The Accessibility Project is a community and grant program that supports the development, commercialization, and growth of innovative ideas, products, and solutions for people with disabilities and aging populations.

The Accessibility Project offers up to $25,000 in funding, depending on the business plan and track – ideation, product development, and scale. More funding may be available as business plans mature.

Mission

To foster Ryerson’s entrepreneurial talent and grow technology innovations that will positively impact the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Application Requirements

At least one member of the applying team needs to be a Ryerson student or recent graduate (graduated 2014 or later).Your application must include the completed Application Form.

Your application must include the completed Application Form.The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2017.

The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2017.

Important Dates

October 20, 2017: Application deadline
October 21-30, 2017: Selection process
October 31, 2017: Shortlisted candidates to be contacted
November 15, 2017: Presentation at launch event

Eligibility

Individuals or groups can apply to 1 of the 3 stages of funding:

Ideation:
Those who have an idea, but need support turning that idea into a reality.

Product Development:
Those that are ready for beta testing or prototyping. This could also include a research proposal that justifies the need for further field work.

Scale:
For companies that want to scale their product/solution to the next level or add a new feature to their existing product/solution.
At least one member of the applying team needs to be a Ryerson student or recent graduate (graduated 2014 or later).

Selection Committee

A committee chaired by Dean of The Chang School
Representatives and entrepreneurs from the DMZ & Sandbox
Accessibility subject matter experts

Contact

For any inquiries on the application process, please contact Elaine Lam at elaine.lam@ryerson.ca.

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