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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2017

Applications are open for “The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards” to support and celebrate inspirational young people from all over the world with existing initiatives, products or services that are tackling some of the planet’s biggest sustainability challenges.

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards will recognise up to eight winners in 2017. Two finalists in each of the four priority areas will be selected from a video interview process and invited to an Accelerator Programme in Cambridge, where they will work with experts from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Unilever and other guest experts.

Priority Areas:

Farm to Table
Opportunities for Women


The winner of the ‘HRH the Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize’ will receive a €50,000 cash award and one-to-one mentoring support tailored to their specific needs for a duration of 12 months.
The category winners will receive a €10,000 cash award and one-to-one mentoring support tailored to their specific needs for a duration of 12 months.
The category finalists will receive a €7,000 cash award and one-to-one mentoring support tailored to their specific needs for a duration of 12 months.


Anyone from around the world, aged between 18 and 35 (as of 30 June 2017), who is working on an initiative in one of four priority areas.
Applicants’ initiative must have already progressed beyond the idea stage and started making an impact.
Eligible Regions: Open for All.”

H2i Clients represented at OCE Discovery 2017

OCE Discovery 2017 was a great success. It was well planned out, with an excellent group of partners and focused presentations in a variety of break out areas. It was great to see such an experienced group of experts in the “Ask an Expert “ area, especially the Angel and VC representation. This was of interest to many of our companies. It was also great to see representation from Innovation Groups from across Ontario, including Peterborough and Niagara.

H2i was proud to be part of the UofT presence with representation from 10 of our companies on the show floor:

Simulare Medical
Winterlight Labs

Liam Kaufman from Winterlight and Robert Brooks from SensOR were asked to be part of the OBI booth and gave outstanding presentations in OBI’s ONtrepreneurs Pitch Challenge.


Congrats to H2i Co-Director: Winner of 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards

The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards (GGIA). These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding Canadian individuals, teams and organizations whose exceptional and transformative work help shape our future and positively impact our quality of life.

“The recipients of the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards demonstrate that Canadians are among the world’s most creative and dynamic innovators,” said His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. “Through hard work, ingenuity and collaboration, each recipient has developed a unique and innovative approach to solving to an important challenge of our time. Their success is changing lives for the better in Canada and around the world.”

The Governor General had an online conversation with the recipients via Facebook. You can listen to their discussion and learn more about these remarkable innovators online at Facebook/GGInnovation.


Paul Santerre, Co-Director Health Innovation Hub
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Paul Santerre invented Endexo technology, a unique compound of surface-modifying macro molecules that are added to plastics during the manufacturing process of medical devices, like catheters. The special coating helps reduce clotting when the devices are used to treat patients, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and potentially deadly complications. Now being used in commercialized products in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, Endexo is helping to improve treatment outcomes for thousands of patients.

Nominated by Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

See the other recipients and learn more about the GG Innovation Award here